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
Last updated: Saturday, August 23 2014 05:48 AM
Friday, August 22 2014 05:30 PM
Latino USA looks back at some of our best bits from the past year. First, we ask our staff: are you The Worst Latino? We hear from the Latina “Voice of God,” learn about the invention of Hispanics as a census category, talk about flirty racism (yes, it’s a thing), and discuss how stock photos might be getting women’s images wrong. We learn about Zorro and his impact as the first American superhero. And writer Michele Carlo tells one of the funniest stories we’ve ever aired.
Friday, August 22 2014 04:10 PM
This week, Latino USA focuses on literal and metaphorical cages, from education programs and art within prison walls to kidnapping in Mexico. We’ll hear how one former inmate helps people transition to life on the outside. Also: one performance artist’s take on being paralyzed, a Cuban blogger, and life in a boxcar settlement. All this, and fighting police harassment with Facebook.
Friday, August 15 2014 04:53 PM
This episode, we examine Latino USA’s hometown, New York City. Maria Hinojosa sits down with New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, one of a few Latinas to rise in city politics. We hear about wage theft in the foodservice industry and a forgotten icon of the LGBTQ rights movement. A street is named after Puerto Rican activists The Young Lords. We look at the legacy and future of Fania Records, pioneers of salsa. And Latino USA goes looking for New York’s best taco.
Friday, August 08 2014 07:29 PM
In this episode, Latino USA brings you stories of perspiration and inspiration. First, guest host Daisy Rosario looks into how we define intellgence. We hear about a physics teacher driving success in California. One congressman’s efforts to pass immigration reform just aren’t genius enough. We learn about Latino mega-stars you might not have heard of, online, in soccer, and in music. Latin@ Studies professors form a new professional association. And a singer-songwriter looks for wisdom on a dark note.
Friday, August 01 2014 06:03 PM
From the refugee children and families at the border to dancers leaving Cuba, Latino USA looks at stories of escape. A family from Guatemala seeks refuge in San Diego. We hear from a school in Georgia where undocumented students are going because they’re barred from receiving in-state tuition. We visit the fantastic world of comics and examine how readers are pushing diversity through social media. We hear some words of wisdom from Panamanian-American hip-hop artists Los Rakas. And we respond to your feedback about our episode “Blue."
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.