Latin America


Wed July 17, 2013
World Cafe

Beautiful Bossa Nova From Rio's Seu Jorge

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:41 am

Seu Jorge performs on stage during a 2005 festival in Rio.
Lionel Bonaventure Getty Images

The music of Seu Jorge occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs are widely hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio's streets. It was his history in the slums of Rio de Janeiro that led to bigger things for Jorge, including a high-profile appearance in the 2002 film City of God.

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Wed July 17, 2013
The Salt

Your Love Of Quinoa Is Good News For Andean Farmers

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:15 pm

Farmer Geronimo Blanco shows his quinoa plants in Patamanta, Bolivia, in February. A burgeoning global demand for quinoa has led to a threefold price increase since 2006.
Juan Karita AP

Quinoa lovers have been put on a bit of a guilt trip with stories suggesting that the increased demand in the U.S. has put the superfood out of reach for those living closest to where it's grown.

How can poor Bolivians in La Paz afford to pay three times more for quinoa than they would pay for rice, critics have asked?

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Tue July 16, 2013
World Cafe

Roots Of Samba: Exploring Historic Pelourinho In Salvador, Brazil

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:42 am

Randy Roberts discusses samba at his record store in Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador, Brazil.
Bob Giardini Productions and WXPN's Kim Junod

The first stop on World Cafe's trip to Brazil was in Pelourinho, the old part of the city of Salvador on the country's northeast coast. In this installment of Sense of Place: Rio, World Cafe captures a performance from the brother-duo Samba Chula de São Braz, in an effort to learn more about the samba style.

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Tue July 16, 2013
Latin America

Vicious Cartel Leader Arrested In Mexico

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:05 pm



It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.


And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

One of the most brutal and vicious cartel leaders in Mexico has been arrested. Early yesterday morning, Mexican marines, caught the leader of the notorious Zeta gang organization. The country has killed or captured dozens of kingpins in recent years without managing to bring an end to the high murder rates in many areas.

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Mon July 15, 2013
The Salt

In Argentina, Coca-Cola Tests Market For 'Green' Coke

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:40 pm