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Archive for March 29th, 2013

News Taco: Who’s Latino?

Is Jorge Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis, Latino? Does it matter? Why did Bruno Mars drop his Puerto Rican father’s surname? And who is the new Obama staffer Miguel Rodriguez? Latino USA guest host Felix Contreras gets the answers in conversation with Victor Landa, editor of the site News Taco.

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Victor-150x150Victor 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.

Ethnic Studies: What’s Next?

Enrollment for Chicano Studies at San Diego State University is down. Meanwhile, a federal judge ordered Arizona’s Tucson School District to re-implement culturally relevant courses. So where do ethnic studies really stand in the U.S? Latino USA guest host Felix Contreras speaks to Alex Saragoza, professor of History at the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

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12Alex M. Saragoza is a professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at University of California, Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department. His research involves the racialization and inequity in Latin America, especially in Mexico and Cuba, and their intersections with immigration to the USA. He holds a PhD in Latin American History from the University of California, San Diego.

Piñata Protest

The San Antonio band mixes punk and traditional Mexican music to wow the crowds at SXSW. Lead vocalist Alvaro del Norte talks to Latino USA guest host Felix Contreras about the similarities of punk and conjunto.

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Alvaro photoAlvaro del Norte is the vocalist and accordion player for the San Antonio Texas based band Piñata Protest. Their new album, “El Valiente” is due out in May.


LUSA guest host Felix Contreras offers a short tribute to Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, who died recently at age 94 in Sweden. Valdes was an important part of Cuban musical history for at least five decades.

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