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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.

Latino USA Futuro Media and PRX

    • 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.

    State of Exception: An Abolitionist Poet Visits El Salvador

    State of Exception: An Abolitionist Poet Visits El Salvador

    Christopher Soto is a Salvadoran-American poet, activist and prison abolitionist. He is based in Los Angeles, but has remained tied to his parent’s home country.

    Throughout his life, Christopher has taken many trips to El Salvador, but during his most recent visit to the Central American country in the summer of 2022, things were very different: the country’s president Nayib Bukele had declared a state of exception to address rising homicide rates attributed to criminal gangs. More than 65,000 people have been arrested since then, many of them arbitrarily.

    On this episode of Latino USA, Christopher Soto takes us to El Salvador during a state of exception and we hear about the deep connections between the United States and El Salvador’s carceral culture, as well as the importance of poetry within the prison abolitionist movement.

    • 25 min
    Villano Antillano and Ana Macho Dream of Queer and Trans Futures

    Villano Antillano and Ana Macho Dream of Queer and Trans Futures

    Villano Antillano and Ana Macho are two Puerto Rican trans and non-binary musicians making waves in the music industry. In their latest projects, Villano Antillano’s debut album “Sustancia X” and Ana Macho’s “Realismo Magico,” both artists use elements of magical realism and science fiction to dream of queer and trans empowerment. In this intimate conversation, we hear the two artists bring some humor into the difficult realities of navigating a transphobic industry, and we dive deep into the sonic worlds of their latest albums.

    • 32 min
    An Unwinnable War

    An Unwinnable War

    This week Latino USA shares an episode of the USA v. García Luna podcast, from Futuro Investigates and Lemonada Media.

    Genaro García Luna’s trial is over, but Maria and Peniley’s investigative work is not. In this episode, they learn that a U.S. senator has requested the DEA and the FBI information on García Luna, including the names of the U.S. officials who vetted him. We listen to some of our series’ protagonists react to the guilty verdict, and Peniley digs into what’s next for García Luna. Finally, our hosts reflect on why the war on drugs was always unwinnable, and they get into some chisme, going behind the scenes of this series.

    To hear more of USA v. García Luna, head to futuroinvestigates.org.

    • 25 min
    'Suavemente' — The Merengue War

    'Suavemente' — The Merengue War

    For this week’s Latino USA, we’re bringing you an episode from the newly released podcast series from WNYC Studios and Futuro Studios, La Brega, The Puerto Rican Experience in Eight Songs.

    By the end of the 1990s, merengue ruled supreme on the radio and TV in Puerto Rico, but the road to get there was long and complicated, coinciding with the growing Dominican population to the island and culminating in perhaps what was the pinnacle of its popularity and takeover in Puerto Rican music, at home and abroad: Elvis Crespo’s “Suavemente.” Journalist Ezequiel Rodríguez Andino shares the story of merengue’s ubiquity and how the shift from salsa to merengue brought to the surface serious class and racial tension that still remains today.

    You can subscribe to La Brega here.

    • 41 min
    How I Made It: Ayodele Casel

    How I Made It: Ayodele Casel

    For Ayodele Casel tap dancing is magic. As a young high school student, she dreamed of one day dancing like Ginger Rogers as she recreated Ginger’s moves in her bedroom But it wasn’t until Ayodele Casel was a sophomore at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts that she took her first tap dancing class. That was her entry point into the art form which would eventually lead to a more than 20-year career as a professional tap dancer. As a Black and Puerto Rican woman, Ayodele Casel didn’t see herself reflected in the mainstream image of tap dancers because the form has been largely whitewashed through systematic racism. For that reason, she works tirelessly to remind her audiences that tap is deeply rooted in Black art and culture.

    In this episode of “How I Made It,” Ayodele takes us through her tap journey and reclaims tap dancing as a Black art form.

    This episode originally aired in November of 2021.

    • 18 min
    Teresa Urrea: The Mexican Joan of Arc

    Teresa Urrea: The Mexican Joan of Arc

    In the late 1800s, Teresa Urrea was a superstar. She was a ‘curandera,’ or healer, a revolutionary, and a feminist. At only 19 years old she was exiled from Mexico by dictator Porfirio Diaz, who called her the most dangerous girl in the country, and moved to El Paso, Texas. She also had a miraculous power: she could heal people through touch. Her vision of love and equality for all people regardless of gender, race, and class inspired rebellions against the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, earning her the title the Mexican Joan of Arc. In this episode, we follow Teresa Urrea’s life, and honor the legacy of a revolutionary woman decades ahead of her time.

    This episode originally aired in November 2021.

    • 48 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!!!!

Dr. CAZARES ,

Doesn’t address interests of majority hispanos.

This program is extremely PC.

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