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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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    • 4.3 • 52 Ratings

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.

    Superpesos? Coldplay Dollars? Inside Latin America's Currency Markets

    Superpesos? Coldplay Dollars? Inside Latin America's Currency Markets

    The U.S. dollar is stronger than it’s been in decades against currencies around the world. But that’s not true across Latin America where, in some cases, smart policies by governments and central banks have helped keep domestic currencies steady. XP Investment’s Alberto Bernal tells AS/COA Vice President Randy Melzi which countries have been successful and which are at risk.

    This episode features a quiz! Get the answers to the lightening round of currency trivia at: www.as-coa.org/podcast

    The music featured in this episode is "Adiós Fulana" (A.M. Peñaloza) performed by La Manga for Americas Society.
    Watch the video:  https://youtu.be/bP7pC7Fd_XU
    Learn more at:  https://musicoftheamericas.org

    • 31 min
    Bonus Episode: Amb. Thomas Shannon on How Lula's Win Resets Brazil's Foreign Policy

    Bonus Episode: Amb. Thomas Shannon on How Lula's Win Resets Brazil's Foreign Policy

    In January, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will start a third term as Brazil’s president two decades after he began his first—and in a remarkably changed world. In this episode, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon tells Executive Producer Luisa Leme what Lula’s comeback means for Latin America, U.S. relations, China, and the world.

    To learn more about this year’s Latin American elections, visit: www.as-coa.org/2022

    The music in this episode is "Tarde de Chuva" by Paulo Moura, performed by Cliff Korman Ensemble for Americas Society. Learn more at: www.musicoftheamericas.org

    • 23 min
    What the Guacamaya Hacks Reveal about Latin American Militaries

    What the Guacamaya Hacks Reveal about Latin American Militaries

    In September, a group of hacktivists known as Guacamaya sparked reverberations across much of Latin America when it released millions of documents and emails from the military and police forces of Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, and Peru. In this episode, UC San Diego’s Cecilia Farfán Mendez explains the impact of the leaks in Mexico, which accounts for six of the 10 terabytes of data released. And Cybersecurity expert Juan Pablo Castro explains why Latin America’s militaries were so susceptible to attacks and whether the identity of Guacamaya matters at all.

    Learn more about Mexicans’ views of their military: t.ly/9SG1

    Hear a recent Latin America in Focus episode about how cyber attacks in Costa Rica expose a regional threat. https://bit.ly/3zoFZuq

    Listen to the music included in this episode performed by Julio Cobelli https://youtu.be/ER52AFZct5E and Trio Miramar https://youtu.be/8lWSqRZjkmo

    • 26 min
    The Battle For Brazil's Divided Electorate

    The Battle For Brazil's Divided Electorate

    On October 2nd, Brazilians split the ballots—and the country—between former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Quaest pollster Felipe Nunes talks about whether the polls got the first round wrong, how Lula and Bolsonaro are now dueling for the battleground state of Minas Gerais, and why Lula needs to fight against voter abstention to secure a win in the October 30 runoff.

    Listen to our previous episode with Felipe Nunes on Brazil's first-round vote. https://bit.ly/3yHpJoh

    For a Brazil runoff poll tracker and more on this year’s Latin American elections, visit: www.as-coa.org/2022

    The music in this episode is “Galopada” by Itiberê Zwarg, recorded for Americas Society. Learn more at www.musicoftheamericas.org.

    • 28 min
    What Do We Really Know about the Latino Vote?

    What Do We Really Know about the Latino Vote?

    Every election cycle, both Democrats and Republicans are reminded of the power of the Latino voter—who are now the second largest demographic group in the electorate. However, is either party’s approach to this group effective? And are Latinos really a cogent voting bloc? Two experts, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro of UnidosUS and Sabrina Rodríguez of The Washington Post, discuss Latinos’ top issues, how to perform effective outreach to this group, and how the landscape of Latino politics changes between South Florida and Texas.

    UnidosUS national poll of Latino voters: t.ly/Jv7W
    AS/COA Online Latino vote tracker: t.ly/8IxE
    Access reporting by Sabrina Rodríguez via The Washington Post: t.ly/SxFn
    Music by Quinteto Latino for Americas Society: https://youtu.be/jBQn-DwzMPs

    • 32 min
    Mexico's March toward the 2024 Election

    Mexico's March toward the 2024 Election

    From the presidential state of the union to Independence Day, September in Mexico is a politically momentous time. This year, it saw President Andrés Manuel López Obrador usher through a deepening military control over public security just in time for independence celebrations. In this episode, political analyst Carlos Bravo Regidor talks with AS/COA Online’s Carin Zissis about AMLO’s military moves, the building of his legacy, and how it all relates to a 2024 presidential race that’s already well underway.

    Listen to a prior episode with Bravo Regidor about AMLO’s first 100 days in office: t.ly/BFOZ

    Hear other episodes and subscribe to Latin America in Focus at: www.as-coa.org/podcast

    The music in this episode is Cantos de México by Carlos Chávez performed by Orquesta Pasatono for Americas Society.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Radio Jarocho ,

Informative podcast on Latin America

As a Latin American living in the US, I enjoy this dynamic podcast for staying informed about political developments in the region. The series features knowledgeable guests who are prominent in their fields.

Chuy90023 ,

Re Colombian elections

How did you talk about Rodolfo Hernandez’s authoritarian streak (his admiration for Nayib Bukele, etc) and NOT mention his praise for Adolf Hitler? Isn’t that noteworthy? It was about five years ago during a radio interview when he attributed some wise-sounding words to the “German thinker” — while acknowledging that he was “un asesino” — and it was the journalists with him that suggested that such a quote could be attributed to a number of people, including Albert Einstein, and that he might be better off saying he’s quoting the scientist.

This podcast has a way of consistently making leftwing figures look bad, and making right-wingers look a little better.

Beatriz Elsa ,

Cuba’s New Constitution and 60 years of Revolution

Thank you to America Latina in Focus for that type of discussion. It’s excellent to listen that podcast and maybe more than one Cuban-American will analyze and think about how to find a properly way for economic-politic transition in Cuba.
After 60 years, it will be hard to believe that the regiment is going to implement some kind of changes as Soviet Union did in 1985 like ‘Perestroika and glasnost ‘ when Gorbachev was a president . But the new globalization mentality affects everything, even the regimen in Havana.
Thank you again for your podcast and I can not wait for the next one.

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