Luis Clemens

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Puerto Rico Defaults On $422 Million Debt Payment

Monday, May 02, 2016

Puerto Rico's governor has issued a debt moratorium on a $422 million payment that the U.S. territory was supposed to pay off on Monday.


Got Bulgogi? The (Maybe True) Story Behind A 'New York Times' Ad

Friday, March 14, 2014

Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? All are standard questions, but: "Bulgogi?"

That one-word question is the headline of an ad in the Wednesday print edition of The New York Times.

I was busy reading an article about Ukraine (that's what you do if you work at NPR) when I ...


When The Beat Was Born: Hip-Hop's Big Bang Becomes A Kid's Book

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

By now, the origin story is pretty well-known. Back in the early 1970s, a crew of kids of color in the South Bronx threw a bunch of parties where they plugged their turntables and their huge, 6-foot speakers into streetlight posts. They took the breakbeats from popular dance songs ...


Zoinks! Tracing The History Of 'Zombie' From Haiti To The CDC

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Each week, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. You can see past "Word Watch" entries here.

"Who doesn't like zombies?"

That was the subject line of ...


A Couch Divided Over U.S.-Mexico Soccer Match

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tonight, my wife and I will argue. There will be hurt feelings. She knows it. I know it.

I live in a mixed-status family. My wife roots for the Mexican national soccer team. I root for the USA. My oldest child sides with her mother in this debate, and we ...


'Instructions Not Included' Also Skimps On Laughs

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I paid $10.50 to go see Instructions Not Included on a weekday afternoon. I was robbed.

The film, which is mostly in Spanish, has attracted plenty of attention for its box office success ($20 million in two weeks). This past weekend it was the third highest grossing film after Riddick ...


How I Learned To Swear In Cuban

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Editor's note: Fair warning — this essay is, in part, about Spanish profanities, and it includes several.

The man who taught me to swear in Cuban died last week.

Guillermo Álvarez Guedes was a foul-mouthed comedian who filled 32 albums with politically incorrect jokes. Álvarez Guedes combined Jackie Mason's self-deprecating ...


More About The 40-Year-Old Picture That Makes People Smile

Monday, July 29, 2013

About 10 days ago, we posted a story about an almost 40 year-old photo that was taken by Joseph Crachiola. A former news photographer in the Detroit suburb of Mount Clemens, Mich., Crachiola had happened upon five children playing not far from his newsroom at the Macomb Daily ...


Another Neighbor Of Rescued Cleveland Women Says He Helped

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Charles Ramsey became famous overnight for his role in helping rescue Amanda Berry from the Cleveland house where she and two other abducted women were held for nearly a decade.

But Charles Ramsey did not act alone. He may not have even been the first to offer help. Angel Cordero, ...


Will Spanish Thrive Or Decline In The U.S.?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Vin Diesel speaks lousy Spanish. No surprise, that. So why then was he invited to hand out a music award at the Premios Billboard and why did he say Sí to the invitation when it seems that's about all he can say in Spanish?

Vin's Spanish-language shout-outs — ...


La Gran Diva: Remembering Sara Montiel

Monday, April 08, 2013

Sara Montiel, the great Spanish actress and singer, has died at age 85.

The Miami Herald published a feature about her in 1996 that neatly encapsulates her appeal:

"Her eyes are still the kind of dark chocolate that cannot be refused.

They have melted for a legion of leading ...