Latino USA : About
Airs Sundays at 6am and 7pm on AM 820
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
Friday, July 25 2014 07:19 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.
Friday, July 18 2014 07:13 PM
This week, we bring you some creative insights from musicians and performers, live from WNYC’s Greene Space. Soundcheck host John Schaefer joins Maria Hinojosa to interview and hear performances from psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular (la meh-KAH-nee-kah POH-poo-lar) and Argentinian musician Juana Molina (WAH-nah moh-LEE-nah). We also look into diversity in New York theater with members of the Labyrinth Theater Company.
Friday, July 11 2014 04:33 PM
This episode of Latino USA explores Latino mental health. From suicide to alcoholism, these issues can hit sometimes too close to home. We hear about a couple and their life with depression—and the devastating impact it’s had. And we learn how one woman came to terms with her drinking, and learned to stop.
Friday, July 04 2014 04:33 PM
Latino USA examines patriotism, belonging, and loyal dissent in this episode. We hear from Cuban technologist Yoani Sanchez about blogging with limited freedom of information. We hear from undocumented uninsured people in California. New York Times reporter Damien Cave tells Maria Hinojosa about his travels understanding immigration in the American heartland. Then, the conflicted loyalties of Latino soccer fans, and cycling with a Dominican champ living in Harlem. And finally, labor leader and icon Dolores Huerta tells about the origins of “Si, se puede,” or “Yes, we can.”
Friday, June 27 2014 04:33 PM
PODCAST DESCRIPTION: Pretending
From inaction on immigration legislation, to diversity in fantasy and science fiction, Latino USA brings you stories about pretending. We hear about the mysterious origins of the Navajo taco, New York’s “notarios” who operate immigration scams, a political candidate who changed his name to Cesar Chavez, and hidden bodies in Texas. Songwriter Gina Chavez examines identity, and we hear a couple of stories about bluffing to avoid danger.
Monday, June 23 2014 06:12 PM
Today: the lighter and darker sides of childhood. Host Maria Hinojosa speaks to K, who works with detained children who came to the United States without an adult. We examine Latino studies, or lack thereof. We examine the uneven impact of dress code policies. We hear a children’s book read by author Yuyi Morales and about the life of NYC librarian Pura Belpre. Teachers in California write a book in the indigenous Mexican language of Mixteco. And from the mouths of babes comes this week’s sabiduría.
Friday, June 13 2014 04:53 PM
This week, Latino USA is on the move with guest host Raquel Cepeda. We hear stories of La Bestia, the train which takes Central American migrants through Mexico to the US. We hear about a Salvadoran woman’s story, from a gay migrant, and about those trying to take alternate modes of transport. And we hear about one man who massages the feet of migrants as they journey north. Then: some background on the World Cup, traveling while brown, and doing Zumba for community. And finally, the World War II internment story you might have missed.
Friday, June 06 2014 03:33 PM
This week: Nebraska. A state heavily impacted by a growing Latino population. We start with a two-part special report on Fremont, where a one of a kind anti-immigration housing ordinance is causing strife among neighbors. We look at the role of immigrant workers on the Nebraska economy, and debut our By the Numbers segment with award-winning journalist Guy Garcia. We meet teens legally allowed to be in the US but blocked from driving by the state, and meet two great heartland characters: an Irish immigrant teaching English to new Latino arrivals and a Nebraska-born Chicano organizer.
Friday, May 30 2014 03:33 PM
This week it’s all about pushing it. From hunger strikers pushing their bodies to the limit to fight for their rights to musicians Calle 13, who have pushed beyond a jokester past to test new boundaries. We also hear from Former US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis as she runs for a new office in Los Angeles. And we hear what happens when people push the wrong buttons while flirting by making the compliments all about ethnicity. We look to Chile to find out what happens when abortion is illegal under any circumstance. Lastly, we hear from a young man who is a Special Olympics athlete.
Friday, May 23 2014 06:13 PM
As the school year winds down, we hand out some grades on our report card show. From the failure of schools to maintain integration, to the effort shown to allow undocumented students in-state tuition. Then, we look at the price paid by one Texas school for trying to graduate former dropouts. First-generation college students graduate. We grade the media for trying to deal with stats correctly. And we hear how TV’s done this year in terms of diverse programs. Finally, producer Daisy Rosario tells Bill Cosby about what he’s done to change her mother’s life.