The largest country by area in the Central American isthmus, Nicaragua is a land of volcanoes, lakes and rainforests. Its economy depends heavily on tourism. Occupied by the U.S. from 1912 until 1933, the country has long been a theater of American intervention, including Washington's support of a dictatorship for half a century and supplying military aid to the Contra rebels against the Sandinista regime in the 1980s. The country is witnessing widespread civil unrest again, this time against president and longtime leader Daniel Ortega.

Butterfly Effect: Can Biden Be a ‘Good Hombre’?

From Haiti to Nicaragua and Cuba to Colombia, Latin America is in turmoil.

Is Latin America's Turn to the Right Waning?

Economic mismanagement is bringing down the region's leaders — left and right.

How to Defend Nicaragua's Political Prisoners in a Rigged System

Armed with only the law in the face of Kalashnikovs, Julio Montenegro is the kind of attorney who elicits disruptive cheers from the political prisoners he represents — and liberates.

The Nicaraguan Film That'll Make You Angry Enough to Box, Happy Enough to Cry

Like any sports film, La Yuma will have you rooting for the underdog, but it’s the quirky characters that really steal the show.


Real Talk, Real Change

Compelling conversations on race to meet the moment.

One of Nicaragua's Most Wanted Refugees Plots His Comeback

Luis Sandino is at the vanguard of Nicaraguan refugees organizing against the regime from Costa Rica.

Nicaragua’s Forrest Gump Runs Against President Ortega

Alex Vanegas risks his life by running to protest a murderous regime, but he doesn’t know how to stop.

The Woman Who Saved the Sandinistas

Nora Astorga is remembered for a seduction and an assassination, even though her life was spent rebuilding Nicaragua’s government.

The United States of … Central America?

In the 19th century, one Honduran politician managed to form a massive coalition of states — but he couldn’t hold it together.

Move Over, Avocado — Meet the Next Super Fruit

Innovators across the world are growing new strains of dragon fruit that taste great and are profitable to grow.

From Revolutionary to Tyrant?

The man who overthrew Nicaragua’s dictator 36 years ago is turning into one himself.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

Predicting a Volcanic Eruption … by Hooking It Up to the Internet

Small sensors are bringing volcanic activity online, predicting the speed of future tsunamis and pinpointing the epicenter of earthquakes.

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