As part of our special REI environmental series, “RadioNature,” where we explore people’s connection to nature and the outdoors, we take you to the Bronx, an urban borough bordered by the Bronx River. It’s the only freshwater river that runs through New York City. And for the majority of low-income Bronx residents, it’s one of their only connections to nature and a break from urban life.
RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.
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Photos: Yasmeen Qureshi and Nusha Balyan.
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Radio Nature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI foundation.
The REI Foundation focuses on supporting efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature. Through this work, The REI Foundation’s goal is to help inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.
Being gay in the South Bronx isn’t easy. The moment you step out your door, you’re often defined by your neighborhood, your peers and by tradition. The struggle with self-identity and social acceptance is always there. That’s the premise of ‘Chulito,’ a new novel written by Puerto Rican-born author, Charles Rice-González. It tells the story of 16-year-old “Chulito” who’s in love with a friend from the neighborhood. Charles Rice-González is also gay and from the South Bronx. He joins us now to talk about his new book and about the importance of defining your own self instead of letting your environment and others define you.
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As part of our ongoing REI environmental series, RadioNature, we go to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. As a young teenager, Marcus Gallegos was looking to make positive changes in his life. He visited the Strybing Arboretum and there he found the change he was seeking. Marcus went from the downward spiral of gang life to the uplifting world of being lead intern at the botanical gardens. Today he’s a garden and science coordinator at one of the city’s public elementary schools. Emily Wilson has our story.
RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation. This piece was produced by Emily Wilson and edited & mixed by Claire Schoen.
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When Rudolfo Anaya’s first novel, Bless Me Ultima, was published in 1972, the idea of Chicano literature was brand new. Almost no books by Mexican Americans were available to readers. Forty years later, the schools in Arizona have taken steps to, once again, make Chicano literature harder to get. The state passed a law created to dismantle Tucson’s high school Mexican American studies program. After that, about 50 literary and history books, even including a Shakespeare play, were removed from Tucson schools and placed on a so-called “banned books” list. Anaya’s tale of a six-year-old boy growing up in rural New Mexico was among them. Maria Hinojosa sits down with Rudolfo Anaya to talk about his latest novel and the Arizona controversy.
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As part of our ongoing REI series, Radio Nature, we take you to Southwest Colorado, where guest worker sheepherders are brought from Latin America to carry out one of the world’s toughest and oldest professions. Bolivian immigrant Eraclio Beltran is one of the nearly 300 Latin American shepherds in Colorado who spend months at a time in complete isolation, surrounded by the natural landscapes of the American West. Latino USA’s Andres Caballero reports from Colorado.
RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation. This piece was produced by Andres Caballero and edited by Leda Hartman. Voice over work was done by Rosalino Ramos.
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Where do you draw the lines of what is or isn’t offensive? Canadian South-Asian Comedian Russell Peters creates his own boundaries with his bold stand-up routines that challenge the notion of political correctness. He isn’t afraid to make fun of all races, and is an astute observer of how we as Americans interact with each other. Peters reveals his inspiration for his humor and how he has found success in poking fun at the immigrant experience. Produced by Yasmeen Qureshi.
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Lalo Alcaraz copes with the world by laughing at it. He is the host of “The Pocho Hour of Power” on KPFK in Los Angeles, and the cartoonist of La Cucaracha – the only Latino “political” syndicated daily comic strip. His art is bold, provocative and unapologetic. Maria Hinojosa talks to Alcaraz to find out how he uses art as a protest and how to walk the thin line between being offensive and funny.
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For some the expression La Chuleta is offensive, but not for multimedia artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. She transforms herself into this stereotype of a homegirl from the ghetto to educate and bridge multiple cultures. Through her art and humor, Raimundi-Ortiz says her mission is to bring what she calls the white box of the Museum world to El Barrio. In a lively conversation, Maria Hinojosa talks to Raimundi-Ortiz about identity and stereotypes.
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