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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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Portrait Of: Arca

July 7th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


April 10th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. …

A Conversation With Elizabeth Warren

February 20th, 2020


Latino USA continues its coverage of the Democratic field for the presidential nomination. This time, we sit down with the senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren is a relative newcomer to …

Portrait Of: 'Taina' And The Love Of Nostalgia TV

February 18th, 2020


In 2001, Nickelodeon started airing "Taina," a show about a Latina teen who attends a performing arts high school in NYC and daydreams of being a …

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

February 14th, 2020


This Valentine's Day, Maria Hinojosa and Yesika Salgado talk about love, lust, and being a hopeless romantic. Yesika grew up in Los Angeles in a Salvadoran family, and she calls herself a fat, fly poet—her most recent …

Portrait Of: José Feliciano

February 12th, 2020


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 …

Ornella & Violeta

February 7th, 2020


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

February 5th, 2020


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 …

Puerto Rico Demands Answers

January 31st, 2020


Recently, a local blogger broadcast his discovery of a warehouse full of aid supplies in Ponce, Puerto Rico, through Facebook Live — reportedly from …

Digging Into 'American Dirt'

January 29th, 2020


The novel American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins was released this January with much anticipation. Oprah selected it to be part of her book club, writer Don Winslow called it, "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and celebrated …

How I Made It: Jessie Reyez

January 24th, 2020


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 …

Death Of A Blood Sport

January 22nd, 2020


In December 2019, a congressional ban made cockfighting illegal in U.S. territories. Animal rights activists argue the sport is cruel and inhumane. …

Looking Back On A 'Decade Of Fire'

January 17th, 2020


In the 1970s, a string of devastating fires would help make the South Bronx a symbol of urban decay. In her documentary "Decade of Fire," co-director …

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