Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1649 - Muslim & Latino

Latinos are the fastest growing group in Islam in the U.S. This week we look at the complexity of being part of two groups that are often targeted for very different reasons. We trace the history of Islam in the U.S., the challenges of leaving your family's religion and moving to a new one, and facing a world that refuses to accept that these two identities can co-exist.

#1648 - Reservations

The Yakama Indian Reservation in Eastern Washington is home to 11,000 Native Americans and almost three times as many Latinos. Over recent decades, the reservation has attracted Mexican farmworkers and their families who made the valley their home. Despite shared indigenous roots, living side by side hasn't been easy, and tensions between the two groups are high. On this collaboration with Northwest Public Radio, Latino USA dives into the dynamics of the reservation, exploring how two communities living side by side try to learn to get along. This episode was first broadcast in November 2015.

#1647 - By the Dawn's Early Light

This week we look forward as many dig in for the possible political and legal battles to come under the future President Trump. We speak with ACLU about their promise to see Donald Trump in court, talk to a Latino Republican grappling with Trump's immigration promises, and sit down with Univision host María Elena Salinas about the future Latino media. Plus, Latino USA visits the U.S.-Mexico border to find out more about the wall that Donald Trump plans to build... and the wall that's already there.

#1646 - One Nation Under Trump

This week, we digest the results of the 2016 election. We give space to hear what Latinos on both sides of the political divide are feeling right now, from those feeling afraid for their families and their futures, to those celebrating Donald Trump's victory. We also take a close look at how the Latino vote shook out on election night, and how Trump's campaign promises on immigration might translate to policy. Plus, the history of "white rage", the election of the first Latina senator in Nevada, and some emotional voicemails from our listeners.

#1645 - Internal Affairs

This week we step back from politics on the national stage and look a little closer to home, with stories about dealing with tricky family relationships. Acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros talks about her childhood in Chicago, learning to be independent and moving to Mexico. We hear the story of two sisters separated across countries, living vastly different lives because of an accident of fate. And writer Esmeralda Santiago remembers the fraught relationship between her mother and her grandmother—and how they came together over food.

#1644 - Race to the Top

This week, we dig into one of the central issues driving the election this year: race. We speak with journalist Jorge Ramos about his new documentary "Hate Rising," in which he talks to white supremacists and victims of hate crimes that occurred this election cycle. And we hear about the activists who set the stage for Trump's rhetoric on immigration. Plus what's driving the vote of one of Trump's key demographics: white men living in the suburbs.