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Latino Rebels Radio
Humor, commentary and analysis of the US Latino world. Engaging traviesos. A 2019 iHeart Radio Podcast Awards nominee for Best Multicultural Podcast.
6 days ago
Trump's 32 Percent
Our election analysis continues by looking at the 32 percent of U.S. Latinos who, according to national exit polls, voted for Donald Trump—the incumbent who lost to Joe Biden. Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Giancarlo Sopo (https://twitter.com/GiancarloSopo) of the 2020 Trump campaign. During his time with the campaign, Giancarlo played a key role in messaging to certain sectors of U.S. Latino voters. Featured image: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Nov 20, 2020
Owning the Narrative of the 2020 Latino Vote
Let the 2020 post-election analysis about Latino voters begin. In this new episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Carlos Odio (https://twitter.com/carlosodio) of Equis Labs to discuss one of the country's most misunderstood and voting blocs. Featured image: AP Photo/John Locher, File
Nov 18, 2020
The Peruvian Crisis (La crisis peruana)
In the past week, Peru witnessed a political crisis that saw presidents step down from office, violence that led to the death of two protesters and a continued movement that is demanding for accountability. For this bilingual (sí, bilingüe) episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes two Peruvian journalists to share the latest: Diego Jesús Bartesaghi Mena (https://twitter.com/bartesaghi_mena) and Fiorella Gil Mena (https://twitter.com/FiorellaGilMena) . Featured image: Local folk artists perform next to a police line outside Congress building in Lima, Peru, Sunday, November 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Nov 15, 2020
Back to Nevada
Earlier this year, Latino Rebels Radio was out in Nevada to cover a pre-pandemic caucus. Now months later, we return to the state Joe Biden won (finally). Latino Rebels contributor Hector Luis Alamo joins us to discuss all things Nevada. Featured image: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File
Nov 8, 2020
The 2020 presidential election results from Arizona tell a story of a state that is changing. Is this the turning point? On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Erika Andiola (https://twitter.com/ErikaAndiola) of RAICES and host of the Homeland Insecurity podcast (https://homelandinsecuritypodcast.com/) to talk about what's happening in Arizona. Featured Image: Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden hold up signs on Saturday, November 7, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Nov 7, 2020
Election Analysis With In The Thick
So we are giving you a special bonus here, as the Black Diplomats (https://www.blackdiplomats.net/) podcast take over our Latino Rebels Radio podcast feed. On Saturday morning, Joe Biden become the next President of the United States, defeating incumbent Donald Trump. In this new election analysis episode of Black Diplomats, host Terrell J. Starr is joined by the two people who got him into podcasting: Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, hosts of the In The Thick podcast. (Julio is also the host of Latino Rebels Radio. See why we are featuring Black Diplomats on our feed?) Subscribe to Black Diplomats here (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/black-diplomats/id1519178947) . Subscribe to In The Thick here (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1083701291) .
1 hr 7 min
Nov 2, 2020
LIVE: Millennials and Gen Z on the American Dream
On October 29, Latino Rebels Radio went LIVE with a show about Millennials, Gen Z and the American Dream. As a bonus to our listeners, we turned the show (https://www.facebook.com/186457858051439/videos/780998142749399) into an audio podcast. Hosts Julio Ricardo Varela (https://twitter.com/julito77) and Melinna Bobadilla (https://twitter.com/MelinnaTeatrina) are joined by Kristen Soltis Anderson (https://twitter.com/KSoltisAnderson) (co-founder of Echelon Insights (https://echeloninsights.com/) ), Natasha S. Alford (https://twitter.com/NatashaSAlford) (Vice President, Digital Content & Senior Correspondent at theGrio (https://thegrio.com/) ), Antonia Cerejido (https://twitter.com/antoniacere) (Senior Producer at Futuro Media's (https://www.futuromediagroup.org/) Futuro Studios), and Layla Zaidane (https://twitter.com/layla_says) (Executive Director of the Millennial Action Project (https://www.millennialaction.org/) ). This LIVE show was made possible through support from the Walton Family Foundation. For more about the research we discuss, see the findings here (https://8ce82b94a8c4fdc3ea6d-b1d233e3bc3cb10858bea65ff05e18f2.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/b1/02/ddcbc1d6434d91e8494f0070fa96/echelon-insights-walton-family-foundation-generation-z-millennials-and-opportunity-report-october-2020-10-6-20.pdf) .
1 hr 3 min
Nov 2, 2020
Finding Latinx (and the 2020 Election) With Paola Ramos
With just two days before Election Day, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes journalist and author Paola Ramos (https://twitter.com/paoramos) to talk about the 2020 Latino vote and her new book (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/616730/finding-latinx-by-paola-ramos/) , FINDING LATINX: IN SEARCH OF THE VOICES REDEFINING LATINO IDENTITY. Ramos is a host and correspondent for VICE and VICE News, as well as a contributor to Telemundo News and MSNBC. She was the deputy director of Hispanic media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a political appointee during the Barack Obama administration, also serving in President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Featured image courtesy of Penguin Random House. This episode was sponsored by the Spanish Aquí Presents podcast from Earwolf (https://www.earwolf.com/show/spanish-aqui-presents/) .
Oct 28, 2020
Moms With Political Power
Days before Election Day, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Xochitl Oseguera of Moms Rising (https://www.momsrising.org/blog/users/xochitl-oseguera) to talk about what her organization is doing to get Latina moms politically engaged and organized. Will Latinas be a key voting voice in 2020? According to Xochitl, that answer is yes. Featured image from Mamás con poder (Art by Favianna Rodríguez) This episode was sponsored by the Spanish Aquí Presents podcast from Earwolf (https://www.earwolf.com/show/spanish-aqui-presents/) .
Oct 21, 2020
Mucho Mucho Amor With Kareem Tabsch
Before the pandemic, we made a prediction that a new documentary about the life of Walter Mercado would become "the next great thing." (https://audioboom.com/posts/7482320-a-film-about-the-life-of-walter-mercado-is-about-to-become-the-next-great-thing) We were right. As a follow up, this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio looks at how MUCHO MUCHO AMOR (https://www.netflix.com/title/81200204) has become a global phenomenon. Host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Kareem Tabsch (https://twitter.com/kareemtabsch) , one of the film's directors, to expand on all things Walter. Featured image courtesy of Netflix
Oct 16, 2020
Carlos Vives: La entrevista con Latino Rebels
A Latino Rebels Radio first—an interview en español. Host Julio Ricardo Varela connects with legendary musician Carlos Vives. They talk about Carlos' career, his love of Colombia (and Puerto Rico) and his latest album, Cumbiana. This episode of Latino Rebels Radio was produced by Jeanne Montalvo. Music and photo courtesy of Carlos Vives.
Oct 15, 2020
BONUS: Anything For Selena
Latino Rebels Rebels has a sneak peek for our listeners of a new podcast that Futuro Studios is producing with WBUR: Anything For Selena (https://www.wbur.org/anythingforselena/2020/10/09/selena-podcast-announcement) . Journalist Maria Garcia (https://twitter.com/NopalitaMami) goes on a quest to understand the cultural impact of the one and only Selena Quintanilla. The series weaves Maria’s personal story as a queer, first-generation Mexican immigrant with cultural analysis, history and politics to explore how, 25 years after her death, Selena remains an unparalleled vessel for understanding Latino identity and American belonging. Anything for Selena is coming to your podcast feeds January 2021. Subscribe now! (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anything-for-selena/id1535265016)
Oct 14, 2020
A Conversation With Maggie Freleng of the 'Unjust & Unsolved' Podcast
For this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes former Futuro Media colleague Maggie Freleng, the host of the new hit UNJUST & UNSOLVED podcast (https://unjustandunsolved.com) , which premiered this past September. The podcast has inspired a discussion group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/935233510323035/) that seeks to help people who have been unjustly convicted, like Rosa Jiménez and JJ Velázquez.
Oct 5, 2020
The Latino Vote in 2020
With less than a month until Election Day, Latino Rebels Radio checks in on a new PBS documentary called LATINO VOTE: DISPATCHES FROM THE BATTLEGROUND, which premieres October 6. LR Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Bernardo Ruiz to talk about his latest film and what he learned the past few months, even in the middle of a pandemic. Featured image courtesy of PBS
Sep 28, 2020
Once I Was You: A Conversation With Maria Hinojosa
As you may or may not know, Latino Rebels is part of Futuro Media, the independent nonprofit media company founded by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. Earlier this month, Maria published her book ONCE I WAS YOU (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Once-I-Was-You/Maria-Hinojosa/9781982128654) , and the response has been pretty fantastic. On this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Maria (also his In The Thick (https://www.inthethick.org/) show co-host) to talk about her latest work.
Sep 20, 2020
Black Lives Matter In Belize
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over our feed this week with a show that looks at the Black Lives Matter movement in Belize. Guest Nicole Ramsey, a PhD candidate in African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California in Berkeley, speaks with the LMC to discuss how the movement challenges the conventions of Central American history and identity. Featured image: Flag of Belize (Public Domain)
Sep 13, 2020
The Oregon Fires
On Sunday night, Latino Rebels Radio connected with climate change activist Niria Alicia (https://www.instagram.com/niriaalicia/) about the recent wildfires in Oregon and how they have decimated communities (https://www.oregonlive.com/nation/2020/09/southern-oregon-wildfires-wipe-out-entire-neighborhoods-in-phoenix-and-talent-100s-of-homes-lost.html) . Niria was one of the thousands of people who had to evacuate last week's Almeda Fire. Featured image: Pink fire retardant covers a car at an area destroyed by the Almeda Fire, Friday, September 11, 2020, in Talent, Ore. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Sep 7, 2020
Black Lives Matter in Honduras
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over our podcast feed one more time while we are away on a break. Joining the LMC is guest Gregoria Flores, the former head of OFRANEH (https://twitter.com/ofraneh) (the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras). She shares the latest in the Garifuna struggle for social justice against the Honduran government and what the Black Lives Matter movement means to Afro-Hondurans. Featured image: Flag of Honduras (Public Domain)
Aug 30, 2020
The 1918 Spanish Flu: Fact vs. Fiction
This week, our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over the Latino Rebels Radio podcast feed with a show from earlier this summer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, several politicians and media pundits have cited the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, tending to ignore the racism and xenophobia that occurred during that time. The LMC speaks with David Dorado Romo to set the record straight. Romo is the author of Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923. Featured image: People wait in line to get flu masks on San Francisco's Montgomery Street in 1918. (Public Domain)
Aug 23, 2020
A Conversation With Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey
It has become one of the country's most fascinating elections: the September 1 Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Massachusetts, the state where Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela lives. For this latest episode, Senator Ed Markey, the incumbent running against Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, talks to Julio about Puerto Rico, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and how the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionally impacting immigrant communities in the state. Photo via the Markey campaign.
Aug 16, 2020
The Losers and Winners of Puerto Rico's Chaotic 2020 Primaries
It took another Sunday to get it done, but the results (http://primarias2020.ceepur.org/) from Puerto Rico's 2020 primaries are in, and as with any major election (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/08/16/vazquezlosesprimary/) , there are big losers (hello, current governor of Puerto Rico) and winners (like the island's fiscal control board). For this special Primary Night episode, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes guest Federico A. de Jesús (https://twitter.com/fdejesusfebles) , a Puerto Rican political commentator who was part of President Obama's Hispanic media team. Photo via Puerto Rico's official elections commission
Aug 11, 2020
Pew Research's Latinx Survey
A national survey released on Tuesday afternoon (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/08/11/pewstudylatinx/) by Pew Research reported that just 23% of U.S. Latinos have heard the term "Latinx," with only 3% of respondents saying that they use the term to describe themselves. What does this really mean? Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela gets on the phone with Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew's Director of Global Migration and Demography Research, to discuss the results.
Aug 9, 2020
A Momento Latino
For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Henry Muñoz III (https://twitter.com/HenryRMunozIII) , vice chairman and co-founder of SOMOS US, to talk about a new Momento Latino initiative (https://momentolatino.us/) . But first, a quick update about the electoral mess in Puerto Rico.
Aug 2, 2020
Losing Your Father to COVID-19
If you are a regular listener of Latino Rebels Radio, you know that the Latino Media Collective (https://soundcloud.com/latinomediacollective) out of DC at times fills in for us as guest hosts. A few weeks ago, we learned the news that the father of LMC host Oscar Fernández died in late May due to COVID-19. For this episode, Oscar talks to LR Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela about the loss of his dad and how he is dealing with the grief. Photo of Oscar and his father Danilo (Courtesy of Oscar Fernández)
Jul 26, 2020
Truths Untold in the Quest for Black and Brown Unity
During the global movement for Black lives, what does solidarity and allyship actually mean? In this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela speaks with guests Manny Monterrey and Luis Guzmán about a new Truths Untold campaign that it trying to unite communities of color in the common purpose of racial justice and equality. Featured image by Mateo Zapata @mateoxzapata (https://www.instagram.com/mateoxzapata/)
Jul 22, 2020
Black Lives Matter in Costa Rica
For this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, our friends at the Latino Media Collective (https://soundcloud.com/latinomediacollective/) shared the following show with us about how the Black Lives Matter movement is deconstructing the myth of Costa Rica as the "Switzerland" of Latin America. The LMC speaks with Afro-Costa Rican activist and co-founder of Costa Rica Afro, Pamela Cunningham, about a reckoning on race and history. Featured image of Costa Rica's flag (Public Domain)
Jul 19, 2020
Talking Politics From the Island Colony of Puerto Rico
A few weeks ago, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela was a guest of Puerto Rico's fan favorite PUESTOS PA'L PROBLEMA (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/puestos-pa-el-problema/id1049081432) political podcast. As the good Puerto Rican journalist that he is, Julio returned the favor and invited the show's hosts, Luis Herrero (https://twitter.com/lherrero) and Jonathan Lebrón (https://twitter.com/SrLebron) , to discuss the latest political news from the island colony.
Jul 15, 2020
A Confrontation With Ron DeSantis in the Time of COVID-19
Earlier this week, a Florida man interrupted (https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/07/13/you-should-resign-watch-this-activist-speak-out-against-desantis/) a COVID-19 press conference by governor Ron DeSantis. That man's name is Thomas Kennedy (https://twitter.com/tomaskenn) , a member of United We Dream, a former member of the Bernie Sanders campaign and an opinion writer (https://www.latinorebels.com/author/tomaskennedy/) for LatinoRebels.com. In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Kennedy to talk about the video and why he did what he did.
Jul 12, 2020
Seizing the Moment With Rosa Clemente
After taking a few weeks off (thank you, Latino Media Collective, for your guest hosting), Latino Rebels Radio is back. Host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes organizer, political commentator and independent journalist Rosa Clemente (https://rosaclemente.net/biography-of-rosa-clemente/) . They discuss the Goya Foods mess (https://www.msnbc.com/weekends-with-alex-witt/watch/backlash-against-goya-ceo-explained-as-calls-for-boycott-grow-87551557822) and also the #AbajoHamilton petition (https://somos.presente.org/petitions/abajohamilton-disney-stop-celebrating-profiting-from-slave-merchant-alexander-hamilton) that Clemente has been promoting since the beginning of July. Image of Rosa Clemente via RosaClemente.net (https://rosaclemente.net/)
Jul 5, 2020
A Queer Jamaican Refugee's Journey
This week our friends at the Latino Media Collective (https://soundcloud.com/latinomediacollective/) take over our podcast feed. From homophobic violence to racial violence, the LMC spends the hour with Ricardo McKenzie on his journey to the U.S. as a queer Jamaican refugee fleeing from his homeland. McKenzie is an activist, dancer, and queer immigrant.
