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Archive for the ‘Award Winners’ Category

We’ll Be on TV! Peabody Awards to Air July 21 on Pivot

Earlier this year, our team won a 2014 Peabody Award for a one-hour report on Honduras. This Sunday night (July 21) at 9pmET/6pmPT, Pivot will air the awards ceremony with host Fred Armisen. Here’s a trailer (BONUS: see if you can find our producer Marlon Bishop in the spot):

Oh yeah, one more thing. Armisen and some of the Peabody winners, including our very own Maria Hinojosa, decided to do a special opening number for the broadcast. (Armisen and Maria take an español break. We won’t say what they did, just watch it. It’s pretty hilarious.)

Visit this link to see if you can access Pivot. You can also follow the show @Pivot or via #PeabodyWinner.
And if you haven’t caught the reason why our team won a Peabody, here is the award-winning show:

We are pretty excited for Sunday!

Gangs and Migration in Honduras through Pictures

Photo above shows attendants who clean buses and hang out at a Tegucigalpa bus station. Because of gang extortion, working anywhere in the transportation sector can be risky. Gangs will kill workers as punishment for missing or late payments.


A plane of deportees from the U.S. arrives at the Centro de Atención al Migrante Retornado in San Pedro Sula. Their belongings are piled up in the center of the room.


As deportees from the U.S. step off the plane and into a processioning center, volunteers hand out cups of black coffee and baleadas – a Honduras snack – to welcome them.


Jose Hernandez greets his young son outside El Edén, the center where deported kids are sent in Honduras. His wife and two young children had just been deported from Mexico.


Recently deported families get on a bus and continue on home, right back into the difficult situations that compelled them to migrate in the first place.


A Honduran boy from San Pedro Sula cries remembering her older brother, who was killed by gangs.


During the “child migrant crisis” of this summer, Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández dissolved the old government agency that dealt with childhood development INFAH, and replaced it with a new agency called DINAF. At the center for deported kids, they’ve gotten around to crossing out INFAH, but not yet to painting the new agency’s name on the wall.


Yaeli Milla is a Honduran Red Cross volunteer at the border with Guatemala. On an average day, 6 buses with deportees from Mexico roll past the border. She provides assistance to those most in need.


A family is reunited outside El Edén, in San Pedro Sula. Two boys in the family left in secret for the U.S., without even telling their mother. They were deported after two weeks on the road.



The mother of the deported boys makes a call outside her home in the small city of La Lima.  She supports a family of six selling loose cigarettes and nips of liquor from her house.


A street in one of the many hilly neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.


Geese squawk outside the home of a taxi driver who was nearly murdered by gangs in Tegucigalpa. Since the botched shooting, he has been constantly on edge.


At the National Anti-Extortion Force headquarters, a poster titled “Measures to Prevent Extortion.” “Don’t pay extortions” reads the second line.


A member of Honduras’ National Police adjusts his face mask. Police in Honduras often conceal their identities to avoid reprisals from gangs.


At a police press conference, three recently arrested gang members are displayed in front of members of the press. They include a 15 year old boy and a 19 year old woman, arrested while collecting so-called “war taxes” from bus drivers.


At the Headquarters of the National Anti-Extortion Force, an officer works in a new surveillance room. The Force intends to decrease extortion on certain bus routes, where a pilot program has installed security cameras.


The National Anti-Extortion Force occupies an angular glass building in downtown Tegucigalpa.


At a Tegucigalpa bus station, military personnel have been deployed in an attempt to keep passengers and bus drivers safe from gangs.


Hands raised for an evangelical service held for members of the transportation industry. Religion is a powerful draw for many Hondurans, especially in an industry where it’s so easy to meet one’s end unexpectedly.


Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world, with a murder rate of almost 1 in 1000 – nearly twice that of Venezuela, the country with the second-highest rate.


All photos by Marlon Bishop, except 18, 19 and 20 by German Andino. 


Maria Hinojosa interviews prolific author Sandra Cisneros about her new book, Have You Seen Marie?, and about her struggles with depression.

Click here to download this week’s show. Bio image courtesy of Ray Santisteben.

