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Americas Now

Website: http://www.cctv-america.com/category/americas-now
Next Airing: Mon, Dec 17th, 2018 at 3:30 AM on UEN-TV

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AMERICAS NOW is a unique magazine show focusing on issues of interest to anyone who follows developments in South and Central America. Hosted by anchor Elaine Reyes in Washington, the series contains one in-depth investigative story in each episode by one of a group of experienced correspondents based in Latin America. They include veterans of the BBC, NPR, and CNN International. Hard hitting reporting is complemented by stories of people working for social change. The first person "Game Changer' segment provides uplifting profiles across the region. Among the programs in the series: Gerry Hadden investigates the plight of single mothers and domestic violence in Mexico. "Game Changer" in this episode comes from Colombia. Harris Whitbeck visits some of the world's oldest people living in Costa Rica. "Game Changer" goes to Mexico. Dan Collins explores the changing lives of an isolated tribe in the Amazon rain forests of Peru. "Game Changer" goes to rural Mexico. Gerry Hadden visits Panama, described by some as the happiest place in Latin America. But is the reputation deserved? "Game Changer" goes to Colombia. Harris Whitbeck investigates the gangs of Guatemala, a nation described by some as one of the most dangerous places on earth. He explores violence against children. "Game Changer" tells an uplifting story from Brazil.

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  • Lifeline for Haiti - In recent years -- money sent by Latinos abroad.. .to their families back home -- has grown. In fact...from 20-16 to 20-17...they sent a total of 75-billion dollars...a new record, according to the World Bank. The money...called, remittances reflect the rise of migration across the continent..."two-thirds" of migrants from Latin America -- live in the United States. One of the countries that receives the most -- is Haiti, where the money accounts for almost 35-percent of the GDP. Correspondent John Zarrella visited the island nation to examine the financial impact this flow of income - has on residents. Laura Carlsen Interview - One of the reasons for the sharp increase in migrations from Latin American and Caribbean countries in recent years is lack of economic opportunity. Once those migrating settle in a new location and find employment, they often send money to their relatives back home. These "money transfers" are known as "remittances." And for countries in Latin America they can amount to billions of dollars each year. Here to talk more about these remittances and their influence on Latin America and the Caribbean is our political analyst Laura Carlsen. Laura welcome. Medical Tourism - The pressure to attain the perfect face or body has led to a booming plastic surgery industry. Latin America has "two" of the leading destinations for these operations. Brazil and Colombia are among the top 10 countries in the world for performing the medical procedures in 20-16. That's according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. But because the industry isn't regulated, the surgeries aren't always safe. Correspondent Michelle Begue has more from Bogota.

    Next Airing: Mon, Dec 17th, 2018 at 3:30 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Mexico - Tech-Mex - Part of U.S. President Donald Trumps' "get-tough" policy is expected to include an increase in the expulsion of undocumented citizens to their home countries. Mexico is one of the nations that might face the largest number of returnees. For many of them it could feel like starting over as they know little about the language and culture of their country of origin. That makes things like finding a job difficult. But the digital startup sector in Mexico is viewing the return of migrants from the U.S. as an opportunity. Our correspondent Harris Whitbeck went to Mexico City to find out who is hiring returnees and why. Interview - Evo Morales, President of Bolivia - When Evo Morales, first became Bolivia's president in 2006 his first challenge was to tackle the country's extreme poverty. As the nation's first indigenous leader he implemented various social policies and programs managing to keep steady financial growth despite an economic crisis in the region. Elaine had the rare opportunity to sit down with President Morales. They discussed many things from sovereignty and the future of the region to Bolivia's ties with China. Musical - Chile Marine Sanctuary - Before Chilean President Michelle Bachelet left office in 2018, she signed into law protections for several areas of land. One of those was the Juan Fernandez Islands located 665 kilometers off of Chile's central coast. Only 700 people inhabit the area which is richer in plant and bird species than the Galapagos Islands. We used these images of the pristine preserve for our musical/end piece this week.

