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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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New York, NY

Networks:

NPR

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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.

Twitter:

@latinousa

Language:

English

Contact:

361 West 125th Street Fourth Floor New York, NY 10027 646-571-1220


Episodes

#1750 - The Politics of Being White

12/8/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:54:08


#1749 - ...The Tough Get Going

12/1/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:49:50


#1748 - The Tech Industry's Leaky Pipeline

11/24/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:53:35


#1747 - It's a Small World, After All

11/17/2017
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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....

Duration: 00:56:30


#1746 - The Scars of War

11/10/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:51:16


#1745 - It Happened in L.A.

11/3/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:51:18


#1744 - Cultural Appropriation... It's Not Just a White Thing

10/27/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:51:59


#1743 - Surviving the Storm

10/20/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:51:40


#1742 - Latino Heroes of Rock & Roll

10/13/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:52:04


#1741 - A Border Drawn In Blood

10/6/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:51:44


BONUS: Puerto Rico After the Storm

10/6/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:20:12


#1740 - The Latino GDP

9/29/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:51:26


#1739 - Southern Roadtrip (Part 2)

9/22/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:52:27


#1738 - Southern Roadtrip (Part 1)

9/15/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:52:28


BONUS: Bodega

9/14/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:56:42


SPECIAL EPISODE: Dismantling DACA

9/8/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:45:16


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

9/1/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:51:08


#1735 - Whose Country 'Tis of Thee?

8/25/2017
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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?

Duration: 00:52:31


#1733 - Inside MS-13

8/11/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:52:48


#1732 - Detained

8/4/2017
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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 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...

Duration: 00:52:18

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