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Chapter 2: Beiconeganchí for breakfast

In New York City, many bodegas are run by Dominican families and this has made them a kind of buffer between the country of the Dominican Republic and the New York-based Dominican diaspora. Producer Camilo Vargas hangs out with Juan Carlos Hiciano, aka. Gary and sometimes Pedro, the man behind the grill. Camilo finds out his immigration story, his plans for the future and how it all relates to the history of Dominicans in New York.

 

Photo by Marlon Bishop

Chapter 3: Ramón’s Story

Ramón Murphy, owner of the Red Apple Deli Supermarket, is the American Dream brought to life. He shares his story of entrepreneurship starting back in the DR before revealing his rules for success. Producer Marlon Bishop accompanies Ramón and his son on a trip to a giant warehouse where bodega owners buy their products.

 

Photo by Marlon Bishop

Chapter 4: Soda Sales

Producer Camilo Vargas was stationed at the counter during rush hour deliveries. In walked a charming soda saleswoman to check the fridge and push a new brand. A little back-and-forth between her and the cashier prompts a quick look at the bodega’s relationship to unhealthy food.

Photo by Marlon Bishop

Chapter 5: Iced Honey Bun

Bodegas are known for carrying some of the city’s most unhealthy junk foods. So producers Marlon Bishop, Antonia Cereijido and Michael Simon Johnson had a taste test of the worst offenders. Blogger Dallas Penn explains his perspective on the bodega as a legitimate food source.

 

Photo by Marlon Bishop

Chapter 6: The Cash Register

The cash register is like the heart of the bodega, so who’s the guy behind the counter? After the dinner-time rush, producer Antonia Cereijido spent part of the evening with the lonely cashier, Jose Ramon, who is nonetheless beloved by all, to get another perspective on bodega life.

 

Photo by Marlon Bishop 

Chapter 7: What’s the Future for Bodegas?

The Red Apple Deli comes to a close. And so after the day we begin to wonder about the future of bodegas. As the city’s demographics change, and gentrification becomes the norm, the role and nature of the bodegas are sure to change with it. But what will bodegas of the future look like? Store owner Ramón Murphy has his own ideas for surviving the 21st century.

 

Photo by Marlon Bishop

This Week’s Music: A Day at The Bodega

-Morena Ven by Los Hermosas Rosario

-Hoja en Blanco by Monchy y Alexandra

-El Guardia del Arsenal by Luis Diaz

-Ay Vamos by J Balvin

-Song for Ray by Bronx River Parkway

-Dulce Carita by Dalmata feat. Zion & Lennox

-Medicina de Amor by Raulin Rodrigeuz

-Be Easy by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

-Manita Uribe by Toto la Momposina

-El Rey by Bodega Bamz

#1507 – Love and Loss

Latino USA brings you stories of all kinds of love: romantic, family, friendship, and love of community. We also hear what happens when long-distance romance goes bad, and note that the Smithsonian’s National Portrait gallery is finally showing Latinos some love.

 

Francisco Rabal and Silvia Pinal in Luis Buñuel’s VIRIDIANA.  Credit: Janus Films.

For the love of…politics?

Host Maria Hinojosa talks with Chuy Garcia, the man who taught her to love politics. Now a member of the Cook County, Illinois, Board of Commissioners, Chuy Garcia started organizing and involving himself with Chicago politics during the 1970s. Maria talks to him about his motivations, including learning who made decisions, who held power, and the political machine of Chicago is set up. He’s now running against another machine: that of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Falling in love in NYC in the 80s

Gabriela Simon had been in New York City for ten days when she met Fabian Cereijido at a party. She had come to the U.S. from Argentina in 1984 to study modern dance. Fabian had already been in New York for several months while studying visual art. A week later they were on the subway in Queens with a large suitcase heading to their new shared apartment. Thirty years later they look back at when they first met and how their life in the U.S has developed together.

 

They also happen to be Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido’s parents. She sat down with them to tell their story.

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