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Línea Abierta : Mexico Edition.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

Mexico Edition. According to information filtered to journalist José Antonio Rivera, some of the missing teacher's college students are in the mountains of the Eastern Sierra Madre, in an impenetrable area controlled by paramilitary groups. According to the reporter's sources, the students are working as slaves, refining opium gum, after having worked in the Carrizalillo gold mine. In an interview, the AP correspondent in Guerrero also talks about the existence of more than 70 armed insurgent organizations in the country and dangerous conditions in more than half the municipalities in the state of Guerrero. This program also includes an interview with the brother of Chilean Laurence Maxwell. From outside the high-security prison in Veracruz, he tells how his brother was detained while participating in the protest on November 20th, and later accused of spurious charges.

Línea Abierta : Maíz: Our Mother.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

Maíz: Our Mother. On the day the nation marks the Thanksgiving holiday, this is a conversation with Roberto Rodríguez about his book “Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother.” In his newly-released book, Rodríguez submits that corn has been central to the traditional diet of Mexicans since ancestral times and, despite attempts by Spanish conquerors and modern-day assimilationist forces, corn has remained in the heart of Mesoamerican cultures. Maíz culture, he says, unifies the continent.

Guest: Roberto Cintli Rodríguez, Professor, Writer, Author of “Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother,” University of Arizona Tucson, Tucson, AZ.

Línea Abierta : Ferguson Watch. Also, Mexico Faces the Court. Also, Detained demonstrator.

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59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)

Ferguson Watch. In Ferguson, a city with a history of racial tensions, a grand jury decides not to bring criminal charges against the White police officer who killed unarmed young Black Michael Brown. After the verdict, protests erupted in most major cities in the nation. A civil rights expert comments on the case.

Guest: Martin Castro, Chairman, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chicago, IL,

Mexico Faces the Court. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights held a hearing about the case of a Mexican family from Chihuahua disappeared by the military. The court requested Mexico a progress report on protection of the relatives of the victims and the findings in the search for the disappeared. A member of the defense team who attended the hearing gives details of the hearing and the agreements that were reached.

Guest: Carlos Spector Calderón, Attorney and Asylum Law Expert, El Paso, TX

Línea Abierta : Executive Action: Primer.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Executive Action: Primer. President Obama spoke to the nation from the White House announcing executive steps to bring deportation relief for millions. He also traveled to Las Vegas, where he spoke at a high school rally trying to draw public support for his immigration plans. Experts discuss the details of the administrative action and share resources available for those seeking to apply for relief.

Guests: Mark Silverman, Director of Immigration Policy, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, San Francisco, CA, ; Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement – FIRM, Woodburn, OR,

Línea Abierta : Food Chains.

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59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)

Food Chains. A documentary about a group of tomato pickers in Southern Florida who battle the powerful supermarket industry is being released in theaters around the nation this week. The film, whose leading team includes actress Eva Longoria, exposes the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of global fast food and supermarket chains in the life of poverty and exploitation in the tomato fields.

Guests: Demian Bichir, Academy Award-nominated Actor, Spanish Narrator of Food Chains, Los Angeles, CA; Lucas Benitez, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL, ; Greg Asbed, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Los Angeles, CA; Jon Esformes, Operating Partner, Pacific Tomato Growers, Los Angeles, CA; Smriti Keshari, Producer, Food Chains, New York, NY,

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