Tag Archives: Arts & Culture


Poniatowska Wins Cervantes Prize.

Mexican journalist and author Elena Poniatowska won the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary honor of the Spanish-speaking world. She became the first Mexican woman in receiving this prestigious award. Poniatowska, 81, is the author of “Massacre in Mexico,” “El Tren Pasa Primero,” and most recently “El Universo o Nada”, among many books. In this conversation, […]

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Junot Díaz: “This Is How You Lose Her”.

A Dominican-American writer, Junot Díaz talks in this interview in Oakland, CA, about his most recent bestseller “This Is How You Lose Her,” a collection of stories about relationships gone sour. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Guest: Junot Díaz,  Writer, Professor of […]

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Eduardo Galeano: From Montevideo.

This is a conversation with Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano, autor of “Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina,” a book censored by military dictatorships in South America. The acclaimed writer speaks about border walls, jails, and women. This conversation was recorded in his hometown, Montevideo, soon after he received a prestigious award in Bolivia. […]

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Trío Los Panchos.

This Holiday, celebrate your loved ones with timeless romantic music. The internationally famous Trio Los Panchos, perhaps the best-known interpreters of classic-trio romantic boleros, talk about the beginnings of their unique music style, their most memorable themes, and the future of the classic trio sound. This is a repeat edition. Guests: Gabriel Vargas, Jaime Islas […]

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Musician Mixes Alaska and Argentina Roots.

Kevin Johansen was born in Alaska and lives in Argentina. He fuses these two poles of the continent in his music, which he describes as belonging to no genre in particular. In this special Holiday edition, Johansen talks about his new album Bi, and how his North-South identity impacts his music. Guest: Kevin Johansen, musician, […]

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Rigoberta Menchú in California.

Rigoberta Menchú, a world-renowned advocate for Indian rights, visits one of California’s leading indigenous organizations and addresses the plight of migrants, reviews the achievements of indigenous peoples during the past two decades, and celebrates indigenous languages. California is home to hundreds of thousands of indigenous migrants from Mexico and Central America. They represent about one […]

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Mandela and Cuba.

Thousands gave the last farewell to the father of the nation Nelson Mandela in Soweto, cradle of the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa. At the memorial service, Cuba’s Raul Castro was given a special recognition: he was one of only five world leaders to speak at the podium. An expert delves into the historical […]

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Latino to Lead Arizona Schools? Also, Presunto Culpable.

Tucson, in Arizona, sparked widespread protests after it banned from public schools books by Chicano authors and a Mexican American studies curriculum. Statewide, Attorney General Tom Horne has stalled efforts to allow undocumented students pay in-state tuition. Now, a Latino professor vies for the top education post in the state: Superintendent of Public Instruction. What’s […]

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To Sin Against Hope. Also, Heavy Fine Against Spanish Language Show.

In his new book about life and politics in the borderland, titled “To Sin Against Hope,” Alfredo Gutierrez argues that the war on Mexican immigrants has rarely abated. This personal memoir of the former leader of the Arizona State Senate begins with the deportation of his U.S. citizen father from his Arizona hometown, during a […]

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The First People’s View of Thanksgiving.

On Native American Heritage Month, this program focuses on the current battle of Native American activists over the use of indigenous names and images in sports. Recently, an influential San Francisco newspaper stopped using the name “Redskins” to refer to the Washington, DC, football team, calling the name a racial slur, and a major city […]

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