Centenarians

Centenarians and Recycling

Costa Rica - Centenarians (Harris Whitbeck) - The number of people who live to be 100 years or more is growing. It's estimated that there are more than 450,000 centenarians living across the globe and that segment of the population is the fastest growing one of all. Experts say there are many factors that contribute to the existence of centenarians and recently they have started identifying key traits that are common to them all. Those traits have also been found in five distinct areas around the globe, and two of them are in the Americas. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck visited one of these so-called blue zones in the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica.

Game Changer - Julia Novelo (Lisa Hagen) - If you walk through the streets of Mexico City, you will find lots of waste on the streets. A young graphic designer was bothered by all this rubbish on the sidewalks. But she decided to give this trash a second chance. She founded "Cerrando el ciclo" ("Closing the cycle"): a work space for single-mothers who collect old bottles and convert them into glass jewelry and decorating articles. Our Game Changer this week is Julia Novelo.

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The Last Inca King - It was the largest empire in pre-Colombian America, extending from its center in modern-day Peru to Colombia in the north and parts of Chile and Argentina in the south. Dan Collyns goes to Cuzco Peru to explore new archaeological research on the royalty and the fate of the advanced civilization of the Incas. Next In a "Game Changer" feature, Americas Now profiles a project in Guatemala providing new fashion opportunities to people with Down's Syndrome. Finally - a video portrait of photographer Annie Leibowitz and her work on global women.

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San Salvador - Amnesty Law Overturned "Amnesty". Some 75,000 people died in El Salvador during a 12 year civil war between the military government and leftists rebel groups. But when the war came to an end in 1992, the government quickly approved amnesty law that investigated killings and prosecute the authors of war-related massacres. 23 years later, in July, the Supreme Court overturned the law and now the general attorney is in charge of investigate and chase suspects.

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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.

Dengue Vaccine & No Smoking In Panama

Mexico - Dengue Vaccine (Gerry Hadden) Dengue sickens some 390 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization. The tropical disease is spread by mosquitoes and can cause high fever, the chills, vomiting - and in severe cases- hemorrhaging and death. There is no cure. But now there is a vaccine. It's being rolled out in a handful of countries, including Mexico. Americas Now correspondent Gerry Hadden reports from Morelos State in Mexico. Panama - No Smoking (Harris Whitbeck) - The use of tobacco products is still prevalent in Latin America.

The Garifuna of Honduras

Honduras - Garifuna (Gerry Hadden) - They're people with a unique culture who live mostly in coastal Central America. The Garifuna are the descendants of runaway African slaves and local indigenous groups with their own language, religion and lands. But the Garifuna in Honduras say their land is under siege. Several of their leaders have been killed as they fight to defend it. But they say it's hard to find justice in a country with impunity and corruption. Correspondent Gerry Hadden brought this story.