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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

Portrait Of: Jorge Ramos

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

On August 25, 2015, an encounter with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a press conference in Iowa changed the life of anchor and journalist Jorge Ramos. The incident altered his ideas about the role of journalism, and set him on a path that led him to create a documentary about hate in America, and now, a book. It's titled, Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era. Maria Hinojosa talks to the Emmy Award-winning journalist about his life, his new book and what it's like to feel like a stranger in his own country.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

In 2017, an undocumented transgender woman named Estrella González went to court to file a protective order against her abusive ex-boyfriend. Little did she know, there were immigration agents waiting to apprehend her. Latino USA looks at the case of Estrella and explores what it tells us about how the tactics and procedures of ICE have changed.

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The Census Controversy, Explained

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

"Is this person a citizen of the United States?" Dozens of states and cities are suing the Trump administration over this proposed question on the upcoming 2020 census. NPR's National Correspondent on U.S. Demographics Hansi Lo Wang joins us to break down the census and why the question of citizenship is controversial.

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The Mothers Who Hunt for Mass Graves

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

When Lucy Genao and her group of mothers with missing children began excavating a barren field on the outskirts of Colinas de Santa Fe, Veracruz last year, they didn't expect to find what some call the largest mass grave in Mexico. Most of the women had never dug a garden in their backyards, let alone exhumed a body. So far, they've found 287 bodies. Latino USA joins the mothers of Veracruz as they prepare to search for a new suspected gravesite. This story was reported in partnership with Harper's Magazine.

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"Mexicans Don't Play Basketball"

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

In 1939, a Mexican-American San Antonio high school basketball team shocked the nation. At the time, basketball was a white man's game, and no one expected an all-Mexican-American team to not only play basketball—but play it well. Yet at the moment of their greatest triumph, things suddenly took a turn for the worst.

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Portrait Of: Junot Díaz

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Recently, Dominican-American author Junot Díaz surprised some of his readers when he announced that he would be publishing a new work, a children's book titled Islandborn. Díaz is the Pulitzer-winning author of books such as The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Drown. Islandborn follows Lola as she learns about the beauty of the island where she was born, through the memories of neighbors and family. Maria Hinojosa sat down with Díaz to discuss the process of writing Islandborn and why representation in children's books matters.

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How I Made It: Yesika Salgado's Love Poem to Los Angeles

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet. Her newest book of poetry, Corazón, is an intimate look at her childhood, her parent's home country of El Salvador, and personal experiences of love and loss as a self-described "fat brown woman" living in L.A. On this installment of Latino USA's "How I Made It" segment, Salgado breaks down her love poem to Los Angeles titled, "What I Know."

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Portrait Of: Leafar Seyer, Cholo Goth

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

"Cholo Goth" is a term coined by Leafar Seyer as a way to identify himself as a person living in multiple worlds. Born Rafael Reyes, he rose to fame with the electronic band Prayers in 2013. The band's dark visual aesthetic and often brutal lyrics are inspired by his tumultuous personal life as a former gang member and Luciferian. That pain has crossed over to art; he's currently exhibiting his first art show, "The Pain Isn't Over," in L.A. Maria Hinojosa sits down with Leafar Seyer to discuss the intersection of his identities and the pain that he's currently grappling with.

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Foreigner at Birth

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

On the campaign trail, President Trump said that he wanted to revoke birthright citizenship for so-called "anchor babies," aka the children of undocumented immigrants. Today, Latino USA looks at the story of a country where that actually happened: the Dominican Republic. After a court decision in 2013 that stripped citizenship from the children of Haitian immigrants, one young man embarks on a quest to get documented—in the country where he was born.

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Portrait Of: Luis Fonsi

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

While the world may know Luis Fonsi for his massive single, "Despacito," the Puerto Rican singer has had a thriving 20-year career in the Latin music industry. From his first album in 1998, Comenzaré, to his latest release, "Échame La Culpa," featuring Demi Lovato, Fonsi has showcased his wide-ranging love for music that led him to become the artist he is today. Maria Hinojosa sits down with Luis Fonsi to discuss everything from his childhood to his influences and yes, "Despacito."

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The Incident

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

A violent crime and a teenager from New York. What kind of punishment should a young person get for committing a horrible act? That's the question we try to answer today with a story from "Caught," a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the lives of kids caught up in the criminal justice system.

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How Peruvian Psychedelic Cumbia Made Its Way to L.A.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

The '60s and '70s are known as a golden age of music in the United States: the age of rock, funk and salsa. But more than 3,000 miles down south in Peru, there was another golden age brewing, a style of Peruvian cumbia called "chicha." Over the past decade, there's been a chicha revival outside of Peru. One of the people involved is Jason Zepeda, the lead vocalist of a Los Angeles band called La Chamba. In this segment of "How I Made It," Zepeda recalls how La Chamba covered a 1979 chicha classic, "Cariñito," with the help of a Peruvian music veteran.

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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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