Brenda Salinas

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In Mariachi Music, A Distinctive Yell Speaks To The Soul

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The grito is a spontaneous burst of emotion — a shout — that is part of the mariachi tradition. Some younger Mexican-Americans are reclaiming the grito for a new generation.


For Entrepreneurs, Pitching To Pint-Sized Sharks Is No Child's Play

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Modeled on TV's Shark Tank, entrepreneurs at a Pitch-a-Kid event in Texas had 5 minutes to sell their ideas to a panel of third- through 12th-graders and answer their no-holds-barred questions.


In Sync: Is Sharing Your Online Calendar A Relationship Milestone?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Like a first date, sharing a calendar can be a big milestone in a relationship. Some say it makes coordinating complicated lives easier; others think it's weird to keep such close track of each other.


Cyclists Strap On Cameras To Protect Themselves

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Road rage can be a big problem — especially if one of the people is on a bicycle. Now some cyclists are using a new tool: tiny cameras to record their rides.


Tech Gurus Teach Food Entrepreneurs The Recipe For Success

Monday, November 16, 2015

San Antonio is one of the country's emerging tech hubs. It's also home to a rich culinary scene. Now city officials are trying to bring both communities together through a program called Break Fast and Launch.

The program pairs emerging food entrepreneurs with technology mentors who teach them business. ...


Helicopter Hog Hunting Takes Off To Eliminate A Texas Nuisance

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wild pigs are a nuisance in Texas. There are more than 1.5 million that roam the state and do a lot of damage to crops. One company has come up with one way to try to eliminate some hogs: shooting them from helicopters.


Smell Mapping: Using Your Nose To Retrace Your Steps

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A University of California, Berkeley psychologist has found that people can create a map in their heads with scents as location markers. NPR replicates the experiment with a master so...


Girls Summer Camp In Texas To Open Despite Recent Flooding

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Clean-up crews are working hard to be ready for 150 campers, girls ages 6 to 16, who arrive on Sunday, despite the damage done by floods to the region.


Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It works for singing competitions. What about landing a job? To beat hiring bias, some applicants could first complete an online challenge with companies that are in the dark about their background.


Is America Ready To Fall In Love With The Telenovela?

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Most reviews of the CW's Jane The Virgin mention that it was loosely adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela called Juana La Virgen. Then they predictably misrepresent a telenovela as a Latin American soap opera.

True, telenovelas and soap operas are daily shows targeted toward child-bearing women. They also tend to ...


'Columbusing': The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New

Sunday, July 06, 2014

If you've danced to an Afrobeat-heavy pop song, dipped hummus, sipped coconut water, participated in a Desi-inspired color run or sported a henna tattoo, then you've Columbused something.

Columbusing is when you "discover" something that's existed forever. Just that it's existed outside your own culture, nationality, ...


Latinos Pledge Allegiance To More Than One Soccer Team

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I would never have imagined that my immigrant mom, a Spanish teacher, a proud mexicana, would be cheering for Team USA in the World Cup. A few days ago I overheard her talking to my tía on the phone. She told her sister, "Isn't it great that the American team ...


High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

Sunday, July 21, 2013

When a young Indian-American woman walked into the funky L.A. jewelry boutique Tarina Tarantino, store manager Lauren Twisselman thought she was just like any other customer. She didn't realize the woman was actress and writer Mindy Kaling.

"I hadn't watched The Office," Twisselman says. Kaling both wrote and ...


'East Los High': Not Just Another Teen Soap

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Despite the fact that it's been generating a lot of buzz, Devious Maids is just not that interesting. Five Latina maids — is it a landmark for Latina actresses or another example of how the media stereotype Latinos? Either way, the relationship between hypersexualized domestic workers and their pretentious employers ...


Walgreens Cashes In On Department Stores' Pain

Thursday, June 27, 2013

At the turn of the 20th century, drugstores were little more than a pharmacist and a soda fountain. If you wanted to go shopping, you went to a department store.

Now, that trend is reversing. Department stores are suffering and drugstores are booming.

So much so that Walgreens ...


Nostalgia Products: Making A Tasty Comeback

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mad Men's suave advertising executive Don Draper may have said it best: "Nostalgia: It's delicate ... but potent."

Advertisers have been selling us back our childhood memories since the 1950s — and it is as powerful a strategy as ever. In a 2013 study, NBCUniversal ...


Who Wore It Best: NBA Edition

Friday, June 07, 2013

Basketball fans were surprised to see a commercial for the NBA's new fashion blog during the play-offs. The commercial showed a man in a green suit checking up on NBA players' outfits on his phone while getting measured by a tailor. The site was launched six weeks ago in ...


Are Men's Ties Falling Out Of Summer Fashion?

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

As thermometers start to creep up toward the triple digits, office menswear starts getting casual. It makes sense; having a thick ribbon tied around your neck in the sweltering heat is, by all accounts, a revolting experience.

Our very unscientific polling of the NPR newsroom revealed only 8 percent of ...


Hearing Aids: A Luxury Good For Many Seniors

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

More than 30 million Americans experience significant hearing loss, but only a third of them get hearing aids.

There are a lot of reasons why someone who needs a hearing aid won't get one: Some think their hearing loss is not that bad, others are too embarrassed to use them, ...


Beauty Pageant Economics: The Sash Isn't Cheap

Saturday, December 01, 2012

From directors to designers, almost everyone in beauty pageants turns a profit. But not most of the contestants. Many can wind up spending thousands of dollars for entrance fees, the ...