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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.

 

An Evening with Juana Molina and Mecánica Popular

When: 7pm, July 11, 2014

Where: The Greene Space

44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
(corner of Varick Street)

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We are teaming up with Soundcheck for a night of live music and conversation with singer-songwriter Juana Molina, psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular, and members ofLabyrinth Theater Company.

The Latin Alternative Music Conference is in town, so join us to talk about music, the art of performance and the state of creativity in Latin America today. Featuring live performances from two musical acts who reimagine Latin roots sounds in extraordinary ways and a behind-the-scenes chat with members of one of the most diverse and exciting theater troupes in New York City:

Juana Molina stands out as one of the most talented Argentinian singer-composers of her generation. Raised in a family of tango musicians, Molina first made her name as an actress, starring in a quirky and popular sketch comedy show titled “Juana y Sus Hermanas.” Since 1996 she has released six albums as a musician to great acclaim in South America, the US and Europe – most recently 2013’s Wed 21. Her music skirts many lines: both experimental and pop, electronic and acoustic, contemporary, yet rooted in Argentinean folk music.

La Mecánica Popular puts a twist on a classic Latin sound: salsa. Led by Peruvian singer and pianist Efraín Rozas, the NYC-based band melds the heavy Afro-Caribbean grooves of salsa dura with the mind-warping textures of psychedelic rock. They replace the classic horn section with fuzzed out guitars and angular synthesizers, ultimately using the idea of “psychedelic salsa” as a meditation on the relationship between the body and the mind in representations of Latin culture. The group’s self-titled debut album is currently out on the Brooklyn-based label Names You Can Trust.

Labyrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 by a small group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater. In doing so, they created a tightly knit, uninhibited and impassioned ensemble that created incendiary and vital new works for the stage that redefined the landscape of New York City theater.

Photo by Marcello Setton

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

  
 
BIOS:
  
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.

Must-Watch Movies For Journalists

The holiday season means snuggling on the couch for a well-deserved movie marathon.

Latino USA has curated a list of must-see movies for aspiring journalists.

Did we miss your favorite flick? Use the comment box or tweet @LatinoUSA #Movies4Journos

 

 

1) His Girl Friday

This classic movie is a comedy between editor & reporter on a crazy deadline. Protagonist Hildy is a total role model for her zingers, editorial judgment and THAT SUIT. – Carolina Gonzalez

 

 

2) Good Night And Good Luck

A great movie about ethics in journalism. David Strathairn is a perfectly cast Edward R. Murrow fighting his famous media battle against McCarthyism. Every aspiring journalist should know his story. – Maria Hinojosa

 

3) Full Metal Jacket

A look at war correspondence during Vietnam. It’s more about war than journalism, but the reporting elements are hilarious and revealing. – Michael Simon Johnson

 

4) The Mothman Prophecies

A fun campy thriller starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney, we recommend it solely for the chapstick scene, though Richard Gere is great in his portrayl of a newspaper columnist. -A.C. Valdez

 

5) Control Room

A movie about Al Jazzera covering the war in Iraq. Watching the transformation of the media guy for the armed forces from this close minded soldier to a compassionate questioner is really remarkable. And it gives us a glimpse into the US Military’s control of the media. – Jonathan Wolfe

 

6) Network

A network news anchor flips and says what he really thinks about the media. Old movie but still very relevant.- Jonathan Wolfe

 

7) Reportero

A documentary about covering the border and drug cartels in particular in Mexico. Puts our press freedom here in perspective as well as drawing attention to the plight of embattled and threatened reporters and local journalists in particular. – A.C. Valdez

 

8) The Killing Fields

A photographer is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot’s bloody cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of 2million  civilians. – Marea Chaveco

 

9) All The President’s Men

Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon’s resignation. – Marea Chaveco

 

10) The Year Of Living Dangerously

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. – Marea Chaveco

 

11) Morning Glory

Rachel McAdams shows what it’s like to be an early-morning producer on a daily show. – Brenda Salinas

#1350 – Money, Money, Money

From Puerto Rico to the Bay Area, Latino USA examines questions of money. Marlon Bishop tells us Puerto Rico could soon default on its public debt. We examine the potential economic impact of immigration reform, a democratic system to spend public money in New York, and helping the unbanked in Oakland. We’ll hear about the debt-incurring cost of quinceañeras. We hear from two Latino tech leaders. And our series on the Dearly Deported continues.