Jun 28, 2020
A Genocide of Black Brazilians
This week, our friends at the Latino Media Collective (https://soundcloud.com/latinomediacollective/j) take over our podcast feed with their latest show about Brazil. In a country where the president praises authoritarianism and the police murder nearly seven times more people per capita than the United States, to say that police murders of Black people is a pandemic is almost an understatement. To shed some more light on this issue, the LMC speaks with Brazil-based freelance journalist Kiratiana Freelon. Featured image: In this June 11, 2020 file photo, people holding a banner that reads “Black Lives Matter” march during a protest against racism and police violence amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File) Ad read for http://plannedparenthood.org/telehealth (with music by Joseph McDade josephmcdade.com (http://josephmcdade.com/) )
1 hr 1 min
Jun 21, 2020
Her Name Was Sandy Guardiola
Sandy Guardiola was killed in her home on October 4, 2017 by a Canandaigua (NY) police officer. She was a mother who proudly identified as a Black Puerto Rican woman. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Andrew Ocasio, Sandy's son, about why he wants to keeping sharing his mother's story to the world. ABOUT THIS SHOW Produced by Julio Ricardo Varela for Futuro Media Hosted by Julio Ricardo Varela Guest: Andrew Ocasio Photo of Sandy Guardiola provided by Sandy's family For more about Sandy's case, visit the family's Change.org page (https://www.change.org/p/andrew-m-cuomo-justice-reforms-in-honor-of-sandy-guardiola) . Music by Joseph McDade (josephmcdade.com (https://josephmcdade.com/) ) Community Service Announcement by Toyota Latino Additional sponsor from https://plannedparenthood.org/telehealth
Jun 14, 2020
Homeland Insecurity: A Conversation With Erika Andiola
In late May, RAICES released the new "Homeland Insecurity" podcast (https://homelandinsecuritypodcast.com/) , hosted by immigrant rights leader Erika Andiola (https://twitter.com/ErikaAndiola) . The podcast explores the unwritten history of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Andiola to discuss the why this latest podcast is so relevant today. Featured image courtesy of RAICES. Community Service Announcement by Toyota Latino
Jun 7, 2020
In the middle of a global pandemic, Chelsea, Massachusetts —a majority Latino city right outside of Boston— has been the state's COVID-19 epicenter. It is also a city that has grappled with racial inequality and police brutality. On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks with Damali Vidot (https://twitter.com/DamaliVidot) , a Chelsea City Councilor and 2020 candidate for State Representative. Featured image: At the March for Peace in Chelsea, June 7, 2020 (Photo via Damali Vidot) Community Service Announcement by Toyota Latino
Jun 1, 2020
It's been a week since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Rodrigo Sánchez-Chavarría, one of the original members of Latino Rebels and a resident of St. Paul who has been organizing in the community for years. Featured image: Terrence Floyd, George Floyd's brother visits the location where his brother was killed, now a memorial, at Chicago Ave. and E. 38th St. in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo by Lorie Shaull/CREDIT (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Terrence_Floyd,_George_Floyd%27s_brother_visits_the_location_where_his_brother_was_killed,_now_a_memorial,_at_Chicago_Ave_and_E_38th_St_in_Minneapolis,_Minnesota_-_49960683978.jpg) ) Community Service Announcement by Toyota Latino
May 31, 2020
Summoning the Courage to Change the Power Structure
On Friday, Dr. Carmen Rojas started her first day as the president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation (https://www.caseygrants.org/) . For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Rojas about how sees her role as a Latino in a position of power and why the push to change current power structures are critical to society. Featured image: Justice for George Floyd, 30 May 2020. Members of the UCSB community marching from Storke Tower towards Isla Vista, taken from the Pardall tunnel overpass. (Photo by Glenn Beltz/CC BY 2.0 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UCSB_March_in_Sollidarity_(49955839096).jpg) ) Community Service Announcement by Toyota Latino and #NosotrosContraCOVID (https://twitter.com/hashtag/NosotrosContraCOVID?src=hash)
May 27, 2020
Latin America and Reproductive Rights in the Time of COVID-19
In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, Amanda Alcántara welcomes back Paula Ávila-Guillén —human rights lawyer and director of Latin America Initiatives for the Women’s Equality Center— to talk about about reproductive rights in Latin America during the time COVID-19. They also discuss how incidents of domestic violence are going up and how women need access to reproductive healthcare resources, even in the middle of a pandemic. Featured image: (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) Community Service Announcement by Toyota Latino and #NosotrosContraCOVID (https://twitter.com/hashtag/NosotrosContraCOVID?src=hash)
May 23, 2020
The South Bronx Restaurant That Ended Its Relationship With World Central Kitchen
Earlier this week, La Morada in the South Bronx issued a statement (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/05/19/moradastatementwck/) that explained why this Oaxacan restaurant —a community institution known by many in the immigrant rights community— had decided to end its relationship with World Central Kitchen (WCK). That statement led to a response by WCK (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/05/21/wcklamorada/) . For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks with La Morada's Yajaira Saavedra about why the restaurant went public about their decision. Featured image via La Morada
May 17, 2020
Fighting COVID-19 From the Frontlines of NYC's Immigrant Neighborhoods
SOMOS Community Care describes itself as "a network of nearly 2,500 providers in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn who have come together to ensure better health care for Medicaid members." During the last two months of NYC's COVID-19 fight, SOMOS was one of the many organization working in immigrant communities. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Dr. Ramón Tallaj (https://somoscommunitycare.org/who-we-are/ramon-tallaj/) , SOMOS' Chairman of the Board, to talk about the last two months of a global pandemic. Featured image (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
May 12, 2020
Venezuela's Ongoing Political Saga
On Sunday May 3, a failed attack allegedly aimed to topple the government of Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro has led to political embarrassment for opposition leader Juan Guiadó. What does it all mean, especially during a global pandemic? On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Gabriel Hetland, Assistant Professor of Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies at the University of Albany to discuss. Featured image: Security forces guard the shore area and a boat in which authorities claim a group of armed men landed in the port city of La Guaira, Venezuela, Sunday, May 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matías Delacroix)
May 9, 2020
There's a Disturbing Spike in Violence Against Puerto Rico's LGBTQ Community
In the last few months, Puerto Rico's LGBTQ community has experienced a disturbing spike of violent acts, raising serious concerns that the island's current government is not doing enough. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano (https://twitter.com/PedroJulio) to discuss. Featured image: People take part in the annual Gay Pride parade in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on June 3, 2018. (RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)
May 6, 2020
The Fight Against the 'Sheriff Joe' of Massachusetts
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson —a frequent Fox News guest and Trump favorite who some call the Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Massachusetts— is facing a lawsuit from Boston's Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) regarding immigration detention during the COVID-19 crisis. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to LCR Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal about the lawsuit and what comes next. Featured image via Bristol County Sheriff's Office (Public Domnai)
May 4, 2020
Of Earthquakes and Pandemics
Less than 36 hours after Puerto Rico governor Wanda Vázquez announced that the U.S. territory would gradually reopen in the middle of a global coronavirus pandemic, another earthquake struck (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/05/02/damagereportedquakepuertorico/) the island's southern region. Crisis response in Puerto Rico continues to be a challenge, and questions still remain if the Vázquez administration is even following the advice of scientists and public health officials. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Mónica Feliú-Mójer (https://twitter.com/moefeliu) of CienciaPR (http://CienciaPR.org) to discuss. Featured Image: A resident wears a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus as he looks at damage caused by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Saturday, May 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
May 3, 2020
A Virtual Livestream Concert to Benefit Farmworkers During the COVID-19 Crisis
On May 5, Latino Rebels will be a media partner for the Altísimo Live! (https://altisimolive.com/) festival organized by RetroPop Media and iHeartLatino. The concert will benefit farmworkers during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. On this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, Amanda Alcántara interviews Mónica Ramírez of Justice for Migrant Women about the festival and how it will help some of the country's most misunderstood and often forgotten essential workers.
Apr 26, 2020
Sparking Creativity With Gloria Calderón Kellett and ONE DAY AT A TIME
Even in the middle of global pandemic, there are still moments of joy. Such is the case of the much beloved reboot of ONE DAY AT A TIME, which started (https://poptv.com/odaat) its fourth season last month over at Pop TV. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Gloria Calderón Kellett (https://twitter.com/everythingloria) , one of the show's show runners and executive producers. Julio and Gloria talk about the ODAAT love, and we also learn what songs she used to skate to back in the day. Featured image of the ONE DAY AT A TIME cast via Pop TV
Apr 19, 2020
Internet Voting Won't Help a Democracy, Even During a Pandemic
Internet voting to elect our leaders, especially in the time of COVID-19. Sounds seductive and appealing, right? Not so fast. In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, guests Kevin Scogland (https://twitter.com/kskoglund) (chief technologist at Citizens for Better Elections) and Mayte Bayolo (https://twitter.com/maytebayolo) (legislative and public policy attorney for the ACLU of Puerto Rico) explain to host Julio Ricardo Varela why going digital for elections is just not a good idea. Featured image: Election officials Britt Bermingham, left, and Terry Perry count ballots as City of Milwaukee Election Commission workers were processing absentee ballots on the fourth floor of an office building in Milwaukee on Monday, April 13, 2020.(Mike DeSisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
Apr 16, 2020
The Head of Puerto Rico's Public Media Station Responds to Allegations of Press Suppression
On Thursday morning, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela interviewed Erick Delgado, president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting of Puerto Rico. This week, Delgado and his network have been criticized for not allowing the island's press corps (https://audioboom.com/posts/7556603-suppressing-a-free-press-in-the-time-of-corona) to attend the government's COVID-19 task force sessions.
Apr 14, 2020
Suppressing a Free Press in the Time of Corona
Many have praised Puerto Rico governor Wanda Vázquez for establishing a strict curfew early in the COVID-19 crisis, but at what costs? The last few days have been tumultuous for Vázquez and the island's government, as they try to manage the outbreak while being accused of suppressing a free press that can't cover coronavirus task force sessions on Puerto Rico's government-funded television. Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Armando Valdés (https://twitter.com/armandovaldes) of Radio Isla's Sobre La Mesa about this and other events that are clouding the Vázquez administration's attempts to fight COVID-19. Featured image: A scene from Saturday's coronavirus special on WIPR in Puerto Rico. (Via La Fortaleza)
Apr 12, 2020
Farmworkers and COVID-19
On Thursday night, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela had a Facebook Live conversation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JMTaZaqWBk) with Mónica Ramírez (https://twitter.com/MonicaRamirezOH) , a former LR Radio co-host and the founder of Justice for Migrant Women (https://justice4women.org/) . Julio and Mónica talked about how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the country's farmworkers—essential workers still facing serious challenges. This podcast episode highlights part of that conversation. Featured image: Field workers harvest onions in the Imperial Valley, El Centro, California (Carol M. Highsmith via Library of Congress/Public Domain (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Field_workers_harvest_onions_in_the_Imperial_Valley,_El_Centro,_California_LCCN2011634349.tif) )
Apr 10, 2020
One of the Boston Area's Latino Immigrant Cities Is the Epicenter of the COVID-19 Crisis in Massachusetts
It is just right over the bridge from the city of Boston, but it (sadly) might as well be invisible in the eyes of many Bostonians and Massachusetts residents. It is the city of Chelsea, and according to several reports (https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/07/opinion/chelsea-city-working-latino-immigrant-emerges-covid-19-hotspot/) , it is has become the state's COVID-19 epicenter. A city this is close to 70% Latino, Chelsea is home to a significant Latin American immigrant population. The crisis has hit the city hard, with rates of positive coronavirus cases per 10,000 people similar to those of New York City. For this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Chelsea City Councilor Judith Garcia about what is happening in Chelsea and why. Featured image: The Beacon St exit on the Tobin Bridge heading north towards Chelsea, MA. (Photo by formulanone (https://www.flickr.com/people/30552029@N00) /CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US1nR…
Apr 8, 2020
Discrimination and COVID-19
A lot is happening in New York during the COVID-19 crisis, and one overlooked issue? Discrimination. In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Angela Fernandez (https://twitter.com/nysdhrcommish) , Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights. Featured image by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Amouris Coss/Public Domain
Apr 5, 2020
Here's to the Vanguardia
Recently, Latino Rebels and Latino USA began publishing the weekly Vanguardia America (http://www.vanguardiaamerica.com/) newsletter, created and curated by Phoenix-based journalist James Garcia. In this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Garcia about the newsletter and also how the COVID-19 crisis is playing out in Arizona. Featured image: Arizona's Camelback Mountain (Photo by Adrienne Lahr (https://www.flickr.com/people/40737396@N00) /CC BY 2.0 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Camelback_Mountain_aerial_view.jpg) )
Mar 31, 2020
Immigrant Detention During COVID-19
In the last week, immigrant detainees and immigration attorneys have been speaking out about detention conditions during the COVID-19 crisis. Most of these detention centers are run by private prison companies that get contracted by ICE. Besides reports of hunger strikes with male detainees in both Louisiana (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/03/26/icedetaineeshungerstrike/) and Georgia (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/03/27/immigrantsstewartdetention/) , The Intercept reported (https://theintercept.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-ice-detention/) about women detainees in the South Louisiana Processing Center protesting conditions. For this Latino Rebels Radio episode, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes immigration attorney Mariel Villarreal via phone to discuss what she is seeing in Bay Area detention centers and also what her client told Villarreal last week about an incident at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, LA, which was first reported on March 26 by Mother Jones (https://www.…
Mar 29, 2020
Artificial Intelligence and Immigrant Communities
In this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Andrea Nill Sánchez, Executive Director of the AI Now Institute at New York University, to talk about how artificial intelligence is being used (and misused) in immigration enforcement. Featured imaged via the Department of Homeland Security (Public Domain)
Mar 28, 2020
Free Them All
On Thursday, Latino Rebels published a story (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/03/26/icedetaineeshungerstrike/) from the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network about how immigrant detainees at Richwood Detention Center in Louisiana have gone on hunger strike to protest conditions during the COVID-19 crisis. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Lorena Quiroz, a Mississippi immigrant rights organizer to talk about the #FreeThemAll movement (https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeThemAll?src=hashtag_click&f=live) . Featured image: Richwood Correctional Center (Public Domain) TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT F SAYS IN SPANISH The truth is that we have one request: our freedom. Why? Because of the situation that is happening on a global scale. People are dying from coronavirus. Even in the United States, a world power, a first world power, the hospitals are collapsed. Here we are vulnerable, you understand? Here for us, if an officer comes in, gives us coronavirus, do you thi…
Mar 22, 2020
This Is Nothing We've Ever Seen Before
The COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented. How do we begin to process what we are all experiencing? On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we welcome Daniel Colón-Ramos (https://twitter.com/dacolon) , professor of cellular neuroscience at Yale and co-founder of Ciencia PR (https://www.cienciapr.org/) , to talk about what the science is saying and what we can learn about the pandemic. Featured image: In this March 19, 2020 photo, the Manhattan Bridge is seen in the background of a flashing sign urging commuters to avoid gatherings, reduce crowding and to wash hands in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Mar 16, 2020
Raising Arizona's Profile in the 2020 Conversation
For this Latino Rebels Radio episode, we welcome Grecia Lima (https://twitter.com/GreciaLima) , the National Political Director for Community Change, to talk about Arizona and electoral politics. Plus, the latest about the COVID-19 crisis in the United States and the new guidelines published Monday evening by the White House and the CDC.
Mar 15, 2020
COVID-19 and Day Laborers
In the middle of the COVID-19 global crisis, we talk with Nadia Marín-Molina (https://twitter.com/nadianadiamarin) of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Recently, NDLON released a ‘Worker and Migrant Justice Response to the Coronavirus’ platform (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/03/12/ndloncoronavirus/) . Featured image: A cleaning crew works at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Mar 12, 2020
Show Us Your Puerto Rico Policy
On Thursday, the Power 4 Puerto Rico Coalition held a press call to discuss an update to #ShowUsYourPRPolicy (https://twitter.com/search?q=%20%23ShowUsYourPRPolicy&src=typed_query&f=live) and why both policy proposals by Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are "still lacking," according to them. We are sharing the full press call for you to decide. Featured image by Carlos Giusti, Associated Press
Mar 8, 2020
Checking Out the Michigan Primary From Detroit's Southwest Neighborhood
Our host Julio Ricardo Varela was in Detroit earlier this week for a live In The Thick podcast (https://play.acast.com/s/inthethick/007373b4-5a8a-4361-b067-9e8d88b0c3f9) from the city's Southwest neighborhood, so he took some time to talk with community leaders and journalists about the upcoming March 10 Michigan Primary. Featured image: Mural on a building in Detroit's Southwest Side (Photo by Lian Chang (https://www.flickr.com/people/58435577@N00) /CC By 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en) )
Mar 1, 2020
The Dominican Republic Is Protesting Allegations of Election Fraud
On February 16, the Dominican Republic suspended its municipal elections due to what the government said was a software glitch. Many Dominicans were skeptical and took to the streets, resulting in a massive February 27 demonstration on the country's Day of Independence. For this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Futuro Media colleague Amanda Alcántara (https://twitter.com/YoSoy_Amanda) , a Dominican-American journalist who has been reporting on the story for the last two weeks. Featured image by Tatiana Fernández Geara/Latino Rebels
Feb 23, 2020
The Latino and Latina Political Leaders of... New Hampshire
Around two weeks ago, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela was up in New Hampshire to cover the February 7 Democratic Debate. Julio also had a conversation with nine powerful Latinos and Latinas who are working together to change politics in the Granite State. You might have heard some snippets of this discussion on a recent In The Thick podcast (https://play.acast.com/s/inthethick/73a90e0c-1f92-4f5c-ae92-948903ce43ba) , but we wanted more of what the group told Julio.
Feb 22, 2020
BONUS: Hector's First Caucus
So we did a quick BONUS segment from Nevada. Host Julio Ricardo Varela tagged along to observe a caucus site in Henderson, Nevada—the first time LR political writer Hector Luis Alamo has ever caucused in his life. Featured image: Precinct 1513 caucus in Henderson, Nevada, February 22, 2020 (Photo by Julio Ricardo Varela)
Feb 20, 2020
All Eyes on Nevada
It is less the 48 hours from the Nevada Caucus. In this bonus episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela connects with Hector Luis Alamo, a long-time LR contributor who has recently been filing pieces from Las Vegas about the state's Democratic race. Featured image: From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, February 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Feb 18, 2020
Tom Steyer's Nevada Chances
In his push to compete in the February 22 Nevada Caucuses, Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer says that an "inclusive" message is the key for him to do well this Saturday. We connect with Jocelyn "Joz" Sida, Nevada state director for the Steyer campaign, about what they're expecting. Featured image: Tom Steyer on February 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo via the Steyer campaign)
Feb 16, 2020
Where Is Latino Political Power Today?
One week before the Nevada Caucuses and now everyone is talking about Latino voters in 2020. What does this actually mean? In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Héctor Sánchez Barba (https://twitter.com/Hesanche) of Mi Familia Vota (https://www.mifamiliavota.org/) , which describes itself as "a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation." Featured image of Héctor Sánchez Barba with Joe Biden
Feb 13, 2020
ICE Shoots Unarmed Man in the Face
Last week in Brooklyn, during an attempt to apprehend Gaspar Avendaño-Hernández, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents shot (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/02/07/iceofficershootsman/) Eric Diaz in the face. Díaz was unarmed. News of the shooting has led to community calls of accountability. We talk with two people familiar with the case: Carlos J Calzadilla-Palacio and Fabiola Mendieta.
Feb 9, 2020
#DignidadLiteraria Was Never About Just One Book
If the recent American Dirt mess taught us anything, it's this: the community's voices are (and have always been) powerful. Those voices are what's behind a #DignidadLiteraria movement that continues to elevate and celebrate what the community can do. In this new episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Roberto Lovato to the show. Roberto is one of #DignidadLiteraria's co-founders. An award-journalist, author and activist, Roberto has also written several commentary pieces for Latino Rebels.
Feb 2, 2020
The New Voters of Texas
Recently, a coalition of Texas organizations launched what it says is the largest voter registration program ahead of the 2020 election. The goal is to register over 500,000 Texas voters before the February 3 deadline, making them eligible to vote in the March 3 primary. Organizations involved in this effort include Battleground Texas Engagement Fund, Texas Freedom Network, Jolt Initiative, Texas Rising and MOVE Texas. For this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Oscar Silva of Battleground Texas and Ofelia Alonso of Texas Rising. Featured image: A map of the 2018 US Senate elections in Texas.
Jan 26, 2020
Myriam Gurba on AMERICAN DIRT and a Revolution to Change Publishing
There is no doubt that with all this controversy (https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/01/21/americandirtproblem/) behind the publication of American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, author Myriam Gurba was the key spark (https://tropicsofmeta.com/2019/12/12/pendeja-you-aint-steinbeck-my-bronca-with-fake-ass-social-justice-literature/) in calling attention to what she feels are major problems in Cummins' novel. In this conversation with Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela, Gurba (https://twitter.com/lesbrains) shares her reasons why and also explains that the fight for representation in publishing shouldn't solely be centered around the American Dirt mess. Featured image provided by Myriam Gurba.
Jan 19, 2020
A Film About the Life of Walter Mercado Is About to Become the Next Great Thing
The start of 2020 has already been intense, but Latino Rebels Radio has decided this week that all this news will not get us down. For this latest episode, we discuss a new film about the life of Walter Mercado that is being screened at Sundance later this week and will soon be distributed by Netflix. Host Julio Ricardo Varela (https://twitter.com/julito77) welcomes Cristina Costantini (https://twitter.com/xtinatini) , one of the co-directors of MUCHO MUCHO AMOR (https://www.muchomuchoamor.com/) , which pays tribute to a popular culture legend who took horoscopes to the next level. Featured image via MUCHO MUCHO AMOR.
