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In this program, we discuss our recent three-week trip to South America, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile via Patagonia. We were part of a tour that follows sustainable practices as much as possible, and along the way we studied environmental issues in both the cities and the countryside and conducted several interviews:

First we talk with Juan Cabrera, our tour guide leader on the trip. Juan grew up in Argentina, and we asked him about tourism and its effect on the economy and environment of South America.

Next we talk with Steve Anderson, originally from the U.S., who has lived in Santiago, Chile, for over twenty years and is the publisher and editor of Santiago Times, an online daily English newspaper, who also is developing two organic farm projects in Chile.

Finally, we speak with Kat Shiffler and Liz Tylander, most recently from Washington, D.C., who are environmentalists and writers currently working as volunteers on Steve Anderson’s sustainable organic farm in the mountains north of Santiago.

Our music for this program is by Claudio Gonzalez and Alvaro Ferrari, two musicians and songwriters we heard playing on Avenue Florida in Buenos Aires, and whose album, De Poesias y Amore (Of Poetry and Love)  we bought on the spot.  Play list:

La Chacarera (the truck farmer)

La Navidad de Luis (Luis’ birthday)

 Piano Man

Oleo de Una Mujer Con Sombrero  (painting of a woman with sombrero)


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Web Sites and Resources

Our tour was conducted by Great Adventure Tours.

Steve Anderson is editor and publisher of Santiago Times.

We lunched with but were not able to record a discussion with Fernanda Pinochet, Project Director for Fiscala del Medio Ambiente (roughly “Prosecutors for the Environment”), a law firm in Santiago doing remarkable work in getting various global corporations to be more environmentally responsible in the use of Chile’s water, mineral resources, timber, and people.

And at a celebration of the International Day of Tolerance at the Plaza del Armas in Santiago, we were impressed by the exhibit of Centro del Patrimonio Mundial (World Heritage Center) of UNESCO describing its environmental protection projects concerning clean water, the biosphere, the oceans, minerals and natural resources, forestry, natural disasters, and cultural diversity in Chile and elsewhere.

We also want to extend thanks and appreciate to Deidre Pike, a Journalism professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, who is currently teaching in Santiago and arranged our interview with Steve Anderson and Fernanda Pinochet.