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Línea Abierta : Lalo Guerrero

Lalo Guerrero

61:01 minutes (55.87 MB)

Considered the father of Chicano music, Lalo Guerrero's career has spanned over six decades. Mr. Guerrero is a pioneer of several Mexican-American musical styles, bringing to music his bilingual roots. Mr. Guerrero is recognized as the first to bring American swing to Mexican music. He is also recognized for using his poignant humor in songs of social protest.

Línea Abierta : Lidia Mendoza

This is a live interview with one of the first folk singers and recording stars of the Southwest. Lidia Mendoza, also known as "La Cancionera de los Pobres" (The Songstress of the Poor) and "La Alondra de la Frontera" (The Meadowlark of the Border) is a groundbreaker and one of the top Mexican American musicians of this century. She performed with her family from the 1920s through the 1980s.

Guest: Lidia Mendoza (Recommended reading: "Lidia Mendoza: A Family Autobiography" by Arte Público Press, University of Houston).


59:15 minutes (54.25 MB)

Línea Abierta : El Piporro

A live conversation with Eulalio Gonzalez "Piporro," a legendary comedian, actor, singer and composer who is credited with crafting a unique slang typical of the northern Mexican cowboy. This is the second conversation on his autobiographical book "Autobiograjúa y Anecdotaconario."

Guest: Eulalio Gonzalez "Piporro",


59:15 minutes (54.25 MB)

Línea Abierta : LAS HERMANAS HUERTA

A conversation with Luz and Aurora, the Las Hermanas Huertas duo. With over 800 songs recorded, the Huertas are now a legend of Mexican folk ranchera music. Las Hermanas Huerta will headline the traditional "Viva el Mariachi" Festival next March in Fresno, CA.

Guests: Las Hermanas Huerta


59:14 minutes (54.25 MB)

Línea Abierta : LALO GUERRERO

Called by some the first great Chicano musical artist or the inventor of Chicano music, Lalo Guerrero releases yet a new CD with new arrangements to classical hits. The CD is titled "Vamos a Bailar - Otra Vez!" and includes Lalo's old-time songs like "Nunca Jamás" and "El Carnalito."


59:53 minutes (54.83 MB)

Línea Abierta : Poncho Sanchez

Renown conga player Poncho Sánchez is recognized as a top ambassador for Latin jazz. Sánchez was born in Laredo, grew up in Los Angeles and, at the age of 23 joined the band of the late vibist Cal Tjader, who became his mentor in 1975. Sánchez has recorded a number of salsa and Latin jazz albums ever since.


60:08 minutes (55.06 MB)

Línea Abierta : Poncho Sanchez

Poncho Sanchez

60:08 minutes (55.06 MB)

Renown conga player Poncho Sánchez is recognized as a top ambassador for Latin jazz. Sánchez was born in Laredo, grew up in Los Angeles and, at the age of 23 joined the band of the late vibist Cal Tjader, who became his mentor in 1975. Sánchez has recorded a number of salsa and Latin jazz albums ever since.

Línea Abierta : LOS DOS GILBERTOS

Founded in 1975 by Gilberto García, Sr., and Gilberto López, Sr., in the Rio Grande Valley, the group of Los Dos Gilbertos is known as "The Grand Masters" of accordion music. The conjunto group brings a repertoire of traditional Texano music to Radio Bilingüe's Norteño/Tejano Music and Dance Festival in Fresno, CA.


59:44 minutes (54.69 MB)

Línea Abierta : LILA DOWNS

A conversation with singer Lila Downs, who mixes her U.S. father and Mixtec Indian mother ancestry influences in her music. Her repertoire includes Mixtec and Zapotec songs with jazz tunes. She is touring California and recently released a CD called "Yutu Tata - Arbol de la Vida."


59:12 minutes (54.21 MB)

Línea Abierta : Tite Curet-Alonso

A conversation with Tite Curet-Alonso, the legendary Puerto Rican composer, musicologist and journalist. Curet-Alonso has written more than 2,000 compositions, many of them recorded by singers such as Tito Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, La Lupe, Cheo Feliciano, Hector Lavoe and others. Considered one of the greatest Latin American composers, he is currently working toward publication of a bilingual book of essays entitled "La Vida Misma."


59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

Línea Abierta : Festival de cine de Los Ángeles

Actor and activist Edward James Olmos joins this program to comment on the 4th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. The festival showcases over 70 selected feature films, documentaries and shorts from Latino filmmakers in the Americas. The festival is honoring Mexican screen legend Maria Felix with the Gabriel Figueroa Award.

Guest: Edward James Olmos; other guests TBA, www.latinofilm.org


59:14 minutes (54.23 MB)

Línea Abierta : Oscar Chávez

Oscar Chavéz

59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

An interview with the legendary Mexican singer, composer, poet, and actor Oscar Chávez, one of the foremost promoters of the Latin American new and folk song throughout the continent. This program also features music of Chávez's newly-released CD "Chiapas." The CD is the recording of a Chávez concert earlier this year in the town of Oventic, Chiapas.

Línea Abierta : Elena Poniatowska : "Las siete cabritas"

Renowned Mexican author and journalist Elena Poniatowska talks about her latest book, "Las Siete Cabritas" ("The Seven Maverick Women," loosely translated). In her book, Poniatowska offers a portrait of seven great women artists: Frida Kahlo, Nahui Olin, Pita Amor, Rosario Castellanos, Maria Izquierdo, Elena Garro and Nellie Campobello. For Poniatowska, they were women who defied conventions, struggled against all odds and faced broad social hostility. This is a program to celebrate International Women's Week.

Guest: Elena Poniatowska, "Las Siete Cabritas," Editorial Era, Mexico City.


59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

Línea Abierta : CESAR CHAVEZ HOLIDAY

Línea Abierta provides a report on the first celebration of César Chávez day after proclaimed a holiday last year. As part of the state's Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, schools must include instruction on the values of Cesar Chávez and the history of the farm worker movement. Also, this program airs a 25-minute symphony entitled "Cesar Chávez: Gran Hombre de la Tierra." Accompanied by Sacramento's Camelia Symphonic Orchestra, poets José Montoya and Olivia Castellano read texts written originally by the late farm worker hero and published later in Jacques Levy's book "Cesar Chávez: Autobiography of La Causa." The symphony was composed by director Daniel Kingman.


59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

Línea Abierta : Lalo : My Life and Music

Lalo Guerrero

61:36 minutes (56.4 MB)

An interview with Tucson-born Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero, the father of Chicano music. A 1996 National Medal of Arts awardee, Lalo’s biography has been featured in a recent book entitled “Lalo: My Life and Music”. With seven decades singing and composing music, Lalo has become an icon of the Chicano working class.

Línea Abierta : LALO: MY LIFE AND MUSIC

An interview with Tucson-born Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero, the father of Chicano music. A 1996 National Medal of Arts awardee, Lalo’s biography has been featured in a recent book entitled “Lalo: My Life and Music”. With seven decades singing and composing music, Lalo has become an icon of the Chicano working class. His song “La Cancion Mexicana” became an anthem for Mexicans on both sides of the border.


61:36 minutes (56.4 MB)

Línea Abierta : TITE CURET-ALONSO

A live conversation with one of the best Puerto Rican composers. Tite Curet’s songs have been recognized internationally and interpreted by a number of salsa greats. This program is in celebration of National Latino Heritage Month.


59:12 minutes (54.21 MB)

Línea Abierta : SANDRA CISNEROS

Internationally acclaimed poet and author Sandra Cisneros published her latest novel Caramelo, the fictional story of a Mexican American migrant family that splits its life between Chicago, Mexico City and San Antonio. Cisneros also comments on the U.S. government war on terrorism and other matters.


59:12 minutes (54.21 MB)

Línea Abierta : Chola con Cello

Chicana cellist and humorist María Elena Gaitán (“Chola con Cello”) from Los Angeles, premieres in San Francisco her newest show entitled The Teta Show! This is a performance about the stereotypes of the breast, produced at the invitation of Las Isabelas, a breast cancer survivor support center for Latinas. Gaitán alternates her stand-up comedy with renditions of soothing cello music.


59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

Línea Abierta : CHOLA CON CELLO

Chicana cellist and humorist María Elena Gaitán (“Chola con Cello”) from Los Angeles, premieres in San Francisco her newest show entitled The Teta Show! This is a performance about the stereotypes of the breast, produced at the invitation of Las Isabelas, a breast cancer survivor support center for Latinas. Gaitán alternates her stand-up comedy with renditions of soothing cello music.


59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

Línea Abierta : Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

60:02 minutes (54.96 MB)

Actor and film-maker, Edward James Olmos is also co-founder of The Latino Book and Family Festival, a multi-city event seeking to reduce illiteracy and reading among Latinos. Olmos comments on favorite readings, books that impacted his life and his vision for a literate Latino family.

Also, listener comments.. Listeners comment on favorite authors and books. Voice-mailed comments also address the "oil-for-visas" controversy.

Línea Abierta : El Piporro : A Tribute

This is a repeat of an interview with Mexican singer and actor Lalo Gonzalez, "El Piporro," one of the foremost comedians of Mexico. The interview, originally aired on October 1, 1999, is now broadcast on the week of Gonzalez' death. Lalo Gonzalez died of a heart attack in his home of Monterrey, Mexico, at the age of 81.


63:34 minutes (58.2 MB)

Línera Abierta : EL PIPORRO: A TRIBUTE

This is a repeat of an interview with Mexican singer and actor Lalo Gonzalez, "El Piporro," one of the foremost comedians of Mexico. The interview, originally aired on October 1, 1999, is now broadcast on the week of Gonzalez' death. Lalo Gonzalez died of a heart attack in his home of Monterrey, Mexico, at the age of 81.


63:34 minutes (58.21 MB)

Línea Abierta : Tite Curet-Alonso : A Tribute

Tite Curet-Alonso

63:38 minutes (58.27 MB)

A rebroadcast of the last interview with the late Puerto Rican composer "Tite" Curet Alonso, a legendary figure in the salsa repertoire of the world. Tite's original interview aired live during Latino Heritage celebrations last year.

Línea Abierta : TITE CURET ALONSO: A TRIBUTE

A rebroadcast of the last interview with the late Puerto Rican composer "Tite" Curet Alonso, a legendary figure in the salsa repertoire of the world. Tite's original interview aired live during Latino Heritage celebrations last year.


63:38 minutes (58.27 MB)

Línea Abierta : BLOSSOMS OF FIRE

BLOSSOMS OF FIRE. The award winning documentary Blossoms of Fire tells the story of the Zapotecs from Oaxaca, Mexico. The film describes how Zapotec culture has fostered a tradition of strong women and tolerance for homosexuality. This is a conversation with singer/photographer Martha Toledo, who appears in the documentary and is in California for the San Francisco Video Festival. Martha will also speak about controversial plans to develop a Wal Mart superstore in Juchitan, in the Zapotec heartlands.

Guest: Rosa Martha Toledo, Zapotec singer, Oaxaca City; Maureen Gosling, filmmaker, director, Intrepidas Productions, Oakland, CA., www.maureengosling.com


61:15 minutes (56.08 MB)

Línea Abierta : ARAU Y ARIZMENDI

ARAU AND ARIZMENDI. A husband and wife duo, Sergio Arau and Yareli Arizmendi are the creators of the feature film A Day Without a Mexican, a political satire on the impact of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans on California. They visit Fresno to speak about what it means to be Latino in post-9/11 U.S.A. Sergio Arau is a well-known artist, musician and film director in Mexico City. Yareli Arizmendi is an acclaimed writer and actress.


62:16 minutes (57.01 MB)

Línea Abierta : JOAQUÍN MURRIETA DEMYSTIFYED

JOAQUÍN MURRIETA DEMYSTIFYED. This is a conversation on the book Joaquín: demystifying the Murrieta legend. Its author Humberto Garza is a former university professor and community organizer born in Texas and living in California. Garza conducted extensive historic research to put to the test the mainstream notion of Joaquín Murrieta as a California bandit. Who was the real Joaquín? Was Joaquín a legend or a myth? Was he ever captured?

Guest: Humberto Garza, retired professor, California State University San Jose; professor, West Hills College, Coalinga, CA, sunhousepublishing@yahoo.com, www.joaquinmurrieta.net

THE TEQUILA WORM. The first novel of writer Viola Canales, The Tequila Worm tells the story of Sofia Casas, a young woman who leaves her barrio in McAllen, Texas to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. When her homesickness becomes unbearable, Sofia learns to eat the tequila worm to cure her yearnings for home.

Guest:


60:39 minutes (55.53 MB)

Línea Abierta : MASTER OF PAPEL PICADO

MASTER OF PAPEL PICADO. Herminia Albarrán Romero, a master of Mexican paper cutting known as papel picado was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. The art of papel picado is widely used for quinceañeras, weddings and holiday celebrations. Herminia lives in San Francisco, CA, where she is also known for her traditional altars, created with paper flowers, papel picado, and pan de muertos.


60:45 minutes (55.62 MB)

Línea Abierta : ARAU AND ARIZMENDI

ARAU AND ARIZMENDI. A husband and wife duo, Sergio Arau and Yareli Arizmendi are the creators of the feature film A Day Without a Mexican, a political satire on the impact of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans on California. They visit Fresno to speak about what it means to be Latino in post-9/11 U.S.A. Sergio Arau is a well-known artist, musician and film director. Yareli Arizmendi is an acclaimed writer and actress. Arau and Arizmendi also comment on Hollywood, Gov. Schwarzenegger, and the immigrant citizen revolt. This is a pre-recorded edition.


