In 1964, riots that started in the US-controlled Panama Canal zone led to the deaths of 22 students and, ultimately, to negotiations that put the Panama Canal under joint US-Panamanian control and gave Panama full control by 1999.
Ex-Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega is sitting in a minimum security prison in Panama these days. A US military invasion toppled the dictator in 1989 and he's been tucked away in prison cells in Miami and France ever since.
if you've ever thought about climbing Mount Everest, you better pack an extra trash bag. A new rule requires all climbers to bring down eight kilograms of garbage over and above their own trash. Odds are they won't be bringing down banana peals, at least if you believe new research that bananas could be under threat. That and more, in today's Global Scan.
In Panama, scientists are racing to find and save frogs before they succumb to a virulent fungus that's been killing amphibians around the world. Sabri Ben-Achour reports on the effort to get frogs into what they're calling 'amphibian arks.'
For our Geo Quiz today we were looking for a Central American country that's a popular stopover for migrating hawks. Panama is the answer, and reporter Murray Carpenter takes us to a hawk watch in Panama City.
The Darién Gap is an impassable tangle of jungle and swamp between Panama and Colombia that forces journeys along the Pan-American Highway to come to full stop. Only a few hundred travelers annually make this trip.
Today's answer is Camino de Cruces in Panama. It's part of centuries old path that crosses the country from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with biologist Roland Kays, who's following the trail with 4 of his friends.