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Latino USA, the radio journal of news and culture, is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective.
||CleanPortrait Of: 80s Ball Subculture in FX's 'Pose'||When you think of the 1980's in New York City, you might think of grit and crime—but a vibrant, dazzling underground ball scene? Maybe not. A new hit series on FX is now telling the stories of that scene: a subculture of LGBTQ people of color creating a safe and joyous space during a time when they were not accepted. "Pose" is making history by featuring the largest cast of transgender actors ever on TV as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors for a scripted series. Actresses Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore talk with Latino USA about their roles in the series.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWith You, Peru||The 1970s were a golden age for soccer in Peru, one that producer Janice Llamoca only heard about growing up in Los Angeles in the '90s. The Peruvian soccer team went to three World Cups in that era. But after that, the team did poorly for decades, failing to qualify for the World Cup year after year. Then in 2017, Peru qualified for the World Cup after 36 years—giving the Llamocas the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Russia to see their team play on soccer's biggest stage.||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPortrait Of: Tanya Saracho Gives Us 'Vida'||Tanya Saracho is the showrunner for acclaimed television series "Vida," on Starz. The show looks at the relationship between two sisters, Lyn and Emma, as they come to terms with the death of their mother and the secrets she kept from them. Saracho sits down with Latino USA to share the story of how she got where she is today and why telling complicated—sometimes dark— stories about Latinos is so important to her.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Breakdown: Frida Barbie||When Mattel announced the release of a Barbie inspired by late Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, a flurry of tweets ensued. Many felt that Mattel was harming the legacy of the radical leftist painter who may not have wanted to be associated with one the greatest symbols of American consumerism. But while Frida Kahlo and Barbie may seem like antithetical symbols, their backstories have very interesting parallels—the main one being that both have played a big role in how we view what it means to be a modern woman. Producer Antonia Cereijido breaks down the history behind Frida and Barbie and how we got to a world in which such a doll exists.||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMexico's New, Leftist President||The recent presidential elections in Mexico were historic. For the first time in almost a century, Mexico will not be ruled by its two major political parties. After running for office twice before, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a.k.a. AMLO, was elected Mexico's first leftist president in decades, channeling anger at the nation's elites and campaigning with a strong anti-corruption message. Latino USA's María Hinojosa speaks with Mexican political analyst Denise Dresser about what this all means for Mexico's future.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico's Financial Storm, Part Two||Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the destruction left by Hurricane Maria last September, but a financial storm continues to take a toll on people on the island. In the second of a two-part series produced in collaboration with WNYC, we turn our attention to the austerity measures planned for Puerto Rico—particularly, cuts to the public university system. We follow Gabriel Negrón, an economics student at the University of Puerto Rico who has made it his mission to fight back against austerity measures.||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPuerto Rico's Financial Storm, Part One||Puerto Ricans are still rebuilding after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and its infrastructure last September. But, in some ways, the bigger story when it comes to Puerto Rico's long-term future is the island's economic crisis. In part one of a two-part series produced in collaboration with WNYC, we look at how Puerto Rico became mired in billions of dollars worth of debt, how it's affecting Puerto Ricans, and what the commonwealth is doing to try to dig itself out. Featuring veteran business reporter Jane Sasseen.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJunot & Me (Too)||In May, writer Junot Díaz was accused of misconduct by several female writers, including forcibly kissing one woman. The allegations set off a firestorm of tweets and think pieces about Díaz's behavior and how he fits into the growing #MeToo movement. For Latino USA's Amanda Alcantara, Díaz had been a kind of literary hero. So, after the allegations came out, she set off on a journey of introspection to figure out how she should feel about Díaz and his work—a journey that included heartfelt conversations, deleted tweets and even a mysterious anonymous email.||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'#FreeAle': The Internet's Favorite Immigrant Activist||On March 7th, 2018, Alejandra Pablos, a reproductive rights and undocumented activist was detained by ICE and placed in the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. A petition for her early release was launched by Mijente, a group that organizes around immigrant rights, and it circulated quickly on social media. Alejandra became a high profile activist with thousands of supporters. Latino USA looks at what Alejandra's story tells us about how undocumented activism is changing.