Archive for October 25th, 2013

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On the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Latino USA visits Staten Island, where the storm caused severe losses in immigrant communities. We’ll examine echoes of Sandy’s effects in Colorado’s recent floods, hear about people of Hatian descent who have lost their citizenship in the Dominican Republic, hear the tales of immigrants deported, saved from detention, and saving an indigenous Mexican language. Also: why radio is important, especially in emergencies, two musical oddysseys, and some words of wisdom from a Marine who recovers the long lost.


Latino USA, the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio, is the first radio program to commence equal-access distribution via Captioning for Radio. “Research has shown that Latino children have a higher incidence of hearing loss and deafness than other populations,” according to Latino USA’s Anchor & Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa. “When the opportunity to break this sound barrier came to our attention, we were pleased to embrace this new technology developed by NPR Labs and Towson University for the thousands of Latinos with serious hearing loss.”

The International Center for Accessible Radio Technology (ICART), a strategic alliance between NPR and Towson University, is co-directed by Mike Starling of NPR and Ellyn Sheffield of Towson University.

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What Hurricane Sandy Left Behind

One year after Hurricane Sandy, many residents are still struggling to get back on their feet, particularly low-income and immigrant New Yorkers. Latino USA producer Diana Montaño goes to Staten Island, one of the hardest hit parts of the city, to check in with residents one year after Sandy.

Special thanks to Make the Road New York. To help or donate, visit their donation page.

Jonathan Wolfe contributed reporting to this story.



Diana HeadshotDiana Montaño is a Mexico City-born, East Coast-raised radio producer. She has worked as an editor at the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia and as an associate producer with Radio Bilingüe in California. Diana has also taught video production to immigrant and refugee youth in Oakland, and to young indigenous women in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

In addition to her work as a journalist, Lesley also has extensive experience in documentary filmmaking and writing. A seven-time Emmy Award nominee, she won an Emmy Award in 2009 for the documentary, “Green Prison Reform.” Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Louisiana State University


The Immigrant Victims Of The Colorado Floods

Echoing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, floods in Colorado have caused suffering and painful losses for Colorado’s immigrant population. Maria Hinojosa talks with Colorado Public Radio’s Lesley McClurg.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons


McClurgLesley McClurg is a reporter and producer for Colorado Public Radio’s daily interview program, “Colorado Matters.” She came to CPR after getting her start in public radio as a freelance reporter and producer for KUOW in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that, Lesley spent more than three years working in public television in Seattle, reporting on a variety of stories and producing long-form segments for KCTS 9 Public Television.

In addition to her work as a journalist, Lesley also has extensive experience in documentary filmmaking and writing. A seven-time Emmy Award nominee, she won an Emmy Award in 2009 for the documentary, “Green Prison Reform.” Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Louisiana State University


Losing Your Citizenship In The Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the Constitutional Court has retroactively revoked citizenship from anyone of Haitian descent dating back 84 years. Maria Hinojosa reports on how this change is affecting Dominican-born Haitians, and how the dynamic is playing out among Dominican and Haitian-Americans here in the U.S.


Los Otros Dreamers

We meet some young, undocumented adults who’ve been deported back to Mexico. They call themselves “Los Otros Dreamers.” Brooke Binkowski reports.

Photo by Brooke Binkowski


brookeBrooke Binkowski is an award-winning roving reporter currently based in San Diego. Her career has taken her from KFQD in Anchorage, Alaska, to CNN in Atlanta, to various radio stations in Los Angeles, and back home to San Diego (where she’s a graduate student at UCSD studying the U.S.-Mexico border.) Her curiosity has taken her all over the world. She is a voracious reader, writer, and traveler. Tweet @brooklynmarie.

Casa Marienella: A Home For Asylum Seekers

An immigrant shelter in Texas offers non-violent asylum seekers a way out of detention.


