Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1440 - Service

What does it mean to serve? Or to lack services? Latino USA takes a look this week at the situation of two groups of vets: those in Puerto Rico and in Guam. We learn what lack of services means for Latino kids and how they’re diagnosed with Autism. A forensic scientist serves the families of dead migrants—by identifying their bodies. Honduran teen migrants in the Bronx bond over soccer while hoping for residency or citizenship. And we hear from past and future servicemembers, from Boriqueneers to a DACA recipient who intends to join the military.


#1439 - Language

We redefine some terms for you in our episode on language. We also hear about the “word gap,” why children born into poverty learn fewer words, and what’s being done to combat the gap. Spoken word artist Quique Aviles (KEE-kay ah-vee-LESS) takes us on a gentrification terminology tour. We dissect political doublespeak and talk about President Obama’s lack of immigration action.  We learn about dirty words in Spanish, and we learn how one composer speaks the language of music on TV shows.


#1438 - Allies

What is it to be a good ally? We ask black leaders from Miami, trying to prevent another situation like Ferguson. Former inmates return home to prevent violence. A rabbi and Latino food workers unite to ensure they’re well treated. Boston neighbors fight rising rents. We hear how the U.S. tries to create allies through texting programs in Cuba. Our white producers talk about working in a Latino newsroom. We revisit the Colorado floods, one year later. And one woman brings together two of the most important influences in her life: Mexican culture and…Star Trek.


#1437 - How This Happened

This week Latino USA takes a look at the child refugee crisis story that took the media by storm early this summer. We ask: How did this happen? We break down some Central American history. An ex-gang member from El Salvador tells us his story. Guatemalan filmmaker Luis Argueta shares testimonials revealing the reality in Guatemala. We learn about coyotes, the groups that smuggle the minors. And we examine how the media has shaped this story.

#1436 - Showtime

This week we find out what it means to be onstage and on the spot. We meet an opera singer who loves telenovelas, a comedian who inspires young Latinos. We hear the drum beats of Puerto Rican Bomba music, learn about a new reality show starring undocumented kids. We put pressure on the new president and CEO of NPR. We shine a spotlight on Tejanos, and a tech journalist tells us what it means to “fail fast.” And Maria Hinojosa interviews the legendary Sheila E and we find out what makes her so cool.

#1435 - Year of Hours

Latino USA looks back at some of our best bits from the past year. First, we ask our staff: are you The Worst Latino? We hear from the Latina “Voice of God,” learn about the invention of Hispanics as a census category, talk about flirty racism (yes, it’s a thing), and discuss how stock photos might be getting women’s images wrong. We learn about Zorro and his impact as the first American superhero. And writer Michele Carlo tells one of the funniest stories we’ve ever aired.