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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Privatizing Education in Haiti & Latinos in Silicon Valley

Haiti - Privatizing Education

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.

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.