Latin America

The Missing Revolution w/ Vincent Bevins

16 Oct 2023
Featuring Vincent Bevins on If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution. The second of a two-part interview on this important new book.

If We Burn w/ Vincent Bevins

09 Oct 2023
Featuring Vincent Bevins on If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution. The first of a two-part interview on this important new book.

AOC on US Hegemony and Latin American Sovereignty

31 Aug 2023
Featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Latin American left and the long history of US intervention in the region.

Transcript: The United States Has Used Latin America as Its Imperial Laboratory (with Greg Grandin)

23 Mar 2023
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Center and Periphery w/ Margarita Fajardo

21 May 2022
Historian Margarita Fajardo on her book The World That Latin America Created: The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America in the Development Era. Fajardo discusses the Latin American economists at the Economic Commission for...

Feminist International w/ Verónica Gago

19 Feb 2022
Feminist political theorist and organizer Verónica Gago on Argentina’s massive feminist movement and strike, the ties that bind domestic labor and financial exploitation, neoliberalism from below, and more.

Brazil w/ Sabrina Fernandes & Andre Pagliarini

03 Dec 2021
Bolsonaro is presiding over mass COVID deaths and the destruction of the Amazon. Lula is free and polling way ahead for next year’s presidential election. But the conditions that brought the far-right to power remain...

Visions of Freedom w/ Piero Gleijeses Part 2

24 Nov 2021
The second of Dan’s two-part interview with Piero Gleijeses on his book Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976–1991. This is the story of Cuba’s military defense of the...

Visions of Freedom w/ Piero Gleijeses Part 1

19 Nov 2021
Part one of Dan’s two-part interview with Piero Gleijeses on his book Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976–1991. This is the story of Cuba’s military defense of the...

Chile w/ Aldo Madariaga & Camila Vergara

26 Aug 2021
Dan interviews scholars Aldo Madariaga and Camila Vergara about how Chilean politics have been playing out since the massive popular uprisings that began in October 2019.

Empire's Workshop with Greg Grandin

21 Jun 2021
The history of the United States is in no small part the history of US intervention in Latin America. Historian Greg Grandin on his classic book Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the...

Transcript: Resource Radicals with Thea Riofrancos

30 Jan 2021
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Resource Radicals with Thea Riofrancos

19 Jan 2021
Dan interviews Thea Riofrancos on how Ecuador’s Pink Tide government was constrained by an unequal world system and on the conflict over mining that erupted between leftist President Rafael Correa and the Indigenous movement that...

Unforgetting with Roberto Lovato

16 Oct 2020
Roberto Lovato on Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas. Growing up Salvadoran-American in The Mission, fighting with the FMLN in El Salvador, making sense of MS-13, weaving back together...

Transcript: Unforgetting with Roberto Lovato

16 Oct 2020
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Coup in Bolivia with Jeff Webber

28 Nov 2019
Political scientist Jeff Webber discusses the coup against Evo Morales and the recent history of Bolivia.

Settler-Colonial Revolutionaries with Joshua Simon

01 Nov 2019
The divide between Latin American and the United States was not always so evident. Across the hemisphere, creoles—the descendants of European settlers, born in the Americas—launched revolutions to cast off European rule and preserve their...

The Struggle in Chile with Alondra Carrillo & Pablo Abufom

19 Jul 2019
Dan’s lengthy interview with two brilliant Chilean social movement organizers: Alondra Carrillo and Pablo Abufom. Carrillo organizes in the country’s massive feminist movement. Abufom works in the labor-backed movement for a just pension system.


01 Feb 2019
Alejandro Velasco, Gabriel Hetland and Naomi Schiller on the profound economic, social, and political crisis in Venezuela. More than three million refugees and migrants have fled the country. Opposition figure Juan Guaidó has declared himself...

The Drug War in Mexico with Anabel Hernández

30 Jan 2019
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, is on trial in New York. After twice making his way out of Mexican prisons, he was extradited to the United States. This is what...

Haddad and Varoufakis Fighting Right-Wing Populism

04 Dec 2018
On Saturday, Dan was in New York to interview Fernando Haddad and Yanis Varoufakis. Haddad is the former Workers Party mayor of São Paulo who recently lost Brazil’s presidential election to far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro....

Explaining Brazil's Crisis with Alfredo Saad-Filho

19 Oct 2018
StartFragmentBrazil is headed toward fascism by way of Jair Bolsonaro, a sexist, homophobic, and violent militarist clown nostalgic for a murderous dictatorship. How did this happen? Alfredo Saad-Filho, a Professor of Political Economy at SOAS...

AMLO Shatters Mexican Establishment

07 Jul 2018
Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, won an overwhelming victory in Mexico’s presidential election, shattering a corrupt, old party system that brought ordinary Mexicans rampant violence and economic immiseration. But AMLO faces powerful political...

The Reality of Central American Migration with Noelle Brigden

21 Nov 2017
Trump’s demagogic rhetoric on MS-13 is designed to obscure the truth about the reality and origins of mass Central American migration: the roots of migration from Central America lie in significant part in the violence...

Forrest Hylton: What's Next for the Colombian Left?

15 Aug 2017
The FARC peace accord is a historic victory for Colombian society. But the struggle to build an urban left strong enough to take on the country’s powerful right remains a daunting one. Today’s guest is...

Christy Thornton: Confronting the Neoliberal Narco-State in Mexico

08 Aug 2017
With Trump, Mexico is the symbol and source of so many things that are wrong with the United States. Oftentimes, these stories told about Mexico in the United States aren’t just wrong but serve to...

Alejandro Velasco: Explaining Venezuela's crisis

25 Jul 2017
Hugo Chávez’s rise to power inspired leftists around the world. But today, Venezuela is in a profound economic and political crisis. A huge decline in oil prices gutted the revenue stream that Venezuela depended on...

Thea Riofrancos: Left Power and Environmentalism in Ecuador

18 Jul 2017
In Ecuador, the left won reelection this year, after Alianza PAÍS candidate Lenin Moreno, former President Rafael Correa’s vice president, narrowly won election this year. It was a major victory given the crisis hitting the...

Peter Andreas: Trump's Wall Is Already Built

31 May 2017
Donald Trump won the presidency in significant part by pledging to do something that his predecessors had already mostly accomplished: building a big, beautiful wall on the border with Mexico. For liberals and centrists, the...