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Línea Abierta : NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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61:23 minutes (56.21 MB)

NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR. The New Year begins with a new Congress. What is on the horizon for immigration reform, health reform, climate change legislation, education, social spending and other issues that could affect Latinos in 2011? A guest commentator gives a preview of what’s to come during the new year.

Guest: Gabriel Villalobos, Host and Producer, Contacto Total, KNUV 1190 AM, Phoenix, AZ.

Línea Abierta : MANAGING FINANCES

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

MANAGING FINANCES. Hundreds of thousands of Latino families continue struggling with unemployment, foreclosure, and increased debt during this recession. As many families work to find ways to get back on their feet, a financial expert offers tips on how to make sound financial resolutions for the new year. He also answer listener questions on understanding and managing finances in these difficult times.

Guest: Louis Barajas, Financial Planner and Writer, Santa Fe Springs, CA, www.louisbarajas.com

Línea Abierta : HEALTH RESOLUTIONS.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

HEALTH RESOLUTIONS. As each new year begins, many resolve to go to the gym, quit smoking, lose weight, or eat more healthy food. An acclaimed Latino health promoter offers advice on how to make healthy resolutions that improve all aspects of our lives, from family, to work, school and community.

Guest: Dr. América Bracho, Director, Latino Health Access, Santa Ana, CA, http://latinohealthaccess.net/

Línea Abierta : ETHNIC STUDIES BANNED.

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59:09 minutes (54.16 MB)

ETHNIC STUDIES BANNED. Even as Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070 is challenged in court, another law goes into effect that bans ethnic studies in the state. The law, that goes into effect January 1, prohibits educators from teaching about the history of the civil rights movement of Mexican-Americans. Eleven teachers are appealing the law.

Guests: Roberto Rodríguez, Assistant Professor of Mexican-American and Raza Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, http://masrc.arizona.edu/ ; Manuel de Jesús Hernández, Associate Professor of Mexican-American Studies in Spanish, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, www.asu.edu ; Elvia Díaz, Reporter, Noticiero Latino, Radio Bilingüe, Phoenix, AZ, www.radiobilingue.org

Línea Abierta : TECHNO RESOLUTIONS. ALSO, TRAGEDY IN ARIZONA.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

TECHNO RESOLUTIONS. What can listeners do this year to improve their lives through technology? An expert gives ideas on how online calendars can help keep people on schedule, or how digital video cameras can keep immigrants in close touch with family members in their home countries.

Guest: Ariel Coro, Weekly Columnist, La Opinión, and Host and Founder, Tu Tecnología, Miami, FL. www.tutecnologia.com

ALSO, TRAGEDY IN ARIZONA. The eyes of the nation turn to Arizona, after a gunman killed six people and injured 14, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. This edition includes an analysis of the shooting, by news director Samuel Orozco.

Línea Abierta : FARMERS DEMAND REPARATIONS. ALSO, UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS.

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59:08 minutes (54.16 MB)

FARMERS DEMAND REPARATIONS. More than 1,000 Latino farmers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for years of unfair loans and other discriminatory practices. The government has offered them over $1 billion dollars, a fraction of what has been approved for African-American farmers. On the eve of a new hearing, Latino farmers join this edition to talk about the case.

Guests: Collette Harrell, Attorney, Howery LLP, Washington DC, www.howrey.com ; Alberto Acosta, Chili farmer and plaintiff, Animas, New Mexico; Noé Obregón, Farmer and Plaitiff, Pearsall, Texas.

ALSO, UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS. Unemployment fell in December to 9.4%, the lowest it has been in the past year and a half. This is an interview with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solís.

Línea Abierta : HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA. ALSO, METHYL IODIDE.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA. A new law in California goes further than federal health reform to make sure children with pre-existing health conditions receive medical insurance. The state law goes into effect January 1 and makes it illegal to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, and limits the amount insurers can charge those children’s families.

Guest: Rebecca Stark, Project Coordinator, People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) California, San Francisco, CA. rebecca@picocalifornia.org , www.picocalifornia.org ; Sandra Pérez, Director, State Office of the Patient Advocate, Sacramento, CA. www.opa.ca.gov , sperez@opa.ca.gov

Línea Abierta : GARÍFUNA SOUL.

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59:10 minutes (54.18 MB)

GARÍFUNA SOUL. Parranda music of the Garífuna people mixes guitar-based ballad with drums and rhythms evocative of African and American Indian roots. Aurelio Martínez, who grew up on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, is keeping the musical tradition alive with his Garífuna soul music. Aired on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this edition celebrates Aurelio’s music and the links between the culture and struggles of Garífuna people in Central America and African Americans in the United States. This edition is part of our Raíces series, celebrating grassroots artists.

Guest: Aurelio Martínez, Singer, composer, and guitarist, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.subpop.com/artists/aurelio

Línea Abierta : TUCSON, HATE SPEECH AND VIOLENCE.

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59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)

TUCSON, HATE SPEECH AND VIOLENCE. After the violent attack at a town hall meeting in Tucson that killed six people and injured 14, citizen groups are renewing their demands that the federal government investigate the effect on violence and hate crimes of hate speech in the media. This edition takes a deeper look at the links between a poisoned political atmosphere, hate language and violence, and what can be done.

Guests: Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Congressman, Arizona's 7th Congressional District, Tucson, AZ, http://grijalva.house.gov/ ; Alex Nogales, President, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Los Angeles, CA, www.nhmc.org ; Attorney Marielena Hincapie, Director, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA, www.nilc.org

Línea Abierta : TAXES AND CUTS. ALSO, HEALTH LAW CHALLENGED.

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59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)

TAXES AND CUTS. Incoming governor of California Jerry Brown has proposed massive cuts to social services, including healthcare, childcare, education, and back-to-work programs. At the same time, he is counting on voters to approve extending temporary tax increases. This edition offers a look at who will be affected by the governor’s proposal.

Guests: Ana Matosantos, Director, State of California Department of Finance, Sacramento, CA. www.dof.ca.gov/about_finance/staff/ana_matosantos/ExternalAffairs ; Edgar Cabral, Senior Fiscal & Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office, Sacramento, CA, www.lao.ca.gov ; Ricardo Vazquez, Spokesperson, University of California Office of the President, Berkeley, CA, www.ucop.edu ; Rubén Cantú, Program Director, California Pan Ethnic Health Network, Oakland, CA, www.cpehn.org

Línea Abierta : PREVENTING CERVICAL CANCER.

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59:09 minutes (54.16 MB)

PREVENTING CERVICAL CANCER. Cervical cancer is preventable, with an inexpensive screening that can detect the illness at early stages. Yet research shows that Latinas and African-American women have the highest mortality rates nationwide. In California, Latinas are diagnosed with cervical cancer twice as often as white women, and a large number have never had a screening. Experts provide practical advice.

Guests: Diana Ramos, OBGYN, Board Member, California Medical Association Foundation, Los Ángeles, CA. www.thecmafoundation.org ; Suzie Carrillo, Cervical cancer survivor, Redlands, CA. Susie_carrillo@msn.com ; Damiana Perez Flores, Promoter, Latinas Against Cancer, San José, CA. www.latinascontracancer.org

Línea Abierta : OPEN INTERNET?

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

OPEN INTERNET? The Federal Communications Commission approved the Open Internet Order, a set of new rules to make sure the worldwide web is open and equally accessible to everyone. The new rules have attracted criticism from all sides. Some Latino advocacy groups say it's a step in the right direction. Others say the regulations don’t go far enough, since they overlook wireless devices, such as mobile phones, one of the main ways many Latinos and other people of color connect to the internet. And Republicans in Congress and communication companies are challenging the rules on Capitol Hill and the Courts. This program discusses the new rules and their impact on Latino consumers.

Línea Abierta : STATE OF THE UNION.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

STATE OF THE UNION. President Obama gives his second State of the Union address, with support from more than half of Americans. Under Obama’s administration, the economic downfall has slowed, and health and financial reforms were passed. Still pending are his promises of immigration reform and a stop to tax cuts for the rich. Listeners call in to this program to give their own take on Obama’s first two years and their expectations of today's State of the Union address.

Línea Abierta : LATINOS DEFEND SOCIAL SECURITY.

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59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)

LATINOS DEFEND SOCIAL SECURITY. A bipartisan commission created to address the nation’s deficit recommends increasing the age seniors can claim retirement benefits and reducing benefits for many people. In response, a number of Latino organizations have come together in an alliance to defend social security from cutbacks and call for ensuring sustainability of the benefits, which they say represent nearly all the income for almost half of Latino seniors. Members of the new coalition join this on-air conversation.

Guests: Héctor Sánchez, Executive Director, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and Member, Latinos for a Secure Retirement, Washington, DC , www.lclaa.org ; Roy Aragón, Consultant, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Albuquerque, NM, www.ncpssm.org

Línea Abierta : HEART DISEASE: TOP KILLER.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

HEART DISEASE: TOP KILLER. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Yet, only half of women indicated that they would call 9-1-1 if they felt the symptoms of a heart attack. These statistics are particularly alarming among women in the African American and Latino communities. An expert joins this edition to educate listeners about the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack.

Guest: Dr. Altagracia Chávez, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, Elyria, OH, http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart

Línea Abierta : OPENING TRAVEL TO CUBA.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

OPENING TRAVEL TO CUBA. President Obama has directed changes to be made to U.S. policies of travel and remittances embargo to Cuba. The president’s new rules would allow educational exchanges and clerics travel to Cuba, and money to be sent to non-family members. Some say this is a sign of support for the Cuban people, while others say the plans will undermine U.S. foreign policy.

Guests: Mario Díaz-Balart, Republican Congressman, Florida, Washington, DC, http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov; Nelson Valdés, Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico Department of Sociology, Albuquerque, NM, nvaldes@unm.edu ; Bill Martínez, Immigration lawyer, San Francisco, CA, http://www.billmartinez.com/home.html

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANT DRIVERS’ LICENSES AND IDs.

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59:09 minutes (54.16 MB)

IMMIGRANT DRIVERS’ LICENSES AND IDs. Restrictive bills have been proposed in Washington and New Mexico, two of the three states where undocumented immigrants can receive drivers’ licenses. Meantime, governments in other states, try to expand access of immigrants to public services. The city of Durham, North Carolina just ordered its police department to accept Mexican Consulate cards as an official form of identification.

Guests: Marcela Díaz, Director, Somos un Pueblo Unido, Santa Fe, NM, www.somosunpueblounido.org ; Pilar Rocha, General Director, El Centro Hispano, Durham, NC, www.elcentronc.org

Línea Abierta : THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE WEBCAST?

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE WEBCAST? Egypt’s government ordered Internet to shut down during the massive protests. The government blamed blogmobs, txtmobs and tweetmobs for the uprising. How is this Internet blackout disrupting the daily life of citizens in the country? How do people stay connected to the outside world? How do they get information and communicate with each other?

Guest: Ana Roca Castro, Founder and Chair, Latinos in Social Media, Albany, NY, www.latism.org ; Luis Montes, Media Consultant, Pan American Communications, LLC, Brightwaters, NY, http://www.panamericancommunications.com

Línea Abierta : STUDENT LOAN REFORM. ALSO, UNEMPLOYMENT GOES DOWN.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

STUDENT LOAN REFORM. Both the health reform and the financial reform laws make big changes to loans for college students. Under new law, interest rates of public loans will be lower, and eventually, repayment would be based on income instead of interest. Private student loans for the first time will be overseen by a consumer protection agency. As parents and students get ready to file for financial aid, this edition takes a look at what the new laws mean.

Guests: Victor Sánchez, Vice-president, United States Students Association, Washington, D.C., www.usstudents.org ; Laura Maristany, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C., www.hacu.net ; Dr. Alejandra Rincón, Vice-president of Programs, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, San Francisco, CA. www.hsf.net , http://tuspalabrasdehoy.org/

Línea Abierta : POSADA CARRILES TRIAL.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

POSADA CARRILES TRIAL. Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative, is on trial in Texas accused of immigration fraud charges. U.S. prosecutors are also expected to show evidence of Posada’s involvement as a mastermind in bloody terrorist bombings in Cuba and Venezuela. These countries have been requesting for Posada to be extradited to Cuba and Venezuela to face trial as a terrorist. The trial is seen as a major test in the relations between the U.S. and those Latin American countries. Listeners call in to share their points of view on this case and other current issues of importance. Listeners call in to share their points of view on this case and other current issues of importance.

Prerecorded Interview: José Pertierra, Lawyer for the Venezuelan government in the case of Posada Carriles, El Paso, TX.

Línea Abierta : CYBER-LOVE.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

CYBER-LOVE. More and more people are searching for love on the internet, using online dating sites to meet, chatting and tweeting to get to know one another, before actually meeting in person. This Valentine’s Day, relationship counselor and writer Dr. Ana Nogales joins this edition to give online dating advice to listeners. This edition is part of our Conéctate www.conectate.radiobilingue.org series, to help reduce the digital divide.

Guest: Dr. Ana Nogales, Psychologist, Nogales Psychological Counseling Inc., Santa Ana, CA, www.ananogales.com

Línea Abierta : ¡VIVA EL MARIACHI! FESTIVAL.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

¡VIVA EL MARIACHI! FESTIVAL. Legendary Mariachi bands are gathering in California’s Central Valley to headline the longest-running mariachi festival in California. Seasoned mariacheros will lead a weekend of concerts and workshops to teach the younger generation the traditions. Members of the award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, which this year turns 50, and Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano, the first all female mariachi band in the San Francisco Bay Area, join this edition to give a taste of what they will bring to Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival on March 6. Also, a tribute to Manuel Esperón, wellknown Mexican composer who recently passed away at the age of 99.

Línea Abierta : DEPORTATION RAID IN WASHINGTON.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

DEPORTATION RAID IN WASHINGTON. In a recent operation in the Washington state town of Ellensburg, immigration authorities arrested 30 people, mostly in their homes, half of whom were accused of using false identification for employment. Observers say the arrests impacted childrens’ wellbeing, and they have sparked new concern over the Obama administration’s policy on immigration enforcement and separation of families.

Guests: Cecilia Muñoz Pre-recorded interview, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, White House, Washington, D.C. www.whitehouse.gov ; María Angélica Gonzalez, Immigrant detained in Ellensburg raid, Ellensburg, Washington; Maru Mora Villalpando, Member, Pueblo Unido por la Dignidad, Tacoma, WA. www.dignitycampaign.org , maruvillalpando@gmail.com ; Juan Manuel Pedroza, Public policy analyst and researcher at The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C. www.urban.org , jpedroza@urban.org

Línea Abierta : STATE OF CIVIL RIGHTS.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

STATE OF CIVIL RIGHTS. President Obama appointed two new commissioners to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. One is Marty Castro, a Latino attorney with a human rights and philanthrophy background. Castro joins this edition to talk about pressing civil rights issues such as hate crimes against Latinos, police abuse, and the increase in restrictionist laws that affect immigrants. Listeners weigh in on what they think the governments’ civil rights priorities should be.

Guest: Marty Castro, Newly Appointed Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chicago, IL, www.usccr.gov

Línea Abierta : THE OBAMA BUDGET.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

THE OBAMA BUDGET. President Obama’s proposed budget for 2012 was received with a mixture of support and criticism. Democrats and advocacy groups say the proposal helps reduce the federal deficit, but would jeopardize vital programs for Latinos, such as English language learning, and foreclosure prevention, while increasing money for border protection and immigration enforcement. Meanwhile, Republicans say the plan doesn’t make enough cuts to social programs. This edition also includes a conversation with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the budget for education and the federal government’s efforts to recruit teachers of color for high need areas.

Guests: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, Los Angeles, CA, www.ed.gov; Xavier Becerra, Democratic Congressman for California’s 31st District, Washington, DC, www.becerra.house.gov ; Maribel Hastings, Columnist and Spokesperson, America´s Voice, Washington, DC, www.americasvoice.org

Línea Abierta : DISABLED AND DEPORTED.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

DISABLED AND DEPORTED. An undocumented worker in Chicago fell from a roof and lost the ability to move his arms or legs, speak, and breathe. After caring for the man for four months, a Chicago hospital transferred him to Oaxaca, Mexico, without his consent. Can hospitals legally deport patients against their will?

Guests: Horacio Esparza, Executive Director, Progress Center for Independent Living, Chicago, IL, http://progresscil.org/ ; Ana María Cruz, Person who cared for Quelino Ojeda in the hospital, Chicago, IL.

Línea Abierta : ULYSSES SYNDROME.

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59:52 minutes (54.82 MB)

ULYSSES SYNDROME. For millions of people all over the world, the act of migration from one country to another entails intense levels of stress. The anti-immigrant atmosphere of recent years has only increased separation from loved ones, and feelings of fear, loneliness and failure. These problems affect immigrants with an affliction called the Ulysses Syndrome. Radio Bilingüe’s news director Samuel Orozco has an exclusive interview with the pioneer scientist about the condition. Orozco also speaks with a representative of the organization that hosted the scientist’s visit to California, about how to use this information to meet the needs of immigrants in the U.S.

Guests: Dr. Joseba Achotegui, Cultural Psychiatrist and Researcher, Professor at University of Barcelona, Spain, Interviewed in Salinas, CA, http://www.wpa-tps.org/Acotegui-J.htm ; José Montenegro, Professional Consultant, Natividad Medical Foundation, Salinas, CA, www.natividadfoundation.org

Línea Abierta : SI TE VAS A SAN FRANCISCO.

