Latino USA

Futuro Media and PRX

Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.

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Our Editor's Take

Latino USA began as a radio show in 1993 and is the oldest running show of its kind. This podcast offers a platform for underrepresented voices in the US. Its rich stories entertain and dissolve stereotypes for a better country. It explores identity, ethnicity, immigration, family, and the arts.

The host is award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, who also hosts In The Thick. The podcast won the Peabody and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Contributors from around the country bring diversity.

Hinojosa's voice is rich, with a smooth delivery. Her storytelling in Latino USA couldn't be better. Artistic sound production backs up her talent. When she shares an artist's bio in an introduction, their music fades in and out. Short voiceovers from the interview ahead fit in well. Hinojosa's talent makes inspiring stories more so and difficult experiences felt more intensely. Each episode is an experience.

Guest hosts and other contributors bolster authenticity in Latino USA. Journalists, writers, and experts share stories from around the country. They explore the Cuban population in Florida and a strong Latinx community in Alaska. Insightful journalism and Hinojosa's decades of experience help do justice to the subject.

In one episode, listeners meet Mexican-American singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas. Popular for decades, Venegas struggled with motivation. She packed up and moved with her family to Buenos Aires and found inspiration. Fans wondered what happened during the long pause before her recent album. Hinojosa walks listeners through the artist's childhood and musical beginnings. Venegas shares stories of motherhood and her quest for renewed vigor as an artist

Other episodes explore issues like the fight for Native American voting rights. Reports on the children of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instill compassion. The podcast also examines the situation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. One episode tells the story of an immigrant woman who conquered New York's food scene.

Latino USA releases new episodes weekly. Episodes usually run from 30-60 minutes.

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