Americas Now

Poisonous Spray

"Poisonous Spray?" The lead story this week focuses on the banana plantations of Nicaragua. Grace Gonzales explores the dangers of a pesticide called "Nema-gon" used by fruit companies for decades, now being blamed for a variety of illnesses.Next: "Game Changer." Americas Now profiles Mexican rapper Antonio Sanchez. Sanchez is an entertainer with a difference. He uses rap music to keep indigenous languages alive. Finally: In a video essay, we go to Sao Sebastiao do Vatumo...
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  • program length: 30 minutes
  • episode #107

Sunday, October 22 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.