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This week’s captions: Live Show At The Greene Space

This week, we bring you some creative insights from musicians and performers, live from WNYC’s Greene Space. Soundcheck host John Schaefer joins Maria Hinojosa to interview and hear performances from psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular and Argentinian musician Juana Molina. We also look into diversity in New York theater with members of the Labyrinth Theater Company.

ABOUT CAPTIONING:
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.
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The Latino Mental Health Picture

People of all backgrounds can suffer from mental health issues, but some groups fare better than others.

Latinos are considered a high risk group for issues like anxiety, depression, and addiction. They are also less likely to get help. The reasons are both internal and external.

We talk to two experts to get an overview of the state of Latino mental health.

 

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Manuel Guantez, Psy. D., LCADC

Dr. Manuel Guantez has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Turning Point since June 2001.

Dr. Guantez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University followed by a Post Doctoral Fellowship at New York University.

In his very early career, Dr. Guantez worked in residential and outpatient addiction treatment conducting individual, group and family therapies, and coordinating programs for some of the more challenging treatment populations, including adolescents and persons with co-occurring disorders.

Dr. Guantez is an international speaker and consultant working with the United Nations to help other countries achieve the gains in combating addiction that we have seen here in the United States. A former U.S. Marine and Presidential Honor Guard, Dr. Guantez brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to our field. He lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey.

 

 

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Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, LCSW, MS, MPH, PhD

Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is a professor and director of the doctoral program at the Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has expertise in the role of families in promoting adolescent health, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies. Additional research interests include parent-adolescent communication, intervention research, HIV prevention, and alcohol and drug use. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has conducted research primarily in urban, resource-poor settings, including the South Bronx, Harlem, and Lower East Side communities of New York City. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has extended his focus to HIV-prevention among vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at the Silver School. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos received his PhD in social welfare from SUNY Albany, and his MSW from New York University. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos holds a master’s degree in management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU and a master’s degree in public health from the Global Health Leadership NYU MPH Program.

 

Photo by Pascal Maramis via Flickr

Deena and Jay: Living with Depression

Ever since she was a young girl, Deena realized that something wasn’t right – that she never felt happy or comfortable in her own skin. She suffered from depression. But in the South Texas, Mexican-American family she grew up with, there was a stigma around mental illness that prevented her and her family from seeking treatment.

In college, Deena met Jay. They got married, had kids. After each birth, Deena suffered really bad post-partum depression. After she miscarried her third child, things fell apart. Deena’s depression was getting worse. On top of it, her marriage to Jay began to unravel. She decided to try getting on medication.

The doctor prescribed her Lamitrogine (also known as Lamictal), an epilepsy drug with a secondary use of treating manic-depressives. A week later, she developed flu-like symptoms, then irritation in her eyes and throat. She didn’t realize it at first, but these symptoms were the beginnings of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a life-threatening condition that often happens as the result of an immune reaction to medication.

With Stevens-Johnson, cell death causes the outer layer of the skin to separate from the body and die, including the the epidermis inside your body and internal organs. Deena has to be airlifted to a military hospital, where doctors saved her life by oxygenating her blood outside of her body for almost a month while she was in a medical coma.

Deena survived. But with various medical complications ranging from damaged eyes to a scarred throat, life is full of new challenges that impact her mental health. While she was under, her husband Jay had to make the decision to put her on the machines that saved her life. Deena says that sometimes she wished he had let her die.

Now they have to figure out how to pick up the pieces of their life and marriage, and raise their kids. Nothing about it is easy.

 

Sabiduría: A Special Olympics Athlete’s Passion

The Olympics may be over, but Special Olympics happen all the time–and that’s good news for 16-year-old athlete David Rodriguez, who loves to compete. For this week’s sabiduría, or words of wisdom, we hear from David and his mother Mercedes Maldonado about the joys of winning, and why Lionel Messi is an inspiration.

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David Rodriguez is a 9th Grader from Grand Prairie, Texas. He regularly competes in the Special Olympics Texas in soccer, basketball, track and field and bowling. His favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images. 

 

 

 

Backwash, A Poem About the Male Gaze

For this week’s Fiction Edition we end on a different note: an audio poem adaptation by Chicago-based radio producer Anthony Martinez, voiced by the poem’s author, Cristina Correa. “Backwash” is a tough lesson about the claustrophobic effects of the male gaze.

 

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Anthony Martinez is a Production Assistant with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions. As an independent producer he’s produced works for Curious City and Life of the Law. In 2012 he was a recipient of The Association of Independent’s in Radio’s New Voice Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

Photo: “Red-Stare-Cases” by Idamon on Flikr 

 

Citizenship and belonging: a conversation with Lulú Martínez

Lulú Martinez is a 2013 “Chicagoan of the Year,” an immigration reform activist, one of the Dream 9, and a student at UIC. Maria Hinojosa and Lulú had an in-depth conversation about citizenship, belonging, courage, activism, and leadership.

 
 
WATCH VIDEO:

Lulú Martínez — Latino USA interview at UIC from The Futuro Media Group on Vimeo.

