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BNamericas senior editor by way of Buenos Aires and New York. Bilingual thoughts on politics, technology, fiction, food and fútbol. 

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Chileans have been exploding in protest, much like Ecuadorans shortly before them, and mirroring global protests seen in Hong Kong, Barcelona and Paris.  Brian Winter, policy VP at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly, talks about the economic reasons driving the upheaval, while Dr. Noam Lupu, associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, warns of other Latin American countries where social discontent is also ripe for unrest.

ARE WE SEEING THE LATIN AMERICAN SPRING?

Our sector experts review the planned capital expenditures in the region’s oil & gas, electric power, mining, infrastructure and ICT sectors. See where investments are headed.

INVESTMENT TRENDS IN LATIN AMERICA

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PREVIOUS EPISODES

IoT promises to connect every device you use, and there are already over 300 million of these connections in Latin America. But how do you keep networks safe when a printer or a vending machine becomes a backdoor for hackers? We talk to hacking, cybersecurity and IoT experts to find out.

SECURING THE INTERNET OF THINGS ECOSYSTEM

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Hundreds of copper industry players descended on Santiago in April for Cesco Week, one of the industry’s top annual events that looks at exploration and other key mining aspects. In this special episode we share four takeaways from the event, including whether copper prices will incentivize increased investments in the short term, as well as some exclusive interviews with experts.

COPPER WEEK

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AMLO’s ‘Mexico first’ agenda could slow down the ambitious integration project it shares with Chile, Colombia and Peru. Plus, we preview the APEC CEO Summit Chile 2019.

THE CHALLENGES FACING THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE

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This month we focus for a second straight episode on the effects of crime and violence on Latin America's business environment. We speak to Dr. William Godnick and Michael Cullen about relationship between corporations operating in the region and private security firms. 

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THE IMPACTS OF CRIME IN LATIN AMERICA - PT. 2

The Lava Jato investigation that uncovered massive, cross-border kickbacks from construction giant Odebrecht could mark a before and after in the region’s long history of corruption in the public and private sector. We speak to Transparency International, the UN Global Compact’s Brazil Network, and our own on-the-ground experts in the region to discuss the growing anti-corruption movement.

IS LATIN AMERICA TURNING THE CORNER ON CORRUPTION?

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In our last episode of the year we take a look at the economic and political risks that will hang over Latin America in 2019, as well as the markets that will outperform the rest of the region. Listen to our experts talk about the issues that will drive the conversation, and get the economic lowdown from Fitch Ratings’ top analysts for the Americas.  

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019

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In this month's podcast we talk about the region's crime epidemic with the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's Latin American section, Antonio Mazzitelli, and Katherine Aguirre, a researcher at Brazil-based regional think tank Igarapé Institute.

THE IMPACTS OF CRIME IN LATIN AMERICA - PT. 1

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As Chris Lenton bids farewell to our podcast, we discuss how president-elect Jair Bolsonaro is starting to sound a lot like Brazil’s answer to Donald Trump. Meanwhile, our new hosts Laura Superneau and Sebastian Pérez-Ferreiro explain how Argentina’s market-friendly President Mauricio Macri is making an anti-business decision in order to stay on the good side of the IMF. 

A TALE OF TWO CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENTS

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This month our podcast looks at Venezuela. It has two parts. First, we hear the personal stories of our Venezuelan colleagues at BNamericas in Santiago who had to leave their homeland behind. In the second part, Chris speaks to Luis Giusti, the last head of state oil company PDVSA before Hugo Chávez assumed power and the firm began its long and disastrous decline.

THE STATE OF VENEZUELA TODAY

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This podcast looks at the Colombia that Iván Duque is inheriting and looks ahead to what’s in store over the next four years. Will Duque manage to be the “extreme centrist” he has promised he will be? How will he handle the economy? Corruption scandals? What is the "orange economy"? How will his government strengthen peace in the country while addressing the disaster in Venezuela and the threat posed by rising coca production and criminal gangs?

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CAN IVÁN DUQUE UNITE A DIVIDED COUNTRY?

This month, we look at Brazil. What a fascinating, bizarre election season it has been. Now with just weeks until the October 7 vote, everything is still up in the air. This podcast goes into a few things: the election, but also, what’s next? What is going to happen in Brazil, and what needs to happen? Featuring the always brilliant Brian Winter, of Americas Quarterly, and Shelly Shetty, the head of sovereign ratings for Latin America at Fitch.

BRAZIL'S UNCERTAIN ELECTION AND THE GREAT TASK AT HAND

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What kind of leader will Andrés Manuel López Obrador be? Will he be another Hugo Chávez? A Lula? Or something else entirely? What will happen to the energy reform? To the new airport? Will he offer amnesty to drug lords?

WHAT WOULD AN AMLO WIN MEAN FOR MEXICO?

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This podcast looks at the Chile of today, including its prospects for growth, external and internal perils, the political landscape, Chile’s Me Too movement, immigration, how the country is managing the risk posed by natural disasters, and much more. 

WHERE IS CHILE HEADED?

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Latin America's Roadmap Hangs in Balance. This month we we do a sweep through the whole region, and deep-dive into Argentina, with guest Richard Townley, our correspondent in Buenos Aires.

RICHARD TOWNLEY FROM BUENOS AIRES

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This month we focus on Brazil, with guest Rogerio Jelmayer, BNamericas' correspondent in Sao Paulo.

ROGERIO JELMAYER FROM SAO PAULO

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BNAMERICAS PODCAST

This month we focus on Colombia, with guest Michael Place, BNamericas' correspondent in Medellín.

MICHAEL PLACE

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BNAMERICAS PODCAST

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BNAMERICAS PODCAST

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BNAMERICAS PODCAST

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BNAMERICAS PODCAST

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BNAMERICAS PODCAST

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Voters seem on the verge of kicking Mauricio Macri out and returning to Cristina Fernández's brand of populist economic policy. Will the country stick with the IMF program? Is a new default in the cards?  We talk to Fitch Ratings and Deloitte to get a sense of what we might expect from a likely Alberto Fernández-Cristina Fernández government.

DÉJÀ VU IN ARGENTINA

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Key industries such as electric power, oil and gas, and mining are starting to implement AI to improve efficiency and cut costs. Our tech analysts Pedro Ozores and Phil Anderson give us the main takeaways of the growing innovation trend in the region.

HOW LATIN AMERICA IS INNOVATING WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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As global demand for legal cannabis for recreational consumption and medical applications grows, Colombia has the potential to become one of its main producers, thanks to its climate and lower-cost and skilled workforce. We talk to Mat Youkee, editor of the Colombia Cannabis Investor, about the opportunities in this market and how Canadian companies have gotten in on the ground floor. 

COLOMBIA SPARKS BUDDING CANNABIS INDUSTRY

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