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Weekly roundups of news and public affairs, features on cultural and musical trends, and compelling personal portraits present a unique weekly perspective on U.S. Latinos. Latino USA explores the issues and events affecting the lives of the nation's growing and increasingly diverse Latino communities. Designed to promote cross-cultural understanding and to develop a forum for Latino cultural and artistic expression, Latino USA is hosted by the award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, who has covered such topics as urban and multicultural affairs, labor politics, and youth culture.
Latest Stories from Latino USA
Last updated: Saturday, May 25 2013 07:12 AM
Friday, May 24 2013 04:23 PM
This week, we bring you an update on the Senate immigration plan as it heads to the Senate floor. And we report from two of the dozens of schools shuttered in Chicago. We sit down with Dominican-American author Raquel Cepeda to talk about her memoir “Bird of Paradise: How I Became a Latina.” Finally, the premiere of “Rebel,” a story about the Cuban women who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Civil War.
Friday, May 17 2013 04:13 PM
This week, a look into elementary schools being shut down by Chicago officials, leaving many people angry and upset. And for this week’s “News Or Noise?”, Disney bows to Latino online mobilization after it tries to trademark “Dia de los Muertos.” Finally, we go to Tijuana, Mexico, where women roller derby fanatics give life to a fast growing sport.
Friday, May 10 2013 02:53 PM
This week, we take you to Postville, Iowa, which five years ago was the site of the largest immigration raid in U.S history. Then, we look for answers on why U.S border patrol agents are shooting into Mexico and killing innocent civilians. And, we bring you a Mother’s Day commentary on the decision to become – or not to become – a mom. Finally, we go to a trailer park in Duroville, California where most its farmworker residents are leaving for newer housing.
Friday, May 03 2013 02:53 PM
This week, with U.S immigration reform talks underway, we look at Mexico and its place in the discussion. Then, a look at violence and human rights abuses in Mexico, where women are often targets. And a commentary from a Mexican-American in Mexico City, a pocho in chilangolandia. Finally, the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus premieres “Santos” in California.
Friday, April 26 2013 02:53 PM
This week, we break down the media’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing: what was news and what was noise? Then, domestic workers learn some handy mediating skills. And, meet Claudia Lopez, a Latina mountain climber, photographer, and a giver. Finally, an interview with Chilean director Andrés Wood about “Violeta Went to Heaven,” a film on the life of iconic folklorist Violeta Parra.
Friday, April 19 2013 05:13 PM
This week, we dedicate the entire show to the challenges that Latino youth face when dealing with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, peer pressure, and relationships. We hear the stories of three young Latinos coping with their culture while surviving the ups-and-downs of adolescence. But where do young Latinos turn for support? UC Davis professor Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola helps us put things in context.
Friday, April 12 2013 05:03 PM
This week, where’s immigration enforcement in the ongoing conversation around reform? And, we speak to two key Latino congressmen shaping immigration legislation from inside the House. Finally, the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer for theater talks about the long shadow cast by war over a Puerto Rican family in Philadelphia.
Friday, April 05 2013 03:43 PM
This week, we look into immigrants in solitary confinement. Is it necessary, and how is it being handled? Then, a group of fourth graders travel from California to Washington, DC, to demand that their classmate, Rodrigo Guzman, be allowed back into the United States. And, the Associated Press announced it will stop using the term “illegal immigrant.” So is this news or is it noise? Finally, we get a peek inside the tempestuous relationship between Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, in their own words.
Friday, March 29 2013 04:55 PM
This week, Latino USA guest host Felix Contreras talks to News Taco’s Victor Landa for a round up on prominent Latinos in entertainment, politics and religion; Then, we follow-up on the state of Ethnic Studies in U.S education. And we talk to the lead vocalist of Piñata Protest, fusing punk with traditional Mexican music. Finally, we pay tribute to Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes who died recently at age 94.
Friday, March 22 2013 04:53 PM
First up: securing the U.S-Mexico border is still the top priority in immigration reform. But how much more needs to be done? Then, we bring you an update on what’s happening in Washington around new immigration policy and the groups shaping policy from the ground. And we hear about Obama’s new Latino Labor Secretary nominee, Thomas Perez. Finally, a review on David Riker’s new immigration film, “The Girl.”