Centenarians

Mexican Raperas & Latina Scientist

Mexico - Raperas

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

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

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.

Wildlife Traffickers

This week's lead story takes viewers to Peru where illegal wildlife trafficking is booming with increasing global markets. Dan Collyns reports on efforts to save the animals of the Amazon rain forest. Next: Americas Now features "Game Changer" which provides a profile of Guatamalan activist Editzar Castro Quiroz who has helped foster - something unique in Guatamala City - "Publinews Braille" an alternative information source providing new hope for the vision impaired.

Green Awards

A report from Ecuador and new initiatives on sustainability and environmental awareness. Harris Whitbeck reports on how the "green awards" are having an impact on the natural world. Next: In the show's "Game Changer" feature, Norma Ramirez Vasquez is profiled. She heads an unusual if somewhat controversial NGO, providing food relief for poor people fleeing violence and poverty and heading north on trains to the north of Mexico in hopes of finding a better life.