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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.
Costa Rica - Renewable energy
Costa Rica is well-known for its pristine nature, abundant waterways and commitment to clean energy. But the country has recently taken its environmental initiative one step further. It has broken records for going the longest stretch of time using energy only from renewable power sources. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports on the progress this pioneering nation is making to be a global model for sustainability.
Peru - Uncontacted (Dan Collyns) - Living deep within the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil and Peru, are dozens of so-called "un-contacted" tribes. These indigenous and historic communities have had little to almost no contact with the outside world. The Mashco Piro people are believed to have fled into the recesses of the jungle during the Amazon Rubber "Boom" in the late 1800s. This was a time of enslavement and death for many tribes. The Mashco Piro had rejected all contact with outsiders until recently.
Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray (Grace Gonzalez)
Chile - Saving a Language. A 25-year-old Chilean musician is trying to keep the culture of a tribe alive by saving its language. His name is Keyuk and his mission is to use the ancient words to unite descendants. Linguists estimate there are some 7,000 different languages still spoken in the world today. But a recent study indicates half of those languages could disappear by the end of the century. Portugal - Cavaquinho. It may look like a ukulele, but this stringed instrument is called a cavaquinho.
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