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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.

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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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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A week before the midterm elections, President Trump announced that he wanted to end birthright citizenship in the United States. To help explain what realistically could happen, we spoke with professor Martha S. Jones of Johns Hopkins University. She's the author of "Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America." Then, Latino USA follows the story of a 2013 court decision in the Dominican Republic that stripped citizenship from the children of Haitian immigrants....


Portrait Of: Raúl Castillo

Until recently, Raúl Castillo was known primarily by those who watched HBO's "Looking," a show about thirty-something gay men in San Francisco, and saw his performance as sensitive barber Richie. Four years after the end of that show, Castillo's everywhere. He has appeared on the Netflix series "Atypical," landed a spot on the Starz show "Vida" and most recently played one of the leads in the breakout film "We the Animals." Maria sits down with Castillo to discuss how he went from a punk...


Shades of Blue

The recent midterm elections highlighted a divide in the Democratic Party between its more centrist incumbents and a rising wave of young, progressive candidates. One of the most consequential races was in California. It featured longtime senator Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de León, who served as the leader of the California State Senate. Feinstein had the money, name recognition and poll numbers. But de León, the son of an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant, hoped to win by positioning...


Dolores Huerta and Her Daughter Talk Gender and Power

This Election Day, a record-breaking number of women are on the ballot, and 2018 has been a year in which women all across the country have been speaking up—in the workplace, in protests on the street, and in confirmation hearings. In partnership with WNYC's "United States of Anxiety" podcast, we sit down for an intimate conversation with a woman who helped pave the way: lifelong civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. Interviewed by her daughter Juana Chávez, Huerta speaks frankly about their...


Portrait Of: Rosalía and the Future of Flamenco

Rosalía combines accents of flamenco with hip-hop and other modern sounds. The Spanish pop singer talks about El Mal Querer and some surprising dark themes that come up in her music.


Memories of My Melancholy Ghost

Lucía Benavides is an Argentine-American journalist who moved from Texas to Barcelona to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent and freelance journalist. A year into her new life, she wasn't getting any stories commissioned and she was also dealing with a breakup. Lucía was sulking around her apartment when she got a text from a friend telling her that she lived in the very apartment Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez had lived in when he first moved to Barcelona 50 years earlier....


A Far-Right Populist Wins in Brazil

Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, elected a new president on Sunday: Jair Bolsonaro. The far-right congressman and former army captain has been called Brazil's Trump. He won with 55 percent of the vote against Fernando Haddad of the leftist Worker's Party, which governed for 13 years until a corruption scandal brought the party down. The scandal and an anti-establishment sentiment helped fuel Bolsonaro's victory. Latino USA talks to Brazilian journalist Adriana Carranca, who...


Portrait Of: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became a national sensation after she won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez, born in the Bronx and of Puerto Rican descent, beat Rep. Joe Crowley, who some have referred to as "one of the most powerful Democrats in the House." Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described socialist, and has made campaign promises some see as radical, such as abolishing ICE and supporting Medicare for All. In this personal interview with Latino USA,...


Kris Kobach Profits, Small Towns Lose

Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas, is known for his controversial views on immigration. Now, he's running for Kansas governor on the Republican ticket. An investigation co-published by ProPublica and the Kansas City Star found that Kobach profited handsomely from his work on anti-immigrant ordinances in four small towns across the country. Latino USA sits down with ProPublica journalist Jessica Huseman to talk about her investigation and Kobach's history of anti-immigrant...


A Family and a 15-Year Sentence

Maria sits down with filmmaker Rudy Valdez to speak about his newest documentary film, "The Sentence," premiering on HBO. When his sister Cindy Shank received a 15-year mandatory sentence for charges related to her ex-boyfriend's crimes, Rudy began documenting the experience. Cindy and Rudy join Maria to talk about the impact of that sentence on her and the family.


Texas vs. Lupe Valdez

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is the Democratic candidate for governor in Texas—and she's on a mission to flip the governor's seat blue for the first time in nearly 30 years. If she does, she will be the first openly gay and Latina governor of Texas. She's also a Democrat with decades in law enforcement, but is it all enough to appeal to voters across all of Texas? And can she get young Latinos, whose vote is key in the state, to turn out for her? We ride along with the sheriff in...


