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Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.

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November 19th, 2019


Over the last two years, reporter Sarah Fuss Kessler has been following the story of a Latina high school teacher in the farming town of Merced, …

The Battle Of 187: Pete Wilson

November 15th, 2019


Our miniseries about California's Proposition 187, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times, continues with a special bonus episode. Host Gustavo …

The Return

November 13th, 2019


Javier Zamora was nine years-old when he made the journey from El Salvador to the U.S.-Mexico border. Last year, nearly 20 years later, he returned …

How The Price Of The Metro Sparked Mass Protests In Chile

November 8th, 2019


In early October, the Chilean government raised the price of the metro, triggering the largest protests in Chile's history. Latino USA speaks with …

Shrimp Who Falls Asleep

November 5th, 2019


Writer Y.B., who we are identifying by her initials for the safety of her family, immigrated from Morelos, Mexico to New York City with her family over two decades ago. Since then, they've been living in Queens as …

The Battle Of 187, Part 3: Thank You, Pete Wilson

October 29th, 2019


The third and final episode of our Prop 187 miniseries in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times. Just one day after the 1994 election, federal and …

The Battle Of 187, Part 2: Save Our State

October 29th, 2019


Part two of our Prop 187 miniseries, a collaboration with the Los Angeles Times. In June 1994, 187 gets enough signatures to qualify for the …

The Battle Of 187, Part 1: They Keep Coming

October 29th, 2019


Our three-part miniseries about Proposition 187 in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times begins. Host Gustavo Arellano learns how Prop 187 was …

How I Made It: Flor De Toloache

October 25th, 2019


When Mireya Ramos found herself subject to scrutiny and machismo as the only woman mariachi singer in the male-dominated mariachi circles, she …

Marshals' Lawlessness

October 23rd, 2019


Latino USA brings you a first-ever look into the sprawling detention system run by the U.S. Marshals. The agency's detention population has ballooned …

Spanish As A First Language

October 18th, 2019


Being a new parent comes with a series of challenges—one being the decision whether or not to teach your child a second language. Latino USA explores the world of bilingual parenting through the story of two …

The Movement For Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 14th, 2019


In the U.S., Columbus Day is a federal holiday in honor of the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus—and it's a day of Italian-American celebration. …

A Day In The Life Of Pitbull

October 11th, 2019


Armando Christian Pérez —better known as Pitbull— is a rapper, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, brand ambassador and has a whole host of other job …

How I Made It: KAINA

October 8th, 2019


Chicago is a breeding ground for diverse sounds: it is the birthplace of house music and has a thriving indie hip-hop scene. One of the city's up-and-coming artists is Kaina Castillo. Known simply as KAINA, the …

Weed The People

October 4th, 2019


Throughout his decades of selling weed, Ramón García never thought he'd see the day marijuana became legal in California. But while he now owns a legitimate cannabis distribution business, he's ambivalent about the …

Portrait Of: Isabel Allende

October 1st, 2019


Author Isabel Allende began her writing career as a journalist in Chile. Born in Peru, Allende grew up in Chile until 1973, when her uncle, former Chilean President Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a coup and died. …

Lou Diamond Phillips Reflects On 'La Bamba' 30 Years Later

September 27th, 2019


It's been over three decades since actor Lou Diamond Phillips portrayed Chicano rock 'n' roll legend Ritchie Valens on the silver screen. Little did …

The Breakdown: The Spell Of Yma Sumac

September 24th, 2019


In the 1950s, singer and diva Yma Sumac took over the North American airwaves with her mystical voice. The Queen of Exotica and Inca Princess was said to cast a spell on anyone who came across her with her exotic look …

A Conversation With Bernie Sanders

September 20th, 2019


Four years ago, Senator Bernie Sanders began a long-shot campaign for the presidency. Until then, Sanders was a relatively unknown independent senator from Vermont, with some very progressive ideas. His campaign turned …

How I Made It: Honduran Photographer Tomas Ayuso

September 17th, 2019


Tomas Ayuso is a photographer who decided to challenge the way mainstream media was documenting violence and trauma in Central America. Through his …

A Conversation With Beto O'Rourke

September 13th, 2019


Beto O'Rourke became an overnight sensation in Texas in 2018, when he ran against one of the most well-known Republican incumbents in the U.S. Senate: Ted Cruz. Beto's campaign was known for its focus on social media …

Portrait Of: Author Julia Alvarez

September 10th, 2019


Julia Alvarez is a renowned Dominican-American author whose work finds its power in intersections: like that between the personal and political, or …

Selenis Leyva, Success With A Purpose

September 6th, 2019


Actor Selenis Leyva makes the most out of small moments. She plays the character Gloria Mendoza on the Netflix series, "Orange Is The New Black." Gloria is a strong Latina, trying to survive in prison. And in real life, …

Livin' Lagordiloca

September 3rd, 2019


Priscilla Villarreal, who calls herself "Lagordiloca," has become a highly controversial social media sensation in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Each night, Lagordiloca drives through the streets of Laredo chasing …

How I Made It: 'El Gato' Of The Harlem Globetrotters

August 30th, 2019


The Harlem Globetrotters have been a team since the 1920s. Originally started by Saul Saperstein, a white Jewish man, the team's purpose was to get …

The Quevedos

August 27th, 2019


Sayre Quevedo grew up knowing just 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 …

Portrait Of: Former Raiders Coach Tom Flores

August 23rd, 2019


As a player, coach, and broadcaster, Tom Flores has been a part of the Raiders franchise for decades. When he started playing for the Oakland Raiders in 1960, football was just starting to find its audience, and he was …

Immigration Reform (Now For Kids!)

