In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, Edwin Salgado sat on a folding chair cracking jokes with fellow U.S. military veterans on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-April. Salgado, 35, had just returned from a Mexican government office where he had helped one of the newest arrivals at this border shelter known as “the Bunker”.

In March of last year, Alba Luz Maldonado Paz left her Honduras town in search of a better life. The 36-year-old woman said she left her country due to a lack of economic opportunities and physical danger. She was terrified, she explains, when members of an international criminal gang, La Mara 18, threatened to kill her.

Bogotá is a portentous and unruly city, a beast of numerous maverick heads slumping in the core of Colombia, serving as the country’s heart, brains—and if the air were less polluted, its lungs, too—thumping arrhythmically to the beat of inequality.

Es realmente difícil lograr un rompimiento en el mercado de la música latina. Todos quieren pertenecer a él. Ojalá pudiese tener a mano el número de cuántos artistas están haciendo reggaetón, dembow, dancehall o trap en español. Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Drake, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry o Beyoncé han bebido de las aguas del reggaetón y han hecho sus colaboraciones con artistas clave del género cantando en español.

It might seem unusual that someone who researches how canines acquire knowledge based on information gathered from their surroundings would teach college students how to be happy. And yet, in her course Psychology and the Good Life, which attracted roughly one-quarter of the student body at Yale University last spring and became a global sensation, Laurie Santos applied her research on canine cognition directly to humans.