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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Listeners will learn about historical and current events that affect various Latino communities. Some episodes feature in-depth discussions of issues like immigration and reproductive justice. There are also interviews with public figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and features on diverse musical artists and genres. Spanish is intertwined throughout episodes, both through interviews and specific terms the host and interviewees point out.
Many episodes focus on the positive change that's possible, as well as righting wrongs from the past. Stories highlight political organizing and improving representation of Latino communities and individuals in media. Curiosity, perseverance and teamwork are major themes throughout episodes.
Positive Role Models
The "How I Made It" episodes feature artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs who share their stories of how they achieved their dreams. The "Genias in Music" series spotlights Latina artists who've made an impact in their genres and communities. Activists and politicians working for change are also interviewed and represent how community and activism help raise the voices of several different Latino cultures.
Broad representation of diverse Latino communities feature racial, language, and age diversity. Spanish is often intertwined throughout episodes, especially within interviews. Listeners can distinguish how different communities, cultures and countries speak the language in their own unique way. One episode discusses a project that mapped migrant speakers of indigenous languages in Los Angeles. Another episode profiles Petrona Martinez, a Black Colombian singer who brought Bullerengue to the forefront despite her age and race. Many episodes focus on empowering Latina women and their impact on their communities and activist efforts.
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Violence & Scariness
Some of the episodes cover subject matter including school shootings, hate crimes (including an acid attack), sexual assault, and the detention of migrants. There are some first-person accounts of survivors detailing violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes talk about love, sensuality and have mentions of sex, without much graphic description. For example, one episode "Love and Lust With Yeskia Salgado" highlights the Latina poet who writes about romance, relationships and taking agency over her body. Episodes that include this content have a warning at the beginning of episodes before the content begins. Any sex or romantic relationships and feelings discussed are brought up in a very open and realistic manner as opposed to fantasized or talked about shamefully.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Latino USA is a podcast that addresses political, cultural, and social topics as they relate to various Latino communities. Highlighted themes include perseverance, teamwork and community and the show encourages curiosity and deeper understanding of the many Latino communities living across the nation. As a podcast about news and culture, the subjects can range from profiles of musicians and artists to stories about abortion access and ICE detention centers. Teens and adults looking for stories from a Latino perspective will find deep-dives into current issues and features on people often left out of mainstream American media. Because some news stories may involve violent subject matter and a few episodes have mentions of sex, sensuality and romantic relationships, families may want to check out the content first before deciding if it's appropriate for younger listeners.
Is It Any Good?
This is a thought-provoking and informative podcast that gives a voice to Latino narratives and a deep insight into Latino communities across the nation. Listeners of Latino USA will dive deep into issues, stories and people that are often left out of mainstream media. One episode features Hector Rodriguez III, a Chicano schoolteacher who created the graphic novel series "El Peso Hero." He explains the need for representation in comics, and discusses how he weaves life at the border into his work. Another episode talks about the forgotten indigenous migrant languages spoken in Los Angeles, and the importance of visibility. Latino USA creates a beautiful podcast community for Latino listeners while also appealing to anyone with a love of history and culture who wants to learn more about Latino stories in an American context.
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