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Línea Abierta : GMO Corn Halted in Mexico.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

GMO Corn Halted in Mexico. In a decision against Mexico’s federal government and transnational corporations like Monsanto and Dupont, a Mexican tribunal suspended permits to sell and grow genetically modified corn in Mexico. The Mexican government is trying to appeal this decision, while a number of farmers, scientists, environmentalists and other activists are coming together in a national coalition to save traditional or “criollo” corn against the threat of transgenic seeds. A renowned agroecologist and social activist discusses these and other developments.

Guest: Adelita San Vicente, Director, Fundación Semillas de Vida, Mexico City,

Línea Abierta : Rosario. Also, Enrique’s Journey.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Rosario. An interview with the director of the film Rosario, a documentary about the life of Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, a social activist whose son disappeared at the hands of Mexico’s security forces in 1975 in Monterrey, her tireless search for her disappeared son and her struggle for human rights.

Guest: Shula Erenberg, Director, Film Rosario, Mexico City,

Also, Enrique’s Journey. The national best-seller Enrique’s Journey tells the story of a Honduran boy who makes the journey to the U.S. looking for her mother. Traveling on freight trains (“the Train of Death”), he braves a dangerous world full of thugs and corrupt cops. This is an interview with the author of the book and producer of the documentary “Which Way Home.”

Guest: Sonia Nazario, Journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner, Los Angeles, CA,

LíNEA aBIERTA : Immigration Edition: iNation.

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59:07 minutes (54.18 MB)

Immigration Edition: iNation. Immigrant Nation is a new interactive storytelling project that collects unique immigrant stories and shares them with the world. Beginning this week, the project will offer short documentary films, live events in diverse communities, and an online Interactive Story Hub that enables anyone to upload and share their personal tales. In addition, immigration attorney Rosalba Piña gives an update on DACA renewal issues and how to prepare for the renewal process.

Guests: Adan Duran, Member of Outreach Team for iNation, San Francisco, CA, ; Rosalba Piña, immigration attorney, Chicago, IL,

Línea Abierta : Junot Díaz: “This Is How You Lose Her”

Photo: Junot Diaz via facebook

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Junot Díaz: “This Is How You Lose Her”. A Dominican-American writer, Junot Díaz talks in this interview in Oakland, CA, about his most recent bestseller “This Is How You Lose Her,” a collection of stories about relationships gone sour. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” This is a program repeat.

Guest: Junot Díaz, Writer, Professor of Creative Writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA,

Línea Abierta : Mexico Edition.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico Edition: Host Martha Elena Ramírez gives an analysis in the bankruptcy case of Mexico’s oldest airlines, “Mexicana de Aviación.” The judge on the case has officially declared the airline bankrupt; several parties, among them the ex-workers of the company are troubled with the decision. The ruling comes after four years of long legal battles and proposed plans to rescue the company. During this time, about thirty different financial groups had tried to acquire Mexicana de Aviación, but all fell short to guarantee a payment of 350 million dollars. The sum would have been used as severance pay for the nearly eight-thousand and five hundred workers, as well as to pay debts, taxes and maintenance services to the airline. The company’s share holders, whom some believed are responsible for the economic hardships that led to the bankruptcy, did not received any sanction by the courts.

Línea Abierta : Mexico-US Guestworkers.

Photo: Justicia For Immigrant Workers /

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico-US Guestworkers. When Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed NAFTA, they also signed labor accords and the receiving country agreed to provide the same labor protections to migrant workers as to their national workers. Migrant rights groups have complained that farmworkers and fair and carnaval workers suffer unequal treatment and are often paid below mínimum wage and other abuses. The complaints made by alleged victims, and the legal procedures started by several pro-migrant rights groups, compelled the labor secretaries of the U.S. and Mexico to meet and signed a Declaration where both countries vow to take action against labor law violations.

Guests: Jessica Stender, Legal Director, Centro De Los Derechos Del Migrante Inc., México, D.F., ; Jorge Palafox, Carnival Worker (2013), Víctim, Labor rights violated, Michoacán, Mexico

Línea Abierta : Quest for Biliteracy.

Photo: Seal of Biliteracy

59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

Quest for Biliteracy. More and more states are joining a movement passing laws to honor students’ bilingualism and biliteracy. In California, thousands of students have been awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy and now two school districts are being recognized for leading the way to ensure high school graduates are fluent in at least two languages. This program features an acclaimed bilingual student and leaders from pioneering districts, including one that served as a model for the State Seal.

Guests: Cynthia Orozco, State Seal of Biliteracy awardee, student at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA, ; Wendy Ríos, Teacher and Coordinator of Languages Program, Thomas Edison Elementary School, Glendale Unified School District, Glendale, CA,

Línea Abierta : Immigration Reform: Private Prisons.

Photo: Equal Voice For Families

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Immigration Reform: Private Prisons. A commission of current and formerly undocumented leaders sent formal recommendations to President Obama on steps his administration can take to expand relief programs and reduce the harm of current deportation practices. Meantime, people with relatives in detention are fasting in front of the White House and immigrant detainees in a month-long hunger strike and their supporters in Washington State draw attention to investments on private prison companies. An analyst gives an overview of how immigration centers work, the political influence of the companies that manage the prison system and the "bed mandate" law.

Línea Abierta : Obamacare Enrollment: Closing Time.

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59:05 minutes (54.12 MB)

Obamacare Enrollment: Closing Time. As consumers who had problems signing up for health insurance in the marketplace got extra time to apply, the system experienced a new surge in enrollments and the number of people getting enrolled continues to grow. On the eve of the critical deadline, a national expert informs the audience of the deadline, which in most parts of the country would be April 15 and there is no chance for another extension. Those individuals whose paperwork is pending government approval would get more time, but on a case by case basis.

Guest: Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, DC,

Línea Abierta : Mexico Edition.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico Edition: Host Martha Elena Ramírez gives an analysis, on how several farm worker organizations marched and demanded a revision to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and they are questioning the new agriculture reform announced by the federal government which offers no details on how the reform is going to work. The National Confederation of Corn Producers (CNPM), accused the Mexican government of allowing the import of contaminated produce such us rice into the country, which endangers the stability of crops. All of this takes place on the 95th anniversary of the death of General Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary hero who fought for land rights on behalf of peasants. Also in this edition, are the statements of journalist Mario Alberto Segura, who was kidnapped and forced to take down his webpage; the webpage alerted the community of crime, kidnappings and executions happening in the state of Tamaulipas. This edition is broadcast from Mexico City.

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