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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.
A Conversation With Pete Buttigieg

28:36 | Jul 26th

Just a year ago, not many people outside of South Bend, Indiana would have recognized the name: Pete Buttigieg. Known as "Mayor Pete," Buttigieg is in a wide-open primary race for the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump. Since throwing...Show More
How One Native Language Survived Extinction

36:17 | Jul 23rd

There are an estimated 7,000 distinct languages in the world—but researchers say nearly half are in danger of extinction, and on average, one language dies about every two weeks. In Hawaii, the practice of speaking the Hawaiian language from birth ne...Show More
Of Bloodlines And Conquistadors

35:02 | Jul 19th

"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 ...Show More
Could Synthetic Biology Stop Global Warming?

17:14 | Jul 16th

It's a fact: Latinos are concerned about climate change—actually more than non-Latinos. Producer (and guest host) Antonia Cereijido is no exception and her anxiety led her to the work of Héctor García Martín, a scientist at the Joint BioEnergy Instit...Show More
How I Made It: King of The Bongo Makers and Ambar Lucid

23:00 | Jul 12th

In this episode, we're sharing two segments from our "How I Made It" series, which dives into the stories behind creative processes. Today, two music stories, separated by two generations. We hear how a mambo-obsessed Jewish kid from the Bronx ended ...Show More
Willie Perdomo Comes Home

17:54 | Jul 9th

In the early 1990s, Willie Perdomo was a teenager growing up in East Harlem. He saw and experienced firsthand a tumultuous moment in New York City, including the crack epidemic and the consequences of the war on drugs. In his newest book of poetry, "...Show More
Portrait Of: Luna Lauren Vélez

28:48 | Jul 5th

For the past 25 years, Luna Lauren Vélez has been portraying powerful Latinas in front of the camera. From a young Nuyorican mother in the 1994 cult classic "I Like It Like That" to a Cuban police captain in the hit show "Dexter," the actress has bee...Show More
Portrait Of: Cypress Hill's Sen Dog

24:53 | Jul 2nd

Senen Reyes, also known as Sen Dog, is one of the founding members of the pioneering rap group Cypress Hill. Their music differs from other West Coast hip-hop from the 80s and 90s—Cypress Hill was less concerned with gang life and focused more on mar...Show More
Portrait Of: 80s Ball Subculture In FX's 'Pose'

26:34 | Jun 28th

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. The hit series "Pose" on FX is now telling the stories of that scene – a subculture of LGBTQ people of color...Show More
Seeking Asylum, Seeking To Stay Together

22:27 | Jun 25th

Mauricio Pérez and his boyfriend Jorge Alberto Alfaro González met on Facebook in El Salvador during the summer of 2015. After Mauricio's sister was killed by members of a gang and Jorge's young cousins were killed by a rival group, both of them beca...Show More
Comedian Arturo Castro Finds Humor In This Political Moment

27:07 | Jun 21st

Arturo Castro is a Guatemalan actor and writer best known for playing "Jaime" on Comedy Central's "Broad City" and cartel leader David Rodriguez on Netflix's "Narcos." Now, after a decade in the business, Castro is taking the lead and starring in his...Show More
City Of Oil

32:12 | Jun 19th

Los Angeles, you might be surprised to learn, sits on top of the largest urban oil field in the country and has been the site of oil extraction for almost 150 years. Today, nearly 5,000 oil wells remain active in Los Angeles County alone, many operat...Show More
A Conversation With Cory Booker

28:44 | Jun 14th

Latino USA continues its coverage of the field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination with a conversation with Senator Cory Booker. Booker has come a long way since 1995 when, while attending law school at Yale, he moved to Newark to help t...Show More
Laura's Mission

22:12 | Jun 11th

27-year-old Laura Molinar was in medical school in Chicago, when she was flooded with news about the family separation crisis. Born and raised in San Antonio, Molinar felt moved to action—so she started Sueños Sin Fronteras, an organization to bring ...Show More
Portrait Of: Sandra Cisneros LIVE in Chicago

30:52 | Jun 7th

Sandra Cisneros doesn't need an introduction. Her coming-of-age novel, "The House on Mango Street," has sold over six million copies and has turned the Chicago native into a household name. Earlier this year, the Mexican-American author joined Maria ...Show More
A Conversation with Jeh Johnson

33:21 | Jun 4th

Since the beginning of the Trump administration, the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration policy have been front and center in public conversation. However, while the increased attention may seem new, a humanitarian crisis at the border is nothing new....Show More
A Child Lost in Translation

36:59 | May 31st

Huntsville, Alabama has a small, but growing Latino population. It's where Teresa Matias, a single working immigrant mother from Guatemala, lived with five sons. In 2015, Teresa joined a local Catholic church and baptized her sons, and found them god...Show More
Portrait Of: Elizabeth Acevedo

26:58 | May 28th

Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican-American poet and award-winning author. Her debut young adult novel "The Poet X" made the New York Times bestseller list in 2018. This May, Acevedo released her second novel "With the Fire on High," which tells the st...Show More
It's My Podcast and I'll Cry If I Want To

39:21 | May 24th

Five years ago, Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido was only an intern and still in college when she did what a lot of people do when they're not sure what their life will look like after graduation: she cried in the bathroom. After wiping her eyes...Show More
All the World's a Coachella Stage

34:12 | May 17th

Early this year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced their 2019 lineup, boasting over 10 Latino acts—including Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Los Tucanes de Tijuana performing on the festival's main stage. Coachella is one of the largest ...Show More
American Flavor

