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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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How I Made It: Ada Limón

August 3rd, 2021

20:28

Ada Limón spent almost her whole life dreaming about poetry. Today, she has five successful poetry titles under her belt, including “Bright Dead …

A Million More Immigrant Voters

July 30th, 2021

40:21

On this episode of Latino USA, we look at the attacks against voting rights taking place throughout the country and how New York City is trying to move in the other direction—extending municipal voting rights to up to …

Portrait Of: Carmen Maria Machado

July 27th, 2021

31:03

Carmen Maria Machado is a modern-day literary phenomenon. From horror to speculative fiction to comic books, her writing defies genre. She’s a …

On The Other Side

July 23rd, 2021

33:38

President Joe Biden made a lot of promises on the campaign trail related to immigration. He even promised to reverse several Trump-era policies. …

How I Made It: El Peso Hero

July 20th, 2021

22:34

By day, Héctor Rodríguez III is a school teacher; by night, he’s creating the world of “El Peso Hero”, a comic book superhero based on the border …

Unsafe In Foster Care, Part 2

July 16th, 2021

45:22

We continue our investigation into the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). While looking into what happened the night Joseph Chacón died, reporter Deepa Fernandes finds out that another baby, …

How I Made It: Francisca Valenzuela

July 13th, 2021

20:18

Chilean-American singer-songwriter Francisca Valenzuela has always forged her own path in music. Born and raised in California, Francisca began her career after moving to Chile with her family. Even when major labels …

Unsafe In Foster Care, Part 1

July 9th, 2021

46:28

After a domestic violence incident, Leah Garcia called the police looking for safety for her and her two children. But her calls triggered the …

How I Made It: Kichwa Hatari

July 6th, 2021

14:38

In this segment of our “How I Made It” series, Charlie Uruchima shares his journey with his ancestral language and tells us how he created "Kichwa Hatari," the first Kichwa-language radio station in the U.S. From a …

Puerto Crypto

July 2nd, 2021

41:39

In 2018, just months after Hurricane Maria, an eccentric group of cryptocurrency enthusiasts arrived in Puerto Rico. They came with big plans for the island—to help rebuild after the hurricane, and in the process create …

The Fight For Abortion Rights In The Dominican Republic

June 29th, 2021

39:00

The Dominican Republic has one of the harshest anti-abortion laws in the Americas, but a legal reform might be closer than ever before. In recent months, women’s rights activists have taken the streets to protest in …

You Want To Talk About Hot Cheetos?

June 25th, 2021

37:48

We tackle the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos controversy and dive into why this story is so much more than just about a processed snack food but a story about …

How I Made It: Fluxus Foto

June 22nd, 2021

18:01

After a historic clash between Ecuadorians and their national government in 2019, one photo of an Andean woman mid-protest became an iconic symbol of …

Jon M. Chu On Film And Belonging

June 18th, 2021

43:51

As “In the Heights” hits theaters one year after its original release date, we talk to director Jon M. Chu about why he thinks immigrant narratives deserve to be summer blockbusters. Chu tells us about his youth as a …

A Family Conversation On Race And Latinidad

June 15th, 2021

35:41

Two Afrolatinx cousins have an intimate conversation about race and Latinidad a year after George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a white cop. …

I'm A Cholo

June 11th, 2021

29:36

In the United States, the word “cholo” invokes images of gang members, lowriders, and tattoos. But in South America, cholo or “cholito” can either be …

How I Made It: Maná

June 8th, 2021

14:16

The rock en español group, Maná, is one of the most successful Spanish-language rock bands of this generation. They've sold over 40 million records …

Shrimp Who Falls Asleep

June 4th, 2021

45:43

Writer Yesica Balderrama immigrated from Morelos, Mexico to New York City with her family over two decades ago. Since then, they’ve been living in Queens as undocumented immigrants. While Yesica eventually was able to …

Crossing The Border For More Affordable Insulin

June 1st, 2021

42:08

From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells personal stories, stories of love, hope, struggle and survival, from fronterizas and fronterizos and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall. Despite the pandemic and …

Lorena's 'Alcance'

May 28th, 2021

57:11

When pioneering trans activist Lorena Borjas first arrived in the U.S. in late May of 1981, she found both community and an epidemic. Through her experiences on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NY, Lorena developed a …

