Mexico's Presidential Election
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After Sunday's presidential elections, Mexico is likely to be ruled again by the PRI, the party thrown out for corruption 12 years ago after 71 years in power. Are voters looking for a return to the past? With 43 percent of the voting population under 30, will a growing youth movement make a difference? Also, the California city of Stockton files for bankruptcy, and we remember Nora Ephron, who died yesterday at the age of 71.
Banner image: Student protesters stage a demonstration calling for electoral transparency in front of Mexico's Federal Election Commission on June 26, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
Stockton Will File for Bankruptcy ()
Last night, the California City of Stockton adopted a new budget to allow it to operate under bankruptcy. It's the nation's largest city so far to seek protection from creditors. But it may not be the last. Peter Navarro is professor at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine.
- Peter Navarro: University of California, Irvine
Mexico: The Drug War and Sunday's Presidential Election ()
Tens of thousands of Mexicans have been killed since President Felipe Calderón began his war on brutal drug cartels after taking office six years ago. To date that war has killed more than 50,000. Four days before Sunday's presidential election, that's on the mind of every potential voter but, in the campaigns to replace Calderón, no candidate has come up with a persuasive strategy. We hear about the likely return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico for 71 years until it was rejected 12 years ago and about a youth movement against continued corruption. What's happened to the promises of real democracy and the end of corruption? What's the potential impact of a youth movement that began on college campuses and that's spreading on social media?
Before beginning our panel discussion, we hear a production from Sonic Trace, a project at KCRW, which is telling the stories of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. As an introduction to the presidential election, we hear from Luis, a 17-year-old, Mexican-born junior at a Los Angeles high school and what he learned about the politics of his homeland.
Sonic Trace is produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and Eric Pearse-Chavez. It is part of Localore, an initiative of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It's home is KCRW's Independent Producer Project. The project is co-produced by Zeega, a non-profit inventing new forms of interactive storytelling.
Thanks to Jacob Conrad, who edited the story, audio engineer Mario Diaz, and to Marco Morales. Follow Sonic Trace on Facebook and Twitter.
- Luis: Sonic Trace
- Gaspar Rivera Salgado: University of California, Los Angeles
- Denise Dresser: Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, @DeniseDresserG
- Francisco Flores: Bingham McCutchen
- Andrew Selee: Woodrow Wilson Center
- Genaro Lozano: Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, @genarolozano
- Tracy Wilkinson: Los Angeles Times, @TracyKWilkinson
Remembering Nora Ephron ()
Nora Ephron told a graduating class at Wellesley College, her alma mater, that women of her generation weren't expected to do much. Ephron may be best known for films, including Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail and Julie and Julia. She grew up in Beverly Hills, and wrote that she was the only summer intern at the Kennedy White House the late President never hit on. She was a journalist, blogger, essayist, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and movie director. Nora Ephron, who died yesterday at the age of 71, was also a friend of Rebecca Traister, contributor to the New York Times magazine and author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women.
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