Latino USA

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

Recent Episodes

#1334 - Memories of Friends and Icons

In this special archive edition of Latino USA, we hear three essays from former gang member turned NPR producer John Guardo, about his escape from gang life and experience as an immigrant. Then, we remember civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, and Selena, the queen of Tejano music.

#1333 - Recovery Efforts

In this special archive episode, we hear about how Latinos recovered and helped their communities after two disasters—the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Also, a report on the need for more Spanish-language coaches and reporters in Major League Baseball, and two Cubans in Miami plot a return home in an unusual vehicle.

#1332 - Archives: Presidential Edition

In this special look back at twenty years of Latino USA, we hear interviews with four of the show’s most prominent guests. President Clinton calls for a dialogue on race in 1993. Barack Obama, still a senator in 2006, talks immigration reform. In a 1997 interview, author Junot Diaz talks about representing the Dominican Republic and New Jersey. And comedian George Lopez talks about his sitcom, which debuted in 2003, featuring a Latino family.

#1331 - Mas Jukebox

Latino USA brings the summer tunes, with interviews and music from tropicalia band Os Mutantes, global music guru Sergent Garcia, and more.

#1330 - In The Air, On The Air

This week, we go to California to find out how agricultural workers are protecting themselves from deadly heat. Then, we learn about how residents of Albuquerque are measuring pollution in the air. We explore what we mean when we discuss bias in the news media. And we hear from immigrants to the US who don’t want to become citizens.

#1329 - The Latin Alternative Music Conference

Latino USA returns to the Latin Alternative Music conference, a showcase of the latest and greatest tunes from across Latin America. Guest host Nadia Reiman digs through the best new music and talks to artists both old and new about what advice they could use, what advice they can give, and why Chile is going through a pop renaissance.