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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stories from an Undercover DEA Agent

Friday, November 07, 2014

Can the "War on Drugs" be won by targeting drug kingpins? Edward Follis, retired undercover DEA agent, talks about the policy lessons he's learned from operations in the field.

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The Takeaway

Mass Protests Over Mexico’s Missing Students

Friday, November 07, 2014

There have been mass protests in Mexico this week over the slow pace of an investigation of 43 missing student teachers in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26th.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Highly Organized World of Drug Cartels

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Saturday’s capture of the notorious drug lord El Chapo was hailed as a major victory in the war against the international drug trade. But the crime syndicate has a presence in as many as 50 countries. And it is run, in many ways, as efficiently and as well organized as a multi-national corporation. So with El Chapo out of the game, will Sinaloa even feel the loss? Mike Vigil, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Narco Cultura: Odes to Drug Lords

Friday, November 22, 2013

The music of Narcocorridos aspires to be the next hip hop. And among Mexicans and Latinos in the United States, it's already the most popular genre. The new documentary, “Narco Cultura” juxtaposes the flashy life of Narcocorrido artists—who sing in praise of drug lords—with the lives of individuals and families personally affected by the drug war’s destruction. The film is directed by award winning photographer Shaul Schwarz, and opens in limited release today.

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The Takeaway

'Reportero' Tells the Story of Journalists Who Risk Their Lives in Mexico

Monday, January 07, 2013

The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that 48 journalists have been killed or kidnapped in Mexico between 2006 and 2011. In a new point-of-view-style documentary airing on PBS stations tonight, filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz follows the story of a Mexican newspaper and its brave editorial team which is moving forward with its mission despite direct attacks on its own staff and reporters.

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It's A Free Country ®

Did the ATF Walk Guns to Mexico in Fast & Furious?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

On Tuesday's Brian Lehrer Show, reporter Katherine Eban broke down her breakthrough investigation into the root cause of the Fast and Furious "gun-walking" scandal.

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The Takeaway

What Do Mexican Politics Mean for American Border Towns?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

When a PRI candidate emerged as the frontrunner in Mexico’s presidential elections this summer, a question emerged as central to his campaign: Would electing a candidate from the PRI, a party known for corruption and cooperation with drug lords, signal a step forward, or a return to the past?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Reportero"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Director Bernardo Ruiz talks about his documentary “Reportero,” which follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a newspaper based in Tijuana, one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper’s founding in 1980, two of the paper’s editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its aggressive investigative reporting. “Reportero” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center June 21-23.

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The Takeaway

Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Nearing the US

Monday, June 04, 2012

We hear stores almost daily now about violence among drug cartels in Mexico, but over the weekend some of that violence spilled over the border. Police in rural Arizona found a charred SUV with five bodies inside along a stretch of desert road commonly used as a smuggling route. Authorities haven't charged anyone for the crime, but all signs are pointing to the cartels.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Monday, November 28, 2011

Journalist Ioan Grillo, who has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines, draws a portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. His book El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency includes testimonies from inside the cartels, firsthand dispatches, and analysis.

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The Takeaway

US Has Network of Informants in Mexican Drug Cartels

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In an exclusive story, The New York Times reports today that the United States has a network of highly placed informants in Mexican drug cartels, often operating without the knowledge of the Mexican government. The informants have been instrumental in capturing or killing a number of important traffickers. Eric Olson, senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, comments on what this revelation means for U.S.-Mexican relations.

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The Takeaway

Extortion in Mexico Shuts Down Schools

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Extortion has tripled in Mexico since 2004, and the latest victims are teachers in Acapulco, one of the country's biggest tourist spots. Gang members are plaguing teachers there with threats demanding they give over half their pay by October 1. Hundreds of schools have closed because of the threats, but thousands of teachers are not sitting quietly, and instead are taking to the streets in protest.

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