Americas Now | Lifestyle

Americas Now | Lifestyle

Game changers and glimpses into hidden corners of the Americas captured by our correspondents in the field.

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  • Colombia’s efforts to revive tourism

    Hotels, restaurants and famous landmarks were closed for months during the pandemic. In Colombia, the tourism industry has seen difficult days before because of its on-going Armed Conflict. But this time was different. Michelle Begue has the story.

  • The reflections of U.S. military veterans

    The U.S. military presence in Afghanistan lasted two decades. Thousands of troops were deployed. How did September 11th change the lives of these veterans? Harris Whitbeck met with some of them. This is his report.

  • Pedro Castillo: From Peasant To President

    One month after taking office (July 28), Peruvian President Pedro Castillo finds himself with his back against the wall. Having won by the thinnest margin imaginable – just 44 thousand votes out of nearly 19 million – he is struggling to establish his legitimacy after some initial missteps. Never...

  • A Colombian Olympian found his passion by accident

    There’s a Colombian athlete competing in this year’s Summer Olympics who found his calling accidentally. He’s a diver who had a disorder that you could say led to his destiny. Michelle Begue met with him during his training for the games.

  • Brazil’s multidisciplinary Olympian

    It's one of the most challenging sports in the Olympics. The Pentathlon comprises five different events: fencing, horseback riding, swimming, shooting and cross-country running. Stephen Gibbs met with a Brazilian Pentathlon Olympian preparing to compete in Tokyo.

  • Antonio Diaz's First and Last Olympic Games

    He discovered karate when he was a little boy, imitating his father's movements as he trained. That preparation helped him grow up to become a master and a champion. Just as he was about to retire, he decided to chase the Olympic dream. Stephen Gibbs introduces us to an exceptional Venezuelan ath...

  • Guatemalans Learn to Coexist With Active Volcanoes

    First it was the Volcan de Fuego, violently erupting in June of 20-18 and leaving over 430 dead. In 2021 it's the Pacaya volcano, erupting for days and, fortunately, with no fatalities. Harris Whitbeck reports on the lessons Guatemalans have learned from volcanic eruptions.

  • Dara Torres is one of the most decorated female Olympians

    When it comes to Olympic swimming, she's a living legend. In a career of 24 years, she's won 12 medals. That career ended when she reached the age of 41. Correspondent Dan Williams paid a visit to Hall of Famer Dara Torres.

  • A Colombian family's long ride on the Pan-American Highway

    It’s a highway that connects Alaska with Tierra del Fuego, in the Southern Cone. "Americas Now" follows a family on a two year-long road trip along the longest road in the world. 

    In 2016, the Rodriguez family packed up their bags and placed them in their 1981 Volkswagen Westphalia to take a lif...

  • Brazil Favelas Create Their Own Banking System

    The economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic has hit Brazil's favelas (slums) hard. 
    But they've emerged from the crisis with a plan for the future: launching their own bank. 
    The "G10 Bank," offers micro-loans to small business owners and debit cards to favela dwellers excluded from the traditi...

  • From farmers to entrepreneurs in the middle of the Andes

    In the middle of the Ecuadorian Andes, a group of farmers realized that unity creates strength. Harris Whitbeck brings us the story of a very particular town that turned rural agriculture into successful entrepreneurship.

  • Panama Could Get Herd Immunity For COVID-19 With Vaccinations

    Panama, with a population of 3 million, has acquired 5.5 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It's become the first in the region to start a mass vaccination campaign that could make them the first country to achieve herd immunity. 
    The early negotiations with the pharmaceutical companie...

  • Her art is out of this world…

    She flew in two space shuttle missions and spent more than 100 days on the international space station. What did she do “up” there besides science experiments? She painted. John Zarrella met with astronaut painter Nicole Stott.

  • Severe Crisis is Forcing Venezuelans to Reinvent Themselves

    It's in its seventh year of recession – one of the steepest ever recorded in the world. Its economy is partially sanctioned by the U.S. and it's also had to contend with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The last 12 months have been exceptionally tough for citizens of Venezuela.

    Many tho...

  • Cooking up a new opportunity in life

    As in most Latin American countries, jails in Colombia are overcrowded and violent. Rehabilitation depends on rare opportunities. Michelle Begue brings us a story of second chances for those who love cooking and are curious for a career in the restaurant industry.

  • Profile: Nobel Prize Laureate, Juan Manuel Santos

    The Nobel Prize is considered one of the world's highest honors. But in its 100-year-history, only 16 Latin Americans have received it. Michele Begue interviewed former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the latest laureate from the region. He reflected on receiving this important global awa...

  • Carlos Vives digs deep into Colombia’s musical roots

    He's a singer, a songwriter, an actor and an activist. Now you can add musical historian to Carlos Vives' list of credits. The Colombian, multi-Latin Grammy winner recently embarked on a journey to explore the musical roots of his country.

    Michelle Begue talked to the artist about what he found...

  • The man who has built nearly 2500 telescopes

    Bernardo Riedel is a folk hero for amateur astronomers around the world. In 60 years, he has made nearly 2,500 telescopes by hand in his native Brazil. Stephen Gibbs went to visit him at his workshop during an astrological event that hasn't been seen in almost four centuries. 

  • Saving money without going to a bank

    The majority of low-income Latino families in the U.S. have limited access to banks, loans or credit cards. For years, in many parts of Latin America, groups of women have been using a financial system known as a "tanda" to make ends meet. It enables them to save money and lend to each other as w...

  • Riding Horses Helps Youngsters Stay Out of Trouble in California

    During one of the most racially-divided times in US history - there’s some positive news about race relations coming out of Southern California.

    Nowadays, young Black and Hispanic men - rather than fighting each other over gang turf - can sometimes be seen riding on horseback together. Yes, on...

  • Eduardo Kobra: Expressing His Feelings Through Art

    Brazilian artist Carlos Eduardo Fernandes, AKA Kobra, is one of the most recognized muralists in the world. His works are featured in over 17 countries.

    His latest work of art is a mural painted in his studio in Sao Paulo, which depicts five children of different ethnic backgrounds wearing face...

  • Mexico is hitting it out of the park with a new generation of baseball stars

    Football is not always Mexico´s favorite sport. There’s also baseball. And even though the Mexican Baseball League is not as well known, some of their players have been spotted by foreign scouts and hired by big teams in the U.S. Mike Kirsch talked to some of these Mexican stars making history in...

  • E-commerce Boosting Mexican Artisans Sales

    The global pandemic has led to a spike in e-commerce around the world - opening up international markets for local artist in remotes areas of Mexico. 

    These local artisans have been learning that they can have better luck selling their work directly online than trying to navigate local markets. ...

  • Moritz Hochschild, the Bolivian Schindler's List.

    A Jewish immigrant to Bolivia is responsible for saving 10 times as many lives during the Holocaust than Oskar Schindler, who became the inspiration for the Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster "Schindler's List."

    That's according to Bolivian journalist and writer Veronica Ormachea.

    Ormachea say...