Jan 12, 2020
Puerto Rico's Earthquakes
On this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks with journalist Dánica Coto (https://twitter.com/danicacoto) of the Associated Press. Coto is an AP Caribbean correspondent who is based in Puerto Rico. She has been covering the recent earthquakes that have been hitting the island since December 28. In this conversation, Coto provides the latest updates as of Sunday, January 12, 12 p.m. local time. Latino Rebels is an AP member and publishes Coto's work, as well as the work of her AP colleagues in Latin America and the United States. Featured image: Debris from a collapsed wall of a building litters the ground after an earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, January 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Jan 10, 2020
What FEMA and Other Government Agencies Are Saying About the Puerto Rico Earthquakes
On Friday afternoon, FEMA scheduled a media call with other government agencies about the current federal response to the Puerto Rico Earthquakes. We are sharing that call here. Featured image: The inside of 67 year-old William Mercuchi’s home that was destroyed by the previous day’s magnitude 6.4 quake in Yauco, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, January 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Jan 5, 2020
Undocumented and LGBTQ (Part 6)
Latino Rebels Radio will be back next week, but our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host with Part 6 of its Undocumented and LGBTQ series. In this episode, the LMC talks with Giuliani Alvarenga (https://twitter.com/PrinceOfViana) of The Body about the life and LGBTQ legacy of the late Salvadoran professor Horacio Roque Ramírez. Featured image by Sofie Dittmann
Dec 22, 2019
279: The Story of How Puerto Ricans Got Denied Driver's Licenses in Georgia
Earlier this year, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a class action lawsuit (https://www.latinorebels.com/2019/07/02/georgiaddspuertorico/) that challenged what they said was the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services’ (DDS) unlawful and discriminatory treatment of Puerto Ricans living in the state. Last week, there was a major development (https://www.latinorebels.com/2019/12/18/puertoricodriverslicenses/) as a result of the lawsuit. On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we talk with Latino Justice's Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr. (https://twitter.com/JorgeVasquezNYC) about the case. Featured image: Georgia State Capitol (Photo by DXR/Credit (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Georgia_State_Capitol,_Atlanta,_North_view_20160716_1.jpg) )
Dec 15, 2019
278: Undocumented and LGBTQ (Part 5)
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective are guest hosting this latest Latino Rebels Radio episode with the fifth part of the LMC's Undocumented and LGBTQ series. Guest Kenyon Farrow talks about the long history of using AIDS/HIV to prevent LGBTQ migrants from entering the U.S., going back to the Reagan administration. Farrow is the senior editor for The Body and The Body Pro. Image by Sofie Dittmann
Dec 8, 2019
277: The Legacy of Selena Quintanilla Is the Focus of a New College Course
A course called "Selena and Latinx Media Representation" is now an official offering at San Diego State University. We talk with Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez about why he decided to create the course, what the course will be about and why Selena's story is relevant to issues of media representation today. Featured image by dignidadrebelde (CREDIT (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Selena_drawing.jpg) )
Dec 1, 2019
276: The Latin Americans of Australia
We took the holiday weekend off, but our friends at the Latino Media Collective got us covered with one of their shows from earlier this year. In this episode, the LMC proves that you can find Latinos in the most unlikeliest of places. Catherine Travis, Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University in Canberra, speaks with the LMC about Australia's small Latin American diaspora—a community of between 90,000 to 180,000 people that is mostly comprised of Chileans, Uruguayans, Argentinians, Colombians and Salvadorans. Featured image by fir0002 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Fir0002) (CREDIT (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Australian_flag_fullmast.jpg) )
Nov 24, 2019
275: The Immigrant Rights Organizer Who Confronted Biden About Obama Deportations
Last Thursday in South Carolina, Carlos Rojas of Movimiento Cosecha was translating questions from Silvia Morreno of Dignidad Inmigrante to presidential candidate Joe Biden. By the end of the exchange about Obama's deportation legacy, Biden was telling Rojas to vote for Trump. We talk with Rojas about what happened and what he thinks it means for Democrats running in 2020.
Nov 19, 2019
274: Regina Romero Makes Tucson History
Earlier this month, Regina Romero was elected the first woman mayor of Tucson, Arizona, as well as the first Latina or Latino to ever hold that office in the city's history. LR contributor Joseph Paul Wright had a chance to connect with Romero to talk about her win. Featured image via Regina Romero's official Facebook page.
Nov 17, 2019
273: Political Complexity in Latin America
The last few months have seen a series of peaceful and violent events in Latin America that have challenged existing governments, elected new leaders and even caused the sudden end of Evo Morales' presidency in Bolivia. As news breaks almost daily throughout the region, we take a moment and try to dissect takeaways with Eli López, Senior Editor of Global Opinions for The Washington Post. Featured image: Police take cover behind their shields during a march of supporters of former President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Nov 14, 2019
272: Hanging Out With Latin Grammy Winner Linda Briceño
This summer at the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City, Latino Rebels sat down with singer, producer and songwriter Linda Briceño. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Latin Grammys, we air a special Latin Grammy themed episode. At the 2018 Latin Grammys, Linda made history as the first woman to win Producer of the Year. The Venezuelan composer, who also goes by Ella Bric, speaks to producer and engineer Jeanne Montalvo about her story and shares advice to the women striving to make it to the top in the music industry. You'll also hear excerpts from her track "Solitude," as well as her acoustic set at Live from Latino USA. This episode of Latino Rebels Radio was produced by Jeanne Montalvo. Featured image of Linda Briceño (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Parsons)
Nov 12, 2019
271: Puerto Rico's Civil Code Is Being Attacked
Here is one story out of Puerto Rico you might not be hearing much about. This Wednesday, the island-colony's Senate is planning to vote on changes to the Civil Code. The problem is that some of the changes would severely limit the rights of different groups in Puerto Rico, from women to the LGBTQ community. We talk with activist Pedro Julio Serrano about what is happening and why now. Featured image: Puerto Rico’s Capitol building (Brad Clinesmith)
Nov 10, 2019
270: Mississippi's Latino Community
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective from D.C. guest host this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio. Following one of the largest immigration ICE raids in years, the LMC speaks with Angela Stuesse about the recent history of Mississippi's Latino community and how labor exploitation by the state's food-processing industry brought them there. Stuesse is an anthropologist at the University of North Carolina and the author of Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South. Featured image by Michael Rivera (CREDIT (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mississippi_welcome,_US78WB.JPG) ) (https://soundcloud.com/tags/humanrights)
Nov 6, 2019
269: Why Are We Still Having a Manufactured Debate About LATINX?
We thought the issue of self-identity in the U.S. Latino community when it comes to using LATINX was so 2015, but apparently not? The last few weeks, a debate that some (like us) would say is just manufactured has been front and center. LR Radio's Julio Ricardo Varela talks with guest Giancarlo Sopo (https://twitter.com/GiancarloSopo) , whose USA Today opinion piece (https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/10/25/latinx-race-progressives-hispanic-latinos-column/4082760002/) from late October has struck a nerve with people, leading to questions about political ideologies and why self-identity is well, so damn personal.
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Nov 3, 2019
268: The Cristela Alonzo Interview
Around the middle of October, right before the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (of course), we had a chance to chat with the fabulous Cristela Alonzo, who's currently on tour with a new act and a new book called MUSIC TO MY YEARS (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Music-to-My-Years/Cristela-Alonzo/9781501189203) . Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela talks to Cristela about her book, but also about television theme songs, their love of the Avett Brothers and why it's so damn exhausting to break stereotypes. And for all of you who are interested in the politics of climate change, subscribe to Climate 2020 (https://climate2020podcast.com/) today.
Oct 27, 2019
267: Chile at the Crossroads
The recent events out of Chile have been historic. What has happened and why did it happen? We welcome Chilean-American journalist Cristian Castro Rossel (https://twitter.com/Cristian_Rossel) to talk about the protests and what it all means for a country still feeling the past scars of a military dictatorship. For Castro Rossel's video explainer about the Chile protests, click here (https://www.latinorebels.com/2019/10/23/chileexplainer/) . Featured image: An anti-government protester displays a Chilean flag during during clashes with police in Valparaíso, Chile, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Matías Delacroix)
Oct 21, 2019
266: What Can We Learn From the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943?
For this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we're featuring one of the summer shows from our friends at the Latino Media Collective. What can the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 teach us about anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiment in the U.S. today? Before today’s concept of “fake news,” how racist and inflammatory was yellow journalism during this dark period in California history? The LMC speaks with Gerardo Licón on what we can learn from the riots. Licón is an assistant professor in the Program of Latin American Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Featured image: The Council for Latin American Youth sent this telegram to President Franklin Roosevelt urging his attention to the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles. (Public Domain)
Oct 17, 2019
265: SCOTUS and Puerto Rico's Colonial Status
This past Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments (https://www.scotusblog.com/2019/10/tuesday-round-up-500/) about the constitutionality of Puerto Rico's fiscal control board. Some expected the Justices to weigh in more on the island-colony's territorial relationship with the United States, but according to Equally American's Neil Weare (https://twitter.com/EquallyAmerican) , who watched the events unfold, that wasn't what happened. We talk with Neil about what he saw. Featured image by David Dugan/CREDIT (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:15-23-0154,_Supreme_Court_-_panoramio.jpg)
Oct 14, 2019
264: Authentically Portraying the Community Through Getty Images' NOSOTROS COLLECTION
As we head into the final hours of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month (did you survive it?), we wanted to end of a positive note by talking about Getty Images' new Nosotros Collection, "an initiative that aims to reimagine the visual representation of the Latinx/Hispanic community within the North America media and advertising landscape." Our latest episode talks about the collection and why it was so badly needed. Featured image: Portrait of two Brown Latina women during sunset. (Photo by Evelyn Martínez/Getty Images Nosotros Collection (https://www.gettyimages.com/collections/nosotroscollection) ) Editor's Note: Futuro Media, which produces Latino Rebels, has a Getty Images subscription.
Oct 6, 2019
263: Ana María Archila, One Year After Confronting Jeff Flake
Last year around this time, Ana María Archila was one of the women who confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. We connected with Archila this weekend to talk about the moment and its impact on progressive politics one year later.
Sep 27, 2019
262: The Urgency of Julián Castro
This week, Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro let his supporters know (https://www.texastribune.org/2019/09/26/julian-castro-warns-end-my-campaign-if-he-misses-november-debate/) that his campaign would be be over if he didn't make the debate stage in November. On this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks with Castro about the challenges he is facing, plus whether the former San Antonio mayor thinks the U.S. Latino community continues to be almost invisible during this current election cycle. Featured image: Julián Castro looks on in the spin room after the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Sep 22, 2019
261: Two Years After Hurricane María, 'We Still Here'
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi of Defend PR stops by the Futuro Media studios in Harlem to talk with Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela about the second anniversary of Hurricane María hitting Puerto Rico and a new documentary project that highlights the resiliency of young Puerto Ricans in the town of Comerío.
Sep 15, 2019
260: #ElPasoFirme and the State of Immigration Politics in 2019
Salvador Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) joins Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela to talk about last weekend's #ElPasoFirme event. But first, Julio and Salvador share their thoughts on the Houston Democratic debate and whether Democrats fully understand the politics of immigration. Featured image: Art installations line the festival grounds at Ascarate Park during El Paso Firme. (Photo by Max Herman)
Sep 9, 2019
259: Welcome to Fantasy Island
Latino Rebels Radio welcomes journalist Ed Morales to talk about his newest book, Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico. As the book's tagline says, "A crucial, clear-eyed accounting of Puerto Rico's 122 years as a colony of the U.S." We agree. Morales tells us why his latest work is so relevant today.
Sep 7, 2019
258: Why Did an ICE Agent Open Fire in an Immigrant Neighborhood?
On Thursday, an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) opened fire in the parking lot of grocery story located in one of Nashville's immigrant neighborhoods, injuring a man who had reportedly refused to show the agent his identification. Local reports say the man is 39 years old and from Veracruz, Mexico. Why did this happen? We talk with Brenda Pérez of the MIX Nashville to discuss the latest. The MIX is a grassroots organization that focuses on community organizing and immigration rights. Featured image: Law enforcement officers investigate the scene where shots were fired involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the parking lot of a Food Lion store on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville, Tenn. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP)
Sep 1, 2019
257: A Comic Book From the Borderlands Fights Power and Corruption
On this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we talk with Hector Rodriguez, creator of EL PESO HERO, an independent comic book series based in the borderlands of Mexico and the United States. The series focuses on a rogue hero who stands up to the powerful and corrupt with the hope of uplifting the voiceless and putting an end to injustice.
Aug 25, 2019
256: The Brazilian-American Candidate Running Against Nancy Pelosi
Agatha Bacelar is a 27-year-old Brazilian-American who lives in San Francisco. She is also running for U.S. Congress in California District 12—Nancy Pelosi's district. We welcome Bacelar to talk about her background and why she is deciding to run now against the country's most powerful Democrat.
Aug 20, 2019
255: Perspectives on Identity, Belonging and Culture
This year, Latino Rebels Radio partnered up with the Afro-Latino Festival for the “AfrolatinTalks – Podcast Edition,” powered by Latino Rebels/Futuro Media Group. In this collaboration, we’re bringing you panel-style conversations that happened live during the festival right here on the Latino Rebels Radio podcast. Today, we're releasing the third and final podcast of the series, titled "Perspectives on Identity, Belonging and Culture." You will hear from Artist and sociocultural critic Zahira Kelly, Trans activist Valerie Summer Herrera Ramirez, Ashley “Venom” Solage of III Points Festival, business owner Mirium Babel of Ode to Babel, and New York City Councilman Raphael Espinal.
Aug 18, 2019
254: Time For Some 'Spanish Aquí Presents'
This weekend, we connected with two of the hosts of Earwolf's new "Spanish Aquí Presents" (https://www.earwolf.com/show/spanish-aqui-presents/) podcast. Tony Rodríguez and Carlos Santos join us from LA to talk about what SAP is all about, how it became a smashing success at Upright Citizens Brigade and why the time is now for a new Latinx comedy podcast. Special thanks to Earwolf for recording from LA while we were at the Futuro Media studios in Harlem.
Aug 11, 2019
253: Privatizing Puerto Rico's Schools
A new Latino Rebels Radio episode will be out later this week, but in the meantime our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host with this LMC show from mid-July. A lot has gone on in Puerto Rico recently, especially in the area of public education. The LMC speaks with Fernando Tormos about long-time efforts by various administrations to privatize the colony's school system. TelegramGate might have taken down a sitting governor, yet with school starting again in Puerto Rico, the privatization of public schools continues. Tormos is a post-doctoral fellow for the Scholars Strategy Network at the University of Missouri in St Louis.
Aug 4, 2019
252: Exposing Hate in the El Paso Domestic Terrorism Attack
On Saturday, the beloved city of El Paso, Texas, suffered an act of domestic terrorism. How will this violence against a U.S. border city be viewed in the eyes of Americans and the world, and how will El Paso respond? We talk with El Pasoan Mario Carrillo of America's Voice in this special episode.
Jul 28, 2019
251: From Mixtapes to Streaming: The Power of Curation
This year, Latino Rebels Radio (https://audioboom.com/channel/latinorebelsradio) partnered up with the Afro-Latino Festival (https://www.afrolatinofestnyc.com/) for the “AfrolatinTalks – Podcast Edition,” powered by Latino Rebels/Futuro Media Group. In this collaboration, we’re bringing you panel style conversations that happened live during the festival right the on Latino Rebels Radio podcast. The second talk of the series is called "From Mixtapes to Streaming: The Power of Curation." Panelists were asked to explore the historical and current importance of curation in cultivating and shaping the music stars of the future. You will hear from DJ, culture curator and documentary filmmaker Bobbito Garcia, James Cruz of Cruz Control Management, Marjua Estevez of BET, AJ "El Kallejero" Ramos of Spotify and Dantee Ramos of The Source.
Jul 26, 2019
250: Puerto Rico's CPI Changes History
The greatest political story of modern-day Puerto Rico has resulted in the resignation of embattled governor Ricardo Rosselló, effective August 2. We welcome Carla Minet of the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo to talk about how the CPI's journalism changed history and why this story is so much more than just a group chat.
Jul 21, 2019
249: What's Next?: Media, Marketing and Afrolatinx
This year, Latino Rebels Radio partnered up with the Afro-Latino Festival (https://www.afrolatinofestnyc.com/) for the "Afrolatin Podcast Talks" powered by Latino Rebels/Futuro Media Group. In this collaboration, we're bringing you panel style conversations that happened live during the festival right the on Latino Rebels Radio podcast. During the first talk titled "What's Next?: Media, Marketing and Afrolatinx," panelists seek to dissect the current state of Afro-Latinx representation and provide insights on where the industry is heading. The panelists who you will hear from are marketing strategist Arlene Pitterson, Aint I Latina (http://aintilatina.com/) 's Janel Martinez, Cecilia Nelson from L'Oreal, and Blactina Media (https://www.instagram.com/blactina/?hl=en) 's Nydia Simone. Stay tuned for two more episodes as part of this special collaboration. Featured image: Panelists (L-R) Arlene Pitterson, Cecilia Nelson, Janel Martinez and Nydia Simone. (Photo by Mario Rubén Carrión/A…
Jul 20, 2019
248: Finding Value and Change in the 'Puerto Rican Spring'
The greatest political crisis in the modern history of Puerto Rico is not a surprise, although it feels that way to many observers outside the island-colony. On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we welcome award-winning Puerto Rican filmmaker, writer, and scholar Frances Negrón-Muntaner to discuss what is really behind #RickyRenuncia, and how the "Valor y cambio" project is connected to the current movement happening right now. Featured image by Natalia Rodríguez Medina.
Jul 13, 2019
247: From the 'Otro Lado' of the Border
For this newest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we talk with Al Otro Lado, a bi-national, direct legal services, non-profit organization serving indigent deportees, migrants and refugees in Tijuana and Los Angeles. On July 19, the organization is also hosting a community celebration in LA (https://www.detodosladosla.com/) . Hear why they are doing it, even if they feel as if everything right now is on fire. Featured image courtesy of Al Otro Lado.
Jul 13, 2019
246: Ricardo Rosselló's Worst Political Week Ever (So Far)
Federal arrests of former government officials, the public disclosure of a private group chat, a Thursday night press conference that didn't go well, and now the Saturday morning publication by Puerto Rico's Centro de Periodismo Investigativo of #TelegramGate's 889 pages. It has not been a great week for embattled governor Ricardo Rosselló and his administration. We talk with Latino Rebels correspondent Natalia Rodríguez Medina, who is covering the latest from San Juan. Featured image: Ricardo Rosselló during his July 11 press conference (Photo by the CPI)
Jul 7, 2019
245: Right-Wing Racism in Venezuela
Latino Rebels Radio is off until next week, July 14, so our friends at the Latino Media Collective are guest hosting with a show the LMC did in June. During the course of the Venezuelan political crisis, something has been missing from the conversation: racism. The LMC speaks with James Early about the right-wing racism that is fueling Venezuela's anti-government movement and the country's racial/political divide. Early the is former Secretary for Education and Public Services at the Smithsonian Institution and the Director of the Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Folk Life Center. He is also a Board member for the Institute for Policy Studies.
Jun 30, 2019
244: Canada's Role in the Venezuelan Crisis
We took the weekend off, and our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host with an episode from May: How Canada is addressing the political crisis in Venezuela. The LMC talks with Donald Kingsbury, a lecturer in Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Toronto. Featured image: A demonstrator protesters Quebec City, Canada earlier this year. (Photo by The Photographer (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:The_Photographer) / Creative Commons (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Creative_Commons) Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en) license)
Jun 23, 2019
243: When the United States Wants to Deport Its Veterans
The deportation of U.S. veterans. It's a reality that continues to this day. In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we talk to Army veteran Mario Martinez about why his deportation hearing this week. It's a complicated story that highlights the issues surrounding immigration enforcement.