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59:04 minutes (54.08 MB)

SI TE VAS A SAN FRANCISCO. Katia Cardenal visits the United States to launch the single “Si Te Vas a San Francisco”, her version in Spanish of the 1960s song “San Francisco (Flowers in your Hair)” and a tribute to the California city’s Nicaraguan Solidarity Movement of the 70’s and 80’s. Cardenal has made a name for herself in recent years as a solo artist, after singing for years with her brother as Duo Guardabarranco in their native Nicaragua.

Guest: Katia Cardenal, Singer-songwriter, Oakland, CA, www.katiacardenal.com

Línea Abierta : CELEBRATING MARIACHI MUSIC.

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59:32 minutes (54.51 MB)

CELEBRATING MARIACHI MUSIC. Radio Bilingüe will present the world’s premiere mariachis at its 28th ¡ Viva el Mariachi! Festival Sunday, March 6 in Fresno, California. Headliners will be Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán of Mexico, with over a century of mariachi musical legacy, and Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, who will be honored for 50 years on the world stage as mariachi maestros and ambassadors. Musical director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, José “Pepe” Martínez, joins this edition to talk about the tradition of mariachi festivals and mariachi music in the U.S. and Mexico.

Guests: José “Pepe” Martínez , Musical Director, Composer, and Violinist, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitán, México, D.F., www.mariachi-vargas.com ; Hugo Morales, Executive Director, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, CA, www.conectate.radiobilingue.org

Línea Abierta : ABOLISHING THE HERITAGE AWARDS.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

ABOLISHING THE HERITAGE AWARDS. As part of the spending cuts in Washington, the National Endowment for the Arts is proposing to eliminate the National Heritage Awards, which honor artists who are rarely recognized in the country, traditional and grassroots artists who greatly contribute to the U.S. culture. Former fellows say the proposal would lessen the chances of recognition for artists of color.

Línea Abierta : RUBEN SALAZAR’S DEATH SCRUTINIZED.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

RUBEN SALAZAR’S DEATH SCRUTINIZED. When groundbreaking journalist Rubén Salazar was killed in 1970 by a tear gas missile fired by sheriff’s deputies, his death sparked protests of police abuse. For decades, his death has been surrounded by suspicions he was the victim of an assassination and a cover up, since at the time of his death Salazar was investigating allegations of misconduct by Los Angeles' cops. The first independent investigation of sheriff’s records on the case finds no evidence that the journalist was intentionally targeted, though it is critical of the deputies’ tactics. Family members and friends of the Los Angeles Times columnist and news director at Spanish-language station KMEX-TV say the report is one step in the right direction, but questions remain.

Línea Abierta : VICTORY FOR IMMIGRANTS IN WASHINGTON. ALSO, ASYLUM FOR MINOR.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

VICTORY FOR IMMIGRANTS IN WASHINGTON. A coalition of immigrants and their allies in Washington State was able to get the state legislature to reject a bill that would have revoked driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. An organizer of the coalition tells how this victory was achieved.

Guest: Maru Mora Villalpando, Member, Pueblo Unido por la Dignidad, Seattle, WA. www.dignitycampaign.org

ALSO, ASYLUM FOR MINOR. A migrant child from Honduras who starred in the documentary "Which Way Home" was granted asylum in the United States. The documentary follows a group of unaccompanied child migrants on their dangerous journey through Mexico on a freight train known as "The Beast". This edition includes an interview with the minor’s attorney.

Guest: Raed González, Attorney, Garza & Associates, Houston, TX. raedgonzalez@garzalaw.net

Línea Abierta : JOB TRAINING THREATENED.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

JOB TRAINING THREATENED. The House of Representatives bill cuts all job training and placement funds in half. How would the elimination of job training programs affect dislocated workers and job seekers? This edition, part of the series Frente a la Crisis (Facing the Crisis), includes stories from workers who live in communities hardest hit by unemployment.

Guests: Hilda Solís, Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC, www.dol.gov ; Hermelinda Sapien, President, Center for Employment Training, San Jose, CA, www.cetweb.org ; Miguel Vázquez, Participant in job training program, Gateways to Green Building, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.greenworkforce.info/ ; Rigoberto Ayala, Participant in job training program, West Hills Community College, Fresno, CA, www.westhillscollege.com ; Gerardo Escalante, Community Outreach Advisor, West Hills Community College, Fresno, CA, www.westhillscollege.com

Línea Abierta : UNDOCUMENTED, UNAFRAID.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

UNDOCUMENTED, UNAFRAID. On March 10th of last year, eight undocumented youth in Chicago disclosed publicly they were undocumented. Over the last year, undocumented youth in cities all over the country “came out” to push for passage of the DREAM Act. This year, organizers are launching a nationwide campaign called Coming Out of the Shadows, calling undocumented youth to tell their stories, organize and speak out publicly, despite increasing legislation that seeks to criminalize immigrants out of status.

Guests: Ireri Unzueta, Miembro y organizadora, Inmigrant Youth Justice League, Chicago, IL, www.iyjl.org ; Lizbeth Mateo, Co-founder, Dream Team Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, lizbeth.mateo.08@gmail.com ; Carlos Saavedra, National Coordinator, United We Dream Network, Boston, MA, http://unitedwedream.org

Línea Abierta : CYBER-RADIO LISTENERS.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

CYBER-RADIO LISTENERS. Spread out from Utah to Sinaloa, Mexico, distant listeners tune in to Radio Bilingüe online to enjoy their favorite shows. Internet radio puts listeners in touch with their loved ones thousands of miles away, as they tune in to La Onda Tejana, La Hora Mixteca, Línea Abierta, and Acento Sabroso. How do cyber-listeners manage to tune in to the audio stream? What players and gadgets do they use? This edition is part of our Conéctate series, www.conectate.radiobilingue.org to help reduce the digital divide.

Guests: Larry Sandoval, La Onda Tejana listener, Yuma, AZ; Lic. Cresencio Ramírez Sánchez, La Hora Mixteca listener, Culiacán, Sinaloa, México; Raúl López Vargas, Executive Director, Federación de Clubes Mexicanos in Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

Línea Abierta : WISCONSIN BANS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

WISCONSIN BANS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. The governor of Wisconsin signed a bill that strips public employees of their collective-bargaining rights. Workers’ rights advocates in the state say this is the first step in a campaign by the governor to cut several social programs which would adversely affect Latinos, including health insurance for legal immigrants, prenatal care for undocumented women, and in-state college tuition for undocumented students who reside and graduate from high school in the state. This measure has sparked a national debate on the labor rights of public workers.

Línea Abierta : GAY-BASHING LANGUAGE.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

GAY-BASHING LANGUAGE. Media and civil rights watchdogs filed a complaint against a television station in Los Angeles for offensive language and attacks against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people on the Spanish-language talk show "José Luis Sin Censura”. The organizations argue that the type of images and language on the show is never aired on English-language programs of the same nature, and they are asking the federal government to do something about it. How pervasive is women-bashing and gay-bashing language in Spanish-language media?

Guests: Jarret Barrios, President, Gays and Lesbians Against Defamation (GLAAD), Los Angeles, CA, www.glaad.org ; Delia Saldivar, Regional Manager, KHDC, Radio Bilingüe station in Salinas, Producer, "Welcome Home", Salinas, CA, http://conectate.radiobilingue.org/novelas/

Línea Abierta : SECURE COMMUNITIES? ALSO, NUCLEAR CRISIS.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

SECURE COMMUNITIES? A new report http://www.aclunc.org/docs/criminal_justice/police_practices/costs_and_c... from a civil-rights group shows exorbitant costs for local police practices targeting immigrant communities, such as impounding immigrants’ cars and keeping immigrants in prolonged detention in local jails. Is collaboration with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) really keeping communities safe? This edition also includes an interview with a city councilman from Providence, Rhode Island, which just approved a municipal resolution rejecting local police collaboration with ICE.

Guests: Julia Haruni Mass, Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, San Francisco, CA, www.aclunc.org ; Miguel Luna, City Councilman, Providence, RI.

Línea Abierta : THE COSTS OF WAR.

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59:06 minutes (54.13 MB)

THE COSTS OF WAR. Eight years after beginning the Iraq War, the mounting human and fiscal toll of the nation's wars continues being a source of opposition at home. Many question the huge amount of discretionary spending in the wars at a time of escalating deficits and massive cutbacks on essential social programs. This edition takes a look at the financial and human costs of the War on Terrorism, as well as the effects on communities in the United States, as House Republicans hold hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims.

Guests: Jeffrey Pryce, Analyst, National Security Network, and Former Defense Department Official, Washington, DC, http://www.nsnetwork.org/ ; Sonia Santiago Hernández, Founder, Madres Contra la Guerra (Mothers Against the War), Dorado, PR, http://madrescontralaguerra.blogspot.com/ ; Farhanahz Ellis, Spokesperson, Islamic Society of North America, Washington, DC, http://www.isna.net/

Línea Abierta : MIJO DE LA PALMA. ALSO, HEALTH REFORM: FIRST YEAR.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

MIJO DE LA PALMA. Weaving together Puerto Rican jíbaro music, modern acoustic rhythms, poetry, and visual art, Mijo de la Palma offers a trademark blend known as Fusión Jíbara. This edition offers a live interview with some of the group’s musicians on a visit to California.

Guests: Melvin López, Singer, author, and guitarist, and José Juan Poyatos, Guitarist, Mijo de la Palma, Las Palmas, PR, www.myspace.com/mijodelapalma

ALSO, HEALTH REFORM: FIRST YEAR. On the one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis joins this edition to discuss the provisions that are already in effect, the ways the uninsured can get coverage, and the ongoing debate in Congress to defund the health care law.

Guest: Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Washington, DC, www.dol.gov

Línea Abierta : JAPAN: SOCIAL MEDIA TO THE RESCUE.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

JAPAN: SOCIAL MEDIA TO THE RESCUE. When the massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and destroyed the telephone lines, social networking became a lifeline for thousands of Japanese who were trying to communicate with their loved ones. This program brings news about the rescue efforts in the devastated areas and the vital role social media is playing in helping survivors communicate.

Guests: Tania Gelényi Martínez, Mexican-Hungarian student who was in Northern Japan during the earthquake and tsunami, Budapest, Hungary; Mariano Andrés Solía, Director, Communications and Social Media, INTUIC, the Social Media Agency, Buenos Aires, Argentina, www.intuic.com

Línea Abierta : JORGE DREXLER.

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59:16 minutes (54.25 MB)

JORGE DREXLER. Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler may be best known for winning an Oscar Award for his song “Al otro lado del río” (On the Other Side of the River) from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. This edition offers an in-depth interview with Drexler during a recent tour to promote his new album “Amar la trama” (Loving the Plot).

Guest: Jorge Drexler, Singer-songwriter, Madrid, Spain, Interviewed in Oakland, CA, www.jorgedrexler.com

Línea Abierta : TAX TIME.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

TAX TIME. In an economic downturn, new questions arise when filing tax returns. How to report unemployment compensation? Are there new guidelines for the newly self-employed or those who received an income reduction? How to file and receive tips on the internet? What do working families need to know about the Earned Income Tax Credit? How tax returns can impact immigration cases? As the tax filing deadline looms, listeners are invited to call in and ask questions of an IRS spokesperson.

Guest: José Muñoz, Spokesperson, Internal Revenue Service, Chicago, IL, www.irs.gov, https://twitter.com/IRSenEspanol

Línea Abierta : CARIBBEAN PHILOSOPHY.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

CARIBBEAN PHILOSOPHY. Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos has created a cross-disciplinary performance project that speaks to the historical connections between Black and Latino communities. Filosofía Caribeña, or Caribbean Philosophy, mixes music, spoken word, rhythm, dance, and improvisation to celebrate commonalities between two communities that have often been separated in the United States. This program is part of our Raíces series, celebrating grassroots artists.

Guest: John Santos, Afro-Latino music performer, composer and teacher, Oakland, CA, www.johnsantos.com

Línea Abierta : REMEMBERING CÉSAR.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

REMEMBERING CÉSAR. Eighteen years after César Chávez’ death, the groundbreaking farmworker organizer is remembered in the fields of the United States. On his birthday, this edition commemorates Chávez’ life and work, at the same time analyzing pressing farmworkers’ issues today, including protecting legislation and monitoring labor law enforcement.

Guests: Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers (UFW), Keene, CA, www.ufw.org ; Richard Chávez, Brother of César Chávez, Bakersfield, CA.

Línea Abierta : FAST INTERNET FOR ALL.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

FAST INTERNET FOR ALL. The National Broadband Plan seeks to expand high-speed internet access to all communities in the United States, at the same time as using the internet to improve education, healthcare, and energy. A year after the plan was put in place, many credit the plan with helping connect schools and health centers in low-income communities while others urge the government to pay more attention to community-based broadband networks that serve rural communities. This edition is part of our Conéctate series, to help reduce the digital divide.

Guests: Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa, Spokesperson, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.; Edyael Casaperalta, Coordinator, Rural Broadband Policy Group of the Center for Rural Strategies, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.ruralstrategies.org/rural-broadband-policy-group; Joseph E. Miro, State representative, R-Delaware: Co-Chair, En Acción Taskforce, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Dover, DE.

Línea Abierta : UTAH: THE OTHER IMMIGRATION LAW.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

UTAH: THE OTHER IMMIGRATION LAW. The state of Utah broke off from the anti-immigrant trend of other conservative Republican states when it passed a series of laws that allow work permits for undocumented immigrants working in Utah and guest worker visas for those who come to join family or work in the state. At the same time, the state passed another bill that requires police to verify immigration status in many situations. What's behind these laws? This is a debate on these developments.

Guests: Raúl López-Vargas, Executive Director, Federación de Clubes Mexicanos en Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, http://fedclubmexut.webs.com/ ; Maribel Hastings, Spokesperson and columnist, America´s Voice, Washington, D.C. http://americasvoiceonline.org/ ; Juan Ruiz, President, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jruiz@laccutah.org , http://www.camaralatinoamericana.org/

Línea Abierta : ATTACKS ON LIBYA.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

ATTACKS ON LIBYA. President Obama has justified the United States’ air attacks on Libya by saying that they are preventing massacre. Yet the military action is raising concern among those who see it as an unnecessary third war in the Muslim world. This edition offers analysis of the military action in Libya. Listeners are encouraged to call in and voice their opinions.

Guests: Jose Lopez Zamorano, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Washington, D.C.; Antonio Gonzalez, President, William C. Velazquez Institute, Convening organization of the National Latino Congreso, Los Angeles, CA, www.latinocongreso.org , agonzalez@wcvi.org , agonzalez@svrep.org ; Jake Alarid, Member and ex-National Commander, American GI Forum, Wittier, CA. http://www.agifusa.org/

Línea Abierta : DOLORES HUERTA: A LIFETIME OF ACTIVISM.

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59:14 minutes (54.24 MB)

DOLORES HUERTA: A LIFETIME OF ACTIVISM. From her leading role in organizing grape boycotts and negotiating historic farm worker labor contracts in the 1960s to her continued efforts to organize for immigrant and women’s rights and fair political representation today, Dolores Huerta has been a tireless advocate for civil rights. Celebrating her 81st birthday, this edition offers a conversation with the legendary leader on past and present struggles for farm worker and Latino rights.

Guest: Dolores Huerta, Co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus, United Farm Workers, and President, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, CA, www.doloreshuerta.org

Línea Abierta : REDRAWING THE MAP.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

REDRAWING THE MAP. All around the country, government officials are using new Census data to redefine neighborhoods and communities and redraw the lines of congressional districts, in order to fairly represent all residents. In California, this process is being carried out for the first time ever by a citizens’ commission. Public hearings begin this week in California’s Central Valley, where Latinos are often an underrepresented and silent majority, and the recent population growth may produce a new congressional district. What can people do to prepare testimony on how to get the best representation for their communities?

Línea Abierta : UNIVERSITIES IN CRISIS. ALSO, EQUAL PAY.

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59:06 minutes (54.13 MB)

UNIVERSITIES IN CRISIS. Almost all states have cut higher education since the recession began. Public colleges in heavily Latino states such as Arizona, Illinois, Florida and California are considering eliminating entire departments or declaring bankruptcy. Federal budget cuts could put many Latino-serving colleges and universities closer to bankruptcy, hundreds of professors could be laid off, and with fewer grants for school and higher tuition fees, fewer Latino students may end up graduating.

Línea Abierta : NUCLEAR MELTDOWN.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

NUCLEAR MELTDOWN. Struggling to control the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan has pumped more than 3 million gallons of radioactive water into the sea. At the same time, a leak in the reactor has not been fixed. Experts join this edition to discuss the implications of Japan’s nuclear crisis for public health and the future of nuclear energy.

Guests: Dr. Edbertho Leal-Quiros, Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of California, Merced, Fresno, CA. http://www.ucmerced.edu/ ; Jorge Aguilar, Southern Region Director, Food and Water Watch, Washington, D.C. www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Línea Abierta : CHIPOTLE FIRINGS. ALSO, WAL-MART TO PAY FOR HARASSMENT.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

CHIPOTLE FIRINGS. The burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill fired nearly 500 workers in Minneapolis after being audited by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Former employees say restaurant managers knowingly hired and kept on undocumented workers. Labor rights advocates say the case illustrates how the restaurant industry takes advantage of a broken system of immigration laws.

