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alvarezfacebookSteven Alvarez, POCHO amigo and Assistant Professor (Writing Rhetoric and Digital Media, Latin America Studies, English) at the University of Kentucky, teaches a course called Mexington, about the growing community of Mexican Americans in UKY’s hometown, Lexington. He’s a poet, too.

CON PAPELES / CON DIGNIDAD

0:03to my left is Appalachicano see & down the canyon just six miles in
0:07a thousand people oh it’s citizenship—
0:09one senses the isolation of citizenship in Appalachicano seen the twin mining
0:13communities nestled in the corner mountains—
0:15the history this area has been a history of struggle—
0:18labor struggle—
0:21do—
0:25do—
0:28since the turn of the century—when the club dinner in A district was the first
0:31major coal producer in Kentucky— [Mas…]

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The Jewish celebration of Passover is a week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread, or “matzo” in Hebrew. Most Jews stick to matzo and avoid regular bread, wheat products, rice, corn, and beans. This may change, though, since an 800-year-old religious ban on rice and beans was just overturned.

Ingenious cooks over the centuries have found ways to make the most of matzo, by using sheets of softened matzo in place of lasagna noodles, for example, or transforming matzo crumbs into soup dumplings — so-called matzo balls. But what if you want a spicier treat, like nachos? Not to worry! This video from NBC’s TODAY SHOW has the recipe.

The rabbis’ rice and beans reprieve made NPR’s Maria Godoy a happy Hispanic: [Mas…]

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Los Cenzontles cover Randy Newman’s Memo To My Son.

Mira los lyrics: [Mas…]

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reefer-madness-poster“Before Ronald Reagan’s crusade against crack, and Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, there was the ‘reefer madness’ campaign,” writes Sarah Hayley Barrett:

In the early 1900’s, cannabis was well-known as a plant with curative properties. It was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia as medicine for over 100 illnesses.

But in 1930, Harry J. Anslinger was appointed commissioner of an entirely new department: the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and he made it his job to take down the plant. [Mas…]

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Painting on the radio is like fish on bicycles, except if you are POCHO amigo Ramiro Gomez, Jr., whose artistic mission is to represent the usually invisible immigrant laborers who keep America running.

Via NPR’s Morning Edition: [Mas…]

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mariasoniaFrom 2013: LatinoUSA’s Maria Hinojosa talks to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor about her memoir My Beloved World. The book tells the story of Sotomayor’s childhood in the South Bronx and her years before the court.

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haggard3Country music legend Merle Haggard, 79, died Wednesday.

In the 1970s, the working man’s poet wrote and sang this sentimental corrido about a gringo from Tucson who escapes the law to find peace and love by the Seashores of Old Mexico. The song was Top Ten country music hit for singer George Strait.

R.I.P., Merle.

Mira los lyrics:
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trumppinatas“Jennifer De Benito could have had any piñata she wanted for her 14th birthday party. She chose a piñata of Donald Trump. The three-foot-tall piñatas depict Trump in a business suit with his infamous blonde hair and they’re flying off the shelves on both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border,” writes Samantha Clark.

“It all started last summer when Trump said Mexico was “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”

“Jesús Márquez makes piñatas in Watsonville, a small farming town on the central coast of California. Márquez is from Mexico and says that although Trump’s comments are racist, they have been good for business.”

Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA reports: [Mas…]

Juanita Ca$h: ‘Fuego del Amor (Ring of Fire)’ (audio)

by SOY CAPITAN February 16, 2016 Audio
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“What would it sound like if Johnny Cash had an illegitimate daughter raised in Juarez?” asks the Juanita Ca$h Facebook page. “Juanita Ca$h has come to take her revenge on her father’s music: Blasphemous, boisterous, psychedelic cumbia versions of her daddy’s classic songs.” Uhm, huh?

