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Detailed, long-form reports featuring current events in the Americas and crafted by our correspondents deployed throughout the region.

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  • Ideological polarization marks Brazil's runoff elections.

    Around 150 million Brazilians are expected to vote in the final round of the country’s elections on October 30, a deeply polarized contest between the incumbent right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, and his left-wing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The two men have starkly different visions of t...

  • Tracing Chinese influence in Jamaica's Reggae Music

    Reggae and Bob Marley may come to mind when people think about Jamaica. Americas Now Correspondent John Zarrella followed the rhythm of this genre to the island nation and traced the unexpected influence of immigrants.

  • A Conversation with the Andean Community’s Secretary Gen. Jorge Hernando Pedraza

    The Andean Community also known as CAN is a free trade are comprising of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The main export destination for the block is China. Americas Now anchor, Elaine Reyes, met with Secretary General Jorge Hernando Pedraza who went to New York to meet with CAN members.

  • Gustavo Manrique on Ecuador’s Biodiversity

    “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.” That is the theme for this year’s UNGA 77 th meeting. That means that there are challenges and solutions linked in to each other. This is why Americas Now anchor, Elaine Reyes, met with the minister of environment of Ecuad...

  • Brazil’s Racial Discrimination Dates Back Centuries

    One of the concerns addressed here at UNGA 77 is that discrimination and racism could lead to violence. It is a problem with many roots because intolerance and xenophobia could also be violent. Maria Vals has a story about racism and death on a Brazilian favela.

  • Bolivia’s Luis Arce from the United Nations General Assembly

    Americas Now anchor, Elaine Reyes, met Bolivia’s President Luis Arce at the Bolivia’s UN mission office in New York. This was a follow up conversation on the multiple concerns that the United Nations has for this year’s General Assembly. We had talked to him in 2021 and we wanted to check back on...

  • 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...

  • Food prices skyrocketing in Argentina

    Argentina is a major agricultural power. In 2021 the country became the world´s second largest producer of corn. It also remained in the top three main exporters of beef and soy. Authorities say Argentina produces enough food to feed 440 million people. That’s ten times its population. So why are...

  • 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 ...

  • Ecuadorian bus drivers took the highway to electric innovation

    In 1995, Ecuador's capital, Quito, was the first city in South America to incorporate hybrid buses connected to electrical grids. Most of the other buses in the country run on gas and diesel which lead to more pollution.

    A group of drivers in the town of Guayaquil decided to change that.

    Corr...

  • A 30 years climate prediction is now a reality

    Three decades ago, in California, a group of scientists released a list of predictions on the future effects of climate change on the United States’ West Coast. They mentioned droughts, fires and floods.

    Correspondent Mike Kirsch went to find out what climate scientists today are projecting for...

  • COVID-19 and wildfires main concern for Californians

    Every year, California is engaged in an epic “Man versus Nature” battle against thousands of wildfires that rage across the land, claiming lives and inflicting billions of dollars in damage.  

    With the dreaded fire season approaching, there is a new element to be fearful of, COVID19 spread.  

    A...

  • Climate Change and Pandemics threatens Central America

    The COVID-19 pandemic took the spotlight away from Earth Day’s 50-year celebration on April 22nd.

    Though environmentalists and climate activists see this as a demonstration that when there is enough political will, strong and rapid actions can be taken to mitigate a problem. 

    The northern trian...

  • Crocodile whisperer rescuing crocs in Jamaica

    Crocodiles, no matter where they exist in the world, are an endangered species. Their habitat is being lost and they are being poached for their meat which in some cultures is seen as a delicacy. The state of the crocodile is no different on the Caribbean Island of Jamaica. The crocodile is disap...

  • Could private conservationism save the Amazon?

    It’s a question that is becoming increasingly urgent as concern grows that the world’s largest original forest – a key defense against global warming – risks being destroyed by farming, logging and climate change.

    One solution may lie partly in private hands.

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