Mexico: Riding Out the Storm

Featuring exclusive interviews and sounds, this program takes listeners on a reflective journey to Mexico during the country's historic but troubled bicentennial year.

Holding a double celebration of its independence and revolution anniversaries this year, Mexico ironically finds itself in crisis. Drug-fanned violence, economic downturn, tourism losses and ecological problems all create a perfect storm. Meanwhile, a lot of the media coverage focuses on how officials in both Mexico City and Washington are responding or failing to respond to an urgent situation.

But how are ordinary Mexicans coping with the crisis? What are the overlooked dimensions of the Mexican crisis? This documentary explores these questions and more from the standpoints of Mexican human rights activists, small business people, youths and others

Produced by Kent Paterson.

The program was made possible in part by a grant from the KUNM Independent Producer's Fund.