Thursday, August 21, 2014
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.
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.
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:
- Barbara Schieber, editor of Guatemala Times, examines President Molina's speech and his proposal around drug legalization
- Adam Nossiter, West Africa correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the UN reaction to the crisis in Mali.
- Hugo Dixon, founder and editor of Reuters Breakingviews, on Italian PM Monti's speech and how the Eurozone crisis is playing out at the UN.
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.
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.
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.
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.