Jun 16, 2019
242: Undocumented and LGBTQ (Part 4)
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective are guest hosting this latest Latino Rebels Radio episode with the fourth part of the LMC's Undocumented and LGBTQ series. María Inés Taracena, journalist from Guatemala and Democracy Now! news production fellow, talks to the LMC about this marginalized group within a marginalized group. A caravan within a caravan. Image by Sofie Dittmann
Jun 12, 2019
241: How Online Shopping Warehouses Are Polluting California's Inland Empire
California's Inland Empire is home to a growing logistics industry that serves the online retail world. It's also one of the country's worst areas for ozone pollution. We welcome journalist Justine Calma, staff writer for Grist, to discuss her latest reporting from the IE. To read Justine's latest cover story, "Family Matters: The town that online shopping built—and women are trying to save," click here (https://grist.org/article/san-bernardino-county-california-air-pollution-logistics-industry/) .
Jun 9, 2019
240: Isabella Gomez, Edna Chavez and Maria Hinojosa
At the end of May, IN THE THICK was in Chicago, recording two live shows at DePaul University. At the end of the day, the Futuro Media team did one last recording—with Isabella Gomez of One Day at a Time and activist Edna Chavez. Maria Hinojosa hosted the live conversation, along with our very own Julio Ricardo Varela. It was a special moment and we are honored to share it here. Photo by Jesus J. Montero
Jun 6, 2019
239: When a School Door Closes
As you may or may not know, Latino Rebels is part of Futuro Media, and recently Futuro celebrated its first Community Podcast Lab out of Boston. For this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we are honored to present the Community Podcast Lab's final production: WHEN A SCHOOL DOOR CLOSES by Paula Elliott. Paula's podcast explores what happens when a school closes, specifically in a Black and Brown community. We hear the voices of student activists and longtime Boston educators. The Community Podcast Lab is a collaboration between Futuro Media, MassCreative and WBUR. Special thanks to the PRX Podcast Garage.
Jun 2, 2019
238: Brazil's History of Anti-Blackness
We took the weekend off (again) but we will be back with new shows next week. In the meantime, our friends at the Latino Media Collective are guest hosting (again) with an episode from this past spring. The LMC spends the hour with João Costa Vargas to discuss how Brazil's institutionalized anti-black racism is crucial to understanding the political rise of Jair Bolsonaro. Costa Vargas is the author of The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering.
May 28, 2019
237: John Leguizamo Talks About His Latest Project, a Musical Comedy Called KISS MY AZTEC!
The latest project from John Leguizamo is not a one-man show: it's a musical comedy called Kiss My Aztec!, and it premiered on May 28 at the Berkeley Rep. Wait, what? Let Leguizamo explain, as Latino Rebels Radio called him up to chat about it.
May 26, 2019
236: Focusing on Southeast Asian Immigration
Latino Rebels Radio took the holiday weekend, so our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host this episode with one of their shows from the spring. For too long, the immigration debate has been centered exclusively on the Latino community in the United States. At the same time, millions of Southeast Asians have been left out of the conversation. The LMC speaks with Kham Moua on the struggle for Southeast Asian immigrant rights and the importance of Asian/Latino unity to fight back against racism and xenophobia. Moua is the Immigration Policy Advocate for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). Featured image courtesy of SEARAC
May 19, 2019
235: Undocumented and LGBTQ (Part 3)
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective are guest hosting this latest Latino Rebels Radio episode with the third part of the LMC's Undocumented and LGBTQ series. For this episode, the LMC talks with Trans activist Jennicet Gutierrez to discuss the case of Roxsana Hernandez, as well as other topics. Jennicet is also the community organizer and advocate for Familia TQLM in Los Angeles. _Image by Sofie Dittmann_
May 14, 2019
234: Distory: A Podcast About Life With Disabilities
As you may or may not know, Latino Rebels is part of Futuro Media, and recently Futuro celebrated its first Community Podcast Lab out of Boston. For this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we are honored to present the Community Podcast Lab's third production, DISTORY: A PODCAST ABOUT LIFE WITH DISABILITIES by Maria Cristina Del Valle. "I didn't get to learn Spanish because the school system didn't recognize my dyslexia and that made me feel disconnected," Maria Cristina says about why she decided to produce this podcast. The Community Podcast Lab is a collaboration between Futuro Media, MassCreative and WBUR. Special thanks to the PRX Podcast Garage.
May 12, 2019
233: Rachel La Loca Out Loud
Our friends at the Latinos Out Loud podcast are celebrating their 100th episode at The Greene Space this Monday night with guests Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda Jr. and SNL director Oz Rodriguez. One of the show's hosts, the fabulous Rachel La Loca, joins us to talk the event and the success of Latinos Out Loud.
May 5, 2019
232: Cinco De Fallo, 2019
On this Cinco De Mayo for 2019, we welcome back Gregorio Pedroza to review what he found during the annual Cinco De Fallo quest to find all the desmadre and inherent racism brought found through social media during one of the United States' most exploited holidays. Featured image of two people celebrating a Cinco De Mayo wedding with a donkey. Yeah, we didn't make that one up.
Apr 30, 2019
231: Julián Castro on the Campaign Trail
Julián Castro is the only Latino presidential candidate running during this election cycle, and on Monday, the Texas Democrat was in Boston and spoke with Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela about his campaign. Featured image of Julián Castro speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa (Photo by Lorie Shaull/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
Apr 28, 2019
230: The Palestinian Diaspora in Latin America
We took the weekend off, but don't worry—we still have a show, thanks to our dear friends at the Latino Media Collective. In this recent LMC episode, host Oscar Fernández talks with Cecilia Baeza, a lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, about the complicated and complex history of the estimated half-million people of Palestinian descent living throughout Latin America, making them the largest Palestinian diaspora population outside the Arab world. The Latino Media Collective is a grassroots Latino public affairs program that airs on Pacifica station WPFW 89.3 FM, Fridays at 1pm EST from Washington DC.
Apr 26, 2019
229: The Latino Vote Project
A Thursday press call about the Latino Vote Project did a deep dive into Latino voter turnout of the last three election cycles: 2014, 2016 and 2018\. Listen to what the project discovered and the recommendations it made.
1 hr 4 min
Apr 22, 2019
228: From Lovers to Homies
As you may or may not know, Latino Rebels is part of Futuro Media, and recently Futuro celebrated its first Community Podcast Lab out of Boston. For this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we are honored to present the Community Podcast Lab's second production: FROM LOVERS TO HOMES by Vilma Uribe. Vilma's podcast explores the journeys of love in the LGBT community. The Community Podcast Lab is a collaboration between Futuro Media, MassCreative and WBUR. Special thanks to the PRX Podcast Garage.
Apr 21, 2019
227: The State of Puerto Rico's Independence Movement
In a post-María, post-PROMESA world, we ask the question: what is the state of Puerto Rico's independence movement? We welcome Andrés González Berdecía of Radio Independencia to talk about it.
Apr 14, 2019
226: Erasing 'Chicano?'
The recent decision by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán ( MEChA) to drop the word “Chicano” and “Aztlán” from its name has lead to a vigorous discussion in the community. We talk with Mexican American writer Brandon Loran Maxwell about the debate and his latest piece, "The 'Woke' Police Raid Chicano History." Featured image by AmaWikiWinner24/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International
Apr 11, 2019
225: Breaking the Silence
As you may or may not know, Latino Rebels is part of Futuro Media, and recently Futuro celebrated its first Community Podcast Lab out of Boston. For this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we are honored to present the Community Podcast Lab's first production: BREAKING THE SILENCE by Bernadine Desanges. Bernadine's podcast looks into how survivors are breaking the silence about sexual assault in the #MeToo movement. The Community Podcast Lab is a collaboration between Futuro Media, MassCreative and WBUR. Special thanks to the PRX Podcast Garage.
Apr 7, 2019
224: An Update on the Idaho Elementary School Teachers Who Dressed Up as a Border Wall for Halloween
Unless you literally did not have the Internet last November, you must know about the Idaho elementary school teachers who decided that a Halloween costume of a border wall would make a great idea. Of course, it wasn't. We catch up on the story with reporter Nicole Foy of The Idaho Press to find out what has happened since this story went global and viral. Well, for one, a Latino astronaut visited the school last week.
Apr 4, 2019
223: From Tamarindo Podcast: Chicano, Latina, Latinx... What's in a Name?
**Latino Rebels Radio is proud to cross-post the latest episode from Tamarindo Podcast!** On this episode of Tamarindo, our very own wellbeing-enthusiast Ana Sheila kicks off our new segment on personal challenges or #retos that push us to take note of our habits, identify what's harming vs. helping, and helps us live more intentionally. Next, we delve into a discussion on #identity as we reflect on I _Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter_, the young adult novel by Erika L. Sanchez. Our chat is light on spoilers, so even if you haven't read this story of a #FirstGen Mexican teen named Julia who is grappling with the recent death of her older sister Olga, you'll connect with the themes we discuss. We reflect on labels like #Chicano, #Latina, #Latinx and other terms that we have connected to at different points in our lives. We know #MEChA has made the news recently and both of us talk a bit about our days as part of MEChA in high school and college. We can't wait to hear your thought…
Mar 31, 2019
222: Catching Up With Librotraficante Tony Diaz in Houston
Earlier this month, Latino Rebels Radio was in Houston, where we got to met up with Tony Diaz, el Librotraficante. Over some very delicious food, Tony shared the latest about Nuestra Palabra's 21st anniversary celebration, why Houston continues to be the next great Latino city and what does he mean by the term "cultural capital." Special thanks to Cuchara Restaurant for letting us record at their space.
Mar 29, 2019
221: Congressman Darren Soto's Push for Puerto Rican Statehood
On Thursday, Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) led the introduction of the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2019, a bill calling for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state of the Union. We spoke to him on Friday morning.
Mar 28, 2019
220: The Government's Targeting of Journalists, Lawyers and Activists on the Border
On Wednesday night, Latino Rebels Radio was in San Diego. Contributor Sara Gurling spoke with Mitra Ebadolahi of the ACLU spoke about what rights journalists, activists and lawyers have if they are targeted on the border by the government.
Mar 25, 2019
219: Thoughts on the Paraguayan Film LAS HEREDERAS and an Interview With La Yegros
Here's another Latino Rebels Radio special: the March installment of the INTELATIN podcast with Sergio Muñoz. In this episode, Sergio talks about the film LAS HEREDERAS and has a conversation with Argentina's La Yegros. Music featured by Montoya, Quantic, La Yegros and Dandy Warhols.
Mar 24, 2019
We are thrilled to share this latest interview with Amanda Alcántara, digital media editor at Futuro Media, about her debut book, _Chula_. For more about Amanda's first book and its initial reception, follow #ChulaTheBook.
Mar 21, 2019
217: Rep. Raúl Grijalva on What's Next for Puerto Rico
Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the new Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, just came back from a committee visit to Puerto Rico last week. He talks with Latino Rebels about what the committee will do in the next few months to address the issues surrounding the island-colony.
Mar 17, 2019
216: Comedian Gabe Pacheco's RISKY BEHAVIOR
Gabe Pacheco's debut comedy album, RISKY BEHAVIOR, premiered earlier this month, so we invited him on the show to talk about his work, what inspired him and the time he broke his parents' record player after listening to a Cheech and Chong record.
Mar 10, 2019
215: Inside a Hielera Detention Cell Art Exhibit at SXSW
This past weekend, Latino Rebels was in Austin for SXSW and visited the #AbolishICEBox art exhibit, organized by RAICES. We talk with Jerry Silguero, one of the artists behind the installation, as well as with Barbara Peña of RAICES. We also record from inside the installation.
Mar 3, 2019
214: The Fight for Abortion in Latin America
In this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we speak with Paula Ávila-Guillén about the fight to legalize abortion in several Latin American countries and the work that The Women’s Equality Center is doing, gearing up for legislative pushes around abortions rights. Ávila-Guillén is a Human Rights Legal Expert and Director of Latin America Initiatives for the Women’s Equality Center, an advocacy organization that works with activists and groups across the continent.
Feb 24, 2019
213: Checking In With Maria Hinojosa
As you all may know by now, Latino Rebels is part of Futuro Media, the nonprofit independent media company founded by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. Well, we have good news: Maria makes her Latino Rebels Radio guest debut. She talks about her recent trip on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Jussie Smollett case, and the West Virginia Mexican restaurant viral video. And don't worry, we will have Maria back on soon.
Feb 21, 2019
212: New Lawsuit Against ICE Raid at East Tennessee Meat Processing Plant
A February 21 lawsuit filed by National Immigration Law Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the law firm of Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison alleges that "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detained approximately 100 Latino workers, violating their rights against illegal seizures and to equal protection under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution," according to a media release. Here is a recording of the press call about the lawsuit.
Feb 18, 2019
211: Our Convo With General Manager of West Virginia Mexican Restaurant Berated in Viral Video
On Monday morning, we gave Sergio Budar a call about the viral video that shows a woman telling him to "get the f•ck out of my country." The video was taken over the weekend at the Tampico Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Sergio is the general manager there as well as at the Tampico location in Marietta, Ohio. He tells about what happened in the video and why he decided to act the way he did.
Feb 17, 2019
210: ICE May Be Using New Enforcement Tactics in North Carolina: Why?
Is ICE ramping up its enforcement tactics in North Carolina? For the past two weeks, it appears so, according to immigrant rights activists who have been tracking recent events. We talk with Tina Vazquez, senior reporter on Immigration for Rewire.News about the latest.
Feb 12, 2019
209: A Major Legal Development in the Fight to Save TPS
On the eve of a national mobilization in Washington, D.C., Honduran and Nepali Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, as well as representatives from unions, national immigrant rights organizations, and legal groups, held a press conference announcing a major legal development in the fight to save TPS.
Feb 10, 2019
208: Fighting Razor Wire in Nogales
Last week, the City of Nogales unanimously voted to condemn the concertina wire installed by the federal government on the fence between that divides the Arizona border city from its sister city in Sonora, Mexico. We talk with nogalense journalist Joe Wright about why the city is speaking out and what it means to Ambos Nogales.
Feb 6, 2019
207: A Conversation With the Filmmakers of PÁJAROS DE VERANO (Birds of Passage)
In this special Latino Rebels Radio episode, we feature the latest from Sergio Muñoz's INTELATIN show: a conversation with Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, the filmmakers behind "Pájaros de verano" (Birds of Passage), which opened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film also opened in the U.S. at the Telluride Film Festival and in Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival. A limited run starts in New York on February 13 and in Los Angeles on February 15.
Feb 3, 2019
206: A Latino Rebels Origin Story
A few weeks ago, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela was a guest of Hector Luis Alamo's new podcast, [REMEMBER THE SHOW!](https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/hector-alamo/remember-the-show) Hector was once deputy editor for Latino Rebels, so he asked Julio about LR's history and where it will go next.
Jan 29, 2019
205: Venezuela's Latest Political Crisis
It is perhaps the most important story of the Western Hemisphere right now: the political crisis in Venezuela. We talk with Venezuelan journalist Eli López about what is happening. López is the International Opinions Editor at the Washington Post. A special thank you to Miguel Macías of Futuro Media for his help on this recording.
Jan 27, 2019
204: Countering the Latest Media Narratives About Puerto Rico
When "Hamilton" went to Puerto Rico this past month, there seemed to be more media interest than usual about the U.S. territory (we mean, colony). We talk with Puerto Rican journalist Andrea González-Ramírez of Refinery 29 about the latest media narratives coming and why they just missed the mark.
Jan 22, 2019
203: Suing Trump for Detaining Thousands of Migrant Children
On Tuesday morning, a media call organized by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed the news of a class action lawsuit on behalf of 10,000 migrant children detained by the Trump administration. We were on the call and are providing an unedited recording of the press conference.
Jan 21, 2019
202: Being a Latino Conservative in the Age of Trump
We spent a few days in DC last week and had the chance to speak with Mario Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. Lopez has been an outspoken critic of Trump's immigration policy, but he also shares why he thinks the Republican Party can help the Latino community.
Jan 17, 2019
201: The State of the Immigrant Rights Movement in 2019
As the federal government partial shutdown continues, we travel to DC and chat with Cristina Jiménez of United We Dream about the current immigration debate and how immigrant rights groups like hers are gearing up for what will appear to be yet another tumultuous political year, both in our nation's capital and on the 2020 election trail.
Jan 13, 2019
200: Steve Treviño, a 21st Century Mexican American Comic
We start 2019 with some comedy, because why not? In the first Latino Rebels Radio of the new year, we talk with comic Steve Treviño, whose new Comedy Dynamics Network special 'TIL DEATH premieres on January 22\. The South Texas native tells us why it's ok to be proudly Latino and still connect with audiences from around the country.
Jan 6, 2019
199: The History of Cuban Healthcare
We are finishing up our time off, but our friends at the Latino Media Collective are here to help us with another one of their recent shows. The LMC asks: what does Cuban healthcare actually look like and how does it actually work? Guest Don Fitz talks about the development of Cuba's healthcare system. Fitz is a member of the editorial board for Green Social Thought. Image by Tumpatumcla
Jan 2, 2019
198: Undocumented and LGBTQ (Part 2)
We are still taking a break, but no worries, our friends at the Latino Media Collective are helping us out, with one of their shows from last November. The undocumented LGBTQ community is a marginalized group within a marginalized group. Freelance writer Giuliani Alvarenga speaks with the LMC about the migrant caravan story and how the LGBQT community continues fighting for rights, both in the U.S. and in Central America. Featured image by Sofie Dittmann
Dec 30, 2018
197: The Mirabal Sisters of the Dominican Republic
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over hosting duties this week. For this episode, the LMC explores the history of the Mirabal sisters, whose assassinations by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo led the United Nations to eventually recognize the Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Guest Elizabeth Manley talks about the long and rich history of feminist activism in the DR. Manley is the author of _The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and Authoritarian Politics in the Dominican Republic_. Featured image by Alvaro Diaz and Adony Flores.
Dec 23, 2018
196: The Best of 2018 With the Latino Media Collective
Back by popular demand, we did a year-end collaboration with our familia at the Latino Media Collective! Hear what the LMC and Latino Rebels had to say about some of the most important stories of 2018\. ¡Felices fiestas!
Dec 16, 2018
195: Checking In With Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo EN ESPAÑOL
Colombia's Bomba Estéreo was in NYC this past week and Latino Rebels' correspondent Amanda Alcántara caught up with Simón Mejía en español, but first, host Julio Ricardo Varela talks about why everyone seems to be trolling LR this weekend.
Dec 13, 2018
194: Activist Alejandra Pablos Says She'll Keep Fighting
On Tuesday, a federal immigration court ordered the deportation of nationally known reproductive rights and immigrant rights activist Alejandra Pablos. In this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela gives Ale a call to learn the latest about her case.
Dec 9, 2018
193: Trying to Survive the Long Honduran Night
It is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and underreported stories from Latin America: the crisis in Honduras and how we got to where we are today. In a conversation that begins to explore the root causes of why so many are leaving Honduras, we chat with Dana Frank, Professor Emerita at UC Santa Cruz's History Department and author of the new book, _The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup_.
Dec 6, 2018
192: ICE’s Network of Immigration Detention Facilities
On Wednesday, the American Immigration Council released a report called "The Landscape of Immigration Detention in the U.S." We share the media call about this report and why the information is so relevant today.
