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This Week’s Captions: TACKLING THE GOP’S LATINO PROBLEM

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This week, we bring you a report on the GOP’s Congressional split over how to fix immigration, and a roundtable discussion on the severed Latino/Republican relationship. Then, words of encouragement for the Mexican-American boy who sang the national anthem at the NBA finals Mariachi style who later received a wave of racist remarks. We also take you to Woodburn, a town in Oregon whose Latino population is the highest in the state, 60%. Finally, we pay tribute to Arturo Vega, the so-called fifth member of the punk band The Ramones, who died earlier this month.

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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.

For each week’s captioning, check back on http://latinousa.org/captions.

Charrito de Oro

Ten-year-old Sebastian de la Cruz got a dream gig singing the U.S national anthem “Mariachi style” during this year’s NBA finals. But after his performance, a wave of bigoted remarks soon followed. Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa cheers on the little “Charro” for turning negativity into a chance to showcase his pride.

Check out el Charrito sing at Game 4 of the NBA finals.

ADIOS TO “DON RAMONE”

Latino USA takes a minute to remember Arturo Vega, the Mexican immigrant and “Fifth Ramone,” who designed the iconic logo for the classic New York punk band. He died earlier this month at 65 years of age.

Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/toniblay

 

 

Rhyming for Democracy

Destiny Galindo is a 17-year-old rapper who may not be able to vote, but believes in the power of the people all the same. The Arizona teenager was just awarded a $25,000 prize in the Looking@Democracy challenge sponsored by The MacArthur Foundation.

Image courtesy of Destiny Galindo, “American Vision”.

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Destiny Galindo is a 17-year-old Mexican-American rapper hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated high school this year, and was just awarded a $25,000 prize in the Looking@Democracy challenge sponsored by The MacArthur Foundation for her music video “American Vision”.

THIS WEEK’S CAPTIONS: THE SUMMER JUKEBOX EDITION

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This week, we help you get your summer playlist ready with an show dedicated to music. We sit down with Bajofondo’s Gustavo Santaolalla to talk about the group’s most recent album, “Presente.” We sit down with Venezuelan guitarist and singer Jose Luis Pardo from Los Amigos Invisibles; and, as part of our accordion series, we speak to Very Be Careful, a Los Angeles based band that’s helping revive Colombian vallenato in the U.S. Finally, an interview with Mexican rapper Carla Reyna, aka Niña Dioz.

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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.

For each week’s captioning, check back on http://latinousa.org/captions.

Bajofondo? “Presente!”

If you’ve seen Babel, Motorcycle Diaries, or Brokeback Mountain you’ve heard the music of producer and film score composer Gustavo Santaolalla.  This time around, his most recent work comes with Argentine-Uruguayan electro-tango group Bajofondo. María Hinojosa speaks to Santaolalla about their newest record, “Presente.”
Photo courtesy of BajofondoMusic.Com.

 

Click below for an extended version of Maria’s interview with Gustavo Santaollala:

 

GustavoGustavo Santaolalla is a composer, producer, guitarist, and he directs a record label and a publishing company. His production career started with Argentine singer Leon Gieco in 1973. He continued to work on albums by G.I.T. and Divididos (La Era de la Boludez), and later with Mexican bands like Maldita Vecindad and Café Tacuba. His work as a film score composer began with his contribution to the soundtrack for “The Insider.” He later worked on “Amores Perros”, “21 Grams”, “Motorcycle Diaries”, “Brokeback Mountain”, and “Babel”.

The “Six” Amigos

Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles bring their fusion jazz and Latino funk to liven up the party. María Hinojosa speaks with guitarist, singer, and D.J Jose Luis Pardo, aka Cheo, about their newest album, “Repeat After Me.”
Album cover courtesy of Los Amigos Invisibles.

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 12.45.18 PMJose Luis Pardo, aka Cheo, or “DJ Afro” is the guitarist and singer of Los Amigos Invisibles; he is also a producer and editor.

Vallenato Fever

As part of our accordion series, we hear vallenato, a Colombian style mix of African, European and indigenous sounds. Julie Caine reports on Los Angeles based Very Be careful, one of the U.S bands that’s bringing vallenato back to life.

Photo courtesy of Very Be Careful Facebook.


sound-226x300Julie Caine is a photographer by background, a filmmaker by training, and a radio producer by passion.

Spitting in Spanglish

From the Mecca of Mexican hip-hop, 27-year-old rapper Carla Reyna, aka Niña Dioz, talks about hip-hop, race, and her new album, “Indestructible.”
Photo Courtesy of Niña Dioz Facebook.

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 1.34.13 PMCarla Reyna, better known by her MC name Niña Dioz, emerged from the underground hip-hop scene in Monterrey, Mexico. After years of making a name for herself in Mexico and internationally on the hip-hop festival circuit, she has finally released her first full-length album, “Indestructible,” a collection of Spanglish rhymes and high-energy beats.

SECRET REBEL

Cuban immigrant Loreta Velazquez once disguised herself as a man just so she could fight in the Civil War. We speak to writer and director María Agui Carter about her film, “Rebel,” premiering nationwide on PBS.

Image courtesy of Flickr/TradingCardsNPS.

MariaMaría Agui Carter emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador, grew up an undocumented “Dreamer” in New York City, and graduated from Harvard College. A filmmaker and scholar, she has won the George Peabody Gardner, Warren and Rockefeller Grants and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and Tulane. Her work has been shown at film festivals and has been broadcast internationally. Based in Boston, she is an advocate for Latino and social issue filmmakers. She currently serves as the Chair of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

 

 

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