Podcast: The rising left in South America

Across Latin America, the political left is making a comeback not seen since the 2000s. Izquierdista presidential candidates won recent elections in Peru and Honduras. Activists are protesting against the presidents of Brazil, Colombia and other conservative countries.

The biggest victory for the left so far has been in Chile, where Gabriel Boric won election to the presidency last month. He will take office in Chile, where he was elected president last month. The country is about to revise its constitution that was created by Augusto Pinochet, a former dictator. Today, we discuss the “pink tide” in Chile, and how it might affect a region that is struggling with high inequality, colonialism’s legacy, and an authoritarian past.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times Mexico City bureau chief Patrick J. McDonnell and Universidad de Chile professor Claudia Heiss

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About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers Melissa Kaplan, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Lauren Raab is our editor. Jazmin Aguilera, Shani O. Hilton are our executive producers. Andrew Eapen composed our theme song.

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