How I Made It: Kali Uchis

May 25th, 2021

17:37

Artist and singer Kali Uchis is known for genre-defying music inspired by the wide range of songs she loved as a child, from doo-wop and soul to …

Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

May 21st, 2021

42:28

After a year with historic implications, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sits for an intimate, in-person interview with Maria …

Latinos Persevering

May 18th, 2021

44:07

On today’s episode of Latino USA, we meet some of the Latinas and Latinos involved with the recent and historic mission to Mars. The Perseverance …

Alex Padilla, From California To Capitol Hill

May 14th, 2021

30:55

It was an anti-immigrant initiative in his home state of California that pushed Alex Padilla into politics, now he is making history as the first …

Not Always About The Money

May 11th, 2021

33:42

From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells personal stories, stories of love, hope, struggle and survival, from border crossers and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall. Despite the pandemic and travel …

The Wrongful Conviction Of Joseph Webster: Episode 2

May 7th, 2021

55:32

We continue the story of Joseph Webster, a Black man who was serving a life sentence for murder in Tennessee – a murder he says he didn’t commit. After a conviction review unit in Nashville created to address potential …

How I Made It: No Te Va Gustar

May 4th, 2021

10:56

For over 25 years, Uruguayan band No Te Va Gustar has been filling concert venues across Latin America. With their mix of pop, rock, reggae, ska, and …

The Wrongful Conviction Of Joseph Webster: Episode 1

April 30th, 2021

46:30

Nearly 2,800 people have been exonerated — or legally cleared — after being convicted and going to prison for crimes they didn’t commit over the last three decades. In this episode of Latino USA, we explore the case of …

Ornella & Violeta

April 27th, 2021

18:29

For seventeen years, Ornella Pedrozo thought of her mom's detainment by ICE as her deepest, darkest secret. When she was four years old, her mother …

La Reina Del Rock: Alejandra Guzmán

April 23rd, 2021

28:45

Known by many as “La Reina del Rock,” the queen of Latin American rock, Alejandra Guzmán has built a legacy for herself through her soulful …

Cross-Border Misinformation

April 20th, 2021

38:03

On today’s episode of Latino USA investigative journalist Jean Guerrero speaks with Maria Hinojosa about her recent reporting on Latino social media influencers who are fanning the flames of the immigration debate. …

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions, Answered

April 16th, 2021

42:37

Can undocumented people get the vaccine? How much is it going to cost? And how well do the COVID-19 vaccines work around children? Or with pregnant women? Many are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after a long …

Rita Indiana's Pan-Caribbean Rebirth

April 13th, 2021

25:12

Ten years ago, when she was at the peak of her career, Dominican writer and musician Rita Indiana announced she was leaving music. But “La Montra” is now back with a new album, Mandinga Times, a fusion of punk, rock, …

Birth Control In Times Of Crisis

April 9th, 2021

33:07

For women, losing access to contraceptives and getting pregnant without planning has long-term consequences – on their education, professional …

How I Made It: Unforgivable

April 6th, 2021

20:43

Until recently, San Francisco Gotera prison in El Salvador was a gang prison, dedicated to holding members of the notorious MS-13 and 18th Street …

La Brega: The Bankruptcy Letters

April 2nd, 2021

39:05

Luis J. Valentín Ortiz from the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo tells a hidden story from Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, that of the micro-creditors — thousands of low-income retirees and former public employees with …

How I Made It: Rodrigo y Gabriela

March 30th, 2021

10:47

In the late 90's, Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero embarked on a one-way trip to Dublin, Ireland. While they were originally heavy metal musicians back home in Mexico, they traded their electric guitars for …

The Breakdown: Heavy Metal Edition

March 26th, 2021

34:50

The stereotype goes that Latinos only listen to salsa or reggaeton. But one of the biggest genres of music across Latin America is actually heavy metal, with bands like Iron Maiden selling out stadiums across the region …

La Brega: The End Of The Promises

March 23rd, 2021

47:13

Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States has long been a subject of intense debate. In 1952, Puerto Rico adopted a new status that was meant …

