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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 1,200 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. To discuss Venezuela's current economic landscape, we are joined by Temir Porras, a foreign policy specialist who served for 10 years as presidential assistant to the late Hugo Chavez.

Mexico - Galicia Homecoming

In a remote corner of Galicia, a coastal province in Northwestern Spain, summer signals a huge influx of people. But not all of them are tourists who have come to enjoy the sun. Many, in fact, have come for funerals. For generations, thousands of Galician families have left home to find riches in Mexico, as well as the rest of Latin America. But no amount of money they find is enough to replace their final wish: to be buried in the land they were born. Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports on the bonds that keep those who spend a lifetime in Latin America, bound to the place they once called home.

Bolivia - Fortune Festival

Finally, we introduce you to Ekeko, the Pre-Columbian God of Prosperity whose miniature statue can be found in almost every home in Bolivia. He is said to bring wealth, hope and happiness. Every year, Bolivians take to the streets to buy him tiny offerings. We leave you this week with images of the Alasitas Festival, where gifts for Ekeko - the god of Abundance - abound.

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Costa Rica - Saving Earth. Costa Rica is the eco-capital of Latin America, offering rich biodiversity and generating most of its electricity from clean sources. In fact 25 % of its land is designated a wildlife reserve or National Park and protected from development.Costa Rica was on a mission to become the first country to have zero emissions by 2021. Last year, it had to revise that goal and admit it was overly ambitious. Argentina - Solar Villages. In Argentina, solar energy is already making a huge difference.

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Cuba - HIV Children. The World Health Organization calls it one of the greatest feats in medicine today. Doctors in Cuba have discovered a way to prevent pregnant women with HIV from transmitting the virus to their children. Antarctica - Blind birdwatchers. A blind birdwatcher from Uruguay proves you don't need sight to see. Through the sounds of nature he is able to envision the world that surrounds him. He explores the sounds of nature in Uruguay and Brazil and he goes as far as the Antarctic. Americas Now follows him.

Ecuador - Rainforest Chocolate

The Waorani tribe, which resides deep in Ecuador's rainforest, was known in the 1980s for being aggressive with Western white explorers, missionaries, and tourists. The tribe's members have become entrepreneurs by developing a chocolate endeavor that has garnered many green certifications and earned a Latin American environmental award.

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Forced Sterilizations - Thousands of women in Peru in the 1990's were coerced into sterilization. Dan Collyns in Lima investigates the legacy of this controversial poverty alleviation and population program. Next: the Americas Now "Game Changer" report profiles - Saskia Nino de Rivera - an activist working among mothers and their children born in Mexican overcrowded and inadequate prisons. Finally: Our video essay looks at Urban gardening in Venezuela; a nation undergoing chronic food shortages.