Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1638 - You Are Cordially Invited to Hailey's Quinceañera

Latino USA takes a deep dive into one of the most iconic Latinx traditions: La Quinceañera. We follow the journey of one quinceañera Hailey Alexis from Whittier, California as she plans for the big day. We meet the self-proclaimed "quince lord" - a videographer, family friends who are debating whether they will have one for their daughter, and attend one of the biggest Quince Expos on the East Coast. And throughout the process we explore how the quinceañera is seen as a status symbol, a form of female empowerment, a statement about Latinx identity and also just a really fun party.

#1637 - A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part II

A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part two, focusing on the late 80s through today. This time, a focus on how Latinos fared as rap music became bigger than hip-hop culture. Featuring Mellow Man Ace, Bobbito Garcia, a look at Big Pun, and more.

#1636 - A Latino History of Hip Hop Part I

For the first part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop learn about the early years by talking to legends like Devastating Tito, Lee Quiñones, and Charlie Chase. They break down the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti, and break dancing and explore how New York City made it all possible.

#1635 - Customs Made

What traditions do we keep? What ones do we change? This week, we take a look at rituals and customs from different Latino communities—like piercing babies' ears and shaving their heads. We also get into the geopolitics of kissing, and we hear about one Dominican baseball player who personalized a tradition that is part of America's pastime.

#1634 - Brazil USA

Over 300,000 Brazilian-Americans live in the U.S. But for many of them, it's unclear exactly where they fit in the American tapestry. As the Olympics come to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Latino USA takes a look at topics related to Brazilians and Brazilian-Americans, from the stories of the Brazilian families that have made New England their home, to the the rise and fall of Brazil's richest man. And we ask the question— are Brazilians Latinos?

#1633 - True Grit

This week, stories of grit and perseverance. Elizabeth Ramirez and her friends were accused of child sexual assault and incarcerated for almost 17 years. The San Antonio 4, as they are known, claim they were targeted out of homophobia and a period of social hysteria called the Satanic Panic. We delve into their story. We also talk with JR Martinez, a veteran who suffered severe burns and the loss of his sister about facing adversity. Finally, a story about trying your best - and still not making it, from fencer Natalie Vie, who trained for the 2016 Olympics but didn't make the cut.