BrackenShotAmy Bracken is a Boston-based freelance reporter and radio producer. She’s had stories on PRI’s The World and in The Christian Science Monitor and Boston Globe. Tweet @brackenamy.

Zapotec Language Postcard

An indigenous language in Mexico called Zapotec is in danger of dying out. Its best chance of survival is, ironically, in Los Angeles.


ruxandraRuxandra Guidi has a decade of experience working in public radio, print, and multimedia and has reported throughout California, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Ruxandra is a recipient of Johns Hopkins University’s International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowship, which took her to Haiti for a series of stories about development aid and human rights in 2008. That year, she was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting, given to U.S. journalists under 35 years of age.

After earning a Master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley in 2002, she got her break in public radio by assisting independent radio producers The Kitchen Sisters. A couple of years later, she did field reporting and production work for the BBC public radio news program, The World. Her stories focused on Latin America, human rights, rural communities, immigration, popular culture and music.
Most recently, Guidi was a border reporter for the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration between public radio stations throughout the Southwest and U.S.-Mexico border.

Throughout her journalism career, Guidi has also produced magazine features and radio documentaries for the BBC World Service in Spanish, National Public Radio, The Walrus, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly Review, World Vision Report, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Dispatches and Marketplace radio programs.

She’s a native of Caracas, Venezuela.

News Or Noise: We Heart Radio

For this month’s News or Noise we talk to teens who make their own media about the role of radio in their lives and during an emergency. Special thanks to Sanda Htyte and the rest of the team at WNYC’s Radio Rookies, as well as all the organizers of the Digital Waves Youth Media Festival.

C1_AlexEstevezAlejandro Estevez resides in Washington Heights. He is 17 years old and attends Facing History High School. He is an aspiring Rapper & Actor and goes by the name of Alex E. Styles.




C1_BreePersonBree Person was born and raised in the south Bronx and went to Washington Irving High School. She loves writing. The only thing she loves more than that is radio journalism.



C1_DanielleMotindabakaDanielle Motindabeka is from Congo Brazzaville. She has been living in USA for over five years. She is a senior at Washington Irving High School. She wants to become a Radio or TV journalist. She also loves sport and photography.




C1_KahaliaParfaitKahalia Parfait is 17 years old and attends LaGuardia High School as a senior. She grew up mostly in Brooklyn, NY but resided in Florida in her younger years. She is interested in acting as well as exploring other majors such as ASL, Communications, and Marriage and Family Therapy in college.

C1_RobertSmith Robert Smith enjoys skateboarding, martial arts and working out. He shoots and edits videos. He came in third place at the Digital Waves Media Festival.

Brazilian Choro Music Makes A Comeback

An improvisational style of Brazilian music called choro makes a comeback in Washington, DC. Meet the band “DC Choro.” David Schulman reports.


David Schulman at Storm King 2David Schulman‘s work as an audio producer includes serving as senior producer of BBC Americana 2009-2011, and creating and producing Musicians in their Own Words, a series of radio portraits that has twice been awarded national CPB grants. Featured performers include Poncho Sanchez, Yo-Yo Ma, and the late Bo Diddley. Close to 70 of David’s features have aired nationally on NPR, PRI and APM (Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Story, Hearing Voices, and other programs). He was awarded the Best Documentary: Silver Award at the 2004 Third Coast International Audio Festival, and has been a guest artist at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Also an electric violinist and composer, David’s solo performances have been described as “spontaneous and completely unique” by Washington City Paper. He loves to create and perform music for modern dance, and also makes soundbeds for radio, podcasts, theater, and video. His debut album can be heard at More info at

Jarana Beat Will Make You Dance

Reporter Willis Ryder Arnold introduces us to Jarana Beat, a New York fusion band that plays everything from a Spanish gypsy guitar to a donkey jawbone.

Photo courtesy of Jarana Beat




Willis Ryder Arnold is a multimedia journalist specializing in radio reporting and photojournalism. He currently lives in Brooklyn. More of his work can be found at


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