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After Ayotzinapa: The Missing 43
It has been over seven years since 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Guerrero, Mexico, were taken by armed men in the middle of the night. They were never seen again. Their disappearance sparked mass protests, as the 43 became symbols of Mexico’s unchecked human rights abuses. In recent decades, tens of thousands of people have gone missing in Mexico, and almost no one has been held accountable. The culture of impunity is so ingrained that families often don’t go to police for help, believing they’re either corrupt or too afraid to investigate.
In the first part of a three-part investigation of the Ayotzinapa case, Reveal’s Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and Kate Doyle from the National Security Archive take us inside the investigation into the attack on the students.
For parts two and three, go to the Reveal podcast feed.
Fighting for Tejano Music With Veronique Medrano
Veronique Medrano is a Tejano and Spanish Country singer from Brownsville, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Veronique finds inspiration as an artist from her experiences living on the border, her Mexican-American identity and her everyday life. On this How I Made It segment, Veronique walks us through the origins and diversity of Tejano music, being a woman in a male-dominated industry and the importance of archiving and preserving the genre for future generations.
Introducing ÍDOLO: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez
From Futuro Studios and Sonoro, a show that examines the extraordinary life of the “King of Corridos” and attempts to unravel the mystery of his death.
Coming next week to all podcast platforms.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz Discovers the Secrets of His Universe
Two boys, Mexican-American, 1987, El Paso, Texas… and they fall in love. That’s the pitch behind Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s bestselling young adult novel, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.” Nearly a decade later, Benjamin would release the book’s sequel, “Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World,” to wide acclaim.
For both books, Benjamin drew inspiration from his life growing up near the border in New Mexico. But he didn’t immediately begin writing full-time—Benjamin was a priest for several years until he left the order just before turning 30. He eventually followed his calling to be a writer and moved to El Paso, where he would write several award-winning books including “Aristotle and Dante.” The novels would become a massive, queer young adult hit that spoke to hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. Benjamin, a gay Latino man himself who came out just a few years before the book was published, found solace in the characters, too.
On this episode of Latino USA, Benjamin talks about his journey from the borderlands to the priesthood and back to El Paso again. He also discusses “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”—the book that he says saved his life and became a surprise international phenomenon along the way.
White Supremacy Is Evergreen
For this special Latino USA presentation of In The Thick, Maria and Julio are joined by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, historian, writer and professor at Princeton University, and Adam Goodman, professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, for a conversation about the deep-rooted history of white supremacy in this country. They discuss their chapters in a new anthology titled A Field Guide to White Supremacy, and also get into how white supremacy manifests in our society today, from the immigration system to policing.
You can subscribe to In The Thick here.
The Elusive Freedom of Juan Castillo
Juan Castillo escaped the Civil War in El Salvador and fled to the U.S. in search of freedom. He was barely a teenager when he arrived and soon fell into the wrong crowd. After being accused and convicted of a murder he denies having committed, he’s been striving to make a life in prison for the last 26 years. Now, as ICE is trying to deport him, he’s fighting to not only find freedom again, but remain in the only country he knows.
Juan tells the story of how he transformed his life, became a religious guide for fellow prisoners and detainees, and relied on art and literature to reach beyond the bars that confine him.
Wonderful podcast highlighting a myriad of issues
Really enjoy the political, historical, and community-focused podcasts. The journalists on this podcasts are top notch and wonderful storytellers. The Alzheimer’s podcast deserves all the awards. Downside: There are a lot of music podcasts that I find boring and uninteresting. The Faketinas podcast lacked the research and journalism seen in other podcasts.
The more I listen to this podcast, the less I identify with the “Latino community”. These spaces solely promote the very outdated idea that Latinos are this one-dimensional entity… know one, know them all, I guess. It continues to perpetuate the idea that all Latinos are immigrants, undocumented immigrants, first generation, brought here illegally, low socioeconomic status, against immigration enforcement, brought up in the ghetto, have a ghetto accent, etc… all so friken’ predictable and tiresome. Live a little outside of your echo chamber. Yawn… Because if I don’t yawn, I might become outraged. Sincerely, a mujer mexicana.
I am a new listener so forgive me if this seems redundant. This podcast is opening doors on all levels from California to Maine. No matter where you are you will be impacted in a positive way. It educates you not only in the classroom but life also. This show is an important piece of life’s puzzle. Maria and staff thank you.