Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1611 - Blood and Betrayal in the Southwest

The Southwest was once a part of Mexico, but that doesn't mean that Mexicans have always felt welcome there. Land disputes led to segregation, discrimination and even state-sanctioned violence. Latino USA looks into the history of resistance leaders like Juan Cortina and Reies Lopez Tijerina, the dark side of the Texas Rangers and school segregation in an episode dedicated to the often-untold history of blood and betrayal in the Southwest.

#1610 - Afro-Latino (Rebroadcast)

African culture runs deep through Latino identity—from music to food, and into so much more. But are Afro-Latinos under-represented and under-served? We ask Afro-Latinos across several generations what they think, and learn about the Garifuna, a Honduran Afro-Latino community which has been migrating to the U.S.

#1609 - The Golden State

In 2014, Latinos became the biggest ethnic group in California. If an issue matters in California, chances are it matters to the Latino community. On this week's episode we look at how mental health, school suspensions, and identity all play roles in this large and complex state.

#1608 - Sticks & Stones

Big elections bring up big talk and this year there's plenty of rhetoric from presidential candidates, especially Donald Trump. Although this isn't new, an expert says the rhetoric of fear and the attacks from this year's campaigns are the worst he has seen. For this show NPR's Latino USA looks at how these words from Trump and others on the campaign trail are affecting us. The rhetoric may be temporary, but its effects on American public discourse may not be.

#1607 - Define the Relationship

Our relationships define our lives: from romantic relationships, friendships and even our relationship to ourselves. For this Valentine's Day weekend, Latino USA shares stories about how those relationships are tested, figuratively and literally.

#1606 - Puerto Rico Underwater

Puerto Rico is in trouble. With a faltering economy, $72 billion of municipal debt, and a brain drain of young people packing for the mainland, Puerto Ricans are seriously worried about the future of the U.S. territory. Latino USA explores the Puerto Rican debt crisis, from the history of U.S. involvement in the island's economy to how its fiscal problems are affecting people today. Plus, the battle on Capitol Hill over Puerto Rico's future.