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Before World War II, the American government cranked up the propaganda machine to WELCOME immigrants with a Sunday afternoon radio program from the INS called I’m An American. Sara Laskow reports for NPR’s All Things Considered.

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In the mid-’60s, Mexican mariachi music ruled the airwaves in Yugoslavia. Singers sported charro suits and sombreros, typical mariachi garb, with typically Slavic names. Public Radio International has the story:

 

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“She left Santana in a Chevrolet, to visit her tia in East L.A. — but she never got there!” [F-bomb.]

Late lamented SoCal punks Manic Hispanic and their 2003 version of a Ramones tune take on new relevance with Trump’s DACA threats. The I.N.S. Took My Novia Away is from the CD/album Mijo Goes to Jr. College.


A story of cross-border romance — a mojado and a Cajun queen — are the stars of country singer’s Hank Snow’s Mexican Joe and Joli Blon, released on 78 RPM disk in 1953.

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A true life story from the Mexican Revolution and a mojado’s migration from Chihuahua to Califas come alive as our Chicano musical hero Lalo Guerrero shares The Ballad of Pancho Lopez. [Mas…]

 

 

In 1973, comedy group The Firesign Theatre unleashed this public service announcement — distributed to “underground” rock radio stations on a 45 RPM disk — for the Free Mexican Air Force.

Latino USA: If You Give a Toddler a Tortilla (NPR audio)

by Especial Correspondents July 31, 2017 Audio
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She just wants to prepare some home made flour tortillas with her baby girl just like she did with her own mom. What’s the big deal? NPR’s LatinoUSA explains: April Salazar longs to make her Grandma Alice’s tortillas with her daughter. It is the same tortilla recipe her grandmother’s mother made in Baja California and […]

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Mezcal: It’s not just for Mexicans anymore (NPR audio)

by CRUDO MENUDO July 13, 2017 Audio
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More and more Americans are getting into mezcal, and that’s good news for a new generation of artisanal farmers and producers. NPR reports:

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Nancy Sanchez y Marisa Ronstadt: Love as big as the ‘Ocean’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan June 2, 2017 Audio
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Los Angeles singer-songwriter Nancy Sanchez’ new album release American Novio includes this perky love song, Ocean, which features sweet harmonies from (Linda’s cousin) Marisa Ronstadt. Check it out.

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: Hey, Trump! Not in my backyard! (NPR audio)

by Especial Correspondents May 30, 2017 Audio
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Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s LatinoUSA talks with Los Angeles Alcalde Eric Garcetti. The mayor’s message for President Trump? YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME! From NPR, this background:

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Little Pedro and the Street Singers explain ‘Spanish America’ (video)

by Soy Capitan May 22, 2017 Audio
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In “Spanish America”, supposed kid singers explain how tortillas are corn bread and frijoles are what’s for lunch: From the Children’s Record Guild 78, released circa early 1950s. With David Pfeffer as Pedro, also with Sally Sweetland, Earl Rogers, Lee Sweetland, Denise Alexander and David Anderson. Music by Miguel Sandoval. Story by L. Paris.

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‘Trumpon Sangron’ Version II by Partners ‘N Crime (audio and lyrics)

by Soy Capitan May 19, 2017 Audio
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Singing, songwriting Partners ‘N Crime explain:

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Cutty Flam’s latest prom punk rola “Runaway” is EZ 2 dance 2 (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 15, 2017 Audio
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POCHO amigos Cutty Flam, the alt.rock.band from your black-and-white-retro future, asked us a pregunta on the Twitter: Do you want a new Prom Punk Rola to dance with your Angel Baby? Why, yes we do! Here is the latest from these local faves: Runaway. Now send the Angel Baby, por fa.

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L.A. OGs WAR (the ORIGINAL band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2017 Audio
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This 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back. L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, […]

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Los Cenzontles cover Dylan’s ‘Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan May 4, 2017 Audio
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Raza roots collective Los Cenzontles strip Bob Dylan’s Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man back to the basics (the lyrics) and then build it back up en estilo Latino. That’s Eugene Rodriguez, vocals, Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, chorus, Emiliano Rodriguez, bass, Carlos Caro, bongo, shaker, guiro, tambourine, and Silvestre Martinez, cajon, congas. DID YOU KNOW? Bruce […]

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Chinese were the first to cross the Mexican border (video, audio)

by Verdana Bold April 5, 2017 Audio
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The first targets of American border agents were Chinese, not Mexican. When the California Gold Rush ended and the railroad building boom came to a close, it became easy for politicians to exploit anti-Chinese sentiment. The result was an immigration policy that led to the first smuggling operations across the U.S-Mexico border. [Video by Timeline.] […]

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International Women’s Day: Las Cafeteras ‘Mujer Soy’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 8, 2017 Audio
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In Mujer Soy, by Las Cafeteras, we see a day in the real life of Maryann Aguirre, a woman from East Los Angeles. Happy International Women’s Day! (Remixed by YUKICITO.)

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We’ve got your basic 2-hour-long mariachi music video right here

by Soy Capitan February 24, 2017 Audio
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Why, we asked ourselves, would these RelaxMusic people upload scores of allegedly ethnic or national background music videos to YouTube? If people play them as background audio, they will not be looking at — and clicking on — ads, so the uploaders will not make money. Is it a public service? Some kind alternative facts […]

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Las Cafeteras: ‘If I Was President’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan February 23, 2017 Audio
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Tastes Like L.A. by Las Cafeteras East Los musicians Las Cafeteras have long made political progress a signature element of their sound and the band’s new single continues the tradition. If I Was President — released on Monday, Presidents Day — starts with the son jarocho song Señor Presidente and “then flows into a bilingual […]

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Orange President salutes Black History Month (transcript, audio, toon)

by STEPHEN FETCHIT February 2, 2017 Audio
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Our historic President knows more about Black History Month than the last President, who was not so historic. And instead of teaching us in American, the President is going to speak English to you, you know, to class up the history of this carnage-loving people, his African-Americans. Our speech researchers here at the National Pochismo Institute took Wednesday’s […]

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Lalo Alcaraz on WGBH/PRI: ‘U.S. is becoming Mexico’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz January 23, 2017 Audio

POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz stopped by WGBH in Boston today to record an interview (audio and video) for Public Radio International’s The World with Carol Hills. It sounds like he made some new friends in Boston: Alcaraz is a strong believer in laughing during hard times. And that’s where satire comes in. Coping with humor […]

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We don’t want your tiny hands anywhere near our underpants! (audio)

by Soy Capitan January 21, 2017 Audio
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“We don’t want your tiny hands anywhere near our underpants!” Fiona Apple sings. Everyone, now: WE DON’T WANT YOUR TINY HANDS ANYWHERE NEAR OUR UNDERPANTS!

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LatinoUSA NPR Audio: The 1% and 99% of Mexico meet in NYC

by Barney Asada January 10, 2017 Audio
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LatinoUSA’s Antonia Cereijido writes the intro: If you go to a high-end restaurant in New York City, there’s a good chance that you’re dining among some of the wealthiest Mexicans in the world and being served by some of the poorest. This story was produced in collaboration with Round Earth Media. Tyler Kelley is a […]

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DREAMer from Georgia, back in DF, tries to fit in (NPR audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 12, 2016 Audio

Yovany Diaz was brought to the U.S. without papers when he was only seven, and he grew up in Georgia, speaking English. When his mom’s health issues required him to move “back” to Mexico City, this all-American ice hockey loving pocho found himself in a strange new world, even though it was “home.” James Frederick […]

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