Next year, Showtime will premiere its first-ever late-night talk show, and to host the show, the network tapped two guys from the Bronx: Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. Joel Martinez, aka The Kid Mero, is one of the stars of the comedy duo. Their late-night show career started on Viceland where every night, Mero and Desus Nice delivered smart and hilarious commentary on the day's news, politics and pop culture. However, Martinez didn't take the traditional career path of a comedian. Maria Hinojosa talks to the comedy star about his unlikely path to late-night.
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 1970s.
The Latino USA feed is now going to be longer. As of today - you can access the 50 latest episodes we publish, instead of just the last 30. That's why you may have gotten a bunch of annoying notifications for new episodes on your phone - sorry about that. Happy listening!
Today, we bring you a special podcast with some of our latest "How I Made It" segments: Stories about Latino creators and the work they make. This time, we go behind the scenes into the creative process with some of our favorite musicians. We'll hear from Uruguayan singer and composer Jorge Drexler, the Puerto Rican group Balún and Colombian rock legends Aterciopelados. So sit back, turn up your speaker and enjoy this summer music special.
Latino USA producer Sayre Quevedo grew up having only met two members of his blood family, his mom and his brother. His father left before he was born and his mother lost touch with her family after leaving home as a teenager. For a long time, Sayre's family history was shrouded in mystery. Until one Mother's Day, when everything changes, and he finds himself on a journey to untangle the story of his long-lost family and the secrets that have haunted them.
Juan Sanchez is the CEO of Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit that runs shelters for immigrant minors in the United States. He has been criticized for sheltering kids under Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy and making a profit. Southwest Key has received nearly $1 billion in government contracts, and Sanchez's compensation was nearly $1.5 million last year. The company was criticized even more after reports of sexual misconduct in its shelters. And yet, Sanchez's bio depicts a different narrative—that of a social justice champion praised by multiple Latino advocacy organizations. Which story is right?