Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón

In an unnamed country ravaged by civil war, a radio program gives hope. Norma, the hostess, reads out the names of the missing. The goal is that those who have disappeared will reappear to be reunited with their families. Lost City Radio is rooted in the history of modern Latin America, with its oppressed masses,…

Mailbox Chronicles no. 5: Pedagogy of Commitment by Paulo Freire

I confess to letting out a groan when a preview copy of Pedagogy of Commitment (Paradigm Publishers, 2014) landed in the mailbox. It’s yet another volume based on the teachings of Paulo Freire, the legendary Brazilian educator. His great opus, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, has spawned a series: Pedagogy of Indignation, Pedagogy of Hope, Pedagogy…

Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements

Latin America may be the last place on Earth that still has widespread and vibrant grassroots social movements. This superb collection of essays and interviews with activists, scholars, and writers sheds light on the history, the successes, and the challenges these movements face. Having spent time in twelve of the fourteen countries profiled in this…