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THE INFLUENCER: SOL TRUJILLO

Corporate leaders become political movers and shakers all the time these days, but how many of them are Latino? Meet Sol Trujillo, a multimillionaire Wyoming-raised Mexican American telecommunications innovator who wants to improve the image of Latinos within the Republican Party and in the media.


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HEALTH HERO: CENTRO DE SALUD LA FE’S SALVADOR BALCORTA

A look at El Paso’s celebrated “Centro de Salud La Fe” and its executive director, Salvador Balcorta. This pioneering clinic was founded in the late 1960′s by a determined group of mothers and abuelitas in one of the country’s poorest neighborhoods. Balcorta, a child of the neighborhood, now leads the clinic. Reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe brings us this profile.


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Mónica Ortiz Uribe is a native of El Paso, Texas, where she recently worked as a freelance reporter. Her work has aired on NPR, Public Radio International and Radio Bilingue. Most of her stories examined the effects of drug-related violence across the border in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Previously, she worked as a reporter for the Waco Tribune Herald in Waco, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in history.

Car Wash Wage Theft

Big city carwash workers often work long hours for little pay with few protections from chemicals.  State prosecutors are now investigating and punishing abusive employers, and a new campaign by community organizations is encouraging workers to demand respect for their rights.


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Andrés 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.

Know Your Pro: Picture Perfect

Matt Armendariz travels all over the world to transform delectable dishes into photographs that look good enough to eat. If you’re a foodie who consumes cookbooks and food magazines, you’ve probably come across his handiwork. He tells us how he came by his shooting skills from his home and studio in Long Beach, California.

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We’re looking for people with uncommon jobs: tightrope walkers, road kill disposers, chewing gum testers. We’d love to hear your suggestions for people we should profile. You can write us online, in the comments below; send us an email at info@futuromediagroup.org; or call our listener line at 646-571-1228.


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F‪or the past 20 years Matt Armendariz been immersed in food in one way or another. As a former graphic designer and art director in the food industry he surrounded himself with great food before branching out into photography and blogging. He began his blog in 2005 as a way to share his personal take on food and those behind-the-scenes moments I experienced in his work. His first cookbook called On A Stick! was released by Quirk in May 2011.

Michigan Living Arrangements

This is the time of year, when migrant farm workers are traveling the country, from harvest to harvest. Farmers wanting to ensure a steady flow of workers need to provide decent temporary housing. Andrew Stelzer reports on a small town in Michigan where local opposition is thwarting one farmer from renovating an abandoned motel to house his workers.


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Andrew Stelzer is an award winning radio producer and news reporter, currently working as a producer and host at the National Radio Project in Oakland, CA. Andrew’s radio work has been featured nationally and Internationally on programs including NPR’s Weekend Edition, PRI’s The World, Studio 360, Weekend America, Marketplace, Living on Earth, On the Media, Free Speech Radio News, Latino USA, Only a Game, Radio Netherlands, World Radio Switzerland, Independent Native News, Radio France International, and the Workers Independent News Service. He also files regularly for KQED radio news in San Francisco.

Teach A Man To Fish

For Michael McDaniel, fishing runs in the family. He grew up fishing with his grandfather and now he takes his sons to the same spot where he would swing bait when he was little. Reporter Lauren Whaley takes us out on a fishing trip with Michael’s family.


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Check out other Californian families that also bond through fishing below:

Lauren M. Whaley is a multimedia journalist based in Los Angeles. She produces audio, photography, video and written stories on topics ranging from childbirth trends to healthcare for low-income seniors. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Outside Magazine as well as on KQED Public Radio and Southern California Public Radio. She serves on the board of the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) and lives with her husband Jake de Grazia, also a radio journalist and photographer.

Blair Wells is a Los Angeles-based photographer whose journey with camera-in-hand began in 2002, using throw-away Kodaks to visually articulate his experience living in Central L.A. His love of documentary photography has led him to capture the face and heart of social issues, including projects featuring post-Katrina New Orleans day-workers, the everyday moments of a Santa Barbara homeless family and health issues of kids living near the Port of Los Angeles. Blair has also organized participatory photography projects involving the deaf community, as well as teenagers with autism. His projects have given participants an opportunity to express themselves in new and profound ways. Through it all, the human condition — the struggles and successes of everyday people — remains the single most compelling subject of his work.

Know Your Pro: What’s Cooking in Graciela’s Kitchen?

Find out the Mexican secret for perfect French pastries from Graciela Gamero. She has been baking apple pies, croissants and other French pastries at the Medici Bakery in President Barack Obama’s old Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park for 25 years.

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We’re looking for people with uncommon jobs: tightrope walkers, road kill disposers, chewing gum testers. We’d love to hear your suggestions for people we should profile. You can write us online, in the comments below; send us an email at info@futuromediagroup.org; or call our listener line at 646-571-1228.


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Graciela Gamero was born in the Durango province of Mexico and has lived in Chicago, Illinois, for over 30 years. She has worked as a baker at Hyde Park’s Medici Bakery for 25 years. She attributes her long tenure at the Medici to its late owner Hans Morsbach, who believed in her.

Brazilians Go To The Dogs

If you walk around Manhattan’s Upper East Side, you’ll see many dogs along with the walkers hired to take care of them. You may also notice that a majority of them are speaking Portuguese. Reporter Matt Draper set out to investigate why this niche market is dominated by Brazilians.

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Matt Draper is a multimedia journalist. Draper, who has worked as a freelance writer and editor for many years, has covered a range of subjects: He’s written about senior athletes competing in an ultramarathon in Costa Rica; reported on the financial impact of the World Cup; and covered subway protests in New York City. He received his master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Draper’s work has been published in the Huffington Post, The Daily, New York Post, Competitor magazine and Sports Business Journal, among other publications.

Dr. Pedro Noguera

A growing rate of HIV/AIDS, low wages, and an ever-increasing incarceration rate are just some of the rampant challenges for Latino men. But if these issues are so important, why is there such little discussion among academics and policy makers? María Hinojosa talks to Dr. Pedro Noguera to find out. He’s a professor at New York University and co-editor of “Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys.”

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Undocumented and Unafraid: Carlo Alban

Carlo Alban was always a performer at heart. And as a young teen, he got a break as a regular cast member on Sesame Street. And even though it seemed that he was living a dream, he had a secret: he was undocumented. Carlo Alban, now 32, has a one-man show, “Intringulis,” which translates to a snag or difficulty. “Intringulis,” is Carlo’s own coming out story, in which he tackles the struggles of being undocumented, childhood success, and drug use as a teen. Here, Carlo performs an excerpt of the play, live before an intimate audience at Intar Theatre in New York City.


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