19:24 | May 14th

Did you know that Marvin Gaye's classic song "Got to Give it Up" is influenced by the cha-cha-chá? And that the cha-cha-chá has been a part of U.S mainstream music for decades? Latino contributions to American pop music are present everywhere from sa...Show More
If They Kill Me

29:51 | May 10th

On May 3, 2017, a young woman was found dead on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Soon after the Mexico City Attorney General's office sent out a series of tweets—that would be picked up by the Mexican media—that characteriz...Show More
A Texas Nun's Fight for Immigrants

18:09 | May 7th

There's a nun in Texas that is known for being one of the nation's strongest champions for immigrants: Sister Norma Pimentel. Sister Norma is currently the executive director of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, but growing up, she wan...Show More
Spain's Pact to Forget

25:25 | May 3rd

Filmed over six years, "The Silence of Others" reveals how survivors and their families have struggled to cope in the aftermath of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco. The film, executive produced by Pedro Almodóvar, follows the victims...Show More
And They Will Inherit It

40:46 | May 1st

Almost 70 years ago, a group of majority Mexican-American miners in New Mexico readied themselves for a showdown with their bosses. The miners were going on strike to demand an end to discriminatory practices at the mines. The events inspired the 195...Show More
The Skeleton by the Lake

22:45 | Apr 26th

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 fiv...Show More
Portrait Of: Danny Trejo

21:37 | Apr 23rd

Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa sits down with actor and entrepreneur Danny Trejo. Trejo has starred in over 300 films, often playing villains and tough guys of all sorts. He now runs Trejo's Tacos, Trejo's Cantina, and Trejo's Donuts in Los Angeles. ...Show More
How I Made It: Grupo Fantasma Takes On the Wall

13:23 | Apr 19th

When Austin's cumbia-funk institution Grupo Fantasma went to record their seventh album at a studio in Tornillo, Texas, they had no idea that right next door was a tent city for detained immigrant youth operated by ICE. When they found out, they dec...Show More
The Breakdown: Battle Over MEChA

28:51 | Apr 16th

A few weeks ago, student organization MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán) voted to change their name after 50 years—and that decision was met with a lot of commentary, especially on social media. Those in favor of the name change, argue ...Show More
Arturo O'Farrill's 'Fandango at the Wall' Transcends Borders

20:38 | Apr 12th

Celebrated jazz musician Arturo O'Farrill has dedicated his life to envisioning a future of inclusion and collaboration. His newest project, "Fandango at the Wall," was inspired by a festival he participated in on the U.S.-Mexico border. In the album...Show More
Being Asian and Latino

25:18 | Apr 9th

In the U.S., the two fastest-growing ethnic groups are Asian and Latino—and those groups are not mutually exclusive. For centuries, immigrants from Asia have settled in Mexico all the way down to Argentina, and their descendants carry both Asian and ...Show More
How I Made It: Miguel and Flor De Toloache's Mireya Ramos on 'Te Lo Dije'

13:59 | Apr 5th

Grammy Award-winning singer Miguel and Mireya of the Latin Grammy-winning all-women mariachi group Flor de Toloache have released a song that fuses bachata, mariachi and R&B. But most importantly, the song represents Miguel and Mireya continuing thei...Show More
What Happened to Edward?

29:33 | Apr 2nd

Last year, a 65-year-old grandfather was attacked and fell onto the New York City subway tracks—which eventually led to his death. He was punched from behind by a young man with schizophrenia who shouted that he was the devil. This isn't the first ti...Show More
How I Made It: From Foster Kid to Judge

14:49 | Mar 29th

When she was nine years old, Xiomara Torres fled the civil war in her home country of El Salvador and came to the U.S. As a child she adjusted to her new life in East Los Angeles before she was removed from her family and put into foster care—where s...Show More
Latino Heroes of Rock & Roll

51:00 | Mar 27th

When we talk about what made rock & roll as we know it, the most common description is: a mixture of R&B, a predominantly black genre, and country, a predominantly white genre. But the sound is not as black and white as many think. In this episode, L...Show More
The Underground Hair Market

27:15 | Mar 22nd

Venezuela has been known for its oil wealth and also, for its obsession with beauty pageants. In the history of the Miss Universe pageant, Venezuela has won seven crowns, the second-highest number of crowns. However, as the growing economic and poli...Show More
Cherríe Moraga's New Memoir 'Native Country of the Heart'

21:14 | Mar 20th

Since the 1980s, Cherríe Moraga has been a queer feminist Chicana icon, alongside thinkers like Audre Lorde and Gloria Anzaldúa. Her newest work is a memoir: "Native Country Of The Heart." It centers on her close relationship with her mother who died...Show More
Stranded in Tijuana

28:19 | Mar 15th

At the only shelter for unaccompanied minors in Tijuana, Mexico, teens watch Pokemon and blast Bad Bunny songs. Most of these teens are from Central America, thousands of miles from their families, and waiting for months to apply for asylum in the U....Show More
24 Hours at the Border

28:09 | Mar 12th

Over the past two months, President Donald Trump has been demanding funds from Congress to build his proposed border wall—which led to the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history. As Congress and the White House continue to clash over fun...Show More
Buried Abuse

37:20 | Mar 8th

There's a long and extensive pattern of sexual abuse and harassment in immigration detention facilities, even though the Prison Rape Elimination Act was introduced in DHS facilities in 2014. Over a ten-month period, Latino USA partnered with Rewire.N...Show More
Portrait Of: Boxer Patricio Manuel

