Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1430 - Life Sentence

This episode: life before, during, and after prison. We meet a group of lifers trying to slow down the school-to-prison pipeline. We hear the story of Suave, who has gone from illiteracy and a life sentence, to finding meaning behind organizing behind bars. We learn about the trouble former inmates have re-entering society, and what they can do to succeed. Also, how one inmate has turned skills learned in prison into his business. And, how freedom can surprise you.

 

#1429 - Live at The Greene Space

This week, we bring you some creative insights from musicians and performers, live from WNYC’s Greene Space. Soundcheck host John Schaefer joins Maria Hinojosa to interview and hear performances from psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular (la meh-KAH-nee-kah POH-poo-lar) and Argentinian musician Juana Molina (WAH-nah moh-LEE-nah). We also look into diversity in New York theater with members of the Labyrinth Theater Company.

 

#1428 - Blue

This episode of Latino USA explores Latino mental health. From suicide to alcoholism, these issues can hit sometimes too close to home. We hear about a couple and their life with depression—and the devastating impact it’s had. And we learn how one woman came to terms with her drinking, and learned to stop.

 

#1427 - My Country

Latino USA examines patriotism, belonging, and loyal dissent in this episode. We hear from Cuban technologist Yoani Sanchez about blogging with limited freedom of information. We hear from undocumented uninsured people in California. New York Times reporter Damien Cave tells Maria Hinojosa about his travels understanding immigration in the American heartland. Then, the conflicted loyalties of Latino soccer fans, and cycling with a Dominican champ living in Harlem. And finally, labor leader and icon Dolores Huerta tells about the origins of “Si, se puede,” or “Yes, we can.”

#1426 - Pretending

PODCAST DESCRIPTION: Pretending

 

From inaction on immigration legislation, to diversity in fantasy and science fiction, Latino USA brings you stories about pretending. We hear about the mysterious origins of the Navajo taco, New York’s “notarios” who operate immigration scams, a political candidate who changed his name to Cesar Chavez, and hidden bodies in Texas. Songwriter Gina Chavez examines identity, and we hear a couple of stories about bluffing to avoid danger.

 

#1425 - Kids

Today: the lighter and darker sides of childhood. Host Maria Hinojosa speaks to K, who works with detained children who came to the United States without an adult. We examine Latino studies, or lack thereof. We examine the uneven impact of dress code policies. We hear a children’s book read by author Yuyi Morales and about the life of NYC librarian Pura Belpre. Teachers in California write a book in the indigenous Mexican language of Mixteco. And from the mouths of babes comes this week’s sabiduría.