 

Photo: Karen Bleiber/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

Latina Sex Stereotypes

Photo by Flickr, Martin LaBar

For Latina women it can often seem like there are only two types of representation they see in the media. They’re either sexy and “spicy” or religious and family oriented. But is that really the case?

Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa speaks to writer, poet, and sex columnist for Cosmo for Latinas, Erika Sanchez about growing up in a “traditional” Mexican family while being an American girl, feminism, and facing fear.

 

B1_ErikaSanchezErika L Sánchez is a poet and writer living in Chicago. Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Witness, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, and others. Her nonfiction has been published in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, NBCLatino, Truthout, Salon, Rolling Stone, Salon, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera.

News or Noise? Decisions Edition

In newsrooms around the world, decisions are often made during editorial meetings. People pitch ideas, discuss developing stories, and plan their coverage. How do these meetings work and why are they helpful?

For our regular segment on news literacy, Latino USA producer Daisy Rosario takes you inside the weekly editorial meeting of The Mash, a teen publication put out by the Chicago Tribune.

C2_Joe HendrixJoe Hendrix is a junior at Daniel Hale Williams Prep School of Medicine, located on the South Side of Chicago. He joined The Mash earlier this year and has shown a strong interest in writing movie reviews—especially when he gets to share his thoughts on Marvel films. Joe’s most recent Mash article explained why teens feel the need to compare themselves to others and how social media affects self-esteem.

 

C2_Elani-Kaufman-TonedElani Kaufman is a junior at Lincoln Park High School. Although this is her first year with The Mash, Elani has already worked on a wide range of articles, including a story about Thanksgivukkah, commentary for our regular fashion police column and a fun piece about cleansing your musical palate.

 

 

C2_Phil ThompsonPhillip Thompson is the editorial director of The Mash. For five years, Phil has enjoyed working with teens (even though he’s slightly of afraid of them). A 16-year vet of the Chicago Tribune, he’s also a contributor to RedEye’s Five on Five sports comedy panel (a sense of humor comes in handy, especially if you’ve had a fantasy football year like he’s had.)

 

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Morgan Olsen is The Mash’s managing editor. She moved to Chicago earlier this year from Los Angeles, where she worked for two teen entertainment magazines. When she’s not editing stories or roaming the Tribune Tower, Morgan is exploring Chicago and drinking way too much coffee.

Dearly Deported: Turkey

In the first of our Dearly Deported profiles, Efe Atli of Turkey tells us the story of why being deported provided the motivation he needed to get his life together.

 

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AC-photo11Andrés Caballero has been an active contributor to Latino USA for more than a year. He holds a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and a B.S. in Political Science from Notre Dame De Namur University. He covers issues that affect Latinos across the U.S., and he has also contributed to New America Media, the Hispanic Link News Service in Washington D.C., and El Tecolote in San Francisco.

Narco Cultura


Photojournalist and film director Shaul Schwarz’s new documentary Narco Cultura contrasts Mexico’s drug violence with the music and fandom of narcocorridos–a style of music that celebrates the anti-heros of the Mexican cartels. Host Maria Hinojosa speaks with director Shaul Schwarz and former narcocorrido marketing director Joel Vazquez about the film, the musical movement of narcocorridos, and the state of Mexican-American self-identity. She also speaks with economist Rodrigo Canales about cartels as a business.

A1 Shaul SchwarzShaul Schwarz is an Israeli photojournalist and film director. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, El Pais Magazine, GQ and Marie Claire. His coverage of the conflict in Haiti in 2004 received two World Press Awards. Most recently he was honored with the 2008 Robert Capa Award given out by the Overseas Press Club.

 

 

 

A1 Joel Vazquez 2Joel Vazquez: Joel Vazquez works in advertising and marketing for narcocorrido bands. He is the former marketing director for Twiins Enterprises, one of the largest narcocorrido labels in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

A2 Rodrigo CanalesRodrigo Canales is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management. He researches the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development. Specifically, Rodrigo studies how individuals purposefully change complex organizations or systems.

 

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