Podcast: Latin America Today

WOLA’s podcast series showcases news and analysis about the hemisphere. “The Week Ahead,” hosted by Adam Isacson, previews the latest on human rights, democracy, social justice, and U.S. policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. “Latin America Today” provides an in-depth look at current issues with WOLA experts and special guests. New podcasts will be posted frequently, and you can listen anytime, anywhere, by downloading new podcasts to your iPod or other MP3 player via RSS or iTunes. Tune in and join us!

Mexico's New Southern Border Security Plan and New Police Force

An In-Depth Podcast with WOLA's Adam Isacson and Experts on the Ground
Over 3 days in August, Mexico's government announced a big new southern border security plan, and inaugurated a big new police force, the Gendarmería. Adam talks to six experts about both strategies and their likely effects.

Children, Families, and Danger at the Texas-Mexico Border

Report back on an August 3-4 visit to McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico
With numerous audio samples, Adam reports back on an August 3-4 visit to McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico. Listen to on-the-scene updates about unaccompanied minors, the dangers of the journey, deportations, and the humanitarian response.

The Crisis of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Why are so many Central American adults and children suddenly trying to migrate? WOLA staff recall that the humanitarian crisis starts far south of the U.S. border.
Since October, authorities have captured more than 46,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from Central America, on the U.S. side of the border. Adam talks with WOLA's Geoff Thale, Maureen Meyer, and Marc Hanson about causes and implications.

A "Victims' Victory" in Mexico

Interview With Santiago Aguirre of Tlachinollan
Mexico's Congress has voted to send cases of military human rights abuse to civilian justice. Adam and WOLA Senior Associate for Mexico Maureen Meyer talk with Santiago Aguirre, a lawyer at the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center in Guerrero, Mexico.

Elections in El Salvador and Costa Rica

Candidates and issues for February 2 voting
February 2 will see first-round presidential elections in both El Salvador and Costa Rica. Both countries' races are too close to call. Adam talks with WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale about candidates and issues.

Impeding or Furthering Justice in Guatemala

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt discusses the long-term impacts of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's recent decision to reconsider Ríos-Montt's right to protection.

The Week Ahead: October 19, 2013

Peru coca eradication, US counter-drug aid to Guatemala, human rights and the judiciary in El Salvador
Adam talks about a U.S.-backed coca eradication offensive in Peru, a delivery of U.S. helicopters and equipment to Guatemala, and a series of events affecting human rights and the judicial system in El Salvador.

The Week Ahead: October 12, 2013

Favela pacification in Brazil, decree powers in Venezuela, brain surgery in Argentina
Adam talks about the recent troubles of Rio de Janeiro's Favela Pacification Program, the Venezuelan President's quest for decree powers, and politics in Argentina as President Cristina Fernández undergoes brain surgery.

Challenges to Land Restitution in Colombia

A conversation with Winifred Tate
The Colombian government's peace and land restitution efforts are meeting stiff resistance from elites in much of the country. Adam talks to Winifred Tate of Colby College about this dynamic.

The Week Ahead: October 5, 2013

U.S.-Mexico border migration, Honduras elections, U.S. government shutdown
Adam looks at new data about U.S.-Mexico border security and migration, the upcoming election in Honduras, and how Latin American media commentators are viewing the U.S. government shutdown.