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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  • Costa Rica: COVID-19 success story

    The Coronavirus pandemic has left no country unscathed. The World Health Organization describes Latin America as one of the regions hit the hardest.
    Brazil leads the pack with a record-breaking 5 million cases as of October.
    Several other countries in the region also suffered greatly. Peru and E...

  • Radio education making a comeback in Colombia

    In the 1950´s Colombia, education in rural areas faced several challenges including an early dropout rate and a scarcity of teachers. Four decades of armed conflict in remote areas was a factor, but there also was the socio-economic reality that children were leaving school to work on their famil...

  • Homelessness spikes in Florida amid COVID-19

    Over a half a million people are homeless in the United States, and the problem has plagued Florida. 

    The state is home to the third largest homeless community in the nation - and that was before COVID-19.

    The situation has fueled concerns that the state’s lack of shelter-in-place options and p...

  • Venezuelans helping fight COVID-19 in Peru

    Well-educated Venezuelans who left the country seeking better opportunities frequently find themselves performing odd jobs to get by. That includes thousands of Venezuelans trained in the medical field.

    According to reports, more than 22,000 physicians have left the country in the past five ye...

  • A Mexican village known for its beaches calls for self-isolation

    Some love this beach town for the waves and others for the fresh seafood. Sayulita is considered a secret gem among tourists traveling to the Pacific coast of Mexico. But when coronavirus showed up, locals acted ahead of government authorities and decided to close the town. Correspondent Alasdair...

  • Ecuador's reflect on Julian Assange

    Julian Assange spent seven years at the Embassy of Ecuador in London until his asylum was revoked in 2019. Now, he faces extradition to the U.S. for conspiracy. Americas Now anchor, Elaine Reyes, sat down with Ecuador´s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Valencia, to talk about Assange´s case and ...

  • An archeological discovery that continues to puzzle scientists in Peru

    A geoglyph is a large drawing carved into the ground that is mostly visible from the air. Peru has hundreds of them in the southern province of Nazca. Archeologists believe they are at least 15-hundred years old. But they recently found smaller designs that are even older.

  • Teleworking and E-learning, the new reality during the days of COVID-19

    Living rooms have become offices and bedrooms have become classrooms. With the spread of COVID-19, computers are essential for productivity and learning, now more than ever. But how are parents and children adapting to this new dynamic?

  • World experts argue that attending school does not guarantee learning

    According to the World Bank, half of the 10-year-olds attending school in low and middle-income countries can't read or understand a simple text. They call it “learning poverty” and it’s believed to undermine sustainable growth and poverty reduction.

    America’s Now anchor, Elaine Reyes, met with...

  • COVID-19 testing has become a major challenge in Mexico

    Mexico has one of the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world. One of its biggest challenges has been the access to testing. Correspondent Alasdair Baverstock takes a look at “why” it has been a constant problem.

  • Demonstrators gather at the Malcolm X Park in Washington D.C. to protest

    Some 27 million people have participated in marches since 20-17.  That’s according to researchers from Harvard University and the University of Connecticut.  Correspondent Toby Muse takes a closer look at what it means to take to the streets and stand up for rights.  

  • Argentina’s internet capacity in distress due to COVID-19

    Argentineans are known for being very active on social media. Google even chose Buenos Aires to be its Latin American headquarters. But the demand for internet following the arrival of COVID-19 has increased so much that some fear the providers may actually collapse.

  • Before COVID-19, Jamaica was achieving an economic turnaround

    Jamaica was a country that learned about inflation and turned around its economy by using a powerful tool, Music.  

    But in 2012, Jamaica’s economy was so weak it couldn’t even afford to keep the streetlights on.  

    For several decades, Jamaica struggled with levels of debt so high that they coul...

  • Mexico's addiction to sugary drinks is killing people

    Mexico is one of the largest countries in Latin America. It also has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the region. 10 to 13 million Mexicans are suffering either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is one of the principal causes of death in country. And it hasn’t just impacted urban areas. ...

  • Indigenous communities fight HIV deep in the Peru's Amazon rainforest

  • Latin America and the Olympic movement

  • A conversation about opportunities with a Champion of women

    Costa Rica’s Epsy Campbell-Barr is proud of her roots.

    As the first female Vice-President of African descent in the Americas, she leads an agenda of inclusion and opportunities in her country.

    We sat down and spoke about her vision for the future and the challenges ahead.

  • Alicia Barcena explains why 2020 will be a hard year for the Americas

  • Chile reveals a serious failure in wealth distribution

  • A conversation with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria

  • Panama’s most well-known hat is originally from Ecuador

  • Capturing COVID-19 Through Latin American Lens

    When Latin America became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador saw a dramatic rise in the number of cases, a photography collective composed of photographers from across Latin America documented the outbreak in 13 counties across the Americas’ region.
    ...

  • European Languages find a home in Brazil

    They are not spoken in Europe anymore. But these languages found a new home in Brazil. The first wave of German and Italian immigrants disembarked in the South American country almost 200 years ago. As they formed colonies inland, they maintained their native dialects and tongues -- and preserve...

  • Wendell Lira - The goal getter

    A second of inspiration changed an athlete's life in Brazil. Wendell Lira was a struggling footballer. Then his life changed in one split second. With one spectacular goal.