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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/
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
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
59:06 minutes (54.13 MB)
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
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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...
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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.
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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
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...
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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.
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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.
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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.