Chile - Surviving the Andes (Joe) 19:03On October 13th, 1972 a plane carrying a rugby team from Uruguay crashed in the Andes Mountains on its way to Chile. Initially, 33 people survived (but many perished in the days that followed). For the next two months those who remained endured below freezing temperatures and high altitude waiting for help. It never came. The story became famous because the passengers resorted to cannibalism to survive. On the 45th anniversary of their rescue, Americas Now... [see more] presents an interview with passenger turned life-saving doctor Roberto Canessa. He and another survivor made the treacherous trek back to civilization, to get the assistance needed to save the lives of their 14 still-stranded companions.USA - Bodegas in Peril (Gerry Hadden) 8:00In many places across America the corner store is a fixture in local life. Its a place for last minute, late-night shopping. A warm spot where you greet neighbors. And where staff know how many creams you like in your coffee. In Latino communities in New York and Los Angeles those stores are called bodegas. Their local flavor and charm has helped them compete against big supermarkets. But now, a small device may threaten them. Its also called Bodega, but its not exactly a store. Correspondent Gerry Hadden explains from New York City.Musical - Magical Town 1:28 For the musical/end piece this week, we take you to Mompox, an historic town along Colombias longest river. It's been described as being trapped in time. It takes six hours to drive there from the port-city of Cartagena. But for most tourists, the long ride is worth the wait.
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.