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 […]

3 NJ Teens and I Get Our Wish or A Debate Moderator Should Be a Woman

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UPDATE!  The Commission for Presidential Debate just released the names of the moderators of the 2012 Presidential debates: 1st presidential debate: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour Wednesday, October 3, University of Denver, Denver, CO Vice presidential debate: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News Thursday, October 11, Centre College, Danville, KY […]

Eulogy to a Maid

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What a bad week for Americana–we lost Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space as I write about in Gay Sally Ride: ¿Y Qué? to cancer.  Then Sherman Hemsley passed of “natural causes” in his El Paso, Texas home. ¿Quién? Ah si, George Jefferson of The Jeffersons, a ’70s and ’80s sitcom about an upwardly mobile black family […]

Gay Sally Ride–¿Y Qué?

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When the first woman in space died, the spotlight quickly turned from her significant professional accomplishments to her sexual orientation.  The website for her foundation Sally Ride Science “outed” her with the note that  Dr. Ride is survived by her partner of 27 years. All of a sudden, our gossipy culture where everyone claims to […]

‘hood Tips from a Wise Latina to THE Wise Latina

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Viviana Hurtado

I guarantee you that when I moved to the U Street area of Washington, DC, articles were not written, Tweets and Facebook messages did not zip back and forth in el ciberespacio, and friends and strangers didn’t email  psst, we have a new neighbor. In fact, I got welcomed with my first and only mugging […]

UPDATED with NPR’s Tell Me More Interview: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Moderates Panel with Nobel Peace Laureate or How This Week I Have Professional Whiplash

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12 years ago, I was stringing for The New York Times when I lived in Mexico City where I was writing my dissertation.  Fierce war reporter, mentor, and hermana Julia Preston had called, asking if I could help out. Heck ya! As I traveled throughout the area from polling booth to polling booth in the shantytowns […]

Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Hearts TWLC! No Viviana! Wait, Tell Me More! Actually NPR!

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Interviews Gabriel Iglesias for NPR

I love it when I learn something new which happened when I guest hosted NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin while Michel was away.  I interviewed comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias for the TMM summer series Make Me Laugh. I must be livin’ under a piedra.  I mean, Gabriel’s a YouTube sensation.  He’s been on Comedy Central and has […]