Program 391a: Lake Titicaca; Latino America; South Carolina Low Country
Release Date: 06-18-2016
Explore the heritage of the South Carolina Low Country, home to resorts, historical centers, and plenty of rice and seafood. Discover how you can stay high in the Andes with an indigenous family, right on the lake where Incas believe life began. Learn how Latinos in the United States are gaining influence — and what politicians need to understand to earn their vote.
- Los Angeles Times columnist Carolina Miranda
- UCLA professor Matt Barreto, co-author of “Latino America" (Public Affairs Books) and co-founder of Latino Decisions
- Tour guide Rick Garman
- Carolina Miranda writes the arts and culture blog for the Los Angeles Times. She has also been a lead author for the Lonely Planet's Peru guidebooks.
- Isla del Sol is on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. Isla Khantati, on the Peruvian side of the lake, is where local families host visitors at their homes. It comes highly recommended by Trip Advisor participants.
- Matt Barreto is co-founder of the public opinion research firm Latino Decisions. With his business partner Gary Segura, they've co-authored the book Latino America to explain the growing political importance of Latinos in the United States.
- Rick Garman notes that his home base of Hilton Head Island is centrally-located for exploring the Low Country of South Carolina.
- Other locales recommended for visitors to the South Carolina Low Country include Beaufort, Bluffton, and Penn Center on St. Helena Island.
- The Gullah Geechee Historical Corridor extends along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia.
- Historical information about the Gullah communities of the Low Country.
- Author Pat Conroy wrote about South Carolina in his best-selling novels. He passed away at his home in Beaufort, SC in March 2016.
- The Bluffton Oyster Company is operated by the Toomer family, and recently opened a restaurant featuring Low Country boils.
Pgm 391a extra - Rick learns from travel writer Carolina Miranda how the people who live around Lake Titicaca use coca leaves, and how a curious traveler might experience them. And Carolina describes a timeless Lake Titicaca moment on a floating island at sunset. (runs 2:31)