    Next Airing: Thu, Dec 20th, 2018 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
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  • Guatemala - Girls at Risk (Harris Whitbeck) - It was an event that shocked the entire country and made headlines around the world. 42 girls, locked up in a state home for children in Guatemala --burned to death. The fire broke out following protests and accusations of poor conditions and abuse. The incident also revealed many of the vulnerabilities faced by young people. More than a year after the tragedy the victim's relatives are still looking for answers. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck tells us more about Guatemala's girls at risk. Peru - Mercedes Araoz - Vice-President - The resignation of Peruvian President Kuczynski over graft allegations resulted in political turmoil that turned the country's government upside down. The Andean nation quickly reacted and a new president took power just in time to host the eighth Summit of the Americas. The main theme of the gathering was the region's fight against corruption. Elaine sat down with Peru's Vice President, Mercedes Araoz, during her visit to the presidential palace in Lima. They spoke about the political crisis, the economy, and China-Peru bilateral relations. Game Changer - Julie Colombino (Nitza Perez) - A former aerial performer for Cirque USA traded her high-flying life in Orlando, Florida for Port au Prince, Haiti. In 2010 the Caribbean country was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake. With only 7-thousand dollars and no plan, she wanted to find a way to help. Eight years later, she is an entrepreneur providing job training to Haitian residents at her ethical footwear company. You could say she is fighting poverty, one step a time. Our Game Changer this week is Julie Colombino. Musical - Venezuelan Chocolate - The economic crisis in Venezuela has forced many to become creative in growing their income. For chocolatiers the idea to export the country's high-quality chocolate to gourmet stores abroad is reaping sweet rewards. The cocoa products are being sought- after in shops in Europe and the United States. For our musical/ending piece this week, we used images of the chocolate-making in different Venezuela regions and the small-scale export process.

    Next Airing: Thu, Dec 27th, 2018 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:23
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Guatemala - Unearthing Answers - Guatemala is one of the Central American countries that suffered the most during the Cold War - a time of post-World War Two tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States. In particular a civil conflict in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 that left hundreds of thousands dead -- and tens of thousands missing. More than two decades after the end of the conflict, forensic anthropologists are helping families who have been searching for their disappeared loved ones. Harris Whitbeck explains from Guatemala City. Argentina - Alibaba in Argentina - Singles Day an "unofficial" Chinese holiday that celebrates single people and is now the busiest online shopping day in the world. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba recorded sales of over $25 billion dollars in 2017. Founder Jack Ma founded the company to help Chinese producers sell to foreign buyers and it's expanding. Correspondent Joel Richards reports from Argentina, a country that recently signed a deal with Alibaba to sell a growing range of products to China. Game Changer - Mexico - Pelota Mesoamericana - Long before basketball and football, Mexico's indigenous invented their very own athletic competition that involved a ball and a court: the Ballgame of Meso-america. Today, in Api-zaco, Mexico, a group of athletes is trying to bring back the nearly-forgotten sport. A Mexican coach has co-founded a national league to preserve the game teaching teenagers the rules and how to play it. Our Game Changer this week is Ivan Yerena.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:36
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Brazil - Black Pride (Stephen Gibbs) - Brazil is sometimes portrayed as one of the world's harmonious, multi-ethnic "rainbow nations." But the truth is more complicated. For generations, white Brazilians have enjoyed preferential treatment over their black counterparts. It's been especially noticeable in higher education. Most publicly-funded universities are filled by white students, even though half of all Brazilians are of African descent. To reverse that trend, the government has adopted a quota policy. They are obliged to fill 50-percent of their spots with students of black or indigenous ancestry. However, critics say this only aggravates racism. As Correspondent Stephen Gibbs reports some are questioning whether it's possible to define who is black in mixed-race Brazil. Guatemala - Indigenous Justice (Harris Whitbeck) - Indigenous populations in Guatemala have used their own justice system for hundreds of years. It's a system centered on the wisdom of their ancestors. And for many it's a more efficient and effective way to resolve problems. However, some punishments include public lashings so it's not without controversy. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck traveled to the town of Santa Cruz to show us how indigenous authorities govern their communities. Mexico - Guardian Falcons - You may recall the story of pilot "Sully" Sullenberger. Back in 2009 he successfully landed his passenger airplane on the Hudson River in New York City saving the lives of 150 passengers and crew. Well, the cause of that crash landing was a bird strike which disabled the plane's engines. At Mexico City's International Airport, they've trained falcons to keep other birds away from the planes. These "birds of prey" are on patrol along with their doggy companions, keeping birds away at the main airport. This is our end/musical piece this week.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jan 10th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:33
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Argentina - White Gold (Joel Richards) - The stunningly beautiful salt flats that span the north of Argentina and Chile as well as the south of Bolivia form what's known as the Lithium Triangle. More than half of the world's reserves of lithium are found there. The metal is a vital component in batteries and with the electric car market growing at a rapid rate, demand for lithium is expected to triple by 2025. But there are environmental concerns. Especially the effect extraction could have on local indigenous communities. Americas Now Correspondent Joel Richards traveled to the region to tell us about the white gold rush. Brazil - C-Section Galore (Stephen Gibbs) - Nowhere in the world has a higher rate of Caesarean or C-section birth deliveries than Brazil. More than half of all births are a result of surgery. That's far higher than the World Health Organization recommends -it says 10-15% is a safe level. Our correspondent Stephen Gibbs looks at the cultural factors behind Brazil's C-section epidemic, and what the government is doing to tackle the issue

