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!

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.

The Week Ahead: September 27, 2013

UN General Assembly, Colombia Peace Process
Adam looks at Latin American leaders' statements at the UN General Assembly, and the current state of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group.

The Week Ahead: September 21, 2013

Brazil's state visit canceled; VP Biden's visit to Mexico; El Salvador's MCC grant
Adam looks at Brazil's aprubtly canceled state visit to Washington amid NSA spying revelations; Vice-President Biden's visit to Mexico City; and mild controversy over a new Millennium Challenge grant to El Salvador.

The Week Ahead: September 13, 2013

Chile's coup anniversary, Colombia-Nicaragua maritime dispute, Venezuela's power grid
Adam looks at Chile on the 40th anniversary of its military coup, the maritime border dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua, and Venezuela's troubles with its electric power grid.

40 Years After the Coup in Chile

Joe Eldridge, WOLA's co-founder, was in Santiago on September 11, 1973
On September 11, 1973, democracy came to a violent end in Chile. Joe Eldridge, the chaplain of American University, was there. Here, he recounts the terror of those days, and the revelations of the U.S. role, which led him to co-found WOLA a year later.