62:23 minutes (57.12 MB)

Línea Abierta : DAY OF THE DEAD

DAY OF THE DEAD. On this day, the dead come to life in the old Mexican tradition. Mexicans honor their dead with personal altars, offerings at the cemetery, yellow marigolds and holiday bread at home. This is a conversation with an altar-maker from Central California.

Guest: Jesús Ávila, Mixtec immigrant, organizer of community celebrations, San Luis Obispo, CA.


62:15 minutes (56.99 MB)

Línea Abierta : MIGRANT FARMING IN THE BIG CITY

MIGRANT FARMING IN THE BIG CITY. Migrant farmers who are growing a plot of Native American fruits and vegetables amid the densely populated barrios of Los Angeles, are fighting the landowner’s plans to bulldoze the community garden and develop a warehouse. The farmers are challenging in court the decision of the city to sell the land to its current owner and are calling the plot a sanctuary for the neighborhood families and a source of clean air. This is a debate on the issue.

Guests: Tezozomoc, organizer, South Central Community Farmers, Los Angeles; Ralph Horowitz, attorney and developer, Los Angeles.

ALSO, NATURAL GAS PRICE HIKES. Natural gas prices are soaring amid one of the coldest winters in many areas of the U.S. Environmentalists fear that many low-income consumers will rely on fireplaces and less healthy fuels to heat their homes this season. The fuel emissions in turn threaten to take a costly toll in the health of working families.


60:43 minutes (55.6 MB)

Línea Abierta : HMONG NEW YEAR

HMONG NEW YEAR. On this day, Hmong people from all over the world begin five days of the most anticipated celebration of the year. This is a report on the largest event, Fresno’s International Hmong New Year Festival. Began in their native Laos as a time for self-renewal and family-bonding after the harvest season, the festivities in the U.S. are now huge gatherings that showcase folk music and dances, and introduce young girls and boys to society.

Guest: Vungping Yang, educator, Hmong culture promoter, artist, Fresno, CA; Alma Martínez, news reporter, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, CA.

ALSO, ARPEX SONES. In this holiday season, a traditional harp group from the tropical lands of Michoacan is warming up New Year’s parties in Northern California. The innovative techniques of the festive music of Grupo Arpex caught the attention of Daniel Sheehy, director of Folkways Recordings at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, who is planning an album release for the summer.


62:17 minutes (57.02 MB)

Línea Abierta : BORDER TOWN LIFE

BORDER TOWN LIFE. A conversation with neighbors of Del Rio, Texas in the oldest restaurant in town. Locals comment on life in this small border town, including the use of the Spanish language, federal plans for a border barrier, and more. Topics also include bilingualism in local radio, the flash floods that devastated the old barrio, the restaurant that gained historic landmark status and the story of the late piano player who achieved national acclaim.

Guests:

Damaris Carrasco, member of the civilian personnel, Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, TX; Dolly Calderón, owner, Memo's Restaurant, the oldest in town; Diana Abrego, Chair, Casa de la Cultura; Javier Martínez, radio personality, KWMC, Del Rio, XHPL Ciudad Acuna.


61:13 minutes (56.05 MB)

Línea Abierta : TEXAS EDITION – GLORY ROAD

TEXAS EDITION – GLORY ROAD. This movie, with a strong early box office showing, tells the story of the underdog Texas Western College basketball team. The first basketball team starting with a line up of all African-American players, TWC rose to win the 1966 NCAA Tournament. Veteran journalist and author Ray Sanchez joins Carlos Spector-Calderon to talk about how this team changed history, changed the face of college basketball and why was it that the team could thrive in El Paso, home of the then-Texas Western College. Mr. Sanchez is the author of the book "Basketball Biggest Upset" and a key consultant for the movie "Glory Road."


61:57 minutes (56.72 MB)

Línea Abierta : MARIACHERAS!

MARIACHERAS! - A conversation with members of the groups Mariachi Mujer 2000 and Mariachi Divas from Los Angeles, headliners of Radio Bilingüe’s traditional Viva el Mariachi! Festival. Mariachi Mujer 2000 is an all-female group, led and musically directed by women, including highly-talented musicians that opened doors for mariacheras in the nation. Mariachi Divas is a multicultural all-female ensemble from Los Angeles. Nationally acclaimed, Divas is particularly proud of their musical style called ranchengue, a blend of Mexican ranchera and Caribbean merengue rhythms. The Viva el Mariachi Festival takes place on Sunday March 26 in downtown Fresno, CA.

Guests:

Marisa Orduno, founder, director and guitarron player, and Carla Diaz, violin player and singer, Mariachi Mujer 2000, Los Angeles; Lorraine Feesago, founder, violin player, and Lorena Panella, violin player and singer, Mariachi Divas de Los Angeles.


60:41 minutes (55.56 MB)

Línea Abierta : MARIACHI PIONEERS

MARIACHI PIONEERS. Pioneering groups Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano are back in Fresno, CA for Radio Bilingüe’s 24th Viva el Mariachi! Festival. This year, the festival will also pay tribute to three accomplished artists from the valley: singer and songwriter Carmencristina Moreno, a recipient of the NEA’s National Heritage Award; and Agustín Lira, co-founder of El Teatro Campesino in 1965 and director of Chicano music ensemble Grupo Alma. This program features conversations with some of the artists.

Guests:

Carmencristina Moreno, interpreter and composer of the cancion Chicana genre, Fresno, CA; Natividad "Nati" Cano, founder and director, Mariachi Los Camperos, Los Angeles, CA; Pepe Martinez, director, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mexico City.


60:48 minutes (55.66 MB)

Linea Abierta : IMMIGRANT TROUBADEUR

IMMIGRANT TROUBADEUR. Nazaria Vizcaino, a singer from Oakland and immigrant from central Mexico, is also a composer inspired by the plight and struggles of her immigrant community. More than a decade ago she wrote a ballad on Proposition 187 in California and more recently she expressed the anxieties and anger of her undocumented paisanos in the ballad Corrido de la HR4437. She performs live two of her creations.

JULIAN GONZALEZ, MARIACHERO CAMPESINO. A conversation with Julian Gonzalez, practitioner of the traditional mariachi music and mentor to new generations in the genres of son abajeño and canción ranchera. Julian also speaks about the film "Pasajero," which captures the images of a journey of young musicians from Northern California to the native land of their mentor in western Mexico.


61:55 minutes (56.69 MB)

Línea Abierta : THE OTHER 9/11

THE OTHER 9/11.When the twin towers came down in New York, Chileans relived the nightmare of their own 9/11. Almost three decades earlier, they had seen in horror the bombing of a symbol of national pride, the President’s palace. Chilean innovative artist Quique Cruz joins this program to reflect on those memories. A survivor of Pinochet’s torture chambers, Cruz has prepared an art work entitled “Villa Grimaldi: Archeology of Memory,” which includes a musical suite, a book and a documentary film gathering experiences of artists who survived Villa Grimaldi, one of the most notorious torture center of the U.S.-sponsored dictatorship. The U.S. public television network is planning to distribute the film.

Guest:

Quique Cruz, Andean/jazz musician, writer and composer, www.quiquecruz.com


62:48 minutes (57.5 MB)

Línea Abierta : TEXAS EDITION – CONJUNTO FESTIVAL NARCISO MARTÍNEZ

TEXAS EDITION – CONJUNTO FESTIVAL NARCISO MARTÍNEZ.Línea Abierta celebrates National Latino Heritage Month with a special broadcast from the Rio Grande Valley, home of the annual Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival and one of the best musical traditions in the country. Alma Garza, host of Satélite Radio Bilingüe’s weekend Onda Tejana show and Carlos Spector Calderón, host of Línea Abierta’s weekly Edición Texas from El Paso, are in the valley to air three days of live programs from the studios of KMBH in Harlingen, TX. They begin the series interviewing veteran Eddie Lalo Torres and accomplished accordionist Juan Antonio Tapia.

Guest: Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center, San Benito, TX, www.geocities.com/nmcacsb/NMCACevents.html


59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Línea Abierta : CONJUNTO FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

CONJUNTO FESTIVAL CELEBRATION. Top representatives of South Texas Conjunto music gather this weekend in San Benito, TX, for the 15th edition of the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival. On Latino National Heritage Month, Línea Abierta celebrates the Texas-Mexican conjunto, one of the most powerful regional musical styles created by the Mexican people. Guests in this program include Cristina Balli, director, Rogelio Núñez, chair, and Ramón de León, founder, of Centro Cultural Narciso Martínez. In addition, Flavio Longoria and Oscar García, from Conjunto Kingz de Flavio Longoria, join this program.


60:42 minutes (55.58 MB)

Línea Abierta : CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE FROM HARLINGEN

CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE FROM HARLINGEN. On the second day of San Benito’s Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival, this program originates from neighboring Harlingen and features live conversations with leading performers and features music from the concert. Radio Bilingüe’s co-hosts Alma Garza and Carlos Spector Calderón talk with Juan Texeda, director of Conjunto Aztlán, a renowned ensemble of the Movimiento Chicano; and veteran accordionist Enrique Vela.


59:23 minutes (54.37 MB)

Línea Abierta : CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE FROM HARLINGEN

CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE FROM HARLINGEN. Co-hosts Carlos Spector Calderón and Alma Garza continue interviewing leadings artists that have come together in the Río Grande valley for the XV edition of the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival. Aired from the studios of KMBH, Harlingen’s public radio, this program features maestro accordionist Oscar Hernández from the valley, Cristina Balli, organizer of the Festival; and San Antonio’s Eva Ybarra, one of the best contemporary accordion virtuosos.


62:54 minutes (57.6 MB)

Línea Abierta : CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE TALKS

CONJUNTO LEGENDS: LIVE TALKS. On the third and final day of the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival in San Benito, TX, this holiday edition provides conversations with headlining performers. Today, interviews include veteran Amadeo Flores, maestro of bajo-sexto and a Conjunto institution; Héctor Barrón, leader of Los Fantasmas del Valle; and Cristina Balli, organizer of the Festival. With this special broadcast from the Rio Grande valley, Línea Abierta culminates a two-year public radio series that addressed key issues relevant to Spanish-speaking audiences of the Texas borderlands. Línea Abierta, the talk show series, has been delivered to Texan Mexican audiences through the powerful signal of partner station XERF-AM, an Instituto Mexicano de la Radio station in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.


61:14 minutes (56.07 MB)

Línea Abierta : TEXAS EDITION – CONJUNTO LEGENDS

TEXAS EDITION – CONJUNTO LEGENDS. This repeat program originally recorded in the Rio Grande valley features accomplished musicians who headlined the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival in San Benito. Guests include Eva Ybarra, from San Antonio, a renowned virtuoso of the Conjunto accordion; veteran accordionist Oscar Hernández from Pharr, TX, who has been working on a recording that pays tribute to pioneers Pedro Ayala, Narciso Martínez and Los Montañeses del Alamo; and Cristina Balli, organizer of the festival.


62:24 minutes (57.14 MB)

Línea Abierta : PUERTO RICO EDITION: TOTO LA MOMPOSINA

PUERTO RICO EDITION: TOTO LA MOMPOSINA. Born in the island of Mompos in northern Colombia, the legendary singer Toto la Momposina celebrates the traditional music of the indigenous peoples and the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of the Colombian coastlands.This weekend, la Momposina is in San Francisco, CA to headline the Encuentro del Canto Popular 25th Anniversary. WRTU’s Wanda Colón Cortés, co-hosts this live edition from San Juan, PR. For more info: http://accionlatina.org/encuentro/2006/2006artists.html
de este programa que se transmite en vivo desde San Juan, Puerto Rico. Para mayor información: http://accionlatina.org/encuentro/2006/2006artists.html


60:43 minutes (27.8 MB)

Línea Abierta : PUERTO RICO EDITION: PARRANDAS AND POSADAS

PUERTO RICO EDITION: PARRANDAS AND POSADAS. Puerto Ricans celebrate the holiday season with “parrandas” or “asaltos navideños,” the Puerto Rican version of the Christmas caroling. Mexican and Central American communities celebrate “Posadas,” a similar festivity of music and food. Wanda Colón Cortés from Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico, Nivia Cervantes from Radio Universidad de Guadalajara – Lagos de Moreno, and Samuel Orozco from Satélite Radio Bilingüe, co-host this live edition inviting listeners to comment on these annual traditions and exchange season’s greetings and memories.


61:29 minutes (28.15 MB)

Línea Abierta : HOLIDAY SPECIAL

HOLIDAY SPECIAL. This program features conversations with mariachi singers on newly-released Holiday albums.

JUANITA ULLOA: PAZ Y ALEGRIA. This is a conversation with opera singer Juanita Ulloa about her award-winning CD “Paz y Alegría.” The album features festive Latin American villancicos, sung bilingually, including a reggaeton piece, the Ladino song “Eight Candelikas”, the cumbia “Los Peces en el Río”, the tango “Surabaya Santa”, the ranchera “Canto a la Paz,” and many more. Based in northern California, Ulloa tours with mariachis singing boleros and rancheras. www.juanitamusic.com

MARIACHI DIVAS: MY GROWN UP CHRISTMAS LIST. Divas is an acclaimed all-female, multicultural ensemble from Los Angeles. The mariachi group,
wich includes women from Latino, Asian, and Anglo descent, released a new album on time for the holidays. “My Grown Up Christmas List” features twenty


60:57 minutes (27.9 MB)

Línea Abierta : TEXAS EDITION - THE YEAR IN REVIEW

TEXAS EDITION – THE YEAR IN REVIEW. This is a review of some of the year’s most remarkable events as reported on Linea Abierta – Texas Edition. The program includes voices of the pro-immigrant student walkouts, the views of war veterans on the war in Iraq, and a report on the November election. It
also includes a tribute to the late Freddy Fender, Miguel Aceves Mejía and Ray Barreto, who died this year, as well as recognition to Elvira Arellano and LULAC’s Rosa Rosales. Listeners call in and submit their own story choices.