La Brega: Basketball Warriors

March 19th, 2021

51:47

Despite being a U.S. colony, Puerto Rico competes in sports as its own country on the world stage. Since the 70s, Puerto Rico’s national basketball …

La Brega: An Encyclopedia Of Betrayal

March 16th, 2021

39:51

Photographer Chris Gregory-Rivera examines the legacy of the surveillance files known in Puerto Rico as las carpetas — produced from a decades-long secret government program aimed at fracturing the pro-independence …

A Year Like No Other

March 12th, 2021

1:03:38

A year after COVID-19 first shut down the United States, Latino USA looks at how the pandemic has changed the lives of Latinos across the country. We’ll check in with a domestic worker in Chicago who has lost work …

Texas In The Dark: A Reporter’s Notebook

March 9th, 2021

18:38

A winter storm in Texas left millions with no power and water issues in February. Latino USA producer Reynaldo Leaños Jr. documented his family’s experience during the storm and kept an audio diary of what happened.

La Brega: Vieques And The Promise To Build Back Better

March 5th, 2021

46:59

Weeks after Hurricane María, the Government of Puerto Rico accepted an emphatic suggestion from officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), put it in writing as if it were its own decision, and …

How I Made It: Futuro Conjunto

March 2nd, 2021

18:42

What will the music of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley sound like 100 years from now? That’s the premise at the heart of Futuro Conjunto, a multimedia …

Gustavo Dudamel’s Harmony In Times Of Crisis

February 26th, 2021

36:01

Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most famous and acclaimed conductors in the world. He’s been the Music and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles …

La Brega, Episode 2: Levittown, Where The Good Life Begins

February 24th, 2021

42:41

Alana Casanova-Burgess traces the history and development of Levittown, a massive suburb that was founded on the idea of bringing the American middle-class lifestyle to Puerto Rico during a time of great change on the …

La Brega, Episode 1: What Is La Brega?

February 24th, 2021

18:00

In this kick off episode, host Alana Casanova-Burgess sets out to define la brega and examine what its ubiquity among boricuas really means. A brega …

Yesika Salgado On Love, Lust, And Being A Hopeless Romantic

February 23rd, 2021

27:22

Yesika Salgado grew up in Los Angeles in a Salvadoran family, and she calls herself a fat, fly poet—her most recent book of poems is titled "Hermosa." Yesika and Maria start this episode with a trip to the world’s …

Portrait Of: José Feliciano

February 19th, 2021

27:01

Every holiday season, you can't help but sing along to the infectious melody of José Feliciano's 1970 mega single, "Feliz Navidad." But aside from …

Suave: Episode 2 'The Hustle'

February 16th, 2021

38:25

In this second episode of our new podcast series, Suave, Maria Hinojosa learns more about Suave’s early life in the South Bronx and the crime Suave was convicted of as a teenager in the Badlands of Philadelphia. We …

Suave: Episode 1 'The Sentence'

February 12th, 2021

34:51

Suave has been serving a life sentence at a Pennsylvania maximum-security prison since he was a teenager. In 1993, he meets Maria Hinojosa when she's invited to speak at the prison and they begin a decades-long …

Selena And Abraham

February 9th, 2021

44:13

Journalist Maria Garcia tells her story as she began to report on the lasting legacy of Selena Quintanilla. Maria's reporting begins not with Selena herself, but with Abraham Quintanilla: Selena's father, manager and …

Dr. Fauci: One Year Into The Pandemic

February 5th, 2021

23:06

Dr. Anthony Fauci has served as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under seven presidents stemming back to the 1980s. He is often seen as the leading voice in combating COVID-19, which …

How I Made It: Omar Apollo

February 2nd, 2021

14:46

Omar Apollo, a rising star in the indie R&B scene, began making music on his own by teaching himself chords from YouTube videos and honing his …

Decriminalizing The War On Drugs

January 29th, 2021

38:53

In the summer of 1971, President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs.” Today, with over 2 million people behind bars, the U.S. is the world's most carceral nation. Many of those serving time are there for crimes related to …

In The Mouth Of The Wolf

January 26th, 2021

29:36

Since January 2019, nearly 68,000 asylum seekers have been ordered to wait in Mexico as their cases make their way through the U.S. courts system. The wait can take years, and it can often be deadly. After Mexico …

