Latino USA

Archive for July 29th, 2010

A Conversation with John Phillip Santos

Most people’s idea of family is pretty immediate: the people we live with, the cousins we see at the reunion every year, the ones who have gone before that we remember fondly (or not so fondly…)

Writer John Phillip Santos takes a different view of families. In his new book, he goes searching for his family throughout history. And along the way, he makes some discoveries about Latinos in America. Take a listen.


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Puerto Rican Student Activism Today

When we traveled to Puerto Rico a few weeks ago, we found a story that most Americans don’t know: The little island is going through big changes—and boricua youth are playing a big part.


Amidst a massive economic recession, Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño ordered widespread cutbacks at the University of Puerto Rico. The university’s budget took a $200 million hit. To protest the cuts, UPR students launched a 60-day strike across the university’s campuses.

Regina Rodriguez is one of the students who took part in the protests. She’s a first-year law student, and one of many young people in Puerto Rico who’s concerned about where their homeland is headed.


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SB 1070 Loses its Teeth

On Wednesday, June 28th, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Federal Judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction in the matter of “United States of America v. Arizona, State of, et al.” Four key provisions of Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, SB 1070, were put on hold:

  • The section that would require law enforcement officers to determine the immigration status of people pulled over, detained, or placed under arrest if reasonable suspicion exists that they are in the country illegally;
  • The section that would require immigrants to carry their papers with them at all times;
  • The section that would allow law enforcement officers to arrest people without a warrant if there is probable cause that someone has committed a crime that would lead to deportation;
  • The section that would make it a crime for undocumented immigrants to seek or perform work.

Latino USA takes you to Phoenix to hear reaction on the ground: from activists, from politicians, and from average folks.


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On the day the injunction was handed down, Maria spoke with Professor Jenny Rivera of the CUNY Law School faculty, and the founder and director of the Center for Latino and Latina Rights and Equality. Here’s that conversation:


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A note on how we produced this week’s program: A radio program like Latino USA is a collaborative effort. What you hear on the air is the work product of several journalists: reporters, producers, writers, editors, audio producers, web producers, photographers, and Maria, the host. Maria was not in Phoenix this week. But our Production Coordinator Nick Blumberg is, and it is his observations and conversations—his on-the-ground reporting and that of another reporter Valeria Fernandez—that informed what Maria says on the air.

In addition, and as you can see from one of the photos at the top of this page, Nick would find people for Maria to interview by phone, so that their interaction with one another could be part of this broadcast. Nick recorded the Phoenix side of the conversations. Mincho Jacob, another one of our radio producers, recorded Maria’s side of those phone calls. Then, we synchronize the two recordings and pulled sections of the composite interview to use on the air. We call this technique a “tape-sync” — and we use it often, in order to remove the phone line from the broadcast audio stream.

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