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Archive for May 11th, 2012

Precious Knowledge

The Mexican American Studies Program at a local high school in Tucson, Arizona helped increase the Latino graduation rate and the number of students who went to college. The recently banned program is now the subject of a new documentary, Precious Knowledge, to air next week on PBS. We speak to Eren Isabel McGinnis, the co-director of the film, and Alanna Castro, one of the students who took part in the program.

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Eren Isabel McGinnis has produced award-winning documentaries for PBS and other international media outlets for several years. She co-founded Caf Sisters Productions with Christine Fugate, an all-woman production company. She also co-founded Dos Vatos Productions with Ari Luis Palos.

Lesbian in Cuba after the revolution

After the 1959 revolution, being gay in Cuba was considered counter-revolutionary. LGBT Cubans were jailed and harassed because of their sexual identity. Hear from two lesbians talk about their life on the island since the Revolution.

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Von Diaz is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. Her reporting focuses on immigration, Cuba, and LGBT issues. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, GA. She is a Feet in Two Worlds fellow, and has published her work on PRI’s The World, WNYC, and New American Media.

Tenderloin National Forest

We go to the Tenderloin district, one of San Francisco’s most densely populated areas to visit the Tenderloin National Forest, one of few green and open spaces in the neighborhood.

 

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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Joaquin Palomino was born and raised in the Bay Area. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in community studies, with an emphasis in social documentation. Despite holding a multitude of day jobs, he has produced a number of radio and print features for both San Francisco Bay Area and national outlets.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Cinco de Derby”

Last Saturday, 5 de Mayo, 25-year-old Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez rode “I’ll Have Another” and won the Kentucky Derby. We speak to him for a recap on his victory and what it’s meant to him.

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Noticiando

Immigration reform has peeped up again, and while Democrats and Republicans try out new ways to appeal to Latinos, their efforts are still in question. We speak to Angelo Falcon, the president of the National Institute for Latino Policy, for the latest on the Latino political world, and we take a look into funding disparities for Latino grassroots organization.

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Angelo Falcon is President and Co-Founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). Falcón has been able to combine academic and policy research with an aggressive advocacy style based on broad coalition-building and community organizing. He has become one of the longest-serving chief executives of a Latino non-profit in the country.

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