Americas Now

Americas Now

A broadcast news magazine about people living in the Americas, featuring investigative reports, news coverage, personality profiles and feature pieces.

Americas Now
  • African heritage of the “Quilombos” in Brazil

    Brazilian Quilombos were communities formed by runaway slaves between the 17th and 19th centuries. Today, Brazilian law grants these population rights over the lands they occupy. But getting this recognition can be a long and difficult process. Paulo Cabral visited several Quilombos around Brazil...

  • Hungry Manatees starving to death in Florida

    It may look like a walrus but it’s actually related to the elephant. The grey, aquatic Manatee lives on just a few parts of the planet. In the U.S. manatees live mainly in Florida. They were on the endangered species list but taken off in 2017 after a campaign to protect them from boats. But last...

  • Seeds for the future in Colombia

    In the Cauca Valle, in central west Colombia, a research facility was designed to guard one of mankind’s most important treasures; seeds. Michelle Begue takes us to this “knowledge bank” preserving hundreds of thousands of seeds from over 75 countries.

  • A Melting Glacier In Peru Becomes An International Court Case

    Some of Peru's glaciers have been receding for years and could be on their way to melting away for good. What or who is to blame? Climate change? Lawmakers? Private companies? Dan Collyns tells us how the issue of "melting glaciers" has ended up in court.     

  • Lack of Labor Threatens Central America's Coffee Industry 

    Central America produces some of the best coffee in the world. But a combination of factors is hurting the industry. The biggest challenge to overcome? Finding farmers to work at the plantations. Harris Whitbeck reports.  

  • The Asian History Behind Building The USA

    Seattle is home to many technology companies that have changed the way we live. It is also home to a vast Asian community. Correspondent Mike Kirsch explores the roots and contributions of Chinese and Asian Americans in one of the most prosperous and progressive cities in the United States.   

  • Changing lives and giving hope through Rugby

    Crime is a significant problem in Venezuela. Politicians and experts have struggled to find a solution. So when a company became the victim of gang violence, the owner took matters into his own hands. He began recruiting gang members to play for his Rugby team. It became a rehabilitation program ...

  • How a community is recovering from gun violence's trauma

    It was a massacre that targeted Latinos. One day in El Paso, Texas -- 23 people were killed and more than a dozen injured. What triggered such a high level of violence? Dan Williams met with some survivors who reflected on hate, racism, and reconciliation.    

  • How teachers in the U.S. cope with mass shootings

    Since the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado in 1999, more than 300 school shootings have occurred. So what is the role of a modern-day teacher in the US? And how are they dealing with the threat of a potential shooting happening anywhere and anytime? Harris Whitbeck explains.   

  • More guns, fewer guns, Texas' dilemma.

    The state of Texas has a long tradition of gun ownership.  It has the most significant number of registered firearms in the country. This gun culture has remained intact despite some shocking mass shootings - like the one in May at a school in Uvalde, Texas.  21 people were killed, including 19 c...

  • What does it Take to be a Migrant Farmhand? 

    It's been a crusade for decades, but farmworkers in the US still struggle to get adequate healthcare or better salaries. Mike Kirsch met with legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta.  They spoke about the progress that's been made in protecting almost 3 million farmers. And what still needs to be...

  • Ecuador Aims to Conquer the Saturated Chocolate Market with Its best Cocoa

    The most refined and expensive chocolates are produced in Europe. But to concoct the perfect truffle, chocolatiers need cocoa. And cocoa comes from Latin America and Africa. Gerry Hadden reports on how cocoa-producing countries are now trying to compete in chocolate's global market.

  • Slim Profits for Coffee Farmers in Colombia are Threatening Their Production

    When people around the world think about coffee, chances are they'll connect a good cup of Joe with the country of Colombia. Experts say Colombia's geography and climate are perfect for growing aromatic and mild-flavored coffee. But as Michelle Begue explains, there are concerns about what could ...

  • Buenos Aires: music from below

    This record label in Buenos Aires is exploring the sounds of the ‘Barrio’ and connecting its emerging artists to a wider public and, also, brands. Joel Richards talks to the people behind this experiment and the young men and women the label intends to showcase.

  • Panama's water problem

    A century ago, the Panama Canal was an unparalleled feat of human engineering. Today, Panamanian authorities are facing new challenges posed by human-made climate change and the deforestation in the surrounding areas. Because of changing weather patterns and extreme precipitations and droughts, t...

  • Most dangerous neighborhoods

    Crime is on the rise in the U.S. According to data collected by the CDC, between 2019 and 2020 the murder rate in the country went up by 30%, the largest increase in more than a century. Out of the 10 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, 7 are in or around Los Angeles. Two veteran police ...

  • Mexico's migrant massacre

    Over the past decades, human trafficking across the Mexico-US border has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. An elaborate scheme of bad actors with networks stretching over multiple countries, including El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, controls the illegal passage of people, preying on th...

  • The Supply Chain Crisis is Still Ongoing

    A shortage of truck drivers has led to a blockage at ports in the United States. Containers can “sit” on the docks when goods arrive for weeks. The lack of truck drivers has heavily contributed to a supply chain crisis across the U.S. John Zarrella reports.    

  • After 40 Years, The Malvinas Wounds Aren't Closed For Argentineans

    Four decades ago, war broke out between Argentina and England. The conflict erupted because of a territorial dispute over the Malvinas, or as they are known in England, The Falkland Islands. Hundreds of soldiers died on both sides of the confrontation, which lasted over ten weeks. Joel Richards b...

  • Fishing Villages in Honduras Displaced by Rising Sea Levels

    A small fishing village in southern Honduras has become what many say is the epicenter of global warming in Latin America. The sea is eating away at the land, forcing hundreds of families to find new homes inland. The deforestation of mangrove trees has left shorelines exposed and prone to erosi...

Stuck in Tijuana: The Migrants Last Refuge

    The San Isidro port of entry lies between Tijuana and San Diego. It's one of the busiest land-border crossings in the world. But on the Mexican side, large flows of migrants cannot cross. And that's led to a fast-growing homeless population. Franc Contreras reports on a housing project for migran...

  • Bitcoin as Legal Tender in El Salvador

    El Salvador adopted the U.S. dollar as its own currency. The government said it would be a good fit for its economy, fueled mainly by remittances, which have costly commissions. Now the Central American nation is embarking on another bold change. Bitcoin. Harris Whitbeck explains.  

  • Peru’s Marine Ecosystem is Under Threat

    Peru has one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. A bountiful supply of Peruvian anchovy, known as anchoveta, makes it the world’s number one producer of fishmeal and fish oil. But in Chimbote, the city at the heart of the fishing industry, people say the industry pollutes the a...

  • Ingrid Betancourt wants to free Colombia from an “Abduction of Corruption”

    Two decades ago Colombian presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, was abducted by FARC guerillas. She was held captive for six years in the rainforest until she was rescued. She moved to France and stayed far away from politics. But now she's back and running for the highest political position...