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Marilynn Montaño is embedded in her migrant father’s rough hands

by Andalé Mono January 14, 2016 Audio
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Orange County poet and activist Marilynn Montaño’s poem His Machucada Hands is a “testament to the ways that being undocumented has taken a physical toll on her father’s body. The title, she said, came from noticing his hands on the steering wheel every morning as he drove her to middle and high school,” according to […]

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Esquivel: Have A Space Age Bachelor Pad Christmas (video playlist)

by Soy Capitan December 25, 2015 Audio
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All the kool kats and kitties dig this playlist o’ videos from the Esquivel Christmas LP. Man, they dig it the most! Plus, it’s in ¡LIVING STEREO! PREVIOUSLY ON JUAN GARCIA ESQUIVEL: ¡Mucho Machacha! [music video]

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Brooklyn’s Mexican Israelite kids meet a local rabbi (audio)

by SOY VEY December 7, 2015 Audio
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Cute, curious kids at the Mexican Israelite Church of God in Brooklyn have many questions about their neighbors –– mysterious Hasidic Jews. Example: What is the deal with those big fur hats? Debbie Nathan reports for LatinoUSA:

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Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano: What is ‘Hispandering’? (audio)

by Comic Saenz November 9, 2015 Audio
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POCHO’s Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz (right) and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano (left) know politicians will say and do almost anything to get the critical Hispanic vote. Last week, they explained this “Hispandering” to LatinoUSA.

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Mariachi + Morrissey = El Mariachi Manchester (audio, video)

by Soy Capitan November 4, 2015 Audio
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NPR’s Mandalit Del Barco was on the scene as L.A. band El Mariachi Manchester showed off their mariachi-Morrissey mezcla at the Dia de Los Muertos fiesta at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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New Las Cafeteras Remix: ‘La Bamba Rebelde’ (audio)

by Andalé Mono November 4, 2015 Audio
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East Los homies Las Cafeteras are back with another rebellious La Bamba Rebelde, this one a danceable remix. Here’s the original 2012 video:

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Anthony Bourdain: No Mexi immigrants? No U.S. restaurants! (audio)

by MOSCA MEXICAN November 2, 2015 Audio
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Celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain tells SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick that the restaurant industry in the U.S. would collapse if Donald Trump deports 11 million immigrants.

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LatinoUSA: Do the Cubans still run Miami? (audio)

by Lucida Grandé October 19, 2015 Audio
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Cuban culture has dominated Latino Miami ever since Cubans arrived after Castro’s revolution 50 years ago. But recently, other Latin Americans have been moving in, and some are asking if Cuban immigrants get preferential treatment. Maria Murriel and Maria Hinojosa report for LatinoUSA.

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New from Los Lobos: ‘Gates of Gold’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan September 21, 2015 Audio
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LA’s best band, Los Lobos, is releasing their first album of new material in five years, Gates of Gold. We’ve got the entire record here and then individual tracks, courtesy NPR.

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NYC is home to America’s richest – and poorest – Mexicans (audio)

by Barney Asada September 14, 2015 Audio
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If you go to a high-end restaurant in New York City, there’s a good chance that you’re dining among some of the wealthiest Mexicans in the world and being served by some of the poorest. Antonia Cereijido of Latino USA reports:

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#TBT 2005: Arizona Minuteman makes a shocking confession (audio)

by Comic Saenz August 20, 2015 Audio
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THROWBACK THURSDAY #TBT August 2005 (found on our answering machine): Aaron Judgement, a (former?) member of the Arizona border Minutemen anti-immigration vigilante group, makes a shocking confession:

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UPDATED! @LaloAlcaraz: Talk, photos, toons from Comic-Con 2015

by Lalo Alcaraz July 12, 2015 Audio
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Just like I promised the Washington Post, here are some photos from Comic-Con in San Diego: Let’s start with the first of several selfies.  Here I am with Ramon Ramirez of Smarty Cartoons: This dude? Photo speaks for itself. Maybe:

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Live from Comic-Con: @LaloAlcaraz & KFI’s @MrMoKelly (audio)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 11, 2015 Audio
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Mr. Mo Kelly of KFI 640 AM interviewed me live at Comic-Con.    

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LatinoUSA: Malinche, Mexico’s Eve, the mother of all mestizos (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés July 6, 2015 Audio
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Malinche: You love her, you hate her. LatinoUSA calls her Mexico’s Eve. Antonia Cereijido reports: La Malinche, often referred to as “the mother of all mestizos” is one of the most controversial figures in Mexican history. She’s been called a traitor and a victim. She was a Nahua woman who acted as interpreter for the […]

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Doo-Wop TGIF, the Bronx, 1959: The Eternals: ‘Babalu’s Wedding Day’

by Soy Capitan July 3, 2015 Audio
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Babalu? Who was Babalu? Isn’t that a song? And the monkey took the money and ran away? Que what?

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