    Next Airing: Thu, Jan 17th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Immigrant Caravan - Migration remains one of President Donald Trump's political pressure points, as he promises to crack down on illegal immigration like never before. But with buzzwords like 'catch-and-release' flying around, it's difficult to sort facts from political fiction. Correspondent Alasdair Baverstock looks deeper into the issue. Students Crossing - The best way to assess the impact of U.S. immigration policy on children of deported parents is to spend the day with them. That's according to child welfare authorities. Some of the US-born children living in Mexico now cross the border into the U. S. each day to continue their education. They often wake up as early as 3 a.m. to make the trek shouldering not just their book bags but feelings of confusion and insecurity. Correspondent Mike Kirsch has their story.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jan 24th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:42
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Mexico - Housing Nightmare (Mike Kirsch) - Back in 2001 some in Mexico called it a "miracle." Millions of low wage, factory workers were promised new, affordable homes under an ambitious residential construction boom. It was set in motion by then-President Vicente Fox and the World Bank. Today that "miracle" is being described as a social and financial catastrophe. According to a recent in-depth investigation by the Los Angeles Times citizens in these developments have been dealing with daily hardships and hazards across Mexico. Correspondent Mike Kirsch toured one region of broken homes and broken dreams in the northern Mexican state of Baja California. Game Changer - David Hernandez Ludofono (Colombia - Michelle Begue) - It's been long believed by scientists that music can have a positive impact on the development of a child's brain. But a recent study by Northwestern University claims that listening to music isn't enough. Being actively engaged by playing an instrument increases the benefits to the brain even more. But not all children have access to instruments. In Colombia, one man is trying to give them that access. He's invented an instrument called the Ludofono. Meet Game Changer David Hernandez. Musical - Afro-Colombian Fashion Show - For the ending/musical piece this week, we take you to Zipaquira, Colombia, where high fashion meets a place of faith. An African Fashion Week travels outside the continent to the colonial town's famous Salt Cathedral. Organizers hope to make it an annual event.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jan 28th, 2019 at 3:30 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Costa Rica - Plastic Ban (Harris Whitbeck) - The Central American nation of Costa Rica has long been at the forefront of progressive environmental policies. But it's lagged behind in one crucial area, the safe disposal of solid waste. But that could all change with their goal to end "single use" plastics by the year 2020 along with a new motto, "Say no to plastic". Our correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports from San Jose, Costa Rica. Brazil - Samba Empire (Lucrecia Franco) - Some call it the greatest show south of the equator: the Samba parade in Rio. Thousands of dancers from Brazil's top Samba schools perform in extravagant costumes. This year, Brazilian dancers from the Imperio Serrano school are telling the story of China -from the Great Wall to the ancient Silk Road. Correspondent Lucrecia Franco follows their path. Musical - Black and White carnival - It is Carnival season. Festivities take place all over Latin America with many countries showcasing fantasy, color and dance. In Colombia, in the small town of El Pasto, thousands take part in the "Blacks and Whites" Carnival each year, a celebration recognized by UNESCO. We use the images of culture from the Andean, Amazonian and Pacific regions of the country for our end/musical piece this week.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jan 31st, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Chile - Buried Alive (Harris Whitbeck) - They spent 69 grueling days in collapsed copper mine in Chile before being brought to safety. Thirty-three miners endured claustrophobia, heat and near-starvation. There are no reported cases of anyone being trapped beneath the earth for so long. But miraculously, every man in the group emerged alive. The rescue was one of the most challenging ever attempted especially at such a low depth. One of the men who played a key role in that rescue operation was a Naval Medic named Andres Llarena. He sat down with "Americas Now" to recount the recovery mission. Game Changer - Mexico - Julian Rios Breast Cancer Detection (Lara Rodriguez) - Breast cancer is one the leading cause of death in the Americas among women according to the World Health Organization. Our Game Changer nearly lost his mother to the disease when he was 13 years old. And that experience inspired him to find a better solution for early detection of the disease. Now, at 18 years old, he's invented a new device to detect breast cancer. Mexican Julian Rios is our Game Changer this week. Urban Voices - Ronald Martin (Armando) - When you think of music in Cuba you're more likely to hear the sounds of salsa than the chords of a classical composition. But a musician from Havana is altering that perception. He plays the "viol" - a stringed-instrument that first appeared during the Renaissance in Europe. Ronald Martin Alonso re-located to Paris and recently released a solo album. It features pieces from one of France's most famous viol players back in the early 18th century. Ronald is our Urban Voice.

