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Miradas is a podcast on current affairs and culture in Latin America, with John Bartlett, Laurence Blair and guests. Each episode features several interviews across a range of viewpoints from within and outside the region, highlighting new trends, fresh thinking and global connections.

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Miradas is a podcast on current affairs and culture in Latin America, with John Bartlett, Laurence Blair and guests. Each episode features several interviews across a range of viewpoints from within and outside the region, highlighting new trends, fresh thinking and global connections.

    #7 - Fire, Folk, Fernández (Alex Schober, Emilio M Bruna, Camila Moreno)

    #7 - Fire, Folk, Fernández (Alex Schober, Emilio M Bruna, Camila Moreno)

    ARGENTINA ELECTIONS - AMAZON FIRES - CHILEAN FOLK

    Newsflash (01:50): John spoke to Ducker Frontier's Latin America analyst, Alex Schober (@schobetrotter), about the economic situation in Argentina with a presidential election looming on 27 October.

    Deep Dive (16:15): Laurie interviewed Dr Emilio M Bruna, professor of tropical ecology at the University of Florida and Director of the Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute. They discuss the recent fires across the Amazon and much of South America, the impact of the deforestation "tipping point" on the region, and how severe funding cuts by the Bolsonaro administration will affect Brazil's flourishing scientific community.

    Brazil Budget cuts to scholarships: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02484-w

    Funding cuts to research: https://jornal.usp.br/radio-usp/proposta-orcamentaria-acaba-com-fomento-a-pesquisa-do-cnpq/

    Amazon fires 1: https://earthinnovation.org/2019/08/amazon-fires-what-we-know-and-what-we-can-do/

    Amazon fires 2: https://ipam.org.br/deforestation-not-the-dry-season-responsible-for-amazon-burning-in-2019/

    Amazon deforestation: https://rainforests.mongabay.com/amazon/amazon_destruction.html

    Culture (41:40): Finally, John caught up with Chilean folk-rock singer Camila Moreno. They discussed her upbringing, politics and influences - as well as her latest album Pangea Vol. 2, which came out on 14 October.

    You can listen to it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6HysXgnbctZmGzRS2Bqfit?si=KdIx-_VfQG-B1hVR9KKxAQ

    Thank you for listening to the first season of Miradas! We would love to hear your comments.

    You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MiradasPod, or check out our website and join our mailing list at www.miradaspodcast.com. You can also email us on info@miradaspodcast.com.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #6 – Bullets/Ballet (Timothy Power, Jacqueline Charles, Isaac Hernández)

    #6 – Bullets/Ballet (Timothy Power, Jacqueline Charles, Isaac Hernández)

    BRAZIL VIOLENCE – HAITI POLITICS – DANCE IN MEXICO

    In Episode #6:

    Newsflash (01:50): John interviews Professor Timothy J Power, head of the University of Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies and Director of its Brazilian Studies Programme. They discuss the hardline approach of the Jair Bolsonaro government in Brazil towards violent crime, the factors behind a recent fall in homicides, and the country’s tumultuous political panorama.

    Deep Dive (16:45): Laurie patches in to Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald. They talk about the recent political and economic turmoil in Haiti, the legacies of the devastating 2010 earthquake and the island’s historical struggle for independence from France, and Jacqueline’s experiences covering a diverse and complex corner of the Americas.

    Culture (44:25) Laurie catches up with Isaac Hernández, actor, activist, and lead principal with the English National Ballet. They discuss Isaac’s formative experiences in Guadalajara, his recent campaigning for Greenpeace, forthcoming film and TV productions with Netflix, and his pioneering projects bringing dance and performance to a broader range of Mexican society.

    You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MiradasPod, or check out our website and join our mailing list at www.miradaspodcast.com. You can also email us on info@miradaspodcast.com.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #5 - Territories (Andrea González-Ramírez, Nina Lakhani, Yara Rodrigues Fowler)

    #5 - Territories (Andrea González-Ramírez, Nina Lakhani, Yara Rodrigues Fowler)

    PUERTO RICO CRISIS – BERTA CÁCERES – LATINXS IN LONDON

    In Episode #5:

    Newsflash (01:50): Laurie catches up with Puerto Rican journalist Andrea González-Ramírez to discuss the territory’s ongoing political and economic crisis, the fallout from Hurricane Maria, the vexed colonial relationship between the island and the US mainland, and its ties to Latin America – with reference to Bad Bunny, Residente, naval exercises, and the pill.

    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/07/238239/puerto-rico-ricardo-rossello-chat-protest

    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/09/209761/hurricane-maria-anniversary-puerto-rico-women-experience

    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/07/238816/why-did-puerto-rico-governor-resign-young-women-protest-rossello

    Deep Dive (20:10): John interviews Nina Lakhani, a freelance journalist covering Central America for The Guardian. They talked about her forthcoming book on the life & death of Berta Cáceres, which is out with Verso Books in 2020. Nina explained the difficulties she has faced reporting on the case in Honduras and the precautions taken to ensure that she can continue to inform those outside of the country.

    https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4036-verso-author-fighting-intimidation-for-covering-the-murder-trial-of-indigenous-activist-berta-caceres

    Culture (47:40): Laurie sits down with writer Yara Rodrigues Fowler at the British Library in London. They discuss her debut novel Stubborn Archivist (released 2019 in the UK & US), which traces a life caught between Brazil and Britain, trauma and experience, forgetting and remembering. Yara also reflects on the political situation in Brazil, media portrayals of the country, and advocacy, art and activism among the fast-growing Latinx community in London.

