Season Two of Netflix's hit series One Day at a Time premiered recently in late January. Actor Justina Machado, known for her role in the HBO series Six Feet Under, is the star of the show and plays single mother Penelope Alvarez, a retired army veteran. Justina speaks with Maria Hinojosa about growing up in Chicago and what it's like to work on a sitcom that tackles politics and social issues head on.
The opioid epidemic continues to claim thousands of lives all over the country, and drugs have now become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. But long before the issue gained national attention, Latino communities in the Bronx had already been dealing with an alarming number of heroin-related deaths. On this episode, we visit a hotspot for drug users called The Hole, and meet a former addict trying to save lives: even it means breaking the law.
There's no doubt that "Despacito" dominated the summer of 2017, or better yet—all of 2017. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for three Grammys including Song of the Year, the first Spanish-language song to be recognized in the category. So we thought it was about time that Latino USA talks all things "Despacito." First, Panamanian singer-songwriter Erika Ender breaks down the process of how she and Luis Fonsi co-wrote the single. And, Maria Hinojosa also sits down with Isabelia Herrera, music editor at Remezcla, to discuss the song's cultural impact and what drove the song's success. Was it a win for Latinos in the U.S.? Or do we still have more work to do?
In April 2016, an arsonist torched a home that strawberry growers were building near Santa Maria, California. The fire followed weeks of protests from neighbors when they found out it would be filled with workers who were part of the H-2A agricultural work visa program. But many locals don't seem to want farmworker housing in their neighborhoods.
The small town of Cherán in Michoacán, Mexico, sits amidst pine trees, and most of its residents make money off of the resin they tap. But when drug cartels turned their attention to Cherán's pine trees and began illegally logging them to make a quick buck, the townspeople decided that enough was enough.
The Latin Kings have often been called one of the most violent street gangs in the U.S. But what many people don't know is that for a period of time in the late 1990's, one man transformed the gang into something else, or at least tried. That man was Antonio Fernandez aka King Tone. This is his story.