Dec 4, 2018
191: Hurray for the Riff Raff Goes Home to Puerto Rico
This week, Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra is back in Puerto Rico, visiting schools to donate musical instruments for students and getting ready for HFTRR's island debut at La Respuesta in Santurce. Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela gave Alynda a call on Monday to talk about her week in Puerto Rico, what it means to be Nuyorican and where HFTRR goes next. And yeah, the convo gets pretty deep.
Dec 2, 2018
190: Fighting Femicide and Machismo in Puerto Rico
Last weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Colectiva Feminista en Construcción demonstrated in front of the governor's residence to bring more attention to the island's femicide cases. Amanda Alcántara of Futuro Media called up Colectiva Feminista spokesperson Shariana Ferrer via phone to get the latest about the demonstrations and what the collective is hoping to seek.
Nov 30, 2018
189: The Ongoing Challenges to Trump Administration's Asylum Policy
On Friday afternoon, Latino Rebels attended a media call organized by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The purpose of the press conference was to discuss the current situation at the border and the ongoing challenges to the Trump Administration’s war on asylum seekers. Featured image by Francisco Lozano/Latino Rebels
Nov 26, 2018
188: US Colonialism and Guam
The Latino Media Collective continues guest hosting for us this week with an October show about Guam, a place that has a lot in common with Puerto Rico when it comes to its colonial status under the United States. On this episode, the LMC speaks with Chamorro rights organizer Leilani Ganser about the latest in Guam's struggle for self-determination.
Nov 25, 2018
187: The Honduran Migrant Caravan: Fact vs. Fiction
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host this week while we take a break. In this episode first broadcast on November 16, the LMC tries to shed light on what U.S. corporate media missed or got completely wrong about the migrant caravan story. Suyapa Portillo joins the show to set the record straight. Suyapa is an assistant professor of Chicano & Latino Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She also has contributed to Latino Rebels.
Nov 18, 2018
186: Border Angels and Their Allies Vow to Welcome Migrants in Tijuana
The last few days in Tijuana have been tense. Reports of migrants getting targeted by groups of people shouting MEXICO FIRST and being told to go back home has gotten international attention. Nonetheless, organizations like Border Angels and their allies vow to stop the hate they have been seeing, noting that this type of behavior is not reflective at all of Tijuana. We play some of Border Angels' recent press conference about what is going on and we share the latest from our own contributors. **Featured image by GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images**
Nov 15, 2018
185: Fighting for Immigrant Rights in Vermont While ICE Targets Your Members
This past week, Migrant Justice in Vermont filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that several of its members were being targeted by ICE, DHS and the state's DMV just for their activism. We speak with Will Lambek of Migrant Justice about the lawsuit and how Vermont is dealing with a changing farmworker community that has literally saved the state's iconic dairy industry.
Nov 11, 2018
184: Are We Finally Seeing the 'Latino Vote' Impacting More and More Elections?
As we look back at Election Day and understand how the national Latino vote is evolving, we share a media call from earlier this week about exit polls and Latinos. Could it be that the "sleeping giant" is starting to rumble? Featured image by RENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images.
1 hr 14 min
Nov 6, 2018
183: Debunking Immigration Myths on Election Day
In this special Election Day episode, we run a Tuesday morning media call about a new national poll that challenges the conventional political wisdom that President Trump's immigration propaganda is helping him. It isn't helping him at all, in case you were wondering. Photo by Gage Skidmore
Nov 3, 2018
182: The LA Times Endorsement Gaffe... And What About Latinos in the Midterms?
We connect with the fabulous Pilar Marrero, whose recent Latino Rebels story about why the LA Times published different political endorsements in English and Spanish caused the newspaper to offer a formal apology. In addition, we ask Pilar the question that always comes up during each election cycle: will Latinos show up? Hey, and don't forget to subscribe to Pilar's podcast, [The Pundettes](http://www.thepundettes.com/).
Oct 31, 2018
181: Can Latinas Be the Difference for the 2018 Midterms?
A new research brief about the role of Latina voters was released on October 31\. The following Latino Rebels Radio features a public media call with UnidosUS and California Civic Engagement Project, the two organizations who shared their findings about Latinas and their impact on this year's midterm elections. For more about the study, visit [LatinoRebels.com](http://latinorebels.com) Featured image: Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Oct 28, 2018
180: Argentina Women's Futbol
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host this week's show. In this episode, the LMC shines the spotlight on the struggle for gender equality in Argentina women's futbol. Despite a lack of support, institutional sexism, and hazardous training conditions, Argentina's women's national team is still close to reaching next year's Women's World Cup. So we speak with Gabriela Gartón, goalkeeper for Argentina's national team, and Nemesia Hijo, assistant professor of social anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires.
Oct 21, 2018
179: Latinos (Rebels) Out Loud
Last Tuesday, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela made a guest appearance on the Latinos Out Loud podcast. The conversation was unfiltered and real, covering a wide range of topics like how Latino Rebels was formed and the state of Latinx media. It's one convo you don't want to miss.
Oct 18, 2018
178: A Maryland Police Officer Is Charged With Raping an Undocumented Woman
Last Thursday, a Prince George's County police officer stopped an undocumented woman and allegedly raped her. By this past Monday, the officer was arrested and suspended. By Wednesday, there was a court hearing. We talk with Ingrid Zelaya of CASA Maryland about the case and what it all means.
Oct 16, 2018
177: An LGBTQ Victory in Trinidad and Tobago
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over the hosting chair with its first episode on Trinidad and Tobago. The LMC speaks with Andre Bagoo about a landmark victory for the local LGBTQ community that struck down colonial-era anti-gay laws. Bagoo is a Trinidadian poet and journalist. He will also discuss the significance of the nation's first-ever pride parade after the court ruling.
Oct 14, 2018
176: Don't Forget About Honduras
With all the focus on El Salvador (Romero's canonization) and Nicaragua (Ortega's government), news of a spontaneous migrant caravan occurred in Honduras over the weekend. This comes at a time when Vice President Pence is urging Central American countries to do more so that their citizens don't leave their countries. But, as with anything involving U.S. policy in Central America, it's not so simple. We talk with Martín Pineda of CARECEN in Los Angeles about what is happening in Honduras.
Oct 10, 2018
175: Registering Puerto Rican Voters in Central Florida: Will It Make a Difference?
We wanted to share an October 10 media call that Latino Rebels attended about the efforts to register Puerto Rican voters in Central Florida. On the call are Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL), Frederick Vélez of Respeta Mi Gente, Betsy Franceschini of the Hispanic Federation and Nancy Batista of the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.
Oct 8, 2018
174: Sahara Libre: The Fight for Independence in Western Sahara
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio this week with several podcasts. For the first show, the LMC revisits the story of the struggle for independence in Western Sahara, one of only two regions in Africa where Spanish is spoken. We speak with Sahra Libre (alias) about the continued fight against Moroccan occupation, which has lasted for over 43 years. Sahra Libre is a Sahrawi refugee and activist living in the United States. She conducted this interview in an undisclosed location in Morocco in order to circumvent the media blockade.
Oct 4, 2018
173: A Federal Judge Just Blocked the End of TPS for Four Countries: What Happens Next?
On Wednesday, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the end of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for people from Sudan, Haiti, Nicaragua and El Salvador. What does this all mean and how will the Trump administration respond? Latino Rebels Radio shares the latest media call with some of the attorneys and plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit that led to the judge's decision.
Sep 30, 2018
172: The Latino Man Who Once Worked for an Anti-Immigrant Hate Group
Joe Gomez used to be the press person for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigrant organization labeled a hate group by the SPLC. After nine months at FAIR, Gomez quit his job because of the racism he experienced. He explains why he worked at FAIR and why he left.
Sep 23, 2018
171: Checking In With Jay Fonseca One Year After Hurricane María
One year after Hurricane María destroyed Puerto Rico last September, we revisit our conversation with noted Puerto Rican political commentator Jay Fonseca about what is missing in the coverage during the one-year anniversary.
Sep 16, 2018
170: Puerto Rico DOES Matter, President Trump
As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane María nears, the victims of the worst storm in the history of modern Puerto Rico have become political fodder for President Trump. Host Julio Ricardo Varela retracks the origins of how we get here and also speaks to one of the researchers from the Milken Institute School of Public Health about its recent study about the hurricane's death toll.
Sep 9, 2018
169: Brazil's Abortion Debate
The Latino Media Collective continues its guest hosting with another new show. In this episode, the LMC speaks with Sabrina Fernandes about the struggle for reproductive rights in Brazil. as the religious right continues its plan to eliminate Brazil's limited abortion laws. Fernandes is a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is also the host of the YouTube channel Tese Onze.
Sep 1, 2018
168: The Canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero
The Latino Media Collective continues its guest hosting slot this week with another episode. Thirty-eight years after his assassination, Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero is being canonized for sainthood. The LMC speaks with Michael E. Lee about the significance of this event for El Salvador and Liberation Theology. Lee is an associate professor of Theology and Latin American Studies at Fordham University. He is also the author of "Revolutionary Saint: The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero."
Aug 30, 2018
167: Last Year's Hurricanes Also Decimated Islands Like Antigua and Barbuda
Latino Rebels Radio is on vacation but we are thrilled to share an episode from our friends at the Latino Media Collective. Puerto Rico was not the only country hit hard by last year's hurricane season. The LMC speaks with Dr Matthew Quest about the struggle for social and environmental justice in Antigua and Barbuda. Dr, Quest is a lecturer of Africana Studies at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Aug 25, 2018
166: A Conversation With iLe
A couple of weeks ago, Latino Rebels had a Facebook Live conversation with Grammy winner Ileana Cabra Joglar, also known as iLe. So we decided to share the audio version of the video convo, talking about her latest ["Odio" single](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6ZuUplbEOY), Puerto Rican history and how the island is coping since Hurricane María.
Aug 19, 2018
165: The Battle for Reproductive Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean
Earlier in August, a bill to legalize abortion lost in Argentina's senate, but for Argentine Giselle Carino, the CEO of International Planned Parenthood’s Western Hemisphere region, the bill's defeat means optimism for reproductive rights in Latin America and Caribbean. In this latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio, we talk with Carino.
Aug 12, 2018
164: A Police Officer Is Charged in the Shooting Death of Joey Santos
Last Sunday, we spoke about the July 28 shooting death of 44-year-old Joseph “Joey” Santos in Allentown, PA, at the hands of a South Whitehall Township police officer. This past week, officer Jonathan R. Roselle was charged with voluntary manslaughter. We speak with Manuel Gamiz, crime and breaking news writer for Allentown's The Morning Call newspaper.
Aug 5, 2018
163: The Death of Joey Santos at the Hands of Police in Allentown, PA
On July 28, 44-year-old Joey Santos was killed at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA, after multiple shots from the gun of a South Whitehall Township police officer. Several videos showing the incident were posted on social media, raising questions about how Santos was killed. We speak with Maegan Llerena Muñoz of [Make the Road Pennsylvania](https://www.facebook.com/Maketheroadpa/?ref=br_rs) about Santos' death and why her organization is raising awareness about it. You can read more about [the Santos shooting in The Morning Call](http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-south-whitehall-fatal-police-shooting-commissioners-20180731-story.html).
Jul 29, 2018
162: What Is Happening With UndocuMedia?
On July 23, Karla Estrada wrote a piece on Medium that raised serious allegations against Iván Ceja, executive director and co-founder of UndocuMedia. Karla's very honest and brave words have led to several accountability questions about Ceja and UndocuMedia. We spoke with Karla about what this all means.
Jul 22, 2018
161: 'The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela'
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela is a book very much for today. Mandela has left us a rich treasure of letters that document his 27 years in prison. They speak of the anger, the self-control and his love of country and people that led to such a sacrifice. But above all, it speaks of the human toll that the separation from his family —his children especially— took on such a man. This the ultimate and cruelest expression of state control and power. Sahm Venter was born in Johannesburg and was not a year old when Mandela was sent to prison. She worked as a journalist more than twenty years, 14 of which was with The Associated Press. Most of her reporting focused on the anti-apartheid struggle and South Africa's long road to democracy. She is currently a Senior Researcher at The Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Jul 15, 2018
160: Marisa Franco of Mijente and Why This Immigration Debate Is Way Too Simplistic
We are back from our week-long break, and we wanted to have a more contextual conversation about the nation's current immigration debate Marisa Franco of [Mijente](https://mijente.net/) breaks it down with us, and no, this conversation won't be as simplistic as what you are hearing on cable news.
Jul 11, 2018
159: Undocumented and LGBTQ
During our week off, our friends at the Latino Media Collective are guest hosting the podcast. For this episode, the LMC asks: What is it like to be undocumented and LGBTQ? Does the Latino LGBTQ immigrant community receive support from the rest of the mainstream American LGBTQ community? What is the Latino LGBTQ community's interpretation of Pride? The LMC tries to answer these questions when we spend the hour with Dagoberto Bailon and Crystal Zaragoza from Trans Queer Pueblo in Arizona. For more LMC shows, visit their page [here](https://latinomediacollective.com/). Featured image by Sofie Dittmann.
Jul 8, 2018
158: The Deportation Industry
We wanted to share one more episode from our friends at the [Latino Media Collective](https://latinomediacollective.com/), who guest host for us while we are off. Something is missing from the migrant crisis that is separating families: MONEY. There is a lot of money to be made off the misery of immigrants in the US. So the LMC speaks with Karina Moreno about the lucrative, billion-dollar deportation industry and how the profit motive undermines democracy and human rights. Moreno is an assistant professor in the school of business, public administration, and information sciences at Long Island University in Brooklyn. For more LMC shows, visit their site [here](https://latinomediacollective.com/).
Jul 6, 2018
157: The Secret History of Mexican Women's Fútbol
We are off this week but don't worry: our friends at the Latino Media Collective are guest hosting! While the boys have their fun at the World Cup in Russia, the LMC dedicates this episode to the secret history of Mexican women's fútbol and the bright future it has ahead following the success of Liga MX Femenil. We speak with Joshua Nadel, an associate professor in the History Department at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. It's a story of perseverance in the face of sexism, homophobia, lack of support and institutional discrimination. For more LMC shows, [check out their site](https://latinomediacollective.com/).
Jun 29, 2018
156: A Deeper Look Into How Detained Immigrant Children Are Being Treated
On Friday morning, a press call with the same co-counsel who filed the 1985 complaint that led to the original Flores Settlement Agreement have filed another lawsuit for five immigrant children "challenging the government’s cruel policies and practices that unlawfully prolong their detention and delay their reunification with their families." We recorded the entire press call. Take a listen.
1 hr 12 min
Jun 28, 2018
155: Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on the Hurricane María Death Count
On Tuesday, Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló was in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Ideas Festival and so was our host Julio Ricardo Varela. In this extra LR Radio segment, Julio asks the governor a few questions about the Hurricane María death toll and whether he supports an independent congressional commission to explore the reasons why the death toll continues to be underreported.
Jun 27, 2018
154: The Muslim Ban, White Nationalism and Abolish ICE
Our host Julio Ricardo Varela was out in Aspen, Colorado, this week but he managed to connect with immigration lawyer [Hassan Ahmad](https://twitter.com/HMAesq) and discuss the latest Supreme Court ruling, the thinking behind family separation and will the Abolish ICE movement become a national campaign issue in 2018 now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated incumbent Joe Crowley in a New York City Democratic primary. Featured image by Amy Pratt.
Jun 17, 2018
153: We Will Always LOVE the World Cup
Every four years, we kind of stop everything we are doing to watch the World Cup, and for some reason, this year's tournament already feels special, especially with Mexico winning Sunday against Germany. We talk World Cup with [Ray Collazo of RaysPodcast.com](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rays-latino-talk-podcast/id650216314?mt=2) about what we can't ever get enough of this global event. Featured image of FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony via Kremlin.ru
Jun 10, 2018
152: The Death Count in Puerto Rico After Hurricane María: What's Really Missing
With news of [a Harvard School of Public Health study](http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/05/29/70timesdeathtoll/) estimating that there were close to 5,000 excess deaths in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María, we wanted to talk with [Alexis Santos Lozada](https://twitter.com/AppDemography), a Penn State assistant professor who was one of the first researchers to explore the death count last year, months before the Harvard study. What are the bigger questions and what are we missing about this story?
Jun 5, 2018
151: The Guaraní Language in Paraguay
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective are back guest hosting this week's Latino Rebels Radio. Why does it seem that Paraguay is so isolated to the rest of Latin America? The answer may lie in a genocidal war that almost destroyed the country and the Guaraní language that united it during reconstruction. The LMC speaks with Paraguayan writer Benjamín Fernández Bogado to learn more about the extraordinary Guaraní language. Fernández Bogado is also the program director for Radio Libre and a columnist for 5 días. For more LMC shows, visit their site [here](https://latinomediacollective.com/). Featured image by FrankOWeaver.
May 30, 2018
150: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on the Puerto Rico Hurricane María Death Toll
We did a quick recording with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Wednesday morning to talk about [the new Harvard study](http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/05/29/70timesdeathtoll/) which said that the death count in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane María is more than 70 times the official government number of 64 deaths, which would result in a death count of over 4,600 lives. This is a special unedited version of Latino Rebels Radio.
May 25, 2018
149: Nicaragua Revisited
The political crisis [continues in Nicaragua](https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/human-rights-body-calls-on-nicaragua-to-protect-students/), and Latino Rebels Radio talks with [Rita Delia Casco](https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1980/07/09/the-woman-warrior-of-embassy-row/cd208207-17af-42fd-8e92-d75bcea38ef1/?utm_term=.7e437833d67d), former Ambassador of Nicaragua to the United States, former Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the Organization of American States (OAS) and former Ambassador of Nicaragua to Mexico. Ambassador Casco was also a member of the Nicaraguan delegation that negotiated the Central American peace agreements of the 1980s.
May 20, 2018
148: Life After Deportation in Guatemala
The Latino Media Collective continues guest hosting Latino Rebels Radio with this show from earlier this spring. Is there life after deportation in Guatemala? Willy Barreno, the co-founder of DESGUA, says yes. He speaks with the LMC about his organization—forming job opportunities for the Mayan community, alternatives to migrating north, creating hope for recently deported Guatemalans, and building the Guatemalan dream. A very inspiring episode. Check out Willy's work at [desgua.org](http://desgua.org).
May 14, 2018
147: The Panama Canal's Forgotten Victims
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over the Latino Rebels Radio host chair this week with a story about the construction of the Panama Canal, built for the benefit of U.S. imperialism, under the dark cloud of Jim-Crow racism, with little regard to worker's rights, and almost no recourse for disability rights. This is the dark story of the forgotten victims of the Panama Canal. The LMC speaks with Caroline Lieffers, a PhD candidate in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. For more about the LMC, visit their site [here](https://latinomediacollective.com/).
May 6, 2018
146: Latino Rebels Turns 7 Years Old
On the weekend of our seventh birthday, Latino Rebels founder [@julito77](http://twitter.com/julito77) shares his thoughts about the past, present and future of LR.
Apr 29, 2018
One week before Cinco De Mayo falls on a Saturday, we look at the latest #CincoDeFallo fails of 2018 with [@GregorioEats](https://twitter.com/GregorioEats), the Oracle of Cinco De Fallo. For more about #CincoDeFallo, just go [here](https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23CincoDeFallo&src=typd).
