Latino USA chronicles how Latinos are living, shaping and changing America, with in-depth reporting and candid conversations.
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.
This week it’s all about pushing it. From hunger strikers pushing their bodies to the limit to fight for their rights to musicians Calle 13, who have pushed beyond a jokester past to test new boundaries. We also hear from Former US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis as she runs for a new office in Los Angeles. And we hear what happens when people push the wrong buttons while flirting by making the compliments all about ethnicity. We look to Chile to find out what happens when abortion is illegal under any circumstance. Lastly, we hear from a young man who is a Special Olympics athlete.
As the school year winds down, we hand out some grades on our report card show. From the failure of schools to maintain integration, to the effort shown to allow undocumented students in-state tuition. Then, we look at the price paid by one Texas school for trying to graduate former dropouts. First-generation college students graduate. We grade the media for trying to deal with stats correctly. And we hear how TV’s done this year in terms of diverse programs. Finally, producer Daisy Rosario tells Bill Cosby about what he’s done to change her mother’s life.