    https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/titles/yara-rodrigues-fowler/stubborn-archivist/9780708899076/

    https://www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/fuck-you-pay-me/

    http://flawafestival.co.uk/

    https://www.tobylloydfilm.com/my-uncle-is-not-pablo-escobar

    You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MiradasPod, or check out our website and join our mailing list at www.miradaspodcast.com. You can also email us on info@miradaspodcast.com.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    #4 - Inheritance (Amaru Villanueva, Cristina Jiménez, Marcelo Martinessi)

    #4 - Inheritance (Amaru Villanueva, Cristina Jiménez, Marcelo Martinessi)

    EVO & BOLIVIA – US MIGRANT ACTIVISM – PARAGUAYAN FILM

    In Episode #4:

    Newsflash (02:00): Laurie dials in to La Paz to catch up with with Amaru Villanueva, a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Essex, about Bolivia’s elections in October. Can leftist Evo Morales win a fourth consecutive term and stay in power until 2025, are the polls telling the real story, and what kind of country will Evo leave to his (eventual) successor?

    Deep Dive (19:20): John interviews Cristina Jiménez, the co-founder and director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the US. They talk about how social movements can play a part in standing up to hostile policies, and the cohesive forces that help migrants assimilate.

    Culture (44:00): Laurie catches up with filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi to discuss “Las Herederas,” his prize-winning study of same-sex desire among Paraguay’s stuffy bourgeoisie, which was released in 2018 to universal acclaim at film festivals worldwide. Marcelo reflects on why the movie produced such strong reactions, and the challenges of making art in a deeply conservative society.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7zELAeLObc

    You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MiradasPod, or check out our website and join our mailing list at www.miradaspodcast.com. You can also email us on info@miradaspodcast.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #3 - Colombia, Cólera, Comida (Jamie Shenk, Andrés Velasco, Nicholas Gill)

    #3 - Colombia, Cólera, Comida (Jamie Shenk, Andrés Velasco, Nicholas Gill)

    COLOMBIA PEACEBUILDING - LIBERALISM VS POPULISM - AMAZONIAN CUISINE

    In Episode #3:

    Newsflash (01:35): John speaks with Jamie Shenk, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Oxford, about Colombia's fragile peace following the formal end of the civil war in 2016, ongoing violence against community activists by paramilitary groups, and the contested role of local consultations in achieving sustainable, inclusive development.

    Deep Dive (11:50): Laurie interviews Professor Andrés Velasco, Dean of Public Policy at the London School of Economics, and former Finance Minister of Chile (2006-10) about his new co-authored book with Daniel Brieba, 'Liberalismo en Tiempos de Cólera', whether "toxic and anti-democratic" populism from Brazil to Mexico can ever be inevitable or beneficial, and his fears that Chile's president Sebastián Piñera is stoking nativism against migrants.

    https://www.amazon.com/Liberalismo-en-tiempos-c%C3%B3lera-Spanish-ebook/dp/B07RWPP3H2

    Culture (38:00): Laurie catches up with writer and photographer Nicholas Gill, founder of New Worlder, to talk Latin American cuisine, the best places to eat in Lima, his travels along the Río Negro, and the millions of remarkable flavours and ingredients the Amazon and its peoples has to offer – if they can be saved from destruction.

    http://nicholas-gill.com/

    https://www.newworlder.com

    http://despensamazonica.org/

    You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MiradasPod, or check out our website and join our mailing list at www.miradaspodcast.com. You can also email us on info@miradaspodcast.com.

    • 1 hr
    #2 - Futboleras (Natalie Gedra, Brenda Elsey, Melissa Ortiz)

    #2 - Futboleras (Natalie Gedra, Brenda Elsey, Melissa Ortiz)

    WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – HISTORY OF WOMEN’S SPORT IN LATIN AMERICA – PLAYING FOR COLOMBIA

    In this week’s special Women’s World Cup episode:

    Newsflash (01:50): John speaks to Natalie Gedra (Twitter: @ngedra), a Brazilian sports journalist, about covering the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the excitement on and off the pitch, and why the clamour for equal pay is growing.

    Deep Dive (18:25): Laurence interviews Dr Brenda Elsey (Twitter: @Politicultura), a historian at Hofstra University, about her new co-authored book “Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America,” racism and sexism in the women’s game, the little-known story of Costa Rica’s Deportivo Feminino, and why we should listen to Thaisa as well as Marta.

    https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/elsey-nadel-futbolera

    https://equalizersoccer.com/2019/06/25/marta-speech-womens-world-cup-elimination-brazil-federation-issues/

    Culture (43:50): John catches up with Melissa Ortiz, an Olympian and forward for the Colombian Women’s national team (Twitter: @MelissaMOrtiz), to talk about the joys and challenges of the women’s game, recent improvements to the management of Colombian football, and recycling second-hand socks from youth teams.

    You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MiradasPod, or check out our website and join our mailing list at www.miradaspodcast.com. You can also email us on info@miradaspodcast.com.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

podmonkey99 ,

Great show

Great show for novices and experts alike!

Timmythelegend ,

Great interviews

First ep very impressive and think this podcast will help Latin Americanists/enthusiasts/residents and anyone else wanting more information/analysis stay in touch with what's going on in Latin America on a macro and micro level. Focus on interviewees and their voices.

isa UK ,

Great podcast with expert interviews

Very interesting. Great content tailored for those with all levels of interest in Latin America. Look forward to the next episode !

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