An undocumented and unaccompanied child in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holding facility in Brownsville, Texas / Eduardo Perez / U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 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 TV, iTunes 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:
Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell;
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Associate Producer: Gabriela Canchola.