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Archive for January, 2012

Fighting for Nicaragua Through Song: A Portrait of Carlos Mejía Godoy

On this special musical edition of Latino USA, Maria Martin shares the story of one of Nicaragua’s most celebrated musicians — singer-songwriter Carlos Mejía Godoy.
In the sixties and seventies, Carlos, along with his brother, Luis Enrique, composed the soundtrack for Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution. And today, decades later, both are now working to preserve Nicaragua’s unique cultural traditions. Carlos explains how.

This program was produced and hosted by Latino USA’s producer María Martin.


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Undocumented and Unafraid: Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who at the peak of his career made a decision that shocked the media and politicians. He declared to the world through an essay in the New York Times Magazine: I am undocumented and I am not alone. He tells the story of what led to his decision and what it has meant for him.

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Undocumented and Unafraid: Carlo Alban

Carlo Alban was always a performer at heart. And as a young teen, he got a break as a regular cast member on Sesame Street. And even though it seemed that he was living a dream, he had a secret: he was undocumented. Carlo Alban, now 32, has a one-man show, “Intringulis,” which translates to a snag or difficulty. “Intringulis,” is Carlo’s own coming out story, in which he tackles the struggles of being undocumented, childhood success, and drug use as a teen. Here, Carlo performs an excerpt of the play, live before an intimate audience at Intar Theatre in New York City.


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Dreamers

The stories of Jose Antonio Vargas and Carlos Alban are like so many who grew up in the United States: undocumented, but managing to start careers. And there are also high school and college students who call themselves Dreamers. They are fighting for the Dream Act, which would a grant a passage to citizenship to students and members of the military. For more than a decade, its been an uphill battle to get votes, and in recent years, these students have upped the ante by coming out, publicly and often putting themselves at risk of deportation. We hear from two Dreamers: Lizbeth Mateo and David Cho.

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Roberto Suro

Election year is here, and as politicians, pundits, and reporters analyze every subgroup in the electorate to try and predict their votes, we take a step back and look at how changes in the Latino community might affect the upcoming presidential race. For this discussion, Maria Hinojosa speaks with veteran journalist and professor at USC Annenburg, Roberto Suro.

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Living in the Land of the Shaking Earth

For our series, RadioNature, we asked Latino USA’s founding producer, Maria Martin, why she decided to live in Guatemala, a country she’s called home for the greater part of ten years. Through an audio essay, she paints us her natural surroundings and the unique landscapes of Guatemala.

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New Mexico’s Memory of Land: The Legacy of Tijerina

In June of 1967, in the small town of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, a group of Hispanos calling themselves “La Alianza” or the Alliance, attempted to make a citizens arrest of the state district attorney. During the attempted arrest, two people were shot, others were held at gunpoint, and the district attorney, who wasn’t even present at the time, got away. What happened during the days that followed looked like a revolution to the rest of the country. And the attention of the authorities fell mainly on La Alianza’s fiery, charismatic leader Reies Lopez Tijerina. A former Pentecostal preacher from a south Texas ranching community, Tijerina left Texas to found a utopian community in Arizona, and then moved to New Mexico to recover lost land grants for old Hispano families. Today, we have a special rebroadcast of a documentary about Reies Lopez Tijerina. Producer Adam Saytanides traveled to the Mexican central highlands, where he found an aging Tijerina.

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