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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 SoundCloud.
An hour-long special covers various issues regarding human rights and democratization on Latin Pulse this week. The program includes a wide-ranging discussion of the various crises affecting Venezuela, including the political and economic situations. The analysis also includes discussions on the peace process in Colombia and accusations of human rights abuses by the military in Honduras. The program also includes a review of a book on corruption in Brazil. The news segment of the program covers how El Salvador's Supreme Court struck down the country's amnesty law opening the door to human rights prosecutions linked to the country's civil war.