During the course of the Venezuelan political crisis, something has been missing from the conversation: Racism. So the LMC speaks with James Early about the right-wing racism that is fueling Venezuela’s anti-government movement and the racial/political divide in Venezuela. James Early the is former Secretary for Education and Public Services at the Smithsonian Institution and the Director of the Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Folk Life Center. He is also a Board member for the Institute for Policy Studies.
Most people are familiar with the bad actors in the Trump administration that are trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, along with the right-wing governments in Latin America that are supporting the US in regime change. Flying under the radar is Canada’s role in the Venezuelan crisis. So the LMC speaks with Donald Kingsbury, whom is a lecturer in Political Science & Latin American Studies @ the University of Toronto, about Canada’s own unique set of skills in regime change.
Go Go music in Washington DC is under attack by gentrification. Recent events have led long-time residents to protect the musical identity of DC with the #DontMuteDC movement. So the LMC speaks with freelance writer Natalie Hopkinson about the Latin roots of Go Go music and the ongoing struggle to keep Go Go alive in DC. Natalie Hopkinson is also the author of, “Go Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City.”