Latino USA chronicles how Latinos are living, shaping and changing America, with in-depth reporting and candid conversations.
This episode of Latino USA explores Latino mental health. From suicide to alcoholism, these issues can hit sometimes too close to home. We hear about a couple and their life with depression—and the devastating impact it’s had. And we learn how one woman came to terms with her drinking, and learned to stop.
Latino USA examines patriotism, belonging, and loyal dissent in this episode. We hear from Cuban technologist Yoani Sanchez about blogging with limited freedom of information. We hear from undocumented uninsured people in California. New York Times reporter Damien Cave tells Maria Hinojosa about his travels understanding immigration in the American heartland. Then, the conflicted loyalties of Latino soccer fans, and cycling with a Dominican champ living in Harlem. And finally, labor leader and icon Dolores Huerta tells about the origins of “Si, se puede,” or “Yes, we can.”
PODCAST DESCRIPTION: Pretending
From inaction on immigration legislation, to diversity in fantasy and science fiction, Latino USA brings you stories about pretending. We hear about the mysterious origins of the Navajo taco, New York’s “notarios” who operate immigration scams, a political candidate who changed his name to Cesar Chavez, and hidden bodies in Texas. Songwriter Gina Chavez examines identity, and we hear a couple of stories about bluffing to avoid danger.
Today: the lighter and darker sides of childhood. Host Maria Hinojosa speaks to K, who works with detained children who came to the United States without an adult. We examine Latino studies, or lack thereof. We examine the uneven impact of dress code policies. We hear a children’s book read by author Yuyi Morales and about the life of NYC librarian Pura Belpre. Teachers in California write a book in the indigenous Mexican language of Mixteco. And from the mouths of babes comes this week’s sabiduría.
This week, Latino USA is on the move with guest host Raquel Cepeda. We hear stories of La Bestia, the train which takes Central American migrants through Mexico to the US. We hear about a Salvadoran woman’s story, from a gay migrant, and about those trying to take alternate modes of transport. And we hear about one man who massages the feet of migrants as they journey north. Then: some background on the World Cup, traveling while brown, and doing Zumba for community. And finally, the World War II internment story you might have missed.
This week: Nebraska. A state heavily impacted by a growing Latino population. We start with a two-part special report on Fremont, where a one of a kind anti-immigration housing ordinance is causing strife among neighbors. We look at the role of immigrant workers on the Nebraska economy, and debut our By the Numbers segment with award-winning journalist Guy Garcia. We meet teens legally allowed to be in the US but blocked from driving by the state, and meet two great heartland characters: an Irish immigrant teaching English to new Latino arrivals and a Nebraska-born Chicano organizer.