CLALS | Latin Pulse


  • Latin American/Latino Studies
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Pulso Latino/Latin Pulse

As the Latino population in the U.S. continues to grow, there is increasing demand for in-depth analysis of current events in Latin America. Partnering with the media non-profit, Link TV, CLALS supports a 30-minute podcast, broadcast every Friday, that analyzes news and public affairs in Latin America and hosts regional experts to offer critical commentary. Based at Webster University in St. Louis, the "Latin Pulse" podcast reaches more than 130,000 online subscribers weekly.

The program's executive producer and host is Rick Rockwell, a journalist with 35 years of experience covering the region. Through Latin Pulse, Rockwell and his team highlight significant news from the region and explore topical issues through substantive but fast-paced interviews with leading intellects from around the world. CLALS assists in the recruitment of experts for the program, drawing on more than 70 Affiliated Faculty at American University as well as researchers and practitioners who take part in two dozen projects that operate under Center auspices. Current and recent programs may be downloaded from this page. For a complete archive of Latin Pulse episodes, please visit Link TViTunes and Sound Cloud

Current Episode - September 26

This week, Latin Pulse comes remotely from Costa Rica to deal with two issues of crisis: the media economic crisis in Costa Rica and beyond, and the problem of undocumented and unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Border Patrol says the crisis concerning undocumented minors is past its peak, but this program explores the causal issues. The news segment relates how Pope Francis has shifted the Vatican's policy concerning pedophilia in the clergy and has fired a bishop and ordered the house arrest of a former archbishop concerning cases in Paraguay and the Dominican Republic.

The program includes interviews with:

Eric Olson the Woodrow Wilson Center; and
Prof. Ignacio Siles of the Universidad de Costa Rica

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell;
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Associate Producer: Gabriela Canchola.

Archived Episodes

Complete archives of Latin Pulse can be found here through Sound Cloud.


September 19 - The Best of Latin Pulse: Third Anniversary

September 12 - Presidential Campaigns in Bolivia and Uruguay

September 5 - Latin Pulse Returns: Brazilian Elections and More

June 27 - Summer Finale: World Cup and Beyond

June 20 - Ecuador: Asylum for Assange and Yasuni Park

June 13 - Presidential Elections in Colombia

June 6 - The World Cup in Brazil: Its Social and Economic Impact

May 30 - Indigenous Rights and Extractive Industries in Guatemala and Peru

May 23 - Presidential Election in Colombia and NAFTA at 20

May 15 - Protests in Venezuela and Corruption in El Salvador

May 8 - Violence in Colombia

May 1 - Presidential Elections in Panama and the Guatemalan Justice System

April 25 - Mexico: The Knights Templar and Zapatista Revolt 20 Years Later

April 18 - Rise of Evangelicals and the Death of Gabriel García Márquez

April 11 - Cuba and Venezuela: Free Speech and Democratization

April 4 - Human Rights in Honduras and Presidential Election in Costa Rica

March 28 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the Brazilian Military Coup

March 21 - Brazil Prepares for World Cup and Religion in Cuba

March 7 - Elections in El Salvador and Politics in Central America

February 28 - Venezuela: Discussing the Protest Movement

February 21 - Corruption in Latin America

February 14 - Oil Industry in Latin America

February 7 - Elections in Colombia and Panama

January 31 - Elections: Costa Rica and El Salvador

January 23 - Honduras election and Japanese emigration

January 16 - Mexican political and economic reforms

January 9 - Elections: Costa Rica and El Salvador

January 3 - Malvinas-Falklands dispute


December 19 - Telenovelas: gender and race

December 12 - Chile elections, Colombia peace talks

December 5 - Honduras elections, Alan Gross

November 21-Mexican cinema

November 14 - Elections in Chile and Honduras

November 7 - Immigration reform

October 31 - Day of the Dead

October 24 - In-depth with the Salvadoran Ambassador to the US

October 17 - Drugs and the Drug War: Uruguay and Mexico

October 10 - Brazil - U.S. diplomatic relations

October 3 - Elections: Honduras and Chile

September 26 - Free speech

September 19 - Two-year anniversary episode

September 12 - Venezuela: politics, Chile: coup anniversary

September 6 - Venezuela: freedom of the press, politics

August 29 - Honduras: violence; Chile - 1973 coup anniversary

August 23 - Espionage: energy and oil reforms in Mexico

August 16 - Conspiracy theories

August 9 - Venezuelan politics

August 2 - Progressive Uruguay