August 20th, 2019


Today on Latino USA, we enter the U.S. Senate chambers and get to follow along as members of Congress tackle one of the nation's most controversial …

Portrait Of: Esmeralda Santiago LIVE In NYC

August 16th, 2019


Latino USA teamed up with the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y to put on an event honoring the 25th anniversary of Esmeralda Santiago's coming of age classic "When I Was Puerto Rican." In conversation with …

The Legacy Of 'Dora The Explorer'

August 14th, 2019


In 1998, three television writers tasked with creating the next hit children's show came up with the idea of a young girl who would go on adventures, …

El Paso Strong

August 9th, 2019


On August 3rd, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas. 22 people were killed—eight were Mexican citizens and the majority were Latino. The suspect, in a white extremist manifesto posted …

Portrait Of: Gina Torres

August 7th, 2019


Gina Torres knew from a young age that she wanted to be in the arts. The Cuban-American actress grew up in the Bronx, New York and graduated from …

Why Ricky Resigned

August 2nd, 2019


On July 7th, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo "Ricky" Rosselló, was on vacation in France when messages —containing his homophobic and sexist …

Pump Up The Jam: LA's Backyard Party Scene

July 30th, 2019


Latino USA sits down with Guadalupe Rosales of Veteranas and Rucas and Map Pointz, two archival projects focused on the backyard party scene of 80's and 90's Los Angeles that celebrate big hair, house music and endless …

A Conversation With Pete Buttigieg

July 26th, 2019


Just a year ago, not many people outside of South Bend, Indiana would have recognized the name: Pete Buttigieg. Known as "Mayor Pete," Buttigieg is …

How One Native Language Survived Extinction

July 23rd, 2019


There are an estimated 7,000 distinct languages in the world—but researchers say nearly half are in danger of extinction, and on average, one language dies about every two weeks. In Hawaii, the practice of speaking the …

Of Bloodlines And Conquistadors

July 19th, 2019


"Hispano" is an identity unique to New Mexico and southern Colorado. It defines people who consider themselves to be descendants of the Spanish …

Could Synthetic Biology Stop Global Warming?

July 16th, 2019


It's a fact: Latinos are concerned about climate change—actually more than non-Latinos. Producer (and guest host) Antonia Cereijido is no exception and her anxiety led her to the work of Héctor García Martín, a …

How I Made It: King of The Bongo Makers and Ambar Lucid

July 12th, 2019


In this episode, we're sharing two segments from our "How I Made It" series, which dives into the stories behind creative processes. Today, two music stories, separated by two generations. We hear how a mambo-obsessed …

Willie Perdomo Comes Home

July 9th, 2019


In the early 1990s, Willie Perdomo was a teenager growing up in East Harlem. He saw and experienced firsthand a tumultuous moment in New York City, …

Portrait Of: Luna Lauren Vélez

July 5th, 2019


For the past 25 years, Luna Lauren Vélez has been portraying powerful Latinas in front of the camera. From a young Nuyorican mother in the 1994 cult …

Portrait Of: Cypress Hill's Sen Dog

July 2nd, 2019


Senen Reyes, also known as Sen Dog, is one of the founding members of the pioneering rap group Cypress Hill. Their music differs from other West Coast hip-hop from the 80s and 90s—Cypress Hill was less concerned with …

Portrait Of: 80s Ball Subculture In FX's 'Pose'

June 28th, 2019


When you think of the 1980's in New York City, you might think of grit and crime – but a vibrant, dazzling underground ball scene? Maybe not. The hit series "Pose" on FX is now telling the stories of that scene – a …

Seeking Asylum, Seeking To Stay Together

June 25th, 2019


Mauricio Pérez and his boyfriend Jorge Alberto Alfaro González met on Facebook in El Salvador during the summer of 2015. After Mauricio's sister was killed by members of a gang and Jorge's young cousins were killed by a …

Comedian Arturo Castro Finds Humor In This Political Moment

June 21st, 2019


Arturo Castro is a Guatemalan actor and writer best known for playing "Jaime" on Comedy Central's "Broad City" and cartel leader David Rodriguez on Netflix's "Narcos." Now, after a decade in the business, Castro is …

City Of Oil

June 19th, 2019


Los Angeles, you might be surprised to learn, sits on top of the largest urban oil field in the country and has been the site of oil extraction for almost 150 years. Today, nearly 5,000 oil wells remain active in Los …

A Conversation With Cory Booker

June 14th, 2019


Latino USA continues its coverage of the field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination with a conversation with Senator Cory Booker. Booker …

Laura's Mission

June 11th, 2019


27-year-old Laura Molinar was in medical school in Chicago, when she was flooded with news about the family separation crisis. Born and raised in San …

Portrait Of: Sandra Cisneros LIVE in Chicago

June 7th, 2019


Sandra Cisneros doesn't need an introduction. Her coming-of-age novel, "The House on Mango Street," has sold over six million copies and has turned …

A Conversation with Jeh Johnson

June 4th, 2019


Since the beginning of the Trump administration, the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration policy have been front and center in public conversation. …

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