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Remarkable Rebirth of Medellín||Medellín, Colombia, is lauded as one of the most innovative and tourist-friendly cities in the world. But 30 years ago, the city was the world's cocaine capital—ravaged by the cartel war led by Pablo Escobar. Latino USA travels to Medellín to hear how the city's violent and narcotic history changed the lives of one family and how Medellín went from being one of the most dangerous places in the world to the "model city" it is today.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow I Made It: The Man Behind the 'Gooooooooool!'||It's a scientific fact: Soccer in Spanish sounds better than soccer in English, especially the gooooooools. At least that's what the scientists at Latino USA say. With the World Cup starting soon, you'll be hearing the iconic voice of Andrés Cantor everywhere. He's the lead World Cup announcer for Spanish-language network Telemundo. In this segment of "How I Made It," Cantor shares the story behind his signature call.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDos a Cero: A Mexico-USA Rivalry Is Born||Dos a Cero! Those three words mean "Two to Zero" and they're more than just numbers: it's a chant with 16-year history. At the 2002 World Cup in South Korea, Mexico faced the United States and the final score of 2-0 has haunted Mexico fans ever since. With the 2018 World Cup in Russia around the corner, we're sharing the story behind the infamous game. This story comes to us from Gimlet Media's new podcast "We Came To Win."||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPortrait Of: Luis Alberto Urrea, Mexican-American Chronicler||Luis Alberto Urrea is one of the foremost chroniclers of the Mexican-American experience in the written word. His new book, "The House of Broken Angels," is fiction, but based on an actual event in the writer's life. Urrea's stepbrother was turning 74 and dying of cancer—so his family decided to throw him one last blow-out birthday party. Maria Hinojosa talks to the Mexican-American writer about his latest novel and startling readers in Trump's America.||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe San Antonio 4||In the early nineties, Elizabeth Ramirez and three friends—all lesbians— were accused of sexually assaulting two children, and were later convicted and incarcerated in San Antonio. The San Antonio Four, as they came to be known, have maintained that they are innocent for over 20 years. They say their conviction was a result of the "Satanic panic" and homophobia.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnaccompanied and Unaccounted For||A recent story about authorities losing track of almost 1,500 young immigrants has been all over the news. The young migrants are asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border without their parents and were later released into the custody of guardians or sponsors. Recently, the government admitted that they haven't been able to reach almost 1,500 of those sponsors, drawing concerns that the kids could be at risk. This disclosure has raised the question: what is the government's role in making sure these kids are safe?||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow I Made It: Alaska, on an LGBTQ Anthem en Español||Alaska is a Mexican-born singer from Spain with one of the most definitive LGBTQ Spanish anthems: "¿A quién le importa?" by the duo Alaska y Dinarama. In the late '70s, Alaska was one of the key figures of La Movida Madrileña, the era of post-dictatorship in Spain. In this edition of our "How I Made It" segment, the singer discusses her 40-year music career, how she came to be Alaska and about the message behind one of her most enduring hits.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Diary of an 'Undesirable'||Anthony Acevedo is the only Mexican-American Holocaust survivor registered at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. This week, Latino USA follows Acevedo as he takes us through his journey as an Army medic stationed in Europe during World War II and the moment when he was captured by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp known as Berga in Germany. He recorded what he saw in a secret diary. Little did he know that his diary was going to become physical evidence of the horrors that American soldiers and other prisoners faced inside Berga.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPortrait Of: 'The Latinos Of Asia'||Due to their shared colonial past, Filipinos and Latinos share last names, religion, food and even similarities in language. Here in the United States, as many Filipino-Americans grow up in cities with large Latino population like Los Angeles, these lines become even clearer. Anthony Ocampo breaks down these similarities in his book, "The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race." Maria Hinojosa talks to Ocampo about the book, his experience growing up in Los Angeles as a Filipino-American and what his research tells us about the links between Filipinos and Latinos.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOf Bloodlines and Conquistadors||"Hispano" is an identity unique to New Mexico and southern Colorado. It defines people who consider themselves to be descendants of the Spanish conquistadors that arrived in the 1500s. Hispanos have lived side by side the Pueblo for centuries—mixing cultures, identities, and even bloodlines. But recently, tensions have risen between the two groups over Santa Fe's annual conquistador pageant, known as La Entrada, which celebrates the arrival of the Spanish. For some, it celebrates heritage. For others, it's salt in the wound.