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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.

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Latest Stories from Latino USA

#1541 - Turf Wars

Friday, October 09 2015 07:31 PM

What happens when we try to share spaces? Or when we want what our neighbors have? This week, Latino USA explores Turf Wars, from Americans retiring in South America to a battle over cigar domination.

#1540 - Diversity In Geekdom Remix

Friday, October 02 2015 08:15 PM

Daisy Rosario guest hosts this special hour about diversity in geekdom: from Comic books, to video games, to Cosplay. We even hear from special guests including DMC of Run-DMC and listeners.

#1539 - Parenthood

Friday, September 25 2015 06:35 PM

This week Latino USA looks at stories of parenting. We hear from Sonia Manzano, Maria from Sesame Street, who opens up about how her life mirrored her character on the show's life. Maria Hinojosa opens up about being worried whether her daughter is Latina enough. Indie musician, Empress Of, talks about how her mom crashes her concerts. And we hear about the struggles of families that live across borders.

#1538 - 21st Century Pope

Friday, September 18 2015 06:54 PM

Latino USA anticipates Pope Francis's visit to the U.S. by learning about his past, hearing from Latinos eager to catch a glimpse of him, and talking about how he and his seemingly radical views are impacting the Catholic Church in the U.S.

#1537 - Workaholics

Friday, September 11 2015 07:01 PM

Latino USA talks about people who work themselves to the bone: from a storeowner in Michigan to the Latinas who really run Hollywood. We learn what it means to be a workaholic.

#1537 - Workaholics

Friday, September 11 2015 07:01 PM

Latino USA talks about people who work themselves to the bone: from a storeowner in Michigan to the Latinas who really run Hollywood. We learn what it means to be a workaholic.

#1536 - Identity

Friday, September 04 2015 05:00 PM

Latino USA talks about identity - from an immigrant rights activist who is uneasy about gaining legal status to a frank conversation about traveling when brown. We ask how do people choose to identify and how does that affect their day to day lives?

#1535 - Borderworld

Saturday, August 29 2015 12:12 AM

Latino USA heads to Southern Arizona for a close look at life on the US-Mexico border, from a night out with armed border militias to guacamole-smothered hot dogs.

#1534 - Coming of Age

Friday, August 21 2015 06:27 PM

This week on Latino USA, stories about people maturing and coming into their own. We hear from a crew of skater dudes from El Salvador migrating to California, the directors of Mala Mala, a documentary that looks into the Puerto Ricans trans community, and the actors from the movie Straight Outta Compton.

#1533 - Off Beat

Friday, August 14 2015 05:45 PM

This week on Latino USA, stories about music that goes against the grain - or you could say, is a little offbeat. We visit the Juarez music venue that helped club kids get through the drug war, and learn the history behind the first great Latino hardcore punk band. Plus - an interview with Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis, and a chat about the meaning behind Latino cover songs.

#1532 - The Great Big & Little Outdoors

Friday, August 07 2015 05:00 PM

Latino USA goes outside and brings stories from parks, gardens, and the great outdoors. We hear from the CEO of the Girl Scouts and pop musicians who bring nature into their own work.

#1531 - Life Sentence

Friday, July 31 2015 05:00 PM

This episode: life before, during, and after prison. We meet a group of lifers trying to slow down the school-to-prison pipeline. We hear the story of Suave, who has gone from illiteracy and a life sentence, to finding meaning behind organizing behind bars. We learn about the trouble former inmates have re-entering society, and what they can do to succeed. Also, how one inmate has turned skills learned in prison into his business. And, how freedom can surprise you.

#1530 - Beauty

Friday, July 24 2015 05:32 PM

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Latino USA explores the question of what is beauty. We hear from make up tutorial YouTube stars, Latina models in Kansas city, and a trans man who shares his feelings on hair.

#1529 - Know Your Rights

Friday, July 17 2015 06:50 PM

This week on Latino USA, in order for people to fight for their rights, they have to know them: stories about people, like a judge who is working towards more equal applications of the law, to a mother in East L.A. fighting for her autistic children's education, to tenants taking on landlords to save their homes.

#1528 - Béisbol

Friday, July 10 2015 05:29 PM

This week, Latino USA explores the past, present and future of baseball. From the history of how Latino players bent the rules of the color line in the years before Jackie Robinson, to the story of how and why Dominican fans starting showing up at Boston's notoriously white Fenway Park, to the challenges that immigrant players face on their journey to the Major Leagues.

