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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.



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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.


Media Files:
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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.


Media Files:
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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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/574491020/npr_574491020.mp3?orgId=1&d=3096&p=510016&story=574491020&t=podcast&e=574491020&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/572825592/npr_572825592.mp3?orgId=1&d=3206&p=510016&story=572825592&t=podcast&e=572825592&ft=pod&f=510016




#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?


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/571117625/npr_571117625.mp3?orgId=1&d=3133&p=510016&story=571117625&t=podcast&e=571117625&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/569466639/npr_569466639.mp3?orgId=1&d=3231&p=510016&story=569466639&t=podcast&e=569466639&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/567812291/npr_567812291.mp3?orgId=1&d=2972&p=510016&story=567812291&t=podcast&e=567812291&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/566354314/npr_566354314.mp3?orgId=1&d=3198&p=510016&story=566354314&t=podcast&e=566354314&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/564826020/npr_564826020.mp3?orgId=1&d=3375&p=510016&story=564826020&t=podcast&e=564826020&ft=pod&f=510016




#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?


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/563282909/npr_563282909.mp3?orgId=1&d=3058&p=510016&story=563282909&t=podcast&e=563282909&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/561850325/npr_561850325.mp3?orgId=1&d=3062&p=510016&story=561850325&t=podcast&e=561850325&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/560419391/npr_560419391.mp3?orgId=1&d=3102&p=510016&story=560419391&t=podcast&e=560419391&ft=pod&f=510016




#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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/559052800/npr_559052800.mp3?orgId=1&d=3086&p=510016&story=559052800&t=podcast&e=559052800&ft=pod&f=510016




#1742 - Latino Heroes of Rock & Roll

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:31:43 -0400

When we talk about what made rock & roll as we know it, the most common answer is: a mixture of R&B, a predominantly black genre, and country, a predominantly white genre. We explore the Latino influences that helped shape rock & roll, and we profile unsung Latino rock artists who had a hand in crafting the sound—which is not as black and white as many think.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/557611503/npr_557611503.mp3?orgId=1&d=3107&p=510016&story=557611503&t=podcast&e=557611503&ft=pod&f=510016




#1741 - A Border Drawn In Blood

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:33:10 -0400

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the Perejil Massacre, in which Dominican soldiers under dictator Rafael Trujillo massacred thousands of Haitians living near the Dominican-Haitian border. After the massacre, the Dominican press didn't carry the story and Trujillo attempted to sweep the killings under the rug of history. Today, the massacre is little discussed, and there are no monuments or memorials for the dead. Latino USA travels to the Dominican-Haitian border to ask the question—why don't people want to talk about it? And what are the consequences today?


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/556143547/npr_556143547.mp3?orgId=1&d=3089&p=510016&story=556143547&t=podcast&e=556143547&ft=pod&f=510016




BONUS: Puerto Rico After the Storm

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Today we bring you a special podcast checking on the status of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of our sister podcast In The Thick, is a native of Puerto Rico, and has been intensely reporting on the hurricane. So he wanted to dispel some myths about what's happening on the island today. We hear from the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Roselló, about her take on the devastation. And we get a sense of what Puerto Rico feels like now from Latino USA producer Andrés Caballero, who is on the ground reporting for an upcoming episode.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/556036406/npr_556036406.mp3?orgId=1&d=1194&p=510016&story=556036406&t=podcast&e=556036406&ft=pod&f=510016




#1740 - The Latino GDP

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0400

A professor at UCLA recently calculated what he is calling the Latino GDP: If all the Latinos in the United States made up their own country, their GDP would be the 7th largest in the world, right behind France. Today, Latino USA explores the effects of this rising Latino economic power, from the arrival of hit bilingual shows like Narcos to how brands develop advertising campaigns targeted at Latinos. Plus, a conversation with one of the first Latinas at NASA, Sylvia Acevedo. And a conversation with Latina icon Dolores Huerta about her new documentary.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/554509052/npr_554509052.mp3?orgId=1&d=3067&p=510016&story=554509052&t=podcast&e=554509052&ft=pod&f=510016




#1739 - Southern Roadtrip (Part 2)

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:50:44 -0400

The Latino USA road trip continues. Producers Zakiya Gibbons and Jeanne Montalvo, who both grew up in the South, take host Maria Hinojosa on a road trip through the heart of the South to learn first-hand what it's like to be Latino and Southern today. We go to rural Alabama and learn what happened after the controversial law HB 56 was passed. We drive through Albertville, Alabama, rumored to have become a "ghost town" after the law went into effect and find out if this is true. We also get a slice of what life is like in a post-Trump South for Latinos.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/552931931/npr_552931931.mp3?orgId=1&d=3130&p=510016&story=552931931&t=podcast&e=552931931&ft=pod&f=510016




#1738 - Southern Roadtrip (Part 1)

