South African Pop Star Finishes High School At 60

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Whatta ya get when you mix inspiration with tough love, you know like when Mami‘s hand magically appeared out of nowhere after we said or did something bad, yanking our ears until they stung. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is a South African pop star who had it all–fame, lovely ladies, and money.  But he didn’t have a […]

What’s The Future For The ‘Kids Of Kabul’?

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¡Ah-hah! This is that quintessential NPR momento, when you learn something new. I know it sounds contradictory, but it’s like taking a mental vacation and the rush that comes with exploration and discovery. Both make you feel good. Canadian Journalist and author Deborah Ellis went to Kabul in 2011 and asked Afghanistan‘s children how they see […]

The Challenges Female Vets Face When Coming Home on NPR’s Tell Me More while I Guest Host

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In general, how much lip service do you hear for our veterans?  You know the patriotism reserved for holidays–Veteran’s, Flag Day, 4th of July, or Memorial Day.  Politicians are the worst offenders, including those in Congress who control spending, including that for the military in the form of gear they’ll need when they are overseas or […]

Bring the Filing Cabinet to the Polls or State Voter ID Laws: What’s at Stake Analyzed while I Guest Host NPR’s Tell Me More

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It’s still hard for me to believe that a U.S. citizen could live a life without a piece of government-issued ID which in some states has become mandatory to vote.  I need my license to drive, to catch a flight to visit my family since I’m the only one in DC, moving here to pursue […]

GOP VP

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From the archives of my Latina Magazine weekly Election 2012 column: With Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich out, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is honing in on a Vice President to complete the Republican ticket.  For political junkies and the media, this process of tapping a running mate is called the “Veepstakes”—a guessing game where bets are being placed on […]

Viviana Hurtado Interviews International Rock Star Juanes on NPR

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Viviana Hurtado Interviews International Rock Star Juanes on NPR Talks Plans to “Crossover” into English, Return to Cuba on Tell Me More with Michel Martin Friends, While guest hosting NPR‘s nationally syndicated program Tell Me More with Michel Martin, I landed a big “get” that has been in the works for four years–interviewing international rock star Juanes. […]

Viviana Hurtado Spending a lot of Time at 1 of Her 18 Part-Time/Full-Time Jobs or Guest Hosting Again on NPR!

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Veteran journalist and hermana María Hinojosa once told me she works like a “Mexican,” meaning she works her tush off.  I’ll add, I work like a freelancer. Or a consultant. Or an independent contractor. Or a temp. In other words, those of us who are cobbling it together speck by speck, either because we are […]

When Pros are Cons and Cons are Pros: GOP VP Pick Paul Ryan

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Mitt Romney was so overcome with emotion while introducing Paul Ryan as his running mate to challenge President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in November, that he bellowed, “the next President of the United States!”  Once the snark cleared, this foot-in-your-mouth slip revealed what conservatives are calling a “bold move.”  Why?  This choice […]