19:54 | Mar 5th

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Patricio Manuel is the first openly transgender boxer to ever fight professionally in the U.S. Despite the name, Patricio is not latino, he identifies as black, but he was raised in the Mexican-dominated boxing gyms of...Show More
You Are Cordially Invited to Hailey's Quinceañera

49:50 | Mar 1st

We follow the journey of one quinceañera, Hailey Alexis, from Whittier, California—as she plans for the big day. From searching for the perfect dress, to last-minute dance rehearsals during her party. We talk with family friends who are debating whet...Show More
How I Made It: Making Movies

11:07 | Feb 26th

Making Movies is a band based out of Kansas City, Missouri. The group has two sets of brothers, lead singer and guitarist Enrique and bassist Diego Chi, and Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand on percussion and drums. Their second album, "I Am Another Yo...Show More
What Latinx Film Critics Have to Say

23:18 | Feb 22nd

Four Latinx film critics: Claudia Puig, Vanessa Erazo, Monica Castillo, and Manuel Betancourt sat down with Latino USA to talk about what it means to be a film critic, what they see their role should be as Hollywood aims to embrace more diversity, an...Show More
Hollywood's Obsession With Mexico

21:48 | Feb 20th

The film "Roma" has been groundbreaking in many ways—it's one of the rare foreign language films to be nominated for Best Picture and its star Yalitza Aparicio is the first indigenous, Latina woman to be nominated for Best Actress. But Roma, which wa...Show More
From Venezuela With Love

21:10 | Feb 15th

In recent weeks, Venezuela has been in the spotlight as two men, Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó, assert their claims to the presidency amidst political and economic crisis. Many are watching the situation with growing anxiety, including a Venezuelan...Show More
A Conversation with Presidential Candidate Julián Castro

25:52 | Feb 13th

Latino USA kicks off our coverage of the 2020 presidential elections with a conversation with Julián Castro, one of the first to declare candidacy. The Texas Democrat was the former mayor of San Antonio, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Developm...Show More
Love & Walkouts

33:38 | Feb 11th

It's almost Valentine's Day, and we couldn't help ourselves. Latino USA is bringing you a love story of student activism. We're taking you back to 1968, when thousands of students participated in a series of protests that helped spark the Chicano Mov...Show More
Portrait Of: Ranchera Royalty Ángela Aguilar

24:47 | Feb 8th

If there is a Ranchera Royal family, that is the Aguilar family. And Ángela Aguilar is the youngest heir. Her father, Pepe Aguilar, has sold over 12 million albums worldwide and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And her grandfather, Antonio A...Show More
The NAFTA Diet

24:58 | Feb 5th

In 1991, there was only one Walmart in Mexico, but by 2012, Walmart was Mexico's largest retailer with 2,000 locations. This week, Latino USA looks into how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) impacted public health in Mexico. Maria Hinoj...Show More
Portrait Of: Gina Rodriguez

27:11 | Feb 1st

Maria Hinojosa sits down with Gina Rodriguez, star of the CW show "Jane the Virgin"—which is airing its final season this spring. The actress and director has been exploring new projects too; her action film "Miss Bala" just dropped. Set in Tijuana, ...Show More
How I Made It: Alaska

13:44 | Jan 29th

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 post-dictatorsh...Show More
Portrait Of: Sylvia Acevedo

14:56 | Jan 25th

Maria Hinojosa sits down with the CEO of the Girl Scouts, Sylvia Acevedo, who is also an American engineer, businesswoman, and executive. She discusses what it was like to be a pioneering Latina engineer in the male-dominated world of NASA, and how s...Show More
The Battle Over Chavez Ravine

20:48 | Jan 22nd

Vicente Montalvo's grandparents grew up and fell in love in Palo Verde, one of the neighborhoods that make up a community known as Chavez Ravine. In the early 1950s, the city decided that Chavez Ravine was the perfect site to build public housing. So...Show More
I'm Not Dead

35:15 | Jan 18th

In the early 70s, Miguel Angel Villavicencio was focused on making his most ambitious dream possible: to become a famous singer in Bolivia and across the world. And he was halfway there—his love songs were on the radio and he was appearing on TV. But...Show More
Portrait Of: 'Taina' and the Love of Nostalgia TV

21:16 | Jan 15th

In 2001, Nickelodeon started airing "Taina," a show about a Latina teen who attends a performing arts high school in NYC and daydreams of being a star. While the show only lasted two seasons, "Taina" is seared into the memories of many who grew up wa...Show More
Portrait Of: Rapper Immortal Technique

24:45 | Jan 11th

Felipe Coronel, aka Immortal Technique, is a legendary underground hip-hop artist known for his skills on the mic and his raw, highly political lyrics. The Peruvian-American rapper became well-known for his first album in 2001, "Revolutionary Vol. 1....Show More
Portrait Of: The Latinas of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

26:03 | Jan 8th

Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz play Amy Santiago and Rosa Diaz, two Latina detectives in the diverse comedy series 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.' The show premiered on Fox in 2013 and was canceled in 2017. But after fans expressed their anger, NBC took ...Show More
All They Will Call You Will Be Deportees

35:10 | Jan 4th

After a fiery plane crash in 1948, all 32 people onboard died—but they weren't all treated the same after death. Twenty-eight of the passengers were migrant workers from Mexico and they were buried in a mass grave. The other four were Americans and h...Show More
Two-Step Into the New Year

53:53 | Dec 28th, 2018

Happy 2019! If you're a long-time listener, you might know we have a tradition of doing a special show around New Year's, full of our favorite music stories of the year. Today, a selection of music pieces, including several that have not been previou...Show More
Bonus: Traces of Alicia

