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Latino USA

Latino USA, the radio journal of news and culture, is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective.

Copyright: Copyright 2009 KUT and National Public Radio

Livin' Lagordiloca

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Priscilla Villarreal, who calls herself "Lagordiloca," has become a highly controversial social media sensation in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Each night, Lagordiloca drives through the streets of Laredo chasing and live-streaming violent crime scenes, accidents and immigration raids. She has never had any training as a reporter, yet she has almost as many followers as Laredo's largest daily newspaper. But her unfiltered reporting style has landed her in trouble with the local police.

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Pump Up the Jam: L.A.'s Backyard Party Scene

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Latino USA sits down with Guadalupe Rosales of Veteranas and Rucas and Map Pointz, two archival projects focused on the backyard party scene of 80's and 90's Los Angeles that celebrate big hair, house music and endless nights. Rosales is joined by Eddie Ruvalcaba, who photographed the scene with Streetbeat Magazine and attended parties as a teenager. The two speak about the power of documenting youth culture and why those parties still mean so much to them— and everyone else.

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They See Me Rollin'

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500

On January 15, Jorge Garcia was deported to Mexico after living in the United States for 30 years. The news of Garcia's deportation made headlines not only locally, but nationally—and it caught the eye of one unexpected character: Chamillionaire. The rapper's response received both praise and backlash. In this segment, Latino USA takes a look at relations between African-American and Latino communities in the U.S. and exposes topics that are not talked about publicly between both communities.

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Fri, 02 Mar 2018 12:54:33 -0500

Rodeo—the Spanish word for "rounding up"—is a multi-million dollar sport in the U.S., but it's rooted in the riding, roping, and cattle ranching skills brought by Mexican cowboys to the Southwest hundreds of years ago. Today, most of the top professional rodeo athletes are white, but if you take a closer look, there are a large number of Mexican-American cowboys who live and breathe the sport. Latino USA visits the Tucson Rodeo, also known as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, and follows one family's dreams to turn their kid into a rodeo champion.

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Portrait Of: Valeria Luiselli (Live at the 92Y)

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Valeria Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican writer and novelist who lives in New York City. Her most recent book, "Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions," chronicles her experience as a translator for Central American unaccompanied minors, revealing the humanity behind a bureaucratic process. Maria Hinojosa recently spoke to Valeria at a live event at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, and here on the podcast, we're sharing part of that conversation. Valeria touches on everything from the history of the U.S. and Central America, to whether or not you should drink coffee while pregnant.

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Marie From Missouri

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

With the deadline for DACA to expire approaching, we visit the story of a woman who was part of the first wave of Dreamer activists. Marie Gonzalez-Deel and her family were outed as undocumented in 2001. That's when she reluctantly became an activist fighting for a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants. Marie's story is featured in a new book about the Dreamer movement by Laura Wides-Muñoz, titled "The Making of a Dream." Maria Hinojosa sits down Gonzalez-Deel and Wides-Muñoz to talk about the experience of being young and undocumented, and what's happening now in Congress with DACA.

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Afro-Latinidad: Who Gets to Claim It?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

February is Black History Month, and part of that history includes the contributions and experiences of Latinos of African descent—who have and are currently navigating what it means to be both Black and Latino in the U.S. So to mark that, we revisit a conversation in which friends of Latino USA discuss their experiences of being Afro-Latinos. We asked some fundamental questions: What is Afro-Latinidad? And who get to claim it?

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All They Will Call You Will Be Deportees

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

After a fiery plane crash in 1948, all 32 people on-board died—but they weren't all treated the same same after death. Twenty-eight of the passengers were migrant Mexican workers and were buried in a mass grave. The other four were Americans and had their bodies returned to their families for proper burial. It took the work of a determined Mexican-American author to find out who the Mexican passengers were and tell their stories. Latino USA follows Tim Hernandez on his 7-year journey to give names to the dead.

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Oscars Special: 'Coco' and 'A Fantastic Woman'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

The 2018 Oscars are upon us! Latino USA looks to film nominees that embrace and explore the lives of Latinos and Latin Americans. First, we hear from the lead actress and the director of Chilean film "Una Mujer Fantástica" ("A Fantastic Woman")—praised for its casting of a trans woman in a trans role, a rarity in film. Then, we return to an old favorite—an interview with the director and co-director of Pixar's smash hit, "Coco," nominated for Best Animated Feature.

