Mexico - Smuggled Arms (Mike Kirsch) 16:18The gun laws in Mexico are among the toughest in the world. Theres only one gun store in the entire country which is run by the military. But every year 250-thousand firearms are being sold on the black market. As Correspondent Mike Kirsch reports from Mexico City they're being smuggled into the hands of criminal organizations by an unknown third-party from the United States.Belize - Endangered Reef (John Zarrella) 9:34One of the worlds great treasures... [see more] lies just off the coast of the Central America the nation of Belize. Just below the surface, a magnificent coral reef spans the entire length of the country. It was declared a World Heritage Site more than twenty years ago. But today, the reef is under attack. Coastal development, oil exploration and rising water temperatures are taking their toll on this jewel of the Caribbean. Correspondent John Zarrella went to Belize to see whats being done to save the reef from ruin.Musical - Up In the Air (Reuters 8066681) 1:30We end our show with a story that will take you up and away. Each November hot-air balloons rise into the Mexican sky in a dazzling display of color at the Leon International Balloon Festival. Liftoff for this high-flying fiesta begins at 7 in the morning so spectators arrive early. Then, a night show takes place later in the evening.
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.