Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1405 - On Being Indigenous

This week, Latino USA examines the lives of indigenous people throughout the country. We hear about the Zapatista community, twenty years after their uprising in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. We hear about the self-defense campaign carried out by farmers in the Mexican state of Michoacán. April Salazar shares her essay on ancestry. Producer Michael Simon Johnson brings us a story about three indigenous languages, and we hear about efforts to reach a Mayan community in Omaha. The Latino USA team debates whether Justin Bieber is deportable. And we remember Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera.

#1404 - Lessons Learned

This week, an NPR poll tells us about Latino attitudes and habits, including the growing “Charismatic Catholic” movement. We learn about surfing with “Soul Surfer” J.P. Garcia. We remember Mercedes Sosa. We talk about how we’re all The Worst Latino. A PBS documentary looks back at Arizona’s S.B. 1070. Funnymen Al Madrigal and Lalo Alcaraz join us for some political coverage. We hear from Fusion’s Alicia Menendez about her new anchor job. And we continue our series on words of wisdom from poets with Erika Sanchez.

#1403 - Won't You Be My Neighbor?

This week, Latino USA takes a look at how we deal with our neighbors. One police department in Alabama takes a gentle approach towards undocumented immigrants. A Georgia town provides a place for families of detainees. We hear about the new neighbor in college music (hint: it ain’t a capella). We examine the relationship between Major League Baseball and Cuban players who defect. Journalist Mirta Ojito joins us to discuss a murder and assault in Long Island. A reporter in Tucson asks whether he’s a gentrifier, and whether his neighbors feel that’s necessarily a bad thing. One Kansas town embraces the strangers who arrive. 

#1402 - Ya Gotta Have Faith

This week, we take a look at matters of faith: should immigration reform advocates regain faith in President Obama as deportations drop? What can we expect from the new pope? An undocumented lawyer’s faith in the legal system pays off as he’s finally allowed to practice. Marlon Bishop takes an in-depth look at a Brazil-based megachurch. A mother tells a story about how she prayed for her babies. We talk with two writers about their thoughts on feminism and the Catholic Church. And we kick off our series of poets offering us a bit of sabiduría.

#1401 - A Little Variety!

This week, Latino USA rings in the new year with a little variety. Host Maria Hinojosa expresses some reasons for optimism. We remember the Zapatista uprising which began twenty years ago this week in Chiapas, Mexico. We hear about a Mayan dancer who now runs a company in New York City. We visit Brooks County, Texas to hear two stories about migration, and revisit Matamoros, Mexico to explore what the deported experience upon returning. Reporter Alex Schmidt takes us on a hunt for the Chicano Rock “Bigfoot.” And a perfumer tells us about her appetizing scents.

#1352 - So Long, 2013

We wrap up the year with bittersweet stories. Journalist Oscar Martinez tells us about riding the rails with Central American migrants heading to the United States and Mexico. A bilingual radio station celebrates forty years on the air. The STEM sisters check back in with Maria Hinojosa about starting their science careers. We hear about environmental concerns from Los Angeles to Puerto Rico. A “Banned Book Club” celebrates a year of spreading forbidden Latino-centric literature. And musician Eugene Hutz visits for a performance chat.