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Línea Abierta : Maíz: Our Mother.

Photo: DR Cintli/Blogspot http://drcintli.blogspot.mx/

59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

Maíz: Our Mother. On the day the nation marks the Thanksgiving holiday, this is a conversation with Roberto Rodríguez about his book “Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother.” In his newly-released book, Rodríguez submits that corn has been central to the traditional diet of Mexicans since ancestral times and, despite attempts by Spanish conquerors and modern-day assimilationist forces, corn has remained in the heart of Mesoamerican cultures. Maíz culture, he says, unifies the continent.

Guest: Roberto Cintli Rodríguez, Professor, Writer, Author of “Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother,” University of Arizona Tucson, Tucson, AZ. www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2497.htm

Línea Abierta : Food Chains.

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59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)

Food Chains. A documentary about a group of tomato pickers in Southern Florida who battle the powerful supermarket industry is being released in theaters around the nation this week. The film, whose leading team includes actress Eva Longoria, exposes the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of global fast food and supermarket chains in the life of poverty and exploitation in the tomato fields.

Guests: Demian Bichir, Academy Award-nominated Actor, Spanish Narrator of Food Chains, Los Angeles, CA; Lucas Benitez, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Immokalee, FL, www.ciw-online.org ; Greg Asbed, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Los Angeles, CA; Jon Esformes, Operating Partner, Pacific Tomato Growers, Los Angeles, CA; Smriti Keshari, Producer, Food Chains, New York, NY, http://www.foodchainsfilm.com

Línea Abierta : Diego “El Cigala.”

Photo: Diego “El Cigala.”

59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

Diego “El Cigala.” A conversation with Grammy-winning Spanish singer Diego aka “El Cigala,” perhaps the most popular flamenco singer outside Spain, who is touring the U.S. focusing on his most recent album:“Romance de la luna tucumana.” The CD blends classical flamenco sound with Argentinean folk tunes. “El Cigala” is known for his innovative interpretation of Latin American musical styles, like bolero and traditional tango with his unique flamenco sound.

Guest: Diego “El Cigala,” Spanish Flamenco Singer, Dominican Republic, http://www.elcigala.com

Línea Abierta : Radio Ambulante. Día de los Muertos. Absentee Ballots.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

Radio Ambulante. On the heels of winning a prestigious journalism award, Radio Ambulante presents in San Francisco a special show called Outsiders. The show features on the stage remarkable and surprising stories about people, in the signature style of Radio Ambulante, a radio programming service hosted by award-winning novelist Daniel Alarcón.

Guest: Daniel Alarcón, Novelist, García Márquez Journalism Award Recipient, San Francisco, CA, www.radioambulante.org

Día de los Muertos. On November 2, Mexican families build altars at home and at the cemetery to honor and remember their loved ones who passed away. This program includes a conversation with a renowned altar maker.

Guest: Ofelia Esparza, Master Altar Maker, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.sacred-origins.com

Línea Abierta : Neighborhood Displacement 2.

Neighborhood Displacement. A dialogue between youth and community leaders from the Boyle Heights neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and a group of members of the distinguished group Los Macarturos, Latino recipients of the MacArthur Foundation “Genious” Fellowship. This bilingual forum includes stories of gentrification, racism, and the challenges faced by youth growing up in a barrio plagued by extreme poverty but brimming in cultural life and treasures. This one-and-a-half-hour program was recorded on September 17, 2014, in Boyle Heights, in collaboration with partner station KPFK, Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles.


30:08 minutes (27.6 MB)

Línea Abierta : Neighborhood Displacement 1.

Neighborhood Displacement. A dialogue between youth and community leaders from the Boyle Heights neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and a group of members of the distinguished group Los Macarturos, Latino recipients of the MacArthur Foundation “Genious” Fellowship. This bilingual forum includes stories of gentrification, racism, and the challenges faced by youth growing up in a barrio plagued by extreme poverty but brimming in cultural life and treasures. This one-and-a-half-hour program was recorded on September 17, 2014, in Boyle Heights, in collaboration with partner station KPFK, Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles.


59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

Línea Abierta : Encuentro 2014. Also, Honoring Nati Cano.

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59:07 minutes (54.18 MB)

Encuentro 2014. Theater groups from throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico are coming together in old downtown Los Angeles for a month-long festival. Announced as the largest gathering of Latino/a theater in over 25 years, the national festival brings together 150 artists, including Pulitzer Prize winners, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Guest: José Luis Valenzuela, Founding Member and Artistic Director, Latino Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA, www.thelatc.org

Honoring Nati Cano. A tribute to fallen master and mariachi music pioneer in the United States, Natividad “Nati” Cano, founder of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, a culturally-influential ensemble with over fifty-years of tradition, winner in 2009 of the Grammy Award for the Best Regional Mexican Album. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized Nati Cano with the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest award in the nation for traditional arts.

Línea Abierta : America by the Numbers. Also, Guadalupe Rivera Marín: 90th Birthday.

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59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)

America by the Numbers. Journalist María Hinojosa tells the story of the “new America mainstream” in a new TV documentary series to be aired this fall on PBS. The series, titled “America by the Numbers,” explores the growing number and influence of Asians, Latinos, African Americans, immigrants, LGBT and other groups, as well as the meaning of these demographic changes for the nation.

Guest: María Hinojosa, Award Winning News Anchor and Reporter, Futuro Media Group, Host and Executive Producer, America by the Numbers, New York, NY, http://www.americabythenumbers.org

Also, Guadalupe Rivera Marín: 90th Birthday. Guadalupe Rivera Marín, the daughter of celebrated Mexican artist Diego Rivera, visits the U.S. to support Mexican art institutions and the preservation of landmark murals produced by her father. In this conversation, Rivera Marín, who is turning 90 this month, talks also about her work as an author and lecturer.

Línea Abierta : The most incredible and biggest poem.

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59:13 minutes (54.22 MB)

The most incredible and biggest poem. California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is completing his two-year poetry project titled “The most incredible and biggest poem on unity in the world” inviting everyone to submit a word, phrase, poem or corrido. Poems will be displayed in a mural during thefiesta de la unidad. A son of migrant farmworkers and university professor, Herrera is the first-ever Chicano poet laureate in California. Listeners called and shared their poems on-air discussing the need for unity in issues such us immigration, education, poverty and family.

Guest: Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate, Fresno, CA, http://www.juanfelipepoet.com

Línea Abierta : No Mouse Music. Also, Father Solalinde in the U.S.

Photo: nomousemusic.com

59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

No Mouse Music. The new feature documentary This Ain’t No Mouse Music! tells the story of roots music luminary Chris Strachwitz, founder of independent label, Arhoolie Records. Premiering this week on the U.S. West Coast, the film includes segments of legendary accordionist Flaco Jiménez and other storied indigenous maestros whose work is threatened by commercialist pop music.

Guest: Maureen Gosling, Co-producer, Co-director, This Ain’t No Mouse Music!, Oakland, CA, www.nomousemusic.com

Also, Father Solalinde in the U.S. This is an interview with Mexican Catholic priest Alejandro Solalinde, a human rights champion who has been attacked by criminal gangs and officials for his advocacy on behalf of Central American migrants. Interviewed during his visit to the border in San Diego, he discusses Mexico’s crackdown on migrants, the pain he saw in Central American mothers detained in New York, the rampant trafficking of human organs, and the refugees of violence.

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