PRI's The World

How one young boy fleeing violence in Central America faced danger at a US detention facility

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There is worry that young Central American migrants — now housed in residential shelters throughout the US — face abuse during their stays.


The Takeaway

Lawmaker's Solution to Child Migrants: Cut Off Aid

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Amid a surge in child migrants arriving from Central America, one GOP congresswoman makes the case for cutting off aid to the region.

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New Sounds

100 x John (dedicated to John Cage)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to but a few of the 100 compositions and sounds from a project called “100 x John, A Global Salute to John Cage,” featuring field recordings by composers and sound artists around the world. There is music made from the sounds that surround us, including the last town in Nepal before base camp on Mount Everest to stalactites in a cave, 700 meters underground in Serbia.  Hear a composition by Arsenije Jovanic, comprised of the sounds of stalactites struck by wooden drum sticks, pieces of stone, and the composer’s hands, recorded in a cave, 700 m under the earth in Eastern Serbia.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Lesser-Known UN Speech Round-Up

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We look at some of the UN speeches from countries that aren't getting the headlines, including Mali, Guatemala, and Italy. Featuring:

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Moving Towards Justice for Victims of Guatemalan Civil War

Thursday, May 31, 2012

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella tells the story of Oscar Alfred Ramírez Castañeda, whose family lived in a remote village that was attacked as part of a government offensive in 1982, when he was still a child. Castañeda never knew that he had lost almost his entire family, but he was reunited with his father earlier this week, thanks to technologies and resources that are only now helping prosecutors and victims piece together what happened during the three-decade civil war in Guatemala in the hopes that justice will be served.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Prosecuting the Guatemalan Genocide

Thursday, September 15, 2011

In the early 1980s, an estimated 200,000 Guatemalans were killed in a genocide carried out by the country’s military. Documentary filmmaker Pamela Yates was there in 1982 shooting footage of the struggle for her documentary, “When the Mountains Tremble.” On today’s Backstory, Yates discusses the efforts to prosecute some of Guatemala’s highest ranking generals for the genocide, and how her film footage has been used to help build a case against them. She tells the story in her latest film, “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.” We’ll also be joined by Fredy Pecerelli, a forensic anthropologist who’s leading a team of anthropologists in combing through some of the mass graves in Guatemala.

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” is playing at the IFC Center

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The Takeaway

US Apologizes for 1940s Guatemala Syphilis Experiments

Monday, October 04, 2010

U.S. officials have apologized for shockingly immoral experiments done on hundreds of Guatemalans in the 1940s, in an effort to test the effectiveness of penicillin in treating syphilis.

From 1946 to 1948, American public health doctors deliberately infected nearly 700 Guatemalan prison inmates, mental patients and soldiers, as part of the experiment.  In some instances, syphilis-infected prostitutes were paid to sleep with prisoners, as part of the testing.


The Takeaway

Guatemalan Women Could Be Eligible For Asylum Due To Murder Rate

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More than 5,000 women have been murdered in Guatemala in the past 10 years and many were tortured and mutilated in the process. Fewer than two percent of those killings have been prosecuted. This week, a federal court decided that these horrible statistics may be enough of a reason to classify all Guatemalan women as a social group eligible for asylum in the U.S.