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#1443 – Represent!

We learn about Latinos in elections in California, Arizona, and Rhode Island (and their opponents), why Latinos turn out to vote at a low rate, and how one undocumented person is registering voters. There’s a new domain extension aimed at Latinos: .Soy. And we also hear from Cristela, the first Latina with her own primetime sitcom, and an illustrator tells us about the importance of kids seeing themselves in childrens’ books.

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Latinos in the Running

Representation is a crucial part of any democracy, but how do you know if you’re really represented? Across the country, more and more Latinos are running for office in unexpected places.
Erika Aguilar reports on 45 year-old Jose Moreno running for city council in Anaheim, a city that is more than half Latino yet has no Latino councilmembers. In Arizona, Jude Joffe-Block looks at the race for the state’s superintendent of public instruction, where fourth-generation Arizonan David Garcia is hoping to fix his state’s troubled relationship with education. And in the Providence, Rhode Island mayoral race, reporter Ian Donnis introduces us to Jorge Elorza, a Guatemalan-American who is challenging the city’s legendary former mayor Buddy Cianci.


Photo above is of David Garcia, right, at a recent candidate forum hosted by Univision. Garcia is running for state superintendent of public instruction in Arizona.


Correction: In our story on the Arizona school superintendent’s race, we incorrectly described Common Core as being federal academic standards. Common Core is a bipartisan, state-led effort to adopt national academic standards.

.Soy: A new domain extension aimed at Latinos

Google’s rolled out a new top level domain: .Soy. They are calling it the place for Latinos online. It is supposed to be a domain under which Latinos can discuss their identity. But reactions online have been mixed.

Our producers A.C. Valdez and Daisy Rosario sit down to talk about the new domain extension and how it could possibly be misinterpreted.

Getting Out The Latino Vote in Alabama

Carlos Umberto Ramos moved to Alabama with his family, started a business and led a peaceful life. Ramos and his family were undocumented, like the majority of Latinos in Alabama. Then, in 2011, Alabama passed House Bill 56, one of the strictest anti-immigration laws in the nation. Now, Carlos is determined to get involved and fight back. He can’t vote, but he’s determined to get every Latino who can to register to vote. Reporter Ashley Cleek has the story.


Photo via Ashley Cleek


Why do Latinos vote at low rates?

Latinos have, historically, participated in elections at low rates. Some Latinos are non-citizens. Others, like many Americans, are fed up with the political process. And still others lack the resources to vote or don’t want to vote while feeling ill-informed. But Gary Segura of the polling firm Latino Decisions says there are some bright spots when you look at the Latino electorate, starting with the enthusiasm of younger voters.

Photo by G. De Cardenas/Getty Images

Gary SeguraGary Segura is a founder & principal at Latino Decisions and a political science professor at Stanford University.

A Tale of Two Davids

In San Francisco, two candidates for the California State Assembly have a lot in common: they’re both 44 years old, both Democrats, both Harvard educated lawyers, and both serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. They even share the same first name – David.

If David Campos wins, he’ll be the first Latino from San Francisco to hold the seat. If David Chiu wins, he’d be the first Asian American. In any other circumstances, they would be allies, but for this election they’re highlighting their differences. Emily Wilson reports.

Photo via Emily Wilson


There has never been a US prime time sitcom created by, and starring, a Latina…until now. Cristela Alonzo’s new show Cristela just started airing as part of the 2014 fall lineup.

In this extended interview, Maria Hinojosa talks to the Texas native about how she started doing comedy. We hear about how Cristela’s mother used humor. Cristela also discusses her desire to tell the stories she knows.


Cristela Alonzo is the co-creator, co-executive producer and star of “Cristela,” which premiered on ABC on Friday, October 10, 2014. Cristela rose to fame in the world of stand-up and has since topped multiple comedy power-player lists including “Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch,” LA Weekly’s “Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014,” Time Out’s “Comics to Watch,” and Cosmo’s “13 Female Comedians to Watch For in 2014.” Cristela will next star in Sony’s upcoming animated feature film “Angry Birds.”

Cristela made a deal with Comedy Central to release her debut CD this fall. “The Half Hour,” her first half-hour special in Boston, premiered in June 2013 on Comedy Central to rave reviews. Cristela has also made multiple appearances on “Conan,” Gabriel Iglesias’ “Stand Up Revolution,” Showtime’s “Legally Brown,” “Last Comic Standing” and “Live at Gotham.” In addition, she performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

One of the most popular stand-up comedians in the college market, she showcased at the NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) national convention in Charlotte, NC, and was the most requested act of the convention. In the past three years, she has performed for almost 300 colleges.

Originally from San Juan, Texas—Cristela is based in Los Angeles, and when not on the road, can be found performing at various area clubs, including her home club The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.


Photo via ABC


Sabiduría: A Reason to Smile

Javier Cruz Winnik is an illustrator based in New York City. He recently released a children’s book called “A Reason to Smile” The book features a little Latina heroine named Luiza.

We catch up with Winnik while he’s selling his work to get his bit of wisdom on representation.


As an artist, Javier Cruz Winnik has tried to be as versatile as possible. He persued a degree in Studio Art which lead to learning about graphic design. Both skills allowed him to hone his skills in illustration to the point where he has become part of comic book convention scene for the past 6 years.

That experience along with working in the school system pushed him towards writing and illustrating his very first book titled “A Reason to Smile!” which was successfully funded through Kickstarter. He is now a self published author and illustrator! He is in the process of having the book sold in comic book stores and local book stores.

If you would like to see his process and progress, please feel free to head to the links below to find the kickstarter campaign and website featuring the books debut. He is also on twitter under @thalearningcurv and on instagram under thelearningcurv. If you are on facebook, his art page is

This Week’s Captions: Represent!

We learn about Latinos in elections in California, Arizona, and Rhode Island (and their opponents), why Latinos turn out to vote at a low rate, and how one undocumented person is registering voters. There’s a new domain extension aimed at latinos: .Soy. And we also hear from Cristela, the first Latina with her own primetime sitcom, and an illustrator tells us about the importance of kids seeing themselves in childrens’ books.

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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This Week’s Music: Represent!

-Represent by Orishas & Mala Rodriguez

-Guajira (I Love U 2 Much) by Yerba Buena

-El Politico Neoliberal by Pony Bravo

-Internet by Dadalú

-Voto Latino by Molotov

-Politik Kills by Manu Chao

-La Bala by Calle 13

-Politic Amagni (La Politique, C’est Pas Bon) by Amadou & Mariam

-No Te Va Gustar by Chau

-Veneno by Bang Data

-Politico by Mexican Institute of Sound

-La Marcha Tropical by Campo


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