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Archive for July, 2009

Josefina López

“This is either the longest suicide note in history or the juiciest, dirtiest, most delicious confession you’ll ever hear.” So begins the first novel from Josefina López.

A young American journalist—jaded by war and censorship—breaks off an engagement and heads to Paris to find herself again. She enrolls in a cooking school in order to get a visa, and it turns out cooking school provides just the sort of spiritual awakening she needed.

López is probably best known for her play (and later, the screenplay) “Real Woman Have Curves.” Listen as Maria Hinojosa talks with López about her debut novel Hungry Woman in Paris.


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Sandra Cisneros: Beyond Mango Street

25 years ago, the world was just beginning to learn about all that goes on at The House on Mango Street. Sandra Cisneros introduced us to Esperanza Cordero and we began to experience, through her eyes, being young, poor, female, and Chicana in America.

Maria Hinojosa talks with Cisneros about life beyond Mango Street.


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Bárbara Renaud González

Bárbara Renaud González, a native-born Tejana and acclaimed journalist, has written a lyrical story of land, love, and loss, bringing us a first novel of a working-class Tejano family set in the cruelest beauty of the Texas panhandle. Her story exposes the brutality, tragedy, and hope of her homeland and helps to fill a dearth of scholarly and literary works on Mexican and Mexican American women in post–World War II Texas.

Maria Hinojosa talks with Bárbara Renaud González about Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me?.


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Eduardo Galeano Beyond Time and Space

We learned one thing: don’t call Eduardo Galeano an historian. He says he’s a lover of reality, and some of that reality happened in another time, some of it happens on another map. In what he calls a “boundless” book, Galeano sets out in Mirrors to tell universal stories from the past and the present, from here and there.

Here’s an excerpt:

LOST AND FOUND

The twentieth century, which was born proclaiming peace and justice, died bathed in blood. It passed on a world much more unjust than the one it inherited.

The twenty-first century, which also arrived heralding peace and justice, is following in its predecessor’s footsteps.

In my childhood, I was convinced that everything that went astray on earth ended up on the moon.

But the astronauts found no sign of dangerous dreams or broken promises or hopes betrayed.

If not on the moon, where might they be?

Perhaps they were never misplaced.

Perhaps they are in hiding here on earth. Waiting.

Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano, trans. Mark Fried. Published by Nation Books.

Maria Hinojosa sat down with Galeano in New York to talk about the new work.


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The Music of Federico Aubele

Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele’s new recording Amatoria is all about attraction. He brought his guitar to the studio when he sat down to talk with Maria Hinojosa and talks about the origins of one of his songs over a cuo of tea. But first he and Maria had to settle on a pronunciation of his last name.


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Suena Mi Guitarra / Amatoria / ESL Music

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El Sabor / Amatoria / ESL Music

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Riendo Asi / Amatoria / ESL Music

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Sotomayor Meets the Judiciary Committee

(from top) Judge Sotomayor, Senators Leahy and Sessions

Hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee began Monday 13 July for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the third woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, and the first Latina.

Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) chairs the Senate Judicary Committee. Senator Jeff Sessions (AL) is the Ranking Member.

The week of testimony and questions from the Committee was, at times, pointed and sometimes playful. Reporter Patricia Guadalupe reports from Washington.


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The Senate Judiciary Committee has made all of the hearings available for viewing. Here are links to the four days of testimony before the committee.

The Committee has scheduled a vote on Sotomayor’s nomination for Tuesday 21 July at 10:00a ET.

David Garza

Musician David Garza is as prolific as he is talented: he’s had about 20 albums in the past 20 years. His poetic, hypnotic style has captivated Maria Hinojosa. The two sat down to talk about his latest work: Dream Delay.


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A Historic Crossroad?

The events of the past two weeks in Honduras come packed with history: from the Cold War, from the age of Empires, and from the very real and very present memory of the turbulent period of the early 80s. Maria Hinojosa sat down with two scholars to discuss the current events with an eye on history.

Manuel Orozco is Senior Associate at Inter-American Dialogue and Bruce Bagley is with the International Studies Department at the University of Miami.


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Honduras at a Tipping Point

Diplomatic efforts, aimed at brokering a resolution to Honduras’ constitutional crisis, have continued this week. Reporter Trevor Snapp reports from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.


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The Constitutional Crisis in Honduras

The constitutional crisis in Honduras began weeks before President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a military coup on Sunday, June 28.

Originally a moderate conservative, Zelaya has positioned himself as a populist in the vein of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. On the day of his ouster, Zelaya had scheduled a referendum that would allow him to run for re-election later this year. But the country’s supreme court had already declared the referendum illegal. And when the head of the Honduran military refused Zelaya’s orders to provide security for the referendum to take place in defiance of the courts, Zelaya fired him earlier in the week.

We’re joined now by Larry Birns, Director of the Council On Hemispheric Affairs, a non-partisan policy research and monitoring group based in Washington, D.C.


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Special Thanks to Latino USA contributor Lakshmi Singh.

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