Latino USA
Latino USA
Sep 22, 2020
The Breakdown: The Spell Of Yma Sumac
38 min

In the 1950s, singer and diva Yma Sumac took over the North American airwaves with her mystical voice. The Queen of Exotica and Inca Princess was said to cast a spell on anyone who came across her with her exotic look and nearly five-octave range. But while Yma Sumac rose to prominence across the globe, the Peruvian public in her home country, was not seduced by her song—or her representation of indigenous Peruvians. Today, Latino USA breaks down the phenomena behind one of the original divas, her conflicts and criticisms, and the impact of her legacy.

This story originally aired in September of 2019.

Intersectionality Matters!
Intersectionality Matters!
African American Policy Forum
30. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
After perhaps the most important election of our lifetimes, the real work begins. On this episode, Kimberlé sits down with a brilliant group of political thinkers and leaders to analyze the 2020 election and the challenges that remain. The discussion includes insights as to how local organizers turned Georgia blue for the first time in a generation, what strategies progressives might employ to keep pressure on President-elect Biden, and why in 2020, President Trump appears to have made electoral inroads with every demographic but white men. The panelists also discuss Kamala Harris’ historic ascension to the nation's second highest office, despite facing unparalleled levels of misogynoir. With: ALICIA GARZA - Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Principal, Black Futures Lab EDDIE GLAUDE JR. - Professor, Princeton; Author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own JANINE JACKSON - Program Director, FAIR; Producer/Host of CounterSpin
 REP BARBARA LEE - U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district KATE MANNE - Professor, Cornell; Author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny VIET THANH NGUYEN - Professor, USC; Pulitzer Prize author, The Sympathizer KIRSTEN WEST SAVALI - Executive Producer, Essence Magazine EMERY WRIGHT - Co-director, Project South; Organizer and political educator Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks) Produced by Julia Sharpe-Levine Edited by Julia Sharpe-Levine and Rebecca Scheckman Additional support provided by the African American Policy Forum Music by Blue Dot Sessions Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast
1 hr 13 min
System Check with Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren
System Check with Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren
System Check
6: There Is No Room to Mess Up This Presidential Transition
Seventy-eight: That’s the number of days between the Presidential election and the Presidential inauguration. Much needs to be accomplished in those days for the peaceful transition of power. The stakes are higher than you think, and there are life-and-death implications for the lives of millions of Americans affected by our system of the transfer of power. On this week’s System Check, your hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren explain how the next administration will come to be, and the impact it will have on all our lives. We start with some history: The 1963 Presidential Transition Act, to be exact. This little known legislation helps smooth over some of the uncertainties and vulnerabilities that comes with the transition of power—but given the threats Trump and his administration pose against the usual transition process, our democracy is in a more fragile state than you might think. In the next couple of weeks, thousands of appointments need to be made, important work needs to take place to prepare for governance, and vital information needs to be passed along to new personnel.  To figure out how this has all worked in years passed—and what makes 2020 different—Melissa and Dorian turn to a few experts and leaders who understand the intricacies of this system. Max Stier, President and CEO of Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan organization that runs the Center for Presidential Transition ( , discusses why presidential transitions matter to the system of American democracy. John King, CEO of The EducationTrust ( and former Secretary of Education under President Obama, checks in to talk to System Check about how presidential transitions are vulnerable periods in democracies, and alerts us to the internal and external threats to the nation—and each and every one of us—of an intentionally broken system of transition.  We then get a final word from Julian Castro ( , 2020 presidential candidate and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration. He reminds and helps us imagine what a successful system of peaceful transfer of power looks like, especially for those millions of civil servants who do the daily work of governing.   System Checklist Transforming analysis into action, our hosts give listeners three action items this week:  First, educate yourself about the presidential transition process: Read about the 1963 Presidential Transition Act ( to understand our system of the transfer of executive power. And check out Transition Lab ( —it’s a whole podcast about presidential transitions, by Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition. They know their stuff. Get informed about the ways the Trump administration is undermining the usual transition process—The Nation’s Jeet Heer laid out all the ways this transition is not normal ( .  Get active: The presidential transition is just the start. Once Biden and Harris are in office, progressives will still have our work cut out for us fighting for the policies we believe in, and undoing four years of Trump’s reckless administration. Research an issue you care about, find a group that organizes around that issue, and get involved. As always, we welcome your additions to our Checklist! Use our Twitter ( and Facebook ( pages to add your comments, suggested actions, and organizations to support. And if you like the show, Apple Podcasts ( , Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts for new episodes every Friday. System Check is a project of The Nation magazine, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren and produced by Sophia Steinert-Evoy. Support for System Check comes from Omidyar Network, a social change venture that is reimagining how capitalism should work. Learn more about their efforts to recenter our economy around individuals, community, and societal well-being at ( . Our executive producer is Frank Reynolds. Our theme music is by Brooklyn-based artist and producer Jachary ( . Subscribe to The Nation to support all of our podcasts:
35 min
Get Booked
Get Booked
Book Riot
E259: Our Holiday Recommendations Show!
