Defense Department To Produce Radio Novela In Colombia

The U.S. Department of Defense is looking for a writer and producer for a new radio novela in Colombia. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin reports that this radio soap opera will have a decidedly anti-guerrilla message.

Copyright © 2013 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Singing in foreign language)


Drug, guns, steamy romance. It is not called "El Cartel" for nothing.


MARTIN: "El Cartel" was one of Colombia's top rated narco telenovelas, to TV soap operas that romanticized the country's drug cartels.


MARTIN: Most Colombians are not wrapped up in the drug trade or guerrilla warfare, but these shows are really popular. So much so that now the U.S. Department of Defense wants to put out their own novela to try to send a different kind of message. Last week, the U.S. Army said it's looking for someone who can write and produce 20 15-minute episodes for a radio soap opera.

They want the scripts to encourage armed guerrilla groups in Colombia to put down their weapons. And they're hoping that radio, which can reach isolated areas, will encourage peace in remote places where violence can thrive.

So if you've been longing for a chance to write that yarn about the notorious drug lord who wakes up one morning and sees the error of his ways, sharpen your pencils and brush up on your Spanish. Proposals are due June 5th.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Singing in foreign language)


MARTIN: Tomorrow on MORNING EDITION, we'll hear from a quintessentially American city, Detroit. The city has a pretty tight budget these days. So tight that when a homeless person dies, the city sometimes waits more than a year to bury them. That story and the day's top news on NPR's MORNING EDITION.


MARTIN: And you're listening to NPR News.

Copyright © 2013 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.