Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#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.

#1637 - A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part II

A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part two, focusing on the late 80s through today. This time, a focus on how Latinos fared as rap music became bigger than hip-hop culture. Featuring Mellow Man Ace, Bobbito Garcia, a look at Big Pun, and more.

#1636 - A Latino History of Hip Hop Part I

For the first part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop learn about the early years by talking to legends like Devastating Tito, Lee Quiñones, and Charlie Chase. They break down the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti, and break dancing and explore how New York City made it all possible.

#1635 - Customs Made

What traditions do we keep? What ones do we change? This week, we take a look at rituals and customs from different Latino communities—like piercing babies' ears and shaving their heads. We also get into the geopolitics of kissing, and we hear about one Dominican baseball player who personalized a tradition that is part of America's pastime.

#1634 - Brazil USA

Over 300,000 Brazilian-Americans live in the U.S. But for many of them, it's unclear exactly where they fit in the American tapestry. As the Olympics come to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Latino USA takes a look at topics related to Brazilians and Brazilian-Americans, from the stories of the Brazilian families that have made New England their home, to the the rise and fall of Brazil's richest man. And we ask the question— are Brazilians Latinos?