 
 

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12 pm to 1:30

 
WHERE:
Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center (MC 218)
University of Illinois at Chicago
803 S. Morgan Street

  
 
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Lulú Martínez is an undocumented queer Chicana from Mexico City and a student at UIC in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of IL at Chicago. She is also a member of the Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA). She immigrated to the U.S. with her parents and brother at the age of three and began organizing after one of her peers was put into deportation proceedings. She helped co-found the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL), a Chicago-based undocumented youth-led organization. Lulú spent two years organizing in the Southeast with the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) and Southerners On New Ground (SONG), from whom she learned to apply a feminist theoretical lens into her work and vision. Her shared identities and experiences continue to encourage her to move towards a path of truth-seeking, deep spiritual and political thought and organizing efforts that recognize multiplicities in the spaces she shares. More recently, she participated in the DREAM 9 action and self-deported to Mexico as a way of overcoming physical and imagined borders to help organize a border action in which several families who had previously been separated by deportation were able to return home to the U.S.. She is currently organizing the third Bring Them Home campaign in which 150 families will turn themselves into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ask for re-entry into the U.S. to be reunited with their families.
  
Maria Hinojosa has a 25-year history as an award-winning journalist including executive producing and anchoring both a radio show and television series: Latino USA, distributed by NPR, and America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, airing this fall on PBS and the WORLD Channels. In 2010, she launched the Futuro Media Group to produce journalism giving voice to a more diverse America.

Hinojosa has reported for PBS, CNN, NPR, Frontline, and CBS Radio and anchored the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and lives with her husband and their son and daughter in New York.

 
 
DIRECTIONS:
Campus Map: The Latino Cultural Center is located east of the Richard Daley Library, adjacent to the central Plaza. Map to LCC
  
Parking: The closest parking facility to the Latino Cultural Center is the Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure located at 760 West Taylor Street. For more information including including rates please see UIC Parking Facilities.
  
By CTA “L” Train: Take the Blue Line toward Forest Park to the UIC Halsted stop. That is right at Harrison & Halsted. Walk to the campus Quad and the Latino Cultural Center is on the Quad Plaza.
  
 

MADE POSSIBLE BY:
This event was hosted by the Futuro Media Group, producer of Latino USA, and the UIC Latino Cultural Center, and supported by the Ford Foundation.
 
  
 

IUD? IDK.

After condoms, the Intrauterine Device or IUD is the most popular form of birth control in the world. So why do so few women know about it or use it in the U.S? This story looks at the controversial history of the device and why, despite its dark history, American women shouldn’t overlook it.

 

uch_012920-1Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She is Chief of the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning and heads the Program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

 

The Kids Are (Using Condoms) Alright

Teenagers get a bad rap, but it turns out they are actually the most responsible age group when it comes to safe sex.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 60 of teenagers use condoms, and 85 percent of teen boys used a condom their first time having sex. In comparison, surveys suggest that less than half of adults regularly use condoms.

Condom use among teens steadily grew for decades, and it’s, in part, because of big investment in sex ed. The Teens PACT program at New York City’s Community Healthcare Network trains kids to become peer educators. They go into classrooms and community centers around the city and give workshops on sexual health – the idea is that teens will feel more comfortable talking to somebody their own age about the issues they are facing than an adult.

Producer Marlon Bishop met up with a group of these peer educators to talk about what high-schoolers are saying about safe sex today.

 

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MarlonBishopMarlon Bishop is a radio producer and journalist with a focus on Latin America, New York City, music and the arts. He got his start in radio producing
long-form documentaries on Latin music history for the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. After a stint reporting for the culture desk at New York Public Radio (WNYC), Marlon spent several years writing for MTV Iggy, MTV”s portal for global music and pop culture. Marlon has also lived and traveled all over Latin America, reporting stories as a freelancer for NPR, Studio 360, The World, the Village Voice, Billboard and Fusion, among other outlets. He is currently a staff Producer for Latino USA.

 

 

 

The Neighbors In Our Guts

We all carry about 3 pounds of microbes with us, mostly in our gut. Bacterial cells outnumber our “human” cells by a factor of 10 to 1 — meaning we’re really 90 percent microbe!

Scientists now think these microbes influence our risk of many ailments, including heart disease, asthma, allergies and obesity

The also think our modern lifestyle has hurt this community of organisms. They’re searching the world for the community of microbes that existed before it was presumably ruined.

 

 

Science writer Moises-Velasquez Manoff returns to Latino USA to talk about the neighbors who live inside of us.

 

Photo by Wikimedia Commons User Marco Tolo 

 

A1MoisesVelasquezManoff_HeadshotMoises Velasquez-Manoff has written extensively, mostly on science and environment, for The Christian Science Monitor. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and the Indianapolis Star, among other publications. He holds a master of arts, with a concentration in science writing, from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

 

Texas Border Vigilantes

Reporter Amy Bracken spends a night with the Texas Border Volunteers, which has taken it upon itself to police the border and report migrants to the US Border Patrol. Her reporting was made possible by a fellowship with the French-American Foundation.

Photo by Amy Bracken

 

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BrackenShotAmy Bracken is a Boston-based freelance reporter and radio producer. She’s had stories on PRI’s The World and in The Christian Science Monitor and Boston Globe. Tweet @brackenamy.

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