    Next Airing: Thu, Feb 7th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Peru- Amazon Contamination (Dan Collyns) - Our first story is from Peru's Northern Amazon rain forest. There generations of indigenous peoples have used knowledge passed down from their ancestors to watch their territory and the well-being of their community. But that vigilance changes when a new neighbor is a multi-national oil company. Now they're using state-of-the-art technology to protect their families and their land from pollution. Correspondent Dan Collyns takes us there. NY - Latinos On Stage (Gerry Hadden) - Despite decades of trying, Latinos have only made modest gains in the world of professional acting. The most progress has been on TV shows and in movies. But the Latino presence on stage lags behind. A new effort in New York City is turning things around. It's called the Sol Project. And its bringing new energy and enthusiasm to Latino stage actors and playwrights, off Broadway. Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports. Musical -Salt Cathedral Colombia - Our final piece take us an hour outside of Colombia's capital city to a heavenly wonder. It's a series of underground chambers located beneath a mountain of salt. It's a pillar of strength for locals and one of Bogota's most popular tourist attractions

    Next Airing: Thu, Feb 14th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Mexico - Smuggled Arms (Mike Kirsch) - The gun laws in Mexico are among the toughest in the world. There's only one gun store in the entire country which is run by the military. But every year 250-thousand firearms are being sold on the black market. As Correspondent Mike Kirsch reports from Mexico City they're being smuggled into the hands of criminal organizations by an unknown third-party from the United States. Belize - Endangered Reef (John Zarrella) - One of the world's great treasures lies just off the coast of the Central America the nation of Belize. Just below the surface, a magnificent coral reef spans the entire length of the country. It was declared a World Heritage Site more than twenty years ago. But today, the reef is under attack. Coastal development, oil exploration and rising water temperatures are taking their toll on this jewel of the Caribbean. Correspondent John Zarrella went to Belize to see what's being done to save the reef from ruin. Musical - Up In the Air (Reuters 8066681) - We end our show with a story that will take you up and away. Each November hot-air balloons rise into the Mexican sky in a dazzling display of color at the Leon International Balloon Festival. Liftoff for this high-flying fiesta begins at 7 in the morning so spectators arrive early. Then, a night show takes place later in the evening.

    Next Airing: Thu, Feb 21st, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Chile - Surviving the Andes (Joe) - On October 13th, 1972 a plane carrying a rugby team from Uruguay crashed in the Andes Mountains on its way to Chile. Initially, 33 people survived (but many perished in the days that followed). For the next two months those who remained endured below freezing temperatures and high altitude waiting for help. It never came. The story became famous because the passengers resorted to cannibalism to survive. On the 45th anniversary of their rescue, Americas Now presents an interview with passenger turned life-saving doctor Roberto Canessa. He and another survivor made the treacherous trek back to civilization, to get the assistance needed to save the lives of their 14 still-stranded companions. USA - Bodegas in Peril (Gerry Hadden) - In many places across America the corner store is a fixture in local life. It's a place for last minute, late-night shopping. A warm spot where you greet neighbors. And where staff know how many creams you like in your coffee. In Latino communities in New York and Los Angeles those stores are called bodegas. Their local flavor and charm has helped them compete against big supermarkets. But now, a small device may threaten them. It's also called Bodega, but it's not exactly a store. Correspondent Gerry Hadden explains from New York City. Musical - Magical Town - For the musical/end piece this week, we take you to Mompox, an historic town along Colombia's longest river. It's been described as being trapped in time. It takes six hours to drive there from the port-city of Cartagena. But for most tourists, the long ride is worth the wait.

