After almost 30 years, Maria Hinojosa travels back to Medellín, Colombia. At the time of her first visit, the city was ravaged by the cartel war led by Pablo Escobar. Now, Medellín is lauded as one of the most innovative and tourist-friendly places in Latin America. Maria is joined by fellow journalist and Latino USA contributor Luis Gallo. Together they discovered how the lives of Luis, his family, and the country were transformed by the country's armed conflict. And how Medellín went from being one of the most dangerous places in the world to the city it is today.
It's a scientific fact: Soccer in Spanish sounds better than soccer in English, especially the gooooooools. At least that's what the scientists at Latino USA say. With the World Cup starting soon, you'll be hearing the iconic voice of Andrés Cantor everywhere. He's the lead World Cup announcer for Spanish-language network Telemundo. In this segment of "How I Made It," Cantor shares the story behind his signature call.
Dos a Cero! Those three words mean "Two to Zero" and they're more than just numbers: it's a chant with 16-year history. At the 2002 World Cup in South Korea, Mexico faced the United States and the final score of 2-0 has haunted Mexico fans ever since. With the 2018 World Cup in Russia around the corner, we're sharing the story behind the infamous game. This story comes to us from Gimlet Media's new podcast "We Came To Win."
Luis Alberto Urrea is one of the foremost chroniclers of the Mexican-American experience in the written word. His new book, "The House of Broken Angels," is fiction, but based on an actual event in the writer's life. Urrea's stepbrother was turning 74 and dying of cancer—so his family decided to throw him one last blow-out birthday party. Maria Hinojosa talks to the Mexican-American writer about his latest novel and startling readers in Trump's America.
In the early nineties, Elizabeth Ramirez and three friends—all lesbians— were accused of sexually assaulting two children, and were later convicted and incarcerated in San Antonio. The San Antonio Four, as they came to be known, have maintained that they are innocent for over 20 years. They say their conviction was a result of the "Satanic panic" and homophobia.
A recent story about authorities losing track of almost 1,500 young immigrants has been all over the news. The young migrants are asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border without their parents and were later released into the custody of guardians or sponsors. Recently, the government admitted that they haven't been able to reach almost 1,500 of those sponsors, drawing concerns that the kids could be at risk. This disclosure has raised the question: what is the government's role in making sure these kids are safe?