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Archive for May, 2012

AKA Guy Bisserette, Haitian Charro

When Guillermo de la Luz steps on stage to entertain New Yorkers with classic mariachi songs, he looks like any other charro, with colorful outfits, a big hat and a broad repertoire of rancheras. Except that he’s Haitian.

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An Alt.Latino Cinco

We look beyond Cinco De Drinko with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of NPR’s Alt.Latino podcast, and chat about some of their favorite new tunes by Mexican American artists.

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Felix Contreras is a reporter and producer for NPR’s Arts Desk specializing in coverage of jazz, world music, and Latino arts and culture. He is also the co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR’s new web based program about Latin Alternative music A part- time jazz musician, Contreras plays Afro Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands. He is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision.

Jasmine Garsd was born in Argentina and grew up with a steady diet of Argentine rock.
As a journalist she’s worked on the NPR programs Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation and Tell Me More.
She has covered a wide variety of topics including immigration issues for NPR.

Aina: Love of the Land

We go across the Pacific to Hawaii– where Nainoa Kaiama, a high school student, shares his ambition to grow the ancient crops of his ancestors.

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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Photo by Richard Jensen


Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody award-winning radio artist and writer based in Portland, Oregon who has written and produced more than 500 audio art pieces and documentaries for NPR and PRI. She is a USA Rockefeller Fellow and received the Dr. Suzanne Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association for her Peabody-winning eight-hour Crossing East Asian American history series that ran on 230 stations. Her essay “Finding The Poetry” was published in John Biewen’s essay book Reality Radio (UNC Press).







Legal scholar Raquel Aldana discusses the case of Jose Godinez Samperio, a Florida law school graduate. He wants to take the bar exam, but there’s a catch: he’s undocumented.

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Professor Raquel Aldana is a prolific scholar who is an internationally recognized expert on matters of immigration law and human rights in the Americas. She is the founder and director of the Pacific McGeorge Inter-American Program, an innovative project committed to educating bilingual and bicultural lawyers who wish to pursue a domestic or transnational career with a focus on Latino or U.S.-Latin American relations.



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