Guests: Javier Morillo-Alicea, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26, Minneapolis, MN, http://www.seiu26.org.

Línea Abierta : BALANCING THE BUDGET. ALSO, A CHANCE FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM?

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

BALANCING THE BUDGET. With the largest deficit in the country, California struggles to balance its budget. Governor Jerry Brown has proposed widespread cuts to social programs, even as he seeks support for a plan to raise taxes to increase revenue. This edition takes a look at the different budget proposals and how they might affect Latinos in the state.

Guests: Claudia Paredes, Spokesperson, Greenlining Institute, Berkeley, CA, www.greenlining.org; Ana Matosantos, California state Director of Finance, Sacreamento, CA; Victor Abalos, Spokesperson, California Forward, Los Angeles, CA, www.cafwd.org

ALSO, A CHANCE FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM? President Obama met with businesspeople, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, and politicians to discuss how to fix the broken immigration system of the United States. White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz joins this edition to discuss the results from this meeting.

Línea Abierta : DEMOCRACY AMIDST VIOLENCE.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

DEMOCRACY AMIDST VIOLENCE. More than 40,000 people have been killed in Mexico in the so-called war against drug trafficking. In recent days, thousands of Mexican citizens have taken to the streets to call for a stop to the violence. Human rights expert Sergio Aguayo joins this edition to talk about the role civil society can play to regenerate democracy in Mexico in the midst of the violence.

Guest: Sergio Aguayo, Professor, Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México, and Researcher, National Researchers System, Mexico City, Mexico, interviewed in Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : HANDS-ON, ON-LINE.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

HANDS-ON, ON-LINE. Connecting children and youth to the tools of the 21st century is a goal for many school districts. Facing budget cuts, many schools see the internet as a resource that can provide foreign language or advanced courses that some students would not otherwise receive. But critics say online classes cannot take the place of hands-on learning. This roundtable edition of the Conéctate series explores how to make the most of digital education.

Guests: José Rico, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Washington, DC, http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/hispanic-initiative/index.html ; Francisco Porrata, Teacher and representative, United Teachers of Dade, Miami, FL, www.utd.org ; Dewayne Matthews, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis, IN, www.luminafoundation.org

Línea Abierta : REPRESSION IN HONDURAS.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

REPRESSION IN HONDURAS. Two years after the military coup in Honduras, the country now has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Workers, students, small farmers, teachers, and activists have come together to non-violently resist ongoing state repression. Some leaders are calling for international solidarity to end militarization of the country and region.

Guests: Gerardo Torres, Independent journalist and Member, International Commission of the National Front of Popular Resistance in Honduras , interviewed in Oakland, CA; Zenaida Velásquez, Sister of teacher assassinated during protest in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Daly City, CA.

Línea Abierta : FOUL FORECLOSURES.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

FOUL FORECLOSURES. Federal banking regulators say many banks did not keep adequate records of foreclosures and in some case foreclosed homes that should have been saved. Some of the biggest banks involved have been ordered to hire outside auditors and pay damages to borrowers. Regulators also established new rules, forbidding banks from proceeding with foreclosures when a loan modification process has already begun, for example. Do these enforcement actions go far enough? What recourse is there for families affected by banks’ foul play?

Guests: Aracely Panameno, Director of Latino Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending, Washington, DC, http://www.responsiblelending.org/ , Aracely.Panameno@responsiblelending.org ; Esperanza Casco, Homeowner fighting foreclosure, Long Beach, CA; Estela Lopez, Leader, Home Defenders League, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Riverside, CA, http://www.homedefendersleague.org

Línea Abierta : CAMPAIGN FOR FAMILIES.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

CAMPAIGN FOR FAMILIES. Congressman Luis Gutierrez is touring cities all over the country to hear U.S. citizens’ stories of how deportation has affected them. The Illinois lawmaker’s campaign seeks to shed light on the issue and call on President Obama to stop separating American families. Congressman Gutiérrez joins this edition, which also includes testimony from some of the families who have spoken out on the listening tour.

Guests: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat for District 4 in Illinois, U.S. House of Reprsentatives, interviewed in San Francisco, CA, www.gutierrez.house.gov ; Arsenio Aguilar, Immigrant in deportation proceedings, San Francisco, CA; Norma, Immigrant and victim of domestic violence, San Francisco, CA; Angélica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Los Ángeles, CA, www.chirla.org

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANT WORKER DAY.

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59:55 minutes (54.86 MB)

IMMIGRANT WORKER DAY. Immigration marches return to the streets of dozens of cities around the United States, and for the fifth consecutive year, Radio Bilingüe offers live reports of rallies and marches in different states to protest current deportation policy and to call for comprehensive immigration reform. This special live edition spotlights Georgia and Arizona, where the most restrictive immigration laws have been proposed, as well as Florida, California, and other states, where heated legislative debates on immigrant benefits are also under way.

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANTS AND WORKERS UNITE .

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60:12 minutes (55.13 MB)

IMMIGRANTS AND WORKERS UNITE . Labor organizers and immigrant rights activists are joining forces in Wisconsin, Utah, Illinois, and other states to call for immigration reform and protect collective bargaining rights at the same time. This second-hour of a two-hour special includes live interviews from the marches in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Salt Lake City, as well as reports from correspondents in other states.

Guests: Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House, Washington, DC, www.whitehouse.gov ; Dulce Mora, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Chicago, IL; Christine Neumann Ortiz, Director, Voces de la Frontera, Milwaukee, WI, www.vdlf.org ; José Luis Buen Abad, Correspondent, Seattle, WA; Cristela Rocha, Organizer, La Unión del Pueblo Entero, Rio Grande Valley, TX, http://lupenet.org/ ; Tony Yapias, Director, Proyecto Latino de Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, www.utahlatinos.com

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANT WORKER DAY: A REPEAT.

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58:39 minutes (53.7 MB)

IMMIGRANT WORKER DAY: A REPEAT. Immigration marches return to the streets of dozens of cities around the United States, and for the fifth consecutive year, Radio Bilingüe offers live reports of rallies and marches in different states to protest current deportation policy and to call for comprehensive immigration reform. This edition spotlights Georgia and Arizona, where the most restrictive immigration laws have been proposed, as well as Florida, California, and other states, where heated legislative debates on immigrant benefits are also under way. This is a repeat of one hour of a special edition broadcast live on Sunday.

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANTS AND WORKERS UNITE: A REPEAT.

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59:38 minutes (54.61 MB)

IMMIGRANTS AND WORKERS UNITE: A REPEAT. Labor organizers and immigrant rights activists are joining forces in Wisconsin, Utah, Illinois, and other states to call for immigration reform and protect collective bargaining rights at the same time. This second-hour of a two-hour special includes interviews from the marches in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Salt Lake City, as well as reports from correspondents in other states. This is a repeat of second hour of a special edition broadcast live on Sunday.

Línea Abierta : PULITZER WINNER.

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59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)

PULITZER WINNER. A team of L.A. Times reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for the story that dug up the truth about financial irregularities and exorbitant salaries that city officials in the small mostly Latino town of Bell were making at the expense of tax payers. One of those reporters came to the U.S. from Guatemala when he was six without immigration documents and made his own way to become a prize-winning reporter. The story he helped uncover in Bell resulted in criminal charges for eight city officials and millions of dollars in tax reimbursements for residents.

Guest: Rubén Vives, Reporter and Pulitzer Prize Winner, L.A. Times, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.latimes.com/news/local/bell/

Línea Abierta : THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO. ALSO, NATIONAL LATINO MUSEUM

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59:18 minutes (54.31 MB)

THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 was the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. What were the forces that came together to spark the Mexican Revolution? What is its legacy on both sides of the border? Those are the questions asked by “The Storm that Swept Mexico,” a documentary that will premiere this month on PBS. This is a Cinco de Mayo holiday program.

Guests: Raymond Telles, Director, “The Storm that Swept Mexico,” San Francisco, CA, http://stormthatsweptmexico.com ; Dr. Max Parra, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, http://lit-internal.ucsd.edu/

Línea Abierta : THE DEATH OF BIN LADEN. ALSO, REGISTRATION SUSPENDED.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

THE DEATH OF BIN LADEN. The killing of Osama Bin Laden has been celebrated as justice for the man who masterminded the attacks of September 11, 2001. His death has ignited debates on the tactics for his capture, the role of torture, and the need to end the war in Afghanistan and bring the U.S. troops home.

Guests: Martha de Hoyos, Spokesperson, Brave New Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, http://rethinkafghanistan.com

ALSO, REGISTRATION SUSPENDED. The Obama administration has suspended the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, and immigrant men from the Middle East, South Asia, and certain African countries will no longer have to register with the Department of Homeland Security. After Bin Laden’s death, some worry that these communities will again be subjected to unfair vigilance.

Guest: Arnoldo García, Program Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Oakland, CA, www.nnirr.org

Línea Abierta : MAMI BLOGGERS.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

MAMI BLOGGERS. In an ever-more digital world, mothers are using the internet in new innovative ways. This edition celebrating Mother’s Day spotlights Latina mothers who started their own blogs to share tips on raising bilingual, healthy children and online feeds and cell phone apps for Spanish-speaking moms with information on each stage of pregnancy and the first years of life.

Guests: Isidra Mencos, Editorial Director, BabyCenter, The Americas and Spain, Oakland, CA, www.babycenter.com ; Roxana Soto , Co-Founder and Editorial Director, SpanglishBaby, Denver, CO, www.SpanglishBaby.com ; Silvia Martínez, Mamá Latina Tips, Los Angeles Area, CA, www.mamalatinatips.com

Línea Abierta : RELIEF FOR LATINO FARMERS? ALSO, STUDENTS SAVE ETHNIC STUDIES. ALSO, OBAMA SPEAKS FOR DREAM.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

RELIEF FOR LATINO FARMERS? The U.S. government is offering Latino farmers who suffered years of discrimination up to $50,000 dollars each and farm debt relief. Latino farmers who filed a lawsuit against the government say the amount is not enough to compensate for the loans denied and the harvests lost due to systemic discrimination. They say the terms of the agreement have to be comparable to those for African American and Native American farmers.

Guests: Alberto Acosta, Chile farmer and Plaintiff, Animas, NM; Fred Pfaeffle, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., www.usda.gov

ALSO, STUDENTS SAVE ETHNIC STUDIES. Students in Tucson, Arizona’s banned Mexican-American Studies program chained themselves to school board members’ chairs to derail a vote that would have ended the courses. This is a conversation with some of the students and teachers involved in the fight to save ethnic studies in Arizona.

Línea Abierta : BUENA SALUD GUIDES.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

BUENA SALUD GUIDES. How to prevent heart disease and diabetes? Once diagnosed, what changes can be made to lifestyle and diet to maintain health? Dr. Jane Delgado has published two new guides featuring stories of Latino families living with diabetes and heart disease, two of the most prevalent conditions affecting Latinos. The Buena Salud Guides give tips on prevention, questions for doctors, understanding test results, eating healthy “ con sabor,” and how to find trustworthy information on the internet.

Guest: Dr. Jane Delgado, President and Executive Director, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, D.C., www.hispanichealth.org

Línea Abierta : ELDER CARE AT RISK.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

ELDER CARE AT RISK. House Republicans’ proposals to privatize the nation’s healthcare system for the elderly, Medicare, and raise the age to receive Social Security benefits, have turned seniors against the GOP. In townhall meetings around the country, elders have blasted the plan. What's the political viability of these proposals and how would they affect Latino seniors, who are more likely to be disabled and retire early, as well as live longer?

Guests: Elías Martínez, Senior citizen and health promoter, La Clínica del Pueblo, Washington, DC, www.lcdp.org ; Cristina Martín Firvida, Director of Economic Security, Government Relations Department, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Washington DC, http://www.aarp.org ; Roy Aragón, Consultant, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Albuquerque, NM, www.ncpssm.org

Línea Abierta : HIGHER TAXES? FOR WHOM?

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

HIGHER TAXES? FOR WHOM? California is sinking into deeper and deeper debt. How can the state raise revenue to stop the deficit? This edition takes a look at a new proposal by California’s governor, which includes cutting social programs and raising taxes, as well as a citizen initiative to tax oil companies.

Guests: Ana Matosantos, Director, California Department of Finance, Sacramento, CA, www.dof.ca.gov ; Andrés Eugenio Jiménez, Public Policy Analyst, Berkeley, CA, aejimenez@berkeley.edu

Línea Abierta : ABUSES IN PUERTO RICO.

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59:07 minutes (54.12 MB)

ABUSES IN PUERTO RICO. A delegation of celebrities and human rights experts traveled to Puerto Rico to document human rights violations at the hands of police. The delegation, which included baseball star Carlos Delgado, actor Rosie Perez, and top civil rights attorneys, found evidence of excessive police force over the past 18 months against students, union leaders, and journalists during a mass strike and protest of government cutbacks.

Guests: William Ramírez, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, http://www.aclu-pr.org/ ; Bety Peña, Ninth grade teacher, Escuela Ayde Caballero Torres, Caguas, PR, elisa0.25@hotmail.com ; Kenneth D. McClintock-Hernández, Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, rvelazquez@estado.gobierno.pr

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANTS’ LOBBYING DAY .

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59:06 minutes (54.13 MB)

IMMIGRANTS’ LOBBYING DAY . Immigrants descend upon the capital of California to lobby for bills that would protect civil rights and support immigrant communities. This edition highlights a bill of rights for domestic workers and an initiative that would allow California counties to opt-out of Secure Communities, the program that allows federal immigration authorities to access information about everyone who comes in contact with the police, including women reporting domestic violence.

Guests: Isabel Alegría, Policy Analyst, California Immigrant Policy Center, Oakland, CA, www.caimmigrant.org ; Grecia Lima, Statewide coordinator, Domestic Workers Bill of Rights campaign, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco, CA, www.mujeresunidas.com ; Isaura García, Detained by ICE after reporting domestic violence, Pasadena, CA.

Línea Abierta : PRISON PROFITS.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

PRISON PROFITS. The United States’ largest private prison corporations have made billions of dollars by jailing immigrants at the expense of taxpayers. The Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group lobby hard for policies to put more immigrants in prison, even when the majority are categorized as non-criminal or charged with minor infractions. A coalition of civic groups is calling on shareholders to dump their stock in the corporations.

Guests: Daniel Carrillo, Field Organizer, Enlace International, Los Angeles, CA, www.enlaceintl.org/programs/prison-divestment/; Pedro Guzmán, Detained for 19 months at Stewart Detention Center, Durham, N.C.; Axel Caballero, Co-founder, Cuéntame, Los Angeles, CA, www.immigrantsforsale.org , www.facebook.com/cuentame

Línea Abierta : HUNGRY IN FARM COUNTRY.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

HUNGRY IN FARM COUNTRY. Almost one fifth of people living in the United States had trouble putting enough food on the table last year, according to a recent report. Latino families are even more likely to be hungry and less likely to participate in programs such as food stamp benefits. This edition takes a closer look at why some cities in the heart of California’s bread bowl rank at the top of the list for hunger and food insecurity.

Guests: Ana Martínez, Spokesperson, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Feeding America, Los Angeles, CA, www.lafoodbank.org , www.feedingamerica.org ; Reyna Villalobos, Program Director, Fresno Metro Ministry, Fresno, CA, www.fresnometmin.org ; Francisca Sánchez, Fresno Resident, Parent Representative of the Migrant Education Program, Fresno, CA; José Corchado, CalFresh Eligibility Supervisor, Fresno County, Fresno, CA; Amanda López, Child Nutrition policy specialist, Feeding America, Chicago, ILL. www. feedingamerica.org

Línea Abierta : SUBSIDIZING THE WEB.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

SUBSIDIZING THE WEB. As more people struggle to pay their bills during the economic crisis, the internet has become essential for applying for jobs and benefits, and to help small businesses during economic recovery. Groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to expand their discount programs for phone service to include discounts for low-income households to connect to to high-speed internet.

Guests: Keyla Hernandez Ulloa, Spokesperson, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, www.fcc.gov ; Steven Renderos, Program Director, Media Justice, Main Street Project, Minneapolis, MN, www.mainstreetproject.org ; Fabiola Carrión, Broadband and Green jobs Policy Specialist, Progressive States Network, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.progressivestates.org/

Línea Abierta : NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT. ALSO, SAVING WATER OVER GOLD

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59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT. Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán takes his viewers to the Atacama Desert, where astronomers from all over the world meet to observe the stars, and Chilean women search for the remains of their loved ones, disappeared by Pinochet’s army a quarter century ago.

Guest: Patricio Guzmán, Filmmaker, “Nostalgia for the Light”, Interviewed in San Francisco, CA.

ALSO, SAVING WATER OVER GOLD. Small farmer Francisco Pineda won one of the top environmental prizes in the world this year for his work leading fellow citizens to stop gold mines from polluting water in his native El Salvador at the risk of his life. This is an interview with the environmental activist.

Guest: Francisco Pineda, Small farmer and winner, Goldman Environmental Prize, interviewed from Washington, D.C., www.goldmanprize.org

Línea Abierta : PACT FOR PEACE IN MEXICO.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

PACT FOR PEACE IN MEXICO. Renowned poet Javier Sicilia has moved thousands of people to action in Mexico and the U.S. to protest the violence in Mexico resulting from the government’s drug war. After Sicilia’s son was killed in a massacre in March, the poet called on the government to sign a pact for peace. Sicilia travels to San Francisco to receive a human rights award, days before a mass mobilization in the border city of Juárez.

