A little late, but here I have the podcast for my show about the country of my family, Colombia. This episode was really fun to make, both when finding the music and writing out my talking points. I honestly could have gone on forever, talking about the food. It was probably the first time I missed being back in Austin, as there are lots of Colombian restaurants scattered around town. When I spoke at the end about the (now past) peace accords, as well as the public referendum, I want to state that I was not displaying the views of Hendrix College, they were solely my own. This next bit is also my views, not that of the college. Looking back on it (the Peace vote failed to pass–due to strong campaigning by the ex-president Alvaro Uribe), I think that while I still am in principle against the terms of the Accords, I think that it might have been in the best interest of the country to have voted yes. This is a very difficult issue, just look at Northern Ireland. After integrating the members of the IRA into government, there is still tension, and splinter groups have continued the violence. Who is to say that this would not happen should FARC become a political party? Look at Rwanda, where many of the survivors of the genocide feel uneasy with the Gacaca trials and their forced confrontation and forgiveness of many of the genocide perpetrators. Colombia, is as of today, still not at war again, but only time will tell. I will leave the link here to the podcast, and forgive me, there is about 25 seconds of silence before the audio starts. I promise I have figured out how to properly podcast (it only took me about five episodes). Also attached is the playlist for this episode.
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