#1527 - Latino Icons (Rebroadcast)

Friday, July 03 2015 05:00 PM

Latino icons are all around us, from stars like Anthony Quinn and Rita Moreno, to gathering places like San Bernardino's Mitla Café.

#1526 - Rebels

Friday, June 26 2015 05:18 PM

From an actress who stars in one of the most rebellious shows out today, Orange is the New Black, to the hidden Latino history of one of the most rebellious film genres, film noir – Latino USA explores stories from the road less traveled by.

#1525 - Lady Liberty

Friday, June 19 2015 06:28 PM

Nope – we're not talking about the Statue of Liberty, but rather some very liberated women. From Cherrie Moraga, the author of the quintessential Chicana feminist book This Bridge Called my Back, to Hall of Femme, a hip-hop competition in Nicaragua exclusively for women. Latino USA hears from women who are helping support each other achieve their goals.

#1524 - Who Tells The Story?

Friday, June 12 2015 03:21 PM

Stories often change depending on who is doing the telling. Latino USA examines the issue of perspective – from one woman's tale of being brought from Cuba to the U.S. as a child during "Operation Pedro Pan" to the issue of diversity in television.

#1523 - A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part II

Friday, June 05 2015 06:13 PM

A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part two, focusing on the late 80s through today. This time, a focus on how Latinos fared as rap music became bigger than hip-hop culture. Featuring Mellow Man Ace, Bobbito Garcia, a look at Big Pun, and more.

#1522 - Abuelos

Friday, May 29 2015 05:53 PM

Latino USA explores the rich and complicated relationship between Latinos and their grandparents. We look at the science behind the existence of abuelitos and hear from people who were raised by them.

#1521 - A Latino History of the US Rebroadcast

Friday, May 22 2015 05:00 PM

Take a trip around the country with host Maria Hinojosa to learn about Latino history. Hear about the patriotic celebrations of Laredo, Texas and the first colony in the US—it's not where you think it is. Also: could Zorro be the first American superhero? A high school class in East LA learns about the Chicano movement. And just where did the term "Hispanic" come from?

#1520 - Take Care

Friday, May 15 2015 05:47 PM

A dangerous fungus lurks in the dirt of California's Central Valley. But there's little funding for research to combat it. We'll learn what some people are doing to educate local people, and about the ways Latinos get medical care.

#1519 - Palabras

Friday, May 08 2015 05:00 PM

What's in a word? Find out with Latino USA as we talk about Spanglish and its implications, how to interpret the made up language of some popular movie characters, and living as a deaf Latino.

#1518 - Gangs, Murder and Migration in Honduras (Rebroadcast)

Friday, May 01 2015 05:56 PM

From poverty to gangs, this episode of Latino USA takes a deep dive into the root causes of why people leave Honduras to travel through Mexico and to the U.S.

#1517 - Returning

Saturday, April 25 2015 04:46 PM

This episode of Latino USA is all about going back. Whether it's returning to a home country or revisting an inspiration, we look at the various ways people return. We hear from two adoptees reconnecting to their roots, what immigrant workers are doing with remmitance money and talk to Jose James about his new album of Billie Holiday covers.

#1516 - Reprise

Friday, April 17 2015 07:22 PM

Latino USA focuses this week on the idea of the reprise: a repeated but changed passage of music. Maria Hinojosa talks to Lin-Manuel Miranda about his upcoming Broadway musical Hamilton, composer Tania León, and an up and coming band called Ibeyi.

#1515 - Survivor

Friday, April 10 2015 06:01 PM

This week we hear stories of surviving tough times, whether it's street vendors in Chicago trying stay afloat, college students working through financial hardship and sexual assault, or the Fast & the Furious franchise somehow surviving fourteen years later.

#1514 - Chuy and the Battle for Chicago

Friday, April 03 2015 06:21 PM

What does it look like when a Latino runs for the highest office in Chicago? Latino USA finds out as we go inside the mayoral campaign of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Editor's note: NPR has determined that this episode did not meet all its editorial standards. Latino USA has acknowledged those concerns.

#1513 - El Teléfono

Friday, March 27 2015 05:00 PM

Seventy-two percent of Latinos over eighteen own smartphones – almost ten percent more than the national average. We try to answer why Latinos use phones at higher rates and what mobile technology could mean for health, finances, and democracy.