Episode #1 - Fellow Travellers
Political scientist Maryhen Jimenez discusses how Venezuela can rebuild; writer and CNN Chile anchor Daniel Matamala explains why corruption scandals have left Chile's elites with no clothes, and photojournalist Tomas Ayuso talks his influences, ethical questions, and the complicated reality behind migration from Honduras.
Episode #2 - Futboleras
In a special Women's World Cup Episode, Brazilian journalist Natalie Gedra kicks off with some reflections on the tournament in France; we hear about the fascinating backstory of women and sport in Latin America from historian Dr Brenda Elsey; and Colombian forward Melissa Ortiz dishes the dirt on how CONMEBOL fails to back women's soccer.
Episode #3 - Colombia, Cólera, Comida
Colombia's peacebuilding and consultas populares come under Jamie Shenk's microscope; former Chilean finance minister and LSE Public Policy Dean Andrés Velasco takes on the scourge of populism, and founder of New Worlder Magazine Nicholas Gill shares some secrets about the best-tasting Amazonian tubers.
Episode #4 - Inheritance
Sociologist Amaru Villanueva ponders whether Evo Morales will win a fourth term in Bolivia, United We Dream co-founder and migrant rights activist Cristina Jiménez talks strategy in fighting back against Donald Trump and ICE, and filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi discusses “Las Herederas,” his prize-winning study of class, fear, and same-sex desire among Paraguay’s stuffy bourgeoisie.
Episode #5 - Territories
Journalist Andrea González-Ramírez discusses the roots of the Puerto Rico’s ongoing political and economic crisis, Nina Lakhani talks about her reporting work on Central America and her forthcoming book on Berta Cáceres, and British-Brazilian writer Yara Rodrigues-Fowler reflects on her debut novel, Stubborn Archivist, and the growing Latinx community in London.
Episode #6 – Bullets/Ballet
Brazilianist Timothy J Power analyses the hardline policing policies of Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil’s uncertain political panorama, Jacqueline Charles discusses her work reporting on the Caribbean and the roots of the political turmoil in Haiti, and English National Ballet lead principal Isaac Hernández reflects on his formative years in Guadalajara, his experiences on stage and screen, and his efforts to popularise dance among Mexican society.
Episode #7 - Fire, Folk, Fernández
Ducker Frontier's Latin America analyst, Alex Schober, analyses the economic situation in Argentina with a presidential election looming on 27 October. Dr Emilio M Bruna, professor of tropical ecology at the University of Florida and Director of the Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute then discusses the recent fires across the Amazon and how funding cuts by the Bolsonaro administration will affect Brazil's flourishing scientific community. Finally, we interview Chilean folk-rock singer Camila Moreno, who discussed her upbringing, politics and influences - as well as her latest album Pangea Vol. 2, which came out on 14 October.
Episode #8 - Yolanda Kakabadse (Ecuador, Coronavirus and Climate Crisis)
Laurie is joined from Quito by Yolanda Kakabadse, a leading conservationist and former president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF, 2010-17) and environment minister in Ecuador (1998-2000). They discuss the toll of coronavirus on Ecuador, whether a more sustainable world can be built from the wreckage of the current crisis, and how environmentalists can better convey their urgent message.
Episode #9 - Camila Vergara (Chile, Constitutions and Corruption)
John speaks to Chilean political scientist Dr Camila Vergara (@Camila_Vergara) about constitutions, populism and systemic corruption. Her first book, República Plebeya, meshes her research interests, and an adaptation will be published in English by Princeton University Press later this year.
Episode - #10 - Andrés Pertierra (Cuba's Medical Missions)
Dialling in from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Andrés Pertierra, a historian of Latin America, joins Laurie to discuss the humanitarian, political and financial motives behind Cuba’s overseas medical missions. A former student at the University of Havana, Andrés shares insights into the Cuban health system, the recent history of US-Cuba relations, and why the revival of US sanctions are unlikely to bring about democracy on the island.
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