PROGRAM # 6857 12:00 PM PT
HEALTHY HOLIDAYS. Christmas Eve is a day in many Latino families for traditional holiday dinners, such as pozole, tamales, and hot guava cider. An influential Latino chef shares easy ways to make traditional holiday recipes healthier, by substituting ingredients and reducing fats, without compromising flavor.
Oropeza, Chef and Recipe Book Author, Miami, FL, www.cheforopeza.com.mx.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25.
PROGRAM # 6858 12:00 PM PT
TEX-MEX SOUNDS. Accordion great Flaco Jiménez inspired Max Baca to play conjunto when he was just a kid. Years later, they formed Los Texmaniacs. The award-winning group released their second album with Smithsonian Folkways this year: Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds, blending polka, boleros, ballads, and Western swing. This special holiday edition includes exclusive interviews with both Flaco and Max.
Guests: Flaco Jimenez, Celebrated conjunto accordion master, Los Texmaniacs, San Antonio, TX; Max Baca, Founder, Singer, and Bajo-Sexto player, Los Texmaniacs, San Antonio, TX, http://www.texmaniacs.com/index2.html.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26.
PROGRAM # 6859 12:00 PM PT
Michigan's Republican governor Rick Snyder signed “right-to-work” legislation
into law, banning union dues from being automatically deducted from workers’
payroll. Unions call this legislation "right to work for less". There
are now 24 states with similar laws. This edition looks at what impact such
laws will have on union workers and middle and low-income workers.
Avendaño, Assistant to the president of AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and Director of
Immigration and Community Action, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C., www.aflcio.org; Israel Ortega,
Editor of Libertad.org, Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., www.heritage.org, www.libertad.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27.
PROGRAM # 6860 12:00 PM PT
LEGALIZE IT? Two states passed laws in November legalizing marijuana for recreational use. What implications might these laws have for the drug war in Mexico? What would happen if Mexico legalized marijuana?
Guests: Claudio Lomnitz, Anthropology Professor at Columbia University, and Columnist for La Jornada, New York, NY, http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/11/14/politica/025a2pol; John Gibler, journalist and author “ To Die in Mexico," Mexico City, Mexico.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28.
PROGRAM # 6861 12:00 PM PT
MEXICO EDITION. Journalist Gustavo Castillo Garcia talks about the costs of Mexico's drug war. Among his comments: it's been six years since the government declared the war against the drug cartels, with an unofficial cost of more than 60 thousand deaths, including civilians, cops, troops, gunmen and suspected criminals. Partnership of the US and Mexican administrations in a war that has left untouched the networks of money laundering, weapons traffic and drug traffic. A drug war with local cops who work without guns and training, and with low wages, and police chiefs who are infiltrated and bribed. Countless executions, without a judicial system that allows investigation and punishment. Martha Elena Ramirez hosts this Voz Publica edition from Mexico City .
Guest: Gustavo Castillo García, journalist of the daily newspaper La Jornada. México, DF; María Rivera, poem Los Muertos , read at Mexico City's Zocalo plaza on April 6, 2011 (audio recording).
Funds for Línea Abierta are provided in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Endowment, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The Ford Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.