Apr 22, 2018
144: What's Happening in Nicaragua?
In the past week, Nicaragua has seen protests that have led to dozens of deaths. What is happening and why does it matter? Latino Rebels Radio talks with [Catherine María Rodríguez](https://twitter.com/latinadramaturg), a Nicaraguan-American who has been actively sharing what is going on.
Apr 15, 2018
143: Arizona Says No to In-State Tuition for DACA Students
This past week, Arizona's Supreme Court unanimously [struck down](https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2018/04/09/arizona-supreme-court-strikes-down-in-state-tuition-for-daca-students/) in-state tuition for DACA students. We talk with undocumented rights leader and Arizonan [Belén Sisa](https://twitter.com/belensisaw) about what this all means to the state's estimated 2,000-3,000 students who will see their tuition increase significantly.
Apr 8, 2018
142: Edna Chávez and Hakim Johnson of Community Coalition
A few weeks after the March For Our Lives in DC and a speech that broke the internet, Latino Rebels' Sharis Delgadillo speaks with Edna Chávez and Hakim Johnson from Community Coalition in Los Angeles.
Apr 1, 2018
141: Puerto Rico as the 51st State: Civil Rights Battle or Just a Charade?
While Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane María, the island's current pro-statehood government has announced a commission or "shadow" group of representatives who are trying to call more attention to making the U.S. territory the 51st state of the Union. How realistic is that effort? Is it tangible or just political charade? Latino Rebels Radio speaks with Alfonso Aguilar, President of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles and a member of the statehood commission.
Mar 25, 2018
140: Brazil's Unionized Sex Workers
This week on Latino Rebels Radio, our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over our feed as guest hosts. The LMC asks: Can Brazil's unionized sex workers, through activism and organizing, overcome the stigma and general disdain for their profession to find some degree of dignity, respect and self-identification on their own terms? Amanda De Lisio, a post-doctoral research assistant at Bournemouth University, speaks with the LMC about this incredible story of struggle and perseverance. For more LMC shows, [visit their site here](https://latinomediacollective.com/).
Mar 18, 2018
139: Six Months After Hurricane María: Where Is Puerto Rico Now?
This Tuesday March 20 will be the six-month anniversary of Hurricane María devastating Puerto Rico. Julio López Varona of [The Center for Popular Democracy](https://populardemocracy.org/) joins us to discuss how the island has changed and why what happened last year can never be forgotten. Featured show image: Fajardo, Puerto Rico a few days after Hurricane María (Photo by Dennis Rivera Pichardo | Center for Investigative Journalism)
Mar 11, 2018
138: Belize vs. Big Oil
[The Latino Media Collective](https://latinomediacollective.com/) guest hosts this week's show and takes us to the Central American country of Belize. Janelle Chanona, cice rpesident of [the Belize Committee of Oceana](http://belize.oceana.org/), speaks with the LMC about the extraordinary grassroots efforts to ban future oil drillings in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Belize may be small, but it is front and center in the struggle for environmental justice in Latin America and the West Indies.
Mar 2, 2018
137: Lesly Kahn's 'Rosa Ramirez' Fiasco, 'Oscars So White' Protest and Net Neutrality
Latino Rebels Radio is out early this weekend, as Alex Nogales of the [National Hispanic Media Coalition](http://www.nhmc.org/) joins us to talk about the [Lesly Kahn fiasco that Latino Rebels covered](http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/02/25/audio-from-company/), the NHMC's ["Oscars So White" protest](http://www.nhmc.org/2018-oscarssowhite-protest/) and the battle for Net Neutrality.
Feb 25, 2018
136: Migrating to Canada
The Latino Media Collective guest hosts this week's Latino Rebels Radio with an episode Canada's immigration system. For several years, the Canadian immigration system has become more in lockstep with the United States, especially when it comes to asylum seekers and the undocumented. The LMC speaks with Patricia Martin, an associate professor of Geography at the Université de Montreal, about the myths and harsh realities of migrating to Canada. For more LMC episodes, go to [the team's main site](https://latinomediacollective.com/).
Feb 18, 2018
135: PTSD and Undocumented Immigrants
This past weekend, [HuffPost national reporter Roque Planas](https://twitter.com/RoqPlanas) wrote [a story about Norma Herrera](https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/undocumented-immigrants-ptsd_us_5a74e117e4b06ee97af29715?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004), who in 2016 was put on suicide watch. Roque's reporting noted that Norma's condition "was likely triggered... by the experience of living as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Her recurring nightmares were a symptom of her illness." Her multiple diagnoses included PTSD. Latino Rebels spoke with Roque about this story and why the issue of mental health in immigrant communities continues to be overlooked. To read Roque's full story, [click here](https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/undocumented-immigrants-ptsd_us_5a74e117e4b06ee97af29715?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004).
Feb 11, 2018
134: A Recorded Live Phone Convo With Tamarindo Podcast
So... our Internet went down tonight and we had issues with a live show, but that didn't stop us from going on with the show and calling up Brenda Gonzalez Ricards of [Tamarindo Podcast](https://www.tamarindopodcast.com). Once we got it all squared away, Brenda talked about what's new for Tamarindo, the future of Brown podcasts and what's missing in the news.
Feb 4, 2018
133: BONUS: Austerity in Argentina
We decided to drop a BONUS show this week, because our friends at the Latino Media Collective are such cool guest hosts, so for this episode, the LMC focuses on what is going on in Argentina and the country's economic policies. Juan Cruz Ferré, a columnist for Left Voice and La Izquierda Diario, speaks with the LMC about austerity measures in Argentina and how people are mobilizing against it. For more LMC shows, go to [latinomediacollective.com](http://latinomediacollective.com) For more Latino Rebels, go to [LatinoRebels.com](latinorebels.com) Featured image by Victoria Batiston
Feb 3, 2018
132: Haiti and TPS
The Latino Media Collective guest hosts in this episode about setting the record straight about the Haitian-American experience and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). What does it mean for a community that has been part of U.S. history since the start the 18th century? Haitian-America Jessicah Pierre of the Institute for Policy Studies talks to the LMC. For more LMC shows, go to [latinomediacollective.com](https://latinomediacollective.com/) For more Latino Rebels, go to [LatinoRebels.com](http://latinorebels.com)
Jan 28, 2018
131: Providing Humanitarian Aid to Migrants Can Get You Arrested by Border Patrol
What is happening to individuals providing humanitarian aid to migrants? According to Tucson's NO MORE DEATHS/NO MÁS MUERTES, it means [getting arrested by Border Patrol agents.](http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/01/25/border-patrol-arrests-humanitarian-aid-provider-and-two-individuals-receiving-care/) Ana Sánchez, one of the organization's volunteers, joins us to share updates about what is happening.
Jan 21, 2018
What's missing from the current debate about the government shutdown? We talk with Juan Escalante of America's Voice from DC.
Jan 14, 2018
129: A Show About El Salvador With Actual Salvadorans
Earlier this week, the Trump administration [said it would eliminate Temporary Protective Status for El Salvador](http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/01/08/this-is-what-dhs-said-about-terminating-tps-for-el-salvador-today/), directly impacting the lives of 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States. What does it mean to this country's Salvadoran community? We talk with two of our show's resident Salvadorans: [Christian Henríquez](https://twitter.com/Mr__Christian) and [Oscar Fernández](https://twitter.com/LMC_show). In addition, immigration lawyer [Matthew Kolken](https://twitter.com/mkolken) tells us about the legal implications of TPS ending, as well as whether there will even be an immigration deal in Congress for DACA. _Featured image by Joe Mabel (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)_
1 hr 1 min
Jan 7, 2018
128: The Mapuches of Chile
The Latino Media Collective guest hosts Latino Rebels Radio this week and interviews Daniel Cano, co-founder of the Kuykuitin Project, about the social justice struggle for the Mapuche people of Chile. Cano explains the little-known history of the Mapuche and how to resolve the conflict between the Chilean state that goes back to 1883. For more LMC episodes, visit [latinomediacollective.com](https://latinomediacollective.com/)
Dec 31, 2017
127: The Best of 2017 With the Latino Media Collective
This week, we did a show with the Latino Media Collective! Hear what the LMC and Latino Rebels had to say about some of the most important stories of 2017. ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year!
Dec 26, 2017
126: Black Is Beautiful in Ecuador
Guest host Latino Media Collective is back, and asks: What does it mean to be black and beautiful in Ecuador? And how has the rise of Afro-Latinos in Ecuadorian society changed the country's national identity? Professor Hugo Benavides, chair of the Fordham University's Anthropology Department, is the featured guest.
Dec 23, 2017
125: Melissa Mark-Viverito in a Post-María Puerto Rico World
As she finishes up her time as NYC Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito talks with Latino Rebels Radio about Puerto Rico in a world after Hurricane María, why "politiquería" continues to dominate Puerto Rican society and what needs to change.
Dec 17, 2017
124: #NoDreamNoDeal: Getting Arrested for Congress to Act
On Friday, seven DACA recipients and one ally got arrested after two sit-ins at the offices of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Carlos Curbelo. As of Sunday night, the individuals are in a DC jail, refusing to disclose their names to law enforcement. They are also on a hunger strike. Why are they doing it? We talk with Juan Pablo Orjuela, a spokesperson for the Seed Project—the group supporting these activists.
Dec 15, 2017
123: What's Happening in Honduras and Why It Matters
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host Latino Rebels Radio this week with a very special show about the most important story that nobody is paying attention to: the controversy about the latest presidential elections in Honduras. Amid reports of corruption, voter suppression and violence, the LMC speaks with Suyapa Portillo about what happens next in Honduras. Portillo is an assistant professor of Chicano & Latino studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She was also an election observer during the election in Honduras. For more about the LMC, visit [their site.](https://latinomediacollective.com/)
Dec 12, 2017
BONUS: The Best Journalists in Puerto Rico That You Probably Never Knew About
Last Thursday December 7, Puerto Rico's Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI) celebrated its 10-year anniversary. This nonprofit independent media organization has transformed journalism in Puerto Rico. As one of its many media partners, Latino Rebels spoke with Carla Minet, the CPI's Executive Director, about the group's history and what the future of journalism will be like for them and for the island. For more about the CPI, visit http://periodismoinvestigativo.com/
Dec 10, 2017
122: The Jesuit Murders of El Salvador
On November 16, 1989, US-trained, Salvadoran-backed military forces killed six Jesuits priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. This week, the Latino Media Collective guest hosts Latino Rebels Radio to discuss this atrocity. The LMC speaks with author Robert Lassalle-Klein about the significance of this event as it relates to liberation theology and the history of El Salvador. Photo from the Fundación Hermano Mercedes Ruíz
Dec 3, 2017
121: A Conversation With Enrique Chi of Making Movies
It has been a breakthrough year for Making Movies, the Kansas City-based band, and Latino Rebels talks with singer/guitarist Enrique Chi about the group's success—from hitting #3 on the Latin Billboard charts to releasing a series of new protest songs and earning some love from THE Rubén Blades. For more about this band we love, go to http://makingmoviesband.com. Featured image: Brian Slater
Nov 26, 2017
120: Bolivian Cholita Fashion
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective guest host this week. Documentary photographer Delphine Blast speaks with the LMC about the rise and acceptance of Bolivian Cholita fashion. After generations of being marginalized and denied access to public services, the indigenous women of Bolivia are using the Cholita aesthetic as a symbol of femininity, elegance and dignity. When fashion and social justice collide. Learn more at http://delphineblast.com Featured images by Delphine Blast For more episodes, visit http://LatinoRebels.com
Nov 19, 2017
119: Two Months After Hurricane María and Unity for Puerto Rico?
It's now two months since Hurricane María, and what's life like in Puerto Rico? We speak with Marlena Fitzpatrick and Hector Luis Alamo, who are currently on the island, reporting for Enclave Magazine. Later in the show, host Julio Ricardo Varela shares his thoughts about Sunday's Unity March for Puerto Rico in DC. Where will the diaspora go next? Show image by Flavio Cumpiano For more, visit LatinoRebels.com
Nov 12, 2017
118: What's the Future of DACA?
Activist Belén Sisa talks about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Belén was in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to participate in a massive DREAM ACT demonstration and was one of more than one dozen people arrested during the protest at the Hart Senate Office Building. Thousands of high school and college students had traveled from as far away as Washington state and Arizona in an effort to keep politicians focused on the struggle for immigrant rights. For more about Latino Rebels, go to LatinoRebels.com
Nov 5, 2017
117: Rosa Clemente and #PRontheMap
This week our host @julito77 spoke with Rosa Clemente about her latest project: #PRontheMap, an independent grassroots media initiative solely dedicated to authentic storytelling out of Puerto Rico. For more, visit PRontheMap.com
Oct 29, 2017
116: Michael Manley and Jamaica
Keeping its guest hosting duties going, the Latino Media Collective is back with an episode about Jamaica. The LMC speaks with Brian Meeks about the life and legacy of former Jamaican prime minister Michael Manley and how the struggle for social justice in the 60s and 70s still affects the Caribbean nation to this day. Meeks is the chair of Africana studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. For more about the LMC, visit https://latinomediacollective.com/
Oct 22, 2017
115: Brazil's Prison Industrial Complex
The Latino Media Collective guest hosts this week's Latino Rebels Radio. What is it like to live in Brazil's prison system? Brazilian freelance journalist Fernanda Canofre talks about the dangers of riots, torture, disease, corruption, and racial profiling. All without ever being charged with a crime. For more about the LMC, go to https://latinomediacollective.com/ For more about Latino Rebels, go to http://latinorebels.com
Oct 15, 2017
114: Femicide in Mexico
The Latino Media Collective takes over the host chair this week with a conversation about how femicide in Mexico has has gone beyond Ciudad Juarez and the country's northern states. Freelance journalist Nidia Bautista joins the show to explain why the Mexican government continues to blame victims and turns a blind eye to this ongoing problem. For more episodes from the LMC, visit latinomediacollective.com. For more about Latino Rebels, visit latinorebels.com
Oct 8, 2017
113: The 'New Normal' of Puerto Rico After Hurricane María
This week, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela got to talk with his cousin Omar, who lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico, about life after Hurricane Maria. For more episodes, go to LatinoRebels.com Featured image: Flooding in Carolina, Puerto Rico after Hurricane María (Public Domain)
Oct 1, 2017
112: Why Is María’s Death Toll in Puerto Rico Being Underreported?
The Puerto Rican government says the official death toll from Hurricane María is at 16, but reports from the island contradict that number, and a new story from the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI) published news of deaths that the government has not formally acknowledged. Why? Our host, Julio Ricardo Varela, talks with Omaya Sosa Pascual, the CPI journalist who broke the story about the death toll. Omaya explains what she found and what else she will be publishing this week. Julio and Omaya also discuss why the current CBS News story about the island's death toll didn't dig deep enough. For more episodes, visit LatinoRebels.com Featured image: Nilka Fontánez, whose father is bedridden at the Pavía Hospital in Santurce (Photo by Omaya Sosa Pascual)
Sep 24, 2017
111: SPECIAL EPISODE: Puerto Rico Is Destroyed
In this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela calls Jay Fonseca in Puerto Rico about the devastation caused by Hurricane María. For more episodes: http://www.latinorebels.com/category/radio/
Sep 18, 2017
110: A DACA Update and the Whitewashing of Evita
Where does the debate on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) go next? César Vargas, director of Dream Action Coalition, discusses the politics of Trump's decision and what DACA recipients can do. We close the show with Luis E. Mora, who shares the latest about a controversial "Evita" casting in Massachusetts. For more episodes, go to http://www.latinorebels.com/category/radio/
1 hr 7 min
Sep 11, 2017
109: Filipinos, the Latinos of Asia
We gave the Latino Media Collective another guest hosting slot, and this week, the LMC asks: are Filipinos Asians or Latinos? Anthony Ocampo, author of THE LATINOS OF ASIA, joins the show to discuss. Ocampo is also an associate professor of sociology at Cal Polytechnic University in Pomona. For more visit, LatinoMediaCollective.com.
Sep 3, 2017
108: Why Guam Should Matter to Latinos
The Latino Media Collective guests hosts Latino Rebels Radio this week with a show about Guam. What does Guam have to do with Latinos and Latin America? What do Guam and Puerto Rico have in common? A lot more than people realize. On this episode, the LMC speaks with indigenous Chamorro rights organizer Leilani Ganser about Guam’s Spanish colonial past and its struggle with US colonialism today.
Aug 28, 2017
107: McDonald's in Latin America
This week the Latino Media Collective guest hosts Latino Rebels Radio. Investigative journalist Jack Werner joins us to discuss the insidious presence of McDonald's in Latin America as a colonial outpost to spread U.S. consumer capitalism. When it comes to McDonald's, the LMC is NOT loving it. For more, check out LatinoRebels.com and LatinoMediaCollective.com
Aug 20, 2017
106: #Charlottesville and Anti-White Supremacy With UVA's Latinx Student Alliance
Leaders of the Latinx Student Alliance at the University of Virginia discuss the recent events in Charlottesville, where one of their members was hurt during the August 12 "Unite The Right" rally—the same day Heather Heyer was also killed after a car plowed into peaceful protestors.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 12, 2017
105: A History of Lowriders
The Latino Media Collective guest hosts Latino Rebels Radio this week! LMC cruises down the boulevard as we explore the rich and complex history of lowriders and how this once marginalized subculture became an international phenomenon. Our guest for this trip is Denise Sandoval, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at Cal State University in Northridge, California.
Aug 6, 2017
104: #FreeRomulo, the RAISE Act and MS-13 Hysteria: Where Do We All Go Next?
For this week's Latino Rebels Radio, special guest co-host Brenda Gonzalez of Tamarindo Podcast joined us one more time. We start with the latest about #FreeRomulo, the campaign to stop the deportation of Rómulo Avelica-González. David Abud, one of the campaign organizers, joins us. Then, long-time Latino Rebels contributor Matthew Kolken shares his insights about the RAISE Act. Later in the show, Elmer from The Hood Digest breaks down the MS-13 hysteria and why it's so important to understand the facts.
1 hr 1 min
Jul 30, 2017
103: Street Vendor Hero Benjamín Ramírez and the Fight Against Gentrification in LA
Special guest host Brenda Gonzalez of Tamarindo Podcast joins us! We kick off the show with Benjamín Ramírez, whose story went viral earlier this week when a man knocked over his elote cart. Many saw this as a another form of gentrification and sparked a heated online debate. He will tell us what's next for him. Then we explore the anti-gentrification fight going on in Boyle Heights, where many residents are feeling left out by the decisions made by developers. Ulises Sanchez is a local community organizer who will give us the latest updates. Finally, María Camila Montañez closes the episode. She has been reporting for LatinoRebels.com on how the community has come together to support Benjamín Ramírez. She will give us her take on the reaction from the streets.
1 hr 2 min
Jul 23, 2017
102: The Only Spanish-Speaking Republic in Africa: PART TWO
The Latino Media Collective is back guest hosting Latino Rebels Radio this week with another episode about Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking republic in Africa. Tutu Alicante, the executive director of EG Justice, discusses the influence ExxonMobil has on his country, the strange connection between Equatorial Guinea and current US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Michael Jackson...yes, that Michael Jackson.
