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John Riofrio

Entries by John Riofrio

Bad Spanish Is Hilarious! Taco Bell's Latest Super Bowl Ad

(36) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 4:34 PM

The Super Bowl has come and gone and with it the build-up and anticipation over the commercials. Lauded by some as fun and creative and critiqued by others as disappointing and tired, there seems little argument over the fact that almost all of them, bad or good, were successful. On...

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Shooting the Messenger: Arizona and the Ban On Ethnic Studies

(44) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 12:04 PM

On January 18th, NPR aired an interview with John Hupenthal the Superintendent of Arizona Public Instruction and the author of a state law banning ethnic studies programs. According to Hupenthal, the law was conceived, in part, because of the "failure of the Tucson Unified School District to provide a good...

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Open Letter to American Girl

(15) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 5:46 PM

Recently I published an opinion piece that explained, in somewhat emotional terms I suppose, the importance that my daughter's American Girl doll, Josefina, has to our family and the relief we felt when we discovered that American Girl has a doll hospital that fixes broken dolls. The...

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What a Doll's Broken Arm Taught Me About Parenting and Privilege

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 2:26 PM

Two days ago, I was sitting in my bedroom working when I heard my youngest daughter, Isabela, literally burst into tears. Since I hadn't heard the tell-tale thud, I figured she hadn't hurt herself, and my first assumption was that her little brother was somehow responsible. I ran into the...

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Cable Loves Big White Families

(25) Comments | Posted August 14, 2010 | 4:01 PM

It was big news, but you might have missed it, what with the battle over health care, the parade of foolishness in Arizona and BP's oil "spill" in the Gulf. So, just in case you did miss it: the Duggar family recently had their 19th child. That's right, their 19th...

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Latinos in America

(22) Comments | Posted October 24, 2009 | 6:35 PM

I would like to open by stating unequivocally that I believe CNN's heart is in the proverbial right place in their attempts to document the lives of Latinos living in the U.S. I say this, however, while acknowledging that the advertisements leading up to the debut this week might easily...

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