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StoryCorps Historias’ Teachable Moments

As the school year ends, we hear two stories about teachers from StoryCorps Historias, one from a student who dropped out in Los Angeles and one from a student in Chicago who started his first business as a teenager in an unusual way.


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Roger Alvarez (l) and his former teacher, Antero Garcia (r) in Los Angeles.

 

 

Noe Rueda (r) and his former teacher, Alex Fernandez (l) in Madison, WI. Noe grew up in Chicago.

 

 

All audio and photos courtesy of StoryCorps. Noe’s story was produced by Michael Garofalo. Roger’s story was produced by Brian Reed.

Aina: Love of the Land

We go across the Pacific to Hawaii– where Nainoa Kaiama, a high school student, shares his ambition to grow the ancient crops of his ancestors.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.

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Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody award-winning radio artist and writer based in Portland, Oregon who has written and produced more than 500 audio art pieces and documentaries for NPR and PRI. She is a USA Rockefeller Fellow and received the Dr. Suzanne Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association for her Peabody-winning eight-hour Crossing East Asian American history series that ran on 230 stations. Her essay “Finding The Poetry” was published in John Biewen’s essay book Reality Radio (UNC Press).

 

 

 

 

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Legal scholar Raquel Aldana discusses the case of Jose Godinez Samperio, a Florida law school graduate. He wants to take the bar exam, but there’s a catch: he’s undocumented.

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Professor Raquel Aldana is a prolific scholar who is an internationally recognized expert on matters of immigration law and human rights in the Americas. She is the founder and director of the Pacific McGeorge Inter-American Program, an innovative project committed to educating bilingual and bicultural lawyers who wish to pursue a domestic or transnational career with a focus on Latino or U.S.-Latin American relations.

 

Young Men’s Clinic

The Young Men’s Clinic (YMC) in Washington Heights is one of the first clinics of its kind, focusing exclusively on males between the ages of 13 and 35 years old. Led by Medical Director, Dr. David Bell, the YMC works to treat and educate predominately young Latino men about their physical, mental and emotional health.

This story is produced by Whitney Eulich and edited by María Emilia Martin. It’s part of a year-long series examining health issues facing Latinos. Male sexual health is openly discussed in this piece.

Latino USA’s year-long look at Latinos and Health is made possible by funding from Pfizer Helpful Answers®, a family of patient assistance programs for the uninsured and underinsured who need help getting Pfizer medicines.


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A Life-Changing Botanical Garden

As part of our ongoing REI environmental series, RadioNature, we go to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. As a young teenager, Marcus Gallegos was looking to make positive changes in his life. He visited the Strybing Arboretum and there he found the change he was seeking. Marcus went from the downward spiral of gang life to the uplifting world of being lead intern at the botanical gardens. Today he’s a garden and science coordinator at one of the city’s public elementary schools. Emily Wilson has our story.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation. This piece was produced by Emily Wilson and edited & mixed by Claire Schoen.

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Bless Me in the Face of Censorship

When Rudolfo Anaya’s first novel, Bless Me Ultima, was published in 1972, the idea of Chicano literature was brand new. Almost no books by Mexican Americans were available to readers. Forty years later, the schools in Arizona have taken steps to, once again, make Chicano literature harder to get. The state passed a law created to dismantle Tucson’s high school Mexican American studies program. After that, about 50 literary and history books, even including a Shakespeare play, were removed from Tucson schools and placed on a so-called “banned books” list. Anaya’s tale of a six-year-old boy growing up in rural New Mexico was among them. Maria Hinojosa sits down with Rudolfo Anaya to talk about his latest novel and the Arizona controversy.


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Dreamers

The stories of Jose Antonio Vargas and Carlos Alban are like so many who grew up in the United States: undocumented, but managing to start careers. And there are also high school and college students who call themselves Dreamers. They are fighting for the Dream Act, which would a grant a passage to citizenship to students and members of the military. For more than a decade, its been an uphill battle to get votes, and in recent years, these students have upped the ante by coming out, publicly and often putting themselves at risk of deportation. We hear from two Dreamers: Lizbeth Mateo and David Cho.

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Roberto Suro

Election year is here, and as politicians, pundits, and reporters analyze every subgroup in the electorate to try and predict their votes, we take a step back and look at how changes in the Latino community might affect the upcoming presidential race. For this discussion, Maria Hinojosa speaks with veteran journalist and professor at USC Annenburg, Roberto Suro.

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From Farm Worker to Farm Owner

Karina Canto is pulling her red beets from the soil at a farm in California’s Salinas Valley. She’s a recent graduate of ALBA, the Agriculture and Land-based Training Association located in the Central Valley, that’s helping turn farm workers into farm owners and operators. It’s a unique program that has sparked a growing trend across the country.
Efren Avalos also graduated from the program.He owns and runs Avalos Organic Farm – A 17-acre plot of rich farmland located in the ranching and farming community of Hollister, California. We met up with both Karina, and Efren to find out about the journey of becoming farm owners and how it’s changed their lives.

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Becoming Dr. Q

When you think of an experienced and accomplished neurosurgeon, you wouldn’t imagine an undocumented farm worker. That may change after listening to Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa’s inspirational story. An award-winning brain surgeon, who is working on finding a cure for brain cancer, he is one of the health heroes we profile as part of our year-long series on Latinos and health.

Dr. Q., as his colleagues call him, teaches oncology and neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and runs a laboratory studying brain tumors. But before he started saving lives, he was an undocumented immigrant, working in the fields of California’s Central Valley. He tells it all in his new book “Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon.” And he also shares his story in a candid interview with Maria Hinojosa.

Latino USA’s year-long look at Latinos and Health is made possible by funding from Pfizer Helpful Answers®, a family of patient assistance programs for the uninsured and underinsured who need help getting Pfizer medicines.

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