Guest: Javier Sicilia, Poet and Activist, Cuernavaca, Mexico, interviewed in Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : GEORGIA’S COPYCAT. .

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

GEORGIA’S COPYCAT. Dozens of bills fashioned after Arizona’s anti-immigration law SB 1070 have been rejected or blocked in states across the U.S., but the governor of Georgia signed a new immigration law that would allow police to check the immigration status of anyone, even if stopped for traffic violations. As local groups gear up to challenge the law in court and the streets, residents of Georgia join this edition to share their opinions on the law.

Guests: Eva Cárdenas, Community Organizer, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA. www.glahr.org ; Jessica Colotl, Recent graduate of Kennesaw State University, Victim of police-ICE collaboration, Atlanta, GA ; Ana Paola Ruiz Tovar, Student, Marian University, Indianápolis, IN.

Línea Abierta : ROUNDTABLE ON EDUCATION.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

ROUNDTABLE ON EDUCATION. President Obama has named more than a dozen educational experts and innovators to a new commission on excellence in Hispanic Education. The commission aims to improve education of Latinos from preschool through graduate school, as part of the President’s goal to return the U.S. to having the highest number of college graduates in the world. Members of the new commission join this edition to talk about their plans.

Línea Abierta : EMPLOYER SANCTIONS UPHELD. ALSO, RECALL IN ARIZONA?

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

EMPLOYER SANCTIONS UPHELD. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2007 Arizona law that penalizes businesses that knowingly employed undocumented workers. The law has reportedly had a devastating effect on Arizona’s economy and pushed a large number of workers out of the state. What do the effects of this law foretell for the rest of the country under the current administration’s policy of workplace immigration audits?

Guests: Victoria López, Immigrant Rights Advocate, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. http://acluaz.org ; Joe Hayes, Researcher, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, CA. http://www.ppic.org

ALSO, RECALL IN ARIZONA? A group of Arizona residents has collected more than 18,000 signatures to force an election to recall Arizona State Senate President, Russell Pearce. The Republican has authored and pushed several anti-immigrant laws in the state, including S.B. 1070.

Línea Abierta : OUT OF THE LATINO CLOSET.

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59:03 minutes (54.06 MB)

OUT OF THE LATINO CLOSET. To celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride month, two Latino newsmakers speak about their efforts to protect the rights of people of all sexual orientations. Roland Palencia was recently named director of Equality California, after having worked for more than two decades with undocumented, uninsured, and LGBT communities. Dr. Isabel Gómez-Bassols, known as “La Doctora Isabel” to her radio listeners, this week receives an award for her work to advise Latina mothers on how to support their children when they come out of the closet.

Guests: Dr. Isabel Gómez-Bassols, Host, “Doctora Isabel” Univison Radio program, 2011 George Moscone L.A. Pride Power Award, Los Angeles, CA, www.doctoraisabel.net ; Roland Palencia, Executive Director, Equality California, San Francisco, CA, http://www.eqca.org

Línea Abierta : STOPPING GUN SMUGGLING.

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59:04 minutes (54.09 MB)

STOPPING GUN SMUGGLING. Escalating violence in Mexico as a result of the drug war has mobilized thousands of citizens on both sides of the border to call on President Obama to take action to stop the smuggling of assault weapons from the U.S. to Mexico. Specifically, the campaign calls on the government to stop importation of assault weapons, order vendors to report multiple sales of such weapons, and increase regulation of arms along the border. Also, the number of U.S. mayors that urges for controls on illegal arms sales is growing.

Guests: Sergio Aguayo, Mexican scholar and human rights activist, founder of Alianza Cívica, Mexico City, Interviewed in Washington, DC. http://www.alianzacivica.org.mx/altoalasarmas/indexSp.php ; Arturo Garino, Mayor, Nogales, AZ, www.nogalesaz.gov

Línea Abierta : LATINO TECHIES.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

LATINO TECHIES. A blog to answer technology questions in Spanish, a company that helps hospitals and doctors exchange medical records online, an online video and photo sharing site, and an application to record and share voice messages on Facebook are just some of the projects nominated for the first-ever Latinos in Social Media Tech Awards. This roundtable is part of Conéctate, a radio and online series geared to breach the digital divide.

Guests: Ariel Coro, Founder, Tu Tecnología, Miami, FL, www.tutecnologia.com ; Elianne Ramos, Vice-Chair of Communications and Public Relations, Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), Baltimore, MD, www.latism.org ; Jesse Luna Founder, JP Luna Media, Santa Paula, CA, www.jpluna.com

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRATION EDITION: OPT-OUT.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

IMMIGRATION EDITION: OPT-OUT. Three large states, Massachusetts, Illinois, and New York, have announced that they will opt out of Secure Communities, the deportation program that allows federal immigration agents to access data of anyone detained by local police. A veteran police leader and a victim of undue detention comment on this federal program.

Guest: Arturo Venegas Jr., former chief of police in Sacramento, CA, Director, Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative (LEEI), Sacramento, CA; Perla Rodriguez, U.S. citizen wrongly detained under Secure Communities program, Sacramento, CA.

Línea Abierta : BUDGET DEADLINE.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

BUDGET DEADLINE. Today is the last day for California lawmakers to agree on a balanced budget. In past years, lawmakers have gone almost 3 months beyond the deadline. This year, if they don’t come to an agreement, they won’t receive a paycheck. Republicans and Democrats have long deadlocked on whether to raise taxes or cutback a number of social services . Listeners are encouraged to call in to add their two cents in the budget debate.

Guest: Edgar Cabral, Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst's Office, Sacramento, CA, www.lao.ca.gov ; Ruben Moreno, Reporter, La Opinión, Los Angeles, CA, www.impre.com/laopinion ; Hector Barajas, Republican Strategist, Sacramento, CA.

Línea Abierta : FAIR FOOD PAY. ALSO, SOLAR MEGAPROJECTS CHALLENGED.

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FAIR FOOD PAY. Tomato pickers in Florida are receiving the first bonuses in their paychecks as a result of agreements reached by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers with giants of the fast food industry. The bonuses are part of the Fair Food Payment program, under which McDonald’s, Subway’s, Taco Bell and other corporations pay one penny per pound of tomatoes.

Guest: Gerardo Reyes, Co-coordinator, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL. www.ciw-online.org

ALSO, SOLAR MEGAPROJECTS CHALLENGED. Native American groups in the Southern California desert are picketing the visit of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and challenging projects to build a plant that would “generate more solar power than all other solar-concentrating projects in the world combined.” The groups say the facilities would threaten ancient geoglyphs and sacred burial sites.

Guest: Alfredo Figueroa, Historian, Founder of La Cuna de Aztlán Sacred Sites Protection Circle, Blythe, CA.

Línea Abierta : LISTENERS VOICES.

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59:12 minutes (54.21 MB)

LISTENERS VOICES. Listeners become the guest analysts, as this program features the opinion of members of the audience who have called in to Linea Abierta's voice mail to share comments on news developments, including the air bombings against Libya, the proposed reforms to the Medicare system, and the use of hate speech on some Spanish-language media.

Línea Abierta : CALIFORNIA NEW PROPOSED POLITICAL MAP.

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59:02 minutes (54.06 MB)

CALIFORNIA NEW PROPOSED POLITICAL MAP. The California Redistricting Commission released their first draft of the new Assembly, Senate, and Congressional district lines. This is the first time in history that the lines are being drawn by a citizen's commission. While the commission sought the public's input, members of communities of color participated in smaller numbers. As a result, the drafted maps fail to reflect the growth of the Latino population and create additional Latino effective districts, according to civil rights advocates. Key players in the remapping process join this program.

Guests: María Blanco, Commissioner, California Citizens Redistricting Committee, Los Angeles, CA, www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov ; Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Designated Officials – NALEO, San Antonio, TX, www.naleo.org

Línea Abierta : ALABAMA'S LAW: THE TOUGHEST.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

ALABAMA'S LAW: THE TOUGHEST. Modeled after Arizona's controversial bill, Alabama's sweeping immigration enforcement law is the toughest in the country. It goes further than any other anti-immigration bill. In addition to force police to check the papers of individuals, the bill forces schools to check the immigration status of students and prohibits college, renting apartments or transporting undocumented immigrants. Civil rights groups have announced plans to legally challenge the law before it begins to take effect Sep 1. Advocates talk about those plans.

Guests: Rosa Toussaint-Ortiz, Community services chaplain, Huntsville International Help Center, Huntsville, AL; Angelina Limón, Community activist, Birmingham, AL; Michelle Lapointe, Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center, Atlanta, GA, www.splc.org

Línea Abierta : NEW PUSH AGAINST CHILD LABOR. ALSO, COURT SIDES WITH WAL-MART.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

NEW PUSH AGAINST CHILD LABOR. Actor Eva Longoria and civil rights advocates joined forces with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard in a new effort to reform child labor laws for farmworkers. Hundreds of thousands of children work under hazardous conditions in U.S. farms. Royball-Allard is spearheading “The Children Act for Responsible Employment,” (CARE), which includes child labor protections.

Guests: Norma Flores López, Director, Children in the Fields Campaign, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, former child farm worker, Washington, D.C., www.afop.org

ALSO, COURT SIDES WITH WAL-MART. The Supreme Court blocked a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart that could have involved more than 1 and a half million women. The court said there were too many women working in too many different kinds of jobs at the company to include them all in a class-action suit. What does this decision mean for future bias claims against large companies?

Línea Abierta : AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL. ALSO, PROSECUTING THE TORTURERS.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL. President Obama announced that the 33,000 additional troops he ordered to Afghanistan in 2009 will be home by next summer. Some say that’s not fast enough. Meanwhile, the administration faces increasing pressure from legislators from both parties to stop attacks in Libya.

Guest: Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C., www.americanprogress.org

Línea Abierta : 40 YEARS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

40 YEARS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS. 40 years after the war on drugs was declared by President Nixon, what is the upshot of its policies? Has the number of people who use drugs in the country changed? What are the fiscal and social costs of the growing prison population and prison spending? As the debate on legalizing drugs makes its way into presidential candidate debates, and policy-makers in the U.S. and Mexico discuss assault-weapon bans and other ways to stop drug-related violence, this edition takes a look at the past four decades of drug war.

Guest: John Gibler, Author, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War, San Francisco, CA.

Línea Abierta : PROTECTING VICTIMS FROM DEPORTATION.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

PROTECTING VICTIMS FROM DEPORTATION. The federal government’s Secure Communities program, which turns local police detainees in to immigration authorities, has been questioned nationwide. In reaction, the Obama administration just announced new guidelines to help protect victims and witnesses of crimes, and to focus on serious criminals instead of those convicted of minor offenses such as traffic violations. What do these rules mean and how will they be implemented?

Guest: Carlina Tapia-Ruano, Immigration Lawyer, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Professor of immigration law at Chicago Kent School of Law and De Paul College of Law, Chicago, IL, www.aila.org

Línea Abierta : TIPS FOR E-BUSINESS PEOPLE.

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TIPS FOR E-BUSINESS PEOPLE. What are the top 10 tips for starting a business online? How are Latino businesses making it through the economic crisis with the help of the internet? The founder of the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce joins this edition to give tips to small Latino business owners on how to move and make a business grow in the cyber world.

Guest: Tayde Aburto, Founder, Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce, San Diego, CA, www.hiscec.com.

Línea Abierta : RACING PAST OBSTACLES. ALSO, FROM FARM FIELDS TO HARVARD

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59:10 minutes (54.18 MB)

RACING PAST OBSTACLES. Cuban cyclist Damián López has raced past the obstacles life has put in his path. After an accident in his childhood that cost him his forearms, López has gone on to win local competitions in Cuba, using his elbows to control his bicycle. This interview was done as López recovers from surgery and prosthesis work to allow him to join the Paralympics Games in Canada in 2012.

Guest: Damián López Alfonso, Cyclist, La Habana, Cuba, interviewed from New Jersey.

ALSO, FROM FARM FIELDS TO HARVARD. Twins Octavio and Omar Viramontes were born with a rare speech impediment, but have gone on to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and study in the most prestigious universities in the country. Octavio tells the story of how his childhood picking grapes and pruning vines alongside his father inspired him to excel in school and win a full scholarship to prestigious Harvard University.

Línea Abierta : CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN GEORGIA.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN GEORGIA. A federal judge blocked portions of an anti-immigration law in Georgia that would have increased the ability of the police to request immigration papers and punished people who knowingly transported or sheltered undocumented immigrants. Students are still barred from attending Georgia's state universities. As the final fate of the law is decided, undocumented youth have risked arrest protesting the law. Students say they are following the footsteps of the great civil rights leaders of the South.

Guests: Dulce Guerrero, Undocumented youth, Mableton, GA, www.dreamactivist.org ; Adelina Nichols, Executive Director, Georgia Latino Human Rights Alliance, Atlanta, GA, www.glahr.org

Línea Abierta : E-VERIFY QUESTIONED.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

E-VERIFY QUESTIONED. House Republicans led by Lamar Smith of Texas are proposing to make the employment eligibility verification program known as E-Verify mandatory nationwide. Critics say the program is prone to error and will cost authorized workers unpaid time off from work and job loss, as well as pushing taxpaying workers into an underground economy and costing billions of dollars in lost tax revenue.

Guest: Luz Figuereo Irazabal, Spokesperson, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Washington, D.C., www.uscis.gov ; Nadia Marin-Molina, Workers Rights Program Coordinator, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Washington, D.C., www.ndlon.org

Línea Abierta : LOAN SCAMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

LOAN SCAMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT. As a new wave of foreclosures hits the nation’s homeowners, civil rights attorneys file suit against some of the most notorious loan scammers, who have allegedly cost homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars. Experts in defending homes and modifying loans join this edition, as well as a loan scam victim who tells her story.

Guests: Ronald Martínez, Senior Credit Officer, Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.lanhs.org ; María González, Daycare provider and loan scam victim, Stockton, CA; Alejandro Reyes, Counsel, Legal Mobilization Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC, www.lawyerscommittee.org

Línea Abierta : PENSIONS AT STAKE. ALSO, FARMWORKERS TAKE ON TRADER JOE’S.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

PENSIONS AT STAKE. Republican leaders are pushing to cut key benefits of the popular Social Security program as a measure to help pay the bills of the nation and reduce the budget deficit. President Obama would consider those cuts, in exchange for a deal that would end tax breaks for the wealthy. Advocates for the elderly say Social Security does not contribute to the country’s deficit and the proposed reforms would hurt millions of low-income seniors. Latino elders have much at stake in the social security debate, as they have fewer retirement and savings plans than other ethnic groups.

Guests: Dr. Yanira Cruz, President, The National Hispanic Council on Aging, Washington, DC, www.nhcoa.org ; Héctor Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition, Irvine, CA, www.thelatinocoalition.com

Línea Abierta : FAIR REPRESENTATION?

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

FAIR REPRESENTATION? A significant jump in Latino population growth is giving several states new seats in Congress. But will those seats represent Latino voters? Some civic rights groups say that’s questionable. Texas won four new districts, yet in the current proposed state map, the number of Latino-majority districts will remain the same. Critics in Illinois say their new political map does not reflect the 30% increase in Latino population. Even in California, where the district map is being drawn by a citizen commission, Latinos are concerned their votes will be diluted.

Guests: Astrid García, Redistricting and State Policy Manager, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Los Angeles, CA, www.naleo.org ; Domingo García, Co-chair, Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force, Dallas, TX; Isabel Anadón, Policy Analyst, Latino Policy Forum, Chicago, IL, www.latinopolicyforum.org

Línea Abierta : BUDGET: WHO SHOULD PAY?.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

BUDGET: WHO SHOULD PAY?. After months of debating, California Gov. Edmund Brown finally approved a balanced budget, which cuts funding for health insurance, childcare, schools, higher education, and other social programs, and includes no increased taxes. This edition looks into the impact of the new budget in communities around the state. Meanwhile, in Washington, congressional leaders and the White House debate how to balance the federal budget and raise the debt ceiling. Proposals to impose drastic changes to health care programs Medicaid and Medicare and to end tax breaks for the rich are at the center of this debate. How would this budget deadlock impact the common citizen? This edition includes both an overview of California’s budget and a debate on how to sustain federal coffers.

Línea Abierta : BENEFITS OF THE NEW HEALTH LAW.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

BENEFITS OF THE NEW HEALTH LAW. The federal government is launching a campaign to educate Latinos about the increased healthcare benefits they can receive under the Affordable Care Act. Under the new law, those who receive Medicare or Medicaid can receive free annual checkups and preventative services, including mammograms and tests for diabetes.

Guest: Teresa Niño, Director, Office of External Affairs & Beneficiary Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Washington, DC, www.cms.gov

Línea Abierta : RHYTHM AND PANGO.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

RHYTHM AND PANGO. Mexican composer Armando Rosas brings together blues and huapango to create a new hybrid music in his recent album, “Rhythm & Pango.” Rosas is not new to mixing musical genres: he began his career as part of the “rupestre” or “cave” movement in Mexico, mixing rock and blues with chamber music. Rosas is also known for the music he wrote for films such as the Cannes-award winning El violín.

Guest: Armando Rosas, Composer, Rhythm & Pango, Mexico City, Mexico, http://www.myspace.com/sitiooficialdearmandorosas

Línea Abierta : WIRELESS MERGER.

