Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1433 - Nuestro Nueva York

This episode, we examine Latino USA’s hometown, New York City. Maria Hinojosa sits down with New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, one of a few Latinas to rise in city politics. We hear about wage theft in the foodservice industry and a forgotten icon of the LGBTQ rights movement. A street is named after Puerto Rican activists The Young Lords. We look at the legacy and future of Fania Records, pioneers of salsa. And Latino USA goes looking for New York’s best taco.

 

#1432 - Genius Is...

In this episode, Latino USA brings you stories of perspiration and inspiration. First, guest host Daisy Rosario looks into how we define intellgence. We hear about a physics teacher driving success in California. One congressman’s efforts to pass immigration reform just aren’t genius enough. We learn about Latino mega-stars you might not have heard of, online, in soccer, and in music. Latin@ Studies professors form a new professional association. And a singer-songwriter looks for wisdom on a dark note.

 

#1431 - Escape

From the refugee children and families at the border to dancers leaving Cuba, Latino USA looks at stories of escape. A family from Guatemala seeks refuge in San Diego. We hear from a school in Georgia where undocumented students are going because they’re barred from receiving in-state tuition. We visit the fantastic world of comics and examine how readers are pushing diversity through social media. We hear some words of wisdom from Panamanian-American hip-hop artists Los Rakas. And we respond to your feedback about our episode “Blue."

 

#1430 - Life Sentence

This episode: life before, during, and after prison. We meet a group of lifers trying to slow down the school-to-prison pipeline. We hear the story of Suave, who has gone from illiteracy and a life sentence, to finding meaning behind organizing behind bars. We learn about the trouble former inmates have re-entering society, and what they can do to succeed. Also, how one inmate has turned skills learned in prison into his business. And, how freedom can surprise you.

 

#1429 - Live at The Greene Space

This week, we bring you some creative insights from musicians and performers, live from WNYC’s Greene Space. Soundcheck host John Schaefer joins Maria Hinojosa to interview and hear performances from psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular (la meh-KAH-nee-kah POH-poo-lar) and Argentinian musician Juana Molina (WAH-nah moh-LEE-nah). We also look into diversity in New York theater with members of the Labyrinth Theater Company.

 

#1428 - Blue

This episode of Latino USA explores Latino mental health. From suicide to alcoholism, these issues can hit sometimes too close to home. We hear about a couple and their life with depression—and the devastating impact it’s had. And we learn how one woman came to terms with her drinking, and learned to stop.