A podcast from Alborada and Rodrigo Acuña
Indestructible: Latin America with Rodrigo Acuña is a new podcast from Alborada bringing you monthly discussions with some of the most interesting voices working on and from Latin America.
“Generally, Latin America does not receive serious coverage in the English speaking mainstream media. When it does, we hear a brief mention of some major drug dealer being arrested, or a ‘controversial’ president having had to resign. Dig deeper behind these headlines and you’ll often find large webs of corruption, serious human rights abuses, massive social movements that go largely unreported and numerous western backed coup d’états in support of rather unsavoury characters. Often, the mainstream media avoids linking these developments with the actions of corporations, or governments that could be held accountable by their own audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or even here in Australia where I live. Indestructible aims to readdress this imbalance.” – Rodrigo Acuña
Presented by Alborada contributing editor Rodrigo Acuña.
Produced and edited by Pablo Navarrete.
Music by Chylez Productions.
::: Episode 1: Fidel Castro Up Close: An Interview with Eduardo Torres Flores (December 2020)
In the first episode of Indestructible, Rodrigo interviews Mexican filmmaker Eduardo Torres Flores on his new documentary film ‘Fidel Up Close: An Intimate Portrait of Fidel Castro.’
::: Episode 2: Wikileaks & Latin America: An Interview with Julian Assange’s Father John Shipton (February 2021)
In the second episode Rodrigo interviews Julian Assange’s father John Shipton about his son’s case, and the connections his Wikileaks work has with Latin America.
::: Episode 3: Colombia’s Struggle for Peace: An Interview with Mariela Kohon (March 2021)
In the third episode of Indestructible, Rodrigo interviews Mariela Kohon who is a Senior International Officer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in the United Kingdom and worked as an advisor to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) during the signing of the historic 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian State and the FARC rebels.
::: Episode 4: Latin America in the Media: An Interview with Alan MacLeod (May 2021)
In the fourth episode of Indestructible, Rodrigo interviews Alan Macleod about how the corporate media in the English-speaking world covers Latin America and, amongst numerous issues, what are they not telling us about the region.
::: Episode 5 – Bolivia and on the Ground Reporting: An Interview with Camila Escalante (July 2021)
In the fifth episode of Indestructible Rodrigo interviews journalist Camila Escalante about covering important stories on Latin America the mainstream media often ignore. Camila works for Kawsachun News and is based in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
::: Episode 6 – Australia’s role in Chile in the 1970s: An Interview with Clinton Fernandes (August 2021)
In the sixth episode of Indestructible Rodrigo interviews Clinton Fernandes about Australia’s intelligence agencies involvement in Chile in the 1970s and Canberra’s foreign policy towards East Timor, Indonesia, China and the United States. Clinton is a former Australian Army officer who served in the Australian Intelligence Corps and currently works as a Professor of International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales.
::: Episode 7 – CODEPINK’S Struggle for Peace: An Interview with Medea Benjamin (September 2021)
In the seventh episode of Indestructible Rodrigo interviews Medea Benjamin about US foreign policy towards Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine, Venezuela, Cuba and Peru. Medea is one of the United States’ most distinguished peace activists and the co-founder of both the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange.
::: Episode 8 – The UK and Latin America: An Interview with Grace Livingstone (October 2021)
In the eight episode of Indestructible Podcast Rodrigo interviews Grace Livingstone who is a journalist and academic, specialising in Latin American affairs. She has reported for the BBC World Service, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman. She is an affiliated lecturer at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.
::: Episode 9 – Venezuela’s Extraordinary Threat: An Interview with Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur (November 2021)
In the ninth episode of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur, authors of the new book Extraordinary Threat: The U.S. Empire, the Media, and Twenty Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela (2021).
::: Episode 10 – Venezuela: The Cost of Challenging an Empire (February 2022)
In the tenth episode of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo interviews Dan Kovalik, Danny Shaw and Ricardo Vaz, three English-language analysts on Venezuela.
::: Episode 11 – Chile, from Allende to Boric: An Interview with Victor Figueroa Clark (April 2022)
In the eleventh episode of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to Alborada contributing editor Victor Figueroa Clark, author of Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat (2013).
::: Episode 12 – Colombia’s Presidential Election: An Interview with Carlos Cruz Mosquera (June 2022)
In this twelfth episode of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to Carlos Cruz Mosquera about Colombia’s 2022 presidential election. Carlos is a Colombian PhD candidate and teaching associate at Queen Mary, University of London.
::: Episode 13 – Brazil’s 2022 Presidential Election: An Interview with Nathalia Urban (July 2022)
In the 13th episode of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to speaks to Nathália Urban about Brazil’s upcoming 2022 presidential elections. Nathália is a Brazilian journalist who writes for Brazil Wire, Brasil247 and Jacobin Brasil amongst others.
::: Episode 14 – Chile: A New Constitution? An Interview with Jorge Saavedra (September 2022)
In episode fourteen of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to Jorge Saavedra Utman about the proposed progressive constitution which will be put to Chilean voters on 4 September possibly ending magna carta established under the Pinochet dictatorship.
::: Episode 15 – El Salvador under President Nayib Bukele. An Interview with Tatiana Marroquín (October 2022)
In episode fifteen of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to independent economist, feminist and human rights activist Tatiana Marroquín about the record of El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele.
::: Episode 16 – Operation Condor Through Film: An Interview with Rodrigo Vázquez (December 2022)
In episode sixteen of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to Argentinian filmmaker Rodrigo Vázquez about Operation Condor, a coordinated operation between the intelligence organisations of the dictatorships of the southern cone of South America during the 1970s and 80s.
::: Episode 17 – Latin America at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup: An Interview with Ollie Vargas (December 2022)
In episode seventeen of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to journalist Ollie Vargas about Latin American football and some of the politics surrounding Qatar’s hosting of the Men’s World Cup.
::: Episode 18 – The Coup against Peru’s Pedro Castillo: An Interview with Zoe Alexandra (January 2023)
In episode eighteen of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to Zoe Alexandra about the December 2022 soft coup in Peru by the country’s right-wing congress against the democratically elected progressive president Pedro Castillo
::: Episode 19 – Uncovering the UK’s Machinations in Latin America: An Interview with John McEvoy (February 2023)
In episode nineteen of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to investigate journalist John McEvoy about his work uncovering the UK government’s anti-democratic machinations in Latin America.
::: Episode 20 – Beyond the Headlines – Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO): An Interview with Étienne von Bertrab (May 2023)
In episode twenty of Indestructible Podcast, Rodrigo speaks to academic Étienne von Bertrab about the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in Mexico.
::: Episode 21 – The Politics of Nicaragua: An Interview with Dan Kovalik (July 2023)
In the 21st episode of Indestructible Rodrigo speaks to author, lawyer and human rights activist Dan Kovalik about Nicaraguan politics, past and present.
::: Episode 22 – Puerto Rico’s Struggle for Independence: An Interview with Margaret Power (August 2023)
In the 22nd episode of Indestructible Rodrigo speaks to Margaret Power about her latest book book ‘Solidarity Across the Americas: The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and Anti-Imperialism.’
::: Episode 23 – Beatriz Allende – A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin Americ: An Interview with Tanya Harmer (September 2023)
In the 23rd episode of Indestructible Rodrigo speaks Tanya Harmer about her latest book book ‘Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America’.
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