Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#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.

#1629 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 1)

A man dies in a U.S. immigration detention center, under unusual circumstances. He is found unresponsive in his cell, with a sock stuffed down his throat. His death is ruled a suicide, but little information is put out about what happened, and the family wants answers. In this first part of a special two-part series, Latino USA investigates why José de Jesús died in the custody of the U.S. government, and what his death tells us about conditions—especially mental health services—inside the immigration detention system.

#1628 - Who Is An American?

This week we talk about what it means to be an American, and how Americans from all backgrounds have confronted the question. Actor George Takei talks about his family experience in a Japanese American internment camp, and how his father taught him about participating in democracy. For those Americans in our armed forces, struggling to get veterans' resources on the island of Guam brings important questions about how we take care of those who serve. And journalists Wajahat Ali and Veronica Beyetti Flores talk about racism, xenophobia, and our current election season.

#1627 - Bodega (Rebroadcast)

On this week's Latino USA, producers spend a day in a bodega in Washington Heights, NYC — home to one of the biggest Dominican populations in the U.S. They uncover stories about nutrition, migration, community, and the slow threat of gentrification.

#1626 - Sanctuaries

This week, we talk about what makes a sanctuary for queer people of color, from the safety and freedom of gay clubs to Latino USA listeners sharing stories about queer gyms and choral groups. Carmen Carrera, reality TV star known from RuPaul's Drag Race, talks about finding herself. And we tell the story of Julio Rivera, a gay man murdered in New York, whose death became the first documented anti-gay hate crime in the state. Finally, DJ Precolombian talks about the link between dancing and trauma and creating the dancefloor of her dreams.

#1625 - The Beautiful Game

With the Copa America here in the US, this is the summer of soccer - or fútbol. So Latino USA is taking a look at the sport loved throughout Latin America and around the world. What happens when you come from both the US and Mexico – what national team do you root for? Or what about if your national team is constantly losing, do you lose faith? And we take a look at elite women's soccer in the US, a world few Latinas reach.