15:14 | Dec 21st, 2018

A couple of months ago, we shared the story of Latino USA producer Sayre Quevedo as he searched for his lost family in an episode titled 'The Quevedos,' which was nominated for Best Audio Documentary at the 2018 IDA Awards. Today, we bring you a mome...Show More

43:46 | Dec 18th, 2018

In this special holiday rebroadcast episode, Latino USA explores the special bond between Latinos and their grandparents. We talk to TV's most famous Latina grandma Ivonne Coll, the abuela on "Glee," "Jane the Virgin" and "Switched at Birth." We hear...Show More
The Return

37:28 | Dec 14th, 2018

Javier Zamora was nine years old when he made the journey from El Salvador to the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, nearly 20 years later, he has to return to the country where he was born, to apply for a visa to that will allow him to continue to live in the...Show More
Portrait Of: Alfonso Cuarón's Roma

26:30 | Dec 11th, 2018

Roma is Alfonso Cuarón's most personal film to date. Inspired by his own childhood growing up in Mexico City, the two central characters in the film are women: Cleo, an indigenous domestic worker and Margarita, Cleo's employer and a middle-class sing...Show More
Reporter's Notebook: Embedded With the Caravan

17:31 | Dec 7th, 2018

Over the last few weeks, thousands of migrants from Central America have arrived at U.S. ports of entry without proper shelter or food. Things have become increasingly tense, both with the migrants' Mexican hosts and U.S. authorities. Latino USA spea...Show More
The Rehab Empire Built on Cakes

34:51 | Dec 5th, 2018

It's a common sight in Puerto Rico: men in bright yellow t-shirts going door-to door and selling cakes. They're residents at Hogar CREA, Puerto Rico's biggest drug treatment program. Since CREA's founding in 1968, they've grown to a sprawling network...Show More
In the Hands of the State

30:08 | Nov 30th, 2018

In the United States today, there are about 437,000 children separated from their parents and living in the foster care system. More than half of them are kids of color. The reasons children end up in the child welfare system are widely misunderstood...Show More
Stories From 'The Moth'

27:04 | Nov 27th, 2018

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes by everyday people. Latino USA is now partnering with The Moth to feature some of their best Latino Storytellers on our show. This week, we hear from st...Show More
How I Made It: ÌFÉ

11:47 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Otura Mun has been a central figure in the Puerto Rican independent music scene for over two decades, working as a producer and songwriter for some of the most important underground artists on the island. But, Mun didn't start out in Puerto Rico. He ...Show More
By Right of Discovery

50:58 | Nov 21st, 2018

On Thanksgiving Day, hundreds of people gather on Alcatraz Island, the famous former prison and one of the largest tourist attractions in San Francisco, for a sunrise ceremony to honor Indigenous culture and history. Almost 50 years ago, an intertrib...Show More

37:58 | Nov 16th, 2018

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. Sh...Show More
Portrait Of: Raúl Castillo

18:46 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 ever...Show More
Shades of Blue

28:46 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 Dia...Show More
Shades of Blue

28:23 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 Dia...Show More
Dolores Huerta and Her Daughter Talk Gender and Power

26:42 | Nov 6th, 2018

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 wit...Show More
Portrait Of: Rosalía and the Future of Flamenco

17:36 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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

19:25 | Oct 31st, 2018

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 deali...Show More
A Far-Right Populist Wins in Brazil

19:18 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 lefti...Show More
Portrait Of: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

26:46 | Oct 26th, 2018

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 "on...Show More
Kris Kobach Profits, Small Towns Lose

14:48 | Oct 25th, 2018

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...Show More
A Family and a 15-Year Sentence

24:01 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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 d...Show More
Texas vs. Lupe Valdez

29:16 | Oct 19th, 2018

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 governo...Show More
Portrait Of: Rubén Blades

36:13 | Oct 16th, 2018

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 ac...Show More
The 30 Days

37:35 | Oct 12th, 2018

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...Show More
Portrait Of: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

20:15 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 Worl...Show More
Warehouse World

30:48 | Oct 5th, 2018

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...Show More
Portrait Of: Fat Joe

24:45 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 musi...Show More
The Immigrant Woman Who Confronted Senator Flake

21:39 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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...Show More
Who Was Tío Alejandro?

21:54 | Sep 28th, 2018

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 l...Show More
Portrait Of: Bobby Sanabria

20:05 | Sep 25th, 2018

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...Show More
The Breakdown: A Tale of Two Musicals

32:00 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 Ha...Show More
Married to the Cartel

22:37 | Sep 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More
A Tragedy in Iowa Turned Political

20:50 | Sep 14th, 2018

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 t...Show More
Portrait Of: Perez Hilton

22:53 | Sep 11th, 2018

Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., better known as Perez Hilton, rose to notoriety in the mid-aughts when his bright pink website perezhilton.com became the go-to source for celebrity gossip. At a time when we have the first "reality-television president,...Show More
The Stolen Child

33:24 | Sep 7th, 2018

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 m...Show More
Portrait Of: Comedian Julio Torres

20:41 | Sep 4th, 2018

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-u...Show More
The Kid Mero Roasts America, One Trump Joke at a Time

19:53 | Aug 31st, 2018

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-n...Show More
It's a Small World, After All

30:27 | Aug 28th, 2018

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 fro...Show More
An Update for You Binge-Listeners!

