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Happy Halloween! and ¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

The good thing about being Latino is the bicultural approach families often employ when it comes to the holidays, food, self-expression, or just about anything. But not everyone can have it both ways, as Maria Hinojosa observes.


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StoryCorps Historias Launches in Washington, DC

Thursday was the official launch of a new initiative through StoryCorps dedicated to collecting the stories of Latinos. It’s called StoryCorps Historias, and its aim is to record interviews throughout the country between friends and family members from the Latino community. The interviews collected will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress as well as in prominent Latino archives, thus forming part of an effort to record the American experience as told by the people who live it.

The StoryCorps Historias launch featured appearances by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Many of the Caucus members were very excited about gathering Latino stories and shared some personal moments. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California’s 34th Congressional District (aka Los Angeles) spoke at the event and shared a story about her mother’s childhood neighborhood where the streets were unpaved and her desires to see her community’s area improve .

Congressman Jose Serrano of New York’s 16th district (aka the Bronx and parts of Harlem in New York City) emphasized the importance of the Puerto Rican community. Other Caucus members that were present include Xavier Becerra from California, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez from Texas and Senator Tom Udall from New Mexico. Other noted speakers include United Farm Workers president Arturo Rodriguez.

To participate in StoryCorps Historias and to see when StoryCorps Historias is coming to you, visit their website here. And you can see more photos of the event below.

Here you can see StoryCorps founder Dave Isay with CPB’s President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Harrison:

Booths like this one will be traveling the country recording the stories of Latinos. People can come in and record conversations in these airstream trailers:

Latin American Healthcare and the ‘Human Touch’

Maria Martin is an internationally acclaimed journalist. The founding producer for Latino USA, Martin has reported throughout Latin America. Martin also directs the GraciasVida Center for Media, based in Guatemala and in Texas. And while out of the country not too long ago, she had an emergency that required immediate medical treatment. She obviously noticed the differences in equipment, locations, and resources, but also appreciated many “little things” she believes are greatly lacking in modern American healthcare.


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Dejame Les Cuento Una Cosa Personal…

Maria Hinojosa talks about how knowing other languages can help develop empathy


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Dejame Les Cuento Una Cosa Personal…

This week’s Presidential Address to Congress had Maria reflecting on motherhood, multi-tasking, and families sharing an historic moment.


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