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Americas Now

Ecuador- Electronic Currency

Ecuador is the first Latin American country to enter the digital currency world, rolling out its version of the electronic money in 2015. But its implementation hasn't been easy. Not many consumers are convinced of its benefits. Private bankers and members of the business community claim it doesn't work and are afraid it will be an excuse for the government to change the current legal tender -the dollar- for a "national" currency. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports from Quito.For centuries...
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  • program length: 30 minutes
  • episode #117

Sunday, December 31 at 11:00 am on 12.2


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"The Centenarians": Correspondent Harris Whitbeck investigates the secrets of long life among the people of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. This region is home to some of the oldest people in the world: many over the age of 100."Game Changer"A profile of Julia Novelo, a designer in Mexico City turning the city's waste into jewelry. In doing so she provides work to poor single mothers. Her organization "Cerrando el ciclo" ("Closing the cycle") has been widely recognized as an NGO - making a difference.The program ends this week with a a video essay from Colombia. The essay chronicles the effort to return endangered Red Howler Monkeys into the wild.