THE AMERICAS AND MIAMI
From world famous beaches to international trade flows, South Florida has become one of the world's most vibrant and diverse economies.
Through a series of one-hour radio programs, special correspondent Tom Hudson will host a weekly series on Mondays in May and June exploring The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.
To kick things off on Monday, May 6, at 9:00 a.m., Tom will be joined by veteran Latin America correspondent Tim Padgett, Colombian Ambassador Carlos Urrutia, Bruce Bagley of the University of Miami, Robert Pastor of American University, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, Carol Wise of the University of Southern California and Miami Herald columnist Andres Oppenheimer.
For South Florida, Latin America once meant Cuba and a trade embargo. But an explosion of regional economic ties now connects the greater Miami area to an entire hemisphere of countries, including Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and especially Brazil.
And all that thriving commerce has produced a backdrop of changing relations between Latin America and the United States, with many of these countries challenging a decades-old balance of power that never factored in a new and increasingly influential China.
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