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The photo of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Cuban President Raul Castro and FARC leader Rodrigo (Timochenko) Londoño Echeverri at the signing of a preliminary peace agreement is from the Cuban government and is in the public domain.

Pulso Latino/Latin Pulse

As the Latino population in the U.S. continues to grow, there is increasing demand for in-depth analysis of current events in Latin America. Partnering with the media non-profit, Link TV, CLALS supports a 30-minute podcast that analyzes news and public affairs in Latin America and hosts regional experts to offer critical commentary. Based at Webster University in St. Louis, the Latin Pulse podcast reaches more than 130,000 online subscribers weekly.

The program's executive producer and host is Rick Rockwell, a journalist with 35 years of experience covering the region. Through Latin Pulse, Rockwell and his team highlight significant news from the region and explore topical issues through substantive but fast-paced interviews with leading intellects from around the world. CLALS assists in the recruitment of experts for the program, drawing on more than 70 Affiliated Faculty at American University as well as researchers and practitioners who take part in two dozen projects that operate under Center auspices. Current and recent programs may be downloaded from this page. For a complete archive of Latin Pulse episodes, please visit Link TViTunes, and SoundCloud.

Current Episode - Special Edition of Latin Pulse

This special edition of Latin Pulse includes an opportunity to hear a Cuban perspective on politics and diplomacy, along with an analysis of what derailed the peace process in Colombia. A Cuban professor discusses the importance of continued exchanges between the United States and Cuba, while analyzing reactions to U.S. programs designed at political change and Cuban succession. The program also discusses the rejection of the peace treaty with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The news segment covers doubts about the sincerity of Venezuela's president during the papal negotiations to end the country's political crisis and avert violence.

Santiago Pérez Benitez of the University of Havana & the Center for International Political Research (CIPI); and 

Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). 

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell 

Associate Producer: Jim Singer.

Related Links

Latin Pulse (Pulso Latino) on SoundCloud

Archived Episodes

Complete archives of Latin Pulse can be found through SoundCloud.


  • November 7 - Special: The US Elections, the Cuban View, & Education in South America
  • September 23 - Latin Pulse's Fifth Anniversary Special
  • September 16 - Mexico: The Drug War, Corruption & Politics 
  • September 9 - Brazil: Unrest After the Rousseff Exit & Fighting Zika
  • September 2 - The FARC Peace Treaty in Colombia & Politics in Nicaragua
  • August 12 - LGBT Issues at the Rio Olympics & Economic Challenges in Cuba
  • August 5 - Olympic Fútbol, Analyzing Soccer in Rio and Concerns About the Military in Honduras
  • July 31 - Venezuela in Crisis & Indigenous and Afro-Colombian Views of Colombia's Peace Talks
  • July 15 - Special: Crisis in Venezuela; the Peace Process in Colombia; and Brazillionaires
  • July 8 - Brazil: Debating the Olympics in Rio
  • June 24 - Corruption Bankrupts Politics in Brazil & the Importance of the Copa America
  • June 17 - Presidential Politics: Analyzing the Election in Peru & Policy Changes in Argentina
  • June 10 - Human Rights: Seeking Justice in Mexico & Guatemala
  • June 3 - Peru: Presidential Election Preview
  • May 27 - Corruption: Scandals in Argentina & Honduras
  • May 20 - Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico and the Politics of Diplomacy with Mexico
  • May 13 - Politics: Rousseff Suspended in Brazil & Elections in the Dominican Republic
  • May 6 - Presidential Recall in Venezuela & the Power of Remittances
  • April 29 - Mexico: Human Rights Cover-up and Remittances as Campaign Issue
  • April 22 - Politics: Impeachment in Brazil and the Presidential Race in the Dominican Republic
  • April 15 - The Impeachment Debate in Brazil & Panama Papers Fallout
  • April 8 - Presidential Election Controversy in Peru & Seeking Justice for El Salvador
  • April 1 - Political Crisis in Brazil & the Aftereffects of the Obama Trip to Argentina
  • March 25 - Obama's Historic Trip to Cuba
  • March 4 - The Search for Peace in Colombia & Drug War
  • February 26 - Films: 'Embrace of the Serpent' from Colombia & Notable Releases from Brazil
  • February 19 - Politics: Tensions in Venezuela & Constitutional Debate in Bolivia
  • February 12 - Mexico: The Visit of Pope Francis, Migration and Scandal
  • February 5 - Peru: Assessing Presidential Politics
  • January 29 - Cuba: Improving Relations & the Refugee Question
  • January 22 - Program No. 200: War, Religion, Migration & More
  • January 15 - The Political and Economic Forecast for Latin America
  • January 8 - Films: 'Olvidados' from Bolivia & 'The Second Mother' from Brazil


  • December 18 - The Promise of U.S.-Cuba Relations & Crisis in Brazil
  • December 11 - Cuba and Venezuela, Santeria, the Feast of San Lazaro, & Election Results
  • December 4 - Culture and Politics: The Condor Film & Presidential Changes in Argentina
  • November 20 - Special: Analyzing Cuba and the U.S. from Havana
  • October 30 - Evaluating the Trans-Pacific Partnership & Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico
  • October 23 - Presidential Elections in Guatemala and Argentina.
  • October 16 - Deteriorating Democracy in Venezuela and Corruption Fallout in Brazil
  • October 9 - Peace Talks for the Civil War in Colombia and Tensions on the Borders of Venezuela