Jul 16, 2017
101: Tony Diaz Talks MAS and Cristina Tzintzun of #15ContraSB4
El Librotraficante, Tony Diaz, updates us on the lawsuit against HB 2281—the Arizona law that bans the Mexican-American studies program. With the case now in the courts, what will happen next? Later, Cristina Tzintzun, founder and director of Jolt Texas tells us all about her organization's #15ContraSB4 protest.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 9, 2017
100: The Helado Negro Conversation
Vacation was great, but now we're back and Helado Negro, the music and performance work of Roberto Carlos Lange, joins us to talk about music, life and the album Private Energy. We play some tracks too.
Jul 1, 2017
99: Queer Latino Culture
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio this week. One year after the Pulse nightclub massacre, the LMC speaks w/ Xorje Olivares about the erasure & lack of coverage of Queer Latino culture. Xorje Olivares is a radio personality on SiriusXM radio, a contributing writer for Vice, and the host of the webseries, "Hey Xorje." Learn more @ heyxorje.com/ For more about LMC, go to https://latinomediacollective.com/ Featured image by tedeytan (Creative Commons Attribution)
Jun 24, 2017
98: MS-13: Fact vs. Fiction
This week the Latino Media Collective is back on Latino Rebels Radio with a new episode. In the latest LMC show, Hector Silva Avalos, a Salvadoran journalist and fellow at American University, discusses the facts and myths about MS-13. For more about LMC, visit their new site at https://latinomediacollective.com/ Featured image by Walking the Tracks (Wikimedia Commons)
Jun 18, 2017
97: Trump's Cuba Speech and Latino Anti-Blackness in the Death of Philando Castile
Donald Trump went to Miami last Friday to roll back part of President Obama's Cuba policy. What does it mean now? We chat with Alfredo Estrado of LATINO magazine about it all. Later in the show, we talk about Mijente's Latinx Anti-Blackness Killed Philando Castile statement, which has led to some necessary and critical conversations about race and justice.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 9, 2017
96: REBROADCAST: Are Those Eligible for DACA and DAPA Getting Deported?
With all the news about President Trump's positions on DACA, we wanted to share the following 2015 show that gives more context to how DACA was viewed during the Obama administration. Here is our conversation with immigration attorney Matthew Kolken. We will back next week!
1 hr 3 min
May 27, 2017
95: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America
For this holiday weekend, Latino Rebels Radio gives you a BONUS episode from our friends at Latino Media Collective! The LMC goes north of the border to speak with Todd Gordon, author of "Imperialist Canada" and "Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America." Todd Gordon is an assistant professor of social justice & community engagement at Wilfred Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
May 26, 2017
94: Crisis of the Brazilian Left
Latino Rebels Radio is off for the holiday weekend, but our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over the show with a episode from late March. Sabrina Fernandes returns to speak with the LMC on the internal fragmentation within the Brazilian leftist movements that set the stage to last year's coup against president Dilma Rousseff. You can learn more about her analysis at http://ppesydney.net/crisis-praxis-brazilian-left/
May 21, 2017
93: The National Puerto Rican Day Parade and Oscar López Rivera
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is facing another controversy after announcing that it would honor Oscar López Rivera, the 74-year-old nationalist whose federal sentence for "seditious conspiracy" was commuted by President Obama earlier this year. Angelo Falcón of the National Institute for Latino Policy joins us to share the latest.
May 14, 2017
92: Texas Passed a New 'Show Me Your Papers' Law: What's Next?
When Texas governor Greg Abbott went on Facebook Live to sign Senate Bill 4 on May 7, it took many by surprise, including many Texans who have been fighting against the bill. To opponents of SB 4, the new bill is just a more subtle version of Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070 bill. Tony Diaz and Celina Moreno join us to talk about SB 4 and what it means for the Lone Star State. Tony is an original Rebelde based in Houston and Celina is an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Photo by Marco Galaviz Luna
May 7, 2017
91: El Salvador's Mining Ban
The Latino Media Collective takes over Latino Rebels Radio this week. Laura Embree-Lowry, the program director for CISPES, joins the show to discuss the historic mining ban in El Salvador. She explains how El Salvador became the first country in the world to ban all metallic mining nationwide and about the activists whom risked their lives to fight for social and environmental justice. Learn more at cispes.org/
May 1, 2017
90: A Conversation With Ozomatli's Raúl Pacheco & Ulises Bella
This week two members of iconic LA-based band Ozomatli, Raúl Pacheco and Ulises Bella, join Latino Rebels to talk about the group's upcoming album and what it's like to be musicians in the age of Trump. More at ozomatli.com Featured image by Sharis Delgadillo
Apr 23, 2017
89: The Caravan Against Fear and the Case of Juan Manuel Montes
This week, Latino Rebels Radio talked with Daniel Robelo of the Caravan Against Fear, a grassroots mobilization that is traveling from California to Texas to defend immigrant rights, keep families together, resist Trump and build momentum for the May 1 National Strike. Daniel has been sharing some Facebook Live videos of the Caravan on the Latino Rebels Facebook site. Later in the show, Greisa Martínez Rosas of United We Dream updated us about the Juan Manuel Montes deportation case.
1 hr 3 min
Apr 15, 2017
88: On the 35th Anniversary of the Falkland Islands War
We are off this week, but our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio (we call LMC our "third host") with an episode about the Falkland Islands War. April marks the 35th anniversary of the war between Argentina and the UK, James J.A. Blair, a visiting assistant professor in Anthropology at Brooklyn College, joins the show to talk about the complexities and the legacy of this war. More at https://soundcloud.com/latinomediacollective/
Apr 9, 2017
87: Undocumented and Black
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio again this week with Jonathan Jayes-Green, the co-founder of the Undocublack Network. Jonathan talks about the immigrant experience from the Afro-diaspora point of view from Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, and all points in between. Learn more at http://undocublack.org/
Apr 3, 2017
86: Yeah, Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes. Why Does That Surprise You?
We bust the myth that undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes with Belén Sisa, who will be talking about her recent viral story and what the reaction has been—both the positive AND the negative.
Mar 26, 2017
85: Sanctuary Cities: Rhetoric vs. Action
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio this week with their late February show on sanctuary cities. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez speaks with the LMC about recent actions taken against immigrant community in the U.S. and how declarations by mayors about sanctuary cities should be put into actual practice.
Mar 19, 2017
84: Residente at SXSW
Latino Rebels Radio co-host Sharis Delgadillo chatted with Residente at SXSW about his newest documentary and his latest music.
Mar 12, 2017
83: A Convo With John Leguizamo and Our First SXSW Clips (Van Jones, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga)
This is not fake news. This week, Latino Rebels Radio spoke with THE John Leguizamo about his show, LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS, which is at NYC's Public Theater until the end of April. Later in the show, Sharis joins us from SXSW to share her clips with Van Jones, Wagner Moura (NARCOS) and Alice Braga (Queen of the South). Photo by Joan Marcus
Mar 5, 2017
82: A Year Since the Murder of Berta Cáceres and the Poetry of Carlos Andrés Gómez
Julito and Sharis are back with a new Latino Rebels Radio episode this week. We start the show with Sharis' recent visit to DC and an independent journalism conference that she attended for the Rebeldes. Then, we spoke with Silvio Carrillo, nephew of slain Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, who told us how her memory lives on, one year after her death. Later in the show, we welcomed back Carlos Andrés Gómez, who shared his latest poem, Where Are You Really From?, with us and talked about what it all means in the Age of Trump.
1 hr 3 min
Feb 26, 2017
81: Latina Feminist Activism on the Rise
This week on Latino Rebels Radio, our friends at Latino Media Collective are back with a new show. LMC engineer Abby Roberts takes the lead in speaking with Brujas skateboarder and herbal healing activist Antonia Perez on the importance of Latina feminist activism, defending environmental rights, and how herbal medicine and natural healing can be helpful during these times of political upheaval. The regular Latino Rebels team will be back with a new show on March 5.
Feb 20, 2017
80: Teachers Mocking 'Day Without Immigrants' at California High School
We start with a story from California that went viral during Thursday's "Day Without Immigrants" protest. At Rubidoux High School, several teachers were put on paid leave after they posted public social media comments mocking students who did not attend school to participate in a the nationwide action. Irene Monica Sanchez, who has been writing about the controversy, shares the latest with us. Later in the show, THE Juan Bago of the ROOM 28 comedy crew joins us to share what the group is creating in the days leading up to the Oscars. We caught a sneak peek of their latest project and it's flipping hilarious.
Feb 13, 2017
79: Latino Rebels en Sundance: Con el actor Ramón Emilio Calendario de 'Carpinteros'
¡Tenemos más Latino Rebels en español! Sharis habla con Ramón Emilio Calendario, actor de la película dominicana, 'Carpinteros'.
Feb 13, 2017
78: Latino Rebels en Sundance: Con el actor Jean Jean de 'Carpinteros'
¡Latino Rebels en español! Sharis habla con Jean Jean, actor principal de la película dominicana, 'Carpinteros'.
Feb 13, 2017
77: Latino Rebels at Sundance: José María Cabral of 'Carpinteros'
While Sharis was at Sundance this year, she got to talk with writer/director José María Cabral, whose “Carpinteros” (Woodpeckers) is the first feature film from the Dominican Republic to debut at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
Feb 12, 2017
76: ICE Raids Across the Country
We discuss the news of recent ICE raids with New York immigration attorney Bryan Johnson, Arizona activist Maria Castro, CHIRLA communication director Jorge-Mario Cabrera and NDLON national campaign coordinator Salvador G. Sarmiento.
1 hr 3 min
Feb 4, 2017
75: Ecuador's Struggle for Environmental Rights
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective host this week's Latino Rebels Radio. In this episode, freelance journalist Bryan Miranda speaks with LMC about the struggle for environmental justice by the indigenous Shuar community of Ecuador as they fight to prevent the development of a mining project on ancestral lands. LMC also talks about the few similarities this case has with the Standing Rock struggle as well.
Jan 29, 2017
74: Trump's Immigration Ban and Our First Sundance Report
Immigration attorney Matthew Kolken joined us to give us his thoughts about President Donald Trump's immigration ban. He also told us what people can do to protect yourself from deportation. Later in the show, co-host Sharis Delgadillo introduced us to two special guests from Sundance: guitarist Stevie Salas, who called in from Japan about the award-winning Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, and Nadia Hallgren, whose Motherland film takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: The Philippines. Featured image by Dennis Bratland (Wikimedia Commons)
1 hr 4 min
Jan 22, 2017
73: Bolivia's Water Wars
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio this week to shed light on Bolivia's current drought crisis and lack of accessible water. Is it setting the stage for a repeat of the 2000 Water War? Nasya Razavi tells us the latest on the new struggle for the right to water in Bolivia.
Jan 16, 2017
72: The Latino Rebels Episode Our Host Screwed Up
We were supposed to give you a live show about the end of the "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" policy and the "Here to Stay" protests, but our host had audio issues and we couldn't do the episode. Julito explains what happened.
Jan 8, 2017
71: Calling Out Machismo Culture
On December 23, the Facebook page of Conejo Productions published a video called BOYS WILL BE BOYS. It boldly confronted machismo culture in the Latino community. Since then, the video has been viewed more than 8 million times. Gloria Morán and Kimberly Bautista join us to talk about the story behind the video.
1 hr 3 min
Dec 27, 2016
70: The Best of 2016 with Latino Media Collective
We end the year with one special show! Our friends at the Latino Media Collective interview our co-hosts Julio Ricardo Varela and Sharis Delgadillo about 2016.
Dec 23, 2016
69: Colombia After the NO Vote
This week, Latino Media Collective takes over Latino Rebels Radio with its latest show: Laura Carlsen, executive director of the Americas Program for the Center for International Policy, gives us her analysis of Colombia following its stunning NO vote against ending the almost six-generations-long civil war. Who lost? How did it all happen? Who stands to benefit from more war?
Dec 19, 2016
68: Being Latinx at Cornell
Cornell University student Paola Muñoz discusses her powerful Huffington Post piece, which talks about the emotional labor students of color face on the Ithaca campus. She will tell us why she chose to write this article and what students can do to have their voices heard. Later in the show, Lis-Marie Alvarado and 11-year-old Leah Cayasso join us to talk about the We Belong Together campaign. Leah is 11 years old and the daughter of undocumented parents and a DACAmented sister.
Dec 11, 2016
67: Eduardo Arenas of Chicano Batman and #FreeOscarLópez
This week on Latino Rebels Radio: Eduardo Arenas (É Arenas), bassist for Chicano Batman, joins us. É will tell us about his new solo effort, Nariz. We'll play a few songs from that album and also talk about Chicano Batman's upcoming Freedom Is Free album. Later in the show, Erika Andiola joins us to shared the latest from the #FreeOscarLopez campaign.
1 hr 2 min
Dec 4, 2016
66: A Latina Goes to #StandingRock
For this week's Latino Rebels Radio, we discuss the latest from the Dakota Access pipeline protest. Thousands of water protectors were determined to stop the construction of a new petroleum pipeline that they say will poison their water supply and destroy sacred lands. Journalist Wendy Carrillo tells us what she has seen during her stay there and what lies ahead for the water protectors. Featured image by Shane Balkowitsch
1 hr 1 min
Nov 27, 2016
65: Fidel Castro Is Dead and the Protest in Puerto Rico No One Is Talking About
Fidel Castro died on November 26. He was 90 years old. Cuban American musician and Latino Rebels contributor Dave Sandoval joins us to talk about the reaction to Castro's death and why this means to the future of Cuba. Later, Luis Marentes adds his thoughts to the conversation. Later in the show, journalists in Puerto Rico Maritza Stanchich and Carla Minet talk about the Peñuelas protest in Puerto Rico and why people are getting arresting and speaking out against the transport of coal ash.
1 hr 5 min
Nov 20, 2016
64: A Muslim Registry, the Rural Latino Vote & Recreational Marijuana in California
A full house on Latino Rebels Radio. Donald Trump has talked about registering and tracing Muslims living across the United States. Immigration attorney Matthew Kolken joins us to discuss the legalities of such a registry as well as where we have seen this before. There was a lot of talk about the importance of the Latino vote in the 2016 presidential election and many Latinos voted for Trump despite his anti-Latino stances for most of his campaign. NBC Latino contributor Stephen Nuño breaks down the myths and facts surrounding this topic. Finally, we talk with Leslie Otañez, Campaign Program Associate from the Drug Policy Action. Leslie talks to us about Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in California.
1 hr 3 min
Nov 13, 2016
63: An (Uncomfortable?) Conversation About the 2016 Election
This week on Latino Rebels Radio, we recap the 2016 election. What happened? We start the show with César Vargas (yes, another César Vargas), one of the leading immigrant rights leaders in the country. He will give us his take on the election and tell us what he thinks the Democrats got wrong this time around. Later, Arizona Public Policy Director for Center for Neighborhood Leadership, Viridiana Hernandez joins us. Viridiana has been part of the fight to oust Sheriff Joe Arpaio out of office for his discrimination practices against Latinos. Arpaio was voted out of office November 8. She will tell us what this means for her and the Latino community and how will they work with Paul Penzone to rebuild trust in Maricopa County. And yes, we take callers too. Featured image by Gage Skidmore
1 hr 2 min
Nov 6, 2016
62: César Vargas' Viral Hillary Clinton Piece and the Bazta Arpaio Campaign
We start the show with César Vargas, founder of UPLIFTT, to discuss his Huffington Post op-ed that got a lot of attention this week. He will tell us why he can no longer support Hillary Clinton and what was the turning point for changing his mind. Later in the show. Maria Castro, Direct Action Organizer with the Bazta Arpaio campaign, shares her thoughts about the why 2016 could be the year Sheriff Joe Arpaio loses his re-election bid.
Oct 30, 2016
61: Live From El Bronx: Will the Borough and Its Puerto Rican Community Survive?
On October 26, Latino Rebels Radio recorded a live podcast from the Bronx Library Center, thanks to the New York Public Library and AudioBoom. In this latest episode, we discuss the past, present and future of the Bronx with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, reference librarian Ramon Da Silva and the All-Star Boricua Panel of Bill Aguado, Liza Colón-Zayas and Charlie Vázquez.
1 hr 8 min
Oct 23, 2016
60: Venezuela: Fact vs. Fiction
This week the Latino Media Collective takes over Latino Rebels Radio with its October 7 show about the political crisis in Venezuela. Gabriel Hetland discusses the history of violence by the Venezuelan opposition against the former government of Hugo Chávez and the current administration of Nicolás Maduro. Hetland is an assistant professor of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies at the University of Albany.
Oct 16, 2016
59: The State of Latinos in Presidential Politics
With about three weeks to go until Election Day 2016, we look back at the state of Latinos and presidential politics in this campaign season, as Erika Andiola joins us. Erika was part of the Bernie Sanders campaign, is now back in DC working at Our Revolution and is considered by many to be a strong voice in the community. Later in the show, Armando Carmona of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network talks about a special debate night event NDLON and Latino Rebels' Sharis Delgadillo will be moderating via Facebook Live.
1 hr 1 min
Oct 9, 2016
58: US Human Experimentation in Guatemala
Latino Rebels Radio will be back on October 16, but our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over our channel this week. On this episode, LMC speaks with Lydia Crafts about the U.S. history of human experimentations in Guatemala during the 1940's. She discusses how U.S. doctors infected people with STI's, how patient consented was manipulated, and why this history still affects Guatemala's health care system today.
Oct 2, 2016
57: Demanding DHS Cut Ties with Private Prisons & the WVU Letter That Went Viral
On September 28, former immigrant detainees confronted head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outside a public speaking event to demand he address the crisis inside immigrant detention centers and cut the department’s contracts with private prisons. Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director of Mijente/Not1More Deportation campaign, gave us more details about Secretary Johnson's response to the confrontation. Later in the show, West Virginia University student, Kasey, who recently wrote a "controversial" letter to the university's president asking him to begin a discussion addressing the cultural issues on campus. Kasey will give us an update on the situation.
1 hr 4 min
Sep 30, 2016
56: Latino Pioneers in Skateboarding
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio once again with a topic we have covered in the past. Independent journalist and skateboarder Juan Ramirez chronicles the contributions and innovations made by Latinos to the creation of modern skateboarding. He includes punk rock connections, the rise of skateboarding as a future Olympic sport and why people still perceive the sport as mostly white. Learn more at correlavoz.wordpress.com/
Sep 26, 2016
55: #Ayotzinapa Two Years Later and #CharlotteUprising
We speak with activist Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez, who shared her thoughts about the two-year anniversary of the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala. Two years later and there are still no answers. Where do we go from here? Later in the show, organizer Elena Hernández calls in from Charlotte with the latest about #CharlotteUprising.
Sep 18, 2016
54: Women in Mexico's Prison System
This week, our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio. Recently, an Amnesty International report revealed institutional sexual abuses and torture against women in Mexico's prison system. LMC talks with freelance journalist Nidia Bautista about the report's findings.
Sep 11, 2016
53: No Latino Moderators at Presidential Debates
National Association of Hispanic Journalists president Brandon Benavides talks about what NAHJ is doing to raise awareness about why the upcoming presidential debates don't have a Latino moderator.
