This is the summer of soccer--or fútbol. So Latino USA is taking a look at the sport loved throughout Latin America and around the world. What happens when you come from both the U.S. and Mexico--what national team do you root for? Or what about if your national team is constantly losing? Do you lose faith? And we take a look at elite women's soccer in the U.S., a world few Latinas reach.
We tell stories of rescue. Meet a combat search and rescue pilot saving plane crash survivors to Latina young women leaving home for college. A new Puerto Rican superhero spreads the word about social justice and the island's debt crisis. And Diane Guerrero, known for her roles in Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, opens up about growing up after her parents were deported, struggling with self-harm and mental health, and ultimately being rescued by her community and herself.
This week we take a look at comedy: who tells the jokes, who writes the shows, how to use comedy to fix problems like the pothole on your street, and activists trying to take racial caricatures out of comedy. We hear from Cris Abrego, the creator of one of the largest reality TV empires in the country on the rise of reality TV and what makes watching it funny. And we talk with comedians of color about trying to make it in stand-up comedy clubs, a realm ruled mostly by white men.
This week we look at some unusual stories of migration, from dressage trainers in Mexico to West Africans in the treacherous Darian Gap of Central America. And we look at what it's like to live in Qatar, the country with the highest percentage of immigrants. Finally, Koko Warner discusses how climate change will affect global migration now and in the future.
We revisit one of our favorite shows of 2015, before Hamilton became a smash Broadway hit. NPR's Latino USA focuses on the idea of the reprise: a repeated but changed passage of music. Maria Hinojosa talks to Lin-Manuel Miranda about Hamilton, composer Tania León shares her thoughts, and the band Ibeyi is featured. We also look back at the times Latin American author Eduardo Galeano appeared on the show.
We dive deep into the creative minds of a few writers and artists who will be part of this year's PEN World Voices Festival with a series of conversations. Hear the glitch poetry of Guillermo Gómez Peña, listen as Carmen Tafolla acts out a story, and experience the wisdom from a philosopher.
This week, Latino USA explores the past, present and future of baseball. From the history of how Latino players bent the rules of the color line in the years before Jackie Robinson, to the story of how and why Dominican fans started showing up at Boston's notoriously white Fenway Park, to the challenges that immigrant players face on their journey to the major leagues.
When we talk about what made rock & roll as we know it, the most common answer is: a mixture of R&B, a predominantly black genre, and country, a predominantly white genre. We explore the Latino influences that helped shape rock & roll, and we profile unsung Latino rock artists who had a hand in crafting this new sound--which is not as black and white as many think.