Brazil Black Pride (Stephen Gibbs) 13:08Brazil is sometimes portrayed as one of the worlds harmonious, multi-ethnic rainbow nations. But the truth is more complicated. For generations, white Brazilians have enjoyed preferential treatment over their black counterparts. It's been especially noticeable in higher education. Most publicly-funded universities are filled by white students, even though half of all Brazilians are of African descent. To reverse that trend, the government has adopted... [see more] a quota policy. They are obliged to fill 50-percent of their spots with students of black or indigenous ancestry. However, critics say this only aggravates racism. As Correspondent Stephen Gibbs reports some are questioning whether its possible to define who is black in mixed-race Brazil. Guatemala - Indigenous Justice (Harris Whitbeck) 14:47 Indigenous populations in Guatemala have used their own justice system for hundreds of years. Its a system centered on the wisdom of their ancestors. And for many its a more efficient and effective way to resolve problems. However, some punishments include public lashings so its not without controversy. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck traveled to the town of Santa Cruz to show us how indigenous authorities govern their communities.Mexico - Guardian Falcons 1:30You may recall the story of pilot Sully Sullenberger. Back in 2009 he successfully landed his passenger airplane on the Hudson River in New York City saving the lives of 150 passengers and crew. Well, the cause of that crash landing was a bird strike which disabled the planes engines. At Mexico Citys International Airport, theyve trained falcons to keep other birds away from the planes. These birds of prey are on patrol along with their doggy companions, keeping birds away at the main airport. This is our end/musical piece this week.
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 ChangerA 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.