61:07 minutes (27.98 MB)

Línea Abierta : ABU GHRAIB

ABU GHRAIB. A conversation with renowned Colombian painter Fernando Botero on his exhibit Abu Ghraib. His paintings graphically depict the abuse and torture of Iraqi detainees by American prison guards. Shown first in Europe, Botero’s paintings were not welcomed by U.S. museums but are now on display at a prestigious college in Berkeley, CA.

ALSO, THE CLASH ON IRAQ. In this taped interview, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez comments on President Bush decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq’s war zone, and the plight of the two million refugees displaced by the war. This program also includes opinions from listeners on a report by the Pew Hispanic Center that found that Latinos’ opposition to the war in Iraq is stronger than the rest of the population.


61:16 minutes (28.05 MB)

Línea Abierta : FESTIVAL HONORS MARIACHI PIONEER

FESTIVAL HONORS MARIACHI PIONEER. Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. The festival is preparing a tribute for mariachi legend Miguel Martínez, a trumpet virtuoso who spearheaded the “Golden Age” of mariachi music in the 1940s as a trumpet player for the best mariachis and ranchera singers of the time. Martínez is credited with creating the two-trumpet style of the modern mariachi sound.

Guests:

Hugo Morales, executive director of Radio Bilingüe, Festival founder, Fresno, CA; Miguel Martínez, mariachi pioneer, San Francisco, CA; Dr. Jonathan Clark, ethnomusicologist, mariachi historian, professor at San José University, San Francisco, CA.


60:01 minutes (54.95 MB)

Línea Abierta : MASTERS OF MEXICAN SON

MASTERS OF MEXICAN SON. Three of the world’s best known mariachi groups return to Fresno to celebrate the silver anniversary of Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival this weekend. Veterans Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Mariachi México de Pepe Villa headline the celebration and are joined by José Gutiérrez, a son jarocho master from Veracruz, and Arpex, a Central California ensemble that plays traditional harp sones from the hotlands of Michoacán.

Guests:

Nati Cano, founding director, Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Los Angeles; Pepe Villa Jr., director, Mariachi México de Pepe Villa, Mexico City; José Gutiérrez, maestro, harp and jarana player, Veracruz, MX.

ALSO, IMPOUNDMENTS CHALLENGED. A class action suit in Los Angeles challenges the constitutionality of the impoundment of vehicles driven by unlicensed immigrants.

Guest:

Cynthia Anderson Barker, attorney, Los Angeles.


60:44 minutes (55.61 MB)

Línea Abierta : BORDER JEWS

BORDER JEWS. Filmmaker Isaac Artenstein talks about his new project featuring Jewish communities along the border, including enclaves in El Paso, San Diego, Santa Fe and Tucson. A producer of The Day Without a Mexican, Artenstein also comments on the current season of pro immigrant rallies around the U.S. This program is hosted by Samuel Schmidt from El Paso.

Guest:

Isaac Artenstein, producer, director, screenwriter, San Diego, CA.


60:21 minutes (55.26 MB)

Línea Abierta : COLIBRÍ

COLIBRÍ. On the eve of the Mexican celebration for the Children, Lichi Fuentes and Alisa Peres, Duo Colibrí, release a new CD entitled “Papaloapan, River of the Butterflies”, which includes a repertoire from many countries in the Spanish-speaking world. Fuentes and Peres are music educators and folk musicians who have performed in venues throughout the Americas. www.colibrimusic.com.

ALSO, THE STRIVE ACT. Rep. Hilda Solís, Democrat from Los Angeles, comments on The STRIVE Act and ongoing congressional hearings to discuss a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

FINALLY, MASS RAID IN CHICAGO. Gail Montenegro, spokesperson for ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, defends a widely condemned raid that netted 16 arrests in a crowded shopping mall in Chicago’s barrio of Little Village.


60:39 minutes (55.53 MB)

Línea Abierta : MEMORIAL DAY EDITION

MEMORIAL DAY EDITION. This pre-taped program includes the following topics:

THE SHORT STORY OF JOSE ANTONIO GUTIERREZ. This documentary tells the story of an orphan Guatemalan immigrant who became the second U.S. marine to die in Iraq. Gutierrez, who had enlisted in the Marine Corps to help his citizenship application, received a posthumous citizenship. This is a conversation with Erika Harzer, director and screenwriter of the film, from Berlin, Germany. www.theshortlife-film.com

ALSO, THE ARREDONDO TRAGEDY. Marine Lance Corporal Alex Arredondo was killed in Iraq during combat in 2004. When three uniformed marines brought the news home, his father Carlos set the soldiers van on fire. Carlos suffered burns on much of his body. This is a recent interview with Carlos and wife Melida on their anti-war activism and their efforts to heal their emotional wounds.


60:30 minutes (55.4 MB)

Línea Abierta : TEXAS EDITION – THE WAR

TEXAS EDITION – THE WAR. Director Ken Burns documentary “The War,” on World War II is scheduled to broadcast in September on the public television network PBS. The absence of Latinos has generated a heated controversy among Latino veterans and civil-rights advocates. While the producer agreed to incorporate the voices of Latino WWII veterans, critics of the film series continue pressing for answers as to how and how much. Samuel Schmidt hosts this weekly segment from El Paso, TX.

Guest:

Gus Chávez, co-founder, Defend the Honor Campaign, Director Emeritus, EOP, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA; Eulalio Calderón, veteran of the Korean War, Del Río, TX.


60:03 minutes (54.98 MB)

Línea Abierta : AGUSTÍN LIRA WINS TOP NATIONAL AWARD AND YOUTH CHAMPION

Chicano singer, composer and playwright Agustín Lira, from Fresno, CA, has won the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship award, the country’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. This is a conversation with the artist.

YOUTH CHAMPION. Guatemalan immigrant César Calderón is this year’s recipient of the James Irvine Foundation’s Leadership Award. Calderón is being recognized for his work in transforming thousands of highest risk youth from poor families in the most challenged neighborhoods in Los Angeles into a population of successful high-school students.


60:43 minutes (55.6 MB)

Línea Abierta : CORRIDISTAS

Folklife enthusiasts are celebrating the Mexican tradition of ballad singing with a Gran Concurso de Corridos. Singers and musical bands from the U.S. Northwest will gather in the rural town of Woodburn, OR, to premiere original corrido creations or perform traditional corrido songs. The Smithsonian Museum and the Western Folklife Center will create a historic archive record to profile the musicians and document the corrido contest.

Guests: Juan Díes, ethnomusicologist, musician, Sones de México, Chicago; Gerardo Cagrero Campos, Gera y sus Centenarios, Salem OR; Benigno Pedraza, Los Palomitos del Norte, Salem, OR; Juan Pérez, poet and corrido composer, Portland, OR. www.westernfolklife.org


61:01 minutes (55.88 MB)

Línea Abierta : TEXAS EDITION - JORGE MAJFUD

An emerging Latin American writer shares his thoughts on topics such as political and cultural borders, the writer's stigma of the ivory tower, the role of ficition writing in society and more.

Guest: Dr. Jorge Majfud, professor of Latin American Literature, University of Georgia, Excellence in Research Award in Humanities and Letters, UGA, Atlanta, GA.


60:13 minutes (55.13 MB)

Línea Abierta : "The War" : THE BATTLE CONTINUES and ALSO, ELECTIONS IN GUATEMALA

"THE WAR": THE BATTLE CONTINUES. "The War," a 14-hour documentary about World War II, is scheduled to air this month on public television stations. Prominent Latino organizations and leaders who criticized the film say that despite intense negotiations, the documentary still fails to include the Latino experience.

Guest: Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez, journalism professor, associate director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas, Austin; co-chair, Defend the Honor Campaign, Director of the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project, Austin, TX.


60:37 minutes (55.51 MB)

Línea Abierta : TEXAS EDITION – CARMEN BOULLOSA

TEXAS EDITION – CARMEN BOULLOSA. This is a conversation with acclaimed Mexican novelist and poet Carmen Boullosa. In the culmination of the month that celebrates Latino heritage, Boullosa comments on a history research project that reveals some not-so-well-known Latino contributions in New York City. She also comments on her most recent books.


60:36 minutes (55.49 MB)

Linea Abierta : Juan Díes: Latin Grammy Nominee and 'Pancho Villa: the Revolution has not ended.'

A conversation with Juan Díes, director of the Chicago-based ensemble Sones de México, about ‘Esta Tierra es Tuya,’ nominated for Best Folk Album in the Latin Grammy awards. The headlining song is a ‘norteño’ version of Woodie Guthrie’s classic American folk song. The rearranged piece comes alive again at a time when immigrants are the focus of a polarized debate in the nation. Díes joins this program live from Las Vegas, NV, site of this year’s awards ceremony.

Also, 'Pancho Villa: the Revolution has not ended.' That’s the title of a recent documentary by Mexican filmmaker Francesco Taboada. The film, now available on DVD, is the story of Pancho Villa as told by elderly veterans of the Mexican Revolution who knew him. On the eve of the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, this is a brief interview with Taboada. The program also includes a segment of the film with 83-year-old Ernesto Nava, who reveals how his mother told him he was the son of Pancho Villa.


61:10 minutes (56.01 MB)

Línea Abierta : Suni Paz: People's Singer and Educator

This is a conversation with veteran folksinger and songwriter Suni Paz on her recent album ‘Bandera Mía’, a collection of Argentine folk rhythms and her memory book titled ‘Destellos y Sombras’. She also premieres her arrangement Corrido de la Educación, a tune from the Chicano movement adapted to the current cry for literacy/excellence in education. This dialogue with a long-time advocate of bilingual, multicultural families, is the prologue for Línea Abierta’s festive kick off of a year-long series to help Latino kids use their best cultural values to make it through college.


60:29 minutes (55.38 MB)

Línea Abierta : BOOKS FOR HOLIDAY GIVING

BOOKS FOR HOLIDAY GIVING. Book authors join this edition to offer listeners special gift ideas for the Holiday season. Guests include Reyna Grande, author of “A través de Cien Montañas.” Winner of the American Book Award, this novel chronicles the wanderings of a Mexican girl who moves from a cardboard shack south of the border to Tijuana and California. Next, Lorena Drago talks about her book “Beyond Rice and Beans” (“Mas allá del arroz y las habichuelas”) a healthy-cooking book for diabetics who want to feast Latino dishes during the holidays; and Puerto Rican poet Dalia Nieves Albert, comments on “El alfabeto de hojalata,” a winner of the Latino Book Award in the category of Educational Children’s Books.


61:08 minutes (55.98 MB)

Línea Abierta : GUADALAJARA SIMULCAST: HOLIDAY VISITS

GUADALAJARA SIMULCAST: HOLIDAY VISITS. With cultural fairs and mariachi serenades, Mexican hometowns welcome émigrés who return for the Holiday season. What do these visits mean for hometowns and migrants in these times of hardship for cross-border traveling? This is a simulcast with the three-station network of Sistema Jalisciense de Radio y Televisión in Guadalajara.

Guests:

Antonio Zubieta, President, Club de Oriundos de Guadalajara en Chicago – Guadalajara Hometown Association, Chicago, IL; Arturo González, Deputy chief, Instituto Nacional de Migración de México, Jalisco delegation, Guadalajara.


61:23 minutes (56.2 MB)

Línea Abierta : CANCIÓN RANCHERA ICONS

CANCIÓN RANCHERA ICONS. This holiday edition features pre-taped conversations with best-selling ranchera music icons Yolanda del Río and Mercedes Castro, headlining singers for Radio Bilingüe’s 2008 Viva el Mariachi! Festival. Also world-renowned movie actresses, Del Río and Castro talk about their career mentors, cultural influences, cross-border success, and the challenges in the future of Mexican canción ranchera.


61:30 minutes (56.3 MB)

Línea Abierta : AFRO-PERU IN CALIFORNIA: DE ROMPE Y RAJA

AFRO-PERU IN CALIFORNIA: DE ROMPE Y RAJA. This holiday edition launches the first program in the series Raíces II, a monthly program celebrating California’s wealth of diverse grassroots arts. This program features the work of “De Rompe y Raja,” a San Francisco-based music and dance company that promotes Afro-Peruvian traditions from the coastal region of Peru. Cajón virtuoso Pedro Rosales, the director, talks about the reemergence of the cajón (wooden box) technique in the Americas, thanks to the Afro-Peruvian cultural movement.

Guests: Pedro Rosales, co-founder and director, De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association, San Francisco, CA; www.derompeyraja.org


61:05 minutes (55.93 MB)

Línea Abierta : TRIQUI WEAVERS

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61:32 minutes (56.4 MB)

Triqui Indian women from the highlands of Southern Mexico brought with them to California the ancient practice of back-strap weaving and the use of the huipil, the highly-embroidered traditional blouse. Martina Alvarez, founder of the indigenous cooperative Mujeres del Sur in California’s Central Coast, talks about the huipil colors and designs that help Triqui women express a cultural identity, a system of beliefs and a status in society. This program is part of “Raíces,” a series on traditional folk arts.

Línea Abierta : AFRO-MESTIZO DANCING IN LOS ANGELES

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60:54 minutes (55.76 MB)

Afro-Mexican traditions reemerge in Los Angeles thanks to the efforts of Afro-descendant migrants from the Oaxaca region. On occasion of Black History Month, Mexican migrants in Los Angeles celebrate the contributions of the African diaspora with the first Afro-Oaxaqueño Festival, featuring Afro-Mestizo folk dances from the Costa Chica in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. This program includes conversations with organizers of the cultural festival.

