Ten years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda's explosive musical "In the Heights" changed the game for how Latino stories are portrayed on Broadway. It won the Tony that year for Best Musical, and started Miranda on an impressive career path culminating with Hamilton. But how did we get here? Latino USA hits Broadway and takes a look at the portrayal of Latinos on stage throughout history, including the other seminal musical in Latino history, "West Side Story."
In 2014, the capture of drug kingpin "El Chapo" made headlines. Instrumental to that capture was two of El Chapo's own men—Junior and Peter Flores—twin brothers originally from Chicago. After a cartel war broke out in Mexico, the brothers decided to become informants to protect their families. Now, their wives, Mia and Olivia, tell all in their new book "Cartel Wives" about what it was like to be married to two of the world's biggest drug dealers.
Last July, Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old college student from Iowa, disappeared after going for a run. When her body was found and authorities announced the suspect was in the country illegally, certain media and politicians began to use her death to make a case for stricter immigration laws just weeks from the midterm elections. Latino USA takes a look into Mollie's death and we revisit "the myth of the criminal immigrant."
Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., better known as Perez Hilton, rose to notoriety in the mid-aughts when his bright pink website perezhilton.com became the go-to source for celebrity gossip. At a time when we have the first "reality-television president," Perez offers us a glimpse into how he created the site that helped catapult reality stars into household names and why he regrets the bullying tone his site propagated that is prevalent not just online but in our politics today.
For decades in Argentina, Delia and her granddaughter Virginia searched for Virginia's brother, Delia's missing grandson. He was one of the hundreds of babies disappeared during the country's military dictatorship back in the 1970's. They're one of many families who suffered trauma and disruption following the regime's fall, as Argentina struggled to face its dark history.
If you've watched Saturday Night Live recently, then you know Julio Torres. His skits are irreverent, often taking the perspective of people and even objects on the margins, with unexpected results. Torres was raised in El Salvador and he's a stand-up comedian and writer for SNL. Host Maria Hinojosa sits down with Torres to discuss his childhood, the trajectory to becoming a stand-up and his unique sense of humor.
Next year, Showtime will premiere its first-ever late-night talk show, and to host the show, the network tapped two guys from the Bronx: Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. Joel Martinez, aka The Kid Mero, is one of the stars of the comedy duo. Their late-night show career started on Viceland where every night, Mero and Desus Nice delivered smart and hilarious commentary on the day's news, politics and pop culture. However, Martinez didn't take the traditional career path of a comedian. Maria Hinojosa talks to the comedy star about his unlikely path to late-night.
The Kid Mero Roasts America, One Trump Joke at a Time
Latino USA takes a look back at Disney's relationship with Latin America. We start in the 1940s when Walt Disney and a group of animators were deployed by the U.S. government to Latin America in efforts to curb Nazi influence there. Then, we hear from a Chilean writer who wrote a book called "How to Read Donald Duck," critiquing Disney comics' American imperialism in the 1970s.
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Today, we bring you a special podcast with some of our latest "How I Made It" segments: Stories about Latino creators and the work they make. This time, we go behind the scenes into the creative process with some of our favorite musicians. We'll hear from Uruguayan singer and composer Jorge Drexler, the Puerto Rican group Balún and Colombian rock legends Aterciopelados. So sit back, turn up your speaker and enjoy this summer music special.