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Under the Shadow

  • Episode 10, Part 1 | Nicaragua, 1980s. Revolution

    14 MAG 2024 · The 1979 Nicaraguan revolution that overthrew a brutal U.S.-backed dictator ushered in a wave of hope in the Central American country. The new Sandinista government launched literacy and healthcare campaigns, carried out land reform and promised to improving the lives of all. But the United States, under president Ronald Reagan, feared the dominos would fall across Central America, and they unleashed assault on the country: paramilitary war, CIA attacks, economic blockade, and much more. In this episode, host Michael Fox, walks by into the 1980s, to the overthrow of dictator Anastasio Somoza and the beginning of both the Sandinista government and the U.S. response.This is Part 1, of episode 10. https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. This podcast is produced in partnership between https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow and https://nacla.org/under-shadow. Guests: https://twitter.com/Alexander_Avina https://twitter.com/w_i_robinson Marvin Ortega Rodriguez https://twitter.com/ElinevanOmmen https://twitter.com/peterkornbluh Edited by Heather Gies. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5waand Michael Fox Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox You can also see pictures and listen to full clips of Michael Fox’s music for this episode. For Declassified documents on the U.S. contra war on Nicaragua, and Iran Contra, you can visit Peter Kornbluh's National Security Archives https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/events/iran-contra-affair-1985-1994 and https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/iran/2016-11-25/iran-contra-affair-30-years-later-milestone-post-truth-politics. Eline van Ommen’s book, Nicaragua Must Survive: Sandinista Revolutionary Diplomacy in the Global Cold War (University of California Press, 2023), is available https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520390768/nicaragua-must-survive. For the 2007 documentary American Sandinista, you can visit the website of director https://jasonblalock.com/. https://jasonblalock.com/ Here are links to the 1980 documentaries about Nicaragua's literacy campaign that I mention in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvOoGxEuqMw & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVRCL47rlJw The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    38 min. 6 sec.
  • Episode 9 | Nicaragua. Sandino

    23 APR 2024 · In 1912, the United States invaded Nicaragua and began what would become the longest US occupation in Latin American history. The occupation would birth both a dictatorship and one of Latin America’s most important revolutionary heroes: Augusto Sandino. Sandino would wage a six-year-long guerrilla insurgency to rid Nicaragua of the US Marines. And he would win. The United States finally pulled out in 1933, the year before Sandino was assassinated by the forces of the man who would take power and rule for decades. In this episode, host Michael Fox takes us on the trail of Augusto Sandino. We visit his hometown and then speak with https://www.history.pitt.edu/people/michel-gobat about Sandino’s life, the US occupation, and how it set the scene for everything that would come decades later, including the 1979 Sandinista Revolution. https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. This podcast is produced in partnership between https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow and https://nacla.org/under-shadow. Guests: https://www.history.pitt.edu/people/michel-gobat Edited by Heather Gies. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5waand Michael Fox Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox For background, see Michel Gobat’s book https://www.dukeupress.edu/confronting-the-american-dream (2005, Duke University Press) The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    1 h 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Episode 8 | Nicaragua. William Walker

    12 APR 2024 · William Walker was a journalist, lawyer and physician from Nashville, Tennessee, who in 1855 invaded Nicaragua with a few dozen troops and conquered the country. At the time, he was one of thousands of private U.S. citizens who had their sights set on taking over foreign nations, all in the name of Manifest Destiny. In this episode, host Michael Fox follows in the footsteps of William Walker as he recounts one of the most twisted stories of U.S. imperialism in Central America — a story that still has lasting repercussions for Latin America, the United States and across the world. https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox.This podcast is produced in partnership between https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow and https://nacla.org/under-shadow. Guests: https://www.history.pitt.edu/people/michel-gobat https://cihac.fcs.ucr.ac.cr/investigadores/david-diaz/ Many thanks to https://vinv.ucr.ac.cr/sigpro/web/researchers/103730844 Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    54 min. 17 sec.
  • Update 3 | Honduras. Narcodictator. Convicted.

    26 MAR 2024 · A New York court has found former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández guilty of drug trafficking and weapons possession. It’s a huge verdict that will likely see the former president imprisoned for life. In the https://therealnews.com/honduras-2009-legacy-of-a-coup-under-the-shadow-episode-7-part-2 of Under The Shadow, host Michael Fox looked deeply at Hernández’s time as president from 2014 to 2022, which many came to call a narco-dictatorship. He won office in a fraudulent election, consolidated unprecedented power, pushed a neoliberal sell-off, and carried out widespread human rights abuses.  In this Update 3, Fox looks at the New York trial that convicted him. What went down, what it meant, and what it means going forward for Honduras. And most important, what was missing — namely the role of the United States and Canada in propping up the Hernández regime. For this update, we speak with Karen Spring, the co-coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network and host of the Honduras Now podcast. She was in the New York courtroom throughout Hernandez’s trial. Under the Shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, to tell the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present.  In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. Recorded in San Salvador, El Salvador This podcast is produced in partnership between http://www.therealnews.com/ and http://nacla.org/. Guests: https://twitter.com/springkj?lang=en Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    58 min. 52 sec.
  • Ep. 7, Pt. 2 | Honduras, 2009. Legacy of a Coup

