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By Andy Lanset : Director of Archives, New York Public Radio
Monday, October 08, 2012
Álvaro Uribe Velez, president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010, talks about leading the country’s transformation from a “failed state,” besieged by drug kingpins, terrorist groups, and extreme poverty into a far more peaceful, stable, modern democracy. His book No Lost Causes reveals how President Uribe dealt with the FARC, restored the rule of law across the country, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at dealings with various world leaders.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Ian Mount describes the nefarious scams, brilliant business innovations, and backroom politics that put Malbec on the map. For generations, Argentine wine was famously bad, but in 2001, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend beat all contenders in a blind taste test featuring Napa and Bordeaux’s finest. The Vineyard at the End of the World tells the 400-year history of how Argentina became a wine mecca.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Joseph Leahy, Brazil bureau chief for the Financial Times, talks about Brazil's economy, its rising global profile, and President Dilma Rousseff and her recent visit to the United States. We’ll also look at preparations for both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
President Obama recently called Chile “a model for the region and the world.” Ricardo Lagos, president of Chile from 2000 to 2006 talks about his country's rise on the world stage. In The Southern Tiger: Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, Lagos chronicles Chile's journey from terror and repression under General Pinochet to an open society with a thriving economy.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
In the late 1990s, Argentina spiraled into a recession not unlike our own. That economic crisis also spawned the “piquetero movement,” where activists pioneered a system of strategic roadblocks as a form of protest. Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left, discusses what the piqueteros did and didn’t accomplish and what lessons Occupy Wall Street can learn from the movement.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been governing his country for the last month from a hospital bed in Cuba. Nikolas Kozloff, author of the book Hugo Chávez: Oil, Politics, and the Challenge to the United States, looks at the Chavez presidency and how he has maintained his grip on power.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate. Rempel’s book At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel tells how Jorge Salcedo, a part-time soldier, engineer, respected businessman, and family man, joined the Cali cartel and became the head of security for its principal godfather. After receiving an order that he can’t obey—but can’t refuse—Jorge realizes that his only way out is to bring down the biggest, richest crime syndicate of all time.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Mark Adams describes the discovery of Machu Picchu and his own investigation into allegations that the Yale professor who discovered the ruins, Hiram Bingham III, was not the hero he’s made out to be. Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time retraces Adams’s journey to Machu Picchu, with a crusty, antisocial Australian survivalist and several Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides. The book will be released June 30.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Peter Mountford talks about his debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism. It tells the story of Gabriel, who, on his first assignment for a hedge fund goes to Bolivia at the end of 2005 to seek out insider information on the plans of the controversial president-elect. If he succeeds, it means he’ll get a bonus that would make him secure for life. But standing in his way are his headstrong mother, who is a survivor of Pinochet's Chile, and Gabriel's new love interest, the president's passionate press liaison. Gabriel sets in motion a terrifying plan that could cost him the love of all those he holds dear.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
It has long been known that Chiquita Brands International made controversial payments to violent guerilla and paramilitary groups in Columbia in the 1990s and 2000s. The company was fined $25 million dollars in a 2007 plea-agreement for making payments to AUC, which was designated as a terrorist group by the US State Department in 2001. Michael Evans, chief researcher on Colombia at the National Security Archive, explains that a newly released trove of internal Chiquita memos obtained by the National Security Archive suggest that, contrary to company claims that the money was extorted, the payments often resulted in direct benefits for the banana giant.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Since 2006, the United States has extradited more than a dozen Colombian paramilitaries, only to seal the records of their court cases. On this week’s Underreported, Jennifer Janisch and Oriana Zill de Granados of PBS’s Wide Angle series, explain how they discovered that the cases, and what the use of judicial secrecy here in the U.S. means for their Colombian victims seeking justice.