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Cocaine bricks stamped with a scorpion, a sign associated with the Sinaloa Cartel according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Photo credit: DEA / Public Domain

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 SoundCloud.

Current Episode - August 28

Violence, crime and national security provide the themes this week on Latin Pulse. First, the program reviews security in Mexico, and discusses the rise of various cartels, especially the Sinaloa Cartel. Another in-depth part of the program deals with the crisis in El Salvador due to the involvement of street gangs in a transportation strike. Both segments discuss how the central governments in these countries do not have the power to stop the criminal groups. The news segment of the program covers the border crisis between Venezuela and Colombia due to unauthorized immigration, violence and the influence of criminal groups.

This program includes in-depth interviews with:

Jo Tuckman of The Guardian; and
Hector Silva of American University's Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS).

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell;
Announcer: Jim Singer; and
Production Assistant: Natalie Ottinger.

Archived Episodes

Complete archives of Latin Pulse can be found here through SoundCloud.

2015

August 14 - El Salvador & Guatemala: Seeking Human Rights Justice

August 7 - Colombia: Development Concerns & Honoring Emigrant Culture

July 31 - 50 Years After the U.S. Invasion of the Dominican Republic

July 24 - Historic Diplomatic Change with Cuba & Immigration Tensions in the Dominican Republic

July 17 - Politics in Guatemala & Assessing the Civil War in Colombia

July 10 - Analyzing the Andes Trip of Pope Francis

July 2 - Preview: Pope Francis' Trip to the Andes

June 26 - Brazil & the U.S.: Diplomacy and Economics

June 19 - Violence & Salvation: Homicides in El Salvador and Religion in Latin America

June 12 - Finance & Trade: Analyzing the Trans-Pacific Partnership & Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico

June 5 - Violence: Civil War in Colombia & Gang Warfare in El Salvador

May 29 - Puerto Rico & Mexico: Media, Identity and Politics

May 26 - Exploring Puerto Rico & the Special Ties between Mexico and the U.S.

May 15 - Mexico: The Rise of Narco-Religion

May 8 - Venezuela: Politics, Plot and Propaganda

May 1 - Special: Debating Venezuela and Authoritarianism

April 24 - Seeking Civil War Justice in El Salvador and Immigration Policy for Latin America

April 17 - Remembering Gabriel Garcia Márquez

April 10 - Analyzing the Summit of the Americas

April 3 - Exploring the Nisman Case in Argentina and Judaism in Latin America

March 27 - Cuba: The Arts & the Internet

March 20 - The Martyr: Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero

March 6 - Venezuela: Coup Conspiracies &Remembering Hugo Chavez

February 27 - Political Turmoil in Venezuela & Searching for an End to the Civil War in Colombia

February 20 - The Chinese Strategy in Latin America & The Cultural Influence of China in Peru

February 13 - The Mysterious Death of Alberto Nisman & Celebrating Carnival in Brazil

February 6 - Rejoining the Immigration Debate & Revisiting the Zapatistas

January 30 - Cuba: The Politics of Diplomatic Change and USAID's Cuban Rap Strategy

January 23 - The Obama Administration's Policy Changes & the CELAC Summit

January 16 - Indigenous Religions: The Maya and the Aztecs

January 9 - Venezuela: Petro-State

January 2 - Cuba: The Historic Diplomatic Opening and Human Rights

2014

December 19 - The Tequila Special

December 12 - Venezuela: Politics, Justice & Democracy

December 5 - Cuba: The Alan Gross Case & the History of Secret Negotiations

November 21 - UN Conference on Climate Change in Peru and Uruguayan Presidential Run-off Elections

November 14 - The Drug War: Analysis of the Front Lines in Mexico & Venezuela

November 7 - Rage over Missing Students in Mexico & Rising Cuban Immigration

October 31 - Religious Culture: Day of the Dead & Mayan Spirituality

October 24 - Presidential Politics: Elections in Brazil and Uruguay

October 17 - Analyzing the Debt Crisis in Argentina

October 10 - Indigenous Issues: Elections in Bolivia & Politics in the Post-Colonial Era

October 3 - Presidential Elections in Brazil and the Debt Crisis in Argentina

September 26 - Crises: Undocumented Minors on the Border & Media Economics

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