01:07 | Aug 24th, 2018

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. H...Show More
How I Made It: The Summer Music Spectacular

24:17 | Aug 23rd, 2018

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...Show More
The Quevedos

43:48 | Aug 21st, 2018

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'...Show More
Torn Apart 2: The Moral Dilemma of Juan Sanchez

35:46 | Aug 17th, 2018

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 recei...Show More
Torn Apart 1: Sign Here

21:38 | Aug 14th, 2018

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 authoritie...Show More
The USA v. Oscar López Rivera

52:27 | Aug 10th, 2018

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...Show More
The Skeleton by the Lake

25:11 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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...Show More
The Port of Entry

26:11 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 ex...Show More
Portrait Of: Miguel

21:49 | Jul 27th, 2018

"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 Ange...Show More
Nicaragua in Crisis

29:07 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Valley of Contrasts

51:22 | Jul 20th, 2018

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 int...Show More
Portrait Of: 80s Ball Subculture in FX's 'Pose'

26:34 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 creatin...Show More
With You, Peru

32:01 | Jul 13th, 2018

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, f...Show More
Portrait Of: Tanya Saracho Gives Us 'Vida'

24:12 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 s...Show More
The Breakdown: Frida Barbie

34:59 | Jul 6th, 2018

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 g...Show More
Mexico's New, Leftist President

17:45 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 elect...Show More
Puerto Rico's Financial Storm, Part Two

22:46 | Jun 29th, 2018

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 ou...Show More
Puerto Rico's Financial Storm, Part One

29:52 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Junot & Me (Too)

25:59 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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...Show More
'#FreeAle': The Internet's Favorite Immigrant Activist

33:04 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 immi...Show More
The Remarkable Rebirth of Medellín

38:14 | Jun 15th, 2018

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 ho...Show More
How I Made It: The Man Behind the 'Gooooooooool!'

12:19 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 e...Show More
Dos a Cero: A Mexico-USA Rivalry Is Born

30:20 | Jun 11th, 2018

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...Show More
Portrait Of: Luis Alberto Urrea, Mexican-American Chronicler

23:01 | Jun 8th, 2018

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 7...Show More
The San Antonio 4

29:04 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Unaccompanied and Unaccounted For

25:11 | May 31st, 2018

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 guardian...Show More
How I Made It: Alaska, on an LGBTQ Anthem en Español

12:13 | May 29th, 2018

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-dictato...Show More
The Diary of an 'Undesirable'

29:44 | May 25th, 2018

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...Show More
Portrait Of: 'The Latinos Of Asia'

19:30 | May 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Of Bloodlines and Conquistadors

34:56 | May 18th, 2018

"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 ...Show More
Spanish as a First Language

25:15 | May 11th, 2018

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 ...Show More
How I Made It: Mimi Valdés on 'Roxanne Roxanne'

12:56 | May 8th, 2018

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 star...Show More
A Scarier, Sexier Drácula

22:03 | May 4th, 2018

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...Show More
Our Woman in Havana

14:28 | May 1st, 2018

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 au...Show More
The Breakdown: Scooby Doo Pa Pa

16:21 | Apr 28th, 2018

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 Ameri...Show More
Navigating the Maze of Higher Education

26:16 | Apr 27th, 2018

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...Show More
Portrait Of: Jorge Ramos

18:07 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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 tha...Show More

31:11 | Apr 20th, 2018

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...Show More
The Census Controversy, Explained

20:34 | Apr 16th, 2018

"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...Show More
The Mothers Who Hunt for Mass Graves

30:28 | Apr 13th, 2018

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 ...Show More
"Mexicans Don't Play Basketball"

18:54 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 o...Show More
Portrait Of: Junot Díaz

18:51 | Apr 6th, 2018

Recently, Dominican-American author Junot Díaz surprised some of his readers when he announced that he would be publishing a new work, a children's book titled Islandborn. Díaz is the Pulitzer-winning author of books such as The Brief and Wondrous Li...Show More
How I Made It: Yesika Salgado's Love Poem to Los Angeles

09:13 | Apr 4th, 2018

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet. Her newest book of poetry, Corazón, is an intimate look at her childhood, her parent's home country of El Salvador, and personal experiences of love and loss as a self-described "fat brown woman"...Show More
Portrait Of: Leafar Seyer, Cholo Goth

20:37 | Apr 2nd, 2018

"Cholo Goth" is a term coined by Leafar Seyer as a way to identify himself as a person living in multiple worlds. Born Rafael Reyes, he rose to fame with the electronic band Prayers in 2013. The band's dark visual aesthetic and often brutal lyrics ar...Show More
Foreigner at Birth

27:43 | Mar 30th, 2018

On the campaign trail, President Trump said that he wanted to revoke birthright citizenship for so-called "anchor babies," aka the children of undocumented immigrants. Today, Latino USA looks at the story of a country where that actually happened: th...Show More
Portrait Of: Luis Fonsi

19:02 | Mar 27th, 2018

While the world may know Luis Fonsi for his massive single, "Despacito," the Puerto Rican singer has had a thriving 20-year career in the Latin music industry. From his first album in 1998, Comenzaré, to his latest release, "Échame La Culpa," featuri...Show More
The Incident

38:22 | Mar 23rd, 2018

A violent crime and a teenager from New York. What kind of punishment should a young person get for committing a horrible act? That's the question we try to answer today with a story from "Caught," a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the lives of k...Show More
How Peruvian Psychedelic Cumbia Made Its Way to L.A.

