» How I Made It: Yasser Tejeda & Palotré
25/02/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
The musical genres most people associate with the Dominican Republic are merengue and bachata. Yet, there's another set of rhythms that are essential to the spirit of the country, and that's Afro-Dominican roots music. That's where the b...

» A Conversation With Elizabeth Warren
20/02/20 06:45 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Latino USA continues its coverage of the Democratic field for the presidential nomination. This time, we sit down with the senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren is a relative newcomer to politics—she was first elec...

» Portrait Of: 'Taina' And The Love Of Nostalgia TV
18/02/20 13:53 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In 2001, Nickelodeon started airing "Taina," a show about a Latina teen who attends a performing arts high school in NYC and daydreams of being a star. While the show only lasted two seasons, "Taina" is seared into the memories of many w...

» Yesika Salgado On Love, Lust, And Being A Hopeless Romantic
14/02/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
This Valentine's Day, Maria Hinojosa and Yesika Salgado talk about love, lust, and being a hopeless romantic. Yesika grew up in Los Angeles in a Salvadoran family, and she calls herself a fat, fly poet—her most recent book of poems "Herm...

» Portrait Of: José Feliciano
12/02/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Every holiday season, you can't help but sing along to the infectious melody of José Feliciano's 1970 mega single, "Feliz Navidad." But aside from the holiday hit, the Puerto Rican singer boasts an almost 60-year musical career and one o...

» Ornella & Violeta
07/02/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
For seventeen years, Ornella Pedrozo thought of her mom's detainment by ICE as her deepest, darkest secret. When she was four years old, her mother Violeta, who had fled the armed conflict in Peru, was abruptly detained by ICE. That sepa...

» La Reina Del Rock: Alejandra Guzmán
05/02/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Known by many as "La Reina del Rock," the queen of Latin American rock, Alejandra Guzmán has built a legacy for herself through her soulful performances and scandalous lyrics. Her famous Mexican parents, rocker Enrique Guzmán and actress...

» Puerto Rico Demands Answers
31/01/20 17:00 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Recently, a local blogger broadcast his discovery of a warehouse full of aid supplies in Ponce, Puerto Rico, through Facebook Live — reportedly from disaster relief after Hurricane Maria in 2017. The public outrage was immediate. Thousan...

» Digging Into 'American Dirt'
29/01/20 19:35 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
The novel American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins was released this January with much anticipation. Oprah selected it to be part of her book club, writer Don Winslow called it, "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and celebrated Latina author Sand...

» How I Made It: Jessie Reyez
24/01/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Jessie Reyez is a Canadian-born singer of Colombian descent. Her soulful voice and brutally honest lyrics form part of her signature sound that has garnered her fans around the world. In this segment of "How I Made It," Reyez breaks down...

» Death Of A Blood Sport
22/01/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In December 2019, a congressional ban made cockfighting illegal in U.S. territories. Animal rights activists argue the sport is cruel and inhumane. But Puerto Ricans say cockfighting is an integral part of their culture and economy. They...

» Looking Back On A 'Decade Of Fire'
17/01/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In the 1970s, a string of devastating fires would help make the South Bronx a symbol of urban decay. In her documentary "Decade of Fire," co-director Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, who grew up in the South Bronx, tries to dissect and counter t...

» Portrait Of: Rubén Blades
10/01/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Rubén Blades is a singer, songwriter, actor, lawyer, and politician, born in Panama and a New Yorker since 1974. After four decades in the public eye, 17 Grammy Awards, and some of the best-selling records in salsa history, his unique st...

» The Diary Of An 'Undesirable'
07/01/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Anthony Acevedo was the first Mexican-American Holocaust survivor registered at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. Latino USA follows Acevedo as he takes us through his journey as an Army medic stationed in Eu...

» Two-Step Into 2020
03/01/20 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Happy 2020! If you're a long-time listener, you might know we have a tradition of doing a special music show around New Year's Day. Today—a selection of music pieces, including a few that we have not previously aired on our podcast. Firs...

» Portrait Of: Ranchera Royalty Ángela Aguilar
31/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
If there is a ranchera royal family, that is the Aguilar family. And Ángela Aguilar is the youngest heir. Her father, Pepe Aguilar, has sold over 12 million albums worldwide and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And her grandfath...