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WIRELESS MERGER. AT&T is set to take over smaller T-Mobile. What will this potential merger mean for Latinos? Some Latino civil rights groups say the merger will raise mobile phone prices across the board and threaten net neutrality for wireless high-speed internet, which is used more often by African-Americans and Latinos. Other groups say the merger will increase investment in wireless networks and help make high-speed internet available for all. This roundtable discussion is part of our Conéctate series, which seeks to help reduce the digital divide.

Guests: Inez González, Executive Vice President, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Pasadena, CA, www.nhmc.org ; Dr. Juan Andrade, President, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), Chicago, IL, www.ushli.org

Línea Abierta : OUTWITTING COMPUTERS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

OUTWITTING COMPUTERS. Computer scientist Luis Von Ahn grew up in Guatemala, where his family had a candy factory. Today, he is world-renowned for his work as one of the inventors of an internet security program that weeds out computerized spammers from real people by asking them to retype words. He’s now found a way to use those retyped words to help digitize old books. Named this year the most influential intellectual of Latin America and Spain by Foreign Policy Magazine, Von Ahn has also received numerous other recognitions, including a MacArthur Fellowship. This edition is part of our Conéctate series, which seeks to help reduce the digital divide.

Guest: Luis Von Ahn, Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, www.cmu.edu/corporate/points_of_distinction/faculty%20spotlight/Luis%20v...

Línea Abierta : LAWMAKER LUIS GUTIERREZ. .ALSO, ASYLUM PIONEER.

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LAWMAKER LUIS GUTIERREZ. Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois joins this edition just after participating in the vote in the House of Representatives to elevate the debt ceiling. is heading off a campaign to tell President Obama, “Yes, you can stop the deportations.” In this exclusive interview, Rep. Gutiérrez speaks about this bill that would balance the budget with massive cuts to federal spending. Gutiérrez also talks about the campaign that focuses on stopping deportations that separate families and efforts in Congress to strip President Obama from his authority to give special consideration to some immigrants who face deportation.

Guest: Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Democrat, Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

Línea Abierta : CROSS-BORDER SOCCER WOMEN. ALSO, OBAMA SIGNS BUDGET BILL.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

CROSS-BORDER SOCCER WOMEN. When the Mexican soccer team traveled to the Women’s World Cup, a quarter of the players were Mexicans from this side of the border. Raised in the U.S., these women had the opportunity to play soccer in this country’s girls’ and womens’ leagues and then went on to play for their other home country, representing Mexico and Mexico’s emigrants to the world.

Guests: Alina Garciamendez, Player, Mexico Women’s Soccer Team, and Stanford University Team, Palo Alto, CA; Teresa Noyola, Player, Mexico Women’s Soccer Team, and Stanford University Team, Palo Alto, CA; Leonardo Cuellar, Coach, Mexico Women’s Soccer Team, Mexico City, Mexico, www.femexfut.org.mx

Línea Abierta : JUDGE BALTASAR GARZON.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

JUDGE BALTASAR GARZON. Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón joins this edition from Colombia, where he is serving as a peace adviser and human rights consultant. Garzón gained international notoriety after ordering the extradition of former Chilean dictator Pinochet from Britain and attempting to prosecute high-level officials of the Bush administration for authorizing torture in Guantánamo. Judge Garzón talks about the principle of universal jurisdiction in crimes against victims of war and torture.

Guest: Judge Baltasar Garzón, Member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Consultant for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Bogotá, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : LAS HERMANAS HUERTA.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

LAS HERMANAS HUERTA. This is a conversation with Aurora and Luz Huerta, members of the legendary duo “Las Hermanas Huerta.” During their 60-year musical career, Las Hermanas Huerta has recorded a number of popular canción ranchera and bolero hits that are now an unforgettable part of Mexico’s folk song repertoire.

Guests: Aurora and Luz Huerta, “Las Hermanas Huerta” Duet, Mexico City.

Línea Abierta : TOMATO WORKERS PRESSURE TRADER JOE’S. ALSO, RICHARD CHAVEZ REMEMBERED.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

TOMATO WORKERS PRESSURE TRADER JOE’S. Organized workers from Florida, the winter tomato capita l of the U.S., have fought for more than 15 years to win better wages and treatment for those who labor in the tomato fields. Nine corporations, including fast-food giants McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and Taco Bell have signed on to the agreement. Supermarkets are next in line. Florida tomato workers recently visited California to pressure Trader Joe’s to sign the agreement. So far, the grocery chain has refused to sign.

Guests: Lucas Benitez, Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL (interviewed in Oakland, CA), www.ciw-online.org

Línea Abierta : CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER.

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CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER. This is a conversation with veteran civil rights activist José Ángel Gutiérrez, one of the best known figures of the Chicano movement in the 1960s. As the founding leader of the La Raza Unida Party in the 1960s, Gutierrez led a third-party movement to elect Mexican American candidates to public office. Gutiérrez joins this edition to comment on the new redistricting maps, the battle for the national budget and the quest for equality, civil rights for immigrants, and the 2012 elections.

Guest: Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez, Co-founder, La Raza Unida Party and Mexican American Youth Organization; Attorney and Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas-Arlington; Visiting Professor, Portland State University, Portland, OR, http://www.joseangelgutierrez.net/bio.htm

Línea Abierta : LATINOS ON THE MAP?

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LATINOS ON THE MAP? California’s citizen redistricting committee finalizes its map of electoral districts this week. Have Latinos’ calls for fair representation in the state been heard? Meanwhile, Latino organizations sue Texas, which has four new congressional districts mostly due to Latino population growth, yet none of the new districts drawn by the legislature have majority Latino voters.

Guests: Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Los Angeles, CA, www.naleo.org ; Lydia Camarillo, Vice President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, San Antonio, TX, www.svrep.org

Línea Abierta : PROTECTING WOMEN’S HEALTH. ALSO, ENGLISH-ONLY HEALTH PLANS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

PROTECTING WOMEN’S HEALTH. For the first time ever, the government issued guidelines to specifically cover preventive services to protect women’s health. At no cost to the patient, private health insurers will now be required to provide domestic violence screening, contraception, sexually-transmitted infection counseling and tests, breastfeeding support, and screening for diabetes and cervical cancer, which affects almost twice as many Latina women as non-Latina white women.

Guests: Mayra Álvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, www.cuidadodesalud.gov ; Rebecca Pleitez, Policy Analyst, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Washington, DC, http://latinainstitute.org

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANTS FIRED OR REJECTED.

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IMMIGRANTS FIRED OR REJECTED. Growing anti-immigrant bias and hostility, mixed with anxiety about so-called “no-match” letters and E-Verify system requirements have sparked a number of cases of discrimination against non-U.S. citizens. Work-authorized immigrants and naturalized citizens have been fired or refused from hire, after employers ask them for documents not required by federal law. Federal officials and victims speak about incidents of discrimination, and the penalties included in the law.

Guest: León Rodriguez, Chief of Staff, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, www.justice.gov/crt ; Jessica González, Charging party in immigration-related employment discrimination case, Los Angeles, CA, www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/ ; Josué Manzanarez, Charging party in immigration-related employment discrimination case, Louisiana, www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/

Línea Abierta : TRADING POLLUTION.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

TRADING POLLUTION. California has signed an agreement with the state of Chiapas, Mexico, to buy pollution credits in exchange for protecting the Lacandon rainforest. Community organizations are concerned that this agreement will allow more pollution in low-income communities in California, while pushing indigenous people in Chiapas off their land. Environmental justice groups have sued California in an effort to stop cap-and-trade, a system included in its groundbreaking law to halt greenhouse gas pollution that allows companies to keep polluting, as long as they buy credits from agencies that reduce pollution.

Guests: Alegría de la Cruz, Legal Director, Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, San Francisco, CA, www.crpe-ej.org; Jeff Conant, Writer and Communications Director, Global Justice Ecology Project, Oakland, CA, globaljusticeecology.org/.

Línea Abierta : CLUB DIGITAL.

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CLUB DIGITAL. Seeking to close the digital divide that sets Latino families behind, a leading media organization has launched a multimedia internet training campaign. Club Digital offers online bilingual lessons on how to use the worldwide web to communicate with family, look for a job, manage money, find healthcare information, financial aid, and more. This is a roundtable discussion about the benefits of this campaign, which seeks to reach more than 9 million people next year.

Guests: Terri Navarro Raymond, Instructor, South East Community Development Corporation, Bell Gardens, CA, www.southeastcdc.org/ ; José Rico, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Washington, DC, http://ed.gov/about/inits/list/hispanic-initiative/index.html ; Ruben Keoseyan, Executive Director, La Opinión, Los Angeles, CA, www.impre.com/laopinion/, http://club-digital.com/

Línea Abierta : CHILDREN BEAR THE BRUNT.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

CHILDREN BEAR THE BRUNT. The unprecedented economic crisis is hitting children hard. Nearly half of all U.S. children now live in families struggling to make ends meet. In California, the economic crisis has left one million children in California affected by foreclosure, and more than one million have at least one unemployed parent. As the state considers deeper cuts to children’s preschool and health care programs, this edition takes a look at the smallest victims of the economic downturn.

Guests: Patricia Foxen, Associate Director of Research, National Council of La Raza, Washington, D.C., www.nclr.org ; Francisco Oaxaca, Associate Director of Research, First 5 Los Angeles, CA, www.first5la.org

Línea Abierta : IMMIGRANTS SHACKLED. ALSO, HOME ASSAULT. ALSO, FARM WORKERS MARCH.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

IMMIGRANTS SHACKLED. The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights organizations are suing the federal government, seeking to stop the practice of shackling undocumented immigrants’ feet, waist and wrists while appearing in San Francisco immigration courts. The lawyers argue that the practice constitutes cruel and unusual punishment for the detainees, most of whom have no history of violence.

Guest: Miriam Gerace, Spokesperson, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, San Francisco, CA, http://aclunc.org/

Línea Abierta : GUN HILL ROAD.

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GUN HILL ROAD. In a new film starring Esai Morales, a man gets out of jail and goes home to the Bronx to find his teenage son Michael exploring a newfound identity as a transgender woman. This edition offers an exclusive interview with Morales and clips of this groundbreaking film, winner of several awards and a finalist for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award. The film hits the theaters this week.

Guest: Esai Morales, Actor, Gun Hill Road, San Francisco, CA, www.gunhillroad.com

Línea Abierta : HELP FOR THE HUNGRY.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

HELP FOR THE HUNGRY. One in four Latinos struggle to put enough food on their family’s table, almost twice the national average, and the growing obesity crisis is worse among Latinos. Yet almost half of Latinos eligible for food assistance are not getting it. This edition offers an interview with a top official from the federal government’s nutrition assistance program to give advice on how to increase access to food stamps, school lunch programs, assistance for mothers and children, and other programs. An advocate for healthy lunches also joins this edition to talk about a new menu offered at the Los Angeles Unifed School District.

Guests: Roxana Barillas, Deputy Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, www.usda.gov/fbci; Ariana Oliva, Nutrition Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates, Los Angeles, CA, www.cfpa.net

Línea Abierta : OUR RIVER.

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OUR RIVER. The Colorado River has flown throughout the Southwestern United States for centuries, sustaining communities of Hispanic people in seven states. But chronic drought, climate change, and increasing development are reducing the amount of water flowing down the riverbed, and have even stopped the flow of some of the Colorado’s tributaries. A group of Latino leaders are urging congresspeople and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to take steps to protect what they call “nuestro río,” “our river.”

Guest: Andrés Ramírez, Manager, Nuestro Rio, Las Vegas, NV. http://nuestrorio.com/

Línea Abierta : REACH FOR THE STARS.

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REACH FOR THE STARS. As a child working alongside his parents in the agricultural fields of California, José Hernández decided he wanted to become an astronaut. With a lot of hardwork, he achieved his dream, and he traveled to space on the shuttle Discovery in 2009. Now, he is speaking to Latino children across the U.S. to inspire them to pursue higher education in math, science, and engineering.

Guest: José Hernández, Former NASA astronaut, Houston, TX, www.astrojh.com

Línea Abierta : SHACKLED WHILE GIVING BIRTH.

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SHACKLED WHILE GIVING BIRTH. Immigrant mother Juana Villegas was recently awarded compensation in damages after she was shackled during labor by sheriff deputies in Tennessee. Villegas, an undocumented resident, was detained by the sheriffs under an immigration program when she was nine months pregnant. When it came time for her to give birth, she was shackled to the ambulance and bed and separated from her baby for two days after birth. Her case has brought attention to the human rights of detained women during labor and delivery, and the consequences of local police acting as immigration agents.

Guests: Juana Villegas, Immigrant Mother, Nashville, TN; Antonio Ginatta, Advocacy Director, US Program, Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC, http://www.hrw.org

Línea Abierta : LABOR DAY SPECIAL.

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LABOR DAY SPECIAL. A top labor leader comments on recent child farm labor regulations proposed by the Secretary of Labor, recent laws slashing labor rights in Wisconsin, Indiana, and other states, and working conditions of Latinos nationwide. Also, the United Farm Workers reach California’s state capitol after a two-week march to demand overtime pay, protection from exposure to dangerous pesticides, and the reconsideration of a bill that would make it easier for farm laborers to join a union. The bill was recently vetoed by California governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown.

Guests: Héctor Sánchez, Director of Policy and Research, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Washington, D.C., www.lclaa.org ; Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers, Sacramento, CA, www.ufw.org

Línea Abierta : LATINOS IN THE COURTROOM.

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LATINOS IN THE COURTROOM. This is a conversation with two prominent jurists while they attended the convention of Hispanic National Bar Association in Dallas, Texas. The experts in national law commented on crucial matters taken up by the association, including the scarce presence of Latinas in the legal profession, the overwhelming over-representation of Latinos in the penal system, bills attempting to reform the 14th Amendment to prohibit citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants, and new proejcts to defend fair redistricting and promote Latinos’ right to vote.

Guests: Diana Sen, President, Hispanic National Bar Association, New York, NY (interviewed from Dallas, TX); Hon. Teresa Guerra Snelson, Judge, State Civil District Court, President of Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Dallas, TX.

Línea Abierta : HEALING THE MIND.

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HEALING THE MIND. When depression and other mental health illnesses hit Latinos, they are often less likely to contact mental health specialists or receive quality mental health care. How will the Affordable Care Act help bring down the barriers to mental health for Latinos? What services are available now?

Guest: Dr. Sergio Aguilar Gaxiola, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/crhd

Línea Abierta : FREEDOM UNIVERSITY.

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FREEDOM UNIVERSITY. After the state of Georgia closed the doors of its most prestigious universities to undocumented students, a group of professors organized a college-level seminar called Freedom University. With top professors from prestigious schools nationwide as advisors, the classes are designed aimed to provide a sample of topnotch education to those who can’t enroll in college.

Guests: Beto "Cacao", Community activist, Athens, GA; Lorgia García Peña, Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, http://www.uga.edu ; Gustavo Madrigal, Freedom University student, Atlanta, GA.

Línea Abierta : LATINOS TEN YEARS AFTER 9/11.

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LATINOS TEN YEARS AFTER 9/11. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the nation went through a state of shock, pain, fear, suspicion as well as heightened security measures and a patriotic rhetoric. How have this atmosphere and measures impacted Latinos during the past ten years? How has life changed for Latino immigrant families? How has the landscape changed at the U.S.-Mexican border? What about the impact on civil liberties and civil rights?

Guest: Luis Alberto Urrea, Author, Chicago, IL, www.luisurrea.com

Línea Abierta : SALAM TV. ALSO, CIVIL RIGHTS AFTER 9/11.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

SALAM TV. After September 11th, Muslims and Arab-Americans have been the target of discrimination and hate crimes. Yet, in Phoenix, a Spanish-language TV channel partnered with local Iraqi-Americans to air “Salam TV,” the first Muslim community TV program. The anti-immigration law in Arizona has brought immigrants closer together. A Mexican journalist who saw similarities between Arabic and Latino cultures and eventually converted to Islam joins this program.

Guest: Mariela Gómez de Ell, Independent Producer, Salam TV, Phoenix, AZ, www.salamtvaz.com

ALSO, CIVIL RIGHTS AFTER 9/11. In the years after 9/11, reports of hate crimes, racial profiling, prolonged detention of immigrant detainees, and other civil rights violations have abounded. The chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights joins this edition to discuss the impact of 9/11 on civil rights in the U.S. Listeners are encouraged to call in to share their opinions and stories.

Línea Abierta : JOBS, SMOG, AND MORE.

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JOBS, SMOG, AND MORE. President Obama addressed Congress to propose the American Jobs Act, a multi-billion plan to reduce unemployment and tackle the national crisis. Will this jobs plan work? On other news: in a compromise with business interests, President Obama stopped new and stricter smog standards that required states and communities to curb local air pollution. A number of Latino leaders said this action deals a blow to the health and financial security of Latino families. Analysts examine these and other current political issues.

Guests: Luis Miranda, Spokesperson, The White House, Washington, D.C., www.whitehouse.gov; Dr. Juan Andrade, President, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Chicago, IL, http://www.ushli.org

Línea Abierta : “¡SOY SALVADOREÑO!” - CHANCHONA MUSIC.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

“¡SOY SALVADOREÑO!” - CHANCHONA MUSIC. The Smithsonian Folkways record label releases the first album of traditional Salvadoran music published and distributed in the United States. “¡Soy Salvadoreño!” features chanchona folk music of los Hermanos Lovo, a family-band that fled El Salvador during the civil war and now lives in the U.S. The group plays traditional melodies on two violins, and mixes in cumbias and merengues to create a unique sound. This edition marks the beginning of special programs on occasion of National Latino Heritage Month.

