CLALS | Latin Pulse


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President Ollanta Humala of Peru and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China / Photo Credit: Peruvian Government, 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 Sound Cloud

Current Episode - February 20

China and its economic and geopolitical strategy and cultural influence provide the central themes for this week's edition of Latin Pulse. The first half of the program examines the trade and economic issues connected to China's strategies in Latin America and debates the response of the U.S. to this economic expansion. The second half of the program examines the history and cultural influence of Chinese emigration to Peru. The news segment of the program covers the protests this week against the handling of the investigation into the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman in Argentina.

This program includes in-depth interviews with:

Mark Jones of Rice University;
Kevin Gallagher of Boston University;
Larry Clayton of the University of Alabama; and
Adam McKeown, author of Chinese Migrant Networks and Cultural Change.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell;
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Production Assistant: Gabriela Canchola.

Archived Episodes

Complete archives of Latin Pulse can be found here through Sound Cloud.


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


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

June 27 - Summer Finale: World Cup and Beyond

June 20 - Ecuador: Asylum for Assange and Yasuni Park

June 13 - Presidential Elections in Colombia

June 6 - The World Cup in Brazil: Its Social and Economic Impact

May 30 - Indigenous Rights and Extractive Industries in Guatemala and Peru

May 23 - Presidential Election in Colombia and NAFTA at 20

May 15 - Protests in Venezuela and Corruption in El Salvador

May 8 - Violence in Colombia

May 1 - Presidential Elections in Panama and the Guatemalan Justice System

April 25 - Mexico: The Knights Templar and Zapatista Revolt 20 Years Later

April 18 - Rise of Evangelicals and the Death of Gabriel García Márquez

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