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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

#1642 - The New Deciders

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:29:43 -0400

This Election Day, nearly 1 in 3 eligible voters will be non-white, making the 2016 electorate the most diverse in U.S. history. In this collaboration with PBS' America By the Numbers, Latino USA travels to swing states and tells stories from the communities that are shaping politics today—in ways you might not expect. We hear from the powerful Latino Evangelical community of Florida, Muslim-Americans in Cleveland and Black Lives Matter activists in North Carolina. Who is listening to the new deciders?

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#1641 - The 25 Percent

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:26:24 -0400

Today, Latino students make up 25 percent of public school students in the United States. On this episode—two stories about two similar-but-different public schools, and the challenges Latino kids face when they get up in the morning and put on their backpacks. We visit a elementary school in the South where 98 percent of the students are Latino. Then, the story of what happened at an Oakland high school when an influx of undocumented students stirred up a debate over how much a city is responsible for an international problem.

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#1640 - Superglue

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:43:17 -0400

This week, stories about keeping it together when it feels like we're about to come apart. We visit Fremont, Nebraska, where tensions over immigrants moving in erupted into a battle over a city housing ordinance. Author and Chicana feminist Ana Castillo talks about reckoning with her son's crime and incarceration. And Instagram celebrity Arthur Renowitzky, who was shot in a robbery, talks about learning to walk again and finding a purpose in life.

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#1639 - The Aftermath

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:17:01 -0400

This week on Latino USA we talk about the aftermath. What happens after one incident changes everything? Two years ago 43 indigenous students mysteriously disappeared while on their way to protest in Mexico City. Their families have been demanding justice and to see their sons or their bodies. We talk with Julissa Arce, an undocumented immigrant, who hid her status for years while working as a Goldman Sachs executive. Finally, we hear about the case of a Salvadoran woman offered a U visa in exchange for cooperation with police in a criminal investigation.

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#1638 - You Are Cordially Invited to Hailey's Quinceañera

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:42:01 -0400

Latino USA takes a deep dive into one of the most iconic Latinx 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, family friends who are debating whether they will have one for their daughter, and attend one of the biggest Quince Expos on the East Coast. And throughout the process we explore how the quinceañera is seen as a status symbol, a form of female empowerment, a statement about Latinx identity and also just a really fun party.

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#1637 - A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part II

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0400

A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part two, focusing on the late 80s through today. This time, a focus on how Latinos fared as rap music became bigger than hip-hop culture. Featuring Mellow Man Ace, Bobbito Garcia, a look at Big Pun, and more.

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#1636 - A Latino History of Hip Hop Part I

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0400

For the first part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop learn about the early years by talking to legends like Devastating Tito, Lee Quiñones, and Charlie Chase. They break down the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti, and break dancing and explore how New York City made it all possible.

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#1635 - Customs Made

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:08:57 -0400

What traditions do we keep? What ones do we change? This week, we take a look at rituals and customs from different Latino communities—like piercing babies' ears and shaving their heads. We also get into the geopolitics of kissing, and we hear about one Dominican baseball player who personalized a tradition that is part of America's pastime.

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#1634 - Brazil USA

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:59:26 -0400

Over 300,000 Brazilian-Americans live in the U.S. But for many of them, it's unclear exactly where they fit in the American tapestry. As the Olympics come to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Latino USA takes a look at topics related to Brazilians and Brazilian-Americans, from the stories of the Brazilian families that have made New England their home, to the the rise and fall of Brazil's richest man. And we ask the question— are Brazilians Latinos?

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#1633 - True Grit

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:28:01 -0400

This week, stories of grit and perseverance. Elizabeth Ramirez and her friends were accused of child sexual assault and incarcerated for almost 17 years. The San Antonio 4, as they are known, claim they were targeted out of homophobia and a period of social hysteria called the Satanic Panic. We delve into their story. We also talk with JR Martinez, a veteran who suffered severe burns and the loss of his sister about facing adversity. Finally, a story about trying your best - and still not making it, from fencer Natalie Vie, who trained for the 2016 Olympics but didn't make the cut.

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#1632 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Vote

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 13:04:41 -0400

We check in with election season, with reports from the RNC and DNC on what presidential politics are saying about Latino voters. In Anaheim, CA, a city with a huge resort industry and a history of white supremacy, a switch from at-large to by-district elections will empower the Latino working class. And in Texas, voter suppression laws threaten Latino voters while in Georgia, one candidate has a shot at becoming the first Latina state legislator. And Maria Hinojosa reflects on what she saw at the national conventions and what that says about our national divisions.

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#1631 - Making Headlines

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:36:57 -0400

This week we explore what it means to not just make the news, but be the ones writing the headlines. Journalist Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! talks about diversity in the newsroom and the relationship between the media and people of color. Mexican reporter and author Lydia Cacho talks about facing brutal retaliation for exposing child sex trafficking. In Texas, a new proposed textbook rewrites Mexican American history – and not in a good way. And we take a look at media aimed at Latino millennials and ask if it's really connecting with young people.

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#1630 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 2)

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:28:34 -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.

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#1629 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 1)

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:45:03 -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.

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#1628 - Who Is An American?

