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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  • Mexico's Modern Mayans

    The Ancient Mayans were one of the most advanced civilizations of their time, with their greatest period, a thousand years ago. Their descendants still inhabit the Yucatan Peninsula in southeast Mexico and they defend their roots and culture.

  • Peru continues to battle COVID-19

    During a large portion of 2021 Peru had the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita in the world. New variants of the deadly virus have emerged as the country races to vaccinate its population.

  • Drug Overdose in the U.S.

    A drug overdose epidemic has exploded in the United States. Nearly 100 thousand people overdosed and died in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's an average of 256 Americans dying each day.

  • Venezuelans Entrepreneurship is on the rise despite all odds

    Venezuela has been in a deep recession since 2013. And like many other countries, it has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. But it's not all gloom and doom. Perhaps because of the crisis, Venezuelans are showing more resilience. Despite all odds, some entrepreneurs are not only surviving ...

  • A Close Look at the Oldest Solar Observatory in The Americas

    It was called a “Masterpiece of human creative genius” by Unesco. It was given a "World Heritage" status in July, along with 12 other global sites. The Chankillo Astronomical Complex -a 2,300-year-old archeological site in Peru- is believed to be the oldest solar observatory in the Americas. Dan ...

  • A unique cell phone carrier in Mexico

    The Oaxaca Sierra is one of the poorest regions in Mexico. For centuries, many of its indigenous communities have endured isolation, neglect and lack of opportunity. But for some, things are finally changing, after they decided to incorporate technology into their daily lives, as an agent of chan...

  • 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.