Radio release–Mexico: Looking Forward

Radio release–Mexico: Looking Forward

(Washington DC – August 8, 2012) America Abroad’s August radio documentary is “Mexico: Looking Forward.”

Mexico isn’t just America’s neighbor. It is also our third-largest trading partner, outpacing Japan, Germany and the UK combined. So what will a change in Mexico’s government mean for the U.S.? Explore the issue in depth in this month’s episode of America Abroad.

Segments include:

Mexico spends nearly one quarter of its budget on education. Yet its schools are lagging behind, with Mexican students scoring the lowest reading levels of all developed countries. Jennifer Collins reports from Oaxaca and Mexico City. 

Mexico’s newly elected president, Enrique Peña Nieto, comes from a party that controlled the government for more than seven decades. Franc Contreras reports from the PRI stronghold of Mexico state on voters’ hopes for the party moving forward.

Ray Suarez takes a look back at Mexico’s history, from the influential role the U.S. has played in Mexico’s economy to the evolution of it’s political system – from revolution to dictatorship to democracy.

Will fallout from the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scandal change the way the United States and Mexico work together on border security? Michel Marizco reports from the border.

Ray Suarez talks with Eric Olson of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and American University’s Manuel Suarez-Mier about the country’s future under its next president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

Listen to Mexico: Looking Forward »

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