1 hr 3 min
Sep 4, 2016
52: Taco Trucks on Every Corner?
During a week that saw Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visit Mexico and then give an immigration speech in Phoenix, the Latinx digital media world has been obsessed about taco trucks ever since Marco Gutierrez of Latinos for Trump went on MSNBC on September 1 and said the United States should fear "taco trucks on every corner." Gutierrez joins us at the top of the show to discuss. Later, Latino Rebels contributor and immigration lawyer Matthew Kolken breaks down exactly what Trump was talking about in his Phoenix speech. Finally, we talk with Dr. Frances Negrón-Muntaner, who will be featured in HBO Latino's Habla y Vota special.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 29, 2016
51: Our Little Podcast Tribute to Juan Gabriel
On our first show back from our break, we opened our phone lines and had callers pay tribute to Juan Gabriel, who died on August 28, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. Main image via www.vivaiquique.com
1 hr 1 min
Aug 27, 2016
50: A Historic LGBTQ Victory in Belize
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio with a new show. Our long-neglected neighbors in Belize achieved a major court victory this month as the Belize courts overturned a colonial-era anti-gay law called Section 53. Caleb Orozco, the founder and executive director of United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) talks to us about this proud moment in his country's history. Learn more at unibam.org
Aug 21, 2016
49: Remember What Happened in Murrieta? (REBROADCAST)
Latino Rebels Radio is on vacation for one more week, so we decided to rebroadcast this show from 2014, when we we covering what was happening in Murrieta, California.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 12, 2016
48: When We First Talked About Donald Trump's Racism (REBROADCAST)
Latino Rebels Radio is on vacation until late August, so we wanted to share our show from last June, just days after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President. Remember those anti-Mexican comments and how everyone except for a small group of Latinos spoke out against it? We revisit that time. Not that we are saying, "We told you so," but "We told you so."
1 hr 4 min
Aug 7, 2016
47: Oscar Fernández and Why His Stories Challenge Your Worldview
For the past few months, Latino Rebels Radio has been featuring the work of Oscar Fernández and the Latino Media Collective. This week from Washington, D.C., we spoke to Oscar about why focuses on stories that many Latinos know very little about.
Jul 31, 2016
46: Undocumented Mexicans vs. Undocumented Irish
This week Latino Rebels Radio decided to do something different: our host was in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention and talked immigration with a Donald Trump delegate from Quincy, Massachusetts. Here is their conversation.
Jul 29, 2016
45: Black Lives Matter in Brazil
This special Latino Rebels Radio episode features (once again) our friends at the Latino Media Collective as they discuss the Black Lives Matter movement in Brazil with Professor Jaime Alves from the College of Staten Island.
Jul 24, 2016
44: The Fight for Independence in Western Sahara
Much like Equatorial Guinea, the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara is almost non-existent in the consciousness of Latinos in the US. This week our friends at the Latino Media Collective take over Latino Rebels Radio to interview Stephen Zunes on the fight for independence in Western Sahara.
Jul 17, 2016
43: Al Madrigal and Peace and Dignity Journeys 2016
We welcome comedian and actor Al Madrigal! He will be speaking to us about the Latino Comedy Festival: a celebration of the Latino community and its impact on the comedy world. He'll also tell you how you can volunteer! On the second half of the show, we are joined by José Malvido, the North and Central America coordinator for the Peace and Dignity Journeys 2016. The Peace and Dignity run occurs every four years to preserve indigenous traditions and spiritual practices. José will give us an update on the progress so far.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 10, 2016
42: A Conversation with Rosa Clemente
Rosa Clemente is one of the most honest, political, social and cultural voices in the country, having dedicated her life to scholar activism. She joins us to discuss the recent events in Baton Rogue, Falcon Heights, Dallas and others parts of this nation. Later in the show, Latino Rebels contributor William García joins us to give his take. #BlackLivesMatter
1 hr 3 min
Jul 3, 2016
41: DAPA/DACA Update & Why Teens Are Going to Flint to Help Undocumented Immigrants
Viridiana Hernandez, public policy director at the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to block Obama Administration's executive order on DAPA and DACA. She will tell us what this means to the Latino community and what can still be done. Also joining us will be Bryan Martinez, Carizma Brown and Dr. Cesar A. Cruz. They are in Flint, Michigan, in an effort to distribute clean water to undocumented immigrants.
1 hr 3 min
Jun 28, 2016
40: The Young Man Who Recorded Racism Against Latinos (REBROADCAST)
We took another week off because of summer, so we are running a 2015 rebroadcast of our talk with Carlos Steven Vazquez, whose video of an older woman telling his family to stop speaking Spanish in a Los Angeles Koreatown IHOP in LA went viral on Facebook.
1 hr 4 min
Jun 19, 2016
39: Brownface Minstrelsy (REBROADCAST)
We took the weekend off for Father's Day, so we're rebroadcasting this 2015 show. First up, Raúl Pérez, author of "Brownface Minstrelsy: ‘José Jiménez,’ the Civil Rights Movement and the Legacy of Racist Comedy." In the second half of the show, Alex Alvarez and Juan Vidal discuss their appearance on a HuffPost Live segment about Latin@ stereotypes and diversity in media.
1 hr 2 min
Jun 12, 2016
38: Valedictorian Larissa Martinez and Orlando's Tragedy
We're honored to have high school valedictorian Larissa Martinez, who recently made a bold statement at her graduation speech. She will tell us what the reaction has been and what she plans to do in the future. Also joining us will be Pedro Julio Serrano, a Puerto Rican human rights activist and senior advisor for the New York City Council. Pedro Julio will share his thoughts about the tragic mass shooting in Orlando.
1 hr 2 min
Jun 8, 2016
37: A History of US Latino Riots
We are happy to present another episode from the Latino Media Collective. For this show, Aaron Fountain, a PhD student in the department of American History at Indiana University-Bloomington, discusses the surprisingly extensive history of urban Latino riots. He also talks about how the "Black-White Binary" of racial injustice makes these moments in history largely forgotten and how they can happen again. Featured image: Rioting at Roosevelt Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 1971 (Guy Bralley/Albuquerque Journal) #Latinos #History
Jun 5, 2016
36: The Tamarindo Podcast and Remembering Muhammad Ali
Meet Tamarindo, a socially conscious podcast with a Latino vibe. Luis Octavio and Brenda Gonzalez tell us all about their podcast and what lies ahead for their show. Then our very own Omar Cruz shares his thoughts about the death of the great Muhammad Ali. And we close the show with a special song. #MuhammadAli #Ali
1 hr 2 min
May 31, 2016
35: War Against All Puerto Ricans: A Conversation with Nelson A. Denis (REBROADCAST)
We took the weekend off for Memorial Day, so this week we are replaying a 2015 interview with Nelson A. Denis, author of War Against All Puerto Ricans. #PuertoRico #History
1 hr 4 min
May 23, 2016
34: What Does ‘Hispanic’ Look Like?
We talk with Carlos Andrés Gómez, an HBO Def Poet, actor, speaker and author. He will be talking to us about his latest spoken word poem, which has gotten a lot of traction on the internet and asks the question: What does "Hispanic" look like? He'll give us his take. Also joining us was Shannon K. Rivers. Shannon is a delegate at the United National Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the former Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Global Caucus. He recently helped the parents of the Ayotzinapa victims, asking the UN Special Rapporteur to visit Mexico.
1 hr 2 min
May 17, 2016
33: Fabian Debora's Redemption
We are honored to feature once again our friends at Latino Media Collective. In this show, the LMC team speaks with Fabian Debora, a former gang member turned artist. Fabian talks about his incredible story of his descent into gang land and drug use to his rebirth and redemption with art and community work. Fabian currently works for the East L.A. organization called Homeboy Industries, which helps from gang members with education, job training and other social services. #eastla #losangeles
May 15, 2016
32: Inside the Mind of a Latino Trump Supporter
Jorge Herrera is a Mexican-American Donald Trump supporter from California who explains why he thinks Latinos are all wrong about Trump. New York-based immigration lawyer Matthew Kolken shares his thoughts about how the recent announcement of planned raids by ICE will affect the already backlogged immigration court system. Finally, we wrap up the show with Arizona news. The state can't seem to get their ballot issue in order and this is causing havoc yet again. Adrian Fontes joins us. Adrian is an Arizona native, former U.S. Marine and attorney with more than 10 years experience in criminal prosecution, law enforcement and issues of constitutional rights. He's also a candidate for Maricopa County Recorder.
1 hr 4 min
May 8, 2016
31: A Mexican Flag on the Lawn (2014 REBROADCAST)
We took this weekend off to celebrate Mother's Day, so we shared a September 28, 2014 show that we believe is very relevant to the debate about identity, culture and the 2016 presidential election. When is freedom of expression, one of this country's greatest strengths, seen as "anti-American?" And why does it matter if someone flies a Mexican flag on their lawn? #trump #mexico #flags
1 hr 2 min
May 5, 2016
30: Latino Rebels Turns Five Years Old: Where Do We Go Next?
For this special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, our founder Julio Ricardo Varela looks back at our past five years and asks our community: where do we go next?
May 1, 2016
29: The 'Frisco Five' Hunger Strike and 'Make America Mexico Again'
Do you know why there's a hunger strike going on in San Francisco right now? Marce Graudinš joins us to discuss the efforts by activists to have the police chief step down after a series of racist text were discovered by officers. Later, Anna Gold talks about her parody "Make America Mexico Again" cap that has gone viral, the very same cap that Jerónimo Saldaña tried to customize unsuccessfully at a local Lids. #FriscoFive #Frisco5 #Trump
Apr 24, 2016
28: Tribeca's 'Latino Problem' and the Most Racist Ad Ever
Louis E. Perego Moreno, founder and executive producer of Prime Latino Media, joined us to discuss his "A Latino Call to Arms in Not Supporting the Tribeca Film Festival" opinion piece. Later in the show, we spend some time telling you all about the most racist campaign ad of 2016. Featured image: Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (Brianga/Wikimedia Commons) #tribeca #hollywood #latinos
1 hr 4 min
Apr 22, 2016
27: Veteranas and Rucas: The East L.A. Party Crews of the 1990s
Our friends at the Latino Media Collective have taken over our channel once again and we are happy to have them. In their latest episode, LMC talks with Guadalupe Rosales, indie artist and creator of the Instagram account entitled, "Veteranas and Rucas." For more LMC shows, visit http://soundcloud.com/latinomediacollective
Apr 17, 2016
26: Why Are Progressive Groups Slamming Julián Castro?
This past week POLITICO reported that several progressive groups have targeted HUD Secretary Julián Castro, questioning his vice presidential qualifications if Hillary Clinton were to win the Democratic presidential nomination. That campaign led to dissension among Latino organizations, according to BuzzFeed. Others have weighed in on the story, claiming that Castro being Latino is just irrelevant. The chatter keeps getting stronger, so much so that Castro had to address it with NBC News. We talk with Matt Nelson, Managing Director at Presente.org, one of the groups who is criticizing Castro for "selling our neighborhoods to Wall Street." An online petition has generated close to 100,000 signatures in just a few days. Later in the show, Brent Wilkes, the National Executive Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), will join us as well. LULAC and other Latino organizations have been critical of the campaign against Castro.
1 hr 4 min
Apr 12, 2016
25: The Only Spanish-Speaking Republic in Africa
We are proud to feature the Latino Media Collective in this special show. Whether in textbooks, Spanish-language media, or even among our friends and relatives, Equatorial Guinea is virtually non-existent in the consciousness of Latinos in the Western Hemisphere.
Apr 10, 2016
24: The Guy Who Protested Ted Cruz in the South Bronx
Last week during a Ted Cruz campaign stop in the South Bronx, Rodrigo Venegas of Rebel Díaz got the attention of the U.S. political media when he protested the Cruz visit. RodStarz joins us to talk about the Cruz story. We will also ask him about his newest album and other projects he is doing.
1 hr 4 min
Apr 8, 2016
23: Bernie Sanders Talks Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis
On April 6, 2016, the Bernie Sanders campaign held a Tele-Town Hall with hundreds of Latino volunteers across the country to talk about the Puerto Rican financial crisis. At the beginning of the Tele-Town Hall, Senator Sanders addressed the audience. Latino Rebels Radio obtained this recording from the Sanders campaign, which was holding this Tele-Town Hall event to recruit volunteers for the campaign. Featured image: Bernie Sanders in the South Bronx, March 31, 2016 (Photo by Michael Vadon)
Apr 3, 2016
22: Is Hillary Clinton the Right Choice for Progressives?
We start the show with Miguel Guadalupe, whose latest Latino Rebels opinion piece states that progressives can proudly support Hillary Clinton. It's been six years since the death of Anastasio Hernández Rojas at the hands of CBP agents was caught on camera, spurring policy changes within the agency. Later in the show we speak with attorney Roxanna Altholz about the case. Featured image: Hillary Clinton (Photo by Gage Skidmore)
1 hr 4 min
Mar 27, 2016
21: Voter Problems in Arizona and Trump Protesters
We welcome back Maricopa County Democratic Party chairman Steven Slugocki. He will give us an update on what has happened since the March 22 voting disaster, where people waited up to five hours to vote. Before the Arizona primary, protesters shut down a highway right before a Donald Trump rally. Three protesters were arrested. Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director for Mijente, was one of those arrested. Jacinta was turned over to ICE even though she is an American citizen.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 20, 2016
20: The SXSW Show
This is our SXSW show. We start with Natalia Linares, who was in charge of SOL LIFE SXSW— an official SXSW showcase featuring the next generation of modern cross-cultural sounds. Also joining us is Jessica Reeves, the COO of Voto Latino. At SXSW Interactive, Voto Latinos announced the launch of a new app which allow people to scan their ID to register to vote. We close the show with Ovarian Psycos. The documentary about the all-female bicycle collective from East LA made its feature debut at SXSW Film with a total of three packed showings. Directed by Kate Trumbull-LaValle and Joanna Sokolowski, the documentary follows the group of predominately young Latina women referred to as “Ovas.”
1 hr 4 min
Mar 13, 2016
19: Bernie Sanders and the Latino Vote
Has Bernie Sanders broken Hillary Clinton's "Latino firewall" or is the Vermont senator facing a challenge his campaign can't overcome? Prominent immigrant rights advocate and Sanders' National Latino Press Secretary Erika Andiola joins us to discuss. Later in the show, we hear from Alonzo Mendoza, a member of the pro-immigrant rights group that protested President Barack Obama's SXSW appearance
1 hr 4 min
Mar 6, 2016
18: Why Fans at a Boston Celtics Game Shut Down Racist Trump Chants
We talk with Elvis Jocol Lara of Boston's El Mundo about what happened in Boston on Friday night when he and others shut down two fans who were shouting Donald Trump chants during a basketball game. Later in the show, we look a new Arizona bill that aims to protect immigrants from scrupulous practices. Some say the bill is just another attack on immigrants. Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada will join us to get his side.
1 hr 3 min
Feb 28, 2016
17: Does Trump Really Have the Latino Vote?
Donald Trump claimed to have won the Latino Vote in Nevada, suggesting that he will do well with Latinos if he were to become the GOP nominees. We will drill down the numbers to get to the bottom of it. NBCNews.com contributor Stephen A. Nuño will join us to give us his take. Featured image: Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
1 hr 4 min
Feb 26, 2016
16: Why Black Lives Matter in Latin America
On this special edition of Latino Rebels Radio, Oscar Fernandez of the Latino Media Collective (WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC) shares this editorial about the intersectionality of Black Lives Matter and Latin America.
Feb 21, 2016
15: Dolores Huerta's 'English Only' Moment, the Latino Litmus Test and Voter Suppression in Arizona
We start the show with Dolores Huerta to discuss what actually happened Saturday in Nevada when she says that Bernie Sanders supporters chanted "English only" when she offered to translate at a caucus vote. Then Julia Torres Barden talks to us about the the "Latino litmus test." We close the show with Steven Slugocky, Chairman for the Maricopa Democratic Party, who tell us about possible voter suppression going on in Phoenix.
1 hr 4 min
Feb 14, 2016
14: Cruz Speaks Spanish While Bernie and Hillary Spar Over Central America
We are back with a new show. We talk about the GOP Debate and also discuss the differences between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton when it comes to immigration.
1 hr 4 min
Jan 24, 2016
13: #MigraMap, #FlintWaterCrisis and Rick Najera
The Obama administration has resumed conducting raids and detaining families as part of an effort to deport Central Americans who have fled violence in their home countries. At least 121 people have been detained so far. In an effort to gather some of those stories and also share other underreported stories, Latino Rebels created #MigraMap—a crowdsourced data journalism tool. Christina Saenz-Alcantara will join us to give us more insight and an update on the map. She will also share the latest about #FlintWaterCrisis. Rick Najera then joins us. Najera is an award-winning author and also writes for Hulu’s original series, East Los High. Rick will be speaking to us his latest involvement with the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase 2016.
1 hr 4 min
Jan 11, 2016
12: Bordertown with Lalo Alcaraz (and a Live Earthquake)
Here is this week's show, which we did LIVE on Sunday January 10 at 10pmET. Lalo Alcaraz talked "Bordertown" and Erick "ROHO" Garcia, a local artist from Chicago who will be launching his "Red Tour" on January 16 in Los Angeles.
1 hr 3 min
Dec 20, 2015
11: Miss Puerto Rico's Anti-Muslim Rants, a Post SB 1070 Phoenix and Welcome Mi Jente
Our latest LIVE show: the latest about Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Vélez, who was suspended indefinitely for anti-Muslim tweets, how the city of Phoenix is shedding its SB1070 past and we talk with Mi Jente!
1 hr 4 min
Dec 18, 2015
10: Maurice Compte of NARCOS: The Latino Rebels Interview
In this episode, Sharis talks to Maurice Compte of NARCOS, digging deeper into storytelling and Latinos.
Dec 6, 2015
9: The 'Latinx’ Episode
We discussed the new Netflix series "Master Of None" With Christina Saenz-Alcantara, and then spoke with María Scharrón-del Río, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the School Counseling Program in the Department of School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership (SPCL) at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). Maria shared her thoughts about her article, "The Case FOR ‘Latinx’: Why Intersectionality Is Not a Choice." And oh yeah, that Coca-Cola ad.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 29, 2015
8: Back from a Break
We reviewed the top stories of the week. And we opened our phone lines.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 16, 2015
7: Our First All-West Coast Show
So Julito and Sharis are together in the studio for the first time. They are broadcasting from Los Angeles. Hector Barajas, director of Deported Veterans Support House, joins us in the first part of the hour. Barajas grew up in Compton, graduated from Compton High School in 1995, and then became a paratrooper for the US Army 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Later in the show, we talk with Grammy-nominated Locos Por Juana.
1 hr 2 min
Nov 8, 2015
6: #RacismIsntFunny Update and Deport Racism Joins Us (EXPLICIT)
Deport Racism released a video that went viral and left many people on our Facebook page with mixed emotions. Luke Montgomery, a social media marketing activist and member of Deport Racism, joins us to discuss the group's motivation behind the video. After that, Juan Escalante gave us the latest updates about the #RacismIsntFunny campaign. WARNING: In the first part of the show, our guest uses explicit language.