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Latin American/Latino Studies
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Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Program Manager

Latin American/Latino Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8137
Congress members look joyous while holding signs and flags

The photo of members of the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil demonstrating and voting on impeachment is from Marcelo Camargo of Agência Brasil, which offers its material through a Creative Commons license.

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 - April 22

Politics in both Brazil and the Dominican Republic provide the discussion points this week on Latin Pulse. Several segments of the program deal with the fallout from the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and what are the next steps for Brazil's Congress as it works to remove her. The program covers the political arguments Rousseff is making to retain her office. The program also sketches the important issues, parties, and candidates involved in the presidential race in the Dominican Republic. The discussion revolves around the possibility that President Danilo Medina may win re-election in the first round of voting in May. 

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Matthew Taylor of American University; and Jeb Sprague of the University of California Santa Barbara.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell;
Technical Director: Jim Singer; and
Associate Producer: Brittney Madison.

Archived Episodes

Complete archives of Latin Pulse can be found through SoundCloud.


April 15 - The Impeachment Debate in Brazil & Panama Papers Fallout

April 8 - Presidential Election Controversy in Peru & Seeking Justice for El Salvador 

April 1 - Political Crisis in Brazil & the Aftereffects of the Obama Trip to Argentina

March 25 - Obama's Historic Trip to Cuba

March 4 - The Search for Peace in Colombia & Drug War

February 26 - Films: 'Embrace of the Serpent' from Colombia & Notable Releases from Brazil

February 19 - Politics: Tensions in Venezuela & Constitutional Debate in Bolivia

February 12 - Mexico: The Visit of Pope Francis, Migration and Scandal

February 5 - Peru: Assessing Presidential Politics

January 29 - Cuba: Improving Relations & the Refugee Question

January 22 - Program No. 200: War, Religion, Migration & More

January 15 - The Political and Economic Forecast for Latin America

January 8 - Films: 'Olvidados' from Bolivia & 'The Second Mother' from Brazil


December 18 - The Promise of U.S.-Cuba Relations & Crisis in Brazil

December 11 - Cuba and Venezuela, Santeria, the Feast of San Lazaro, & Election Results

December 4 - Culture and Politics: The Condor Film & Presidential Changes in Argentina

November 20 - Special: Analyzing Cuba and the U.S. from Havana

October 30 - Evaluating the Trans-Pacific Partnership & Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico

October 23 - Presidential Elections in Guatemala and Argentina.

October 16 - Deteriorating Democracy in Venezuela and Corruption Fallout in Brazil

October 9 - Peace Talks for the Civil War in Colombia and Tensions on the Borders of Venezuela

October 2 - Brazil: Corruption and Development

September 25 - Culture and Politics: Sabado Gigante Ends & The Argentine Presidential Campaign 

September 17 - Anniversary IV: Outstanding Out-Takes & Memorable Excerpts

September 11 - Religion in Latin America 

September 4 - Guatemala: Presidential Resignation & New Elections

August 28 - Crime & Violence in Mexico & El Salvador

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