Americas Now

Saving a Language

"Saving a Language" In the lead story: Harris Whitbeck goes to Chile to explore a unique program to revive the spoken word. Whitbeck meets a 25-year-old Chilean musician trying to keep the culture of a tribe alive by saving its language. Linguists estimate there are some 7,000 different languages still spoken in the world today. A concerted effort is underway to save those that are endangered.Next: Gerry Hadden in Portugal explores the origins of the cavaquinho, a tiny guitar; a musical instrument...
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  • program length: 30 minutes
  • episode #109

Sunday, July 29 at 10:30 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.