In progressive Minneapolis, an open letter is written to a white candidate for city council questioning his decision to run against a Latina incumbent in a time of "deep racial pain." In California, a Colombian man who identifies with his Spanish heritage tries to join the so-called "alt-right," and hits some bumps in the road. This week on Latino USA, we look at the complicated identity politics of whiteness in the Trump era. And, we examine the question of whether or not more and more Latinos will identify with whiteness in the future.
When the going gets tough, people may tell you to "look for a silver lining" or to "turn lemons into lemonade." But that's all easier said than done, right? On this episode we're bringing you stories of people who ended up in dark places but somehow found the light. We talk to fashion designer Mondo Guerra, from Project Runway, about how his most painful experience became the inspiration that launched his career. We also learn about Los Prisioneros, a punk band that fought a dictatorship in Chile, and we meet a young man who became a video game superstar while caring for his ailing mother.
No matter the measure, whether it's race, class, or gender, the tech industry does not reflect the American work force. In this episode of Latino USA, we look at that "pipeline" that brings workers into the tech industry —from programs aimed at middle schoolers to an algorithm that is supposed to eliminate bias from the hiring process— to find out where the leaks are.
With the release of Coco, Disney Pixar's film about the Day of the Dead, Latino USA takes a look back at Disney's relationship with Latin America. We start in the 1940s when Walt Disney and a group of animators were deployed by the U.S. government to Latin America in efforts to curb Nazi influence there. Then we hear from a Chilean writer who wrote a book called "How to Read Donald Duck" critiquing Disney comics' American imperialism in the 1070's. His book would later be burned in Chile. And finally, we talk with the directors of Coco, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.
In honor of Veteran's Day, a collection of stories and interviews with veterans exploring stress, trauma, and transformation after military service. We hear from a married couple who divorced after redeployment, and from an army mechanic who became a YouTube beauty guru. Veteran, actor, and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez talks to Maria Hinojosa about surviving an explosion that burned a third of his body, and about how his family helped him through it. Plus, what does it mean to go to war for a country that wants to deport you?
Latino USA heads to the great city of Los Angeles to tell stories about hidden L.A. history. In the 1950s, a Mexican-American community is evicted in the area where Dodger Stadium now stands. We'll hear from actor Carlos Gomez about his role in a new show about the Menendez brothers, a case the rocked the city. And a new mural unveiled at Union Station in the heart of L.A., once hidden for its controversial depictions of Latino history, is now part of a celebration of Latino art.