Guests: Martín Alemán, Director, Comité Afro-Mestizo Oaxaqueño, Pasadena, CA, www.afromestizo.com; Rev. Glyn Jemmot, representative of the Afro-Oaxacan community from El Ciruelo, Oaxaca; Paula Herminia Morales, Cook for the Festival, Pasadena, CA.

Línea Abierta : ¡VIVA EL MARIACHI!

¡VIVA EL MARIACHI! Famous canción ranchera singer Yolanda del Río, legendary Mariachi band leader Nati Cano of Los Camperos, and Michoacano-Angeleno Mariachi leader Mario Rodríguez join this edition to talk about their concert plans for the upcoming Viva el Mariachi! Festival, a 26-year tradition in the San Joaquin Valley in California. This year’s festival takes place on March 30th in Fresno. www.radiobilingue.org.

Guests: Yolanda del Río, canción ranchera singer, San Antonio, TX; Nati Cano, founder and director, Los Camperos de Nati Cano; Mario Rodríguez, Director, Mariachi Imperial, Los Angeles, CA.


61:06 minutes (55.95 MB)

Línea Abierta : ¡VIVA EL MARIACHI!

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60:10 minutes (55.08 MB)

¡VIVA EL MARIACHI! The longest-running mariachi festival in California celebrates 26 years this weekend. Radio Bilingüe’s Viva el Mariachi! Festival of Fresno features canción ranchera icons, veteran mariachi bands, and a number of young mariachero hopefuls. Leading participants comment on mariachi music in the U.S., the festival tradition, the role of the recording industry, and more. This program is hosted by Sara Shakir in Fresno, CA.

Guests: Mercedes Castro, canción ranchera singer star, Indio, CA; Albert Martínez, director, Los Arrieros de El Paso, TX; Daniel Sheehy, Director and curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, author of the book “Mariachi Music in America”, Washington, DC.

Línea Abierta : CINCO DE MAYO SPECIAL – JUDITH REYES

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60:47 minutes (55.66 MB)

CINCO DE MAYO SPECIAL – JUDITH REYES. This is an interview with author and anthropologist Liliana García about her book “Judith Reyes, Una Mujer de Canto Revolucionario.” The book tells the story of the late folk singer and composer Judith Reyes, a Mexican journalist who used her talent as a corrido composer to expose the social ills of her time.

Guest: Liliana García, author of the book “Judith Reyes, una Mujer de Canto Revolucionario”, Mexico City

ALSO, NATIONAL LATINO MUSEUM. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to create a commission that would come up with recommendations to build the National Museum of the American Latino. This is an interview with Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-LA), leading proponent of the bill.

Guest: Congressman Xavier Becerra, Democrat - Los Angeles.

Línea Abierta : AFROCUBAN VIRTUOSO.

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61:15 minutes (56.09 MB)

AFROCUBAN VIRTUOSO. This is a conversation with and music by virtuoso musician Francisco Aguabella, an influential Cuban drummer who has worked with Latin jazz stars such as Machito, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana and many more. Aguabella lives in Los Angeles, where he leads his Latin Jazz Ensemble and promotes Afro-Cuban rhythms and traditions. This is a segment of the series "Raíces II."

Guest: Francisco Aguabella, percussionist maestro, Los Angeles, CA.

Línea Abierta : OJO DE CULEBRA.

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61:16 minutes (56.11 MB)

OJO DE CULEBRA. Mexican-American singer Lila Downs releases a new CD titled "Shake Away/Ojo de Culebra," a mix of cumbias, rancheras, blues, rock and folk songs with themes that sing to the struggles of immigrants and poor people. In this interview, Downs says "Ojo de Culebra" draws on the traditions of Oaxaca and Veracruz healers to perform a musical cleansing.

Guest: Lila Downs, Singer, Tijuana, Mexico.

Línea Abierta : "CRAZY LOCO LOVE". TAMBIÉN, CANTO POPULAR.

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61:20 minutes (56.16 MB)

"CRAZY LOCO LOVE". This is an interview with renowned author Víctor Villaseñor on his latest book "Crazy Loco Love," a memoir of his teenage years growing up on his parents ranch in California. Villaseñor tells the story about his painful quest to identity and meaning.

ALSO, CANTO POPULAR. Chelis López, organizer of the traditional Encuentro del Canto Popular in San Francisco's Mission barrio, talks about this year's festival, entitled "Renewable song – Canto renovable." The festival features musicians who celebrate folk songs from throughout the Americas. www.accionlatina.org

Línea Abierta : OPERATION SUCCESS. ALSO, COLLEGE WORRIES.

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60:46 minutes (27.83 MB)

OPERATION SUCCESS. Hollywood screenwriter Noel Quiñones has launched a project to encourage young Latino teenagers to change their view about education in five Spanish-speaking countries. "Operación Exito" is a live online competition on math and science for high school students. Participants in these educational games win "adventure prizes." Test scores are reported to have improved in Puerto Rico's high schools as an outcome of this project.

Guest: Noel Quiñones, Puerto Rican filmmaker and Founder, Operation Success, San Juan, PR. www.operacionexito.com

ALSO, COLLEGE WORRIES. At a time when the economic crisis is worsening, many Californian families believe college costs and a lack of government funding are putting the future of their children and their state at risk. This program focuses on those worries, and also on efforts to address the nation's high schools dropout epidemic and the impact of the youth vote on Obama's plans to make college more affordable.

Línea Abierta : "TOO MANY TAMALES."

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61:03 minutes (55.9 MB)

"TOO MANY TAMALES." A theater show adapted from the children's book "Too Many Tamales" of Gary Soto has become a December tradition during the holidays in an East Los Angeles neighborhood. The bilingual play is about the tradition of making tamales during the Christmas season. This is a conversation with actors and producers.

Guests: Margarita Galbán, artistic director, theater play adapter, "Too Many Tamales", Bilingual Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Cecilia García, Director, "Too Many Tamales", Los Angeles, CA; Lina Montalvo, Play adaptor, “Too Many Tamales”, Los Angeles, CA.

Línea Abierta : VIVA EL MARIACHI! PEDRO FERNANDEZ

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59:53 minutes (54.84 MB)

¡VIVA EL MARIACHI! This holiday special offers an interview with popular Mexican actor and singer Pedro Fernández, who began his career as a child prodigy twenty years ago, after debuting at age 9 in the movie "La Niña de la Mochila Azul." The program also includes an interview with Marisa Orduño, a leading member of Mariachi Mujer 2000 in Los Angeles. This all-female group was the only musical group from the American continent selected to perform at Beijing's Olympic opening ceremony.

Guests: Pedro Fernández, Mexican ranchera star singer, Mexico; Marisa Orduño, founder and guitarronist, Mariachi Mujer 2000, Fresno, CA.

Línea Abierta : OMARA PORTUONDO: "GRACIAS."

Photo: Albert Canalejo via Flickr

61:19 minutes (56.14 MB)

OMARA PORTUONDO: "GRACIAS." This is a conversation with renowned Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, who is celebrating sixty years with a new album of favorite songs titled "Gracias." Portuondo, a star of the Buena Vista Social Club ensemble, shares memories of her extraordinary decades-long career and her life during the golden era of Cuban music.

Guest: Omara Portuondo, legendary singer, Havana, Cuba.

Línea Abierta : "THE WAR WITHIN".

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60:21 minutes (55.26 MB)

"THE WAR WITHIN". Nationally-acclaimed film maker Héctor Galán and journalist Carlos Guerra are working on a documentary film and multimedia project entitled "The War Within." Produced for public television network PBS, the film tells the story of Latinos who have participated in U.S. wars and society during the past 200 years.

Guests: Héctor Galán, Independent film maker, Producer and director, "The War Within", Austin, TX, www.galaninc.com; Carlos Guerra, Columnist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio, TX.

Línea Abierta : FRANK DEL OLMO: A VOICE FOR LATINOS.

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60:48 minutes (55.68 MB)

FRANK DEL OLMO: A VOICE FOR LATINOS. This is a reflection on the legacy of Pulitzer-winning journalist Frank del Olmo, five years after his death. An editor for the Los Angeles Times, del Olmo was a founding member of the California Chicano News Media Association and a leading advocate for the Latino community and Latino journalists. His columns are collected in the book "Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on his Times."

Guests:

Frank Sotomayor, Co-editor, “Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times”, Associate Director, Institute for Justice and Journalism, USC Annenberg School for Communication, Los Ángeles CA

Magdalena Beltrán del Olmo, Widow of Frank del Olmo, Director of Communications, The California Wellness Foundation, Los Ángeles, CA;

Línea Abierta : MARIACHIS WIN GRAMMY.

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60:30 minutes (55.4 MB)

MARIACHIS WIN GRAMMY. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano made history this year by winning the Grammy for the best regional Mexican album. It is the first time in history that a mariachi group wins the prestigious music award. Nati Cano talks about the achievement and the group’s long tradition of teaching and performing at Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival, the longest running festival of its kind in California.

Guests:

Nati Cano, Musical Director, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Los Angeles, CA;

Daniel Sheehy, Director and Curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Falls Church, VA, www.folkways.si.edu;

María Eraña, Director of Broadcasting, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, CA, www.vivaelmariachi.org/mariachi2009/

Línea Abierta : MARINA LAVALLE AND MONTSERRAT.

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61:22 minutes (56.2 MB)

MARINA LAVALLE AND MONTSERRAT. This program includes a conversation with Afro Peruvian singer and composer Marina Lavalle celebrates popular forms of Afro-Peruvian music such as lando, and festejo. Lavalle is an active promoter of Afro Peruvian culture in her new home, San Francisco, California. In addition, Spanish-born singer Montserrat joins this program to talk about her album “Boleros com Bossa,” an album that mixes the most famous bolero songs with bossa nova arrangements, blending two very different musical traditions. The popular album was produced by Brazilian legend Roberto Menescal to celebrate fifty years of bossa nova.

Guests:

Marina Lavalle, Singer, Afro-Peruvian music, Oakland, CA;

Montserrat, Singer, Boleros con Bossa, Los Angeles, CA.

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 2.

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58:57 minutes (53.98 MB)

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT2. This is a live recording of the opening concert at the Las Americas Festival. This hour includes a performance by Viento de Agua, a group from Puerto Rico that celebrates Afro-Puertorican traditions of Bomba and Plena.

Guests:

Samuel Orozco, executive producer, Radio Bilingue, San Francisco, CA;

Max Baca and David Farias, Los Texmaniacs, San Antonio, TX;

Carlos Rojas, founding director and harp player, Grupo Cimarron de Colombia;

Paul Spring, Gary Spring, and Kathy Garcia, young students, visitors.

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE PT1

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58:59 minutes (54.01 MB)

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT1. This program features interviews with renowned Latin American musicians. The radio conversations took place during the opening ceremony of the Las Americas Festival at the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Guests:

Jose Uribe, director; Francisco Lujano, cuatro player and vocals; Juan Pantoja, vocals; Atalia Uribe de Roman, vocals and dancer, Grupo CUMACO, Venezuela;

Roman Ramos and Miguel Prado, co-directors, Arpex, Atwater, CA;

Tito Matos, director, and Luis Figueroa, member, Viento de Agua, San Juan, P.R.;

Juan Epifanio Bazan Rodriguez and Gladys Beatriz Bazan Garcia, Currulao percussionist and singer, Cantadoras del Pacifico, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : ROOTS MUSICIANS: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON.

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59:37 minutes (54.59 MB)

ROOTS MUSICIANS: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON. This live broadcast kicks off Línea Abierta’s special coverage of the Las Americas Festival, as the folklife event culminates four seasons of celebrations of Latino music as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. Hosted by Chelis López in the studios of Capitol News Connection, this roundtable features leaders of folk music groups that gather at the National Mall for a cultural dialogue. Organizers of the event talk about how music from the Latino grassroots helps bring this nation together.

Guests:

Daniel Sheehy, Director, Festival de las Americas, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;

Juan Emilio Martinez and Noel Rosado, Viento de Agua, San Juan, PR.

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT2.

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60:29 minutes (55.38 MB)

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT2. Joropo musicians of Grupo Cimarrón de Colombia headline again this live recording from the National Mall. They are followed by Viento de Agua, a group Puerto Rico that celebrates Bomba and Plena.

Guests:

Isabel Torres, visitor to the festival, ecuatorian living in Washington, DC;

Darwin Medina, Cuatro player, Grupo Cimarron de Colombia.

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 1.

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60:38 minutes (55.53 MB)

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 1. This is a live recording of the second day of concerts at the Las Americas Festival’s Folkways Salon at the National Mall. This segment includes a live performance by maestros Marcelo Rojas and Alvaro Marazzi, leading performers of the traditional Paraguayan harp. Also, Grupo Cimarron de Colombia begins a concert in this hour.

Guests:

Marcelo Rojas, harp player, Paraguay;

Alvaro Marazzi, guitar player, Washington, DC

Línea Abierta : ROOTS MUSICIANS. ALSO, SUMMIT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM.

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61:05 minutes (55.93 MB)

ROOTS MUSICIANS. This is a live roundtable conversation featuring interviews with musicians and organizers of the Smithsonian Institution’s Las Americas Festival in Washington, DC.

Guests:

Ruby Oceguera, tarima dancer, Son de Madera, Veracruz, MX;

Roman Ramos and Miguel Prado, co-directors, Arpex, Merced, CA;

ALSO, SUMMIT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez sends a live report from the White House, minutes after the closing of the first session on immigration reform between President Obama and congressiona leaders.

Marco Vinicio Gonzalez, News reporter, White House, Washington, DC.

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 2.

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60:32 minutes (55.43 MB)

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 2. This segment begins with a concert by Arpex, a group of musicians from Central California that promotes the music of Arpa Grande, a harp popular in Mexican Western state of Michoacán. It also includes a fragment of the performance by maestros Paraguayan harp maestros Marcelo Rojas and Alvaro Marazzi.

