Transborder Unit: Colombia

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There has been a lot of news from Colombia in the last few months, including the public health threat from the Zika virus and ongoing corruption issues.

To better understand what is happening in the Americas, KJZZ’s Transborder Unit traveled to Colombia recently to bring back the hidden stories that you probably won’t hear any place else.


More Navajos speak their mother tongue than any other indigenous language in the country. But the Navajo language is still considered endangered. And each year fewer Navajo children speak it.
Part 2 of the story from northern Colombia and the Palenque community’s movement to revive and preserve its native tongue.
Declared by UNESCO in 2005 a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the rural town of San Basilio de Palenque in northern Colombia has undergone a revival of its unique language.
Bus rapid transit replicates light rail and underground subways at far less cost. That's why U.S. urban planners are studying BRT at a time of stressed public budgets. And the system that is often cited by mass transit advocates is the one in Bogotá, Colombia.
Right now, cities in the Southwest are pinning the future of mass transit on a system known as bus rapid transit or BRT. In Albuquerque, plans to create a new BRT along historic Route 66 are generating intense controversy.
Since the financial meltdown of 2008, hundreds of institutions have lent small amounts to people who don’t qualify for credit cards or traditional bank loans. U.S. microlending has taken a cue from developing countries like Colombia, where up to 50 percent of the economy is generated by small businesses often funded by loan sharks.
Colombia Baseball
The spotlight is on Major League Baseball’s Spring Training here in the Valley. And the focus isn’t any less intense for young hopefuls at MLB academies in Latin America. But what happens to the vast majority of players who don’t get signed to a pro contract?
A key U.S. ally in South America is debating the tortuous path to peace after six decades of armed conflict.