Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1702 - Workaholics

Latino USA talks about people who work themselves to the bone: from a store owner in Michigan to the Latinas who really run Hollywood. We learn what it means to be a workaholic.

#1701 - Turn the Beat Around

This week we're playing back some of our favorite music stories and giving a nod to artists who put their own spin on the music scene. Simon Mejia of Bomba Estéreo breaks down how he created the entrancing song "Raíz." We hear from the Kumbia Queers, who bring a rock and roll edge on cumbia music. Jazz vocalist Jose James talks about how Billie Holliday is a radical feminist, and legendary rumba pianist Irving Fields—who passed away earlier this year at age 101—gives us sage advice on how to live a long life. This episode is guest-hosted by senior editor Nadia Reiman.

#1652 - Parenthood

Just in time for the holidays, Latino USA looks at stories about parenthood. Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano reveals how her own life mirrored her TV character's life. Maria Hinojosa opens up about being worried whether her daughter is "Latina enough." Indie musician Empress Of tells a story about the time her mom crashed her rave, and we hear about the struggles of a family that lives across borders. This episode is a rebroadcast and originally aired in September 2015.

#1651 - Tech's Leaky Pipeline

No matter the measure, whether it be race, class, or gender, the tech industry does not reflect the American work force. In this episode of Latino USA we look at that "pipeline" that brings workers into the tech industry—from programs aimed at middle schoolers to an algorithm that is supposed to eliminate bias from the hiring process—to see where the leaks are.

#1651 - The Tech Industry's Leaky Pipeline

No matter the measure, whether it be race, class, or gender, the tech industry does not reflect the American work force. In this episode of Latino USA we look at that "pipeline" that brings workers into the tech industry—from programs aimed at middle schoolers to an algorithm that is supposed to eliminate bias from the hiring process—to see where the leaks are.

#1650 - Fitting In

We're all guilty of having tried to fit in at one time or another. On this episode we'll hear stories about bending ourselves to fit into new environments and expectations, as well as about those moments when we push back against those pressures and remain true to ourselves. In the 1930s, an all-Mexican American basketball team confronts racism as it sweeps the San Antonio high school league. Viral 11-year-old Saria Gonzales talks to Maria about being unapologetically herself. And, a story about navigating identity in the cruel, cruel world known as elementary school.