Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#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?

#1633 - True Grit

This week, stories of grit and perseverance. Elizabeth Ramirez and her friends were accused of child sexual assault and incarcerated for almost 17 years. The San Antonio 4, as they are known, claim they were targeted out of homophobia and a period of social hysteria called the Satanic Panic. We delve into their story. We also talk with JR Martinez, a veteran who suffered severe burns and the loss of his sister about facing adversity. Finally, a story about trying your best - and still not making it, from fencer Natalie Vie, who trained for the 2016 Olympics but didn't make the cut.

#1632 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Vote

We check in with election season, with reports from the RNC and DNC on what presidential politics are saying about Latino voters. In Anaheim, CA, a city with a huge resort industry and a history of white supremacy, a switch from at-large to by-district elections will empower the Latino working class. And in Texas, voter suppression laws threaten Latino voters while in Georgia, one candidate has a shot at becoming the first Latina state legislator. And Maria Hinojosa reflects on what she saw at the national conventions and what that says about our national divisions.

#1631 - Making Headlines

This week we explore what it means to not just make the news, but be the ones writing the headlines. Journalist Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! talks about diversity in the newsroom and the relationship between the media and people of color. Mexican reporter and author Lydia Cacho talks about facing brutal retaliation for exposing child sex trafficking. In Texas, a new proposed textbook rewrites Mexican American history – and not in a good way. And we take a look at media aimed at Latino millennials and ask if it's really connecting with young people.

#1630 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 2)

In part two of our two-part special, we continue our investigation into the death of a man in a U.S. immigration detention center. José de Jesús turned himself into Border Patrol saying somebody was after him. Three days later, he died by suicide after stuffing a sock down his throat. In part two of this story, surveillance video reveals clues about what happened inside his cell, and an internal investigation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement answers many of our questions about what happened to José in the days leading up to his death.