    12 MAR 2024 · In June 2009, Honduras faced a devastating coup that shattered the country’s fragile democracy and sunk the country into violence, repression, and a decade-long narco-dictatorship. But the people fought back. In this continuation of Episode 7, host Michael Fox looks at the fallout of the 2009 coup in Honduras, walking from 2009 into the present. He takes us to Tegucigalpa to dive into the fraudulent U.S.-backed elections that ushered in a narco-dictatorship, and also the resistance movement that, after years of struggle, ultimately did what it set out to do: remove the dictatorship and return democracy to Honduras. This is Part 2 of a two-part episode looking at the 2009 coup in Honduras and the aftermath. https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow is a new investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA. Guests: https://twitter.com/BertaOliva3, https://www.facebook.com/cofadehonduras/ Grahame Russell, https://rightsaction.org/who https://twitter.com/adriennepine Felix Molina https://www.instagram.com/jessefreeston/ https://twitter.com/springkj Alex Main, https://cepr.net/staff-member/alexander-main/ Edited by Heather Gies. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Voice Actors: https://twitter.com/andalalucha?lang=en Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox https://vimeo.com/ondemand/resistenciacp, to watch Jesse Freeston’s documentary, ResistenciaResistance, about the campesino struggle in the Aguan Valley. Karen Spring is has been covering the New York trial of former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernáandez. Visit https://www.hondurasnow.org/ for updates, or follow https://twitter.com/springkj and https://twitter.com/HondurasNow on Twitter. The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    56 min. 29 sec.
  • Ep. 7, Pt. 1 | Honduras, 2009. La Resistencia.

    27 FEB 2024 · In June 2009, Honduras faced a devastating coup that shattered the country’s fragile democracy and sunk the country into violence, repression, and a decade-long narco-dictatorship. But the people fought back. In this episode, host Michael Fox dives into the tremendous resistance to the 2009 coup. He also looks at the government of Manuel Zelaya, the Latin America Pink Tide movement of the 2000s, and the push back from Honduran elites and the United States. This is Part 1 of a two-part episode looking at the 2009 coup in Honduras and the aftermath. https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow is a new investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA. Guests: https://twitter.com/BertaOliva3, https://www.facebook.com/cofadehonduras/ Grahame Russell, https://rightsaction.org/who https://twitter.com/adriennepine Felix Molina https://www.instagram.com/jessefreeston/ https://twitter.com/springkj Alex Main, https://cepr.net/staff-member/alexander-main/ Edited by Heather Gies. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Voice Actors: https://twitter.com/andalalucha?lang=en Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox https://vimeo.com/ondemand/resistenciacp to watch Jesse Freeston’s documentary, Resistance, about the campesino struggle in the Aguan Valley. Karen Spring is currently covering the New York trial of former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez. Visit https://www.hondurasnow.org/ for updates, or follow https://twitter.com/springkj and https://twitter.com/HondurasNow on Twitter. The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    42 min. 12 sec.
  • Ep. 6 | U.S.S. Honduras

    13 FEB 2024 · In the 1980s, Honduras was ground zero for US operations in Central America—it was the primary point from which the US would wage its proxy wars and launch its interventionist operations across the region in the name of “fighting communism.” The 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala, https://therealnews.com/guatemala-and-the-united-fruit-coup-under-the-shadow-episode-2, was staged from Honduras. It was the main base of operations where US forces trained, funded, and backed Contras in their war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. And today, Honduras is home to the Soto Cano Air Base, previously known as Palmerola, the largest US military base in Central America. One of the largest in Latin America. Within Honduran society itself, that meant squashing any revolutionary activity that could destabilize this key US ally and its strategic importance for US imperial operations. The impact on the country was tremendous: massacres, disappearances, many at the hands of an elite US-trained death squad known as Battalion 316. “There was a lot of repression. A huge military presence,” says Karla Lara, a Honduran journalist and well-known singer. In this episode, host Michael Fox takes us to present-day Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, then we descend back in time to one of darkest periods in Honduran history. Fox visits Honduran family members of the disappeared and walks right up to the walls of the Soto Cano Air Base. https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow is a new investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened—a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. This podcast is produced in partnership between https://therealnews.com and https://nacla.org. Guests: https://twitter.com/BertaOliva3, https://www.facebook.com/cofadehonduras/ https://twitter.com/adriennepine https://www.instagram.com/karla_laramusica/ Grahame Russell, https://rightsaction.org/who Edited by Heather Gies. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Voice Actors: https://twitter.com/andalalucha?lang=en Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    48 min. 32 sec.
  • Update 2 | El Salvador. Bukele, Presidente.

