Voices of Venezuela

Voices of Venezuela is a ten-episode miniseries produced by The Future of Venezuela Initiative (FVI) in partnership with the Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS. Voices of Venezuela is a unique narrative-based podcast that weaves together stories  recorded on the ground with commentary from CSIS experts, who will offer their insights from a broader policy perspective. The series highlights key elements of the crisis and how it impacts everyday life in Venezuela.  Each episode focuses on a specific theme and will make use of both first-hand accounts and high-level research to educate listeners on the problems that Venezuela is facing and the ways in which the U.S. and the international community can help manage the crisis.
 

Podcast Episodes

Voices of Venezuela: Where Do We Go From Here?
July 23, 2020
 

In the final episode of the series, Moises talks to CSIS Senior Advisers Juan Cruz and Mark Feierstein about the United States' strategy toward Venezuela.


Voices of Venezuela: Human Rights & Political Persecution
July 16, 2020
 

In this episode, Moises discusses political persecution and human rights violations with Tamara Taraciuk Broner of Human Rights Watch.


Voices of Venezuela: Violence and Insecurity
July 9, 2020
 

Moises speaks with Ambassador William Brownfield about the violence, crime, and insecurity that have plagued Venezuela in recent years.


Voices of Venezuela: Venezolana Perspective
July 2, 2020
 

Moises talks to Alexandra Winkler (CSIS) about the daily struggles faced by Venezuelan women amid the ongoing humanitarian and economic crisis.


Voices of Venezuela: Lights Off in Venezuela
June 25, 2020
 

Moises talks to Ben Cahill (CSIS) about Venezuela's frequent blackouts that widely disrupt day-to-day lives, as well as discuss what it will take to rebuild the country's electricity infrastructure.


Voices of Venezuela: The Water Crisis
June 18, 2020
 

In this episode, Moises speaks with Mark Schneider (CSIS) about Venezuela's crumbling water system, which is having tremendous health impacts on the population. They hear from Venezuelans who have experienced water shortages and discuss what would be needed to restore the water system in a Day After scenario. Mr. Schneider is a senior adviser with the Americas Program and the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS.


Voices of Venezuela: The Future of the Venezuelan Economy
June 10, 2020
 

In this episode, Moises is joined by Gerver Torres to discuss key aspects of Venezuela's economic crisis, including hyperinflation, dollarization, and the Maduro regime's recent push for privatization.


Voices of Venezuela: The Failing Healthcare System
June 3, 2020
 

In this episode, Moises speaks with Katherine Bliss (CSIS) to discuss Venezuela's decaying health system, which is now facing the added factor of Covid-19.


Voices of Venezuela: The Migration Crisis
May 27, 2020
 

In the second episode of Voices of Venezuela, Moises speaks with Erol Yayboke (CSIS) to dissect the push factors for Venezuelan migration, testimonies from Venezuelans on the journey outside Venezuela, and what the country’s mass displacement means more broadly for the Hemisphere.


Voices of Venezuela: What’s Happening in Venezuela?
May 21, 2020
 

In this first episode of the Voices of Venezuela miniseries, we will discuss the political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. We will introduce a few voices of Venezuelan citizens who are affected by the crisis on a day-to-day basis, and share with listeners what to expect in the coming weeks from this podcast.