Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1646 - One Nation Under Trump

This week, we digest the results of the 2016 election. We give space to hear what Latinos on both sides of the political divide are feeling right now, from those feeling afraid for their families and their futures, to those celebrating Donald Trump's victory. We also take a close look at how the Latino vote shook out on election night, and how Trump's campaign promises on immigration might translate to policy. Plus, the history of "white rage", the election of the first Latina senator in Nevada, and some emotional voicemails from our listeners.

#1645 - Internal Affairs

This week we step back from politics on the national stage and look a little closer to home, with stories about dealing with tricky family relationships. Acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros talks about her childhood in Chicago, learning to be independent and moving to Mexico. We hear the story of two sisters separated across countries, living vastly different lives because of an accident of fate. And writer Esmeralda Santiago remembers the fraught relationship between her mother and her grandmother—and how they came together over food.

#1644 - Race to the Top

This week, we dig into one of the central issues driving the election this year: race. We speak with journalist Jorge Ramos about his new documentary "Hate Rising," in which he talks to white supremacists and victims of hate crimes that occurred this election cycle. And we hear about the activists who set the stage for Trump's rhetoric on immigration. Plus what's driving the vote of one of Trump's key demographics: white men living in the suburbs.

#1643 - Tipping Point

This week, stories about high-pressure situations where something builds and builds and eventually boils over, leaving the world a slightly different place. In 1977, the killing of a Mexican-American veteran by three Houston police officers sparked a violent rebellion in the Latino community that altered the conversation on community-police relations in the city. And we revisit an iconic moment in activism and sports when Cuban-American John Carlos raised a black-gloved fist on the Olympic podium in 1968. Plus, the protests at Standing Rock and an interview with singer-composer Xenia Rubinos.

#1642 - The New Deciders

This Election Day, nearly 1 in 3 eligible voters will be non-white, making the 2016 electorate the most diverse in U.S. history. In this collaboration with PBS' America By the Numbers, Latino USA travels to swing states and tells stories from the communities that are shaping politics today—in ways you might not expect. We hear from the powerful Latino Evangelical community of Florida, Muslim-Americans in Cleveland and Black Lives Matter activists in North Carolina. Who is listening to the new deciders?

#1641 - The 25 Percent

Today, Latino students make up 25 percent of public school students in the United States. On this episode—two stories about two similar-but-different public schools, and the challenges Latino kids face when they get up in the morning and put on their backpacks. We visit a elementary school in the South where 98 percent of the students are Latino. Then, the story of what happened at an Oakland high school when an influx of undocumented students stirred up a debate over how much a city is responsible for an international problem.