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ranchosWhen Los Angeles was a still a little pueblo in the northern part of Mexico known as Alta California, Spanglish was born.

Public Radio International’s Global Nation explains:

…living in the a rancho just north of the pueblo was a young Scottish adventurer named Hugh Reid. In the 1830s he left the old world for the new — Mexico. And in his adopted home he was rechristened with an additional Spanish name, Perfecto Hugo Reid. Reid would eventually settle down on a ranch in southern California near the San Gabriel mission in what’s now Arcadia, a suburb of Los Angeles, where he married a local woman, Doña Victoria.

Robert Train has been obsessed with Hugo Reid’s backstory for the last few years. Train is a professor of Spanish at Sonoma State University. We met recently at the Huntington Library archives in Pasadena, to read Reid’s extremely yellowed letters.

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jackwhitesguacThe Foo Fighters are very particular about the Mexican food required backstage.

And singer Jack White (ex White Stripes) either is or is not a “guacamole diva,” depending on who you believe. The NPR’s food program The Salt (WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE) serves it up this way: [Mas…]

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The ¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? video prompted California Report’s Queena Kim to call POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano for more info.

No, it’s not really pronounced “Kimm,” she explains. It should be pronounced more like “Keeeem.”

C’est la vie.

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lalostanfordPOCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz spoke last month with Stanford Hispanic Broadcasting’s Iso Jubes about his nationally-syndicated comic La Cucaracha, his work on FOX’s Bordertown, his books and America’s Latino future.

The interview starts like this: [Mas…]

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produceaisleYou say tomato, I say tomahto, and when a migrant farmworker visits the produce aisle at a local supermarket he sees an entirely different picture.

PRI’s Monica Campbell reports:

In the produce aisle of a supermarket in Madera, in California’s rural Central Valley, Francisco surveys the fruits and vegetables on display in the produce aisle. He’s 40 years old and stocky. He’s also undocumented, and he asks to use his first name only.

 

 

Produce photo by Jaskam Dhatt

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In 2004, an Arizona high school team beat the odds by topping M.I.T in an underwater robotics competition. The undocumented team members’ stories inspired a book, a documentary, and now a feature film produced by and starring George Lopez. Spare Parts (trailer, above) is in theaters now.

This interview with two original team members by Antonia Cereijido for LatinoUSA explains what REALLY happened before and after the events dramatized in the film. Is it our imagination, or does one of the guys almost break into tears at the end? [Mas…]

zappaESTRANGE BUT TRUE:

It was the tail end of the 1960s and Frank Zappa of the Mothers of Invention was making Public Service Announcements for “underground radio.” Few examples survive, but this short audio segment warns impressionable young people about a popular Chicano-themed cartoon that had not even been invented yet — a subversive cartoon that could “rot your mind!” Let’s listen in to see what Zappa has to say…

 

 

juarezdjMigrants seeking a better life in El Norte often pause on the border across from El Paso — in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua — before they cross to El Otro Lado.

Jorge Gutierrez, a host on Radio Guadalupana, a religious station run by the Catholic Diocese of Juárez, is there for them. More than just a radio talker, he has put his faith (and hands) to work easing migrants’ pain. Public Radio International reports:

Feet are a symbolic part of practically every migrant’s story: They literally carry their owner’s weight along the length of an exhausting journey. And in the Mexican border city of Juárez, one man has made it his mission to care for this particular body part.

Here’s the radio report from Monica Oritz Uribe: [Mas…]

Grand OM: ‘FOR THOSE’ who protested, for those they arrested (video)

by MOON GUAC December 12, 2014 Audio
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This song and video is FOR THOSE, for those 43 kids who were “disappeared” in Mexico. It was filmed at their college, Rural Normal School Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero. Participants in the project, organized by graphic artists Grand OM, were musicians Lengualerta (México), Wally Warning (Aruba-Alemania), Ana Sol (Argentina), Dj Saeg (México) and Eduardo Morris (Argentina-Suiza). […]

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Has your Baby Jesus lost his head? The doctor is in! (audio)

by Especial Correspondents December 5, 2014 Audio
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In the Plaza Mexico shopping center in the working class Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, a specialty store advertises “Vestimos y Reparamos Niños Dioses.” The dresser and doctor, Cuban-American Concepcion “Connie” Rivero, told her story to KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez:

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RATM’s Tom Morello: ‘Marching On Ferguson’ (NSFW audio)

by Soy Capitan December 2, 2014 Audio
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Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) writes: I’ve witnessed countless incidents of racially motivated police brutality in my lifetime and it’s time to say ‘Enough!’ in the name of all those wrongfully killed and abused. For all the courageous men and women raising their voices against injustice in ‪#‎Ferguson‬, and beyond, give ‘em hell. This […]

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Behind closed doors: Obama’s REAL anti-Ebola strategy (NSFW audio)

by COWARD STERN October 30, 2014 Audio
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON) While Republicans and FOX News have been quick to attack President Barack Obama’s anti-Ebola strategy, they didn’t hear this behind-the-scenes recording of the President’s remarks to health workers Wednesday. An un-named aide leaked this recording to POCHO this morning. [NSFW adult language.]   POCHO ÑEWS SERVICE PNS IS A WHOLLY-FICTITIOUS SUBSIDIARY […]

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From Italy via the DR: Electrochill ‘Cumbia de Pierda’ (audio,video)

by MOON GUAC October 28, 2014 Audio
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Cumbia de Piedra is an abstract chillaxed electro-cumbia video by Benetton’s Fabrica, for MOHS, the second album from violinist Jhon William Castaño Montoya. Animation by by Tomás Pichardo, from the Dominican Republic.