» How I Made It: Maná
27/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
The rock en español group, Maná, is one of the most successful Spanish-language rock bands of this generation. They've sold over 40 million records worldwide, and this year their "Rayando El Sol" tour broke records previously held by the...

» Colombia's Secret War Against Civilians
23/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Nearly 12 years ago, Gloria Martinez's son went out to look for a job and never came back. Gloria would spend months searching for him, and she wasn't alone—many others, mostly young men from rural and poor urban areas, also mysteriously...

» How I Made It: Rodrigo y Gabriela
20/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In the late 90's, Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero embarked on a one-way trip to Dublin, Ireland. While they were originally heavy metal musicians back home in Mexico, they traded their electric guitars for acoustic ones and became ...

» The Breakdown: Heavy Metal Edition
17/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
The stereotype goes that Latinos only listen to salsa or reggaeton. But one of the biggest genres of music across Latin America is actually heavy metal, with bands like Iron Maiden selling out stadiums across the region when they tour th...

» Getting Personal With Cristela Alonzo
13/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In 2014, comedian Cristela Alonzo got her big break: a primetime sitcom that she created, wrote, produced and starred in. It was called "Cristela" and was loosely based off Alonzo's life. But despite her authentic touch, the show was can...

» Puerto Crypto
10/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In 2018, just months after Hurricane María, an eccentric group of cryptocurrency enthusiasts arrived in Puerto Rico. They came with big plans for the island—to help rebuild after the hurricane, and in the process create a high-tech crypt...

» The Clinic
04/12/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Latino USA goes inside the biggest free health clinic in the country, which serves only people without insurance. There are nearly 28 million uninsured people in the United States, and for some of them, free clinics are their safety net....

» By Right Of Discovery
27/11/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
On Thanksgiving Day, hundreds of people gather on Alcatraz Island, the famous former prison and one of the largest tourist attractions in San Francisco, for a sunrise ceremony to honor Indigenous culture and history. Fifty years ago, an ...

» Portrait Of: Gabby Rivera
22/11/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
When Gabby Rivera wrote her coming-of-age novel "Juliet Takes a Breath" in 2016, she didn't know that it would get her attention from an unusual place: Marvel Comics. They asked her to write for America Chavez, their first queer Latina s...

» #MErcedTOO
19/11/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Over the last two years, reporter Sarah Fuss Kessler has been following the story of a Latina high school teacher in the farming town of Merced, California. The teacher reported being sexually harassed by a white basketball coach at her ...

» The Battle Of 187: Pete Wilson
15/11/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Our miniseries about California's Proposition 187, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times, continues with a special bonus episode. Host Gustavo Arellano speaks with the former governor of California, Republican Pete Wilson. In 1994,...

» The Return
13/11/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Javier Zamora was nine years-old when he made the journey from El Salvador to the U.S.-Mexico border. Last year, nearly 20 years later, he returned to the country where he was born, to apply for a visa that will allow him to continue to ...

» How The Price Of The Metro Sparked Mass Protests In Chile
08/11/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In early October, the Chilean government raised the price of the metro, triggering the largest protests in Chile's history. Latino USA speaks with Chilean investigative journalist Paulette Desormeaux, who's been covering the protests and...

» Shrimp Who Falls Asleep
05/11/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Writer Y.B., who we are identifying by her initials for the safety of her family, immigrated from Morelos, Mexico to New York City with her family over two decades ago. Since then, they've been living in Queens as undocumented immigrants...

» The Battle Of 187, Part 3: Thank You, Pete Wilson
29/10/19 17:34 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
The third and final episode of our Prop 187 miniseries in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times. Just one day after the 1994 election, federal and state lawsuits are filed claiming 187 is unconstitutional. And though 187 finally dies ...

» The Battle Of 187, Part 2: Save Our State
29/10/19 17:28 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Part two of our Prop 187 miniseries, a collaboration with the Los Angeles Times. In June 1994, 187 gets enough signatures to qualify for the California ballot. Proponents get support for the ballot measure through a new tagline: Save Our...

» The Battle Of 187, Part 1: They Keep Coming
29/10/19 17:21 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Our three-part miniseries about Proposition 187 in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times begins. Host Gustavo Arellano learns how Prop 187 was born 25 years ago, and talks to the pair of Orange County political consultants who helped ...

