Latino USA

Monday 8:00AM - 9:00AM

English-language radio journal of Latino music and culture.

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NPR Story
3:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Sabiduría: Lessons In Longevity

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 3:41 pm

Pianist and composer Irving Fields was born in Brooklyn in 1915. After hearing Latin music in Cuba, he became one of the foremost interpreters of American-style Rumba. He's still performing today.

NPR Story
3:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Cosby Represents

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 3:41 pm

As an entertainer, Bill Cosby included Latin music and many Latino actors. Host Maria Hinojosa and producer Daisy Rosario talk about what seeing Latinos represented in Cosby's work has meant to them.

NPR Story
3:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Salsa Is Food, Not Music

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 3:41 pm

We call the music salsa, but is that really the right name? We talk to our guests about salsa as a marketing term, whether or not it's a rhythm, and what we really mean when we say salsa.

NPR Story
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Kumbia Queers

Six gay punk rockers walk onto the stage, play their tropical punk and pissed off other rockers. The Kumbia Queers is no punch line. They're for real. Listen.

NPR Story
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Discussing the Future of Pot

To make legal or not? That is the question on the marijuana debate. Maria Hinojosa talks with drug historian and author Kathleen Frydl about the many sides of pot.

NPR Story
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prescription Drug Smuggling

Prescription drugs are cheaper to buy in Mexico. Now, smuggling these legal drugs across the Texas-Mexico border has become a problem.

NPR Story
3:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Lessons from #CancelColbert

When The Colbert Report tweeted about a joke from the previous show, it sparked explosive arguments about race, satire and who is allowed to be offended. And lessons learned from writer Tomas Rios.

NPR Story
3:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Happy White History Month!

You may not know that April is White History Month. Latino USA producer Brenda Salinas reports on what this (fictional) recognition means to the proud non-Hispanic white peoples of America.

NPR Story
3:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Poem: "Backwash"

We end with an audio poem from Chicago-based radio producer Anthony Martinez. "Backwash" is a tough lesson about the claustrophobic effects of the male gaze. Cristina Correa provides the voice.

NPR Story
3:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Sabiduria: Learning Latino

Latino USA's producer Camilo Vargas hails from Colombia. He identifies himself as a Latin American, not Latino, and discovers the true meaning of being Latino in America.

NPR Story
3:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Latinos on TV

The Bachelor on ABC starred a Latino. Shakira came back as coach on NBC's The Voice. But Antonia Cereijido reports, having Latinos in mainstream shows does not solve issues in media representation.

NPR Story
3:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Starting Over For Music

Bass player JT Lopez had a career as a top session musician in his native Puerto Rico. He left it all behind to pursue another dream – playing rock 'n' roll with a band in L.A. Diane Bock Reports.

NPR Story
4:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Sabiduria: Healing Through Art Therapy

After surviving a violent relationship, Carolyn "Mima" Texidor's pain unearthed a hidden talent: painting. In this week's Sabiduría, Mima's healing art as a venue for new and undiscovered artists.

NPR Story
4:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Feeling the Burn

Generally, pain's a bad thing. But sometimes, you want to feel the burn. Latino USA's A.C. Valdez got tips for taking the heat at the annual jalapeño-eating contest in Laredo, Texas.

NPR Story
4:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Breastfeeding While Latina

Leading the pack, more than 80% of Latina mothers breastfeed. Still there are misconceptions. Brenda Salinas talked to Latina moms about the pressure of getting it "right" — whatever that means.

NPR Story
1:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Sabiduría: This is What Democracy Sounds Like

For this week's take on Sabiduria, or words of wisdom, host Maria Hinojosa addresses the live audience about what democracy looks and sounds like.

NPR Story
1:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

What's That, Buzz?

Buzz Moran does foley work for films and sound design for live shows. Maria Hinojosa talks to Moran about the film scene in Austin while trying to guess the sounds he makes using everyday objects.

NPR Story
1:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

DJ Orion: Spanning Cultures, Genres, and Technology

DJ Orion is half Colombian, half Puerto Rican. He talks about his multicultural musical influences, how technology empowers his art, and to shows host Maria Hinojosa how to spin.

NPR Story
4:06 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Hugo Chávez and Venezuela

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:03 am

Venezuelan protests rage on as the government of Nicolas Maduro commemorates the death of Hugo Chavez. Maria Hinojosa talks with Caracas-based reporter Girish Gupta.

NPR Story
3:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Sabiduria: The Voice of God

This week's Sabiduria comes from Sylvia Villagran, a professional voice actor. She voices commercials in both Spanish and English, and talks about the importance of standing up for yourself.

NPR Story
3:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

La Santa Cecilia

The Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia won a Grammy this year for the best Latin, urban or alternative album. We meet the band members, including accordion player Pepe Carlos, who's undocumented.

NPR Story
2:52 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Sabiduría: The Undocumented Candidate

Emilio Vicente is an undocumented person and a student at the University of North Carolina. He recently ran for Student Body President.

NPR Story
2:52 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Rockapulco

New York City is known for a lot of things - but not surfing. Three surf instructors from the New York Surf School show Maria the radical side of New York City.

NPR Story
2:52 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Paranormal Laredo

Latino USA's Senior Producer, A.C. Valdez, takes us to the border city of Laredo, Texas, to meet people conducting research into paranormal occurrences and strange happenings.

NPR Story
7:33 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Sabiduría: César Chávez

For this week's wisdom, or sabiduría, we go back and hear from worker's rights legend Cesar Chavez. He discusses change that can arise from boycotts, but the ideas involved can go much further.

NPR Story
7:33 am
Mon February 24, 2014

David Beckham: ¡Bienvenido A Miami!

David Beckham is bringing a major league soccer team to Miami. Maria Hinojosa talks to editor in chief of LatinoSports.com Cesar Diaz.

NPR Story
7:33 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Latina Image

Veronica Marché Miller talks with Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa about whether stock photos really affect our perceptions of women.

Latino USA
8:28 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Living with Alzheimer's

Mon. 3/26 8:30a: We continue our yearlong reporting series on health issues and Latinos. María Hinojosa spends time with the Obando family in Queens, New York, to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease. And for the news, María Hinojosa speaks to Dr. Christian Maisch, a professor and the associate dean of the Washington Semester program at American University in Washington, DC.

Latino USA
7:40 am
Mon December 19, 2011

The “Green”American Dream?

Mon. 12/19 8:30a: During President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, the President promised to create 5 million green jobs to boost the clean energy sector, lower skyrocketing unemployment and end America’s dependence on foreign oil. Has that happened?

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Latino USA
5:39 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Haitian Immigrants in the Dominican Republic

12/12 8:30a: This week, we remember Haitian human rights activist Sonia Pierre, who passed away this week outside of her Villa Altagracia home in the Dominican Republic. She dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of Haitian immigrants and their children living in the Dominican Republic.

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