12:20 | Mar 20th, 2018

The '60s and '70s are known as a golden age of music in the United States: the age of rock, funk and salsa. But more than 3,000 miles down south in Peru, there was another golden age brewing, a style of Peruvian cumbia called "chicha." Over the past ...Show More
Livin' Lagordiloca

34:18 | Mar 16th, 2018

Priscilla Villarreal, who calls herself "Lagordiloca," has become a highly controversial social media sensation in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Each night, Lagordiloca drives through the streets of Laredo chasing and live-streaming violent crime...Show More
Pump Up the Jam: L.A.'s Backyard Party Scene

21:45 | Mar 13th, 2018

Latino USA sits down with Guadalupe Rosales of Veteranas and Rucas and Map Pointz, two archival projects focused on the backyard party scene of 80's and 90's Los Angeles that celebrate big hair, house music and endless nights. Rosales is joined by Ed...Show More
They See Me Rollin'

22:17 | Mar 9th, 2018

On January 15, Jorge Garcia was deported to Mexico after living in the United States for 30 years. The news of Garcia's deportation made headlines not only locally, but nationally—and it caught the eye of one unexpected character: Chamillionaire. The...Show More

42:07 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Rodeo—the Spanish word for "rounding up"—is a multi-million dollar sport in the U.S., but it's rooted in the riding, roping, and cattle ranching skills brought by Mexican cowboys to the Southwest hundreds of years ago. Today, most of the top professi...Show More
Portrait Of: Valeria Luiselli (Live at the 92Y)

27:04 | Feb 27th, 2018

Valeria Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican writer and novelist who lives in New York City. Her most recent book, "Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions," chronicles her experience as a translator for Central American unaccompanied minors, r...Show More
Marie From Missouri

31:29 | Feb 23rd, 2018

With the deadline for DACA to expire approaching, we visit the story of a woman who was part of the first wave of Dreamer activists. Marie Gonzalez-Deel and her family were outed as undocumented in 2001. That's when she reluctantly became an activist...Show More
Afro-Latinidad: Who Gets to Claim It?

22:30 | Feb 20th, 2018

February is Black History Month, and part of that history includes the contributions and experiences of Latinos of African descent—who have and are currently navigating what it means to be both Black and Latino in the U.S. So to mark that, we revisit...Show More
All They Will Call You Will Be Deportees

35:05 | Feb 16th, 2018

After a fiery plane crash in 1948, all 32 people on-board died—but they weren't all treated the same same after death. Twenty-eight of the passengers were migrant Mexican workers and were buried in a mass grave. The other four were Americans and had ...Show More
Oscars Special: 'Coco' and 'A Fantastic Woman'

21:31 | Feb 14th, 2018

The 2018 Oscars are upon us! Latino USA looks to film nominees that embrace and explore the lives of Latinos and Latin Americans. First, we hear from the lead actress and the director of Chilean film "Una Mujer Fantástica" ("A Fantastic Woman")—prais...Show More
It's My Podcast and I'll Cry If I Want To

44:20 | Feb 9th, 2018

Four years ago, Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido was only an intern and still in college when she did what a lot of people do when they're not sure what their life will look like after graduation: she cried in the bathroom. After wiping her eyes...Show More
Portrait Of: Justina Machado

20:49 | Feb 6th, 2018

Season Two of Netflix's hit series One Day at a Time premiered recently in late January. Actor Justina Machado, known for her role in the HBO series Six Feet Under, is the star of the show and plays single mother Penelope Alvarez, a retired army vete...Show More
The Hole

29:20 | Feb 2nd, 2018

The opioid epidemic continues to claim thousands of lives all over the country, and drugs have now become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. But long before the issue gained national attention, Latino communities in the Bronx had alre...Show More
Our Year of Despacito

19:15 | Jan 29th, 2018

There's no doubt that "Despacito" dominated the summer of 2017, or better yet—all of 2017. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for three Grammys including Song of the Year, the first Spanish-language song to be recognized in the ...Show More
Who Started the Nipomo Fire?

24:40 | Jan 26th, 2018

In April 2016, an arsonist torched a home that strawberry growers were building near Santa Maria, California. The fire followed weeks of protests from neighbors when they found out it would be filled with workers who were part of the H-2A agricultura...Show More
The Ballad of Cherán

27:08 | Jan 19th, 2018

The small town of Cherán in Michoacán, Mexico, sits amidst pine trees, and most of its residents make money off of the resin they tap. But when drug cartels turned their attention to Cherán's pine trees and began illegally logging them to make a quic...Show More
The Rise and Fall of a Latin King

32:56 | Jan 12th, 2018

The Latin Kings have often been called one of the most violent street gangs in the U.S. But what many people don't know is that for a period of time in the late 1990's, one man transformed the gang into something else, or at least tried. That man was...Show More
Portrait Of Eddie Palmieri

20:59 | Jan 9th, 2018

Maria Hinojosa sits down the Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri. At 81, Palmieri is considered one the major forces behind the Latin jazz boom that hit New York City in the 1970s. His latest album is titled Sabiduría, which means wisdom. He imparts som...Show More
The Death Count

34:01 | Jan 5th, 2018

Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, but the official death count is still very low—suspiciously low, to some. Latino USA visits Puerto Rico to investigate the death count and to find out why the local government may have miscounted the dea...Show More
New Year, New Us

02:18 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Announcing some exciting changes for the Latino USA podcast! Plus, a preview of upcoming stories.
#1801 - Let's Get Funky: A New Year's Mixtape

