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Archive for May 25th, 2012

Brazilians Go To The Dogs

If you walk around Manhattan’s Upper East Side, you’ll see many dogs along with the walkers hired to take care of them. You may also notice that a majority of them are speaking Portuguese. Reporter Matt Draper set out to investigate why this niche market is dominated by Brazilians.

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Matt Draper is a multimedia journalist. Draper, who has worked as a freelance writer and editor for many years, has covered a range of subjects: He’s written about senior athletes competing in an ultramarathon in Costa Rica; reported on the financial impact of the World Cup; and covered subway protests in New York City. He received his master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Draper’s work has been published in the Huffington Post, The Daily, New York Post, Competitor magazine and Sports Business Journal, among other publications.

Minor Crossers

Every year, thousands of unaccompanied minors cross the U.S/Mexico border to be reunited with family.  But this spring, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that the number of minors arriving alone had nearly doubled. We speak to Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about who these minors are and why the numbers have shot up.

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Sonia Nazario is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey, a national bestseller that has been adopted by more than 50 universities across the country. She has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, hunger, drug addiction, and immigration, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Soaring Skies

Jose Sainz, a master kite maker and flyer from San Diego talks to Jocelyn Frank about his fascination with the majesty and power of the wind.

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Jocelyn Frank is an independent radio journalist, sound artist and musician. She’s produced and reported internationally for NPR and BBC Radio 4 and helped to develop and launch the successful UK-facing BBC Radio program Americana. She’s the creative director of Voices of Health; an audio project that documents the stories of DC residents living with HIV and AIDS. Voices of Health can be heard online and through listening stations installed in public spaces across the District of Columbia.

Here’s a video of Jose flying his kites:

 

Remembering Carlos Fuentes

Prolific Latin American writer Carlos Fuentes died on May 15th. Fuentes was part of the Latin American literary “boom” of the 1960s. We remember him by reading a passage about love from his book, This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life.

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Noticiando

The federal immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities went into effect recently in New York, and under the program, information about people arrested by local police can be turned over to U.S. Immigration and potentially lead to their deportation. We speak to Lucía Gomez-Jimenez, the executive director of La Fuente’s New York and Long Island Civic Participation Project, an organization that focuses on immigrant and workers’ rights issues.

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Lucía Gomez-Jimenez is the executive director of La Fuente’s New York and Long Island Civic Participation Project, an organization that focuses on immigrant and worker rights issues. She was previously the Community Affairs representative for New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera and a Policy Fellow for the National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP) since 2009. She also served as the Assistant to the Governor for Community Affairs for Governor David Paterson of New York.

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