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#1606 - Puerto Rico Underwater

Puerto Rico is in trouble. With a faltering economy, $72 billion of municipal debt, and a brain drain of young people packing for the mainland, Puerto Ricans are seriously worried about the future of the U.S. territory. Latino USA explores the Puerto Rican debt crisis, from the history of U.S. involvement in the island's economy to how its fiscal problems are affecting people today. Plus, the battle on Capitol Hill over Puerto Rico's future.

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#1605 - Miscommunications

Miscommunications can be pretty typical occurrences for Latinos who are bilingual or bicultural. And often, they're harmless or even humorous - like a boy who thought his grandmother wanted to take him to a "baby city," not that she was going to babysit him. But miscommunications can also have grave consequences. During the 1970s, family planning programs in Los Angeles led to many forced sterilizations of women who were confused about what they were consenting to. Plus the definitive theory on Latino "Sorry" songs.

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#1604 - There and Back

On today's show we ask: What is happening in Central America? What is the U.S. doing with migrants seeking asylum? We give you some history of how El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala got to this place and catch you up on the latest news regarding recent ICE raids.

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#1603 - The Kids Are Not Alright

How does stress in the home affect children? On this episode of Latino USA we meet a family of American siblings whose mother lacks legal status in the U.S. to explore the unintended consequences immigration policies have on U.S. born kids. We also visit a pediatrician's office where babies are being screened by mental health experts. Although it may seem odd to send a toddler to a psychologist, doctors say it's never too early to help identify toxic stresses at home. This week we ask the question: Are the kids alright?

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#1602 - Perspectives

Maria Hinojosa gets personal with a poet laureate, a feminist scholar, and a comedian. We bring one-on-one conversations with some of the most influential Latino thinkers and writers of today.

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#1601 - ¡Tumbao! A Music Story Mixtape

"Tumbao" roughly translates into "groove or "swing" and it's what you call the bass line in Salsa music. But tumbao is also the feel of music, the way all the elements come together to make something unique. On this episode we're broadening the definition of tumbao. Latino USA kicks off the New Year by celebrating with stories of music of all genres that have their own sort swing: from folk to mambo and even some opera.

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#1552 - Abuelos

Latino USA explores the rich and complicated relationship between Latinos and their grandparents. We look at the science behind the existence of abuelitos and hear from people who were raised by them.

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#1551 - Through the Fire

This week Latino USA brings stories about people who are fighters. Macho men in the Dominican Republic who ignore their pain out of pride, a woman who takes the difficult decision to find out whether she has early onset Alzheimer's, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade opens up about her break up.

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#1550 - Limited Data

People often assume that technology will make our lives better, and much of the time, it does. But sometimes there are bumps along the road. We hear from a family separated by deportation that manages to stay connected via Skype. The second largest school district in the country tries out an ambitious plan to get technology in the classroom that catches the attention of the FBI. And an activist in Mexico uses technology to share and gather information but his online presence also makes him a target. We bring stories about technology's benefits, risks, and limitations.

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#1549 - ¡Ay Vey! Being Jewish and Latino

Jews and Latinos are often discussed as different categories, but of course there are many Jewish communities across Latin America and some have made their way to the U.S. On this episode of Latino USA, we explore the history of Jewish migration throughout the Americas, hear personal stories of family and identity from Jewish Latinos themselves, and learn about struggle to preserve a fading Spanish-Jewish language known as Ladino.

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