Art and Culture
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
Latino to Lead Arizona Schools? Tucson, in Arizona, sparked widespread protests after it banned from public schools books by Chicano authors and a Mexican American studies curriculum. Statewide, Attorney General Tom Horne has stalled efforts to allow undocumented students pay in-state tuition. Now, a Latino professor vies for the top education post in the state: Superintendent of Public Instruction. What’s his platform? What are his chances of succeeding?
Guest: David Garcia, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Phoenix, Arizona, http://dg4az.com/
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To Sin Against Hope. In his new book about life and politics in the borderland, titled “To Sin Against Hope,” Alfredo Gutierrez argues that the war on Mexican immigrants has rarely abated. This personal memoir of the former leader of the Arizona State Senate begins with the deportation of his U.S. citizen father from his Arizona hometown, during a period of anti-immigrant hysteria fed by the Great Depression. Gutierrez says that the immigration policies of then president Herbert Hoover mirror Barack Obama’s in harshness.
Guest: Alfredo Gutierrez, author and former Arizona state senator, Phoenix, AZ.
59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)
The First People’s View of Thanksgiving. On Native American Heritage Month, this program focuses on the current battle of Native American activists over the use of indigenous names and images in sports. Recently, an influential San Francisco newspaper stopped using the name “Redskins” to refer to the Washington, DC, football team, calling the name a racial slur, and a major city school government in California dropped the decades-old “Apache” high school mascot. In addition, as many in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and family time, many Native Americans in San Francisco, CA, call it “Un-Thanksgiving Day” and descend on Alcatraz Island to perform ceremonies of struggle and hope. Activists discuss these and other issues in this program, aired live on KIQI, San Francisco/Sacramento.
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GMO Tortillas on the Table? Mexico’s staple food for thousands of years, maize, is at the center of a battle pitting agricultural giant Monsanto and local farmers trying to preserve the natural diversity of the plant and food in general. A Mexican judge recently suspended all planting of genetically modified strains of corn and blocked Monsanto field trials of GMO corn in the country. We speak with two experts about GMO foods in Mexico and the U.S., and what’s at stake for the public.
Guests: Adelita San Vicente, Director, Fundación Semillas de Vida, Mexico City, http://www.semillasdevida.org.mx/ ; Ignacio Chapela, Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology, UC Berkeley, Oakland, CA, http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/
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Domestic Violence Shelters. María del Socorro Pesqueira has recently been recognized in Chicago for her leadership in helping thousands of families break free from the yoke of domestic violence. She talks about her efforts to create a network of safe shelters where battered Latinas feel welcome and en familia. Pesqueira shares tips on how to overcome abusive relationships, foster positive and supportive behavior in men, and lend a friendly hand to other Latina women living in the shadows of domestic violence.
Guest: María del Socorro Perqueira, President & CEO, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Chicago, IL, http://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/
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Latina victims of domestic violence. On the hard road to overcome domestic violence, victims need to feel confident enough to seek help, open up about their problems or report abusers. Many Latinas who live with domestic violence never reach shelters, women centers, or authorities that could help them. Why?
Guest: Mily Treviño Sauceda, Training Faculty, National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, Washington, DC, http://www.dvalianza.org/
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LUIS GUTIERREZ: “STILL DREAMING.” Luis Gutiérrez, the ten-term congressman and champion of struggling immigrants, published a book of memoirs, where he talks about his childhood in the mean streets of Chicago and his rise to prominence as a national public figure and political leader. Entitled “Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill,” his book gives details about his early life in Chicago’s volatile politics, his work as a progressive politician, and his complex relationship with President Obama on immigration reform.
Guest: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Chicago, author of “Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill,” Washington, DC.
59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)
TRIO LOS PANCHOS. The internationally famous Trio Los Panchos, perhaps the best known interpreters of classic-trio romantic boleros, talk about the beginnings of their unique music style, their most memorable themes, and the future of the classic trio sound.
Guests: Gabriel Vargas, Jaime Islas y Taurino Vargas, Trío Los Panchos, Oakland, CA.
59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)
ANCIENT FOOTPRINTS OF THE COLORADO RIVER. Native sacred sites along the Colorado River are facing the worst threat ever from off-road vehicles, vandals and most recently, solar power mega-projects, says veteran activist Alfredo Figueroa. He argues in a new book that thousands of petroglyphs, geoglyphs and images, as well as the Mojave and Chemehuevi oral tradition, relate these sacred sites to the Mexica creation story. Figueroa joins this program to talk in depth about the birthplace of the Azteca/Mexica, the long sought after “Cuna de Aztlán,” and how to stop the destruction of these ancient sites.
Guest: Alfredo Figueroa, author and historian, founder of La Cuna De Aztlán Sacred Sites Protection Circle, Blythe, CA, http://aztlansacredsites.blogspot.com/
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LATINA SUCCESS AT WORK. A majority of Latinas continue to be among the lowest paid workers in the U.S., earning less on average than African American and Anglo women. Other challenges for many Latina women include unsafe work environments, and fewer opportunities. Rose Castillo Guilbault, who went from working in the fields as a teenager to becoming a top journalist and corporate executive, has experienced in her own life the many obstacles facing Latina women. In a recent book, she shares tips on how Latinas can rise to the top, and challenge cultural and other inequities that may sabotage their success.
Guest: Rose Castillo Guilbault, Author, The Latina’s Guide to Success in the Workplace, Oakland, CA.