Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1718 - 100

As President Trump reaches his 100th day in office, Latino USA brings stories about what's changed since January 20. A young woman decides to start a political march, and ten thousand people sign up overnight. A Nebraska corn farmer worries about what changes to NAFTA could mean for his job, and lawyers in New York City struggle to deal with new demands being placed on them. At the same time, many Trump voters, including an outspoken Border Patrol union leader, remain supportive. Latino perspectives from both sides of the aisle, and what it all could mean for the next few years.

#1717 - The Hand You're Dealt

In life, as in cards, it's all about the luck of the draw. On this week's show, Latino USA tells stories about making the most out of difficult or complicated circumstances. Latinos in Denison, Iowa grapple with living in the district of a controversial, anti-immigrant congressman. A man flees Syria to unite with his love in Colombia. Pop-star Becky G speaks about escaping a rough economic childhood in Los Angeles. Plus, Gimlet Media's "Science Vs" joins us to solve a pressing question: are immigrants good or bad for the economy?

#1716 - ¡Ay Vey! - Being Jewish and Latino

Jews and Latinos are often discussed as different categories, but of course there are many Jewish communities across Latin America and some have made their way to the United States. On this episode of Latino USA, we explore the history of Jewish migration throughout the Americas, hear personal stories of family and identity from Jewish Latinos themselves, and learn about the struggle to preserve a fading Spanish-Jewish language known as Ladino.

#1715 - Rodeo

Rodeo—the Spanish word for "rounding up"—is a multi-million dollar sport in the U.S. but it's rooted in the riding, roping, and cattle ranching skills brought by Mexican cowboys to the Southwest hundreds of years ago. Today, most of the top professional rodeo athletes are white, but if you take a closer look, there are a large number of Mexican-American cowboys who live and breathe the sport. Latino USA visits the Tucson Rodeo, also known as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, and follows one family's dreams to turn their 8-year-old kid into a rodeo champion.

#1714 - Out Of Sight

It's easy to ignore things when they're not right in front of you. On this week's Latino USA, stories about people and events we often keep out-of-sight and out-of-mind.We hear from a group of elementary school children who fought to bring forgotten history back in their textbooks and learn about a mysterious fire in California that burnt down farmworker housing. Plus, author Shanthi Sekaran and Ecuadorian electronic musician Nicola Cruz.

#1713 - The New Normal

Humans are very adaptable creatures, and it doesn't take long for the previously unthinkable to become the "new normal". This week on Latino USA, stories about adapting to new realities. We hear from an immigrant mother preparing for the the possibility of deportation, learn about the history of the church sanctuary movement, and hear from an intersex woman fighting for visibility. Plus, the life and times of an anti-capitalist punk band.