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, April 17 2015 06:22 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.
Friday, April 10 2015 05:01 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.
Friday, April 03 2015 05:21 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.
Friday, March 27 2015 04:00 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.
Friday, March 20 2015 06:18 PM
For the first part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop learn about the early years by talking to legends like Devastating Tito, Lee Quiñones, and Charlie Chase. They break down the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, graffitti, and break dancing and explore how New York City made it all possible.
Friday, March 13 2015 04:00 PM
We take a bus to New York's prisons and look at how young people can wind up there. We hear how a cabbie made a big difference in one cancer patient's life. And: it's the biggest transportation story you probably hadn't heard of: a canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic in Nicaragua.
Friday, March 06 2015 05:14 PM
Freedom of speech is crucial to a healthy democracy—so what does that mean for democracies in Latin America? And why do Latino leadership organizations remain silent on the deaths of Latinos at the hands of police? We explore censorship and self-censorship in this episode.
Friday, February 27 2015 06:19 PM
Why are Latino kids perceived as shy in the classroom? And how can Latinas grow older with confidence? Latino USA examines issues of self-esteem at all ages, and asks what the "U.S. mambo" on immigration affects those counting on immigration reforms.
Friday, February 20 2015 05:19 PM
On this week's Latino USA, producers spend a day in a bodega in Washington Heights, NYC — home to one of the biggest Dominican populations in the U.S. They uncover stories about nutrition, migration, community, and the slow threat of gentrification.
Friday, February 13 2015 08:14 PM
Latino USA brings you stories of all kinds of love: romantic, family, friendship, and love of community. We also hear what happens when long-distance romance goes bad, and note that the Smithsonian’s National Portrait gallery is finally showing Latinos some love.