Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#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.

#1605 - Miscommunication

Miscommunications can be pretty typical occurrences for Latinos who are bilingual or bicultural. And often, they're harmless or even humorous - like a boy who thought his grandmother wanted to take him to a "baby city," not that she was going to babysit him. But miscommunications can also have grave consequences. During the 1970s, family planning programs in Los Angeles led to many forced sterilizations of women who were confused about what they were consenting to. Plus the definitive theory on Latino "Sorry" songs.

#1604 - There and Back

On today's show we ask: What is happening in Central America? What is the U.S. doing with migrants seeking asylum? We give you some history of how El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala got to this place and catch you up on the latest news regarding recent ICE raids.

#1603 - The Kids Are Not Alright

How does stress in the home affect children? On this episode of Latino USA we meet a family of American siblings whose mother lacks legal status in the U.S. to explore the unintended consequences immigration policies have on U.S. born kids. We also visit a pediatrician's office where babies are being screened by mental health experts. Although it may seem odd to send a toddler to a psychologist, doctors say it's never too early to help identify toxic stresses at home. This week we ask the question: Are the kids alright?