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Can you imagine?

April 8, 2016

A radio station in Chiapas, Mexico is holding a panel discussion about migration — in the Chol (Maya) language — after every episode of our radio series, Vidas Cruzadas. This is the power of Round Earth Media.

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Vidas Cruzadas is our 8 part Spanish language radio series running on stations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica. It’s a groundbreaking accomplishment. Some of these radio stations don’t have Internet and the show is taken out to them by CD.

 

Station directors “asked us for something episodic, in 10 minute segments at the most,” explains Round Earth producer Conrad Fox who landed on the idea of a deeply reported absolutely true series but produced in a “Radionovela” format, popular throughout Latin America for a cliffhanger at the end of each episode.

“I’m not going to say how the story ends,” says Fox. “You’ll have to listen to the episodes to find out if they make their goal or not. As well, something dramatic happened to this family, that illustrates really well the suffering that comes with being a migrant.”

He’s talking about our story of two brothers who leave their home in El Salvador to make a 3000 km journey with the dream of reuniting with a father they only know through photos and videos, and a mother who suffers everyday she is apart from them. Listeners to Vidas Cruzadas follow as the boys make this real life trip across half a continent, from the violence-ridden Northern Triangle in Central America to the United States. The route is not a straight one, but a laberinth of danger, and on this journey we meet other migrants and hear their stories of love and the strength of common people making an uncommon trip.

Click on the photo above for a link to the website where you can listen to Vidas Cruzadas.

And click the image below for more about the series in Animal Politico, the most read independent online news source in all of Mexico.

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Every story we produce reaches audiences in the US and in the country where the story is taking place. Via giant media outlets and small community radio stations. This is the power of Round Earth Media.

Warmest regards,

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Mary Stucky
Round Earth Media

P.S. For those of you in the Twin Cities, please join us for a discussion after the documentary, 10 Billion – What’s on your Plate. Details are HERE.

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