Americas Now

November 10, 2022

An Interview with Maria Brown, Minister of Education in Ecuador

Modern education, especially after the pandemic, is about technology, globalization, and learning at least one foreign language. But how do you tackle that in rural areas in Latin America where connectivity is not always available, and there are few native languages? During the United Nations […]

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November 10, 2022

Underage Drivers to Smuggle Undocumented Migrants into the U.S.

According to US Customs and Border Protection, over 2.3 million migrants were detained between September 2021 and September 2022 while trying to cross the border with Mexico illegally. This brings the number of crossings to the highest level ever recorded. Alasdair Baverstock explains what new […]

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October 26, 2022

Ideological Polarization Marks Brazil’s Runoff Elections

Around 150 million Brazilians are expected to vote in the final round of the country’s elections on October 30, a deeply polarized contest between the incumbent right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, and his left-wing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The two men have starkly different […]

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September 12, 2022

Seeds for the future in Colombia

In the Cauca Valle, in central west Colombia, a research facility was designed to guard one of mankind’s most important treasures; seeds. Michelle Begue reports.

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September 12, 2022

Food prices skyrocketing in Argentina

In 2021 Argentina became the world´s second largest producer of corn. It also remained in the top three main exporters of beef and soy. So why are food prices so high for locals? Joel Richards reports.

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September 6, 2022

The Asian History Behind Building The USA

Seattle is home to many technology companies that have changed the way we live. It is also home to a vast Asian community. Correspondent Mike Kirsch explores the roots and contributions of Chinese and Asian Americans in one of the most prosperous and progressive cities […]

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September 6, 2022

Changing lives and giving hope through Rugby

Crime is a significant problem in Venezuela. Politicians and experts have struggled to find a solution. So when a company became the victim of gang violence, the owner took matters into his own hands. He began recruiting gang members to play for his Rugby team. […]

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August 22, 2022

Colleges prepare for monkeypox outbreak

There are now more than 14-thousand cases of monkeypox in the United States, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the numbers are rapidly increasing, with the vast majority among gay or bisexual men. Monkeypox is NOT considered a sexually transmitted disease, […]

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August 7, 2022

A Conversation with the President of Guyana

Guyana’s long-seek oil exploration became a reality with the first commercial-grade crude oil draw made in December of two-thousand nineteen. By doing so, Guyana was awarded the title of one of the newest oil-producing countries in the world. But is this a sustainable achievement when […]

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August 7, 2022

In Peru, Indigenous are Fighting Drug Traffickers

During the pandemic, some Latin American countries were so focused on dealing with Covid that they got distracted from other menaces like drug dealing. In Peru, a cocaine production boom has sieged indigenous territories and some national parks. Dan Collyns brings us the story about […]

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A prisoner is seen across a protective glass wall. She is wearing white overalls, has dark, short hair and her hands are crossed in front of her.
August 3, 2022

A Latina Is Sentenced To Death. Was Race A Factor?

In 2008, a Latino mother of fourteen was sentenced to Death Row in Texas for the murder of her two-year-old daughter. She says her toddler fell down the stairs and died. The state says she beat her to death.

Her execution was scheduled for April 27, […]

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A classroom full of students. A teacher in front of them.
August 3, 2022

Peru Returning to School

Children are back to school in Peru after two years out of classrooms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country was one of the hardest-hit in the world by the coronavirus and children were no exception. Thousands lost parents or grandparents and – despite innovative […]

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Two bathers in Rio De La Plata.
August 3, 2022

Argentina’s Summer of Discontent

The heat in Argentina was so extreme last summer that the country came close to being the hottest place on earth. The searing heat, combined with an acute drought, greatly affected the crops and cattle on the countryside. Buenos Aires saw daily energy shortages.