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NPR Audio: ‘The Book of Life’ is spooky fun for whole familia

by Chale Knickerbocker October 14, 2014 Audio
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The Book Of Life movie premiere was this weekend, and POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz was there. He thinks it is a beautiful, lush and fun familia film. Lalo spoke to National Public Radio’s national reporter Mandalit del Barco after the film. Check out this brilliant report that explains the origins of the pelicula and features […]

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Chalupa Tuesday: Jungle Fire’s tasty ‘Chalupa’ (KidGusto remix)

by QUESO QUESEM October 14, 2014 Audio
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Remixer KidGusto flips Jungle Fire’s Afrocumbiafunk tune Chalupa into a bumpin’ dancefloor groove. PREVIOUSLY ON JUNGLE FIRE:

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How to pronounce ‘pocho’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz October 9, 2014 Audio
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It’s on the Internetz so it’s got to be right! Here’s how to pronounce “pocho,” according to Forvo.com. It’s a Spanish word, don’t you know. “What exactly IS all this pocho talk?” you might ask. Click for the answer.

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Felipe Esparza: The Seven Spanish Cuss Words (LatinoUSA audio)

by CHING AH September 29, 2014 Audio
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“There are some words, not many, just a few — that we decided, we won’t use them all the time,” said the late comedian George Carlin in his famous routine about the “seven dirty words.” If you aren’t familiar with it –– the skit tries to pinpoint a definitive list of words you can never […]

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‘Maybe (I Grew Up…)’ (@SchemeNavarro audio)

by MOON GUAC September 2, 2014 Audio
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Last month we published the powerful essay Maybe I grew up in a Latino and African-American neighborhood by Navarro, the Chicago-based hiphop artist formerly known as Scheme. Now it’s back, with music:

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Musical pochos: The Premiers rock ‘Farmer John’ (audio,videos)

by QUESO QUESEM August 25, 2014 Audio
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Fifty years ago the biggest summer radio record was Farmer John, a cover of the Don and Dewey R&B hit by The Premiers, a group of pochos from East Los suburb San Gabriel. [Editor’s note: If you cannot access the NPR audio, blame NPR which is still using an outmoded, incompatible Flash-based media player.] NPR […]

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Rosa Diaz goes ‘method’ on Charles Bukowski project (audio, video)

by MOON GUAC August 15, 2014 Audio
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Philly singer-songwriter Rosa Diaz started a Charles Bukowski-themed project, and to make it authentic, she became a Method Actor — actually living the writer’s hard-drinking life style until it almost killed her. LatinoUSA’s Nadia Reiman reports: In this recent a capella music video, Diaz sings about Pain:

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NPR: Who are the refugee kids at the border? (audio, video)

by Comic Saenz July 30, 2014 Audio
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Researcher Elizabeth Kennedy interviewed a 12-year-old boy who returned to El Salvador barefoot; he had been robbed of everything he owned. “I asked him if he was going to try again,” says Kennedy, “and he just burst into tears and said, ‘What would you do if you were me? I haven’t seen my mom or […]

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Happy July Fourth! ‘Star Spanglish Banner’ by Horchata Ice (audio)

by QUESO QUESEM July 3, 2014 Audio
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Here’s one from the vaults! Is it a lost track from INSANE IN THE BRAIN, the unreleased 2007 album that was the subject of speculation, lawsuits and at least two shootings? Those close to Horchata Ice won’t say. And those ties to Biggie and Tupac? Don’t go there. More cool fireworks GIFs like this one […]

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Is Spanish-language TV futbol play-by-play racist? (audio)

by Especial Correspondents June 23, 2014 Audio
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When American Latinos watch Spanish-langugage FIFA broadcasts from Brazil, some are shocked by the casual use of words like “greña” and “moreno” that would be considered offensive in the U.S. This report from Public Radio International explores the controversy: PREVIOUSLY ON SPANISH TV:

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Did you know? U.S. ‘interned’ Peruvians of Japanese descent (audio)

by Lucida Grandé June 16, 2014 Audio
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Not only did Uncle Sam lock up Japanese-Americans in “internment camps” during World II, but a 1942 regional security pact also became the legal cover for shipping 1800 Peruvians of Japanese descent to the very same camps. Carmen Utako Tochio Villanueva (photo), who was born into one of those families in a Texas internment camp, […]

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