Guests:

Monico Marquez, director, Maestros del Joropo Oriental, Venezuela;

Eduardo Diaz, director, Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington, DC.

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 1.

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60:32 minutes (55.43 MB)

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT1. Maestros del Joropo Oriental, a group of leading performers of Joropo, the national music of Venezuela, are showcased in a live concert in this special edition of Línea Abierta from Washington, DC. The concert is a production of the Smithsonian Institution.

Guest:

Monico Marquez, director, Maestros del Joropo Oriental, Venezuela.

Línea Abierta : ROOTS MUSICIANS. ALSO, CALL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM.

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60:15 minutes (55.17 MB)

ROOTS MUSICIANS. Legendary grassroots musicians who are gathered in Washington for the Las Americas Festival join this live roundtable to share stories about their unlikely journey from the barrios, mountains or plains around the Spanish-speaking world to the U.S. capital. In this program, members of three ensembles talk about the debate on the need to conserve or innovate musical traditions.

Guests:

Orangel "Pangue" Maestre, accordion player and director, Estrellas del Vallenato, Colombia;

Juan Pablo Garcia Ramos, singer, La India Canela, Dominican Republic;

Carlos Enrique Riascos, marimba player, Juan Epifanio Bazan, drummer, Cantadoras del Pacifico, Colombia.

ALSO, CALL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM. Rep. Xavier Becerra and social organizer Frank Sharry comment on the naming of a group by President Obama to work with Congress on immigration reform. Reporter Marco Vinicio Gonzalez filed this report from the White House.

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL.

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL. This segment includes a live concert by the Colombian ensemble Estrellas del Vallenato, and concludes with a fragment of Viento de Agua, from Puerto Rico.

Guests:

Ana Francisca Hernandez, Maria Juana Angulo, Carlina Andrade, Cantadoras del Pacifico, Colombia.


60:22 minutes (55.27 MB)

Línea Abierta : LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL.SATURDAY, JUNE 27 2009

LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL. This concert recorded live at the National Mall headlines the music of traditional Afro-Venezuelan Grupo CUMACO (Cuero, Madera and Costa), a band from the Venezuelan coast region of Aragua that gets its name from a large drum that is traditional to this area. The hour culminates with Estrellas del Vallenato, maestros of the vallenato tradition from Colombia.

Guests:

Rene Lopez, academic researcher, producer and adviser, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;

Atalia Uribe de Roman and Carmen Camacho Ferrer, Grupo CUMACO, Venezuela.


60:22 minutes (55.27 MB)

Línea Abierta : ROOTS MUSICIANS. MONDAY, JUNE 29. 2009

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59:52 minutes (54.82 MB)

ROOTS MUSICIANS. In this pre-taped roundtable hosted by guest host Chelis López, folk musicians who headline the Latino music festival at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, comment on the impact and future of their music. This program includes an interview with Lidia María Hernández López, a.k.a., La India Canela, an accordion player from the highlands of the Dominican Republic who has gained recognition as a top performer of meringue típico. The program culminates with a conversation with Ana Veydo, singer and dancer of Grupo Cimarron, who has gained international recognition as interpreter of canto recio from the plains of Colombia.

Guests:

La India Canela, accordion player and star singer, Republica Dominicana;

Ana Veydo, singer and dancer, Grupo Cimarron, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : EDUARDO GALEANO: MIRRORS.

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61:20 minutes (56.16 MB)

EDUARDO GALEANO: MIRRORS. Acclaimed Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano talks about his latest book “Mirrors,” a collection of short stories about the history of the world. In this interview, Galeano discusses current topics, including Obama’s presidency, the growth of Latinos in the U.S., and his life-long work to celebrate unsung heroes. Galeano recently spoke at a sold-out event in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of a national tour to promote his book.

Guest:

Eduardo Galeano

Línea Abierta : CELIA THE QUEEN.

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59:04 minutes (54.08 MB)

CELIA THE QUEEN. This is the title of a TV documentary that pays tribute to world-renowned salsa singer Celia Cruz. Through interviews with fans like Andy Garcia and Quincy Jones, the film tells the story of a girl who started performing at an early age in Havana and rose to become an international diva. The film premieres on U.S. public television stations on September 1.

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Patricia Boero, Executive Director, Latino Public Broadcasting, Curator and Executive Producer, Voces Series, Miami, FL, www.lpbp.org, www.voces.tv

Joe Cardona, Film maker, Director, Celia the Queen
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Línea Abierta : ECOS DE BORINQUEN – ESPECIAL DE DIA FERIADO.

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)

ECOS DE BORINQUEN – HOLIDAY SPECIAL. Narrated by guest host Chelis López, this program showcases a concert of the Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican ensemble Ecos de Borinquen. The concert was recorded this summer, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Las Americas Festival in Washington, DC. Ecos de Borinquen brings the best of today’s música jíbara, music from the mountainous regions of Puerto Rico, interpreted by six top-flight musicians from the island. Stringed instruments and sung poetic forms that date back hundreds of years to Spanish prototypes are combined with the Caribbean percussion sounds of the güiro rasp and hand drums.
http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:03 minutes (54.06 MB)

MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI CANO - Native of Ahuisculco, Jalisco, in Mexico, and National Heritage Fellow, Nati Cano celebrates more than forty years of directing his highly accomplished Mariachi Los Camperos of Los Angeles. In addition to preserving a rock solid "mariachi sound," Grammy-award winner Cano has been a pioneer in his musical acts, as well as in his business endeavors.
http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : CANTADORAS DEL PACIFICO.

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

CANTADORAS DEL PACIFICO - The marimba is a vivid legacy of African presence in Latin America. Only on the Pacific coast of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador does it keep its close ties to a strongly African culture. Hailing from small towns along the Colombian coast, the seasoned women singers of Cantadoras del Pacífico raise their voices to the accompaniment of marimba and drums, performing their distinctive musical styles known collectively as currulao.
http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : MARIACHI CHULA VISTA.

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:03 minutes (54.08 MB)

MARIACHI CHULA VISTA - In 2001, Mark Fogelquist founded the mariachi program at Chula Vista High School in San Diego, California. In learning to play traditional Mexican mariachi music, Fogelquist’s students have developed a sense of self, heritage, and pride. Now one of the best student mariachi groups in the country, the Chula Vista Mariachi performs in over one hundred shows a year.
http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : LA CHANCHONA LOS HERMANOS LOVO.

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:31 minutes (54.5 MB)

LA CHANCHONA LOS HERMANOS LOVO - A Northern Virginia spin-off of an award-winning group in their home country of El Salvador, Los Hermanos Lovo perform danceable cumbias and rancheras at family events and restaurants in the area. The seven-piece ensemble—with its two violins, two guitars, percussion, and bass—takes its name from its large bass, which resembles a chanchona, or sow.
http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : LOS CAMPEROS DE VALLES.

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)

LOS CAMPEROS DE VALLES - A trio of Mexico's finest musicians in the son huasteco style from the northeastern Mexican cattle-herding region known as La Huasteca. Their sound is marked by hard-edged, improvised violin playing, driving guitar rhythms, and high-pitched singing with falsetto breaks. Dance forms an integral part of the son huasteco. Renowned lyricist and dancer Artemio Posadas, accompanied by Dolores García, performs with the trio.

http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : LOS TEXMANIACS.

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:04 minutes (54.09 MB)

LOS TEXMANIACS - A modern spin on the traditional conjunto sound from South Texas. The quartet adds blues and rock-and-roll influences to the traditional pairing of button accordion and bajo sexto. Moreover, Los Texmaniacs explore their instruments to find new ways of interpreting the sounds of the Texas-Mexico border.
http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : LOS CAMPEROS DE VALLES – HOLIDAY SPECIAL.

Photos: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

LOS CAMPEROS DE VALLES – HOLIDAY SPECIAL. A trio of Mexico's finest musicians in the son huasteco style from the northeastern Mexican cattle-herding region known as La Huasteca. Their sound is marked by hard-edged, improvised violin playing, driving guitar rhythms, and high-pitched singing with falsetto breaks. Dance forms an integral part of the son huasteco. Renowned lyricist and dancer Artemio Posadas, accompanied by Dolores García, performs with the trio. This concert was originally recorded at the Las Américas Festival, the Latino music component of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which took place in Washington, D.C.

http://festivalnuestramusica.com

Línea Abierta : LA CHANCHONA LOS HERMANOS LOVO

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:01 minutes (54.04 MB)

LA CHANCHONA LOS HERMANOS LOVO - A Northern Virginia spin-off of an award-winning group in their home country of El Salvador, Los Hermanos Lovo perform danceable cumbias and rancheras at family events and restaurants in the area. The seven-piece ensemble—with its two violins, two guitars, percussion, and bass—takes its name from its large bass, which resembles a chanchona, or sow. This concert was originally recorded at the Las Américas Festival, the Latino music component of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which took place in Washington, D.C.

http://festivalnuestramusica.com

Línea Abierta : LOS TEXMANIACS.

Photo: Dan Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

59:20 minutes (54.33 MB)

LOS TEXMANIACS - A modern spin on the traditional conjunto sound from South Texas. The quartet adds blues and rock-and-roll influences to the traditional pairing of button accordion and bajo sexto. Moreover, Los Texmaniacs explore their instruments to find new ways of interpreting the sounds of the Texas-Mexico border. This program was originally recorded at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : CANTADORAS DEL PACIFICO

Photo: Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution

58:58 minutes (54 MB)

CANTADORAS DEL PACIFICO - The marimba is a vivid legacy of African presence in Latin America. Only on the Pacific coast of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador does it keep its close ties to a strongly African culture. Hailing from small towns along the Colombian coast, the seasoned women singers of Cantadoras del Pacífico raise their voices to the accompaniment of marimba and drums, performing their distinctive musical styles known collectively as currulao. This program was originally recorded at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival., http://festivalnuestramusica.com/

Línea Abierta : CHRISTMAS AT RADIO NETHERLANDS.

CHRISTMAS AT RADIO NETHERLANDS. This holiday program, produced by Radio Netherlands, showcases different ways of celebrating Christmas in the Netherlands and in Latin America, including Christmas carols and interviews with Latin American immigrants residing in the Netherlands.


59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

Línea Abierta : BLACK MEXICO.

Photo: National Museum of Mexican Art

59:17 minutes (54.28 MB)

BLACK MEXICO. On the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr, this pre-taped program features conversations with promoters of Mexico’s third cultural root, the African ancestry. The program looks into the quest to achieve recognition for communities of African descent in Mexico, the Black president of Mexico, and relations between Afro-Mexicans and African Americans.

Guests: Maestro Francisco Ziga, Rural sociologist, member of non-profit organization Púrpura in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, co-author of the book “De Afro-Mexicanos a Pueblo Negro”; Dr. Eduardo Díaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington, DC, former director of National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM, host of exhibit “The African Presence in Mexico”.

Línea Abierta : FRONTERA COLLECTION.

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59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

FRONTERA COLLECTION. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, this program looks into the Frontera Collection, the world's largest collection of Mexican and Tex-Mex music. The Frontera Collection, originally collected by Arhoolie Records' Chris Strachwitz, contains 100,000 individual performances that are currently being digitized. It spans almost 100 years and diverse styles, from the “father of Chicano music”, Lalo Guerrero, to the duo Los Alegres de Terán to Texas accordion artists Santiago and Flaco Jiménez. This holiday program includes interviews with a musician working on the Frontera preservation effort, an ethnomusicologist, and a legendary mariachero whose works are archived in the unique musical collection.

Línea Abierta : JAZZING UP MARIACHI MUSIC.

Photo: Jonathan Clark

59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

JAZZING UP MARIACHI MUSIC. In the 1940s and ‘50s, Miguel Martínez changed mariachi music forever, from folk music that mostly highlighted string instruments to a music marked first by a single trumpet and later by a trumpet duet. Maestro Martínez was the main individual responsible for this, beginning in the early 1940s. His trumpet is featured on several thousand recordings now considered classics, by artists such as Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Lola Beltrán, Amalia Mendoza, Miguel Aceves Mejía, José Alfredo Jiménez and Los Panchos, among many others.

Línea Abierta : A MARIACHI PIONEER.

Photo: Jonathan Clark

59:15 minutes (54.25 MB)

A MARIACHI PIONEER. Don Miguel Martínez, known as the “Father of the mariachi trumpet,” has written his autobiography, “My life, my travels, my experiences: Seven decades in mariachi music,” still unpublished, including anecdotes all the way back to the first time he held a trumpet in his hands. This edition of Linea Abierta offers an up-close and personal conversation with Don Miguel about his life.

Guests: Miguel Martínez, Mariachi trumpet pioneer from Mexico City, Oakland, CA; Jonathan Clark, Mariachi musician, historian and editor of Miguel Martinez' autobiography, Livingston, CA.

Línea Abierta : TRAILBLAZING TRUMPETER.

Photo: Jonathan Clark

59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

TRAILBLAZING TRUMPETER. This is the third in a series of programs featuring the life and works of Don Miguel Martínez, considered the father of mariachi trumpet music. In addition to his contribution to create the modern sound for mariachi music, Don Miguel has written several legendary compositions that are now classics in the traditional Mexican repertoire. This edition showcases some of his classic compositions and performances, while Don Miguel shares memories evoked by those songs, and fellow musician José Hernández talks about the influence of Martínez' work on mariachi trumpet players around the world.

Guests: Miguel Martínez, Pioneer trumpet player from Mexico City, Oakland, CA; José Hernández, Director and trumpet player, Mariachi Sol de México, Los Angeles, CA, www.soldemexicoonline.com/sol/ ; Jonathan Clark, Mariachi musician and historian, Livermore, CA.

