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Ecuador- Electronic Currency (Harris Whitbeck) - Ecuador is the first Latin American country to enter the digital currency world, rolling out its version of the electronic money in 2015. But its implementation hasn't been easy. Not many consumers are convinced of its benefits. Private bankers and members of the business community claim it doesn't work and are afraid it will be an excuse for the government to change the current legal tender -the dollar- for a "national" currency. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports from Quito. Game Changer - Orinoco Alligators (Michelle Begue) - For centuries poaching has led to the extinction and endangerment of some of the world's most beautiful animals. In Colombia and Venezuela, the reptile known as the Orinoco Caiman fell to that fate. One man is working to protect the few that remain and help them re-populate their natural habitat. Meet this week's Game Changer: Rafael Antello. Musical - Volcano boarding Nicaragua - Finally, for our musical-end piece today, we head to the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua, where volcano-boarding has become a special attraction for tourists. After hiking to the top and enjoying the gorgeous view adventure seekers then board all the way down to the bottom, at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour.

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Costa Rica - Saving Earth. Costa Rica is the eco-capital of Latin America, offering rich biodiversity and generating most of its electricity from clean sources. In fact 25 % of its land is designated a wildlife reserve or National Park and protected from development.Costa Rica was on a mission to become the first country to have zero emissions by 2021. Last year, it had to revise that goal and admit it was overly ambitious. Argentina - Solar Villages. In Argentina, solar energy is already making a huge difference.

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Cuba - HIV Children. The World Health Organization calls it one of the greatest feats in medicine today. Doctors in Cuba have discovered a way to prevent pregnant women with HIV from transmitting the virus to their children. Antarctica - Blind birdwatchers. A blind birdwatcher from Uruguay proves you don't need sight to see. Through the sounds of nature he is able to envision the world that surrounds him. He explores the sounds of nature in Uruguay and Brazil and he goes as far as the Antarctic. Americas Now follows him.

Ecuador - Rainforest Chocolate

The Waorani tribe, which resides deep in Ecuador's rainforest, was known in the 1980s for being aggressive with Western white explorers, missionaries, and tourists. The tribe's members have become entrepreneurs by developing a chocolate endeavor that has garnered many green certifications and earned a Latin American environmental award.

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Forced Sterilizations - Thousands of women in Peru in the 1990's were coerced into sterilization. Dan Collyns in Lima investigates the legacy of this controversial poverty alleviation and population program. Next: the Americas Now "Game Changer" report profiles - Saskia Nino de Rivera - an activist working among mothers and their children born in Mexican overcrowded and inadequate prisons. Finally: Our video essay looks at Urban gardening in Venezuela; a nation undergoing chronic food shortages.