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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.

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    • 4.9 • 3.4K 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.

    We Imagine… Us: The Long Way Around

    We Imagine… Us: The Long Way Around

    Latino USA is proud to present a preview of a new podcast by Futuro Unidad Hinojosa, the newest editorial division from Maria Hinojosa and Futuro Media.

    Starring Emmy award-winning actress Karrueche Tran, We Imagine… Us: The Long Way Around is Futuro's first-ever fiction podcast series. It tells the story of a Black American father and his Black Vietnamese American daughter who set out across the United States in hope of rebuilding their lives. Offering a clear-eyed look at real-world struggles many communities in our country face today, its core message is that through solidarity we can make change.

    In this episode, Albert "Bumpy" Watkins, after serving three years in prison, is released into a post-Covid America, where he has to navigate his new status as a formerly incarcerated person and his new role as a single parent to teenager Mercy Watkins.

    We Imagine... Us: The Long Way Around premieres October 27. Subscribe here to enjoy full episodes, a companion factual series and more.

    • 23 min
    Mississippi Rising

    Mississippi Rising

    August 7, 2019 forever changed the lives of many immigrants in Mississippi. Almost 700 people were taken by ICE that day in the largest single state immigration raid in the country.

    Latino USA continues its reporting in Mississippi and heads back to the state to follow-up with some of the people we met in last year’s episode, After the Mississippi Raids, to see what’s changed and what hasn’t in their lives and their communities.

    We also dive into the racial history behind the chicken processing business in the South and the vicious cycle of an industry that continues to exploit the most vulnerable.

    • 58 min
    From Locatora Radio: Faketinas

    From Locatora Radio: Faketinas

    Throughout the year, Latino USA will begin to feature podcasts from independent Latino and Latina creators as a way to shine a light on the work they do by passing the mic on to them.

    The first show we are featuring on our feed is Locatora Radio—an independent podcast based out of Los Angeles that blends humor, pop culture analysis and interviews with artists to engage listeners in nuanced discussions about feminism, sexual wellness, arts and culture for a modern Latinx audience.

    In this episode of Locatora, hosts Mala and Diosa dive into the topic of “Faketinas,” or a person without roots in Latin America who masquerades as Latinx in order to obtain jobs, scholarships, titles and opportunities meant for people of Latin American descent.

    • 44 min
    After the Mississippi Raids

    After the Mississippi Raids

    August 7th, 2019 was the day that tore apart an unlikely community of Guatemalan immigrants in central Mississippi. A year ago, hundreds of ICE agents arrived at seven chicken processing plants and arrested 680 workers. Many of them were fathers and mothers whose kids were left behind for days, weeks, or even months. Today, many families are still dealing with the consequences of those arrests, many remain unable to work, as they grapple with the traumatic psychological repercussions. Latino USA traveled to the heart of Mississippi to hear about the long term effects of the largest single-state immigration raid in U.S. history.

    This episode originally aired in August of 2020.

    • 51 min
    How I Made It: Amy Collado, Skate Advocate

    How I Made It: Amy Collado, Skate Advocate

    Roller skating has experienced a resurgence during the pandemic with videos of people dancing on roller skates blowing up on tik tok, but many do not know where these moves come from, and the role that Black skaters and skaters of color have played in keeping roller skating alive and accessible for their communities. For Amy Collado, founder of Butter Roll- a New York based social enterprise focused on Black, Indigenous and POC wellness through roller skating & the arts- the history of roller skating is personal. Amy recalls her mother’s memories of coming of age on the roller rinks back in 1970’s Brooklyn- memories that connect her to a legacy of joy, resistance, and community.

    • 19 min
    Are ICE Detention Centers Necessary?

    Are ICE Detention Centers Necessary?

    This week, we report on the origins of privately-run immigration detention centers and ask: “Are these places actually necessary?”

    The unprecedented health crisis created by the coronavirus forced the release of thousands of migrants across the country, plunging the number of people detained in immigration facilities to a historic low.

    And despite the dwindling detention numbers, the immigration court system never collapsed. So this begs the question: did we ever need detention facilities in the first place?

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Chayito951 ,

Excellent Reporting!!

I am haunted by the story: Mississippi Rising episode. The way Maria Hinojosa weaved history from the 60s to immigration and labor was so powerful. And at times painful to hear. My heart hurts too. I am grateful for this kind of investigative reporting that brings so much humanity to the forefront.

Djm2516 ,

Carmen Maria Machado

Thank you for this great interview. I just put a hold on “in the Dream House.”

4tacosplease ,

Fallen off

You guys used to be a lot better and more informative. You used to touch on subjects that actually mattered to the Latino community
Now all y’all do is whine and talk about random none sense
Please step it up or point us in the direction of a podcast that actually helps the Latino community.

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