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“Latino Americans”

PBS debuts part one of a six-hour documentary American Latino history on Wednesday, September 17th. Host Maria Hinojosa talks to Vicki Ruiz, a UC Irvine historian featured in the series, and Jose Fulgencio, a young Latino blogger, about the series. The conversation focuses on the birth of anti-Latino immigrant rhetoric during the Great Depression and why this history is not taught in schools.

Photo courtesy PBS.

Vicki Ruiz is a professor of history at U.C. Irvine specializing in Chicano/Latino studies. Her research encompasses 20th century U.S. History, Chicano/Latino history through oral narratives, gender studies, labor and immigration.

 

 

 
Jose FulgencioJose Fulgencio is a blogger and public speaker. A young Latino first generation college graduate, he has a B.A. In Political Science form Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Political Science form Oklahoma State University. His work has appeared in Urban Times, The Washington Times Communities and Policy Mic.

 

Salma Hayek: On Being Frida Kahlo (2002)

Maria Hinojosa talks risk-taking and filmmaking with actress Salma Hayek in this interview from 2002.

Photo courtesy of Miramax.

Rosie Perez: Rising To Fame (1993)

In 1993, actress Rosie Perez was a rising Latina star. Reporter Mandalit del Barco brought us this profile of her rise to stardom from humble Brooklyn roots.

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures.

Julieta Venegas: Bueninvento (2000)

In her own words, musician Julieta Venegas tells us about her influences and her early career, around the time of her second release, “Bueninvento” in 2000.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Street Life…In 1993

In this special archive edition, we hear three essays from a friend of Latino USA. Former gang member John Guardo takes us through his escape from violence and drugs, and reflects on his experience as a Colombian immigrant.

Photo from Latino USA archives.

The Queen of Tejano Music (1995)

Selena Quintanilla Perez was the queen of Tejano music. In this piece from 1995, Latino USA’s Maria Martin brings us the voices of those whose lives she touched through her music. Originally aired April 1995.

Photo courtesy flickr.

Latinos in Baseball (1998)

Latin Americans love baseball. But in this piece from 1998, we hear about the problems faced by Spanish-speakers when major league players arrive from abroad.

Chevy Boat Cubans (2007)

In this 2007 story, we hear the story of how two Cubans in Miami plan to return home in an unusual vehicle.

George Lopez (2003)

Maria Hinojosa talks with comedian George Lopez, who in 2003 had just launched his sitcom The George Lopez Show. It was the first show to feature a Latino family, and in its own way, fought stereotypes and showcased Latino diversity.

Image courtesy of HBO

Junot Diaz (1997)

In 1997, Junot Diaz wasn’t yet a Pulitzer Prize winner. He had recently released his short story collection Drown, and host Maria Hinojosa talked about how his writing represented New Jersey as much as it represented Dominicans.

Image courtesy of Fleeting Books

Bill Clinton (1993)

The death of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of George Zimmerman have prompted calls for a national discussion of race. But we’ve heard this before: in 1993, President Bill Clinton urged the same.

Image courtesy of Latino USA Archives

Os Mutantes

Host Maria Hinojosa talks with Sergio Dias, leader of influential tropicalia band Os Mutantes, about life in Las Vegas and their new album, Fool Metal Jack.

Image courtesy of Clarissa Lambert

Sergent Garcia

Genre-bending global musician Sergent Garcia talks with Host Maria Hinojosa about blending cumbia, reggae, and salsa for a danceable mix.

Image courtesy of Facebook

Bandoneon

We continue our series on the role of the accordion with a look at the bandoneon, the main instrument used in tango music, which is turning up in some unexpected places.

michellesheadshotMichelle Johnson is a multimedia journalist who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When she is not working, you are likely to find her out with the dog, talking to strangers and collecting stories.

Xenia Rubinos

Singer-songwriter Xenia Rubinos shares her thoughts about her latest album, Magic Trix, and how race impacts her music.

Image courtesy of Shervin Lainez

Nadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005. Before joining the Latino USA team, Nadia produced for StoryCorps for almost five years. Her work there on 9/11 stories earned her a Peabody Award. She has also mixed audio for animations, assisted on podcasts for magazines, and program managed translations for Canon Latin America. Nadia has also produced for None on Record editing and mixing stories of queer Africans, and worked on a Spanish language radio show called Epicentro based out of Washington DC. She graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in International Studies and Spanish Literature.

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