In May, writer Junot Díaz was accused of misconduct by several female writers, including forcibly kissing one woman. The allegations set off a firestorm of tweets and think pieces about Díaz's behavior and how he fits into the growing #MeToo movement. For Latino USA's Amanda Alcantara, Díaz had been a kind of literary hero. So, after the allegations came out, she set off on a journey of introspection to figure out how she should feel about Díaz and his work—a journey that included heartfelt conversations, deleted tweets and even a mysterious anonymous email.
On March 7th, 2018, Alejandra Pablos, a reproductive rights and undocumented activist was detained by ICE and placed in the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. A petition for her early release was launched by Mijente, a group that organizes around immigrant rights, and it circulated quickly on social media. Alejandra became a high profile activist with thousands of supporters. Latino USA looks at what Alejandra's story tells us about how undocumented activism is changing.
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.