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Go in depth on the latest trends in Latin American politics, economics, and culture in this podcast series by Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

Latin America in Focus AS/COA Online

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Go in depth on the latest trends in Latin American politics, economics, and culture in this podcast series by Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

    Dr. Julio Frenk on the Coronavirus Pandemic in an Age of Populism

    Dr. Julio Frenk on the Coronavirus Pandemic in an Age of Populism

    “We need to understand that health security is national and global security,” says the University of Miami president, a former health minister of Mexico and dean of Harvard University’s School of Public Health who has held decision-making roles during a number of pandemics. Dr. Frenk tells AS/COA’s Carin Zissis that, with a fraction of what’s been lost in the stock market during this pandemic, “we could have competent surveillance and preparedness systems. But again, this is the invisible part of the health system. It’s the thing that we only notice when it fails.”

    Learn more about how the pandemic is affecting Latin America: https://www.as-coa.org/covid19
    Learn about our Healthcare Series: https://www.as-coa.org/healthcare

    • 29 min
    Mexico’s Fight against Femicide Reaches a Boiling Point

    Mexico’s Fight against Femicide Reaches a Boiling Point

    Abril, Ingrid, Fátima. It’d take seven more names to get to 10—the average number of women killed daily in Mexico. Though the country poured resources into battling the violence, the femicide rate rose 138 percent from 2015 to 2019. And women are taking to the street to demand action. EQUIS Justice for Women’s Ana Pecova talks with AS/COA’s Carin Zissis about why Mexican institutions have failed to stop rising femicide, as well as the changes needed to turn the tide.

    Read Pecova’s award-winning piece, “Derechos de papel.” https://bit.ly/2VFTJOC

    • 37 min
    Latin American Cinema’s Point of No Return

    Latin American Cinema’s Point of No Return

    Despite challenges like economic hardships and culture wars, the film industry faces big changes in countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Still, Latin America’s booming sector is making its mark in festivals and screens globally. Film critic Ela Bittencourt speaks with AS/COA Online’s Luisa Leme about how the world’s perception of cinema from the region is shifting.

    Films cited:
    Bacurau, by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles (Brazil)
    http://bit.ly/385Ws6d

    Zama, by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina)
    http://bit.ly/391xl69

    La Flor, by Mariano Llinás (Argentina)
    https://nyti.ms/3aavBaW

    Coffee with Cinnamon, by Glenda Nicácio, Ary Rosa (Brazil)
    http://bit.ly/2SYYYqP

    The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão, by Karim Aïnouz (Brazil)
    http://bit.ly/3a4GTNG

    • 35 min
    The Future of Fintech in Argentina

    The Future of Fintech in Argentina

    Fintech in Latin America is growing, and Argentine entrepreneur Pierpaolo Barbieri talks with AS/COA Online about how technological innovations in the financial sector are transforming the economy in both his own country and the region at large.

    • 18 min
    How Can Latin American Economies Grow Again?

    How Can Latin American Economies Grow Again?

    Is Latin America suffering from secular stagnation? Bloomberg's John Authers interviews the IMF's Western Hemisphere Department Director Alejandro Werner on the economic scenario in 2020 as the region—and the world at large—face uncertain times.

    • 57 min
    Brazil's New And Old Hurdles In 2020

    Brazil's New And Old Hurdles In 2020

    In 2020, Brazil's economic woes might be similar to those of last year, but the world around it is changing fast. The Peterson Institute's Monica de Bolle talks about the country's nationalistic government and its efforts to recover growth amid global concerns about Brazilian climate change policy and rising discontent in Latin America.

    • 41 min

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