South America

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Answer

Today's Geo Quiz focused in the ancestral home of the potato. The answer is Peru. The BBC's Dan Collyns reports the Peruvian government is promoting the potato as a cheap, stable alternative to more expensive food crops like corn or wheat.

Colombian march for hostage release

Manuel Rueda reports on a public outcry in Colombia, calling on the government and leftist rebels to come up with a deal to release hundreds of hostages held in the Colombian jungle.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit - Yma Sumac

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Tom Schnabel of station KCRW in Santa Monica, California, about the late Peruvian singer Yma Sumac. She was known to Americans in the 1950's as "The Nightingale of the Andes" and "The Peruvian Songbird."

Global Politics

From the jungle to the stage

The World's Marco Werman tells us about a program in Colombia called Canta Conmigo. It's a government program that provides music instruction to former guerilla fighters to reintegrate them into peaceful society.