51:36 | Dec 29th, 2017

Latino USA continues the tradition of ringing in the new year with the stories behind some of our favorite music. The winner of best new artist at the Latin Grammy's this year, Vicente Garcia, breaks down his song "Dulcito e Coco." Gabriel Garzón-Mon...Show More
#1752 - You Are Cordially Invited to Hailey's Quinceañera

53:26 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Latino USA takes a deep dive into one of the most iconic Latino 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 v...Show More
#1751 - Being Apart

52:13 | Dec 15th, 2017

The holidays are a time when families come together—but not everybody has the fortune to be close to their families. Actress Diane Guerrero speaks about living through the trauma of her parents being deported when she was a teenager, and dealing with...Show More
#1750 - The Politics of Being White

53:51 | Dec 8th, 2017

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 her...Show More
#1749 - ...The Tough Get Going

49:32 | Dec 1st, 2017

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 ...Show More
#1748 - The Tech Industry's Leaky Pipeline

53:18 | Nov 24th, 2017

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 middl...Show More
#1747 - It's a Small World, After All

56:15 | Nov 17th, 2017

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...Show More
#1746 - The Scars of War

50:58 | Nov 10th, 2017

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...Show More
#1745 - It Happened in L.A.

51:02 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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

51:42 | Oct 27th, 2017

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...Show More
#1743 - Surviving the Storm

51:26 | Oct 20th, 2017

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 ...Show More
#1742 - Latino Heroes of Rock & Roll

51:47 | Oct 13th, 2017

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...Show More
#1741 - A Border Drawn In Blood

51:29 | Oct 6th, 2017

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 th...Show More
BONUS: Puerto Rico After the Storm

19:54 | Oct 6th, 2017

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 w...Show More
#1740 - The Latino GDP

51:07 | Sep 29th, 2017

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...Show More
#1739 - Southern Roadtrip (Part 2)

52:10 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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...Show More
#1738 - Southern Roadtrip (Part 1)

51:46 | Sep 15th, 2017

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 spe...Show More
BONUS: Bodega

56:26 | Sep 14th, 2017

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.
#1737 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 2)

51:30 | Sep 8th, 2017

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 aft...Show More

44:59 | Sep 8th, 2017

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 factuall...Show More
#1736 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 1)

50:51 | Sep 1st, 2017

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 fa...Show More
#1735 - Whose Country 'Tis of Thee?

52:20 | Aug 25th, 2017

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 surveil...Show More
#1734 - Valley of Contrasts

51:52 | Aug 18th, 2017

The Coachella Valley in California is best known for its giant music festival. But there's another Coachella, and it has nothing to do with partying. The valley is divided into two parts. On the west side, there are beautiful homes with large yards. ...Show More
#1733 - Inside MS-13

52:34 | Aug 11th, 2017

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 Ang...Show More
#1732 - Detained

52:01 | Aug 4th, 2017

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 ...Show More
#1731 - Secret Special Sauce

51:33 | Jul 28th, 2017

We all have that secret, special sauce. You know, that unique thing that we all bring to the table. This week we're showcasing a sampler of all types of secret sauces: from a secret hot sauce recipe that launched one man from obscurity to the high-ro...Show More
#1730 - The Stolen Child

51:57 | Jul 21st, 2017

Looking at the news these days, you might notice some common trends all over the world: a rise in populism and authoritarianism. In Argentina, we look at the history of trauma left behind by a military dictatorship in the 1970's, and trace one family...Show More
#1729 - Rest in Segregation

52:22 | Jul 14th, 2017

We think of segregation as a thing of the past, but there are still many instances of unequal treatment—some more subtle than others. This week on Latino USA: a woman fights to bury her Latino husband after he was denied burial in a "whites only" cem...Show More
#1728 - The Beautiful Game

45:54 | Jul 7th, 2017

Do you call it fútbol or soccer? Latino USA takes a look at the sport loved throughout Latin America and around the world, and what the teams we root for say about ourselves. When you come from both the U.S. and Mexico, what national team do you root...Show More
#1727 - Too Black, Too Latino

53:23 | Jun 30th, 2017

For this episode of Latino USA we take a look at Afro-Latinidad in 2017. What does it mean to be Afro-Latino and who gets to claim the title? We take a look at anti-blackness within the Latino community, and we speak with a panel of experts. Plus, we...Show More
#1726 - Color Me Proud

52:58 | Jun 23rd, 2017

In honor of Pride Month, Latino USA brings you stories of love, vulnerability, and resilience in LGBTQ communities of color. We'll hear the love story of gay migrants from El Salvador navigating the asylum system in Mexico and the story of a nine-ye...Show More
#1725 - Making a Man

52:37 | Jun 16th, 2017

In honor of Father's Day, Latino USA breaks down the different relationships between fathers and sons. From an adult son who reflects back on how his dad treated him like the little prince of the household to a teen dad whose masculinity was defined ...Show More
#1724 - Recalculating Route

53:10 | Jun 9th, 2017

Sometimes in life, unexpected events cause us to change course. This week on Latino USA we take a trip to Waukegan, Illinois where a local election puts the future of a coal plant in limbo. We meet Lizzie Velásquez, who became an anti-bullying activi...Show More
#1723 - No Money More Problem$

53:14 | Jun 2nd, 2017

In 2014, the wealth of white households was ten times that of Latino households. Why does the racial wealth gap continue to hold Latinos back economically? From going to college to making a will, we look at how lack of knowledge and systemic inequali...Show More
#1722 - Ripple Effect