Goya In Three Boycotts

January 22nd, 2021

41:32

Goya Foods was has been on the spotlight after its CEO Robert Unanue expressed his support for former president Donald Trump. Calls for boycotts flooded social media over the summer. But that wasn’t the first time the …

President Biden Has Promises To Keep

January 19th, 2021

28:46

This past November, Latino voters helped Joe Biden win the Presidency. He had made a long list of commitments to Latinx communities, from investing in healthcare and education and creating a path to citizenship for …

Selena And Me

January 15th, 2021

32:42

Maria Garcia can still remember the first time she saw Selena Quintanilla on TV: red lips, brown skin, big hoops. Maria was just 7 years old, new to …

Portrait Of: Gabby Rivera

January 12th, 2021

24:21

When Gabby Rivera wrote her coming-of-age novel “Juliet Takes a Breath” in 2016, she didn't know that it would get her attention from an unusual …

City Of Oil

January 8th, 2021

31:53

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 …

How I Made It: Jessie Reyez

January 5th, 2021

19:18

Jessie Reyez sings sad songs, but it's those songs along with her soulful voice and brutally honest lyrics that have garnered her fans around the …

Portrait Of: Residente

January 1st, 2021

35:39

In 2005, a duo of Puerto Rican artists released their eponymously titled debut album "Calle 13." Their mix of reggaeton and rap took the Latinx music scene by storm and got them three Latin Grammy awards. In 2017, one …

Unjust And Unsolved: JJ Velazquez

December 29th, 2020

46:09

In 1998, JJ Velazquez was sentenced to life for the murder of a police officer in Harlem, New York. The twenty-one-year-old father had an alibi that …

A Socially Distant Christmas Special

December 25th, 2020

29:58

Christmas and the holiday season are usually a time for Latinos and Latinas to gather together and celebrate, but COVID-19 has turned those holiday …

From Cop To Progressive Prosecutor: George Gascón

December 22nd, 2020

24:45

George Gascón was recently elected as Los Angeles County’s District Attorney, and his victory was hailed as a big win for a movement of progressive prosecutors aiming to end mass incarceration. Gascón immigrated from …

Equations For Liberation, A Conversation With Kelly Lytle Hernandez

December 18th, 2020

34:01

When historian Kelly Lytle Hernandez was denied access to Los Angeles Police Department’s arrest records for her research on mass incarceration, she …

How I Made It: From Med School Student To Cimafunk

December 15th, 2020

16:06

It was only a few years ago that Erik Rodriguez was attending medical school in his native Cuba, following his family of careerists’ footsteps. But …

The Amazon's Burning Libraries

December 11th, 2020

32:40

The arrival of the novel coronavirus in Munduruku territory, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, has threatened the lives of the group, and its …

Getting Real About Pregnancy

December 8th, 2020

34:37

Pregnancy comes with all kinds of questions, but the journey to pregnancy and the mishaps along the way are often overlooked or taboo in the Latino community. How can we as a community help break the silences …

Ilia Calderón: My Skin Color Doesn't Define Me

December 4th, 2020

28:19

Ilia Calderón was still a little girl when she first experienced racism. But being rejected by part of her native Colombia's society would not deter …

How I Made It: La Doña

December 1st, 2020

9:22

Cecilia Peña-Govea who calls herself La Doña, grew up in the Mission District in San Francisco. She started playing music in her family's band at …

By Right Of Discovery

November 27th, 2020

48:28

On Thanksgiving Day, hundreds of people gather on Alcatraz Island, the famous former prison and one of the largest tourist attractions in San …

Kate's Summer

November 24th, 2020

31:00

The summer of 2020 was filled with uncertainty as more than 20 million people in the U.S. were left unemployed — including Kate Bustamante’s parents. …

Portrait Of: Gloria Estefan

November 20th, 2020

36:00

Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia was a shy, quiet young woman who joined a band named the Miami Latin Boys. Although she had no plans of international fame, and intended to continue her studies, life had different …

How I Made It: From Foster Kid to Judge

November 17th, 2020

14:36

When she was nine years-old, Xiomara Torres fled the civil war in her home country of El Salvador and came to the U.S. As a child she adjusted to her …

