Latino USA

Tuesday, 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on KUOW
Maria Hinojosa

The radio journal of news and culture, Latino USA is the only nationally distributed English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective.

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Podcasts

  • Friday, April 18, 2014 10:53am

    It’s a special episode of Latino USA. The legendary Bill Cosby joins host Maria Hinojosa to talk about his love of salsa music and the musicians who made it. We learn about Tito Puente and other musicians who helped shape Latin jazz, and find out why calling the music “Salsa” might be all wrong in the first place. We reflect on how Mr. Cosby’s work welcomed Latinos and other immigrants to the American family. And we hear life lessons from a nearly 100-year-old Rumba player.

     

  • Friday, April 11, 2014 8:13am

    Today on Latino USA, it’s all about Moms, drugs, and Rock & Roll. Maria Hinojosa talks to leading Latina mami bloggers about why they’re ruling the web. Then, we talk to YouTube sensation Jorge Narvaez about his mother, who is in deportation proceedings. In drug-related news, we hear about efforts to stop teen drug smuggling and how prescription drugs are being brought across the Mexico border. We also take a look at the future of pot. And we rock out with the Kumbia Queers before getting a little wisdom from Gabriel García Márquez.

  • Friday, April 4, 2014 9:33am

    First week of April, first ever fiction edition at Latino USA! We dream big this week with a story about our motherland, Latinia. And speaking of new nations, we tune in to newscast about a new country for LGBTQ people. We take a shot at our first ever radionovela (no-VEH-lah) – or Latin American-style radio soap opera. We dream immigration reform passed, and celebrate April as “White History” month by reporting on the exotic non-Hispanic white peoples of the USA. On a more serious note, we discuss the #CancelColbert controversy and the limits of satire. Plus, an illustrated poem walks us through the feeling of the ‘male gaze’.

  • Friday, March 28, 2014 9:33am
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  • Friday, March 21, 2014 10:43am

    This week on Latino USA: what it means to be hurt. Jose Antonio Vargas tells Maria Hinojosa about the pain he’s suffered for taking a stand for the undocumented. We hear stories of loneliness at “bailarina bars” in Queens, NYC. We learn how Latin@s deal with eating disorders. We hear about the U-visa program, which helps victims of domestic violence. Spanish Harlem heals after a gas explosion displaces dozens. Latina moms discuss breastfeeding. We pay a visit to Laredo, Texas to check in with jalapeño eating champs. And some words of wisdom about healing through art therapy.

     

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NPR Story
2:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Cosby Represents

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 2:41 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
2:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Salsa Is Food, Not Music

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 2:41 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
2:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Sabiduría: Lessons In Longevity

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 2:41 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
4:03 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
4:03 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
4:03 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
2:24 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
2:24 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
2:24 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
2:44 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
2:44 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
2:44 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
3:02 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
3:02 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
3:02 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.

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