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July 27, 2022

More guns, fewer guns, Texas’ dilemma

The state of Texas has a long tradition of gun ownership.  It has the most significant number of registered firearms in the country. This gun culture has remained intact despite some shocking mass shootings – like the one in May at a school in Uvalde, […]

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July 27, 2022

How a community is recovering from gun violence’s trauma

It was a massacre that targeted Latinos. One day in El Paso, Texas — 23 people were killed and more than a dozen injured. What triggered such a high level of violence? Dan Williams met with some survivors who reflected on hate, racism, and reconciliation.     […]

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July 27, 2022

How teachers in the U.S. cope with mass shootings

Since the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado in 1999, more than 300 school shootings have occurred. So what is the role of a modern-day teacher in the US? And how are they dealing with the threat of a potential shooting happening anywhere and anytime? […]

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June 16, 2022

Celebrating Juneteenth, the Emancipation of African Americans

  It’s a day many activists have worked to raise awareness about for decades. Last year, the U.S. made history when U.S. President Joe Biden officially designated Juneteenth a federal holiday. The holiday is celebrated on June 19th and celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans from […]

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June 8, 2022

Gun violence victims plead for stricter gun control in testimony

Emotional testimony from family members of victims and survivors of gun violence was delivered to a congressional committee in the US capital ​Wednesday, in the wake of the latestU.S. mass shootings. Families of victims pleaded with members of ​the House panel for stricter gun control, as Senate talks […]

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May 13, 2022

What does it Take to be a Migrant Farmhand? 

It’s been a crusade for decades, but farmworkers in the US still struggle to get adequate healthcare or better salaries. Mike Kirsch met with legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta.  They spoke about the progress that’s been made in protecting almost 3 million farmers. And what still […]

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May 13, 2022

What Does it Take for a Cocoa Country to Become a Chocolate One?

The most refined and expensive chocolates are produced in Europe. But to concoct the perfect truffle, chocolatiers need cocoa. And cocoa comes from Latin America and Africa. Gerry Hadden reports on how cocoa-producing countries are now trying to compete in chocolate’s global market.  

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May 9, 2022

Mexico’s migrant massacre

An elaborate scheme of bad actors with networks stretching over the territories of multiple countries, including El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, controls the illegal passage of people to the U.S., preying on their desperate circumstances.

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May 9, 2022

Most dangerous neighborhoods

According to data collected by the CDC, between 2019 and 2020 the murder rate in the country went up by 30%, the largest increase in more than a century. Out of the 10 more dangerous neighborhoods in the country, 7 are in or around Los Angeles.

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May 9, 2022

Panama’s water problem

One hundred years after the completion of the Panama Canal, Panamanian authorities are facing new challenges posed by human-made climate change and the deforestation in the surrounding areas.

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May 2, 2022


Stuck in Tijuana: The Migrants Last Refuge

The San Isidro port of entry lies between Tijuana and San Diego. It’s one of the busiest land-border crossings in the world. But on the Mexican side, large flows of migrants cannot cross. And that’s led to a fast-growing homeless population. Franc Contreras reports on […]

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May 2, 2022

The Supply Chain Crisis is Still Ongoing

A shortage of truck drivers has led to a blockage at ports in the United States. Containers can “sit” on the docks when goods arrive for weeks. The lack of truck drivers has heavily contributed to a supply chain crisis across the U.S. John Zarrella […]

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April 11, 2022

Peru’s Marine Ecosystem is Under Threat

Peru has one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. But in Chimbote, the city at the heart of the fishing industry, people say the industry pollutes the air and water, is making their children sick. Dan Collyns reports.

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March 27, 2022

Repsol Oil Spill is Devastating Peru’s Delicate Ecosystems

In mid-January, 2022, an oil spill covered Peru’s coast just north of the capital Lima. Peru has called it “The worst environmental disaster in recent history.” It happened when an oil tanker was discharging oil into the La Pampilla refinery controlled by the Spanish energy […]

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March 27, 2022

Preserving the Mayan-Era Melipona Bee

Bees have been around for literally thousands of years, producing sweet honey but, more importantly, helping keep our planet sustainable.  In Guatemala, one particular species of the honey bee harks back to the time of the ancient Mayan civilization, more than three thousand years ago.  […]

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