52:44 | May 26th, 2017

What happens when immigration laws and policies—intended for immigrants—affect U.S. citizens? For this episode of Latino USA we meet the De La Rosa family, four U.S.-born siblings who are defying the odds and making it work despite being separated fr...Show More
#1721 - But I Get Up Again

53:29 | May 19th, 2017

This week on Latino USA — it's all about fighters. Standing up for what you believe in, and finding the strength to get back up when you fall. We catch up on news from Puerto Rico, where there is a crippling debt crisis, a university strike, and an u...Show More
#1720 - Latino U

52:33 | May 12th, 2017

For many, college is the first place where serious thought is given to one's identity. All of a sudden you're forced to think about what it is you want from life and where you think you belong. Latino USA is diving into the world of college, starting...Show More
#1719 - The Flip Side

52:46 | May 5th, 2017

Comedian Eugenio Derbez is so famous in Mexico he can barely walk down the street without being swarmed by paparazzi. So what did it feel like to try to make it in Hollywood as an unknown? On this episode, we hear from people who find themselves in s...Show More
#1718 - 100

52:49 | Apr 28th, 2017

As President Trump reaches his 100th day in office, Latino USA brings stories about what's changed since January 20. A young woman decides to start a political march, and ten thousand people sign up overnight. A Nebraska corn farmer worries about wha...Show More
#1717 - The Hand You're Dealt

53:40 | Apr 21st, 2017

In life, as in cards, it's all about the luck of the draw. On this week's show, Latino USA tells stories about making the most out of difficult or complicated circumstances. Latinos in Denison, Iowa grapple with living in the district of a controvers...Show More
#1716 - ¡Ay Vey! - Being Jewish and Latino

53:38 | Apr 14th, 2017

Jews and Latinos are often discussed as different categories, but of course there are many Jewish communities across Latin America and some have made their way to the United States. On this episode of Latino USA, we explore the history of Jewish migr...Show More
#1715 - Rodeo

52:32 | Apr 7th, 2017

Rodeo—the Spanish word for "rounding up"—is a multi-million dollar sport in the U.S. but it's rooted in the riding, roping, and cattle ranching skills brought by Mexican cowboys to the Southwest hundreds of years ago. Today, most of the top professio...Show More
#1714 - Out of Sight

55:50 | Apr 3rd, 2017

It's easy to ignore things when they're not right in front of you. On this week's Latino USA, stories about people and events we often keep out-of-sight and out-of-mind.We hear from a group of elementary school children who fought to bring forgotten ...Show More
#1713 - The New Normal

53:28 | Mar 24th, 2017

Humans are very adaptable creatures, and it doesn't take long for the previously unthinkable to become the "new normal". This week on Latino USA, stories about adapting to new realities. We hear from an immigrant mother preparing for the the possibil...Show More
#1712 - Blood and Betrayal in the Southwest

52:49 | Mar 17th, 2017

The Southwest was once a part of Mexico, but that doesn't mean that Mexicans have always felt welcome there. The region has a long and little-told history of segregation, discrimination, and state-sanctioned violence towards Mexicans and Mexican-Amer...Show More
#1711 - Which Side Are You On?

53:50 | Mar 10th, 2017

Often we think about big issues in terms of taking "sides." But what happens when you look closer and realize it's not so simple? We visit Ohio, a state where abortion access has been dramatically rolled back in recent years, and speak with Latinas t...Show More
#1710 - Silver Screen

53:52 | Mar 3rd, 2017

In a special collaboration with the Latino culture site Remezcla, Latino USA looks at the long-standing relationship between Hollywood, Latin America, and Latino filmmakers. We find out how Hollywood movies are adapted for Latin American audiences by...Show More
#1709 - What You Don't Expect When You're Expecting

52:40 | Feb 24th, 2017

When you see pregnancy in movies and mainstream media, it's usually packaged as a universally pleasant experience with a few bumps in the road. But there's more to expecting than what we normally hear. So we take the plunge and dive into the varied e...Show More
#1708 - Women on the Verge

53:33 | Feb 17th, 2017

Remember that time you set your bed on fire? Or when you went through photos of your ex just so you could have a good cry? This week we embrace the stereotype of the fast-talking, Spanish-speaking, over-dramatic woman, inspired by Pedro Almodóvar's "...Show More
#1707 - The View From Here

52:28 | Feb 10th, 2017

Things often look different when seen from another angle, and nowhere is that more true than politics. Today on the show, what Trump looks like from Latin America— for some, his leadership style seems eerily familiar. Plus, how should journalists han...Show More
#1706 - The Dream 9

52:09 | Feb 3rd, 2017

During his campaign, President Trump talked about revoking DACA, the executive order signed by President Obama that protects young immigrants from deportation. As public debate looms, Latino USA revisits an episode that illustrates what's at stake. I...Show More
#1705 - The USA v. Oscar López Rivera

52:48 | Jan 27th, 2017

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...Show More
#1704 - Departing

52:46 | Jan 20th, 2017

What remains after you say goodbye? Latino USA looks at different departures: from saying adios to President Barack Obama and examining his legacy as "Deporter-in-Chief" to a legendary conga player wrapping up his career.
#1703 - Full Disclosure

53:35 | Jan 13th, 2017

Latino USA brings you stories about people who speak up, and speak out, even when the stakes are high. Designer Mondo Guerra of Project Runway fame talks to us about the moment he disclosed his HIV+ status on national television, and how that led to ...Show More
#1702 - Workaholics

53:45 | Jan 6th, 2017

Latino USA talks about people who work themselves to the bone: from a store owner in Michigan to the Latinas who really run Hollywood. We learn what it means to be a workaholic.