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:11:31 -0400

Latino USA hits the road! Producers Zakiya Gibbons and Jeanne Montalvo, who both grew up in the South, take host Maria Hinojosa on a road trip through the heart of the South to learn first-hand what it's like to be Latino and Southern today, in a special 2-part series. In Part 1, we find out how Latinos helped Atlanta become a world-class city, visit a magical, taco-filled land called Plaza Fiesta, and hear one Latino family's story of what it was like to navigate the White-Black binary in a small Alabama town.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/551306363/npr_551306363.mp3?orgId=1&d=3106&p=510016&story=551306363&t=podcast&e=551306363&ft=pod&f=510016




BONUS: Bodega

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:06:17 -0400

Latino USA producers spend a day in a bodega in Harlem, NYC — home to one of the biggest Dominican populations in the U.S. They uncover stories about nutrition, migration, community, and the slow threat of gentrification.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/551037599/npr_551037599.mp3?orgId=1&d=3386&p=510016&story=551037599&t=podcast&e=551037599&ft=pod&f=510016




#1737 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 2)

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:29:21 -0400

In part two of our two-part special, we continue our investigation into the death of a man in a U.S. immigration detention center. José de Jesús turned himself into Border Patrol saying somebody was after him. Three days later, he died by suicide after stuffing a sock down his throat. In part two of this story, surveillance video reveals clues about what happened inside his cell, and an internal investigation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement answers many of our questions about what happened to José in the days leading up to his death.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/549473326/npr_549473326.mp3?orgId=1&d=3090&p=510016&story=549473326&t=podcast&e=549473326&ft=pod&f=510016




SPECIAL EPISODE: Dismantling DACA

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0400

After the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, we decided to put together a special podcast-only episode to help you make sense of the news. We break down some of the factually questionable statements in Attorney General Sessions' announcement, hear from an expert on how DACA affects the economy and find out about one DACA recipient's daring sacrifice during Hurricane Harvey. Plus, we open the phone lines and hear from you, our listeners, about what your DACA means to you.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/549399068/npr_549399068.mp3?orgId=1&d=2699&p=510016&story=549399068&t=podcast&e=549399068&ft=pod&f=510016




#1736 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 1)

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0400

A man dies in a U.S. immigration detention center, under unusual circumstances. He is found unresponsive in his cell, with a sock stuffed down his throat. His death is ruled a suicide, but little information is put out about what happened, and the family wants answers. In this first part of a special two-part series, Latino USA investigates why José de Jesús died in the custody of the U.S. government, and what his death tells us about conditions—especially mental health services—inside the immigration detention system.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/547871204/npr_547871204.mp3?orgId=1&d=3051&p=510016&story=547871204&t=podcast&e=547871204&ft=pod&f=510016




#1735 - Whose Country 'Tis of Thee?

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:28:00 -0400

Latino USA looks at stories of belonging and home, and what happens when those things get called into question. From rising reports of hate crimes, to a Latina student injured at the recent protests in Charlottesville, to the use of high tech surveillance methods in immigration enforcement, what happens when home starts feeling hostile?


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/546127798/npr_546127798.mp3?orgId=1&d=3140&p=510016&story=546127798&t=podcast&e=546127798&ft=pod&f=510016




#1734 - Valley of Contrasts

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:19:48 -0400

The Coachella Valley in California is best known for its giant music festival. But there's another Coachella, and it has nothing to do with partying. The valley is divided into two parts. On the west side, there are beautiful homes with large yards. On the east side, you find the mobile homes of the mostly Mexican American residents who work in landscaping or agriculture. The differences between the two sides are stark, but there is one difference that truly sets them apart and has serious health consequences: access to clean water.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/544472330/npr_544472330.mp3?orgId=1&d=3112&p=510016&story=544472330&t=podcast&e=544472330&ft=pod&f=510016




#1733 - Inside MS-13

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:45:34 -0400

President Trump has been talking a lot lately about MS-13, a street gang that started in California and spread to Central America. But what is the real story behind the gang? Latino USA takes a deep dive into MS-13, from the gang's origins in Los Angeles, to the economic motor that powers them in Central America, to a string of brutal murders in Long Island, New York. Plus, the other reason why the administration is talking about MS-13 these days: politics.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/542822027/npr_542822027.mp3?orgId=1&d=3154&p=510016&story=542822027&t=podcast&e=542822027&ft=pod&f=510016




#1732 - Detained

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:54:00 -0400

The new administration has said that if you're in this country illegally, "you should be looking over your shoulder." On this episode, Latino USA looks at what is changing with immigration under President Trump and how those changes affect people in the real world. We hear about a man who was asked to buy his own plane ticket to get deported, look at tensions between local police and ICE in Texas, and hear from the director of a new office created by the president to support the victims of crimes committed by "illegal aliens."


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510016/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510016/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510016/541642107/npr_541642107.mp3?orgId=1&d=3121&p=510016&story=541642107&t=podcast&e=541642107&ft=pod&f=510016