The Times podcast: The rising left in South America

Gabriel Boric speaks into two microphones
Gabriel Boric, president-elect of Chile, speaks to his supporters after the presidential runoff election on Dec. 19 in Santiago, Chile.
(Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images)

Across Latin America, the political left is making a comeback not seen since the 2000s. Izquierdista presidential candidates won recent elections in Peru and Honduras. Activists are mounting protests against the conservative presidents of Brazil and Colombia.

The left’s biggest win so far is in Chile, where Gabriel Boric was elected president last month. He’ll take office in a country that’s about to rewrite its constitution, which was put into place by former dictator Augusto Pinochet.


Today, we speak about this “pink tide” and what it could mean for a region coming to terms with soaring inequality, a legacy of colonialism and a bloody, authoritarian history.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times Mexico City bureau chief Patrick J. McDonnell and Universidad de Chile professor Claudia Heiss

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