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Archive for November, 2012


As the elections wrap up, we have briefings from key areas around the country where the Latino vote had a key impact on the election – and also reflects America’s changing demographics.

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Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WLRN-Miami Herald News. She also splits her time as a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and as a local print reporter for The Miami Herald. Previously, Lopez was a reporter/blogger for The Florida Independent — a nonprofit news blog that covered Florida politics and public policy. A native Miamian, Lopez graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. She also interned for Talking Points Memo and an NPR affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.

Robbie Harris is WVTF/RADIO IQ‘s New River Valley Bureau Chief. Based in Blacksburg, Robbie covers the New River Valley and southwestern Virginia. She is a former news director of WBEZ/ Chicago Public Radio and WHYY in Philadelphia, where she led award-winning news teams and creative projects. She has also worked in public and commercial television, as well as print journalism.

News Director Peter O’Dowd leads a newsroom that includes reporters in seven Southwestern bureaus. His work has aired on The BBC, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and American Public Media’s Marketplace. He’s covered technology, the housing bubble and the constant flap over immigration policy that keeps Arizona in the national spotlight. Peter began his radio career at Wyoming Public Radio. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and he’s taught English in Tokyo, Japan.


The Latino vote has been a big topic in this election cycle. So what was the proof in the pudding and in the polls? We get an overview of Latino turnout, the effects of voter ID laws and early voting, and other factors that influenced the Latino role in the presidential, congressional races and ballot initiatives of 2012.

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Patricia Guadalupe is Supervising Producer and Fill-in Host for AARP Viva Radio, a daily, Spanish-language radio show that discusses a variety of issues of importance to the Latino community and broadcast on Sirius XM. She is a contributing editor to Latino Magazine and Hispanic Link News Service and is a former Washington correspondent for CBS Radio, Radio Bilingue and Latino USA. Raised in Puerto Rico, she is a graduate of Michigan State University and of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.


Myrna Perez is a senior counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, a legal research and advocacy organization at New York University. She also works on a variety of voting rights related issues, including redistricting, voter registration list maintenance, and access to the ballot box. Before joining the center, Ms. Pérez was the Civil Rights Fellow at Relman & Dane, a civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C.


Latino USA producer Nadia Reiman was born in Costa Rica. She became a citizen in 2010, so this November she cast her first presidential vote.

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Nadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005. Before joining the Latino USA team, Nadia produced for StoryCorps for almost five years. Her work there on 9/11 stories earned her a Peabody Award. She has also mixed audio for animations, assisted on podcasts for magazines, and program managed translations for Canon Latin America. Nadia has also produced for None on Record editing and mixing stories of queer Africans, and worked on a Spanish language radio show called Epicentro based out of Washington DC. She graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in International Studies and Spanish Literature.


Chilean pop singer Alex Anwandter has become an icon of gay rights in Chile. He talks about his music, his lyrics and the inspiration behind his latest video.

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Check out the video for Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo here:

Alex Anwandter is a Chilean singer, musician and producer. He was a vocalist for the band Teleradio Donoso until 2010. He recently released his solo record, Rebeldes on Nacional Records.


The presidential race took the spotlight on Election Day, but from congressional and senatorial races to a historical referendum in Puerto Rico, there was more at stake for Latino voters. We speak to Victor Landa, founder and editor of News Taco, for a round up of other election results important to Latinos.

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Victor Landa is the founder and editor of NewsTaco, a website that provides news, analysis and critique from a Latino perspective. He worked as a writer and editor for 30 years, mostly with Telemundo and Univisión. Landa also contributed to the San Antonio Express-News, and he is an adviser on media strategy, message crafting, storytelling and public speaking.

Tell us your Election Day stories

Decision day has finally arrived after a long, contentious campaign season. We urge all our listeners who are registered voters to exercise your civic right and let your choice be known at the polls.

Did you vote early? Do you live in a battleground state? Did Hurricane Sandy displace you from your polling site? What was the craziest, most inspiring, most unusual thing you saw out there? Post pictures and tell us all about it below, or call our listener line 646-571-1228 and please tell us your name and where you’re calling from.

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Corporate leaders become political movers and shakers all the time these days, but how many of them are Latino? Meet Sol Trujillo, a multimillionaire Wyoming-raised Mexican American telecommunications innovator who wants to improve the image of Latinos within the Republican Party and in the media.

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Author Ruben Martinez shares a very personal take on desert communities of the Southwest in his book “Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West.” He explores the economic and cultural contradictions in these Southwestern communities with host Maria Hinojosa.

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A native of Los Angeles and the son and grandson of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, Rubén Martínez is a writer, performer and teacher. He holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University, and is an artist in residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. He is the author of: Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail, The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country and The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond. His new book, Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West is now available in hardcover from Metropolitan/Holt Books.


Back in the 1950s, when the mambo was the rage, some of its biggest fans were Jewish. Reporter Marlon Bishop brings us this story of a community still keeping the beat after all these years.

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Marlon is a radio producer, writer, and reporter based in New York. His work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts, and has appeared in several public radio outlets such as WNYC News, Studio 360, The World and NPR News. He is an Associate Producer at Afropop Worldwide and a staff writer for MTV Iggy.




Check out these tunes by many other Mambonicks:

Iriving Fields, “Miami Beach Rhumba” (1947)

Pianist Irving Fields grew up acting on the Yiddish stage in 1920s Jewish Brooklyn, and became a major performer on the Catskills circuit. As a young performer, he hopped a cruise ship to pre-revolutionary Cuba and returned determined to bring Latin music into his act. His first big hit was 1947’s “Miami Beach Rhumba,” which was covered by bandleaders like Xavier Cugat and Tito Puente. Fields went on to produce “Bagels and Bongos,” mixing Latin rhythms with Yiddish standards.

Alfredito Levy, “Goofus Mambo” (1953)

Al “Alfredito” Levy was the first significant Jewish mambo bandleader in New York City. He began as a percussionist gigging with bands like Joe Quijano and Tito Puente, and eventually came to lead his own orchestra, putting out novelty mambo hits like the “Chinese Cha Cha Cha,” the “Crazy Stalin Mambo,” and the “Goofus Mambo.”

Juan Calle and his Latin Lantzmen, “Bublitchi Baigelach” (1961)

In a nod to the Jewish-Mambo connection, Latin stars Ray Baretto, Charlie Palmieri and Willie Rodriguez teamed up with top jazz players to put out a peculiar album titled “Mazel Tov Mis Amigos” under the name Juan Calle and his Latin Lantzmen, an imaginary Latin-Jewish supergroup. The album mixes Yiddish tunes with Latin Jazz — and serious instrumental chops from the all-star lineup.

Larry Harlow, “Arsenio” (1971)

Bandleader Larry Harlow is the Brooklyn-born Mambonik who took his Latin music obsession the farthest, eventually becoming one of the principal salsa bandleaders of the 1970s on the Fania label, nicknamed “El Judio Maravilloso” (“The Marvelous Jew”). Harlow (who is also a converted santeria priest) didn’t often address Jewish themes in his music however. One of his hits was “Arsenio,” a tribute to Cuban innovator Arsenio Rodriguez.


Governor Mitt Romney has often mentioned his family connections to Mexico—which earned him criticism for either not highlighting his heritage or for using it to simply score political points. Host Maria Hinojosa explores the Mexico issue by talking to a satirical twitter incarnation of the candidate called Mexican Mitt.

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Check out Mexican Mitt’s video debut below:


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