The Myth Of The 'Latino Vote'

November 13th, 2020

54:12

A major lesson from the 2020 election is one that Latinos already know: The idea of a single “Latino vote” is a myth. Latinos and Latinas throughout the United States draw from different histories that have shaped their …

How I Made It: Las Cafeteras

November 10th, 2020

13:56

Las Cafeteras are a band out of East LA that met while doing community organizing. They began playing at the Eastside Cafe, where they discovered Son Jarocho, traditional Afro-Mexican music from Veracruz. They quickly …

Reclaiming Our Homes

November 6th, 2020

41:42

On March 14th of 2020, Martha Escudero and her two daughters became the first of a dozen unhoused families to occupy one of over a hundred vacant houses in El Sereno, Los Angeles. Some call them squatters, but they call …

The American Dream Daughter: A Conversation With Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

November 3rd, 2020

31:47

On paper, author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is the poster child for the American Dream. She’s a Harvard graduate, a Yale Ph.D. candidate, and, now, a 2020 National Book Award finalist for her debut book, “The …

A Third Of The Latino Vote

October 30th, 2020

37:09

Why do Latinos support Trump? Many people have asked this question since 2016, when, after launching his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants …

Breaking Down The U.S. Deportation Machine

October 27th, 2020

28:35

The United States runs on migrant labor. That’s been the case for most of this country’s history, and the demand for cheap workers over the past two centuries led to waves of immigration from China, Japan, Europe, and …

Why Campaigns Fail To Get Latinos To Vote

October 23rd, 2020

28:12

Thirty two million Latinos are eligible to vote this election – a record. But research suggests that, in battleground states, 57% of them are not going to cast ballots. Historically, Latino turnout has been lower than …

Portrait Of: Danny Trejo

October 20th, 2020

21:01

Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa sits down with actor and entrepreneur Danny Trejo. Trejo has starred in over 300 films, often playing villains and tough guys of all sorts. He now runs Trejo's Tacos, Trejo's Cantina, and …

The Rehab Empire Built On Cakes

October 16th, 2020

31:30

It's a common sight in Puerto Rico—men in bright yellow T-shirts going door-to door-selling cakes. They're residents at Hogares CREA, Puerto Rico's biggest drug treatment program. Since CREA’s founding 1968, they've …

How I Made It: Buscabulla

October 13th, 2020

19:16

Buscabulla is a Puerto Rican indie duo formed by wife and husband Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo del Valle. Around 2018, Buscabulla was one of the …

The Matter Of Castro Tum

October 9th, 2020

41:17

In 2018, a young Guatemalan man named Reynaldo Castro Tum was ordered deported even though no one in the U.S. government knew where he was, or how to find him. Now, more than two years later, his unusual journey through …

The Parents Are Not Alright

October 6th, 2020

32:12

When cities across the country began going on lockdown in March, parents all over the U.S. had to scramble to balance taking care of their children, helping them with remote learning, while also working. Essential …

From Chicago To Oaxaca

October 2nd, 2020

28:49

Back in March, Lili Ruiz moved out of New York City to reunite with her family in Chicago. As the first months of quarantine passed by, Lili’s family remained safe and kept in communication with their indigenous …

How I Made It: Chicano Batman

September 29th, 2020

12:51

Chicano Batman is out with their newest album "Invisible People," which celebrates diversity. The band from Southern California has been on an upward climb since forming in 2008, fusing a kind of vintage psychedelic …

Estrella, Revisited

September 25th, 2020

41:43

In February of 2017, ICE agents arrested Estrella, an undocumented trans woman, inside an El Paso courthouse. Estrella was there after filing for a protective order, testifying in a domestic abuse hearing against her …

The Breakdown: The Spell Of Yma Sumac

September 22nd, 2020

37:53

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 …

'Hatemonger': Author Jean Guerrero On Stephen Miller

September 18th, 2020

26:36

Maria Hinojosa talks with reporter Jean Guerrero about her new book, "Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda," which chronicles the rise of one of President Trump's most influential …

A Conversation With Maria Hinojosa And Lulu Garcia-Navarro

September 15th, 2020

31:11

Today, September 15th, marks the launch of Maria Hinojosa's new book, "Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America." So we are …

