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El Chapo's capture: Movies, corridos and the power of myth




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Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escorted by army soldiers to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City last Friday.
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Mexico has begun the process of extraditing Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the U.S. The famed drug lord was captured again last Friday after a dramatic shootout in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, Mexico.  He had escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico last year.

Rising from poverty to build a billion-dollar drug empire, Guzman's story sounds like something right out of a Hollywood movie – and, it turns out, the fugitive was hoping someone would turn it into a big budget bio-pic.  

For more, we're joined by Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, professor of Chicano Studies at UCLA and the director of the North American Integration and Development Center.

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Correction: During this discussion, a guest referred to Pablo Escobar as the head of the Cali Cartel in Colombia. Escobar was, in fact, head of the Medellín Cartel.