346 episodes

Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 3.6K Ratings

Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.

    Restaurant Royalty: Zarela and Aarón

    Restaurant Royalty: Zarela and Aarón

    For mother and son chefs Zarela Martinez and Aarón Sanchez, educating others about the cuisines that make up Mexico is a family tradition. Zarela and Aarón have each opened restaurants, written cookbooks, appeared on TV shows, and won awards. In 2020, this duo decided to combine their talents for a podcast, where they discuss the recipes and ingredients that make up their favorite Mexican dishes.

    In this episode of Latino USA, Aarón and Zarela discuss their careers, how they made it in New York City, and how they’ve navigated Zarela’s Parkinson's diagnosis as a family.

    • 32 min
    José Ralat, Taco Editor

    José Ralat, Taco Editor

    José Ralat is the Taco Editor at Texas Monthly Magazine and consequently the only taco editor in the United States. In his book, “American Tacos: A History and Guide,” Ralat dives into the evolution of tacos in the United States and its history in the borderlands. According to Ralat, tacos were introduced into the U.S. in the late 1800s. Since then, tacos have evolved into fusions —like Korean and Cajun tacos— as cultures blended with one another and chefs across the country experimented with different flavors. In this episode, Ralat gives us a brief history of the American taco and why eventually, all foods will make its way into a tortilla.

    This episode originally aired in 2020.

    • 15 min
    The Migrant Student Club

    The Migrant Student Club

    Over 300,000 students in the U.S. migrate every year to work in agriculture, from spring to fall. At a high school in South Texas, when these students return, they gather at the Migrant Student Club to discuss their experiences and get support from a migrant student counselor. At a special gathering of the club we met Reyes, who started picking asparagus in Michigan to help support his family when he was 9 years old. And over the course of his last semester of school, we follow him as he works to graduate, financially support his family, and deal with an unexpected twist: the pandemic.

    This episode originally aired in 2020.

    • 35 min
    Mariana Enríquez On Using Horror to Process Historical Trauma

    Mariana Enríquez On Using Horror to Process Historical Trauma

    Mariana Enríquez is one of the best-known writers of a growing literary trend in Latin America that uses the horror genre to denounce the violent realities of the region—past and present. Mariana was born in Buenos Aires in 1973, just a few years before a military junta took over the democratic government in Argentina, and grew up in a country under a brutal dictatorship. She retreated to books and writing to process that historical trauma.

    In this episode, Mariana shares how her connection with horror started, how she uses the genre to speak of her reality, and she reads from her latest novel Our Share of Night.

    • 21 min
    Portrait Of: Linda Ronstadt

    Portrait Of: Linda Ronstadt

    We continue to celebrate our 30th anniversary, bringing you the voices of some of the most influential Latinos and Latinas in the last three decades. In this episode, we catch up with music legend Linda Ronstadt, known as the “First Lady of Rock.” We talk to her about her memories growing up in Tucson, Arizona, and her decision to return to the traditional Mexican music of her childhood. Linda brings us into her life after retiring from music, and her memoir “Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands,” which reckons with her family history.

    • 34 min
    Gangs, Murder, and Migration in Honduras

    Gangs, Murder, and Migration in Honduras

    We start today’s episode at El Edén—the center in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where child migrants are processed after being deported from Mexico and elsewhere. Then, before diving into the reasons why Hondurans leave for Mexico and the United States, Maria Hinojosa and Latino USA producer Marlon Bishop talk about some of the history of Honduras.

    This story was produced in association with Round Earth Media. German Andino, in Honduras, co-reported this story with Marlon.

    This Peabody award-winning episode originally aired in 2014.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

Deborah McCoy ,

Nikole Hannah-Jones AND Maria Hinojosa

Thank you for checking in with Nikole Hannah-Jones. My two biggest heroes that I turn to for truth telling and courage.

MaximoDM ,

Must listen!!! Best podcast in a long time!

Everything that Maria Hinojosa has done is excellent, and the podcast with journalist Peniley Ramírez on Genaro Garcia Luna, the top security director in the Mexican government now on trial for being involved in drug dealing with the cartels, is over the top excellent. They are both incredibly intelligent, funny, human, and totally thorough as journalists. This podcast is not only highly listenable, educational, and entertaining, is makes very important connections between the money and arms that come from the global north and how they distort and harm people and institutions in the global south. I work as a Spanish interpreter in different venues, including federal courts, and this podcast reflects completely and deeply what I have been seeing and saying to people for years- that the drug war is just an excuse for social control, taking what was a health problem and turning it into a criminal one. Maria Hinojosa and Peniley Ramírez deserve every journalism award possible for this incredible podcast; thank you, mujeres!!!!


Doesn’t address interests of majority hispanos.

This program is extremely PC.

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