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.

Upcoming Airdates

Deporting Mexican Veterans & Ecuador's Shrinking Glaciers

Many Mexican immigrants joined the US military and fought in wars on behalf of the country. But they were soldiers not citizens because they were never officially naturalized. And they later found out they had no legal protection against being deported if they committed a crime. Their supporters say the real crime is how the US government could deport them in the first place after risking their lives to protect and defend the United States. Mike Kirsch reports.

Argentina's Triple Border

Argentina - Triple Border (Joel Richards) - The natural border that forms on the Parana and Iguazu Rivers in South America is known as the Triple Border. To the west lies Paraguay. To the east, Brazil and Argentina. It is a region known for its natural beauty and its tourist attractions, like Iguazu Falls the largest system of waterfalls in the world. But the area is also renowned for illicit activity. The porous border has given rise to arms and drugs trafficking with contraband estimated to be in the billions of dollars per year.

Haitians In Limbo & Enrique Chiu

Costa Rica - Haitians in Limbo (Harris Whitbeck) - At the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, thousands of Haitians have been arriving, dead tired, but full of hope. They have come from Brazil, a place they fled two years ago in search of a better future. But the crisis in Brazil has them fleeing once again. After trekking more than 5-thousand kilometers, their journey has come to an abrupt halt. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports about this refugee camp in Costa Rica.

Colombia's Homeless City & Portuguese Homecoming

Colombia - Homeless City (Michelle Begue) - When Bogota's new mayor Enrique Penalosa took office in early 2016, he vowed to take down crime in the Colombian capital. One of his first offensives was a raid into the "Bronx." It is the city's most dangerous slum, plagued by drugs, weapons and savage violence. The raid ended with the evacuation of cartels and criminal gangs... but it also uncovered a complex reality: thousands of people were living in the Bronx, without a home. Correspondent Michelle Begue has more on Colombia's Homeless City.

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.