Portrait Of: Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades is a singer, songwriter, actor, lawyer, and politician, born in Panama and a New Yorker since 1974. After four decades in the public eye, 17 Grammy Awards, and some of the best-selling records in salsa history, his unique storytelling across music styles has kept him relevant to this day. He's worked with a wide range of musicians, including Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Sting, Michael Jackson, and Calle 13. He has also kept a presence back home. He ran for...


The 30 Days

Last August, Arsenio De La Rosa had a stroke and doctors gave him only weeks to live. His kids were with him in Arizona, but his wife, Gloria, was an hour south in Mexico. Because she is unable to enter the country, she applied for a temporary permit to come to the U.S. to say goodbye to her husband and be there for her kids in such a tough time. After an initial denial, she ended up getting a 30-day pass. We take a look at those 30 days, a bittersweet reunion after being separated by...


Portrait Of: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was an avid reader, especially as a young child growing up in the Bronx. So it's no surprise that she published two books aimed at younger audiences. The first is a story for young adults titled "The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor." The second is a children's illustrated book called "Turning Pages: My Life Story." Both books are an adaption of her 2013 memoir. Justice Sotomayor joins Maria Hinojosa to discuss why she wrote books for a younger audience...


Warehouse World

The town of Patterson in California's Central Valley has mostly been known as the "Apricot Capital of the World." But today, drive into town and you'll see an expanding cluster of low and flat buildings: warehouses. With the rise of e-commerce across the country, the need for warehouses continues to grow. By 2024, the industry will employ nearly 4.8 million people, and about 40 percent of young people working in warehouses are Latino. Latino USA visits a high school using virtual reality and...


Portrait Of: Fat Joe

Joseph Antonio Cartagena, aka Fat Joe, has had a career as a major figure in hip-hop for over two decades. With radio-friendly hit singles like "What's Luv?" and "Lean Back," the rapper has become one of the most recognized Latino rappers in the music industry. Cartagena has also made his way into acting—most recently, in the new comedy film, "Night School." Maria Hinojosa talks with the rapper/actor in an intimate conversation about growing up in the Bronx, fatherhood and his new career.


The Immigrant Woman Who Confronted Senator Flake

A conversation with Ana María Archila, one of the women who shared their story of sexual abuse with Republican Senator Jeff Flake while he was in an elevator, right after he announced that he would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As it turns out, the Colombian-born activist had been preparing for that confrontation for a very long time, from her early days working with immigrants in New York City's Staten Island to studying the strategy known as "bird-dogging."


Who Was Tío Alejandro?

Growing up, Jesse Alejandro Cottrell never knew exactly how his uncle and middle namesake, Alejandro Mendoza, died, but he did know that the Guatemalan government murdered Alejandro. The story went that in the 1970s, Alejandro was involved with the leftist guerrilla rebels fighting the country's oppressive authoritarian regime, a regime that eventually killed him for his activism. But a couple years ago on a visit to Guatemala, Jesse heard another story of how his uncle died that challenged...


Portrait Of: Bobby Sanabria

Growing up as a Nuyorican kid in the Bronx, Bobby Sanabria first watched "West Side Story" in the movie theaters, on the 10th anniversary of the film's release. "I was mesmerized," said the Latin Jazz drummer and composer. Last year, "West Side Story" celebrated its 60th anniversary and to honor this milestone, Sanabria re-envisioned what Latino New York City actually sounds like. The result was his album, "West Side Story Reimagined." Maria Hinojosa talks to the drummer and composer about...


The Breakdown: A Tale of Two Musicals

Ten years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda's explosive musical "In the Heights" changed the game for how Latino stories are portrayed on Broadway. It won the Tony that year for Best Musical, and started Miranda on an impressive career path culminating with Hamilton. But how did we get here? Latino USA hits Broadway and takes a look at the portrayal of Latinos on stage throughout history, including the other seminal musical in Latino history, "West Side Story."