Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1613 - Latino Heroes of Rock & Roll

When we talk about what made rock & roll as we know it, the most common answer is: a mixture of R&B, a predominantly black genre, and country, a predominantly white genre. We explore the Latino influences that helped shape rock & roll, and we profile unsung Latino rock artists who had a hand in crafting this new sound---which is not as black and white as many think.

#1612 - Stereotyped

From the "Latin Lover" to the "Latina Bombshell," Latino USA breaks down stereotypes. Is the "Sleeping Mexican" an honored icon or a derogatory stereotype? We also hear from Latinos and Latinas about how stereotypes have affected their lives.

#1611 - Blood and Betrayal in the Southwest

The Southwest was once a part of Mexico, but that doesn't mean that Mexicans have always felt welcome there. Land disputes led to segregation, discrimination and even state-sanctioned violence. Latino USA looks into the history of resistance leaders like Juan Cortina and Reies Lopez Tijerina, the dark side of the Texas Rangers and school segregation in an episode dedicated to the often-untold history of blood and betrayal in the Southwest.

#1610 - Afro-Latino (Rebroadcast)

African culture runs deep through Latino identity—from music to food, and into so much more. But are Afro-Latinos under-represented and under-served? We ask Afro-Latinos across several generations what they think, and learn about the Garifuna, a Honduran Afro-Latino community which has been migrating to the U.S.

#1609 - The Golden State

In 2014, Latinos became the biggest ethnic group in California. If an issue matters in California, chances are it matters to the Latino community. On this week's episode we look at how mental health, school suspensions, and identity all play roles in this large and complex state.

#1608 - Sticks & Stones

Big elections bring up big talk and this year there's plenty of rhetoric from presidential candidates, especially Donald Trump. Although this isn't new, an expert says the rhetoric of fear and the attacks from this year's campaigns are the worst he has seen. For this show NPR's Latino USA looks at how these words from Trump and others on the campaign trail are affecting us. The rhetoric may be temporary, but its effects on American public discourse may not be.