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 […]

Latino to Deliver Keynote at the Democratic National Convention

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Although considered by some a rising political star in the Democratic party, Julián Castro became a super star when the news broke that he will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the beginning of September.  The San Antonio mayor is scheduled to speak, as is First Lady Michelle Obama, on the opening night.  This speech […]

Espanglish No Existe Says a National Humanities Medalist

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News out of Spain rocked the world, with huge implications in the U.S.  Nah, not the horrible news of that European country’s financial mess or the projected 25% unemployment rate. Rather, in the archane world of philology or the study of language and literature in written form, the scholars at the Real academia española (RAE)–considered the […]

Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?

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The senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado after James Holmes allegedly shot and killed twelve movie goers there for a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises has many Americans calling for drastically tighter gun laws.  Except President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In a speech to the Urban League, President Obama said he […]

A White House 20 de julio

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Throughout the world, 20 de julio or Colombian Independence from Spain is celebrated by dancing to cumbia and vallenato, toasting with our moonshine–aguardiente, as well as savoring delicacies like beef empanadas or patties, patacón pisao or fried plaintains, and arepas–corn cakes.  That’s what I remember, having marked that day, which falls 16 days after American […]

Election 2012: George Lopez v. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Missed Opportunity

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When George Lopez in his HBO special went on an “f” word rapid-fire tirade after “getting political”, many of us didn’t get upset because our culture has desensitized us to this kind of language.  Whether it’s a live comedy performance or cable shows, you would think you’re in a war zone “F bombs” are dropped […]