Monday, December 16, 2013

La Vuelta Podcast: Press Censorship in Latin America, Elections in Chile

This month's episode of La Vuelta Podcast starts with a conversation about public support for press censorship in Latin America.  We spoke with Mariana Rodriguez, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project, about her research on press censorship in Latin America and the ways in which Internet access affects Latin American attitudes toward censorship.  

Next, we turned to the most recent elections in Chile.  Kenneth Bunker's quantitative research on politics and elections makes him something like the Nate Silver of Chilean politics.  His website,, is required reading in Chilean political circles.  We spoke to Bunker just after Michelle Bachelet had won the first round of voting in Chile's presidential election and that victory had left her as the presumptive favorite to win the second round of voting which took place this past weekend.  Bachelet won, of course, but as Bunker points out, getting her legislative agenda through the Chilean Congress will be no easy feat.

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