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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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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."


Married to the Cartel

In 2014, the capture of drug kingpin "El Chapo" made headlines. Instrumental to that capture was two of El Chapo's own men—Junior and Peter Flores—twin brothers originally from Chicago. After a cartel war broke out in Mexico, the brothers decided to become informants to protect their families. Now, their wives, Mia and Olivia, tell all in their new book "Cartel Wives" about what it was like to be married to two of the world's biggest drug dealers.


A Tragedy in Iowa Turned Political

Last July, Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old college student from Iowa, disappeared after going for a run. When her body was found and authorities announced the suspect was in the country illegally, certain media and politicians began to use her death to make a case for stricter immigration laws just weeks from the midterm elections. Latino USA takes a look into Mollie's death and we revisit "the myth of the criminal immigrant."


Portrait Of: Perez Hilton

Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., better known as Perez Hilton, rose to notoriety in the mid-aughts when his bright pink website became the go-to source for celebrity gossip. At a time when we have the first "reality-television president," Perez offers us a glimpse into how he created the site that helped catapult reality stars into household names and why he regrets the bullying tone his site propagated that is prevalent not just online but in our politics today.


The Stolen Child

For decades in Argentina, Delia and her granddaughter Virginia searched for Virginia's brother, Delia's missing grandson. He was one of the hundreds of babies disappeared during the country's military dictatorship back in the 1970's. They're one of many families who suffered trauma and disruption following the regime's fall, as Argentina struggled to face its dark history.


Portrait Of: Comedian Julio Torres

If you've watched Saturday Night Live recently, then you know Julio Torres. His skits are irreverent, often taking the perspective of people and even objects on the margins, with unexpected results. Torres was raised in El Salvador and he's a stand-up comedian and writer for SNL. Host Maria Hinojosa sits down with Torres to discuss his childhood, the trajectory to becoming a stand-up and his unique sense of humor.


The Kid Mero Roasts America, One Trump Joke at a Time

Next year, Showtime will premiere its first-ever late-night talk show, and to host the show, the network tapped two guys from the Bronx: Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. Joel Martinez, aka The Kid Mero, is one of the stars of the comedy duo. Their late-night show career started on Viceland where every night, Mero and Desus Nice delivered smart and hilarious commentary on the day's news, politics and pop culture. However, Martinez didn't take the traditional career path of a comedian. Maria...


It's a Small World, After All

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 1970s.


An Update for You Binge-Listeners!

The Latino USA feed is now going to be longer. Soon - you can access the 50 latest episodes we publish, instead of just the last 30. That's why you may have gotten a bunch of annoying notifications for new episodes on your phone - sorry about that. Happy listening!


How I Made It: The Summer Music Spectacular

Today, we bring you a special podcast with some of our latest "How I Made It" segments: Stories about Latino creators and the work they make. This time, we go behind the scenes into the creative process with some of our favorite musicians. We'll hear from Uruguayan singer and composer Jorge Drexler, the Puerto Rican group Balún and Colombian rock legends Aterciopelados. So sit back, turn up your speaker and enjoy this summer music special.


The Quevedos

Latino USA producer Sayre Quevedo grew up having only met two members of his blood family, his mom and his brother. His father left before he was born and his mother lost touch with her family after leaving home as a teenager. For a long time, Sayre's family history was shrouded in mystery. Until one Mother's Day, when everything changes, and he finds himself on a journey to untangle the story of his long-lost family and the secrets that have haunted them.


Torn Apart 2: The Moral Dilemma of Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez is the CEO of Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit that runs shelters for immigrant minors in the United States. He has been criticized for sheltering kids under Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy and making a profit. Southwest Key has received nearly $1 billion in government contracts, and Sanchez's compensation was nearly $1.5 million last year. The company was criticized even more after reports of sexual misconduct in its shelters. And yet, Sanchez's bio depicts a different...


Torn Apart 1: Sign Here

Under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, thousands of immigrant children have been torn apart from their parents. And when a federal judge ordered the government to reunite all of these families within 60 days, immigration authorities began to scramble. In part one of a two-part episode, Latino USA breaks down the family separation crisis and explores what happens to the hundreds of kids whose parents have been deported and who are still not reunited with their families.


The USA v. Oscar López Rivera

Just a few days before President Obama was to leave office, he granted clemency to a man named Oscar López Rivera. In the 1970s, Oscar was considered by the FBI to be one of the most dangerous revolutionaries in the U.S. He belonged to an armed group called the FALN, which claimed responsibility for more than 70 bombings in American cities and demanded Puerto Rican independence. On today's episode, a story with secret identities and safe houses, an FBI manhunt and even a little bit of...


The Skeleton by the Lake

In November 2011, a man and his son were walking along the shore of Lake Michigan when they spotted a body wedged in the rocks, badly decomposed. At the time, there were very few clues as to who the remains belonged to. The investigation spanned five years and stretched from Wisconsin to Texas to Illinois. It involved multiple agencies and dead ends. But ultimately, it took the skills of a forensic anthropologist from Puerto Rico to get answers—and simultaneously revealed the difficulties of...


The Port of Entry

The wait time for migrants seeking asylum at legal ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border has recently increased from hours to weeks, causing some families to camp out for days. We go to the border to meet some of the people waiting there and explain the asylum process in the United States.


Portrait Of: Miguel

"Too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans," sings Grammy award-winning artist Miguel Pimentel. Miguel is the son of an African-American mother and a Mexican-born father. He's known for his eclectic sound, shaped by his home: Los Angeles. This year, he'll release a deluxe version of his album, "War & Leisure," which will include songs in Spanish. It was inspired by a trip to Zamora, where he met his family in Mexico for the first time. Maria Hinojosa talks to the...


Nicaragua in Crisis

Sandinistas. Protests. Violence. Keeping up with what's happening in Nicaragua over the last few months has not been easy. It's a conflict that has roots in the current social climate of the country but also its fraught political history. Latino USA breaks down the root causes and realities of the conflict in Nicaragua that have been rocking the country since April.


Valley of Contrasts

In most of the country, when someone says they are going to Coachella it means they are going to a music festival. But for many who grew up in the Coachella Valley in California, their experience has nothing to do with music. Coachella is divided into two parts. On the west Side, there are beautiful homes with large front and backyards. On the east side, you find the mobile homes of the mostly immigrant Mexican and Mexican American communities. The differences between the two sides are stark...


Portrait 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...