Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1643 - Tipping Point

This week, stories about high-pressure situations where something builds and builds and eventually boils over, leaving the world a slightly different place. In 1977, the killing of a Mexican-American veteran by three Houston police officers sparked a violent rebellion in the Latino community that altered the conversation on community-police relations in the city. And we revisit an iconic moment in activism and sports when Cuban-American John Carlos raised a black-gloved fist on the Olympic podium in 1968. Plus, the protests at Standing Rock and an interview with singer-composer Xenia Rubinos.

#1642 - The New Deciders

This Election Day, nearly 1 in 3 eligible voters will be non-white, making the 2016 electorate the most diverse in U.S. history. In this collaboration with PBS' America By the Numbers, Latino USA travels to swing states and tells stories from the communities that are shaping politics today—in ways you might not expect. We hear from the powerful Latino Evangelical community of Florida, Muslim-Americans in Cleveland and Black Lives Matter activists in North Carolina. Who is listening to the new deciders?

#1641 - The 25 Percent

Today, Latino students make up 25 percent of public school students in the United States. On this episode—two stories about two similar-but-different public schools, and the challenges Latino kids face when they get up in the morning and put on their backpacks. We visit a elementary school in the South where 98 percent of the students are Latino. Then, the story of what happened at an Oakland high school when an influx of undocumented students stirred up a debate over how much a city is responsible for an international problem.

#1640 - Superglue

This week, stories about keeping it together when it feels like we're about to come apart. We visit Fremont, Nebraska, where tensions over immigrants moving in erupted into a battle over a city housing ordinance. Author and Chicana feminist Ana Castillo talks about reckoning with her son's crime and incarceration. And Instagram celebrity Arthur Renowitzky, who was shot in a robbery, talks about learning to walk again and finding a purpose in life.

#1639 - The Aftermath

This week on Latino USA we talk about the aftermath. What happens after one incident changes everything? Two years ago 43 indigenous students mysteriously disappeared while on their way to protest in Mexico City. Their families have been demanding justice and to see their sons or their bodies. We talk with Julissa Arce, an undocumented immigrant, who hid her status for years while working as a Goldman Sachs executive. Finally, we hear about the case of a Salvadoran woman offered a U visa in exchange for cooperation with police in a criminal investigation.

#1638 - You Are Cordially Invited to Hailey's Quinceañera

Latino USA takes a deep dive into one of the most iconic Latinx 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 videographer, family friends who are debating whether they will have one for their daughter, and attend one of the biggest Quince Expos on the East Coast. And throughout the process we explore how the quinceañera is seen as a status symbol, a form of female empowerment, a statement about Latinx identity and also just a really fun party.