Centenarians

Fleeing Guatemala & Gina Badenoch

Guatemala - Fleeing Guatemala - They are young Central American migrants who leave their homes without parental permission, to make a perilous trek to the United States. Most are trying to escape poverty and search for better economic opportunities. Amnesty International has called the journey one of the world's most dangerous. And many of these minors don't even reach their final destination. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck speaks to migrants from Guatemala who were caught by authorities in Mexico and returned home. Game Changer Mexico - Gina Badenoch - You could call this week's Game Changer on "Americas Now" a real "visionary." She's a Mexican photographer on a mission to educate some unlikely pupils devoting her time to teaching photography to the visually-impaired. It may sound impossible but by showing them how to concentrate on their surroundings and focus on other senses, she has enabled them to overcome their disability and capture some amazing images. For this week's Game Changer we introduce you to the founder of "Sight of Emotion"...Gina Badenoch. Urban Voice - Flamenco Saxophone - Jorge Pardo is a musician from Spain who is famous for playing the saxophone. But his compositions don't just feature the saxophone, they include several other instruments that he performs on as well. Pardo believes the sound of each instrument delivers a different message. And when those different sounds are combined, they create a new language. It's one of the reasons why Pardo is also considered a pioneer of the innovative musical form called "flamenco-jazz fusion." For this week's Urban Voice we give you Jorge Pardo.

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Mexico's Crime-Free Town

Mexico - Crime free town - Mexico's war on drugs has proven long and brutal. The central state of Michoacan has been hit especially hard, with rival cartels fighting each other for territory AND against onslaughts by the Mexican Army. The violence has led to lawlessness... and a spike in illegal logging. One small town, Cheran, took on all the bad guys and drove them out. Five years later the Purepecha Indian village is still effectively governing itself. Peace reigns in Cheran but villagers say they can never lower their guard.

Venezuela's Hyperinflation & Galician Homecoming

Venezuela - Hyperinflation - Imagine living in a country where the price of everything doubles every 18 days... where in one year, the price of anything can rise well above 12-hundred percent. That's been the recent reality for Venezuelans, whose economy has been ravaged by the fall in the global price of oil, declining productivity and political turmoil. Stephen Gibbs portrays the cases of three locals on their daily struggle.

Fleeing Guatemala & Gina Badenoch

Guatemala - Fleeing Guatemala - They are young Central American migrants who leave their homes without parental permission, to make a perilous trek to the United States. Most are trying to escape poverty and search for better economic opportunities. Amnesty International has called the journey one of the world's most dangerous. And many of these minors don't even reach their final destination. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck speaks to migrants from Guatemala who were caught by authorities in Mexico and returned home.

Privatizing Education In Haiti & Evelina Cabrera

Haiti - Privatizing Education In many societies private education is a luxury that only the wealthiest can afford. So you may be surprised to learn that in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, far more children attend private schools than state schools. This despite the fact that nation's constitution stipulates that all Haitian children have the right to a free education. Unfortunately, no government in Haitian history has come close to achieving that.

Mexican Female Rappers & Argentinean Gabriela Gonzalez

Mexico - Rappers - Women fighting for justice, security and equal rights in Mexico have a new and vocal ally in their cause: female rappers. The budding movement isn't drawing huge crowds yet but its message IS resonating. Especially among the young. That's in part because thousands of young women go missing every year in Mexico. And in most cases authorities don't investigate. Our correspondent Gerry Hadden reports from Mexico City. Women in Science - Argentinean Gabriela Gonzalez - When she was growing up in Cordoba, Argentina, Gabriela Gonzalez wanted to be a math teacher.