Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1628 - Who Is An American?

This week we talk about what it means to be an American, and how Americans from all backgrounds have confronted the question. Actor George Takei talks about his family experience in a Japanese American internment camp, and how his father taught him about participating in democracy. For those Americans in our armed forces, struggling to get veterans' resources on the island of Guam brings important questions about how we take care of those who serve. And journalists Wajahat Ali and Veronica Beyetti Flores talk about racism, xenophobia, and our current election season.

#1627 - Bodega (Rebroadcast)

On this week's Latino USA, producers spend a day in a bodega in Washington Heights, NYC — home to one of the biggest Dominican populations in the U.S. They uncover stories about nutrition, migration, community, and the slow threat of gentrification.

#1626 - Sanctuaries

This week, we talk about what makes a sanctuary for queer people of color, from the safety and freedom of gay clubs to Latino USA listeners sharing stories about queer gyms and choral groups. Carmen Carrera, reality TV star known from RuPaul's Drag Race, talks about finding herself. And we tell the story of Julio Rivera, a gay man murdered in New York, whose death became the first documented anti-gay hate crime in the state. Finally, DJ Precolombian talks about the link between dancing and trauma and creating the dancefloor of her dreams.

#1625 - The Beautiful Game

With the Copa America here in the US, this is the summer of soccer - or fútbol. So Latino USA is taking a look at the sport loved throughout Latin America and around the world. What happens when you come from both the US and Mexico – what national team do you root for? Or what about if your national team is constantly losing, do you lose faith? And we take a look at elite women's soccer in the US, a world few Latinas reach.

#1624 - Out of Focus

A look at some of the political stories that aren't as obvious, from the difference in coverage between english and spanish langauge reporting to why it's hard to accurately gather data about Latinos. Plus a report on the overlooked state races in Florida.

#1623 - To The Rescue

We tell stories of rescue, from a combat search and rescue pilot saving plane crash survivors to Latina young women leaving home for college. A new Puerto Rican super heroine spreads the word about social justice and the island's debt crisis. And Diane Guerrero, known for her roles in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, opens up about growing up after her parents were deported, struggling with self-harm and mental health, and ultimately being rescued by her community and herself.