Sandra Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation, the Elvira Cisneros Award and the Macondo Foundation, all of which work on behalf of creative writers. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur. Her writings include novels: THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET and CARAMELO; short stories: WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK; and poetry collections: MY WICKED WICKED WAYS and LOOSE WOMAN and a children’s book, HAIRS. She is currently at work on several writing projects including TANGO FOR TONGELE, a book of essays, WRITING IN MY PAJAMAS, writing tips; HOW TO BE A CHINGONA, life tips; INFINITO, stories; CANTOS Y LLANTOS, poems. Her most recent books are a children’s book, BRAVO, BRUNO with artist Leslie Greene, to be published in Italy, and the forthcoming HAVE YOU SEEN MARIE?, an illustrated book for adults with artist Ester Hernández, to be published in the US in October,


Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, is supposed to be a time to celebrate Latino contributions to U.S. society and culture. But for some, it feels like a way to sanitize Latino history in the U.S. Or worse, just another excuse to market to Latinos. Host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Prof. Arlene Dávila and humorist Lalo Alcaraz about the uses and meanings of Hispanic Heritage Month.

This is part of our series on Latino identity, “Somos.”

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Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” seen in scores of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times. He is also co-host of KPFK Radio’s popular satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power,” and co-founded the political satire comedy group Chicano Secret Service. His work has appeared in major publications around the world and he has won numerous awards and honors. Alcaraz received his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Alcaraz was born in San Diego and grew up on the border. He is married to a hard-working public school teacher and they have three extremely artistic children.


Arlene Davila is a professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is the author of Sponsored Identities: Cultural Politics in Puerto Rico and Latinos Inc: Marketing and the Making of a People, Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City. Her book, Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race recently received the Latin American Studies Association prize for the best book in Latino studies.

Undocumented and Unafraid: Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who at the peak of his career made a decision that shocked the media and politicians. He declared to the world through an essay in the New York Times Magazine: I am undocumented and I am not alone. He tells the story of what led to his decision and what it has meant for him.

Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

Esperanza Spalding

Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz musician to win the Grammy for Best New Artist this week. But long before she made headlines and stirred up Justin Bieber fans, Latino USA had been following her career. In 2008 when she released her first album Esperanza, Maria Hinojosa talked to Spalding about her inspirations and influences in her music. Her latest album is Chamber Music Society

Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

American Dreamer: Sam’s Story

The American ethic that hard work and gumption are keys to success is one not lost on public education students. Stay in school, go to college, find a good job – all themes that educators press in school. But imagine that you do all that only to find that the rules actually don’t apply to you. That’s the plight of thousands of high school graduates every year.

By law, the public education system cannot turn away students based on immigration status. A free public education is available to all in this country. And children who were brought here by their immigrant parents often thrive in this system. But what happens after they leave high school? The best and brightest have no problem getting accepted into top universities. But that’s where their immigration status gets tricky.

Only a handful of states have passed legislation allowing undocumented children who graduate from public high schools to attend public colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates, some with student financial aid. For those lucky few, the opportunities end there. They cannot enter the U.S. job market legally, despite diplomas and degrees. The vast majority of undocumented students, however, have no access to student aid and must pay international student tuition rates. This has led to calls for supporting federal legislation commonly known as the DREAM Act. But despite public support for it, the legislation has become mired in national immigration politics.

Produced by The Futuro Media Group and Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions, the feature titled American Dreamer tells the story of an undocumented student trying to get a college education. A few weeks before graduation, Dan and Elizabeth met Sam, a highly Americanized high school kid who plays saxophone. Same never really worried about politics and immigration status, until now. This is his story.


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Sam recently traveled to New York to participate in a panel about the DREAM ACT. The event was hosted by The College Board. Because of his undocumented status, Sam could not get on an airplane and had to be driven. Here’s his audio postcard of that trip.

American Dreamer: Sam’s Story is the winner of the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Audio Documentary, and the Radio Impact Award in the 2010 Third Coast International Audio Festival.




Web Extra: Danticat Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Edwidge Danticat (Photo by David Shankbone)

The MacArthur Foundation announced 24 new grant recipients this week, commonly known as the “Genius Awards.” Among this years winners was Haitian immigrant and novelist Edwidge Danticat.

Listen to Maria Hinojosa’s April 2008 interview with Edwidge about the death of her beloved uncle while in custody of U.S. immigration officials and about her latest book, Brother I’m Dying.

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