» How I Made It: Flor De Toloache
25/10/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
When Mireya Ramos found herself subject to scrutiny and machismo as the only woman mariachi singer in the male-dominated mariachi circles, she decided to do something about it. So she founded Flor De Toloache in 2008, the first all-femal...

» Marshals' Lawlessness
23/10/19 07:00 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Latino USA brings you a first-ever look into the sprawling detention system run by the U.S. Marshals. The agency's detention population has ballooned since the Trump administration started criminally prosecuting nearly everyone caught cr...

» Spanish As A First Language
18/10/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Being a new parent comes with a series of challenges—one being the decision whether or not to teach your child a second language. Latino USA explores the world of bilingual parenting through the story of two Dominican-American siblings g...

» The Movement For Indigenous Peoples' Day
14/10/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In the U.S., Columbus Day is a federal holiday in honor of the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus—and it's a day of Italian-American celebration. But not everyone is on board with celebrating Columbus. His colonization led to the blo...

» A Day In The Life Of Pitbull
11/10/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Armando Christian Pérez —better known as Pitbull— is a rapper, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, brand ambassador and has a whole host of other job titles. As his nearly two-decade long career has diversified, his image and brand have ...

» How I Made It: KAINA
08/10/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Chicago is a breeding ground for diverse sounds: it is the birthplace of house music and has a thriving indie hip-hop scene. One of the city's up-and-coming artists is Kaina Castillo. Known simply as KAINA, the 23-year-old singer-songwri...

» Weed The People
04/10/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Throughout his decades of selling weed, Ramón García never thought he'd see the day marijuana became legal in California. But while he now owns a legitimate cannabis distribution business, he's ambivalent about the legalization of pot. R...

» Portrait Of: Isabel Allende
01/10/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Author Isabel Allende began her writing career as a journalist in Chile. Born in Peru, Allende grew up in Chile until 1973, when her uncle, former Chilean President Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a coup and died. She fled the countr...

» Lou Diamond Phillips Reflects On 'La Bamba' 30 Years Later
27/09/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
It's been over three decades since actor Lou Diamond Phillips portrayed Chicano rock 'n' roll legend Ritchie Valens on the silver screen. Little did he know, his role in the 1987 film, "La Bamba," would catapult him into the limelight an...

» The Breakdown: The Spell Of Yma Sumac
24/09/19 15:54 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
In the 1950s, singer and diva Yma Sumac took over the North American airwaves with her mystical voice. The Queen of Exotica and Inca Princess was said to cast a spell on anyone who came across her with her exotic look and nearly five-oct...

» A Conversation With Bernie Sanders
20/09/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Four years ago, Senator Bernie Sanders began a long-shot campaign for the presidency. Until then, Sanders was a relatively unknown independent senator from Vermont, with some very progressive ideas. His campaign turned out to be much str...

» How I Made It: Honduran Photographer Tomas Ayuso
17/09/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Tomas Ayuso is a photographer who decided to challenge the way mainstream media was documenting violence and trauma in Central America. Through his project, "The Right to Grow Old," Ayuso humanizes stories of individuals across Honduras....

» A Conversation With Beto O'Rourke
13/09/19 08:00 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Beto O'Rourke became an overnight sensation in Texas in 2018, when he ran against one of the most well-known Republican incumbents in the U.S. Senate: Ted Cruz. Beto's campaign was known for its focus on social media and grassroots organ...

» Portrait Of: Author Julia Alvarez
10/09/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Julia Alvarez is a renowned Dominican-American author whose work finds its power in intersections: like that between the personal and political, or those present in the Dominican-American diaspora. Alvarez's first major novel "How the Ga...

» Selenis Leyva, Success With A Purpose
06/09/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Actor Selenis Leyva makes the most out of small moments. She plays the character Gloria Mendoza on the Netflix series, "Orange Is The New Black." Gloria is a strong Latina, trying to survive in prison. And in real life, Leyva is just as ...

» Livin' Lagordiloca
03/09/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Priscilla Villarreal, who calls herself "Lagordiloca," has become a highly controversial social media sensation in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Each night, Lagordiloca drives through the streets of Laredo chasing and live-streaming ...

» How I Made It: 'El Gato' Of The Harlem Globetrotters
30/08/19 07:30 from NPR: Latino USA Podcast
The Harlem Globetrotters have been a team since the 1920s. Originally started by Saul Saperstein, a white Jewish man, the team's purpose was to get African-American players on the court at a time when they were banned from participating ...

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