||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpanish as a First Language||Being a new parent comes with a series of challenges—one being the decision whether or not to teach your child a second language. Latino USA explores the world of bilingual parenting through the story of two Dominican-American siblings growing up in the South, one who was drawn to Spanish and the other who never wanted to speak it. Both of the siblings are now parents and faced with the question: to teach your kids Spanish or not to teach your kids Spanish?||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow I Made It: Mimi Valdés on 'Roxanne Roxanne'||Mimi Valdés is a movie producer ("Hidden Figures," "Dope") and the chief creative officer at Pharrell Williams' i am OTHER. The latest film she's worked on is Netflix's "Roxanne Roxanne," the story of Roxanne Shanté—one of hip-hop's first female stars. In this edition of our "How I Made It" segment, Valdés shares how her love for hip-hop and storytelling skills helped her shine a light on a hip-hop icon.||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Scarier, Sexier Drácula||The rise of "talkie" films in the late 1920s was a huge step forward for film, but it made studios panic because they wouldn't be able to sell to foreign audiences anymore. So when it came time for Universal Pictures to shoot their soon-to-be classic 1931 horror feature, "Dracula," they figured the best way to reach a Spanish-speaking audience was to make another version of the same film, but in Spanish. In collaboration with Remezcla, Latino USA uncovers how the Spanish movie ended up so much scarier and sexier than the original. Along the way, we also discover a behind-the-scenes love story.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur Woman in Havana||On April 19, Raul Castro stepped down as Cuban president, handing over power to former vice president Miguel Díaz-Canel. But what does this really mean for Cuba's future and for the future of U.S.-Cuba relations? Ambassador Vicki Huddleston is the author of "Our Woman In Havana: A Diplomat's Chronicle Of America's Long Struggle With Castro's Cuba," and she joins Latino USA's María Hinojosa to talk about her new memoir and to discuss what's next for the U.S. and Cuba.||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Breakdown: Scooby Doo Pa Pa||Today we're introducing a new segment, The Breakdown, in which Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido explains Latino pop culture phenomena to Maria Hinojosa. For our first installment, the strange story of one of the most popular songs in Latin America right now: "Scooby Doo Pa Pa" by DJ Kass. The song has inspired video after video of friends dressing up like Scooby Doo characters and busting a move. Even Pitbull has jumped on the Scooby Doo bandwagon with a remix of the song. We learn about the song's complicated, fun and British backstory.||4/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNavigating the Maze of Higher Education||Latino students are entering college at unprecedented numbers, yet they are also leaving school at higher rates. The number of Latinos between the ages of 18 and 34 who left college without completing their degree has gone up by 35 percent, while the general non-completion rate has only gone up by seven percent in the last decade. One state with a particularly high gap between the Latino and general non-completion rate is Oregon. We hear from two Oregon State University students, Jasmine Meraz and Miguel Paniagua, and learn about the hurdles students face trying to reach graduation.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPortrait Of: Jorge Ramos||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.||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEstrella||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.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Census Controversy, Explained||"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.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mothers Who Hunt for Mass Graves||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.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Mexicans Don't Play Basketball"||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.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I used to enjoy listening to Latino USA on KUT when I lived in Austin. Since I moved away four years ago, I have missed this program and I'm glad to have found it again via podcast. Latino USA is not just for Latinos. It is news from outside the mainstream, that is very professional and well done. I highly recommend it.
Can't get enough
This is by far one of, if not the best news sources that reports for the Latino population nationwide. Not only does it cover currrent issues in Latin America, but it speaks the truth about what is really happening in the U.S. within the Latino population. I love it and am a loyal listener. THANK YOU FOR THIS PODCAST
Latino USA: Required programming for Latinos in the U.S.
Latino USA is required listening for any Latino that lives in the U.S. Its weekly programming includes a recap of political news throughout Latin America, some human interest stories and some relevant cultural tidbits relating to art, music, literature or even sports. The show's host, Maria Hinojosa-- whether she likes it or not--ends up being a gatekeeper of what constitutes news or simply interesting things for Latinos to know. It's a huge responsibility and one she doesn't shy way from. But while this program is almost required for Latinos who need to be aware of issues and news that impacts them directly, Latino USA is not exclusively a show of Latinos for Latinos. Apart from the program being in English, much of the subject matter is ideal for any person living in the U.S. who is interested in knowing about its fastest growing minority or wanting to get a glimpse of the going-ons in America's southern neighbors. Thirty-minutes a week is a small price to pay for outstanding American situational awareness.
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