Amanda and Jenn answer holiday gift-giving questions in this week’s episode of Get Booked. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Questions 1. Hi! I’m looking for a gift idea for my 55 year old brother-in-law. He’s a retired jailer, anti-vaxxer, Republican who can trounce anyone at Jeopardy! He likes to learn things but is not a huge reader. He’s been on a Bill O’Reilly kick but I would like to find him something with an alternative point of view that might still be interesting to him and keep him engaged.  Thanks, love your podcast and you both! -Leenie 2. Hi Amanda and Jenn!! I love your podcast and listen to it regularly. I’m looking for a book for my 17 year old brother for the holidays, but since I’m younger than him and I’m not really into the same books as him anyway, I’m at a loss for what to purchase. He loves long epic fantasy series and horror (he has read a good chunk of all the Stephen King stuff and loved The Dark Tower series especially, but also likes books more in line with the Lord of the Rings books and A Song of Ice and Fire series). Again, he is seventeen, so more adult-ish books are fine, he just isn’t a fan of a bunch of romance. Also, if your picks could be series’ that already have all/most of the books out, that would be much appreciated. Thanks a million!! -Quinn 3. Hello ladies. I was hoping you could help me find a couple good books to give my father for Xmas this year. His favorite genres tend to be historical fiction (which I don’t read much of personally) or science-y nonfiction (he is a retired anesthesiologist with a passion for plants). Some books he has read and enjoyed are A Gentleman in Moscow, Bill Bryson’s books (The Body &  A Short History of Nearly Everything), Cutting for Stone, Barkskins, Ken Follet’s books, & Mary Roach’s books. He can be a little depressive and this has been a hard year (for everyone) so something not too heavy/depressing might be better. Maybe steer clear of war (he found Grunt particularly depressing as it highlighted the many ways we’ve worked to destroy each other). I was considering Homegoing or Pachinko as I’ve heard so many positive things about them and think the family saga aspect seems similar to Cutting for Stone, but they do both also seem potentially heavy subject matter. Caitlin Doughty is also already on his list as my younger sister was considering pursuing mortuary science for a time. Thanks!  -Jean 4. I’m looking for a book to get for a friend for Christmas. She’s a middle school science teacher (but she’s trying to get into a high school) so I usually get her science based books. Years past I’ve gotten her The Emperor of all Maladies and Get Well Soon. She suffers from depression and climate change can be a trigger for her, so while I think she would love Lab Girl, I think it might be too much, especially this year.  Can you help me? -Angela 5. Looking for a Christmas book for my 10 year old nephew. He loves a rags to riches type story,  especially about sports.  A recent fav was Unstoppable by Tim Green. Last year I got him The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and he loved it. Thank you!! -Kendal 6. I would like to find a cozy Christmas read. I’m down for any genre, though if it is romance, I would prefer a WLW if possible. It’s not something I have come across before, but Christmas is my favorite time of year. Any help for this Christmas nerd/bookworm?  -Beth 7. **Response before Christmas** 🤷🏻‍♀️ Hi All, This is my favorite podcast. I’m looking for a book for my husband. He’s not a reader, but he likes mysteries. When he was younger he read Sherlock Holmes and LOTR (that’s the only books he can name for me). He said I could buy him a mystery and I need help. I obviously got really excited. He doesn’t want it to be long (maybe a novella or under 300 pages. I have no idea if there are novella mysteries). He also said it’s be okay if it might be a little sci-fi. We like Doctor Who, Star Wars and started watching Stargate recently. He doesn’t want it to be a Star Wars story or Doctor Who story. He said he might be interested in Agatha Christie because he liked the movie Murder on the Orient Express. He’s giving me a lot of ideas but I obviously have no idea where to start. Any help you can give me would be awesome!  -Mikala Books Discussed The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu The Answer Is by Alex Trebek Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang (ALL THE TRIGGER WARNINGS) Humankind by Rutger Bregman transl Elizabeth Manton and Erica Moore Braiding Sweetgrass, the gift edition, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, illustrated by Nate Christopherson The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars by Kate Greene Reaching for the Moon by Katherine G. Johnson Outcasts United by Warren St. John (mention of violence against women and children) Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (tw: child abuse, sexual assault) See for privacy information.
