Latino USA

Latino USA chronicles how Latinos are living, shaping and changing America, with in-depth reporting and candid conversations.

Recent Episodes

#1416 - Music Lessons

It’s a special episode of Latino USA. The legendary Bill Cosby joins host Maria Hinojosa to talk about his love of salsa music and the musicians who made it. We learn about Tito Puente and other musicians who helped shape Latin jazz, and find out why calling the music “Salsa” might be all wrong in the first place. We reflect on how Mr. Cosby’s work welcomed Latinos and other immigrants to the American family. And we hear life lessons from a nearly 100-year-old Rumba player.

 

#1415 - Moms Drugs & RocknRoll

Today on Latino USA, it’s all about Moms, drugs, and Rock & Roll. Maria Hinojosa talks to leading Latina mami bloggers about why they’re ruling the web. Then, we talk to YouTube sensation Jorge Narvaez about his mother, who is in deportation proceedings. In drug-related news, we hear about efforts to stop teen drug smuggling and how prescription drugs are being brought across the Mexico border. We also take a look at the future of pot. And we rock out with the Kumbia Queers before getting a little wisdom from Gabriel García Márquez.

#1414 - Fiction Edition

First week of April, first ever fiction edition at Latino USA! We dream big this week with a story about our motherland, Latinia. And speaking of new nations, we tune in to newscast about a new country for LGBTQ people. We take a shot at our first ever radionovela (no-VEH-lah) – or Latin American-style radio soap opera. We dream immigration reform passed, and celebrate April as “White History” month by reporting on the exotic non-Hispanic white peoples of the USA. On a more serious note, we discuss the #CancelColbert controversy and the limits of satire. Plus, an illustrated poem walks us through the feeling of the ‘male gaze’.

#1412 - Hurt

This week on Latino USA: what it means to be hurt. Jose Antonio Vargas tells Maria Hinojosa about the pain he’s suffered for taking a stand for the undocumented. We hear stories of loneliness at “bailarina bars” in Queens, NYC. We learn how Latin@s deal with eating disorders. We hear about the U-visa program, which helps victims of domestic violence. Spanish Harlem heals after a gas explosion displaces dozens. Latina moms discuss breastfeeding. We pay a visit to Laredo, Texas to check in with jalapeño eating champs. And some words of wisdom about healing through art therapy.

 

#1411 - Live From SXSW

This week on Latino USA we are back where it all began – Austin, Texas. We bring you a show recorded live at KUT’s Studio 1A where two Tejana sisters tell one crazy true story in two languages. We find out why being Latino can actually be an asset when it comes to a career in technology. We meet a DJ whose multicultural background makes him fearless about crossing genres. An old friend joins us to talk about the history of Latino USA and the role of Austin in it. And one of Austin’s most creative characters drops in to teach us about sound.