Calling Chicago


worldview_on_wbezSo I was on WBEZ’s Worldview show – (a.k.a., NPR in Chicago) earlier today.

Here’s the audio clip:

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  1. From WBEZ Chicago, It’s Caracas Chronicles, I’m Francisco Toro. Each week on our blog, we choose a theme, and bring you a variety of articles on that theme. This week’s theme: Chavez.

  2. Excellent interview.

    Halfway it did strike me that you shouldn’t lose *all* hope in the venezuelan voter, I think it’s quite clear that Maduro won’t see a second term. Question is, what will replace him….

  3. Yep, excellent. I liked the terminology you used about how Maduro is living on the “hand-me-down charisma of Hugo Chavez.” Accurate, and implicitly recognizes how threadbare it has all become.

  4. well done, quico. you handled that like a pro. liked the way you used rent controls in NYC vs. Chicago to make the local audiences understand the issues from their point of view. also liked your shopping list of growing scarcities in vzla.

  5. DUDE!! total kudos and admiration….not only was the content and presentation spotless, but I am also amazed by your impeccable pronunciation…you could easily pass for a native English speaker. excellent interview

  6. …or even easily pass for someone offering and independent, objective analysis and put off by the smell of sopa de mondongo such as the following excerpt from

    What is to blame for the problems of overpricing and shortages?

    Basically, it’s an “economic war” by the bosses and the bourgeoisie, who also practice hoarding. And, it’s a “media war”, as the right-wing media talk about shortages for a purely political purpose: to cause panic in the population. In 23 de Enero and other common neighbourhoods, the shortages have been alleviated thanks to the work of the communal councils, and products are available at subsidised prices at the Mercals and the Bicentenarios supermarkets. But we insist, so that it’s clear; it’s a political strategy of the middle class to sabotage so that supplies do not arrive in the stores. Or, so that employers stop producing some foods, which they prefer to export.

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