Alzheimer's In Color

September 11th, 2020

42:44

Latino USA and Black Public Media bring you Alzheimer's In Color. It's the story of Ramona Latty, a Dominican immigrant, told by her daughter Yvonne, …

How I Made It: A Trip To Sesame Street With Rosita

September 8th, 2020

15:00

Can you tell us how to get to Sesame Street? Rosita can! In this installment of our How I Made It series, we visit the friendliest block on …

How I Made It: Lido Pimienta On 'Miss Colombia'

September 4th, 2020

13:43

Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter Lido Pimienta tells us how her experience of migration led to her love of Afro-Colombian music, how a beauty …

The Strange Death Of José De Jesús, Part 2

September 1st, 2020

47:54

In part two of our two-part special, we continue our investigation into the death of a man in a U.S. immigration detention center in 2015. José de …

The Strange Death Of José De Jesús, Part 1

August 28th, 2020

49:46

A man dies in a U.S. immigration detention center, under unusual circumstances. He is found unresponsive in his cell, with a sock stuffed down his …

José Ralat, Taco Editor

August 21st, 2020

14:14

José Ralat is the Taco Editor at Texas Monthly Magazine and consequently the only taco editor in the United States. In his book, "American Tacos: A …

The Migrant Student Club

August 18th, 2020

36:04

Over 300,000 students in the U.S. migrate every year to work in agriculture, from spring to fall. At a high school in South Texas, when these …

Reporter's Notebook: Puerto Ricans Living In The Center Of The COVID-19 Outbreak

August 14th, 2020

17:40

The Puerto Rican population living in the United States is largely concentrated in New York, New Jersey, and Florida — all of which are regions hit …

The Children Of Smithfield

August 11th, 2020

30:24

Maira Mendez's parents work at a massive pork processing plant in Nebraska. Last March, as meatpacking plants across the nation quickly became invisible hotspots for the coronavirus, it became clear to her that the …

After The Mississippi Raids

August 7th, 2020

50:03

August 7th, 2019 was the day that tore apart an unlikely community of Guatemalan immigrants in central Mississippi. A year ago, hundreds of ICE agents arrived at seven chicken processing plants and arrested 680 workers. …

Alice Bag And A Quinceañera Reimagined

August 4th, 2020

12:32

For Alice Bag, punk is much more than just a genre, it is an attitude and a way to challenge the expectations and limitations placed on her due to her race, gender, or age. Alice Bag was the lead singer and co-founder …

And They Will Inherit It

July 31st, 2020

40:02

Almost 70 years ago, a group of majority Mexican-American miners in New Mexico readied themselves for a showdown with their bosses. The miners were going on strike to demand an end to discriminatory practices at the …

How I Made It: Kichwa Hatari

July 28th, 2020

13:49

In this segment of our "How I Made It" series, Charlie Uruchima shares his journey with his ancestral language and tells us how he created "Kichwa Hatari," the first Kichwa-language radio station in the U.S. From a …

Portrait Of: Anthony Ramos

July 24th, 2020

27:07

When Anthony Ramos discovered theater in high school, it changed his life. As a teenager, he had his sights set on baseball, but an injury led him …

Allyship And #BlackLivesMatter: A Conversation Across Cultures

July 21st, 2020

23:56

The nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd have started a firestorm of activism. Crowds of people have taken to the streets to support Black Lives Matter, many of whom are non-black. YR Media and …

In The Bronx, A Progressive Battleground

July 17th, 2020

24:29

In late June, Ritchie Torres made history when he took the lead in the Democratic primary to represent New York's 15th Congressional District, which is in the Bronx. While absentee ballots are still being counted, …

Kat Von D At Home

July 14th, 2020

24:00

In an interview from before the pandemic, Latino USA visits the home of tattoo artist, entrepreneur, reality star, and goth icon Kat Von D. She first became famous in the early aughts as the first female tattooer on the …

Omar Jimenez: On Air And Under Arrest

July 10th, 2020

26:45

While covering the protests sparked after George Floyd's murder in May, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol. He …