Guests: Trinidad Lovo, Violinist and band leader, Los Hermanos Lovo, Washington, DC, http://smithsonianfolkways.tumblr.com/post/8997913277/el-salvadoran-expa... ; Daniel Sheehy, Curator and Director, Smithsonian Folkways, Washington, DC, www.folkways.si.edu

Línea Abierta : NOT IN OUR TOWN.

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NOT IN OUR TOWN. A wave of hate crimes hit a small town in Long Island in 2008, culminating in the murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero. A new documentary about how the town came together to oppose bigotry and stop anti-immigrant violence is airing this week on public television stations nationwide, with accompanying community screenings, group discussions, rallies, vigils, and other actions to bring communities together to stop hate.

Guests: Raymond Telles, Consulting Producer, Not in our Town: Light in the Darkness, Oakland, CA, http://www.niot.org/lightinthedarkness; Jesse Castañeda, Chair, Silicon Valley Alliance for Immigration Reform, San José, CA, www.facebook.com/pages/Silicon-Valley-Alliance-for-Immigration-Reform-SV...

Línea Abierta : SEEDS OF JUSTICE.

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SEEDS OF JUSTICE. Scientists and food activists join indigenous farmers and immigrant advocates, from across several borders, meet to discuss the implications of genetically engineered food for those who grow it and those who eat it. Top speakers from the Justice Begins with Seeds conference join this edition to discuss related issues, from corporate control of seeds to immigrant farmers to food security.

Línea Abierta : FORECLOSURES COSTING BILLIONS.

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FORECLOSURES COSTING BILLIONS. California home foreclosures began to increase again last month. A new report shows foreclosures are costing local governments billions of dollars, slashing jobs and undermining economic recovery. A group of homeowners and community leaders are recommending a widespread program to reduce mortgages to market value, which they say would allow homeowners to save money they could reinvest in the economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Guests: Guillermo Elenes, Organizer, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Oakland, CA, www.calorganize.org ; Bertha Borrayo, Foreclosure victim, Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : CUTS THREATEN HEALTHCARE.

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CUTS THREATEN HEALTHCARE. In the debate over how to reduce the nation’s debt, billions of dollars are being proposed to be cut from the public health insurance program Medicaid. One in four adult Latinos and one half of Latino children in the United States rely on this program for their healthcare. Federal cuts could also affect state programs such as California’s Healthy Families. Experts join this edition to discuss how Latino families would be affected by state and federal health cuts.

Guests: Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director, Health Equity, Families USA Foundation, Washington, DC, www.familiesusa.org ; Sarah Mercer, Director of government affairs, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Sacramento, CA, www.cpehn.org

Línea Abierta : CURTAILING THE IMPOUND BUSINESS.

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CURTAILING THE IMPOUND BUSINESS. Soon after California stopped allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, the state required officers to seize vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. Since then, sobriety checkpoints have turned into license checkpoints, with cities making tens of millions of dollars off of the impounds. Two new bills seek to stop the practice and allow unlicensed drivers time to find licensed family members or friends to pick up the cars.

Guests: Ramiro Magaña, Victim of car impound, Fresno, CA; Carmen, Victim of car impound, Fresno, CA; Cynthia Anderson-Barker, Civil Rights Lawyer, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles, CA; State Assemblymember Gil Cedillo, Democrat, 45th District of California, Sacramento, CA, http://asmdc.org/members/a45/

Línea Abierta : PROTECTING COMMUNITY SAFETY.

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PROTECTING COMMUNITY SAFETY. The federal program known as Secure Communities, which requires local law enforcement to turn anyone arrested over to immigration authorities, has received severe criticism by those who say it undermines public safety. A former police chief who has been outspoken against the law resigned recently from a task force to reform the law, saying proposed changes will still allow deportation orders to begin against immigrants with minor violations, and thus, will continue to cause undocumented immigrants to be afraid to report crimes.

Guest: Arturo Venegas Jr, Retired Police Chief of Sacramento and Director of the Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative, Sacramento, CA, www.leei.us

Línea Abierta : CHICANO HERITAGE.

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CHICANO HERITAGE. Two well-known Chicano music groups performed in Washington, D.C. as part of a series on traditional American music, during the celebrations of National Latino Heritage Month. This edition offers interviews with Agustín Lira of trio Alma, and Martha González of Quetzal ensemble, as well as segments of their concerts at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Guests: Agustín Lira, National Heritage Fellow, composer, singer, and playwright, Fresno, CA, www.teatrodelatierra.org, www.nea.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/fellow.php?id=2007_07; Martha González, Singer, Quetzal, Los Ángeles, CA, www.myspace.com/quetza

Línea Abierta : ACCESS TO HEALTH ACROSS BORDERS.

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ACCESS TO HEALTH ACROSS BORDERS. Community organizations, and government agencies from diverse Latin American countries and the United States come together for the 11th annual Binational Health Week, the largest health-oriented mobilization in the Americas. This year, the forum in San Antonio focuses on the Affordable Care Act. Special guests join this program to talk about chronic and infectious diseases affecting migrant families and current efforts to help them access the new health reform law.

Guests: Xochitl Castañeda, Director, Health Initiative of the Americas, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, San Antonio, TX, www.binationalhealthweek.org; Juan Flores, Executive Director, La Fe Policy Research & Education Center, San Antonio, TX, www.lafepolicycenter.org

Línea Abierta : PANAMERICAN GAMES MASCOT.

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PANAMERICAN GAMES MASCOT. This year’s Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico, are being promoted by a cartoon deer mascot nicknamed “Huichi”, with a God’s Eye symbol on its forehead. The deer is a sacred animal for the Wixarika, or Huichol, people, and indigenous leaders and advocates say the symbol is as offensive as using the Catholics-revered Virgin of Zapopan as a mascot.

Guests: Antonio Hayuaneme García, Wixárika student and Member of Wixaritari Artistas y Artesanos Unidos (WAAU), Guadalajara, Mexico; Juan Negrín, Writer, Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : AFRODIASPORA.

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AFRODIASPORA. Renowned Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca arrives in California to present her new album, Afrodiaspora, a celebration of African people and culture in Latin America. The Grammy-Award winning vocalist has long been a leader in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music. She was recently named the Minister of Culture of Peru. This edition includes an interview with Baca. Another well-known Peruvian artist, Juan Cuba, of the group Los Nadies, joins the show to comment on Afro-Latino music.

Guests: Susana Baca, World-renowned Afro-Peruvian singer, San Francisco, CA, www.susanabaca.com , http://labohemiaproductions.com/?p=452 ; Juan Cuba, Musician and singer, Los Nadies, Oakland, CA, www.losnadies.com

Línea Abierta : PROTECTING OUR BREASTS.

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PROTECTING OUR BREASTS. Latina women are less likely to develop breast cancer than other groups, but they are more likely to die from it. After helping her mother survive the illness, acclaimed actress Judy Reyes is getting the word to other Latinas out about how to prevent breast cancer and make informed decisions. Reyes, who plays the role of nurse Carla Espinosa on a popular TV comedy series, is partnering with a leading oncologist to promote new website offering practical information in Spanish in coincidence with Breast Cancer Awareness and Health Literacy Month.

Línea Abierta : OCCUPY WALL STREET.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

OCCUPY WALL STREET. Tens of thousands of people have crowded Wall Street to protest corporate greed, bank bailouts, and income inequality, in an American version of the “movement of the outraged” in Spain. Hundreds of thousands more are “occupying” other cities in support of the movement, and major national labor unions recently joined the ranks. Protesters and reporters join this edition to give an up-to-date report.

Guests: Omar Angel Pérez, Executive Director, Workplace Project, Hempstead, NY, http://www.workplaceprojectny.org/ ; Agnes Rivera Martinez, Activist, Community Voices Heard, Nueva York NY, www.cvhaction.org/ ; Jaime Contreras, Capital Area Director, Local 32BJ, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington, D.C. www.seiu32bj.org ; Sergio Ballesteros, Teacher out of work, Participant in Occupy L.A. Los Angeles, CA

Línea Abierta : FIVE MILLION VOTERS OUT?

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FIVE MILLION VOTERS OUT? New voter laws passed or proposed in more than 30 states could suppress the votes of millions of young people, low-income voters, and voters of color, in the 2012 elections. The laws require voter identification or reduce the amount of time for early voting. Voting rights advocates comment on this hot electoral issue.

Guests: Lydia Camarillo, Vice President, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, Houston, TX, www.svrep.org ; Ángel Cruz, Pennsylvania state legislator, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Philadelphia, PA, www.nhcsl.org

Línea Abierta : LATINO GREAT DEPRESSION.

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LATINO GREAT DEPRESSION. Latino unemployment in several U.S. cities now rivals the highest rate of unemployment nationwide during the Great Depression. Providence, Rhode Island, and Hartford, Connecticut lead the nation in Latino unemployment. Third in the list is Fresno, California, where one in five Latinos are unemployed. This edition includes interviews with the unemployed in some of the hardest hit cities in the nation. An expert also joins the show to give advice to those without jobs.

Guests: Jose Daniel Guzman, Unemployed teacher, Riverside, CA (taped interview); Ramón Flores, Unemployed construction worker, Riverside, CA (taped interview); Juan Mendoza, Unemployed solar worker, Riverside, CA (taped interview); Arcelia Placencia, Unemployed janitor, Riverside, CA (taped interview); Germán Bustamente, Unemployed worker, Riverside, CA (taped interview).

Línea Abierta : ALABAMA: A DAY WITHOUT LATINOS.

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ALABAMA: A DAY WITHOUT LATINOS. Hundreds of businesses closed, poultry plants cut production, and thousands of workers and students stayed home one day last week in Alabama to protest the state’s new anti-immigrant law. The law allows police to detain anyone they suspect of being undocumented and requires schools to investigate students’ immigration status. This edition is co-hosted by Radio Bilingüe’s Samuel Orozco and José Antonio Castro, of La Jefa Radio, the network that opened its call-in lines to broadcast the listeners’ call to boycott across the state.

Línea Abierta : FREEDOM FROM FEAR. ALSO, DREAM ACT AND MORE IN CALIFORNIA

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FREEDOM FROM FEAR. An undocumented honors student in Arizona who stood up publicly to State Senate leader Russell Pearce and camped in front of Senator John McCain’s office to demand passage of the DREAM Act was a recent recipient of the national Freedom From Fear Award. The award goes to those who have overcome fear to confront injustice on behalf of immigrants and refugees in the United States.

Guest: Erika Andiola, Awardee, National Organizer, United We Dream National Coordinating Committee, Mesa, AZ, theadac.org , unitedwedream.org

Línea Abierta : FROM MIGRANT WORKER TO TOP BRAIN SURGEON..

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FROM MIGRANT WORKER TO TOP BRAIN SURGEON. In the new book Becoming Dr. Q, an internationally renowned brain surgeon tells the story of his life, from his birth in Mexico to crossing the border and working in U.S. tomato fields as an undocumented migrant, to his passage through the prestigious campuses of UC Berkeley and Harvard Medical School. This edition offers an exclusive interview with the migrant-worker-turned-brain-surgeon.

Guest: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Oncology, Director, Brain Tumor Surgery Program, Johns Hopkins Bayview, Director, Pituitary Surgery Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neuro/quinones

Línea Abierta : TREATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

TREATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS. Before the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies in many states refused to cover survivors of domestic violence, because they were considered high risk. Under the new law, an insurance company can no longer discriminate against survivors, and screening and counseling are covered under new plans. An expert in domestic violence prevention and services joins this edition to discuss available services for Spanish-speaking and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

Guest: Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Public Policy, Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul, MN, www.casadeesperanza.org ; Yali Bair, Spokesperson, Futures Without Violence, Davis, CA, www.futureswithoutviolence.org

Línea Abierta : STUDENTS AGAINST BULLYING.

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STUDENTS AGAINST BULLYING. One in four Latino children have been bullied at school. And twice as many Latino kids are afraid of being harmed at school than white children. As teachers and political leaders seek ways to prevent and stop bullying, some immigrant adolescents in Philadelphia took matters in their own hands and stood up to bullying against Asians and Latinos in their school. Experts and students join this conversation.

Guests: Marty Castro, Chairman, US Commission on Civil Rights, Chicago, IL, http://www.usccr.gov/ ; Jacque Larrainzar, Counsel or Safe School Caolition, Seattle, WA; Patricia Foxen, Associate Director of Research, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Washington, DC, www.nclr.org

Línea Abierta : PROSTATE CANCER: TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

PROSTATE CANCER: TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST. A government-appointed board of experts recently recommended that men no longer take a blood test that can detect prostate cancer in the early stages, in part because the diagnosis may lead to unnecessary treatment, which can cause impotence and incontinence. Most doctors disagree. Radio Bilingüe’s news director Samuel Orozco joins this edition to give his own testimony as a prostate cancer patient. He tells the story of how his cancer was found and what life-changing decision he had to make to treat it. He also comments on the heated debate about routine blood testing.

Guest: Samuel Orozco, News Director, Radio Bilingüe, Oakland, CA, www.radiobilingue.org

Línea Abierta : REPORTING ON THE DRUG WAR.

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REPORTING ON THE DRUG WAR. A top journalist from the northern Mexican city of Monterrey is touring the U.S. to talk about the impact of Mexico’s war on drugs, and civic efforts to stop violence and build alternatives. Diego Osorno is the author of El cartel de Sinaloa: Una historia sobre el uso político del narco. He also reports for the magazine Gatopardo, and reported for the daily newspaper Milenio for ten years.

Guest: Diego Osorno, Author, El cartel de Sinaloa: Una historia sobre el uso político del narco, Reporter, Gatopardo, Oakland, CA. www.gatopardo.com ; John Gibler, author, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War, San Francisco, CA.

Línea Abierta : REP. GUTIERREZ JOINS PROTEST IN ALABAMA.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

REP. GUTIERREZ JOINS PROTEST IN ALABAMA. Congressman Luis Gutierrez traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to speak to thousands of people gathered to protest the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country. The congressman of Illinois urged federal authorities to temporarily stop deporting immigrants without criminal records in Alabama and compared the struggle for immigrant rights to the African-American civil rights movement of the 1960s. This edition is a simulcast with the three-station network Radio La Jefa in Alabama, and is co-hosted by Radio Bilingüe’s Samuel Orozco and José Antonio Castro, of La Jefa.

Línea Abierta : DAY OF THE DEAD: REVOLUTION! ALSO, GENERAL STRIKE IN OAKLAN

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

DAY OF THE DEAD: REVOLUTION! In Mexico, the leader of the Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity called for citizens to gather on the Day of the Dead to protest the violence that has cost close to 50,000 lives. Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon, an original, bilingual play to celebrate Day of the Dead honors Mexican revolutionaries and weaves the history of the Mexican Revolution with the uprisings of the Arab world and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. The director of ¡Viva la Revolución! joins this edition.

Guest: Olga Sánchez, Artistic Director, Miracle MainStage, Miracle Theater Group, Portland, OR, www.milagro.org

Testimonies: Carolina de Jaimes, Juan Francisco Garcia, and Sugey Katalan, Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Línea Abierta : HELPING HOMEOWNERS AND STUDENTS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

HELPING HOMEOWNERS AND STUDENTS. President Obama revised rules to allow homeowners to refinance their homes, no matter how much the value of the house has fallen. The president also sped up a program to limit students’ loan payments to 10 percent of their disposable income as early as next year. Political analysts join this edition to discuss both policy changes.

Guests: Dr. Antonio Flores, President, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), San Antonio, TX, www.hacu.net ; Aracely Panameno, Director, Latino Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending, Washington, D.C., www.responsiblelending.org

Línea Abierta : OCCUPY EVERYTHING.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

OCCUPY EVERYTHING. Despite colder weather and threats of eviction, the Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading across the country. The forced eviction and tear-gassing of a camp in Oakland, California, followed by the largest mass rallies, demonstrations, and strikes in recent times has added fuel to the call to tax the rich and make banks pay for the crisis. Organizers and analysts join this edition.

Guests: Beatriz Herrera, Organizer, POWER - People Organized to Win Employment Rights, San Francisco, CA, www.peopleorganized.org ; Agnes Rivera, Activist, Community Voices Heard, New York, NY, www.cvhaction.org

Línea Abierta : WALK ACROSS ALABAMA.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

WALK ACROSS ALABAMA. Radio hosts from the three-station network La Jefa in Alabama are walking from the north of the state to the capital city of Montgomery, to protest the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country. This is a simulcast with La Jefa, as the radio makes its way through Albertville, where the law has taken its toll on the town’s large Latino population. Listeners from Alabama call in to share their testimonies. This edition is co-hosted by Radio Bilingüe’s Samuel Orozco and José Antonio Castro, of La Jefa Radio. Listeners can follow the march on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lajefaalabama.

Guest: Óscar de la Cruz, Radio Host, La Doble X 1090 AM, Albertville, AL.

Línea Abierta : FOOD ON THE TABLE.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

FOOD ON THE TABLE. As leaders of the agricultural committees of both houses of Congress put the final touches on the Farm Bill, community leaders call for investments in programs to connect local farms to schools, make healthy food available in all communities, and expand the use of food stamps to buy fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets. This edition includes interviews with speakers from a national gathering on food security.

