Latino USA chronicles how Latinos are living, shaping and changing America, with in-depth reporting and candid conversations.
Today, Latino students make up 25 percent of public school students in the United States. On this episode—two stories about two similar-but-different public schools, and the challenges Latino kids face when they get up in the morning and put on their backpacks. We visit a elementary school in the South where 98 percent of the students are Latino. Then, the story of what happened at an Oakland high school when an influx of undocumented students stirred up a debate over how much a city is responsible for an international problem.
This week, stories about keeping it together when it feels like we're about to come apart. We visit Fremont, Nebraska, where tensions over immigrants moving in erupted into a battle over a city housing ordinance. Author and Chicana feminist Ana Castillo talks about reckoning with her son's crime and incarceration. And Instagram celebrity Arthur Renowitzky, who was shot in a robbery, talks about learning to walk again and finding a purpose in life.
This week on Latino USA we talk about the aftermath. What happens after one incident changes everything? Two years ago 43 indigenous students mysteriously disappeared while on their way to protest in Mexico City. Their families have been demanding justice and to see their sons or their bodies. We talk with Julissa Arce, an undocumented immigrant, who hid her status for years while working as a Goldman Sachs executive. Finally, we hear about the case of a Salvadoran woman offered a U visa in exchange for cooperation with police in a criminal investigation.
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.
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.
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.