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#1708 - Women on the Verge

Remember that time you set your bed on fire? Or when you went through photos of your ex just so you could have a good cry? This week we embrace the stereotype of the fast-talking, Spanish-speaking, over-dramatic woman, inspired by Pedro Almodóvar's "Women On the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown." Two Latino USA producers set out to discover if watching all of Almodóvar's movies back to back would make them more or less neurotic. We also hear from Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, also known as "The Human Emoji," and from iLé, a musician who is on the verge of breaking into the mainstream.

#1708 - Women on the Verge

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#1707 - The View From Here

Things often look different when seen from another angle, and nowhere is that more true than politics. Today on the show, what Trump looks like from Latin America— for some, his leadership style seems eerily familiar. Plus, how should journalists handle Trump's tendency of playing fast and loose with the facts? And, interviews with the first Latina senator, as well as the psychedelic rock band Chicano Batman.

#1707 - The View From Here

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#1706 - The Dream 9

During his campaign, President Trump talked about revoking DACA, the executive order signed by President Obama that protects young immigrants from deportation. As public debate looms, Latino USA revisits an episode that illustrates what's at stake. In 2013, a group of young undocumented activists known as the Dream 9 staged one of the riskiest protests in the history of the immigration rights movement. They willingly left the U.S. to Mexico, and then demanded to be let back into the country despite lacking legal status. Their efforts landed them in detention—and in the national spotlight.

#1706 - The Dream 9

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#1705 - The USA v. Oscar López Rivera

Just a few days before President Obama was to leave office, he granted clemency to a man named Oscar López Rivera. In the 1970s, Oscar was considered by the FBI to be one of the most dangerous revolutionaries in the U.S. He belonged to an armed group called the FALN, which claimed responsibility for more than 70 bombings in American cities and demanded Puerto Rican independence. On today's episode— a story with secret identities and safe houses, an FBI manhunt and even a little bit of revolution. We ask the question—who is a freedom fighter, who is a terrorist, and who gets to decide?

#1705 - The USA v. Oscar López Rivera

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#1704 - Departing

What remains after you say goodbye? Latino USA looks at different departures: from saying adios to President Barack Obama and examining his legacy as "Deporter-in-Chief" to a legendary conga player wrapping up his career.

#1704 - Departing

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#1703 - Full Disclosure

Latino USA brings you stories about people who speak up, and speak out, even when the stakes are high. Designer Mondo Guerra of Project Runway fame talks to us about the moment he disclosed his HIV+ status on national television, and how that led to his HIV/AIDS advocacy work. Sesame Street regular, Carlo Albán tells us how despite being so visible, he was hiding the deep secret that he was undocumented. Finally, Rita Moreno gives us a peek behind the scenes and discusses accents and getting roles as a Latina then and now.

#1703 - Full Disclosure

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#1702 - Workaholics

Latino USA talks about people who work themselves to the bone: from a store owner in Michigan to the Latinas who really run Hollywood. We learn what it means to be a workaholic.

#1702 - Workaholics

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#1701 - Turn the Beat Around

This week we're playing back some of our favorite music stories and giving a nod to artists who put their own spin on the music scene. Simon Mejia of Bomba Estéreo breaks down how he created the entrancing song "Raíz." We hear from the Kumbia Queers, who bring a rock and roll edge on cumbia music. Jazz vocalist Jose James talks about how Billie Holliday is a radical feminist, and legendary rumba pianist Irving Fields—who passed away earlier this year at age 101—gives us sage advice on how to live a long life. This episode is guest-hosted by senior editor Nadia Reiman.

#1701 - Turn the Beat Around

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#1652 - Parenthood

Just in time for the holidays, Latino USA looks at stories about parenthood. Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano reveals how her own life mirrored her TV character's life. Maria Hinojosa opens up about being worried whether her daughter is "Latina enough." Indie musician Empress Of tells a story about the time her mom crashed her rave, and we hear about the struggles of a family that lives across borders. This episode is a rebroadcast and originally aired in September 2015.

#1652 - Parenthood

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#1651 - The Tech Industry's Leaky Pipeline

No matter the measure, whether it be race, class, or gender, the tech industry does not reflect the American work force. In this episode of Latino USA we look at that "pipeline" that brings workers into the tech industry—from programs aimed at middle schoolers to an algorithm that is supposed to eliminate bias from the hiring process—to see where the leaks are.

#1651 - The Tech Industry's Leaky Pipeline

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