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It's My Podcast and I'll Cry If I Want To

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Four years ago, Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido was only an intern and still in college when she did what a lot of people do when they're not sure what their life will look like after graduation: she cried in the bathroom. After wiping her eyes and returning to her desk, she tried to comfort herself by calculating how many other Latinos had cried at the same time she had. Which led her to ask herself: do Latinos cry more that other people, on average? Thus began her strange and lachrymose journey into the world of crying.

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Portrait Of: Justina Machado

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Season Two of Netflix's hit series One Day at a Time premiered recently in late January. Actor Justina Machado, known for her role in the HBO series Six Feet Under, is the star of the show and plays single mother Penelope Alvarez, a retired army veteran. Justina speaks with Maria Hinojosa about growing up in Chicago and what it's like to work on a sitcom that tackles politics and social issues head on.

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The Hole

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

The opioid epidemic continues to claim thousands of lives all over the country, and drugs have now become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. But long before the issue gained national attention, Latino communities in the Bronx had already been dealing with an alarming number of heroin-related deaths. On this episode, we visit a hotspot for drug users called The Hole, and meet a former addict trying to save lives: even it means breaking the law.

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Our Year of Despacito

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 23:59:57 -0500

There's no doubt that "Despacito" dominated the summer of 2017, or better yet—all of 2017. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for three Grammys including Song of the Year, the first Spanish-language song to be recognized in the category. So we thought it was about time that Latino USA talks all things "Despacito." First, Panamanian singer-songwriter Erika Ender breaks down the process of how she and Luis Fonsi co-wrote the single. And, Maria Hinojosa also sits down with Isabelia Herrera, music editor at Remezcla, to discuss the song's cultural impact and what drove the song's success. Was it a win for Latinos in the U.S.? Or do we still have more work to do?

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Who Started the Nipomo Fire?

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:41:45 -0500

In April 2016, an arsonist torched a home that strawberry growers were building near Santa Maria, California. The fire followed weeks of protests from neighbors when they found out it would be filled with workers who were part of the H-2A agricultural work visa program. But many locals don't seem to want farmworker housing in their neighborhoods.

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The Ballad of Cherán

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

The small town of Cherán in Michoacán, Mexico, sits amidst pine trees, and most of its residents make money off of the resin they tap. But when drug cartels turned their attention to Cherán's pine trees and began illegally logging them to make a quick buck, the townspeople decided that enough was enough.

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The Rise and Fall of a Latin King

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:18:00 -0500

The Latin Kings have often been called one of the most violent street gangs in the U.S. But what many people don't know is that for a period of time in the late 1990's, one man transformed the gang into something else, or at least tried. That man was Antonio Fernandez aka King Tone. This is his story.

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Portrait Of Eddie Palmieri

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Maria Hinojosa sits down the Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri. At 81, Palmieri is considered one the major forces behind the Latin jazz boom that hit New York City in the 1970s. His latest album is titled Sabiduría, which means wisdom. He imparts some of the stories and wisdom he's gleaned from his long memorable career.

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The Death Count

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:57:00 -0500

Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, but the official death count is still very low—suspiciously low, to some. Latino USA visits Puerto Rico to investigate the death count and to find out why the local government may have miscounted the dead. This story is a collaboration with Reveal and Puerto Rico's Centro de Periodismo Investigativo.

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#1801 - Let's Get Funky: A New Year's Mixtape

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Latino USA continues the tradition of ringing in the new year with the stories behind some of our favorite music. The winner of best new artist at the Latin Grammy's this year, Vicente Garcia, breaks down his song "Dulcito e Coco." Gabriel Garzón-Montano talks about the influences that led to his soulful style. We hear from up and coming Peruvian-American R&B artist A.CHAL. And we reveal Latino USA's new theme song composed by Xenia Rubinos.

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#1752 - You Are Cordially Invited to Hailey's Quinceañera

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:23:24 -0500

Latino USA takes a deep dive into one of the most iconic Latino traditions: la quinceañera. We follow the journey of one quinceañera—Hailey Alexis from Whittier, California— as she plans for the big day. We meet the self-proclaimed "Quince Lord" (a videographer) and family friends who are debating whether they will have quinces for their daughters. We also attend one of the biggest quince expos on the East Coast. Throughout the process, we explore how the quinceañera is seen as a status symbol, a form of female empowerment, a statement about Latino identity—and also, just a really fun party.