40 min
Our America with Julián Castro
Our America with Julián Castro
Lemonada Media
The Luxury of Paid Sick Leave
Martin Macias and his wife, Tomasita, crossed the border from Mexico into the United States back in the ‘80s with the dream of starting a family. They had their son Jose, and together they became community leaders in the fight for immigrant rights and workers’ benefits. But their journey is marked with unimaginable loss – of a job, their home, and the family’s matriarch. This week, we’re talking about the life and death consequences of what happens when workers are denied basic benefits like paid time off. The father-son activist duo talk about Tomasita’s lasting impact, and what it’s going to take to make economic progress for undocumented immigrant families in our country.   Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX.    Resources from this episode: Follow Make The Road Nevada’s advocacy updates on their webpage and on Twitter. Keep up with the Fight For $15 here. Check out Informed Immigrants’ comprehensive list of immigrant rights resources and the National Employment Law Project’s fact sheet on immigrant workers’ rights and COVID-19.   Support the show by checking out our sponsors You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527. The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to shortly after the air date.   Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. See for privacy information.
25 min
Novel Pairings
Novel Pairings
Novel Pairings
38. The Best Audiobooks We Read in 2020
Have we mentioned how much we love audiobooks? We’ve both been avid listeners for a long time, but between pandemic life and Sara’s Aspen Words reading, this has been a banner year for audiobooks. Today, we’re each sharing twelve of our favorite listening experiences. With a mix of literary fiction, romance, nonfiction, and YA, today’s episode has an audiobook recommendation for every reader. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter. Use our affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription for yourself or purchase a gift. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates on what we're currently listening to. View all of our recs and shop our links on the blog. Chelsey's Favorites: Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson // Amazon // Bookshop // The Switch by Beth O’Leary // Amazon // Bookshop // The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary // Amazon // Bookshop // Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam // Amazon // Bookshop // The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert // Amazon // Bookshop // Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall // Amazon // Bookshop // Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi // Amazon // Bookshop // Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert // Amazon // Bookshop // Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo // Amazon // Bookshop // Here for It: Or How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas. // Amazon // Bookshop // Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid // Amazon // Bookshop // How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones // Amazon // Bookshop // Sara's Favorites: The City We Became by NK Jemison // Amazon // Bookshop // The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson // Amazon // Bookshop // The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner // Amazon // Bookshop // Members Only by Sameer Pandya // Amazon // Bookshop // Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby // Amazon // Bookshop // Stamped The Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi // Amazon // Bookshop // Intimations by Zadie Smith // Amazon // Bookshop // Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit // Amazon // Bookshop The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich // Amazon // Bookshop // Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham // Amazon // Bookshop // Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Annaparra // Amazon // Bookshop // The Remains of the Day // Amazon // Bookshop //
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