CLALS | Latin Pulse


  • Latin American/Latino Studies
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    Stinchcomb, Dennis A
    Program Coordinator

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García Márquez

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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 and the AU School of Communication have re-launched Latin Pulse, a 30-minute podcast, broadcast every Friday, that analyzes news and public affairs in Latin America and hosts regional experts to offer critical commentary. School of Communication staff and students participate in program production, and CLALS staff and faculty contribute to program content. Current and recent programs may be downloaded from this page. For a complete archive of Latin Pulse episodes, please visit Link TV and the Aladin Research Commons

Current Episode - April 18

Death and resurrection are the twin themes this week on Latin Pulse. The theme of resurrection is provided just ahead of the Easter season through an examination of the growth of evangelical Protestantism throughout Latin America. The program looks at the explosive growth of pentecostal denominations in Brazil, Central America and other parts of the region. News of the death of Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has cast the region into mourning for this important writer. The program reflects on the life and legacy of Garcia Marquez and discusses how he made magical realism a key form in literature.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Andrew Chesnut
of Virginia Commonwealth University; and
Núria Vilanova of American University.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell;
Associate Producer: Megan Ekhaml; and
Writer: Rae Daniel.

Archived Episodes

Complete archives of Latin Pulse can be found here through the AU Library.


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

July 26 - Pope Francis and his Brazilian Trip

July 18 - Previewing Pope Francis' Tour of Brazil

July 12 - Latin Alternative Music Conference

July 5 - Cuba and Chile: freedom and democracy

June 28 - Protests in Brazil, U.S.: Venezuela relations

June 21 - Uruguay: 40th anniversary of coup

June 14 - Cuba: diplomacy

June 7 - Honduras: gang truce

May 31 - Live from LASA

May 24 - Human rights in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay

May 17 -Verdict fallout in the Rios Montt trial

May 2 - U.S. agenda in Mexico and Central America

April 26 - Health and U.S. Deportations

April 19 - Venezuela and Paraguay elections

April 12 - Venezuela elections

April 5 - Venezuela elections and the Rios Montt trial

March 29 - El Salvador gang truce

March 22 - Pope Francis, rising cancer rates in Latin America

March 15 - Telenovelas

March 8  - Legacy of Hugo Chavez

March 1 - Paraguay and Falkland Islands: voting

February 22 - El Salvador-U.S. relations

February 15 - Ecuador elections and affirmative action in Brazil

February 8 - Mexico: human rights and the Drug War

February 1 - Mexican literature

January 25- Immigration reform

January 18 - Cuba and U.S. policy on Latin America

January 11 - Hugo Chavez

January 3 - Marijuana legalization


December 20 - Mayan Calendar

December 14 - Ecuador elections

December 7 - Cuba: Alan Gross and documentary film

November 30 - Mexico elections

November 16 - Telenovelas

November 9 - Alan Gross, Honduran primaries

November 2 - U.S. elections

October 26 - Santeria

October 19 - Cuban Missile Crisis, Alan Gross

October 12 - Colombia peace talks, Venezuela elections

October 5 - Venezuela elections

September 28 - Anniversary episode

September 21 - Latin American literature

September 14 - Express coups

September 6 - Assange assylum in Ecuador

August 31 - Indigenous issues, Colombia drug war

August 24 - Argentina economics, media reform

August 10 - Mexico - immigration

July 27 - Gender and AIDS, Honduras

July 20 - Women's rights

July 13 - Cuba: Policy and politics; Paraguay

July 6 - Elections - Mexico and Venezuela