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Mincho: BBQ, Radio, and The Latino USA Story

Minco Jacob is an Austin staple. It’s probably because he makes sure to enjoy the best of Austin every day. By day, he runs the BBQ hotspot Franklin Barbecue. By night he plays with his band, Como Las Movies. But before all that, he was a producer on Latino USA – way back when it was produced out of KUT FM in Austin. He joins host Maria Hinojosa to talk about the show’s history and how it could only have been born in Austin.

A Life in the Labor Struggle

César Chávez often turned down honors because he knew his success was due to the people he organized and fought for. Josefina Flores is one of those people. She told her story of a life both before and after the United Farm Workers’ grape boycott to reporter Farida Jhabvala Romero.



Farida Jhabvala Romero reporting in Mendota, CA broccoli field

Farida is a reporter for Radio Bilingüe, the National Latino Public Radio Network. She regularly covers health and the environment. Prior to joining Radio Bilingüe, Farida worked as a reporter for El Mensajero, a San Francisco weekly, and other publications. She has a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Alameda, California, with her husband Eric and 2-year old daughter Devika. She can be reached at




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The crown of the Statue of Liberty will again be accessible to the public this month after a year of renovation. But in October 25, 1977, it was the stage for a surprising, even poetic protest that has been forgotten by many. A look back at the day Lady Liberty was taken hostage.

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Miguel “Mickey” Melendez is an activist for Latino and Puerto Rican rights and a founding member of the Young Lords. He has taught in the Black and Hispanic studies department at CUNY, Baruch and John Jay colleges. He has a MPA from Baruch College and a Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) from CUNY, Queens College Law. He is the recipient of the Charles Revson Fellowship at Columbia University. And he is the author of We Took the Streets: Fighting for Latino Rights with the Young Lords (St. Martin’s Press, 2003, Rutgers University Press 2006). Currently he can be heard on Pacifica Radio’s Con Sabor Latino on Sundays at 2 p.m. on WBAI 99.5. FM. He is also Assistant to the President of Local 372, NYC, DC37, AFSCME. Photo courtesy of Will Salomon Orellano.

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