    Next Airing: Thu, Feb 28th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Belize - Millennial Nation (John Zarrella) - When violence is a serious problem in a community, it often prevents young people from experiencing growth. It's a problem that is prevalent throughout the Caribbean, particularly in Belize. This nation that sits on the east coast of Central America only became independent thirty-six years ago. The vast majority of its citizens are under the age of thirty. In every sense Belize is a millennial nation struggling to find its footing. It is a place with two very opposite reputation, a must see tourism hotspot and a place where jobs are tough to find; and violent crime is rampant. We sent Correspondent John Zarrella to find out how the country is dealing with its internal issues and external fame. Guatemala - Guatemala Archaeology (Harris Whitbeck) - Modern technology is helping uncover an ancient city in the rainforest of Guatemala. In July 2017, archaeologists from the United States and Guatemala made a fascinating find deep in the Peten jungle. They unearthed a royal tomb. It's shedding new light on one of the most mysterious civilizations in the Americas. And the laser imagery being used to scan the jungle vegetation is providing a wealth of other information as well. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck has more from Guatemala. Musical - The Art of Filigree - Our musical/end piece this week is about a town in Colombia where craftsmen make jewelry using Arabian designs and techniques. It's an ancient art that's existed in the town of Mompox since the Spanish Conquest.

    Next Airing: Thu, Mar 7th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Witness - Chasing Pablo Escobar ( CP) - In the late 1980's, two DEA agents volunteered to work on a top-secret mission. It ended up taking down the world's wealthiest criminal empire at the time, the Medellin Drug Cartel in Colombia and its leader Pablo Escobar. The story of Javier Pena and Steve Murphy inspired the hit "Netflix" drama "Narcos." Americas Now had the opportunity to sit down with the intrepid investigators to hear their incredible tale. Game Changer - German Mendez Underwater Mission (Lisa Hagen) - The beautiful coral reef with plants of all colors may soon be history in Cozumel, Mexico. Over-development, mass tourism and irresponsible diving practices have all led to the demise of the island's underwater landscape. But there's one man who has devoted himself to protecting the reef. He started the "Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program". Meet our Game Changer marine biologist German Mendez. Musical - Aging Pandas - Mexico is home to two of the oldest living pandas outside of China. While most pandas in captivity have a lifespan of 20 years, they have so far lived to be 27 and 30. Our musical/ending piece have images of these elderly pandas, Shaun Shaun and Xin Xin.

    Next Airing: Thu, Mar 14th, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020
  • Honduras - Child Marriage Ban - According to The World Bank, 15 million girls marry before the age of 18 globally. It's a phenomenon that's common in many poor nations around the world. One of the countries with the highest rates of underage marriage has been Honduras. But in 2017 lawmakers passed a landmark ruling which raised the marital age from 16 to 18. The new law is a big adjustment for Honduras where marrying very young has always been part of the culture. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck takes a look at how difficult banning a practice can be when it's so steeped in tradition. A conversation with President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela - In June of 2017 Panama and China made history by establishing diplomatic relations. Fast forward a year and a lot has happened. President Varela made an official state visit to Beijing to sign a series of agreements. During this time, the two nations implemented more than 20 deals and a free trade agreement is also a part of the political sphere. "Americas Now" anchor Elaine Reyes had the opportunity to sit down with President Varela. They discussed Panama-China relations and Latin America's current political and economic situation. Urban Voices - Argentina Artisan Knife Maker (Joel Richards) - Damascus steel is made by an ancient technique of welding patterns onto swords and knives. It is a craft -- only a handful of artisans still use. One of them is a man from Argentina. He works alone in his workshop on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and sells his creations around the world. Our "Urban Voice" is knife master and bladesmith ... Guillermo Mendoza. Musical - Magic Tree - South America is home to a highly-coveted tree that used to be plentiful -- but almost became extinct from deforestation. It's being nurtured back to life on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Nicknamed "The Magic Tree"...its nutritious fruit has many uses. And its sap possesses medicinal qualities. We leave you with these images of the Guaimaro tree.

    Next Airing: Thu, Mar 21st, 2019 at 6:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 9/28/2018 to 9/27/2020

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