Portrait Of: Arca

July 7th, 2020

27:57

Alejandra Ghersi, the experimental musician from Venezuela known as Arca, has been at the forefront of a movement that has pushed the boundaries of the pop music landscape. Since dropping her first mixtapes in 2011, she …

Bobby Sanabria Reimagines West Side Story

July 3rd, 2020

18:50

Growing up as a Nuyorican kid in the Bronx, Bobby Sanabria first watched "West Side Story" in the movie theaters, on the 10th anniversary of the film's release. "I was mesmerized," said the Latin Jazz drummer and …

I'm Not Dead

June 30th, 2020

33:50

In the early 70s, Miguel Angel Villavicencio was focused on making his most ambitious dream possible: to become a famous singer in Bolivia and across …

How Brazil Became The Epicenter Of COVID-19

June 26th, 2020

25:33

Brazil recorded its first death from COVID-19 on March 17th and by mid-June the country was the world leader in daily deaths. Overall, Brazil is only behind the United States both in the number of cases and deaths due …

DACA Stands, But The Future Is Anything But Certain

June 24th, 2020

30:22

On Thursday, June 18th, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. This comes over …

Resistance And Loss In The Age Of COVID-19 With Edwidge Danticat

June 19th, 2020

29:02

According to Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat, stories are a way of finding inspiration and comfort during the times we're living through. Her award-winning writing portrays the immigrant experience, Haitian …

The Lone Legislator

June 17th, 2020

35:59

In 1919, an intrepid Texas state representative, José Tomás Canales, decided to lead an investigation into the abuse of power by the Texas Rangers. For several years, residents of South Texas had been reporting that …

Rosa Clemente On Allyship And Confronting Anti-Blackness

June 12th, 2020

22:04

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked worldwide protests against racism and police brutality. To many, this moment …

How Puerto Rican Scientists Hacked The COVID-19 Response

June 9th, 2020

28:27

In late February, the government of Puerto Rico was in denial over COVID-19. Top health officials were saying that the coronavirus would not reach …

Willie Perdomo Comes Home

June 5th, 2020

17:44

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, …

Dispatch From Atlanta's Nights Of Protests

June 3rd, 2020

13:03

It's been over a week since the death of George Floyd – a black man in handcuffs who died after being suffocated under the knee of a white officer in …

Love & Walkouts

June 2nd, 2020

32:44

Today we're bringing you an episode from our vault — a love story of student activism. We're taking you back to 1968, when thousands of students …

A Moment On The Farm

May 29th, 2020

9:17

The COVID-19 pandemic is a moment in which our broader food supply chains have been challenged—dairy farmers dumping unused milk, farmers plowing over produce, meatpacking plants closing, and grocery store shelves …

The Moving Border: Part Two, The South

May 27th, 2020

50:13

In Part 2 of The Moving Border, we visit Tapachula, Mexico in search of a young man whose life is in danger. And we find a new frontier where …

Inside An Intensive Care Unit In The Heart Of The Pandemic

May 22nd, 2020

13:46

As the coronavirus spread in New York City and reached its peak in April, some disturbing statistics were revealed: Black and Latino patients were disproportionately affected by the disease, and they were dying at twice …

The Moving Border: Part One, The North

May 20th, 2020

36:52

In this two-part investigation, "The Moving Border" from Latino USA, we delve into the increasing pressure put on refugees seeking safety in the United States via its southern border. It reveals the surprising support …

Behind The Scenes With Documented

May 14th, 2020

12:29

For our latest episode of Latino USA, we partnered up with Documented, a nonprofit news site that covers immigrants in New York City, to get a behind the scenes look at the experience of trying to navigate the …

At The Mercy Of The Courts

May 13th, 2020

52:29

In this episode of Latino USA we partner up with Documented, a nonprofit news site that covers immigrants in New York City, to get a behind the scenes look at the experience of trying to navigate the immigration courts …

Latino-Owned And Without A Lifeline, Small Businesses Struggle To Survive

May 8th, 2020

26:07

The COVID-19 shutdown has changed the lives of many across the country, including small business owners who are struggling to pay their rent, meet …

Portrait Of: Immortal Technique

May 6th, 2020

30:09

Felipe Coronel, aka Immortal Technique, is a legendary underground hip-hop artist known for his skills on the mic and his raw, highly political …

