Health officials in the U.S. are warning the public about a deadly, drug-resistant fungus spreading in care facilities across the country. According to a new study, screened cases of Candida auris tripled from 2020 to 2021, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]
Every year tens of thousands of migrants attempt the dangerous journey from their homes in El Salvador and Honduras to the United States. Some make it the US border, only to be turned back. Others don’t even make it that far. But a program in […]
Brazil is by far the most biologically-diverse country in the world. It’s home to over 130,000 living species of flora and fauna. Correspondent Maria Valls reports on how scientists study and protect one of Nature’s greatest sanctuaries: the Amazon rainforest.
According to the US Environment Protection Agency, almost one third of the food that is produced, shipped or sold is wasted. And most of it is uneaten. Mike Kirsch tells us about the efforts underway in California to prevent food from being thrown away.
One of the most beautiful lakes in the world is Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. But in recent years, it has faced severe environmental threats. It comes from pesticides, inadequate sewage systems in the surrounding communities, and an influx of trash and cooking oil. But a group […]
The derailment of a train carrying hazardous chemicals in February has caused what many call an environmental disaster. The accident occurred in the US state of Ohio, raising many questions regarding safety. How often do trains transport these toxic materials? And are they adequately supervised? […]
Santiago, Chile, is Latin America’s fourth most populated capital city. It’s home to over six million people. But a prolonged drought has the metropolis on the verge of unprecedented water rationing. Joel Richards has the story.
Every year in the US, thousands of hectares, entire neighborhoods, and even small towns are lost to wildfires. Preventing these blazes has become a significant challenge for firefighters and authorities. Mike Kirsch introduces us to a unique idea to combat fires that are proving highly […]
Euthanasia is intentionally ending a life to avoid pain and suffering. Colombia is the only country in Latin America – one of a few worldwide – to allow it in terminal cases. Michelle Begue got close to a young patient who chose the path to […]
Two images that don’t go together. Mountains of discarded clothing from retailers piled in the middle of the driest desert on Earth. Harris Whitbeck tells us how the Atacama Desert has become a fashion graveyard.
The Choco rainforest extends from south Panama to northern Ecuador. It’s one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Colombia gets the most significant portion of it, and Michelle Begue brings us stories of how locals go the extra mile to protect vulnerable and […]
Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the Americas and the largest in the US. For decades, scientists have studied its geysers, many species, and volcanic activity. But now they’re closely monitoring something else that’s having an impact—climate change. John Zarrella has the story.
Drug cartels continue to expand their reach across Latin America. The latest example is Paraguay. Once a relatively quiet country, it has become an international transit hub for drug dealing as foreign crime organizations have settled in and caused chaos. Correspondent Maria Valls reports.
One of them commands a spaceship taking tourists to space, and the other is a scientist tracking ice bodies on the solar system’s edge. What does it take to make a career in Astrophysics? John Zarrella met with two Spaniards who made the stars their […]
Deeper and broader than the world-famous Grand Canyon, the hills of northwestern Mexico are also home to some of the most charismatic and fiercely independent tribes in North America. They are the Raramuris, or Tarahumaras, as they are known. Alasdair Baverstock visited the area to […]
It was a tragic end for 53 migrants who died inside a poorly ventilated truck outside San Antonio, Texas. While two men have been indicted for those deaths, the wounds in their communities are still open. Harris Withbeck reports from Central Guatemala, where many victims […]
Venezuela and Colombia have had contentious relations for over a decade. But now, with a new Colombian government in place, diplomatic and economic relations are starting again. Where there was uncertainty, now there is hope. Michelle Begue reports.
Drought, global inflation, and heavy migration. Those factors created a perfect storm in Central America for food insecurity. Alasdair Baverstock went to El Salvador to report on its high prices and food scarcity.
They’re sophisticated, electric-assisted tricycle taxis. They’re manufactured in Shanghai and assembled in Brazil. Many believe they’re precisely what Rio de Janeiro hopes will help its commitment to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050. Lucrecia Franco has more on the trikes that are providing employment and bringing […]
According to the United Nations, 7 million Venezuelans have fled their country since 2017. The majority decided to make their way to other South American nations. But the massive flow of people often caused confrontations and social clashes. Harris Whitbeck reports on some incidents that […]
On December 10th, 2021, a deadly tornado ripped across Western Kentucky, causing catastrophic damage. Dozens of people lost their lives. Correspondent Dan Williams covered the story when it happened. He then went back to check on rebuilding a town; this force of nature nearly wiped […]
The illegal drug business is once again booming in Colombia. The country just reported a 20-year record high yield for coca crops used to make cocaine. President Gustavo Petro has made it his mission to eradicate the problem by using a new approach. Toby Muse […]
They were born in the United States, but they decided to play on teams for Mexico, the land of their parents. Nostalgia is one reason these football players make this decision. But it’s also a matter of opportunity. Mike Kirsch tells us more with this […]
Football is deeply rooted in the hearts of Argentineans. Stadiums are always packed with fans, and people even wear their team jerseys to the office. Argentina won the World Cup in both 1978 and in 1986. And there are big hopes for them this year, […]
They’ve been involved in a land dispute for over 150 years. Generation after generation, Indigenous communities in Guatemala have been attacking each other — over a territorial conflict that seems impossible to resolve. And as Harris Whitbeck reports, illicit activity in the region is making […]
When it comes to gastronomy, Latin America has a variety of options to offer. But Mexican food may be the most famous worldwide. What’s Mexico’s secret? Alasdair Baverstock tells us about the roots of Mexican flavors and the Chinese influence behind them.
In 2016, the government of Colombia and the country’s main rebel group committed to end a 5-decade armed conflict and live in peace. But year after year — violence has been escalating and the number of deaths increasing, as some have decided to take up […]
According to a recent investigation by the US Department of the Interior and Indian Affairs, hundreds of Native American children died in the last century while attending boarding schools. The US government or Christian organizations ran the schools. According to the report, for decades, American […]
The Garifuna people are descendants of mixed African-Indigenous ancestry from a few Central American and Caribbean countries. Their population is small, and their traditions are fading away. Harris Whitbeck went to Belize to report on a movement to protect the Garifuna’s most important cultural legacy: […]
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 […]
She went from being an environmental activist to the first woman of African descent to become Colombia’s Vice-President. Francia Marquez was sworn in last August and immediately began touring the country. Colombia has the second-largest black population in Latin America after Brazil. Michelle Begue tells […]
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 […]
Reggae and Bob Marley may come to mind when people think about Jamaica. Americas Now Correspondent John Zarrella followed the rhythm of this genre to the island nation and traced the unexpected influence of immigrants.
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 […]
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.
Some of Peru’s glaciers have been receding for years and could be on their way to melting away for good. What or who is to blame? Climate change? Lawmakers? Private companies? Dan Collyns tells us how the issue of “melting glaciers” has ended up in […]
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 […]
Central America produces some of the best coffee in the world. But a combination of factors is hurting the industry. The biggest challenge to overcome? Finding farmers to work at the plantations. Harris Whitbeck reports.
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. […]
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, […]
The worst drought in a generation is currently happening in northern Mexico, where in addition to cities now operating with water rationing, the countryside industries are struggling. Cattle ranching – often blamed as a major cause of global warming itself – is on the brink […]
It is called the Tumin, and people have never heard of it in most parts of Mexico. But in the state of Veracruz, it is well known as a non-official alternative to the Peso. Alasdair Baverstock tells us about the past and the future of […]
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