Centenarians

Mexican Raperas & Latina Scientist

Mexico - Raperas (Gerry Hadden) Murders of women have become so commonplace in Mexico in recent years, the term "femicide" is now firmly embedded in the country's vocabulary. And in most cases families claim authorities don't properly investigate. But 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 but its message is resonating, especially among the younger generation. Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports on the Raperas of Mexico City. Latina Scientist - Gabriela Gonzalez (John Zarrella) Imagine taking a prediction made a hundred years ago by one of the greatest minds of the 20th century and finding the evidence to prove it to be true today. That's what an Argentine-born female physicist did as part of a team of scientists in Louisiana. They discovered the existence of "gravitational waves", one of the concepts Albert Einstein's talk about in his one hundred year old theory of relativity. Since, the team has being showered with worldwide acclaim. There is also near certainty a Nobel Prize is in the future. Our John Zarrella spent time with Gabriela Gonzalez who insists there is more to come. Game Changer - Mariana Costa (Peru - Dan Collyns) Our Game Changer this week is a social entrepreneur from Peru who found herself in the right place at the right time and saw the chance to use her skills to make a difference. While working at a software development company, she realized she was one of only two female employees on staff. So she started a program to teach other women about digital software and help employ them too. For this week's Game Changer we introduce you to the founder of Laboratoria, Mariana Costa.

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Guatemala - Trademark Battle/Cuba - Farming Future

Guatemala - Trademark Battle Guatemala is recognized throughout the world for the quality of its intricately handwoven textiles. Mayan women have used them to make blouses known as huipiles that, over hundreds of years, have come to represent an important part of their cultural identity. The weaves have also become popular among contemporary designers who use them to create fashion accessories. But some Mayan women aren't happy about that. Saying their designs are being stolen, they have started a legal battle to trademark their products.

Colombia - Farc's Return to Civil Life/Panama - Drones Protect Territory

Colombia - FARC's return to civil life As fifty years of fighting end in Colombia, FARC rebels are trying to resume a normal life. But while they may be laying down their arms, many are not giving up the fight. Many FARC members claim that while they will surrender their weapons, they won't change their ideology. And transitioning back into society could take years. Panama - Drones protect territory A tribe in Panama with strong roots in the rainforest is seeking a land title to secure their territory. And they're protecting their borders with a surprising form of surveillance. Drones.

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.

Peru - Counterfeit Money

Peru - Counterfeit Money (Dan Collyns) - The Peruvian capital of Lima is the "fake dollar" capital of the world, according to the United States Secret Service. For the past four years, the U.S. government has declared Peru the world's leading producer of fake US currency. That's a fact drawing a lot of attention to the clandestine world of Peru's counterfeiters as Correspondent Dan Collyns reports.

 

Brazil - Syrian Refugees

Brazil - Syrian Refugees (Gerry Hadden) - As European countries squabble over how many refugees from the Syrian war to take in, an unlikely and far-away country has already opened its doors: Brazil. "The Giant of the South" has taken in over 2000 Syrians, and has plans for 20,000 more this year. The country is fast-tracking their visas, making it an easy and safe destination. However, many Syrian refugees know very little of Brazil.