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Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Dominican-born novelist Junot Diaz is the author of the national bestseller Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.

30 min.

Salsa Legend Willie Colon

Salsa Legend Willie Colon

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Musician, composer, trombonist Willie Colon.  

Journalist Alfredo Corchado

Journalist Alfredo Corchado

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Alfredo Corchado, the Mexican bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, discusses the violent drug war in Mexico.

30 min.

Mercedes Doretti

Mercedes Doretti

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Mercedes Doretti is a world leader in using forensic anthropology and archeology to investigate human rights violations.

Franklin Chang Diaz

Franklin Chang Diaz

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Former NASA astronaut and rocket scientist Franklin Chang Diaz.

26 min.

Chef and restauranteur Ming Tsai

Chef and restauranteur Ming Tsai

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai is the host of public television’s Emmy-nominated series Simply Ming.

30 min.


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In 1961, as a teenager, Bettye LaVette recorded her first hit. But despite her initial success she spent four decades waiting for her moment in the spotlight. Now in her 60s, she has been crowned the "Comeback Queen" and is sharing the stage with megastars like Jon Bon Jovi (at Obama’s Inaugural Concert) and Paul McCartney. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, “the great lady of soul” talks about her initial success and years of obscurity, the secret of her voice, and why age is not an issue.

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