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He had just left a fancy restaurant, celebrating a big achievement, a Ph. D. degree, when he encountered racism, racism that can hurt your health.

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This is how they begin the story about POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and the Disney/Pixar film COCO over at NPR’s LatinoUSA: [Mas…]

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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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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 co-reporter on the piece.

[Mariachi Restaurant in Astoria, Queens, NY, photographed by Aude. Some rights reserved.]

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What is the deal on these so-called Navajo tacos, anyhow?

NPR’s Anne Hoffman and Maria Hinojosa of LatinoUSA are looking for answers: [Mas…]

Supercivicos-600x380Los Supercivicos, Mexico’s City’s self-appointed superhero vigilantes, wield the wicked sword of satire as they fight for truth, justice and the Mexican Way.

Zakiya Gibbons reports for NPR’s LatinoUSA:

Alex Marin y Kall and Arturo Hernández are redefining crime-fighting in Mexico City with their comedy group, Los Supercívicos. Armed with comedy and a camera, the duo hits the streets to shame wrongdoers into good behavior They draw crowds by dressing up as anything from cowboys to nuns, and they improvise “happenings” to call attention to the offender. People even turn to Los Supercívicos for rescue when the authorities won’t help. While it seems all fun and games, Marin y Kall and Hernández are pursuing the serious goal of promoting civic awareness—in Mexico City and beyond.

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Brooklyn’s Mexican Israelite kids meet a local rabbi (audio)

by SOY VEY December 7, 2015 Audio
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Cute, curious kids at the Mexican Israelite Church of God in Brooklyn have many questions about their neighbors –– mysterious Hasidic Jews. Example: What is the deal with those big fur hats? Debbie Nathan reports for LatinoUSA:

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Mariachi + Morrissey = El Mariachi Manchester (audio, video)

by Soy Capitan November 4, 2015 Audio
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NPR’s Mandalit Del Barco was on the scene as L.A. band El Mariachi Manchester showed off their mariachi-Morrissey mezcla at the Dia de Los Muertos fiesta at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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From LatinoUSA: The unlikely story of Chicano Batman (audio, video)

by QUESO QUESEM June 16, 2015 Audio
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Southern California pochos Chicano Batman started out in the hood, lucked out with a spot at Coachella and then went on the road opening for Jack White. They shared their story with LatinoUSA. The band’s latest video is Cycles of Existential Rhyme:

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Out of the night, when the full moon is bright! America’s first superhero

by Barney Asada May 26, 2015 Audio
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“The Zorro story, invented in 1919 by pulp fiction author Johnston McCulley, tells the tale of an aristocrat in Spanish California who dons a mask to fight against corrupt colonial officials on behalf of the oppressed,” writes Marlon Bishop of Latino USA.

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Latino USA: Favorite Spanglish words and Ilan Stavans (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 13, 2015 Audio
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Like puro pochos, the peeps at Latino USA talk Spanglish. In this episode they talk about their favorite Spanglish vocabulary words and also check in with expert and POCHO amigo Professor Ilan Stavans, who literally wrote the book on Spanglish.

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Felipe Esparza: The Seven Spanish Cuss Words (LatinoUSA audio)

by CHING AH September 29, 2014 Audio
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“There are some words, not many, just a few — that we decided, we won’t use them all the time,” said the late comedian George Carlin in his famous routine about the “seven dirty words.” If you aren’t familiar with it –– the skit tries to pinpoint a definitive list of words you can never […]

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Rosa Diaz goes ‘method’ on Charles Bukowski project (audio, video)

by MOON GUAC August 15, 2014 Audio
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Philly singer-songwriter Rosa Diaz started a Charles Bukowski-themed project, and to make it authentic, she became a Method Actor — actually living the writer’s hard-drinking life style until it almost killed her. LatinoUSA’s Nadia Reiman reports: In this recent a capella music video, Diaz sings about Pain:

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NPR: Who are the refugee kids at the border? (audio, video)

by Comic Saenz July 30, 2014 Audio
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Researcher Elizabeth Kennedy interviewed a 12-year-old boy who returned to El Salvador barefoot; he had been robbed of everything he owned. “I asked him if he was going to try again,” says Kennedy, “and he just burst into tears and said, ‘What would you do if you were me? I haven’t seen my mom or […]

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Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Los Romanticos De Zacatecas (video)

by MOON GUAC May 9, 2014 Cultura
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Here’s how NPR Music producer Jasmine Garsd tells the story: For the first installment in the Mi Casa Es Tu Casa series with Fusion, a Mexican band invites Alt.Latino into its house for lively conversation and great music. Ever since I moved to Mexico City, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of music at my […]

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Losing your religion on the Internets and Pocho Ocho other things

by Especial Correspondents April 23, 2014 Cultura
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The more you use the Internets, the more likely you are to lose your religion, according to a new study. NPR explains: America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation has been growing rapidly, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — […]

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LatinoUSA Audio: Al Madrigal and Lalo Alcaraz’ ‘Big Adventure’

by Comic Saenz December 2, 2013 Audio
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POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal (you may also know him from The Daily Show with Juan Estewart) are thankful for lots of stuff. Al is thankful that his son’s school’s athletic mascot is not racist, Lalo is thankful for his new Bordertown gig with Fox, and POCHO is thankful LatinoUSA […]

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Disney Day of the Dead faux pas: Latinos turned noise into news (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 17, 2013 Audio
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From NPR: When Disney tried to trademark Dia de los Muertos for their new movie merchandise inspired by the Mexican holiday, Latinos picked up their own mice, went online and turned things back around. For this week’s News or Noise, Latino USA guest host Luis Antonio Perez speaks with POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and Kety […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Milagro or marketing ploy? (audio)

by RADIO GAGA October 1, 2012 Audio
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From National Public Radio’s Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa: SOMOS: HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, is supposed to be a time to celebrate Latino contributions to U.S. society and culture. But for some, it feels like a way to sanitize Latino history in the U.S. Or worse, just another excuse to […]

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NPR Cinco de Mayo show taps Gustavo Arellano, La Santa Cecilia

by MYRA GLASS May 3, 2012 Audio
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Coming from the East Coast and all, the National Public Radio Alt.Latino peeps needed to come here to get the real California deal on Cinco de Mayo. They called on two local treasures:  Gustavo Arellano, editor of OCWeekly.com, and East Los rockers La Santa Cecilia: This week we bring ourselves to that most bicultural of […]

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