Línea Abierta : TRAGEDY ON THE JOB.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

TRAGEDY ON THE JOB. Brothers Armando and Eladio Ramírez died after being overwhelmed by toxic fumes at a recycling plant in Central California. The brothers, 16 and 22 years old, were cleaning an underground drainage tunnel when they were reportedly exposed to hydrogen sulfide. Community members are calling for the plant to be shut down, citing former reports of unsafe working conditions. Were the workers wearing personal protective equipment? Were they supposed to be assigned to the tunnel in the first place? Had the plant been visited by state inspectors? This program examines these and other issues.

Guests: Lupe Martínez, Organizer, Center for Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Delano, CA, www.crpe-ej.org ; Icasio Ramírez, Uncle of Armando and Eladio Ramírez, Arvin, CA; Faustina Ramírez, Mother of Armando and Eladio Ramírez, Arvin, CA.

Línea Abierta : MOMS HIT HARD.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

MOMS HIT HARD. The economic crisis has hit single mothers and women of color hard. Single mothers are more likely to be unemployed and in debt. As these mothers struggle to pay rent and put food on their tables, Congress considers cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from a health and nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and children. In this program, working women talk about their hardships and discuss organized efforts to protect health and nutrition services.

Guests: Silvia López, Single mother, Oakland, CA; Maegan Ortiz, Single “mami”, political writer and artist, New York, NY, www.vivirlatino.com, www.lamamitamala.com ; Pina Hernández, Manager, Outreach Department, Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE- WIC), Irwindale, CA (Los Angeles), www.phfe.org

Línea Abierta : OCCUPY DETENTION CENTERS.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

OCCUPY DETENTION CENTERS. As the Occupy movement spreads, undocumented immigrant youth are focusing their attention on immigrant detention centers. Self-described “dreamers” from around the country form a human chain around a Texas detention center. In California and Minnesota, immigrant youth and their allies have held protests at Wells Fargo banks to protest their investments in two private prison companies that lobby for stricter immigration enforcement and make a huge profit from immigrant detention.

Guests: Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA, www.glahr.org ; Ramiro Luna, Co founder, North Texas Dream Team, Dallas, TX, www.facebook.com/NorthTexasDreamTeam

Línea Abierta : MONTGOMERY: IMMIGRATION GROUND ZERO.

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59:09 minutes (54.16 MB)

MONTGOMERY: IMMIGRATION GROUND ZERO. This program kicks off Linea Abierta in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento, areas covered by KIQI 1010 AM, thanks to a partnership between Radio Bilingue and the producers of Hecho en California. To mark the occasion, Linea Abierta prepared a special simulcast. In recent hours, Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, has been the scene of a number of protests against HB56, the harshest immigration law in the nation. Radio colleagues from La Jefa Radio walked through the state of Alabama and arrived at the state capitol, where they shared with legislators the voices gathered during their 14-day, 14-city walk. This program airs in simulcast on the Radio Bilingüe network, the three-station network of La Jefa Radio in Alabama, and KIQI in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento, providing live conversations from Alabama radio colleagues gathered in Montgomery.

Línea Abierta : MONTGOMERY: GROUND ZERO – HOUR TWO.

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59:11 minutes (54.2 MB)

MONTGOMERY: GROUND ZERO – HOUR TWO. This program, the first to air on San Francisco’s KIQI Radio, continues a simulcast with La Jefa Radio in Montgomery, Alabama. Jose Antonio Castro, Program Director for La Jefa, comments on the latest developments in the enforcement of anti-immigration law HB 56 in this Southern state, after completing a walk through 14 cities. Listeners from Alabama join the conversation.

Guests: Martin Unzueta, Executive director, Chicago Community and workers Rights, Arrested in Montgomery’s state capitol, father of organizar of “Dreamer” activists, Chicago, IL; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democrat, Chicago, IL (audio segment).

Línea Abierta : MONTGOMERY: IMMIGRATION GROUND ZERO. -( A repeat) -

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

MONTGOMERY: IMMIGRATION GROUND ZERO. -( A repeat) - In recent hours, Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, has been the scene of a number of protests against HB56, the harshest immigration law in the nation. Radio colleagues from La Jefa Radio walked through the state of Alabama and arrived at the state capitol, where they shared with legislators the voices gathered during their 14-day, 14-city walk. This program airs in simulcast on the Radio Bilingüe network, the three-station network of La Jefa Radio in Alabama, and KIQI in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento, providing live conversations from Alabama radio colleagues gathered in Montgomery.

Guests: Bill Guillespie, Mayor, City of Prattville, AL; Martin Unzueta, Executive Director, Chicago Community and Workers Rights, Arrested in Montgomery’s state capitol, father of organizer of “Dreamer” activists, Chicago, IL; Gerardo Guzman, News director, Radio La Jefa, Montgomery, AL.

Línea Abierta : MONTGOMERY: GROUND ZERO – HOUR TWO -( A repeat) -

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

MONTGOMERY: GROUND ZERO – HOUR TWO -( A repeat) - This program, the first to air on San Francisco’s KIQI Radio, continues a simulcast with La Jefa Radio in Montgomery, Alabama. Jose Antonio Castro, Program Director for La Jefa, comments on the latest developments in the enforcement of anti-immigration law HB 56 in this Southern state, after completing a walk through 14 cities. Listeners from Alabama join the conversation.

Guests: Martin Unzueta, Executive director, Chicago Community and workers Rights, Arrested in Montgomery’s state capitol, father of organizar of “Dreamer” activists, Chicago, IL; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democrat, Chicago, IL (audio segment).

Línea Abierta : VOTERS’ RIGHTS UNDER QUESTION.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

VOTERS’ RIGHTS UNDER QUESTION. The state of Arizona is suing the federal government over the Voter Rights’ Act, which was established in the 1960s to protect the rights of voters of all races. The law requires states with a history of discrimination against voters of color to submit changes to election law for federal approval. This program also takes a look at laws that are being proposed or have been enacted in other states to make it harder to vote, including restrictions that require voter ID or proof of citizenship.

Guests: Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, www.acluaz.org ; Lydia Camarillo, Vice President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, San Antonio, TX, www.svrep.org

Línea Abierta : MEXICAN NUN WATCHES HUMAN RIGHTS.

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59:04 minutes (54.08 MB)

MEXICAN NUN WATCHES HUMAN RIGHTS. This is an exclusive interview with Sister Consuelo Morales, a human rights advocate who has documented numerous cases of alleged torture and disappearances committed by government forces and violence between rival criminal groups connected to Mexico's drug war. Sister Morales visited the United States accompanied by a leading member of Human Rights Watch, which recently released a scathing report on the violence in Mexico.

Guests: Sister Consuelo Morales, Director, Citizens in Support of Human Rights, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, www.cadhac.org ; Nik Steinberg, Senior Researcher in the Americas Division, Human Rights Watch, New York, NY, http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/11/09/mexico-widespread-rights-abuses-war-d...

Línea Abierta : FAIR HARVEST: THANKSGIVING EDITION.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

FAIR HARVEST: THANKSGIVING EDITION. In the fields of Florida, tomato workers this month began reaping the harvest of a long struggle for fair treatment, when the Code of Conduct promoted by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers finally went into effect among the bulk of tomato growers. Meanwhile, the movement for food justice continues to grow. As families across the United States sit down to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, this edition takes a look at what it takes to bring a fair harvest to everyone’s tables.

Guests: Gerardo Reyes, Co-coordinator, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL, www.ciw-online.org ; Rosalinda Guillén, Executive Director, Community to Community Development, Bellingham, WA, http://foodjustice.org ; Reggie Brown, Executive Vice-President, Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, Maitland, FL, www.floridatomatoes.org

Línea Abierta : BACK AT SIXTEENTH STREET. ALSO, ARPAIO TARGETED.

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59:13 minutes (54.23 MB)

BACK AT SIXTEENTH STREET. Thousands of immigrants, civil rights leaders, and congresspeople attended a mass rally in Birmingham to protest Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, in the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where four African-American girls were killed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Dozens of House Democrats have now joined the federal lawsuit against the Alabama law, and join the call for a national campaign in support of Alabama's immigrant families. This program is a simulcast with the three-station network of Radio La Jefa in Alabama.

Guests: Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, CA, www.doloreshuerta.org ; José Antonio Castro, Program Director and Radio Host, La Jefa Radio, Birmingham, AL, www.aquimandalajefa.com

Línea Abierta : AMNESTY ANNIVERSARY.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

AMNESTY ANNIVERSARY. Twenty-five years ago, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 became law, increasing border security and employer sanctions, while at the same time allowing millions of undocumented immigrants a path to residency and citizenship. An expert in immigration law and policy joins this edition to talk about the legacy of the 1986 IRCA law, and how things have changed in the last quarter century.

Guest: Mark Silverman, Director of Immigration Policy, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, San Francisco, CA, www.ilrc.org

Línea Abierta : AFFORDABLE AIDS CARE. ALSO, MEDICARE DEADLINE.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

AFFORDABLE AIDS CARE. Latinos living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to be uninsured than any other ethnic group, and half rely on public health insurance. The Affordable Care Act makes it easier for those living with the disease to get insurance and lower the cost of their medications. On the eve of World AIDS Day, a lead advocate for those afflicted joins this edition to talk about the provisions of the health reform law for HIV-positive people and what budget cuts might affect them.

Guests: Guillermo Chacón, President, Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY, www.latinoaids.org ; Dr. Maria Luisa Miranda, Woman living with HIV, New York, NY.

ALSO, MEDICARE DEADLINE. The deadline for seniors with Medicare to change or choose their health plan coverage for 2012 is earlier this year. This edition includes an interview with a specialist from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid who gives details on new benefits available for patients with Medicare.

Línea Abierta : PROTECTING CAREGIVERS AND CARED-FOR.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

PROTECTING CAREGIVERS AND CARED-FOR. Domestic workers in California have organized to push a bill that would guarantee rights such as overtime pay, rest times, and paid sick days for those who care for children, elders, and the disabled. Advocates for the disabled say they support the principles of protecting workers’ rights, but they feel the bill would unfairly hurt disabled people who tend to have less disposable income to pay for extra benefits. This edition brings together both sides in a dialogue in search of common ground.

Guests: Grecia Lima, Campaign Director, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco, CA, www.mujeresunidas.net; María Distancia, Domestic Worker, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco, CA, www.mujeresunidas.net ; Crystal Padilla, Advocate, Disability Rights California, Oakland, CA, www.disabilityrightsca.org

Línea Abierta : SILENT RAID HITS IMMIGRANT WORKERS.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

SILENT RAID HITS IMMIGRANT WORKERS. Two hundred steel workers at Pacific Steel in Berkeley, California are being laid off after an employment eligibility audit conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. The audits have come to be known by some as “silent raids” because of their effect on working immigrants and their families.

Guests: Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA, www.nilc.org ; Ana Castaño, Former Pacific Steel Worker, Bay Point, CA; Joel Soto, Pacific Steel Worker, Richmond, CA; Ignacio de la Fuente, Oakland City Councilman and Vice President, Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union, Oakland, CA, gmpiu.org

Línea Abierta : PROMOTING HEALTH.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

PROMOTING HEALTH. For thousands of uninsured working families, community health workers, or promotoras, are their only source of health education. Promotoras have also become essential for explaining the benefits and dispelling the myths about the Affordable Care Act as the reform law is rolled out. Community health workers join this edition to discuss how to access the public health benefits available to prevent and control diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, access prenatal care, vaccines, well-checks for children, and other care essential for Latino families.

Línea Abierta : STOPPING CHILD ABUSE.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

STOPPING CHILD ABUSE. The alleged sexual abuse by an assistant football coach at The Pennsylvania State University of eight young boys in a community service program has shocked the nation and spurred new legislation. An attorney and former lawmaker as well as a child abuse prevention advocate join this edition to talk about how to spot and prevent abuse, and about legislation to crackdown on child abuse.

Guests: Martha Escutia, Attorney and Former state senator of California, Los Angeles, CA; Sarita Hudson, Director of Public Engagement, Stop It Now!, Northampton, MA, www.StopItNow.org ; Lisa Fontes, Researcher and Psychologist University Without Walls, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, www.Lisafontes.com

Línea Abierta : WORKER TAX CUTS.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

WORKER TAX CUTS. In a major year-end showdown, Republicans in Congress have blocked efforts from the White House to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. If Congress refuses to take any action soon, more than 160 million workers and middle class taxpayers will lose this relief next month, and taxes will go up for most of next year. Experts join this edition to discuss this critical debate.

Guests: Leticia Miranda, Associate Director, Economic and Employment Policy Project, National Council of La Raza, Washington, D.C. www.nclr.org ; Gabriel Villalobos, Guest Commentator, Producer, Contacto Total, and Creative Director of Medios Hispanos, LLC, Onda 1190 AM KNUV, Phoenix, AZ.

Línea Abierta : BREAKING AWAY FROM THE BUDGET CRISIS.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

BREAKING AWAY FROM THE BUDGET CRISIS. In a few days, the December 15 deadline for tax revenues that California set for itself will determine whether more budget cuts will go into place in the new year. Top budget thinkers join this roundtable discussion to hash out ways to break away from the cycle of budget crisis and budget cuts and better involve citizens in the process.

Guests: Cruz Reynoso, Former Associate Justice of the CA Supreme Court & the Third District Court of Appeal, Leadership Council of California Forward, Davis, CA, www.cafwd.org ; María Blanco, Vice President of Civic Engagement, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, www.calfund.org ; Francisco Rodríguez, Vice President, California Federation of Teachers, Watsonville, CA; www.cft.org

Línea Abierta : OCCUPY HOMES.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

OCCUPY HOMES. Occupy Wall Street protesters have moved away from camping in public parks and begun staking claim in foreclosed homes or homes at risk of foreclosure. The tactic is one that had already been used on a smaller scale by community organizations nationwide in last-ditch attempts to help homeowners with no other recourse to save their homes.

Guests: Rubén Tapia, Correspondent, Noticiero Latino, Los Angeles, CA; Arturo de Los Santos, Former Marine and Homeowner, Riverside, CA; Rose Gudiel, Homeowner, La Puente, CA; José Vega, Collaborator, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Pittsburg, CA, www.calorganize.org

Línea Abierta : MARIACHI NAMED TREASURE OF HUMANITY.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

MARIACHI NAMED TREASURE OF HUMANITY. The United Nations educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, has added mariachi music to the list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Some of the celebrations planned include a 24-hour mariachi fiesta in countries around the world. Mariachi musicians and historians join this edition to discuss what the designation means for mariachi music and musicians the world over.

Guests: José Hernández, Director, Mariachi Sol de México, South El Monte, CA, www.soldemexicoonline.com ; Jonathan Clark, Mariachi musician and historian, Livermore, CA; Jesús Jáuregui, Anthropologist, Author of the book El mariachi: símbolo musical de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Línea Abierta : ALABAMA: VOICES FROM THE SHADOWS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

ALABAMA: VOICES FROM THE SHADOWS. Leaders from the nation’s top civil rights organizations convene in Alabama to advocate a repeal of the state’s immigration law. At the same time, the United States Civil Rights Commission is analyzing whether state immigration enforcement laws, like the one in Alabama, increase discrimination, hate crimes, or racial profiling. The Chairman of the Commission joins this edition to hear testimony directly from Alabama listeners. This edition is simulcast on the Radio Bilingüe network, the three-station network of La Jefa Radio in Alabama, and KIQI in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, and marks the anniversary of International Migrants Day.

Guests: Martín Castro, Chairman, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chicago, IL, www.usccr.gov ; José Antonio Castro, Program Director and Host, Radio La Jefa, Montgomery, AL, www.aquimandalajefa.com ; Gerardo Guzman, News producer, La Jefa Radio, Montgomery, AL.

Línea Abierta : ALABAMA: CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

ALABAMA: CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT. This is the second hour of a special program simulcast in Alabama and on Radio Bilingüe, with testimony from civil rights leaders whon attended a pro-immigrant summit in Montgomery and radio colleagues from Alabama on the effects of Alabama's immigration law, the harshest in the country. This edition aires on the Radio Bilingüe network, the three-station network of La Jefa Radio in Alabama, and KIQI in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

Guests: José Antonio Castro, Program Director and Host, Radio La Jefa, Montgomery, AL, www.aquimandalajefa.com ; Gerardo Guzman, News producer, La Jefa Radio, Montgomery, AL; Dagmara Lopez, Coordinator of program to support migrant families, ICIRR, Chicago, IL and Montgomery, AL; Maria Alejandra Salazar, Community organizer, ICIRR, Chicago, IL and Montgomery, AL; Artemio Arreola, Political Director, ICIRR, Chicago, IL and Montgomery, AL.

Línea Abierta : ALABAMA: VOICES FROM THE SHADOWS - A REPEAT.

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59:06 minutes (54.13 MB)

ALABAMA: VOICES FROM THE SHADOWS - A REPEAT. Leaders from the nation’s top civil rights organizations convene in Alabama to advocate a repeal of the state’s immigration law. At the same time, the United States Civil Rights Commission is analyzing whether state immigration enforcement laws, like the one in Alabama, increase discrimination, hate crimes, or racial profiling. The Chairman of the Commission joins this edition to hear testimony directly from Alabama listeners. This edition originally aired in simulcast on the Radio Bilingüe network, the three-station network of La Jefa Radio in Alabama, and KIQI in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, and marks the anniversary of International Migrants Day.

