11:53 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Latin Symphony: How Classical Music Saved Dinorah Marquez's Life

Young members of the Latino Arts: Strings program.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:33 am

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5:56 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Sebastien De La Cruz Talks Mariachi Music, School, And Race

Sebastien De La Cruz visits the TPR studios.
Joey Palacios

On Fronteras: His singing is beautiful; it takes you to another place because of his passion and joy. It connects even to those who don't always understand the words. On this special edition of Fronteras, we meet up with 12-year-old mariachi performer, "El Charro De Oro,” San Antonio’s own, Sebastien De La Cruz.

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The Salt
1:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Panamanian tamales stuffed with chicken and wrapped in bijao leaves — one of hundreds of interpretations of the dish found throughout Latin America.

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 12:05 pm

This Christmas Eve, many Latinos will celebrate the holiday by unwrapping delicious little presents: tamales.

At its essence, a tamale consists of masa (dough made from corn or another starch) that's been wrapped in aromatic leaves, then steamed or boiled. Some come bundled in corn husks, others in plantain, banana or mashan leaves. Some are sweetened with molasses or coconut milk, others spiced with mole or seasoned with achiote. Some are plain; others are filled with meat, cheese or vegetables.

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Code Switch
10:56 am
Tue November 4, 2014

'La Chancla': Flip Flops As A Tool of Discipline

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 9:35 am

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Code Switch
9:08 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Who Determines Whether Someone Has A 'Latino Heart'?

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (right) talks about the state's green chile during a visit to a restaurant in Bernalillo.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 2:03 pm

When New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King told the crowd at the Democratic Party of Valencia County annual fundraiser on Sept. 6 that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez "does not have a Latino heart," he was reportedly paraphrasing previous remarks made by famous labor icon and native New Mexican Dolores Huerta. King probably meant to say that Gov.

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2:40 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

HBO Latino Featuring Rosie Castro, The Woman Behind Julian & Joaquin

Then-Mayor Julián (right) and newly elected Congressman Joaquín Castro appeared on the Charlie Rose Show in December 2012 as they were both primed for national attention as Latino leaders of the future.
Charlie Rose Show

Fronteras: San Antonio is trying to figure how to regulate ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. This week, we look at how Uber is faring in San Diego. Rosie Castro was a trailblazer for Latino politicians, which includes her twin sons, Julián and Joaquín. Rosie will be featured on HBO Latino this fall. She joins us on Fronteras to talk about her early activism days, her sons’ political careers and more.

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Code Switch
5:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings

Sofía Vergara and Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum enact the notorious pedestal stunt at the 2014 Emmy Awards.
Vince Bucci AP

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:24 pm

After Sofía Vergara's controversial appearance at the 2014 Emmy Awards, we wanted to see more perspectives exploring the cultural dimensions of the controversy. Make sure to read Daisy Hernandez's reaction. Here's a response from contributor Juan Vidal.

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Code Switch
12:16 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

While Films And TV Shows Miss Latinos, A YouTube Outlet Grows

On the MiTú network's Guzii Style, Chef Guzii makes bolitas de chocolate.

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 11:11 pm

Over the past few months, there's been a lot of coverage of the paucity of Latino depictions on American movie and television screens, particularly given that Latino audiences are disproportionately driving box-office ticket revenues. The Wrap recently completed a four-part series on the subject.

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Code Switch
1:27 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Private Prisons House More Latinos Than Do Public Ones, Study Finds

An inmate walks through the yard at the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, which recently switched to private management.
Ty Wright Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 12:55 pm

In March, Rina Palta reported for Code Switch on a study that found private prisons were disproportionately filled with inmates of color. A broader recent study of federal data from 2005 has revealed something similar: The proportion of white inmates was significantly smaller in private prisons than in public ones, and the proportion of Latino inmates was larger.

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My Big Break
4:04 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Danny Trejo's big break came about partly because of a prison tattoo on his chest, depicting a woman wearing a sombrero. Thanks to that distinctive mark, a screenwriter recognized him as a champion boxer.
Carlos Jasso AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:10 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Fans know Danny Trejo for all the tough guys he's played in action movies like Machete and From Dusk Till Dawn. He's been cast as that kind of character since the start of his career — his very first role was as a convict in the 1985 film Runaway Train.

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