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#1751 - Being Apart

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

The holidays are a time when families come together—but not everybody has the fortune to be close to their families. Actress Diane Guerrero speaks about living through the trauma of her parents being deported when she was a teenager, and dealing with the fear and loneliness of growing up without them. We also hear from Berta Hinojosa (our host, Maria's mom) as well as a father that stays in touch with his son by doing homework with him over Skype. Plus, what happens when you do reunite with your family, and it's not what you expected?

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#1750 - The Politics of Being White

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:56:58 -0500

In progressive Minneapolis, an open letter is written to a white candidate for city council questioning his decision to run against a Latina incumbent in a time of "deep racial pain." In California, a Colombian man who identifies with his Spanish heritage tries to join the so-called "alt-right," and hits some bumps in the road. This week on Latino USA, we look at the complicated identity politics of whiteness in the Trump era. And, we examine the question of whether or not more and more Latinos will identify with whiteness in the future.

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#1749 - ...The Tough Get Going

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:46:17 -0500

When the going gets tough, people may tell you to "look for a silver lining" or to "turn lemons into lemonade." But that's all easier said than done, right? On this episode we're bringing you stories of people who ended up in dark places but somehow found the light. We talk to fashion designer Mondo Guerra, from Project Runway, about how his most painful experience became the inspiration that launched his career. We also learn about Los Prisioneros, a punk band that fought a dictatorship in Chile, and we meet a young man who became a video game superstar while caring for his ailing mother.

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#1748 - The Tech Industry's Leaky Pipeline

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:50:54 -0500

No matter the measure, whether it's race, class, or gender, the tech industry does not reflect the American work force. In this episode of Latino USA, we look at that "pipeline" that brings workers into the tech industry —from programs aimed at middle schoolers to an algorithm that is supposed to eliminate bias from the hiring process— to find out where the leaks are.

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#1747 - It's a Small World, After All

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:05:34 -0500

With the release of Coco, Disney Pixar's film about the Day of the Dead, Latino USA takes a look back at Disney's relationship with Latin America. We start in the 1940s when Walt Disney and a group of animators were deployed by the U.S. government to Latin America in efforts to curb Nazi influence there. Then we hear from a Chilean writer who wrote a book called "How to Read Donald Duck" critiquing Disney comics' American imperialism in the 1070's. His book would later be burned in Chile. And finally, we talk with the directors of Coco, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.

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#1746 - The Scars of War

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:25:07 -0500

In honor of Veteran's Day, a collection of stories and interviews with veterans exploring stress, trauma, and transformation after military service. We hear from a married couple who divorced after redeployment, and from an army mechanic who became a YouTube beauty guru. Veteran, actor, and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez talks to Maria Hinojosa about surviving an explosion that burned a third of his body, and about how his family helped him through it. Plus, what does it mean to go to war for a country that wants to deport you?

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#1745 - It Happened in L.A.

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:31:11 -0400

Latino USA heads to the great city of Los Angeles to tell stories about hidden L.A. history. In the 1950s, a Mexican-American community is evicted in the area where Dodger Stadium now stands. We'll hear from actor Carlos Gomez about his role in a new show about the Menendez brothers, a case the rocked the city. And a new mural unveiled at Union Station in the heart of L.A., once hidden for its controversial depictions of Latino history, is now part of a celebration of Latino art.

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#1744 - Cultural Appropriation... It's Not Just a White Thing

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:09:15 -0400

It's that time of year again: the time of pumpkin spice lattes, haunted houses... and talks of cultural appropriation. However, this time we put a spin on this hot-button issue: what does cultural appropriation look like when it occurs between people of color? We dive into the the hairstyle that has taken the internet by storm the past couple of weeks: Chinese-American Jeremy Lin's dreadlocks. You'll also hear a roundtable about instances of cultural appropriation in pop culture, and get into how a group of indigenous advocates are working with the U.N. to make cultural appropriation illegal.

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#1743 - Surviving the Storm

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:53:26 -0400

A man is in his kitchen when water rushes through the door, nearly drowning him. A mother is unable to reach her son in prison, and is desperate to know whether or not he's doing ok. Another man, who requires electricity to power the ventilator that keeps him alive, struggles to find a generator to plug into after the power grid fails. Latino USA producer Andres Caballero visits Puerto Rico to record stories of surviving hurricane Maria—and the devastating consequences of the storm.

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