Portrait Of: Enrique Bunbury

May 1st, 2020

27:54

Enrique Bunbury is a rock legend in Spain and Latin America, and he's been touring in the United States for years. A pioneer of the "rock en español" …

Across The River From Boston

April 28th, 2020

23:19

New York City continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, but the state with the third most coronavirus cases —after New York and New Jersey— is Massachusetts. And just across the river from Boston is a …

With You, Peru

April 24th, 2020

31:11

The 1970s were a golden age for soccer in Peru, one that producer Janice Llamoca only heard about growing up in Los Angeles in the '90s. The Peruvian …

Hola Papi's Advice For Life In Self-Isolation

April 21st, 2020

21:35

In recent weeks, many of us have had to adjust to living and working remotely. It's a necessary precaution to keep yourself and your community safe during the coronavirus pandemic — but it's not always easy to do. John …

Reporter's Notebook: Afro-Puerto Ricans Fighting To Be Visible On The Census

April 17th, 2020

27:53

The 2020 census is underway, which counts everyone living in the U.S. and its five territories including Puerto Rico. The form consists of questions like name, age, sex and race, but some of these answers are …

With Sanders Out, What Happens To The Latino Vote Now?

April 15th, 2020

26:11

Latinos could play a decisive role in the swing state of Pennsylvania in November's presidential election. In 2016 Trump won the state by about …

Intuition

April 10th, 2020

32:54

Light your candles and schedule your limpia because today's episode is all about the power of intuition. Reporter Cindy Rodriguez talks to scientist …

Immigrants In ICE Detention Face The Threat Of COVID-19

April 7th, 2020

29:06

There are currently over 35,000 immigrants in detention in the United States, and most of them are in centers under the control of ICE, the …

The Remarkable Rebirth Of Medellín

April 1st, 2020

37:54

Medellín, Colombia, is lauded as one of the most innovative and tourist-friendly cities in the world. But 30 years ago, the city was the world's …

Checking Up On The Clinic During COVID-19

March 27th, 2020

22:24

A few months ago, we aired a story in which we spent 72 hours at CommunityHealth, a free health clinic in Chicago that only serves people without …

For Immigrant Communities, Coronavirus Is A Different Kind Of Threat

March 25th, 2020

22:02

Public health experts are urging people to stay at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — but not everyone can afford to. Here in the United States, low-income immigrant communities are facing high risks during …

From Boyle Heights To Netflix... And Back To The Neighborhood

March 20th, 2020

28:06

In February, Netflix premiered a comedy-drama series that features a Mexican-American family from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The show is called 'Gentefied' and it's a blend of two words: "gente", the …

An Acid Attack In Milwaukee

March 18th, 2020

25:05

Over the last few years, as immigration has become a heated topic of discussion, there are more and more stories about racist comments and instances …

The Few Let In To Wait

March 13th, 2020

31:33

In January 2019, the Trump administration began enforcing the Migrant Protection Protocols, more widely known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy. It …

Sanders, Biden, And The Latino Vote

March 12th, 2020

30:53

The Latino electorate has long been considered a sleeping giant in U.S. politics, but in the 2020 election, that giant is waking up. About 32 million …

The Election Glitch That Sparked A Dominican Uprising

March 6th, 2020

29:29

On February 27, thousands of Dominicans from around the country gathered for a massive rally in Santo Domingo. That date is normally one filled with carnival festivities to mark Independence Day. But this year—it had a …

Portrait Of: Residente

March 3rd, 2020

35:11

In 2005, a duo of Puerto Rican artists released their eponymously titled debut album "Calle 13." Their mix of reggaeton and rap took the Latinx music scene by storm and got them three Latin Grammy awards. In 2017, one …

The Persistent Problem Of Hunger

February 28th, 2020

22:36

There are more than 800 million starving people on the planet, and more than 20,000 people on average continue to die from hunger every day. But the world produces more than enough food to feed the entire human …

How I Made It: Yasser Tejeda & Palotré

February 25th, 2020

18:53

The musical genres most people associate with the Dominican Republic are merengue and bachata. Yet, there's another set of rhythms that are essential to the spirit of the country, and that's Afro-Dominican roots music. …

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