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 12-hundred 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 ten 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... so every year, Bolivians take to the streets so they can 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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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.

Americas Now

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.

Americas Now

First "Cuba Ecotourism" Correspondent Michael Voss (who has lived in Cuba for nearly ten years) guides viewers through the kind of tourism Cuba wants to promote as the nation targets its the most sought after customers: Americans. Next a look at luxury tourism in Brazil. High end style and what to shop for in Sao Paolo. Finally - Gerry Hadden explores the beaches of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. In a decade it has gone from hammock heaven...to the hottest spot in the sun...full of stylish, bungalow hotels.

Americas Now

The Last Inca King - It was the largest empire in pre-Colombian America, extending from its center in modern-day Peru to Colombia in the north and parts of Chile and Argentina in the south. Dan Collyns goes to Cuzco Peru to explore new archaeological research on the royalty and the fate of the advanced civilization of the Incas. Next In a "Game Changer" feature, Americas Now profiles a project in Guatemala providing new fashion opportunities to people with Down's Syndrome. Finally - a video portrait of photographer Annie Leibowitz and her work on global women.