Centenarians

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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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.

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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.

Americas Now

Immigrant Caravan - Migration remains one of President Donald Trump's political pressure points, as he promises to crack down on illegal immigration like never before. But with buzzwords like 'catch-and-release' flying around, it's difficult to sort facts from political fiction. Correspondent Alasdair Baverstock looks deeper into the issue. Students Crossing - The best way to assess the impact of U.S. immigration policy on children of deported parents is to spend the day with them. That's according to child welfare authorities.