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A Tree Grows in Watts

Urban grit and natural beauty exist side by side in a community garden in LA’s Jordan Downs Housing projects. Go on an audio tour of this garden as part of Latino USA’s Radio Nature series.

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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Tena Rubio is an award-winning radio journalist based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She’s a frequent contributor to NPR’s Latino USA and is the former host & executive producer of the nationally-syndicated show Making Contact. A former TV news writer and producer, she is currently a member of the board of directors for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR).

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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LA Beat: Covering the Riots

In 1992 Hector Tobar and Cheryl Devall covered the unrest after the Rodney King verdict from the Los Angeles streets. Both journalists discuss the racial and economic tensions in the city that sparked the unrest and how LA has changed since.


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Photo courtesy of http://www.neontommy.com/news/2012/04/la-riots-20th-anniversary-special-coverage


 

Cheryl Devall is a senior editor for Southern California Public Radio. She’s one of several responsible for supervising, editing and planning coverage with SCPR’s accomplished radio reporting staff. Cheryl brings to the task many years’ experience as an editor at public radio’s “Marketplace” and as a reporter – including 11 years with National Public Radio and with newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News, the Chicago Tribune and the Louisville Courier-Journal

Héctor Tobar is a Los Angeles author and journalist, whose work examines the evolving and interdependent relationship between Latin America and the United States.T obar is the author of The Tattooed Soldier, a novel set in the impoverished immigrant neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the weeks before the riots, and in Guatemala during the years of military dictatorship there. In 2006, Tobar was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.

After the Fires: Community Perspectives

Hear community leaders’ reactions and reflections on this historic event. After the destruction, cleaning and rebuilding began in Los Angeles, and many different communities rallied to rebuild.


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Photo courtesy of http://www.edwardjamesolmos.com/

 

Yoon Hee Kim is an international tea educator, photographer, tea importer, chef and tea ceremony artist. Ms. Kim holds a B.A. from Smith College in Education with minors in Asian studies and Government, a M.A from Monterey Institute of International Studies in International Public Policy, and has done post-graduate studies in Public Administration and Business.
 

Joe R. Hicks, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network, is the vice president of Community Advocates, Inc. a privately-funded Los Angeles-based political think-tank.

 

Roberto Lovato is a writer and commentator at New America Media, a strategy consultant and a Co-Founder of Presente.org, the country’s pre-eminent online Latino advocacy organization, with a membership of over 250,000 people.

Remembering Rodney

California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera shares a poem he wrote just days after the beating of Rodney King. Juan Felipe Herrera has received multiple awards for his work.


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Photo courtesy of http://www.nwpr.org/post/after-riots-scandal-sparked-reform-lapd

 

California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera has received numerous awards and fellowships including various National Endowment for the Arts Writers’ Fellowships, four California Arts Council grants, the UC Berkeley Regent’s Fellowship, the Breadloaf Fellowship in Poetry, and the Stanford Chicano Fellows Fellowship. He has published 21 books of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. His literary endeavors have garnered the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Americas Award, and the Focal Award.

The Kids Are All Right

How do kids who were not even born in 1992 think about the LA riots? Hear a group of teen documentary producers from Harlem reflect on Rodney King and the time period when LA burned.
 

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