contribution by Cesar A. Muedas
Nashville's Channel 8 will air tonight (7pm CDT) a Nova/National Geographic special that examines a particular chapter in the story of the fall of the Inca empire.
How did the Inca Empire become as vast as the Roman in just over a century? How did less than 150 conquistadors take over the mighty Tawantinsuyo?
If you have to miss some of these answers or the whole show today (and don't get a chance to program your VCR or TiVo) you may catch the webcast version in a couple of weeks directly from the Nova archive online. In the meantime, you can read the candid behind-the-scenes story by Graham Townsley, the show's producer. And for the Ivy League angle, check out the Q&A with Terence D'Altroy, anthropology professor at Columbia University and author of "The Incas".
Furthermore, if you want to befriend a local Peruvian to talk about the show and the rich history behind it, a quick online resource may be the site of the15-month old UPAN (United Peruvian Association of Nashville).
Happy viewing and Que viva el Peru ......!
About Cesar: Born and raised in Lima, Peru, he landed in JFK in August 1986, moved from Houston to Nashville in February 1996, became a US citizen in November 2004, and lives in Davidson county with his wife of 10 years and his 2 children. Cesar is an independent business consultant and is completing his term as first chairman of COPLA (Council of Hispanic parents with children in Metro schools).