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:49:31 -0400

This week we talk about what it means to be an American, and how Americans from all backgrounds have confronted the question. Actor George Takei talks about his family experience in a Japanese American internment camp, and how his father taught him about participating in democracy. For those Americans in our armed forces, struggling to get veterans' resources on the island of Guam brings important questions about how we take care of those who serve. And journalists Wajahat Ali and Veronica Beyetti Flores talk about racism, xenophobia, and our current election season.

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#1627 - Bodega (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:00:00 -0400

On this week's Latino USA, producers spend a day in a bodega in Washington Heights, 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.

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#1626 - Sanctuaries

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:47:43 -0400

This week, we talk about what makes a sanctuary for queer people of color, from the safety and freedom of gay clubs to Latino USA listeners sharing stories about queer gyms and choral groups. Carmen Carrera, reality TV star known from RuPaul's Drag Race, talks about finding herself. And we tell the story of Julio Rivera, a gay man murdered in New York, whose death became the first documented anti-gay hate crime in the state. Finally, DJ Precolombian talks about the link between dancing and trauma and creating the dancefloor of her dreams.

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#1625 - The Beautiful Game

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:30:41 -0400

With the Copa America here in the US, this is the summer of soccer - or fútbol. So Latino USA is taking a look at the sport loved throughout Latin America and around the world. What happens when you come from both the US and Mexico – what national team do you root for? Or what about if your national team is constantly losing, do you lose faith? And we take a look at elite women's soccer in the US, a world few Latinas reach.

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#1624 - Out of Focus

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:28:59 -0400

A look at some of the political stories that aren't as obvious, from the difference in coverage between english and spanish langauge reporting to why it's hard to accurately gather data about Latinos. Plus a report on the overlooked state races in Florida.

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#1623 - To The Rescue!

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:00:00 -0400

We tell stories of rescue, from a combat search and rescue pilot saving plane crash survivors to Latina young women leaving home for college. A new Puerto Rican superhero spreads the word about social justice and the island's debt crisis. And Diane Guerrero, known for her roles in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, opens up about growing up after her parents were deported, struggling with self-harm and mental health, and ultimately being rescued by her community and herself.

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#1622 - Palabras

Fri, 27 May 2016 13:44:16 -0400

What's in a word? Find out with Latino USA as we talk about Spanglish and its implications, how to interpret the made up language of some popular movie characters, and living as a deaf Latino.

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#1621 - LOL

Fri, 20 May 2016 13:36:16 -0400

This week we take a look at comedy – who writes the shows, how to use comedy to fix problems like the pothole on your street, and activists trying to take racial caricatures out of comedy. Plus we hear from Cris Abrego, the creater of one of the largest reality TV empires in the country on the rise of reality TV and what makes watching it funny. And we talk with comedians of color about trying to make it in stand-up comedy clubs, a realm ruled mostly by white men.

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#1620 - A World Uprooted

Fri, 13 May 2016 11:48:52 -0400

We talk about about immigration on Latino USA, usually to the US. But what about global migration? This week we look at some unusual stories of migration, from dressage trainers in Mexico to West Africans in the trecherous Darian Gap of Central America. And we look at what it's like to live in Qatar, the country with the highest percentage of immigrants. Finally, Koko Warner discusses how climate change will affect global migration now and in the future.

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#1619 Reprise (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 06 May 2016 12:00:00 -0400

Latino USA focuses this week on the idea of the reprise; a repeated but changed, passage of music. Maria Hinojosa talks to Lin-Manuel Miranda about his upcoming Broadway musical Hamilton, composer Tania León, and an up-and-coming band called Ibeyi.

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#1618 - Whatever Floats Your Vote

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:04:26 -0400

We take another look at the 2016 election cycle and explore the Latino identity of Ted Cruz, why there's a generation gap in Latino voters between Sanders and Clinton, and investigate Hillary Clinton's relationship with a coup in Honduras. We also talk with residents of the Virgin Islands, who can't vote in general elections, and a newly naturalized citizen taking part in the voting process for the first time.

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#1617 - Mightier Than The Sword

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 -0400

We dive deep into the creative minds of a few writers and artists who will be part of this year's PEN World Voices Festival with a series of conversations. Hear the glitch poetry of Guillermo Gomez Peña, Carmen Tafolla acts out a story, and wisdom from a philosopher.

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#1616 - Smoked Out

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:35:17 -0400

This week we hear about the growing pains of the legal weed industry. With small business owners and wealthy private investors looking to get in on the profits, what will happen as laws continue to change? We explore how the drug war affects communities of color and the racialized history of weed, and why the legal industry today is mostly white. And finally, what happens when you open an edibles business in college?

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#1615 - Who Run The World?

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:00:00 -0400

Latino USA revisits stories about women who run things. From the potentially most powerful Latina in the US - Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor - to the forgotten LGBTQ hero Sylvia Rivera, we learn about the Latinas who have made a mark.

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#1614 - Baseball (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:00:00 -0400

This week, Latino USA explores the past, present and future of baseball. From the history of how Latino players bent the rules of the color line in the years before Jackie Robinson, to the story of how and why Dominican fans starting showing up at Boston's notoriously white Fenway Park, to the challenges that immigrant players face on their journey to the Major Leagues.

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#1613 - Latino Heroes of Rock & Roll

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:57:32 -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 this new sound---which is not as black and white as many think.

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