Línea Abierta : COMPOSING EL CANCIONERO.

Foto: Jonathan Clark

59:04 minutes (54.08 MB)

COMPOSING EL CANCIONERO. This fourth program, in a series featuring the life and works of Don Miguel Martínez, showcases some of Martinez' most popular cancion ranchera compositions. He has a live reunion over the telephone from Los Angeles with Martin Becerra, the first voice of Trio Guayacan and Martín y Malena, groups that in the 1940s headlined Mexico's cancionero popular. Martínez also comments on his marriage and musical collaboration with the unforgettable La Torcacita, and his collaborations with popular stars, including Jorge Negrete, La Panchita and La Consentida.

Guests: Miguel Martínez, Pioneer trumpet player from Mexico City, Oakland, CA; Jonathan Clark, Mariachi musician and historian, Livermore, CA; Martín Becerra, Mexican star singer in the 1940s, Retired radio personality, Los Angeles, CA.

Línea Abierta : MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: DAY ONE.

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62:34 minutes (57.29 MB)

MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: DAY ONE. Radio Bilingüe provides special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, which this year commemorates Mexico’s Independence Bicentennial and Revolution Centennial. The festival celebrates the diversity of cultures and living traditions of some of the first Mexican nations. Musicians join the conversation, as well as corn husk artisans who express the importance of corn, not just for their art, but also for healthy food.

Guests: Olivia Cadaval, Co-curator, México at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC, www.festival.si.edu ; Daniel Sheehy, Director and Curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Washington, DC, www.si.edu ; Ramón Gutiérrez, Son jarocho musician, Son de Madera, Veracruz, México; Amalia Salas and Rosalinda Rosas Salas, Corn husk artisans, Xochimilco, México.

Línea Abierta : VOICES OF THE FIRST MEXICANS.

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66:16 minutes (60.68 MB)

VOICES OF THE FIRST MEXICANS. In the second program of the special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, Radio Bilingüe holds conversations with artists from many of the diverse indigenous cultures of Mexico. Among those who are highlighted in this program is a musician from the rock group Hamac Caziim from Sonora, which uses music in Seri language to attract youth back to their culture.

Guests: Rodolfo Palma Rojo, Director of Dissemination, Instituto Nacional de Arte e Historia (INAH), Co-curator, México en el Festival el Foklore del Smithsonian; Israel Robles, Musician in rock group Hamac Caziim, Puna Chueca, Sonora; Marcelina López, President, Consejo Consultivo de la Radio Difusora Cultural Indigena; Dr. Jose Rafael Medina; Felipe Serio Chino, Secretary, Unión Wixarika / Centros Ceremoniales.

Línea Abierta : MÉXICO EN EL SMITHSONIAN: DÍA DOS.

Photo: Sandy Vazquez, Olivia Cadaval & Cristina Diaz-Carrera

59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: DAY TWO. On the second day of Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, this edition includes conversations with artists from diverse indigenous cultures of Mexico. This program includes an interview with Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, the last musical group to sing canto cardenche, a typical musical genre unique in all of Mexico, from the region of the Comarca Lagunera. The program also includes a conversation with mezcal makers, who talk about the traditional process of making the drink, and its different uses.

Línea Abierta : MÉXICO EN EL SMITHSONIAN: COMPARTIENDO LA CULTURA.

Photo: Olivia Cadaval & Cristina Diaz-Carrera

59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: SHARING CULTURES. This edition of Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, includes conveersations with makers of traditional textiles of Oaxaca, a dancer and a bead artisan from the state of Morelos, and a family of tequila-makers from Amatitán, Jalisco.

Guests: María Sosa, Joel Vicente y Marcelina Vicente, Textile artisants, Teotitlán de Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico; Alma Delia Reyes, Dancer, Atlatlahucan, Morelos, Mexico; Edmundo Saul Jahen, artesano que trabaja la chaquira, Chinelos de Morelos, Mexico; Javier Jiménez, Claudio Jiménez, and Javier Jiménez Jr., family of tequila-makers, “El Caballito Cerrero”, Amatitán, Jalisco, Mexico.

Línea Abierta : SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: CARDENCHEROS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: CARDENCHEROS. On this, the third day of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, Radio Bilingüe broadcasts four hours of musical concerts recorded live at the National Mall. This first hour highlights Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, who are keeping alive a dramatic and powerful musical tradition known as canción cardenche, sung a capella by farmworkers in only one city in the northern Comarca Lagunera region. Even in Mexico, few people know about canción cardenche, now broadcast nationwide by Radio Bilingüe.

Línea Abierta : SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: HAMAAC CAZÍIM.

Photo: Hamac Caziim via myspace

59:28 minutes (54.45 MB)

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: HAMAAC CAZÍIM. The second concert broadcast as part of Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, presents the group Hamaac Cazíim, from the Comcáac community on the Gulf of California in Sonora, who perform rock music with traditional lyrics sung in the Seri language. The goal is to engage members of the younger generation in the history and culture of their own people.

Línea Abierta : SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: ENCUENTRO DEL SON.

Photo: Santiago Rivera Bernal, INAH

59:25 minutes (54.41 MB)

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: ENCUENTRO DEL SON. This third hour of concerts broadcast from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, is a celebration of three different tradition of son in Mexico, harp ensemble music from the flat hotlands of Tierra Caliente in Michoacán, and son de Jalisco, played by Los Verdaderos Caporales de Apatzingán, and son jarocho from Veracruz, played by Son de Madera Trio.

Línea Abierta : SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: LOS TÍOS.

Photo: Cristina Diaz-Carrera, Smithsonian Institution

59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE CONCERT: LOS TÍOS. This fourth concert in Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, presents the Mariachi Tradicional Los Tíos from El Manguito, a remote community in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Jalisco, who boast a son repertoire distinctive to this region where mariachi music has flourished for more than 150 years.

LA HORA MIXTECA : LIVE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.

Photo: www.radiobilingue.org

53:12 minutes (48.72 MB)

LA HORA MIXTECA: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Filemón López, host of La Hora Mixteca, broadcasts live from the nation’s capital. This program, in Mixtec and Spanish, reaches audiences across the border in simulcast with XETLA: “ La Voz de la Mixteca” in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, and other bilingual stations. In this hour, López interviews a dancer and musician from the Chinelos, carnivalesque dance troupes that mock the Spanish colonizers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a traditional candy-maker and a farmer from Xochimilco, where the ancient tradition of raised fields, or chinampas, separated by canals, is still alive, and a maker of mezcal, the traditional agave drink from Oaxaca.

LA HORA MIXTECA : LIVE FROM THE CAPITAL.

Photo: www.radiobilingue.org

59:05 minutes (54.1 MB)

LA HORA MIXTECA: LIVE FROM THE CAPITAL. Filemón López, host of La Hora Mixteca, continues to broadcast live from the nation’s capital as part of Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. López explores arts and music from diverse indigenous communities of Oaxaca and other parts of Mexico, interviewing a musician from the southern coastal region of Oaxaca, who combines indigenous, African, and Spanish elements in his sones and chilenas, a wool weaver who continues a centuries-old family tradition of designing and weaving rugs with traditional Zapotec patterns, and an artisan who makes dolls out of corn-husks. This special edition of La Hora Mixteca also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Radio Bilingüe’s public broadcast service.

Línea Abierta : MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: MANY VOICES, ONE NATION.

Foto: Hamac Caziim via myspace

59:01 minutes (54.04 MB)

MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: MANY VOICES, ONE NATION. Radio Bilingüe continues its special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, which this year highlights a wide range of indigenous cultures from Mexico. Radio Bilingüe’s coverage also celebrates the 30th anniversary of its public broadcast service. This round table discussion includes traditional farmers and candy makers from Xochimilco, the musical group Grupo de Fandango de Artesa Los Quilamos, masters of the Oaxacan genres of sones and chilenas; and craftsmakers from the Comcaac community in Sonora.

Linea Abierta : TAKE OUR JOBS

Photo: www.takeourjobs.org

59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

TAKE OUR JOBS. As unemployment and the economic crisis stoke anti-immigrant sentiments, the United Farm Workers invite all those who feel that undocumented workers are taking jobs that should go to American citizens to apply online and join the exciting field of manual farm labor.

Guest: Diana Tellefson, Executive Director, United Farm Workers Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, www.ufw.org; www.takeourjobs.org.

ALSO, LATINO FARMERS SUE GOVERNMENT. A decades-old farm loan program to help small farmers stay afloat allegedly discouraged African-American and Latino farmers from applying or rejected their applications, even as Anglo peers received loans with no problem. The Department of Justice has now announced they will pay $2 billion dollars to African-American farmers who filed claims against the USDA, while they plan to pay Latino and women farmers a little more than $1 billion. Latino farmers say this is unfair.

Línea Abierta : MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: MUSICIANS FROM THE HOTLANDS.

Foto: Santiago Rivera Bernal, INAH

59:09 minutes (54.17 MB)

MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: MUSICIANS FROM THE HOTLANDS. A continuation of Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, this edition includes a conversation with Los Verdaderos Caporales de Apatzingán, an ensemble of big harp music from the hotlands of Tierra Caliente, Michoacán. This program also offers interviews with artisans and indigenous leaders from other regions of Mexico.

Guests: Don Ricardo Gutiérrez, Manuel Pérez, Isidoro Morfín and Leonel Mendoza, Los Verdaderos Caporales de Apatzingán, Michoacán, Mexico; Felipe Serio Chino, Secretary, Francisco González, Treasurer, and Eleuterio de la Cruz, President, Unión de Centros Ceremoniales, Wixarika Community in Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit, México; Lucio Ramón Aranda and Rogaciano Clemente García, Musicians, Chinelos de Atlatlahuacan, Morelos, Mexico.

Línea Abierta : MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: SHARING CULTURES.

Photo: Hamac Caziim via myspace

58:52 minutes (53.91 MB)

MEXICO AT THE SMITHSONIAN: SHARING CULTURES. This repeat edition of Radio Bilingüe’s special coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, includes conversations with makers of traditional textiles of Oaxaca, a dancer and a bead artisan from the state of Morelos, and afamily of tequila-makers from Amatitán, Jalisco.

Guests: María Sosa, Joel Vicente y Marcelina Vicente, Textile artisants, Teotitlán de Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico; Alma Delia Reyes, Dancer, Atlatlahucan, Morelos, Mexico; Edmundo Saul Jahen, artesano que trabaja la chaquira, Chinelos de Morelos, Mexico; Javier Jiménez, Claudio Jiménez, and Javier Jiménez Jr., family of tequila-makers, “El Caballito Cerrero”, Amatitán, Jalisco, Mexico.

Línea Abierta : DAY OF THE DEAD.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

DAY OF THE DEAD. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. This edition takes a tour of some creative celebrations of the Day of the Dead this year, from a San Francisco Symphony concert featuring works by Mexican composers, to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, where the largest annual Day of the Dead exhibit in the United States is dedicated to the people of Haiti and Chile, and an online altar dedicated to the 72 Central American migrants who died in Tamaulipas.

Guests: Salvador Acevedo, Spokesperson, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco, CA, http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=42758 ; Dolores Mercado, Curator, Day of the Dead Exhibit, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL, http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/dod10.html ; Alma Guillermoprieto, Journalist and Creator, 72 Migrantes Altar, Mexico City, Mexico, www.72migrantes.com

Línea Abierta : MEXICO’S CUISINE: WORLD ACCLAIMED.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

MEXICO’S CUISINE: WORLD ACCLAIMED. Mexico’s tamales, moles, and other typical dishes of its centuries-old traditional cuisine were recognized by the United Nations as a masterpiece of humanity’s cultural heritage. This is the first time that foods or other culinary traditions are included in the Intangible Heritage List. What does it mean for Mexico? What are the benefits? Also, a Mexican chef shares recipes to celebrate the holidays with healthy and traditional Mexican recipes.

Guests: Lucía Iglesias Kuntz, Spokesperson, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France; Cristina Barros, researcher of traditional Mexican cuisine, author and columnist, co-author of first proposal to nominate Mexican gastronomy to UNESCO’s Heritage List, Mexico City; Agustin Gaytán, Chef, instructor and researcher on Mexican gastronomy, Oakland, CA, http://www.agustincooks.com/main.html

Línea Abierta : SINGER LILA DOWNS. ALSO, 2501 MIGRANTS.

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59:09 minutes (54.17 MB)

This Holiday edition features two pre-taped interviews:

SINGER LILA DOWNS. The daughter of a Mixtec singer and a U.S. professor, Mexican-American singer and composer speaks about the deeper sources of her inspiration, including the power of being aware of her indigenous roots and the renewed energy brought by her baby son, Benito.

Guest: Lila Downs, singer and songwriter, www.liladowns.com.

ALSO, 2501 MIGRANTS. A pre-taped conversation with Oaxacan sculptor and painter Alejandro Santiago about the 2501 life-statues he and his team built to pay tribute to each migrant who left his village. His monumental project was documented in the film “2501 Migrants: A Journey.”

Guest: Alejandro Santiago, sculptor and painter, Oaxaca City, México. www.2501migrants-themovie.com

Línea Abierta : BHANGRA AND SON.

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BHANGRA AND SON. This is a report on the premiere of “Half and Halves,” a Mexican and Indian dance presentation that explores the social, cultural and emotional history of the blending of Punjabi and Mexican families in California in the early 20th century. A collaboration between distinguished Indian and Mexican choreographers in San Francisco, the dance work features Mexican folkloric dance combined with Bhangra, a harvest celebration dance from Punjab. The choreographers tell the story of how Punjabi farm workers, who were not allowed to bring their wives nor marry white women, met Mexican women and created a new, Indo-Mexican community. This edition starts the third season of the series Raíces.

