April 13, 2013 Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died last month, is supporting Nicolas Maduro in Sunday's presidential election. How do we know? Maduro says Chavez came to him, as a bird, in a dream. For some Venezuelans, that's enough: Maduro leads the race by a considerable margin.
April 13, 2013 In the 19th century, Bolivar freed six countries from Spanish rule. Almost 200 years later, the warrior statesman is still a widely celebrated Latin American hero, but his story is also little understood. In a new biography, Marie Arana aims to separate fact from fiction.
April 12, 2013 A not-so-funny thing happened earlier this week to Venezuelan humorist Laureano Marquez. He was kidnapped just before a scheduled interview with NPR. After being released unharmed, Marquez talks to Morning Edition about his ordeal and about politics in Caracas ahead of Sunday's presidential election.
April 12, 2013 Over the past few years, incomes in Brazil rose and unemployment plunged to record lows. But now — as the country prepares to host the World Cup and the Olympics — the numbers are changing. Growth is slowing and inflation is creeping up. Tourists and Brazilians alike are feeling the pinch.
April 12, 2013 Although Venezuela has a rich literary culture, its writers remain largely unknown outside of the country. Marcela Valdes traces the intersection of literature and politics in the large Caribbean nation, showing the forces that have kept Venezuelan writers from getting the praise they deserve.
April 11, 2013 KRTSA border station linking a Mexican village called Boquillas to a U.S. national park has reopened in west Texas. Before it was sealed, the border had been an abstract one that people on either side ignored. When it closed, Boquillas' economy and residents felt it hard.
April 11, 2013 During his presidency, Hugo Chavez gave Venezuelan consumers cheap gasoline. He propped up the Cuban regime, and he offered oil on preferential terms to 18 regional countries. But Chavez died before he had to confront the economic and political problems certain to plague his successor.