    7 FEB 2024 · El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has been reelected. While the official results aren’t yet in, with 70% of the ballots counted, Bukele has received an astounding 83% of the votes. He declared victory on Sunday night over X (formerly Twitter). Under the Shadow host Michael Fox was on the ground for the election. He takes us there, and sits down for an in-depth conversation with Dartmouth assistant professor of Latin American Studies https://lalacs.dartmouth.edu/people/jorge-e-cuellar. They look at the vote. Concerns for the country’s democracy. Bukele’s reelection, his image, plans, and what it all means going forward. https://therealnews.com/under-the-shadow is a new investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, to tell the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. Recorded in San Salvador, El Salvador This podcast is produced in partnership between http://www.therealnews.com/ and http://nacla.org/. Guests:https://lalacs.dartmouth.edu/people/jorge-e-cuellar. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox Use of Michael’s election day report, courtesy of the https://theworld.org/media/2024-02-05/bukele-declares-victory-el-salvador. The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    1 h 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Update 1 | Guatemala. Arévalo, Presidente.

    30 GEN 2024 · Guatemala's new president Bernardo Arévalo was inaugurated on January 14. But it did not come off without a hitch. Outgoing opposition lawmakers did their best to try to stymie the swearing-in of Arévalo and some of his party members. Arévalo’s supporters rallied in Guatemala City. As we looked at in https://therealnews.com/guatemala-and-the-united-fruit-coup-under-the-shadow-episode-2, Bernardo Arévalo is the son of Guatemala's first democratic leader Juan José Arévalo, who ushered in the Guatemalan Spring. Bernardo Arévalo has promised to lift Guatemala once again, but… even after winning the election, he faced constant legal maneuvers, led by the attorney general, that aimed to overturn the results and block his inauguration. In this update to our reporting on Guatemala, host Michael Fox speaks with political scientist Jo-Marie Burt. She was on the ground in Guatemala City for Arévalo’s inauguration. In this update, she takes us there, and looks at what it means for Arévalo’s incoming government. Under the Shadow is a new investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, to tell the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. This podcast is produced in partnership between http://www.therealnews.com/ and http://nacla.org/. Guests: https://schar.gmu.edu/profiles/jmburt Edited by Heather Gies and Maximillian Alvarez. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    12 min. 13 sec.
  • Ep. 5 | El Salvador. Rebel Radio.

    23 GEN 2024 · Today, we look at Radio Venceremos — a grassroots guerrilla radio that broadcast throughout El Salvador’s Civil War, denounced violent state repression, and inspired a nation. In this episode, Michael Fox travels to San Salvador, where he visits the Museum of Word and Image, the home of the archives of Radio Venceremos. He hears from former members of the radio about the revolutionary project and the U.S. and Salvadoran military attempts to shut it down. We look at what the museum means today, and also at its struggle to protect and preserve the past. Under the Shadow is a new investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, to tell the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. This podcast is produced in partnership between http://www.therealnews.com/ and http://nacla.org/. Guests: Carlos Henríquez Consalvi ("Santiago") Carlos Colorado Lucio Vásquez ("Chiyo") https://lalacs.dartmouth.edu/people/jorge-e-cuellar Michael Beattie https://www.instagram.com/karla_laramusica/ Edited by Heather Gies and Maximillian Alvarez. Sound design by https://twitter.com/coletivocatarse. Voice Actors: Marc Steiner & Jasial Noor Theme music by https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nexDyQCZI89JH8zsYu5wa. Other music from Blue Dot Sessions. Chiyo and host Michael Fox performed two original songs that appear in this podcast. You can listen https://soundcloud.com/user-225801329/chiyo-original/s-u4jSLbJrAYr?si=d1b2d8ed8993470eb61e531928ca620f&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing and https://soundcloud.com/user-225801329/chiyo-original-osicala-mupi/s-HhCT1fBEmSd?si=d1b2d8ed8993470eb61e531928ca620f&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing. You can read Chiyo’s book, Siete Gorriones, here https://www.academia.edu/43531929/Siete_Gorriones Documentary sound and Radio Venceremos archives and images are courtesy of the Museum of Word and Image. You can visit them at https://museo.com.sv/ or follow on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/museodelapalabraylaimagen/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/tejiendomemoria. Follow & support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox The Real News Network Donate: https://support.therealnews.com/-/XGHNRVVY Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    38 min. 34 sec.

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