Guests: Martín Castro, Chairman, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chicago, IL, www.usccr.gov ; José Antonio Castro, Program Director and Host, Radio La Jefa, Montgomery, AL, www.aquimandalajefa.com ; Gerardo Guzman, News producer, La Jefa Radio, Montgomery, AL.

Línea Abierta : THE FIGHT OVER TAXES.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

THE FIGHT OVER TAXES. Democrats and Republicans in Congress haven't reached an agreement on a bill that would extend the payroll tax cut and the expiring benefits for the unemployed. Eleventh-hour bargaining continues to avoid a government shutdown. This edition focuses on what’s behind the disagreement, and how it will affect Americans from all walks of life.

Guests: Secretary Hilda Solís, Secretary of Labor, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., www.dol.gov ; José Dante Parra, Spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Washington, D.C., http://reid.senate.gov/ ; Gabriel Villalobos, Guest Commentator, Radio Host and Producer, Contacto Total, KNUV 1190 AM, Phoenix, AZ.

Línea Abierta : BENEFITS OF THE NEW HEALTH REFORM LAW.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

BENEFITS OF THE NEW HEALTH REFORM LAW. A top doctor and radio commentator joins this edition to share some of the biggest changes that the Affordable Care Act has made for health insurance coverage and how to make the most out of the provisions of the law. He also dispels myths about who is eligible or not and helps listeners make health resolutions for the new year.

Guest: Dr. Pablo Rodríguez, Gynecologist, Women’s Care, Pawtucket, RI, www.women-care.com

Línea Abierta : ALABAMA: CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

ALABAMA: CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT. This is a repeat of the second hour of a special program simulcast in Alabama and on Radio Bilingüe, with testimony from civil rights leaders whon attended a pro-immigrant summit in Montgomery and radio colleagues from Alabama on the effects of Alabama's immigration law, the harshest in the country. This edition originally aired during the weekend on the Radio Bilingüe network, the three-station network of La Jefa Radio in Alabama, and KIQI in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

Guests: José Antonio Castro, Program Director and Host, Radio La Jefa, Montgomery, AL, www.aquimandalajefa.com ; Gerardo Guzman, News producer, La Jefa Radio, Montgomery, AL; Dagmara Lopez, Coordinator of program to support migrant families, ICIRR, Chicago, IL and Montgomery, AL; Maria Alejandra Salazar, Community organizer, ICIRR, Chicago, IL and Montgomery, AL; Artemio Arreola, Political Director, ICIRR, Chicago, IL and Montgomery, AL.

Línea Abierta : POSARELA. ALSO, AFROPERUVIAN CHRISTMAS.

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59:30 minutes (54.48 MB)

POSARELA. Two Christmastime traditions, the posada party and the pastorela theater play, are combined in a San Francisco musical known as the Posarela. The performance includes music and Christmas Carols from all over the Americas, and involves three generations in a bilingual celebration that follows Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem, despite a mischievous devil who tries to prevent them from finding shelter.

Guest: Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, Conductor and Producer, La Posarela, San Francisco, CA, http://www.sfcmc.org/site/events/la-posarela-2011.

Línea Abierta : EL CIGALA. ALSO, A BETTER LIFE.

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59:09 minutes (54.16 MB)

EL CIGALA. Spanish singer Diego El Cigala is a pioneer of flamenco fusion, blending flamenco with Latin American genres like bolero and Afro-Caribbean jazz. His most recent album, “Cigala & Tango,” which mixes flamenco with Argentinean tango, won a Latin Grammy this year. This edition offers an exclusive interview with the internationally renowned vocalist.

Guest: Diego El Cigala, Flamenco singer, Interviewed in Berkeley, CA, www.elcigala.com

ALSO, A BETTER LIFE. From the director of one of the movies in the popular teen vampire series, Twilight, comes a movie about an undocumented gardener in East L.A., struggling to make a better life for his son. The single dad is played by Mexican movie star Demián Bichir. Director and actor join this pre-taped edition.

Guests: Demián Bichir, Actor, A Better Life, Washington, D.C.; Chris Weitz, Director, A Better Life, Washington, D.C., https://www.facebook.com/ABetterLifeMovie

Línea Abierta : ARPAIO UNDER FIRE.

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59:00 minutes (54.03 MB)

ARPAIO UNDER FIRE. The U.S. Department of Justice is accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of racial profiling and discriminating against Latino inmates, after conducting a three-year investigation into his policies. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s office is also under fire for allegedly failing to investigate hundreds of sex crimes, many of them involving molested children. In response to the report, the Department of Homeland Security finally ended its contract allowing Sheriff Arpaio to enforce immigration law. What's next for the controversial sheriff?

Guests: Valeria Fernández, Corresponsal, Noticiero Latino, Phoenix, AZ; Elías Bermúdez, Host, "The Voice of the Immigrant" on AM 1540, Phoenix, AZ.

Línea Abierta : NEW RULES CUT MERCURY POLLUTION. ALSO, IRAQ TROOP WITHDRAWAL

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59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

NEW RULES CUT MERCURY POLLUTION. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules that would cut over 90% of mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The landmark protections are hailed by environmental groups as a huge victory, especially because mercury is known to harm the nervous systems of children. The toxic metal has been found at higher levels in Latino children. A mother and activist that has long fought power plant pollution in her Chicago neighborhood joins this edition to discuss the news.

Guest: Kim Wasserman-Nieto, Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Chicago, IL, http://lvejo.org/

Línea Abierta : THE FIRST CAUCUSES.

Photo: Will Merydith via flickr

59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

THE FIRST CAUCUSES. On the day of the first presidential caucuses in the nation, this edition brings together representatives from both parties to discuss the news developments in Iowa, scenario of the first major test for the presidential candidates. In a recent poll, Latino voters oppose the current policy on deportations and follow closely the debate on how to create new jobs. How are presidential candidates answering to this important voting bloc?

Guests: Lorena López, Editor, La Prensa, Carroll, IA, www.laprensaiowa.com ; Adolfo Franco, Republican Analyst, Washington, DC; Maria Campos, Precinct Director, Democratic Party Caucuses, Des Moines, IA.

Línea Abierta : PRO-IMMIGRANT TIDE.

Photo: Reform Immigration FOR America via facebook

59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

PRO-IMMIGRANT TIDE. In a time of Arizona "copy-cat" bills to restrict immigration, some cities and states are responding with alternative initiatives that intend to bolster the rights of undocumented workers. Among them, a bill in New Haven, Connecticut would allow undocumented residents to vote in local elections, while a California initiative would let undocumented immigrants work legally. This is a review of bills that are being proposed and laws that are going into effect.

Guests: John Jairo Lugo, Organizer, Unidad Latina en Acción, New Haven, CT (interviewed from Pereira, Colombia), http://ulanewhaven.blogspot.com ; Angela Sanbrano, President, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), Los Angeles, CA, www.caopportunity.com

Línea Abierta : DISADVANTAGED KIDS.

Photo: Yes We Can! Empowering the Mexican Community through Education via facebook

59:00 minutes (54.03 MB)

DISADVANTAGED KIDS. Almost half of Mexican immigrant teenagers in New York City are not enrolled in school, a higher proportion than any other immigrant group. Experts call it a “perfect storm of educational disadvantage”: Mexican immigration to the city is relatively new, many Mexican immigrants are undocumented, there are few tutoring programs targeted at them, and many believe a myth that undocumented youth cannot go to college. Who is tackling this ominous problem?

Guests: Ángelo Cabrera, President, Mexican-American Student Alliance (MASA), New York, NY, masany.org/new/ ; Benjamín Zapién, Mexican immigrant, New York, NY; Guillermo Linares, Assemblymember, New York State Assembly, Albany, NY, http://www.guillermolinares.com/

Línea Abierta : TWO TIMES DISPLACED.

Photo: Carlos Sanchez Pimienta via flickr

59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

TWO TIMES DISPLACED. Thousands of pig farmers in Veracruz, Mexico, were pushed off their farms when a U.S.-based corporation overwhelmed the market of pork and feed to Mexico. Struggling to survive, many of those small butchers migrated to the U.S., where they ended up working for the same corporation: Smithfield Foods, the world's largest packer of pork. Soon, many migrant workers got unionized and challenged the giant, only to find themselves displaced from their work again. This program includes a conversation with a journalist who has investigated the story.

Guests: David Bacon, journalist, Oakland, CA, http://www.thenation.com/article/165438/how-us-policies-fueled-mexicos-g... ; Carolina Ramirez, independent researcher, associate of Veracruz State Human Rights Commission, Xalapa, Mexico; "Roberto Ortega" (recording), former worker, Smithfield Foods, Redsprings, North Carolina.

Línea Abierta : CHESS CHAMPIONS.

Photo: Mendota Chess Team via Youtube

59:04 minutes (54.08 MB)

CHESS CHAMPIONS. Latino teenagers from the low-income, farm-working, drought-stricken town of Mendota, California won California’s chess championship tournament, triumphing over teams from much more advantaged cities. The win is no small feat in the town with more than 40% unemployment and has been celebrated by local and state legislators. Two young champions join this program.

Guests: Miguel Maldonado and Elizabeth “Lizzy” Gonzalez, Members of Mendota High School Chess Team “The Knuckleheads”, Mendota, CA.

Línea Abierta : SEEKING THE LATINO VOTE.

Photo: 2012 Hispanic Voice

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

SEEKING THE LATINO VOTE. A group led by a Cuban-American business consultant is conducting a “Hispanic Voice Town Hall Tour”, with forums in cities across the country to hear from Latinos on how to define a political agenda and encourage Latinos to vote in the 2012 elections. At the same time, the National Republican Committee launches a special campaign to reach Latino voters, and a political action committee is formed to support candidates that support Latino workers. This program discusses these efforts to seek the Latino vote, and policies and issues presented in the current primary debates.

Guests: Glenn Llopis, Founder, 2012 Hispanic Voice, Irvine, CA, http://www.2012hispanicvoice.com/ ; Bettina Inclan, Hispanic outreach director, Republican National Committee, Washington, D.C., www.gop.com/ ; Roberto Fierro, Senior Strategist, Proyecto Latino del Trabajo Amiercano, San Diego, CA, www.theamericanworkerpac.com

Línea Abierta : HOLIDAY EDITION: BLACK-BROWN BRIDGES.

Photo: Karen Walker Chamberlain/Quetzal2011

59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

HOLIDAY EDITION: BLACK-BROWN BRIDGES. As immigrant communities in Alabama and other states experience a civil rights crisis, veteran African American leaders have stepped up to march with Latinos against anti-immigration laws. On the national holiday to remember civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., this pre-recorded edition takes a look at other bridges between Black and Brown communities: popular African-American singers sang decades ago in Spanish to reach out to Latino audiences, and the ways in which young Latino musicians are using African and African-American rhythms to create new music for all audiences.

Guests: James Early, Director of Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC, www.folklife.si.edu ; Quetzal Flores, Musician, Grupo Quetzal, Los Angeles, CA, http://quetzaleastla.com

Línea Abierta : HATE RADIO.

Photo: National Hispanic Media Coalition

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

HATE RADIO. A new report from the National Hispanic Media Coalition explores how hate groups and hate crimes have spiked while hate radio's popularity and reach have grown across the country. The report details hundreds of consumer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission against powerful talk radio stations. The complaints allege that radio announcers used racist, hate terminology against African-Americans, Jews, and Latinos, and in some cases, encouraged physical violence against people from these groups.

Guest: Alex Nogales, President, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Pasadena, CA, www.nhmc.org

Línea Abierta : DEPORTATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. ALSO, “BOOK BAN” IN TUCSON.

Photo: Common Language Project via flickr

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

DEPORTATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. The U.S. has deported over 160,000 immigrants without giving them access to a lawyer or allowing them a day in court, over the past decade. Meanwhile, those who do get a day in court are often poorly represented. According to a recent report in New York, almost half of immigrants with lawyers received inadequate representation. What can be done to solve this problem?

Guest: Claudia Slovinsky, Immigration attorney and co-author of report “Accessing Justice”, New York, NY, http://www.cardozolawreview.com/content/denovo/NYIRS_Report.pdf.

ALSO, “BOOK BAN” IN TUCSON. After Arizona banned Mexican American Studies programs in state schools, the Tucson Unified School Board removed ethnic studies books from classrooms and reportedly told teachers to stop teaching anything involving race or oppression. Hundreds of people are calling for the board to return books from off-site storage and allow students to access them easily.

Línea Abierta : BULLET TRAIN TROUBLES.

Photo: California High-Speed Trail via flickr

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

BULLET TRAIN TROUBLES. The high speed train planned to race through California’s Central Valley and along its coast could help reduce traffic on highways and air pollution in communities. But estimated costs keep going up, and a recent report says the train could be an immense financial risk. What do Latinos who live along the train’s projected rails have to say about the project?

Guests: Steve López, Representative, Operating Engineers Local Union 3, Stockton, CA, http://www.oe3.org ; José Martínez, Los Angeles to San Diego Regional Program Manager, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Santa Ana, CA, www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov ; Nadia Naik, Co-founder, Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design, Palo Alto, CA, http://www.calhsr.com

Línea Abierta : DEBATE IN FLORIDA.

Photo: Hispanic Leadership Network

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

DEBATE IN FLORIDA. Republican presidential candidates debate in Jacksonville, Florida, at a conference organized by Jeb Bush’s Hispanic Leadership Network. As the candidates vie for a position to go up against President Obama in November, how are they catering to the Latino vote? This edition analyzes last night’s debate with top leaders from different factions within the Republican Party.

Guests: Jose Luis "Joe" Penalosa, Immigration Attorney, Phoenix, AZ; Adolfo Franco, Republican Strategist, Washington, DC; Maria Cardona, Democratic Strategist, Dewey Square Group, Washington, D.C., http://deweysquare.com/maria-cardona ; Nancy López, News Production Intern, Radio Bilingüe, www.radiobilingue.org

Línea Abierta : MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR ONE)

Photo: Juarez No es Cuartel

59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR ONE). They fled their country. Their voices would not be silenced. They fear for their lives. They are the victims of the war on drugs. They are Mexicans in exile. In this edition, two of the most persecuted families in Mexico and a top specialist in political asylum reveal hidden facts about the war on drugs in Mexico. It is also announced that a Mexican human rights activist just won a political asylum case in Texas. This edition is broadcast in collaboration with Hecho en California on KIQI, 1010 AM in San Francisco and 990 AM in Sacramento.

Guests: Carlos Spector-Calderón, Immigration Attorney, El Paso, TX; Saúl Reyes Salazar, Political asylum seeker, Family member of Josefina Reyes, killed in Mexico, El Paso, TX; Juan Manuel Fraire Escobedo, Political asylum seeker, Son of Marisela Escobedo, killed in Mexico, El Paso, TX; Alejandro Hernández Pacheco, Asylee, Former TV cameraman, kidnapped in Mexico, El Paso, TX.

Línea Abierta : MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR TWO)

Photo: Juarez No es Cuartel

59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR TWO). Mexican human rights activists and a journalist who sought asylum in the U.S. after fleeing Mexico’s war on drugs join this edition, along with a top specialist in political asylum. They talk about their plans to continue seeking justice in the U.S. for the abuses suffered by their families and thousands others. This edition is broadcast in collaboration with Hecho en California on KIQI, 1010 AM in San Francisco and 990 AM in Sacramento.

Guests: Carlos Spector-Calderón, Immigration Attorney, El Paso, TX; Saúl Reyes Salazar, Political asylum seeker, Family member of Josefina Reyes, killed in Mexico, El Paso, TX; Juan Manuel Fraire Escobedo, Political asylum seeker, Son of Marisela Escobedo, killed in Mexico, El Paso, TX.

Línea Abierta : MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR ONE): A REPEAT.

Photo: El Pelos Briseno via flickr

59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)

MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR ONE): A REPEAT. They fled their country. Their voices would not be silenced. They fear for their lives. They are the victims of the war on drugs. They are Mexicans in exile. In this edition, two of the most persecuted families in Mexico and a top specialist in political asylum reveal hidden facts about the war on drugs in Mexico. It is also announced that a Mexican human rights activist just won a political asylum case in Texas. This edition is a repeat of a program first broadcast on Saturday, in collaboration with Hecho en California on KIQI, 1010 AM in San Francisco and 990 AM in Sacramento.

Línea Abierta : MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR TWO): A REPEAT.

Photo: El Pelos Briseno via flickr

59:02 minutes (54.06 MB)

MEXICANS IN EXILE (HOUR TWO): A REPEAT. Mexican human rights activists and a journalist who sought asylum in the U.S. after fleeing Mexico’s war on drugs join this edition, along with a top specialist in political asylum. They talk about their plans to continue seeking justice in the U.S. for the abuses suffered by their families and thousands others. This edition is a repeat of a program first broadcast on Saturday, in collaboration with Hecho en California on KIQI, 1010 AM in San Francisco and 990 AM in Sacramento.

Guests: Attorney Carlos Spector-Calderón, Immigration Attorney, El Paso, TX; Saúl Reyes Salazar, Political asylum seeker, Family member of Josefina Reyes, killed in Mexico, El Paso, TX; Juan Manuel Fraire Escobedo, Political asylum seeker, Son of Marisela Escobedo, killed in Mexico, El Paso, TX.