The Last Narco - Malcolm Beith
We started this segment with a clip with what's known in Mexico as a narco-corrido ... a song that mythologizes a drug lord. In this case, the song is about Joaquin Guzman, the head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. Although most Mexicans know him by a different name.
The story of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is also the story of how Mexico overtook Colombia as the centre of the drug trade in the Americas and how that violent trade came to bleed over into the United States and Canada.
Malcolm Beith has covered Mexico's drug war for Newsweek Magazine and other publications. His new book is called The Last Narco: Inside The Hunt for El Chapo, The World's Most Wanted Drug Lord. Malcolm Beith was in Los Angeles.
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El Chapo: The Most Wanted Man in Mexico
Last Word - Harry McQueen, 101 at 100
Before we go. Torontonians will head to the polls today to vote for a new Mayor. And Harry McQueen will be among them. He is 101 years old. And he has cast a ballot in every municipal election since the late 1920s. He's one of our 100 at 100 centenarians. And he got the last word this morning.