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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.


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.

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New ground-breaking Spanish radio series

January 8, 2016

2016 is off to a great start at Round Earth Media!

We are hard at work on a ground-breaking series in Spanish for radio stations in Mexico and Central America — the countries so many immigrants are fleeing.

Only Round Earth can claim to reach audiences in the U.S. and in the countries where the stories are actually taking place.
Our eight-part radio series in Spanish builds on the Latin American tradition of using storytelling as part of educational radio programming and will resemble a telenovela with a cliffhanger ending every week.

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You’ve seen the pictures

September 28, 2015

The little boy’s body washed up on the beach, the exhausted men and women, old and young, sleeping on the streets of European cities.  Millions of people around the world are on the move. They’re fleeing war, violence and desperate poverty.

And it’s not just Europe, Africa and the Middle East where this is happening.

On our southern border, every day, a human drama plays out, as Central Americans and Mexicans try desperately to cross into the US.

If you’ve ever wondered why people risk their lives – and their children’s lives –

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Conversation with Jimmy Alvarado

May 24, 2015

Jimmy Alvarado: My country is like one of the five most violent countries in the world according to the United Nations. Right now, we are like one of the five places most violent in the world. In this country, there are some places where nothing happens; there is little violence. Last year, those five places didn’t have any homicide. In El Salvador, we have 262 municipalities. Last year we had 50 cities without homicide. We basically picked five cities (they are like villages really) that were in a corridor that connects to Honduras.

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These Salvadoran parents detail their sons' harrowing journey to meet them in the US

August 19, 2014

Reporter Jennifer Collins

August 18, 2014 · 6:15 PM EDT

This story originally appeared on PRI’s The World. Click HERE to hear it.

Credit: Courtesy of Pablo and Maria

Pabloand Maria sent for their two sons, 11-year-old Juan and 9-year-old PabloJr. They were detained in Texas and transferred to a few centers along the southwest before they were sent to a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Miami and then reunited with their parents in Maryland.

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An unforgettable story of migration from one family's perspective

This story was originally published on August 19, 2014 on PRI’s The World. CLICK HERE to hear it.

Next Gen journalist Jennifer Collins brings us the story of one Salvadoran family through the eyes of many. This story is a part in a series in collaboration with journalists Manuel Ureste (whose work you can read HERE on AnimalPolitico in Spanish), Eric Lemus and Julia Botero.

More than 50,000 underage migrants, mostly from Central America,

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Salvadoran Killed While Waiting On US Immigration Papers

October 6, 2012

Some years ago, Charlie Garcia came to the United States illegally and married an American citizen. Then the Salvadoran decided to try to legalize his immigration status. He went back to El Salvador to file his paperwork, as required. Tragically, he was killed there, waiting for his paperwork to come through.

This story was broadcast in English on National Public Radio in the United States and in Spanish in El Salvador in ContraPunto.

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Imagine: Worrying that your child could be kidnapped into a gang

August 5, 2012

El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone. That’s just behind Honduras, its neighbor in Central America. The United States bears some responsibility for this.  Many of these young men (or their parents) fled to the U.S. to escape the war in El Salvador in the 1980s, a war that was financed, in part, by the United States. Some of those young immigrants grew up to be gang members and were deported from the U.S. by the courts,

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El Salvador Claims Violence Decline, Mother Still Looks for Kidnapped Son

July 24, 2012

This story was broadcast in English on National Public Radio in the United States and published in Spanish in El Salvador on the front page of  ContraPunto.  Eric Lemus contributed to the story published in El Salvador.

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| By Ambar Espinoza

El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone.

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From El Salvador: Gang Homicides Down Dramatically – Due to U.S. Funded Program?

April 14, 2012

The United States has long ties with El Salvador.  In the 1980s civil war, the U.S. backed the government of El Salvador despite it’s serious human rights abuses.  Now there is a new partnership between the U.S. and this country wracked by poverty and gang violence.  Under Secretary of State for Civilian Society, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero visited El Salvador recently while our reporter, Ambar Espinoza, was in the country on assignment for Round Earth.  Espinoza sent us this report about a new U.S.

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