Línea Abierta : GARÍFUNA SOUL.

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GARÍFUNA SOUL. Parranda music of the Garífuna people mixes guitar-based ballad with drums and rhythms evocative of African and American Indian roots. Aurelio Martínez, who grew up on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, is keeping the musical tradition alive with his Garífuna soul music. Aired on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this edition celebrates Aurelio’s music and the links between the culture and struggles of Garífuna people in Central America and African Americans in the United States. This edition is part of our Raíces series, celebrating grassroots artists.

Guest: Aurelio Martínez, Singer, composer, and guitarist, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.subpop.com/artists/aurelio

Línea Abierta : ¡VIVA EL MARIACHI! FESTIVAL.

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¡VIVA EL MARIACHI! FESTIVAL. Legendary Mariachi bands are gathering in California’s Central Valley to headline the longest-running mariachi festival in California. Seasoned mariacheros will lead a weekend of concerts and workshops to teach the younger generation the traditions. Members of the award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, which this year turns 50, and Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano, the first all female mariachi band in the San Francisco Bay Area, join this edition to give a taste of what they will bring to Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival on March 6. Also, a tribute to Manuel Esperón, wellknown Mexican composer who recently passed away at the age of 99.

Línea Abierta : SI TE VAS A SAN FRANCISCO.

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SI TE VAS A SAN FRANCISCO. Katia Cardenal visits the United States to launch the single “Si Te Vas a San Francisco”, her version in Spanish of the 1960s song “San Francisco (Flowers in your Hair)” and a tribute to the California city’s Nicaraguan Solidarity Movement of the 70’s and 80’s. Cardenal has made a name for herself in recent years as a solo artist, after singing for years with her brother as Duo Guardabarranco in their native Nicaragua.

Guest: Katia Cardenal, Singer-songwriter, Oakland, CA, www.katiacardenal.com

Línea Abierta : CELEBRATING MARIACHI MUSIC.

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CELEBRATING MARIACHI MUSIC. Radio Bilingüe will present the world’s premiere mariachis at its 28th ¡ Viva el Mariachi! Festival Sunday, March 6 in Fresno, California. Headliners will be Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán of Mexico, with over a century of mariachi musical legacy, and Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, who will be honored for 50 years on the world stage as mariachi maestros and ambassadors. Musical director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, José “Pepe” Martínez, joins this edition to talk about the tradition of mariachi festivals and mariachi music in the U.S. and Mexico.

Guests: José “Pepe” Martínez , Musical Director, Composer, and Violinist, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitán, México, D.F., www.mariachi-vargas.com ; Hugo Morales, Executive Director, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, CA, www.conectate.radiobilingue.org

Línea Abierta : JORGE DREXLER.

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JORGE DREXLER. Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler may be best known for winning an Oscar Award for his song “Al otro lado del río” (On the Other Side of the River) from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. This edition offers an in-depth interview with Drexler during a recent tour to promote his new album “Amar la trama” (Loving the Plot).

Guest: Jorge Drexler, Singer-songwriter, Madrid, Spain, Interviewed in Oakland, CA, www.jorgedrexler.com

Línea Abierta : CARIBBEAN PHILOSOPHY.

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CARIBBEAN PHILOSOPHY. Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos has created a cross-disciplinary performance project that speaks to the historical connections between Black and Latino communities. Filosofía Caribeña, or Caribbean Philosophy, mixes music, spoken word, rhythm, dance, and improvisation to celebrate commonalities between two communities that have often been separated in the United States. This program is part of our Raíces series, celebrating grassroots artists.

Guest: John Santos, Afro-Latino music performer, composer and teacher, Oakland, CA, www.johnsantos.com

Línea Abierta : FESTIVAL OF COLOMBIAN ROOTS: DAY ONE.

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FESTIVAL OF COLOMBIAN ROOTS: DAY ONE. Radio Bilingüe offers special coverage of the celebration of Colombia: The Nature of Culture taking place on the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In this first hour, a researcher speaks about the festival, coffee farmers share the process of cultivating Colombian coffee and the tradition of drinking a tinto, and a silletero who makes chairs and carries flowers on his back in the city of Medellín tells of this longstanding art.

Guests: Daniel Sheehy, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, D.C.; Alexander de Jesús Nieto Marín, Silletero and flower grower, Medellín, Colombia; José Alexander Salazar, Coffee farmer, Calarcá, Colombia; Jorge Ivan Valencia, Coffee farmer, Dos Quebradas, Pereira, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: ART AND COOKING.

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COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: ART AND COOKING. From Washington, D.C., Radio Bilingüe presents a second hour of conversations with artisans at the celebration of Colombia: The Nature of Culture in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This edition includes conversations with an artist who transforms junk into art, a hat maker, a basket weaver, and a cook from the Mompóx región who is an expert at traditional dishes such as mote de queso, a cheese and vegetable soup, and a fish called viuda de pescado, with coconut rice.

Guests: María Dilia Dávila, Hat maker, Aguadas, Caldas, Colombia; Hernando Ruiz Daza, director, Reciclarte, Bogotá, Colombia, http://www.facebook.com/#!/reciclarte.colombia ; Areli Hernández Vega, basket weaver and member of artisan collective, Ráquira, Colombia; Mery Margoth Gándara de Barrera, Cook and owner of the restaurant El comedor costeño, Mompóx, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : FESTIVAL OF COLOMBIAN ROOTS: DAY TWO.

Photo: Jose Lopez Zamorano, Radio Bilingue

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FESTIVAL OF COLOMBIAN ROOTS: DAY TWO. From the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Línea Abierta brings you Colombia: The Nature of Culture. This edition includes a conversation with a singer from the Cantaoras de Alabaos del Pacífico, who tells about the origins of this style of singing, typical in the Pacific Tropical Rainforest. The songs are used for funeral rituals, and interpreted by women to keep the memory of Black people. And two men dedicated to transportation tell about two forms of transportation considered typical in the coffee-growing región: jeep and mule driving. What do they carry from place to place, and how have they opened development of communication and economy?

Guests: Leonor Murillo, Singer, Cantaoras de Alabaos del Pacífico, San Andrés, Colombia; Jhon Jairo Amortegui Piña, Jeep driver, Calarcá, Colombia; and Leonel de Jesús Loaiza Muñoz, Mule driver, Concordia, Antioquia, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : CHIRIMÍA AND BANDOLA.

Photo: Jose Lopez Zamorano, Radio Bilingue

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CHIRIMÍA AND BANDOLA. This edition presents two concerts taped live in the music hall Al son que me toquen at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Chirimía la Contundencia is an ensemble that interprets traditional music from the northern Pacific coast that is played with wind and brass instruments, and is heard at carnivals and patron saint festivals. Aires del Campo plays string music from the coffee-growing region. The members of the group are all cousins, playing traditional instruments such as the bandola and the tiple.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: JOROPO CRIOLLO.

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COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: JOROPO CRIOLLO. From the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Radio Bilingüe presents a concert by Grupo Cabrestero and Aires del Campo, a meeting of string instruments. These groups interpret joropo music, part of the culture of the plains, revolving around cattle ranching. This edition also includes interviews with members of both groups.

Guests: Víctor Cenón Espinel, main singer and bandola player, Grupo Cabrestero, Maní, Colombia; Fernán de Jesús Rojo Meneses, guitar player, Aires del Campo, Girardota, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: DON ABUNDIO Y SUS TRAVIESOS.

Photo: Dulce Maria Mora, Radio Bilingue

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COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: DON ABUNDIO Y SUS TRAVIESOS. Don Abundio y sus Traviesos perform the rythms of tambora guacherna, chandé and berroche from the Mompóx región on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The groups repertoire includes aires and traditional dances for Carnaval. This edition also includes an interview with the director of the group, Don Abundio himself, whose real name is Samuel Marmol Villa, and who is also a singer, dancer and instrument maker. He tells about the groups origins, musical genres and instruments.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: GRUPO CABRESTERO.

Photo: Samuel Orozco, Radio Bilingue

59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: GRUPO CABRESTERO. In this concert taped live at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Grupo Cabrestero performs joropo music, with the sounds of the Southeastern Plains of Colombia, with instruments such as maracas, cuatro, and bandola. Also, musician Félix Chaparro Rivas tells of his dedication to music and how he teaches music in his native Aguazul. He also plays the unique instrument, furruco.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: AYOMBÉ.

Photo: Samuel Orozco, Radio Bilingue

59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: AYOMBÉ. Ayombé performs the best of the vallenato music, with rhythms such as puya, paseo, and merengue, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Vallenato is accordion music from a valley on the Caribbean coast. This edition also offers a backstage conversation with three of the bandmembers: accordion player Luis Carlos Farfán, drummer Efraín Camilo Díaz, and singer Reynaldo "Papi" Diaz. Also, the festival curator, Olivia Cadaval, talks about the work behind the celebration of ?Colombia: The Nature of Culture and plans for next years festival.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: EL PUEBLO CANTA.

Photo: Jose Lopez Zamorano, Radio Bilingue

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COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: EL PUEBLO CANTA. From the music hall "Al son que me toquen" at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, El Pueblo Canta offers a concert of carranguera music, with bambucos, merengue carraguero, and torbellinos. The group?s songs evoke anecdotes of rural Andean life. This edition also includes a conversation with director and composer Julio Álvaro Suesca Acuña, and his son, Edixon Julián Suesca, child drummer and instrument maker.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: MARIMBA AND MORE.

COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: MARIMBA AND MORE. This musical moment at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings together musicians from Chirimía la Contundencia and marimba player Don Baudilio Guamas Rentería. This musician and marimba maker comes from the Pacific Tropical Rainforest. Don Baudilio also offers a solo played on the marimba he built during the festival.


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Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: ART AND COOKING.

Photo: Dulce Maria Mora, Radio Bilingue

59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: ART AND COOKING. From Washington, D.C., Radio Bilingüe presents conversations with artisans at the celebration of “Colombia: The Nature of Culture” in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This edition includes conversations with an artist who transforms junk into art, a hat maker, a basket weaver, and a cook from the Mompóx región who is an expert at traditional dishes such as mote de queso, a cheese and vegetable soup, and a fish called viuda de pescado, with coconut rice.

Guests: María Dilia Dávila, Hat maker, Aguadas, Caldas, Colombia; Hernando Ruiz Daza, director, Reciclarte, Bogotá, Colombia, http://www.facebook.com/#!/reciclarte.colombia; Areli Hernández Vega, basket weaver and member of artisan collective, Ráquira, Colombia; Mery Margoth Gándara de Barrera, Cook and owner of the restaurant “El comedor costeño”, Mompóx, Colombia.

Línea Abierta : COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: AYOMBE.

Photo: Jose Lopez Zamorano, Radio Bilingue

59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

COLOMBIA FESTIVAL: AYOMBE. Ayombe performs the best of vallenato music, with rhythms such as puya, paseo, and merengue, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Vallenato is accordion music from a valley on the Caribbean coast. This edition also offers a backstage conversation with three of the bandmembers: accordion player Luis Carlos Farfán, drummer Efraín Camilo Díaz, and singer Reynaldo "Papi" Díaz.

Línea Abierta : RHYTHM AND PANGO.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

RHYTHM AND PANGO. Mexican composer Armando Rosas brings together blues and huapango to create a new hybrid music in his recent album, “Rhythm & Pango.” Rosas is not new to mixing musical genres: he began his career as part of the “rupestre” or “cave” movement in Mexico, mixing rock and blues with chamber music. Rosas is also known for the music he wrote for films such as the Cannes-award winning El violín.

Guest: Armando Rosas, Composer, Rhythm & Pango, Mexico City, Mexico, http://www.myspace.com/sitiooficialdearmandorosas

Línea Abierta : LAS HERMANAS HUERTA.

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LAS HERMANAS HUERTA. This is a conversation with Aurora and Luz Huerta, members of the legendary duo “Las Hermanas Huerta.” During their 60-year musical career, Las Hermanas Huerta has recorded a number of popular canción ranchera and bolero hits that are now an unforgettable part of Mexico’s folk song repertoire.

Guests: Aurora and Luz Huerta, “Las Hermanas Huerta” Duet, Mexico City.

Línea Abierta : GUN HILL ROAD.

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GUN HILL ROAD. In a new film starring Esai Morales, a man gets out of jail and goes home to the Bronx to find his teenage son Michael exploring a newfound identity as a transgender woman. This edition offers an exclusive interview with Morales and clips of this groundbreaking film, winner of several awards and a finalist for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award. The film hits the theaters this week.

Guest: Esai Morales, Actor, Gun Hill Road, San Francisco, CA, www.gunhillroad.com

Línea Abierta : “¡SOY SALVADOREÑO!” - CHANCHONA MUSIC.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

“¡SOY SALVADOREÑO!” - CHANCHONA MUSIC. The Smithsonian Folkways record label releases the first album of traditional Salvadoran music published and distributed in the United States. “¡Soy Salvadoreño!” features chanchona folk music of los Hermanos Lovo, a family-band that fled El Salvador during the civil war and now lives in the U.S. The group plays traditional melodies on two violins, and mixes in cumbias and merengues to create a unique sound. This edition marks the beginning of special programs on occasion of National Latino Heritage Month.

Guests: Trinidad Lovo, Violinist and band leader, Los Hermanos Lovo, Washington, DC, http://smithsonianfolkways.tumblr.com/post/8997913277/el-salvadoran-expa... ; Daniel Sheehy, Curator and Director, Smithsonian Folkways, Washington, DC, www.folkways.si.edu

Línea Abierta : CHICANO HERITAGE.

