Bomba Estéreo perform in Barcelona last summer. The band has toured in over 40 countries. (Photo from Flickr by scannerFM)

Seattle’s love affair with Colombian indie band Bomba Estéreo

Thanks to early recognition by KEXP DJs, Seattle helped launch Colombian party band Bomba Estéreo to global acclaim. They're in town Wednesday.
Sep 13, 2016
A Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium ambassador holds Siesta, a two toed Sloth who has lived at the zoo for almost 15 years. (Courtesy photo)

Can the internet’s love of sloths help keep them wild?

The same adorable lethargy that's made sloths an internet sensation has also made them vulnerable to animal traffickers. Will the internet fight back?
Aug 12, 2015
Over the last decade Cartagena's Getsemaní neighborhood has transformed, stamping out crime and welcoming tourists. (Photo by Wesley Tomaselli)

Can cultural tourism clean up Colombia’s image abroad?

Once known for brothels and drugs, an old quarter of Cartagena is experiencing big changes as part of a nation-wide cultural makeover.
Sep 17, 2013
Cherries from a Coffee arabica plant, before the seeds are removed, dried and roasted. (Photo by Rodrigo via Flickr)

As Seattle’s beans get better, Colombian coffee farmers suffer

After a century as a flagship industry, Colombian coffee growers have fallen on hard times, driven by free trade agreements, the global financial crisis and changing tastes for our morning cup.
Aug 28, 2013
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All-female band shakes up Colombian mariachi scene

The iconic hats, the intricately embroidered suits and vibrant, boisterous music; sure it sounds and looks just like traditional mariachi music. But one, all-female band in Bogota, Colombia is shaking up the landscape of this male-dominated profession. Amy Lieberman reports from South America. 
Sep 17, 2012
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Hip Hop school is saving grace for Colombian students

In Medellin, Colombia, the call to violence, prostitution and gang activity can be overwhelming for youth with limited options after school. The Eskeula 4 Elementos is a sanctuary in the middle of it all, offering lessons on hip hop, rap, DJing and graffiti art.   Seattle journalist Christan Leonard reports from South America. 
Sep 10, 2012