Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

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Luis Rodriguez

Award-winning Chicano author Luis Rodriguez turned away from an early life of crime as a LA gang-member to become a youth activist. His memoir, Always Running: La Vida Loca - Gang Days in LA--a cautionary tale for his son Ramiro who had joined a Chicago gang--became an international best-seller with more than 250,000 copies sold. He co-founded Youth Struggling for Survival, a Chicago based community non-profit which works with street gangs and vulnerable youth. In 2000 he opened Tia Chucha Cafe, a bookstore, art gallery, and performance space in Sylmar, California. In addition, Luis co-founded a non-profit cultural center, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural, which houses Tia Chucha Press which has published forty poetry books. Luis Rodríguez has spent more than twenty-five years committed to community work throughout the country. He has conducted workshops, readings, and talks within prisons, juvenile facilities, homeless shelters, migrant camps, universities, schools, and Native American reservations. In this conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Luis talks about his life as a former gang member, his commitment to youth and his return to his indigenous roots.
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ABOUT MARIA HINOJOSA: ONE-ON-ONE

About María Hinojosa

maria hinojosaMaría Hinojosa is a journalist and author as well as the managing editor and host of public radio's Latino USA

Throughout her career, Hinojosa has garnered many awards and honors. Since 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States three times.

In 1991, Hinojosa won an Associated Press award for her coverage of Nelson Mandela for WNYC Radio. That same year, she won a Unity Award and the Top Story of the Year Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for her NPR story Crews, about New York gang members. The NPR story evolved into the book Crews: Gang Members Talk to María Hinojosa.

She received both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Radio Award and the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award for her NPR report Kids and Guns. For Manhood Behind Bars, a story for NPR that documented how incarceration has become a right of passage for men of all races, Hinojosa received the Robert F. Kennedy Award. She was inducted into the "She Made It" Hall of Fame of Women in Media. She is the author of the book Raising Raúl.

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María Hinojosa: One-on-One is a production of La Plaza, the Latino production unit of WGBH Boston.

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Funding for María Hinojosa: One-on-One is generously provided, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

 

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