Since January 25th 2010 and through the year, public radio and television will transmit 150 programs under the title “Discutamos Mexico” (Let’s Talk About Mexico), where 500 specialists in history and national life from Prehispanic days to our times will debate, as announced by President Felipe Calderon.

During the presentation of the series at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), the president expressed this is a unique effort of asking historians, humanists, scientists, artists and writers, Mexican and foreigners, to comment in an open forum our culture and identity.

The first chapter of “Discutamos Mexico” will be dedicated to Prehispanic Mexico, with the collaboration of outstanding specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), among them the general director, historian Alfonso de Maria y Campos, archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and historian Carlos Monsivais.

As part of the Bicentennial of the Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution celebrations, perspectives expressed in Discutamos Mexico will be broadcasted on television channels Once and 22, as well as radio frequencies of IMER and Radio Educacion. Edusat network and Internet will divulgate the series too.

At he official announcement of Discutamos Mexico, attended by outstanding personalities of the cultural and artistic fields, President Calderon expressed that “an intense, respectful, sincere and plural dialogue will prevail, guided by liberty and critic. The spirit that guides the series is the quest for truth”.

Quoting historian Enrique Krauze, “it is not only about the commemoration of 2 dates, but remembering what we Mexicans have built along our history in most diverse branches of our lives”, pointed out Calderon Hinojosa.

Alonso Lujambio, Minister of Public Education, announced that programs will revolve around 2 axes: the first one of historical character to treat topics such as the Conquest, the Colonial period and the Revolution, being the second a thematic axis, where gastronomy, music and education system will be the subjects.

Among the specialists participating are Jose Woldenberg, Maria Teresa Uriarte, Denisse Dresser, Felix Baez-Jorge, Jacques Lafaye, Christopher Dominguez, Rodrigo Martinez Baracs and Carlos Monsivais.

Historian Miguel Leon Portilla, emeritus professor of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), spoke in the name of Discutamos Mexico participants, stimulating them to turn it into a space of critic, where national achievements can be discussed, as well as the root of our ills.

Other than the poor use of natural resources, Leon Portilla considered there are still debts with the indigenous community, which represents the base of our culture. He offered to record a program where he will talk about the “living Indian”.

The presentation of the series was attended by Consuelo Saizar, president of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), Jose Manuel Villalpando, national executive coordinator of the 2010 commemorations and Jorge Volpi, director of Canal 22.

The Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes president expressed: “These multiple languages’ dialogue will go from the splendor of Pre Columbian civilizations to the torrential energy of the Revolution; from the cruel adventure of the Conquest to the 19th century ruptures; from the false darkness of the Colony to the strong democratic plurality of our days”.  

Discutamos Mexico will be transmitted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 20:00 to 21:00 on Once TV Mexico, with repetitions on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on Canal 22, with the same schedule. A Sunday summary will be on air at 20:30 hours on Once TV Mexico.

On the radio, the series will be transmitted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 15:30 on Radio Educacion (1030 AM). On Instituto Mexicano de la Radio (IMER) stations, it will be on air in different days and schedules.