1. No Rules: The Life & Music of Esteban 'Steve' Jordan


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    For decades serious musicians have known that Esteban "Steve" Jordan is the world's best at taming the diatonic button accordion. But he has traditionally been a musical artist as elusive and reclusive as he is talented. Jordan spent a lifetime shunning the media. But after a near fatal bout of liver cancer, he is finally lifting the veil somewhat on his life and telling his story. Latino USA's Alex Avila traveled to San Antonio to visit with this mysterious musical genius and produced this hour-long radio documentary titled, "No Rules: The Life & Music of Esteban 'Steve' Jordan." (Total Running Time: 59 mins.)

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    • Si Se Puede: Chicago Workers' Sit-in


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      A labor dispute in Chicago at the end of 2008 caught the nation's attention. What made it so newsworthy was a confluence of unique factors stemming from the economic issues facing the country. The controversial bank bailout of 2008 was supposed to ease the nation's credit crisis. But one bank that received billions in bailout funds had cut off credit to a Chicago-based manufacturer, forcing the plants closing. When the company said the bank refused to extend credit to pay for benefits and salary for 60 days as required under federal law, the local union, led mainly by immigrants and supported by a multicultural coalition of workers, decided to occupy the plant until "justice" was given them. Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions spoke at length to the worker leaders and brings us their story titled, "Si Se Puede: Chicago Workers’ Sit-in."

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      • Guatemala's Lake Atitlán: An Ecological Race


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        For at least three millennia native communities have thrived around Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán. Long considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes in the world, this 50 square mile inland lake was designated a national park in the middle of the 20th century to encourage tourism. But in 2009, the Global Nature Fund designated Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán as its “Threatened Lake of the Year.” Producer Maria Emilia Martin reports on grass-roots efforts to save Lake Atitlán.

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        • A Tale of Two Dairy Farms


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          The price of milk these days is not a matter of pride for this country’s dairy farmers. Not that this is good news for consumers either, as most of the price associated with milk comes from transportation and labor costs. To help control labor costs, dairy farmers over the past two decades had come to rely on immigrant labor. Many immigrants had first hand knowledge of working with animals and were not afraid to work the long, grueling hours needed on a dairy farm. And many dairy farmers are calling for an expanded guest worker program. But the immigration controversy complicates matters for farmers. From the Feet in Two Worlds Project, reporter Valeria Fernandez and producer Rene Gutel bring us the story of two dairy farms in Arizona, where immigration is an extremely hot topic.

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          • Washington, D.C. Vendor


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            Pati is a 44 year-old immigrant from Mexico. She left three older children behind to come to this country to support her family. When she arrived in the Washington D.C. area, she found a cleaning job. But the work didn’t pan out for her. And she started selling home-made tamales and tacos on the streets to the many Mexican immigrants. Although it is common to have underground businesses in the immigrant communities, it isn’t always safe, especially when it comes to food products. Some locals saw Pati selling her tamales and hiding from the police, and invited her to join a local city-run market. They promised support. Skeptical at first, Patti eventually saw the invitation as an opportunity she couldn’t pass. Within months, she was a licensed food vendor with a growing business. Reporter Eliza Barclay brings her story.

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            • Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One | Luis Alberto Urrea


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              • University Lecture series: Maria Hinojosa


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                We sat down with Maria Hinojosa, host and managing editor of NPR’s "Latino USA," senior correspondent for "NOW on PBS" and host of "Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One" during her Sept. 27, 2011, visit to Syracuse University. Host: Bianca Graulau. Producers: Jessica Cunnington and Julia Palmer. Special Thanks to Nena Garga and Marie Jankinson. More on Maria Hinojosa's lecture at http://www.thenewshouse.com/story/brought-light

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                • Laredo Post-Violence


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                  There are several major U.S. Border cities – San Diego, El Paso, Detroit – just to name a few. For anyone who grew up in a U.S. border town, crossing the border was a regular event. People would cross for shopping, recreation, even work or school. When border crossing became more difficult after the 9-11 terror attacks, commerce in border towns was affected. Although the U.S.-Mexico war of 1848 split Laredo, Texas in two when the Rio Grande became the international border, relations between “los dos Laredos” have always been good. The family and business ties were so strong that for decades, Laredo has been the nation’s largest land port for commerce. But a few years ago, rampant border violence on the Mexican side seriously changed the community. The violence, fueled by dueling drug gangs, has since moved to other border regions. As reporter Ruxandra Guidi reports, Laredo is now adjusting to the post-violence phase of its relationship with its Mexican counterpart.

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                  • Houston's 'Más Club' Concept


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                    Over the past few years, Walmart, which also operates hundreds of Sam's Club stores, has seen it's share of domestic revenues losing ground to foreign revenues. One growing market throughout the Southwest, however, has been Latino consumers. In an effort to cater to this growing market, Walmart created an experimental new store in Houston, Texas called "Más Club." It opened August 6th, and Alex Avila, of NPR's Latino USA, traveled to Houston to visit this new club. (Produced for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.) PHOTOS by Cecilia Martinez-Avila.

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                    • Our Disappeared/Nuestros Disaparecidos


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                      Video clip from Juan Mandelbaum's 2009 documentary "Our Disappeared," airing on PBS' Independent Lens in September 2009. For more, see the official website: http://www.ourdisappeared.com/od/

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