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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…]



More and more Americans are getting into mezcal, and that’s good news for a new generation of artisanal farmers and producers.

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They’re delicious! They’re healthy! They’re cactus tacos.


This kid scraping the spines from nopales (cactus paddles) knows what’s up!

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La Cucaracha: Hot enough for you? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 8, 2016 Cartoons
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To win playing BORDERS, you need to beat La Migra (video)

by Comic Saenz July 7, 2016 Cultura
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BORDERS is a game from Gonzalo Alvarez where players walk in the shoes of an immigrant to endure the danger of a journey across the desert. You only win if you can avoid La Migra and beat the heat by hiding under bushes and staying hydrated. Many make the journey towards the border with the […]

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Making Tequila Orgullo: Stoop labor under timelapse skies (video)

by ANNE YEHO May 26, 2016 Cultura
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Making Pueblo Viejo Tequila Orgullo Añejo Viejo requires hard, back-breaking manual labor and high tech machinery. Beautiful skies, though.

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How to make cactus salad – ensalada de nopales – in 1:50 (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE May 23, 2016 Cultura
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Ensalada de Nopal is quick, easy, and delicioso, although this short video glosses over the removal of the needles part. And you can hold the chicharrones as far as we’re concerned — it’s a freakin’ salad!

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Ask your Mexican if Bayer® aspirin is right for you (video)

by MR. MOTA April 6, 2016 Cartoons
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Headache? Cold? Flu? Rheumatism? Is your horse sick and tired too? Surrounded by desert, cacti and vultures? Ask a Mexican cabellero with an English accent if Bayer® aspirin is right for you!

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Artisanal organic Oaxaca mezcal? Take my dinero please (video)

by Barney Asada March 16, 2016 Cultura
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Alberto Martinez, an agave farmer and mezcal distiller in Oaxaca, makes his traditional liquor the old fashioned way. Nikki Vargas (photo) has the story.

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French band The Madcaps is crazy ’bout that ‘Taco Truck’ (video)

by Soy Capitan December 22, 2015 Cultura
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It’s Tuesday, and The Madcaps, from Rennes in western France, want tacos from the Taco Truck. In this just-released music video, that means cactus, chiles, Dios de los Muertos, sombreros, mariachis, French approximations of cholos in Pendletons, associated hynas, tequila shots, and luchadores. Plus some ugly-looking tacos.

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These blooming cacti prickly make the heart grow fonder (GIFs)

by SEÑOR GREENJEANS December 4, 2015 Cultura
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Cold and wintery where you are? Check out these animated GIFs of blooming echinopsis cacti. It gives us those prickly feels. The GIFs are from this video.

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Worst desktop video game ever? Tend your succulents in Viridi (video)

by Chale Knickerbocker September 28, 2015 Cultura
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There are no heroes in Viridi. No villains. No monsters. No superpowers. And your mission is simple: Help your cacti live long and prosper. Mental Floss esplains:

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Sweet cactus juice: The agave ‘sugar’ of Guadalajara, Jalisco (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE August 11, 2015 Cultura
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Australian foodsters Sugars of the World made this video to promote Agave Sugar, and its birthplace, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

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La Cucaracha: Nothing like a hot, dry, sandy beach day! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 13, 2015 Cartoons
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Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom (video)

by Andalé Mono July 10, 2015 Cultura
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Greg Krehel aka Echinopsis Freak loves Echinopsis Cacti, which are native to South America He hopes you like his cactus video, too: A montage of a dozen types of Echinopsis cactus flowers blooming. And wilting. And just generally showing off their mind-blowing colors. My favorite cactus flowerings from the 2014 blooming season.

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How do you clean nopales? And how does Tia Lencha cook them?

by JEFE BOYARDEE March 24, 2015 Cultura
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Ani from Confessions of a Foodie (@afotogirl on the Twitter) demonstrates the best way to clean nopales. But what then? How do you cook nopales? Our Tia Lencha has the answer:

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Feds make Sheriff Joe return military gear; he has Plan B

by Especial Correspondents September 19, 2014 Pocho Ñews Service
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(PNS reporting from ARIZONA) Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio claims the Federal Government’s decision to reclaim “surplus” military gear (like tanks [photo] and M16 rifles) transferred to his department is no big deal since he has already procured new weapons to replace the full-auto rifles Uncle Sam wants back. “Hell no! We don’t need tanks and M16s for these illegals,” […]

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Is that prickly in your pocket or are just happy to see me? (photo)

by María Purísima July 10, 2014 Cultura
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He’s been to the desert on a banana with one name: Bonito (video)

by Barney Asada June 19, 2014 Cartoons
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A wrenching tale of a desert crossing: A lone banana on a mission to el otro lado. Can Bonito make it?

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Our quest for photos of cactus cakes and cupcakes

by MOSCA MEXICAN March 11, 2014 Cultura
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Alana Jones-Mann’s DIY: House Plant Cupcakes (photo) were the first to prick our interest when we saw them last week, so we went on a quest for more cactus cupcake photos. (Alana, by the way, is unsurpassed in capturing the true desaturated green-blue color nuances of actual cacti.) This succulent-looking delectable is on Craftsy.com via […]

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Francisco Garcia Lopez wins ‘Most Mexican Man in the World’

by Especial Correspondents November 8, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from GUANAJUATO, MX) Francisco Garcia Lopez was named Most Mexican Man in the World in the final episode of Who Is More Mexican ? (¿Quién es más mexicano?) recorded here last night, PNS has learned. Audience members exiting the taping at Teatro Televisio said that winner Lopez (publicity photo, above) had impressed the judges […]

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