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CHICANO HERITAGE. Two well-known Chicano music groups performed in Washington, D.C. as part of a series on traditional American music, during the celebrations of National Latino Heritage Month. This edition offers interviews with Agustín Lira of trio Alma, and Martha González of Quetzal ensemble, as well as segments of their concerts at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Guests: Agustín Lira, National Heritage Fellow, composer, singer, and playwright, Fresno, CA, www.teatrodelatierra.org, www.nea.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/fellow.php?id=2007_07; Martha González, Singer, Quetzal, Los Ángeles, CA, www.myspace.com/quetza

Línea Abierta : PANAMERICAN GAMES MASCOT.

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PANAMERICAN GAMES MASCOT. This year’s Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico, are being promoted by a cartoon deer mascot nicknamed “Huichi”, with a God’s Eye symbol on its forehead. The deer is a sacred animal for the Wixarika, or Huichol, people, and indigenous leaders and advocates say the symbol is as offensive as using the Catholics-revered Virgin of Zapopan as a mascot.

Guests: Antonio Hayuaneme García, Wixárika student and Member of Wixaritari Artistas y Artesanos Unidos (WAAU), Guadalajara, Mexico; Juan Negrín, Writer, Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : AFRODIASPORA.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

AFRODIASPORA. Renowned Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca arrives in California to present her new album, Afrodiaspora, a celebration of African people and culture in Latin America. The Grammy-Award winning vocalist has long been a leader in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music. She was recently named the Minister of Culture of Peru. This edition includes an interview with Baca. Another well-known Peruvian artist, Juan Cuba, of the group Los Nadies, joins the show to comment on Afro-Latino music.

Guests: Susana Baca, World-renowned Afro-Peruvian singer, San Francisco, CA, www.susanabaca.com , http://labohemiaproductions.com/?p=452 ; Juan Cuba, Musician and singer, Los Nadies, Oakland, CA, www.losnadies.com

Línea Abierta : MARIACHI NAMED TREASURE OF HUMANITY.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

MARIACHI NAMED TREASURE OF HUMANITY. The United Nations educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, has added mariachi music to the list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Some of the celebrations planned include a 24-hour mariachi fiesta in countries around the world. Mariachi musicians and historians join this edition to discuss what the designation means for mariachi music and musicians the world over.

Guests: José Hernández, Director, Mariachi Sol de México, South El Monte, CA, www.soldemexicoonline.com ; Jonathan Clark, Mariachi musician and historian, Livermore, CA; Jesús Jáuregui, Anthropologist, Author of the book El mariachi: símbolo musical de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Línea Abierta : POSARELA. ALSO, AFROPERUVIAN CHRISTMAS.

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POSARELA. Two Christmastime traditions, the posada party and the pastorela theater play, are combined in a San Francisco musical known as the Posarela. The performance includes music and Christmas Carols from all over the Americas, and involves three generations in a bilingual celebration that follows Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem, despite a mischievous devil who tries to prevent them from finding shelter.

Guest: Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, Conductor and Producer, La Posarela, San Francisco, CA, http://www.sfcmc.org/site/events/la-posarela-2011.

Línea Abierta : EL CIGALA. ALSO, A BETTER LIFE.

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59:09 minutes (54.16 MB)

EL CIGALA. Spanish singer Diego El Cigala is a pioneer of flamenco fusion, blending flamenco with Latin American genres like bolero and Afro-Caribbean jazz. His most recent album, “Cigala & Tango,” which mixes flamenco with Argentinean tango, won a Latin Grammy this year. This edition offers an exclusive interview with the internationally renowned vocalist.

Guest: Diego El Cigala, Flamenco singer, Interviewed in Berkeley, CA, www.elcigala.com

ALSO, A BETTER LIFE. From the director of one of the movies in the popular teen vampire series, Twilight, comes a movie about an undocumented gardener in East L.A., struggling to make a better life for his son. The single dad is played by Mexican movie star Demián Bichir. Director and actor join this pre-taped edition.

Guests: Demián Bichir, Actor, A Better Life, Washington, D.C.; Chris Weitz, Director, A Better Life, Washington, D.C., https://www.facebook.com/ABetterLifeMovie

Línea Abierta : MACARTUROS: SANDRA CISNEROS. ALSO, MACARTUROS: PEPÓN OSORIO.

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MACARTUROS: SANDRA CISNEROS. The Latino recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship awards, known as “Genius Grants,” are coming together for a reunion in Fresno, California. In anticipation of this reunion, Radio Bilingüe is interviewing several of the MacArturos, as they call themselves. This first edition includes interviews with Radio Bilingüe’s executive director, Hugo Morales, who is hosting the reunion, as well as with internationally-acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros, author of "The House on Mango Street," among other books.

Línea Abierta : MACARTUROS: TRANSLATED WOMAN. ALSO, MACARTUROS: PROMOTER OF READING.

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MACARTUROS: TRANSLATED WOMAN. The first Latina woman to win a MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellowship, Ruth Behar is a renowned Jewish Cuban-American anthropologist and writer. Much of her research and writing, including her film Adio Kerida (2002) and her latest book, An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba (2007) is based on the Jewish community in Cuba.

ALSO, MACARTUROS: PROMOTER OF READING. What began as a small collection of Latino and Chicano books in Rubén Martínez’s barbershop in Santa Ana, CA, evolved later into a full-fledged bookstore and art gallery, Librería Martinez Books & Art Gallery and a children’s bookstore, Libros Para Niños. Rubén Martínez is recognized nationwide for showcasing Latino authors and artists and a focus on making books available for children, filling a void for Latino readers.

Línea Abierta : HEART OF THE BARRIO.

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HEART OF THE BARRIO. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts celebrates its 35th anniversary in style, with live bands, and artistic activities. Chelis López hosts this edition live from the center, which has served as the “Heart of the Barrio” in San Francisco’s Mission District for 35 years. Among other guests, she talks with the musical producer for the film "La Mission," and for "Patato" Valdez, Maldita Vecindad and Susana Baca.

Guests: Greg Landau, Producer, San Francisco, CA, http://greglandau.com/ ; Jennie Rodriguez, Executive Director, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA, www.missionculturalcenter.org ; Leticia Paez, youth arts coordinator, MCCLA, San Francisco, CA; Eddie Cabezas, co-founder, Grupo Sang Matiz, San Francisco, CA; Juan Carlos, trainee, Silkscreening prints, San Francisco, CA.

Línea Abierta : HEART OF THE BARRIO.

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HEART OF THE BARRIO. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts celebrates its 35th anniversary in style, with live bands, and artistic activities. Chelis López hosts this edition live from the center, which has served as the “Heart of the Barrio” in San Francisco’s Mission District for 35 years. Among other guests, she talks with the musical producer for the film "La Mission," and for "Patato" Valdez, Maldita Vecindad and Susana Baca.

Línea Abierta : HEART OF THE BARRIO.

Photo: Mission Cultural Center

59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

HEART OF THE BARRIO. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts celebrates its 35th anniversary in style, with live bands, and artistic activities. Chelis López hosts this edition live from the center, which has served as the “Heart of the Barrio” in San Francisco’s Mission District. Chelis talks with Greg Landau, the musical producer for the film "La Mission," and for "Patato" Valdez, Maldita Vecindad and Susana Baca. Landau speaks about the evolution of the arts in the Mission district, his musical productions, and the calls to restore grassroots music categories that were eliminated in the Grammy Awards.

Guests: Greg Landau, Producer, San Francisco, CA, http://greglandau.com/ ; Jennie Rodriguez, Executive Director, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA, www.missionculturalcenter.org ; Juan de Dios, Instructor of Peruvian Cajon, MCCLA, San Francisco, CA.

Línea Abierta : INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.

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59:05 minutes (54.11 MB)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. On International Women’s Day, leading women commentators join this edition to discuss the escalating violence against women in Mexico and Central America, the debate over birth control in the U.S., the separation of immigrant mothers from their U.S. citizen children, and other issues affecting women across the continent.

Guests: Elena Poniatowska, Writer and Journalist, Mexico City, Mexico; Dolores Huerta, Co-founder, United Farm Workers, Montgomery, AL.

Línea Abierta : OUR RIGHT TO SING.

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OUR RIGHT TO SING. "Our Right to Sing" is a film that documents the role of folk music in El Salvador during the 1970s and 80s, when music became a powerful tool to document and protest repression by the military dictatorship. This is an exclusive interview with filmmaker Carolina Fuentes, who returned to her native El Salvador to interview singers and document the film, which includes unpublished photographs and video from the time. This program is a pre-taped holiday edition.

Guest: Carolina Fuentes, Filmmaker, Oakland, CA, http://ourrighttosing.com/

Línea Abierta : MARIACHI HIGH. ALSO, BORDER BRUJO.

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59:05 minutes (54.09 MB)

MARIACHI HIGH. Zapata High School, in a small town on the Rio Grande in South Texas, is known for its big sound. The school’s mariachi ensemble Halcón Mariachi, has won awards for its musical virtuosity. A new PBS documentary about to premiere follows the mariacheros during a full school year.

ALSO, BORDER BRUJO. Also known as the Border Brujo, San Pocho Aztlaneca, Mexican't, or Charromántica, performance artist Guillermo Gómez Peña uses dozens of masks to serve as translator or coyote of ideas. Gómez Peña has performed throughout the world and writes in Spanglish, Gringoñol, bad French, and indigenous languages. News director Samuel Orozco recorded this interview with him during a recent visit to Fresno, where he met with other distinguished Latino MacArthur Fellows, known as the “MacArturos”, and performed “Strange Democracy”, which in his own words, reflects “on the post 9/11 era, the border wars and anti-immigration hysteria.”

Línea Abierta : JAROCHO FESTIVALS.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

JAROCHO FESTIVALS. The high-spirited music of son jarocho from Mexico’s port city of Veracruz has experienced a rebirth of sorts in recent years, with young musicians picking up the small strummed guitar known as the jarana as far away as California. This edition includes interviews with producers and musicians of two upcoming celebrations of this joyful music in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Guests: Noé González Molina, Musical director and musician, Los Cojolites, Oakland, CA, http://www.myspace.com/loscojolites ; Benito Cortez, Jarana player, Los Cojolites, Oakland, CA, http://www.myspace.com/loscojolites ; Betto Arcos, Co-host and organizer, XI Encuentro de Jaraneros –Son Jarocho Festival, Los Angeles, CA, http://lapca.org/content/encuentro-de-jaraneros-son-jarocho-festival ; Annette Torres, Member, Las Cafeteras, www.lascafeteras.com

Línea Abierta : THE PLACE FOR POETRY.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

THE PLACE FOR POETRY. Alejandro Murguia, the new San Francisco Poet Laureate, talks about the role of the poet in society, the movement for peace led by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, the cutbacks to higher education, and his dream of promoting Floricanto events in elementary schools and among sister cities. This is part of our Raíces Series: Stories About Grassroots Artists.

Guest: Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Poet Laureate, professor of Latino studies at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.

Línea Abierta : MARTIN BECERRA: 100 YEARS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

MARTIN BECERRA: 100 YEARS. One of Mexico’s most popular singers oftraditional Mexican music turned 100 this year in California. Martin Becerra was the lead singer of Trío Guayacán and Duet Martín y Malena, who became popular in 1940s Mexico. After moving to Los Angeles, Becerra became a memorable voice for decades in Los Angeles as a radio host and personality. This edition offers an interview where this legendary centenarian shares his memories. This edition is part of our series Raíces: Stories about Grassroots Artists.

Guest: Martín Becerra, Mexican song star of the 1940s and retired radio personality, Los Angeles, CA; Miguel Martínez, Composer and pioneer of the modern Mariachi trumpet, Mexico City.

Línea Abierta : TROUBADOUR VICENTE FELIU.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

TROUBADOUR VICENTE FELIU. A live interview with Vicente Feliú, one of the pioneers of the Cuban Nueva Trova movement, inspired by the Cuban Revolution. Feliú has eight personal albums and has performed all over the world. He tours this week through Washington, New York and San Francisco. He currently directs the project "Canto de Todos", or “Songs for Everyone.”

Guest: Vicente Feliú, Singer, Oakland, CA, http://vicentefeliu.blogspot.com

Línea Abierta : A PIONEERING SOUND. ALSO, A YOUNG MOVIE STAR.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

A PIONEERING SOUND. Miguel Martínez, the man credited with innovating mariachi music to include the now signature sound of two trumpets has now published a book, at age 90. Mi vida, mis viajes, mis vivencias: siete décadas en la música del mariachi (My Life, My Travels, My Experiences: Seven Decades of Mariachi Music) tells the story of mariachi music through Martinez' own life experiences. The pioneer of the mariachi trumpet sound joins this edition from Mexico to share some of these stories.

Guest: Miguel Martínez, Pioneer of mariachi trumpet, Mexico City, Mexico.

ALSO, A YOUNG MOVIE STAR. Young actor José Julián starred opposite acclaimed Mexican actor Demián Bichir in A Better Life, the movie that took the life of a day laborer to the big screen and beyond, winning in the process an Oscar nomination. Julián discusses the experience of bringing a story like this to a wider audience.

Línea Abierta : LAURA REBOLLOSO.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

LAURA REBOLLOSO. Latin jazz began as a fusion mix by Latin American musicians in the United States. What happens to jazz these days, in the i-pod era, when it glides back over the borders into Latin America? The First Mission Latin Jazz Festival in San Francisco aims to explore the new boundaries of this genre. Laura Rebolloso, one of the founders of legendary Son Jarocho group Son de Madera, arrives from Mexico with her Ensemble Marinero, mixing jazz with the music of Veracruz. She is a dancer, poet, troubadour and master of the leona, the largest instrument of the jarana guitar family.

Guest: Laura Rebolloso, Musician and Co-founder, Son de Madera, and Ensemble Marinero, Oakland, CA, http://accionlatina.org/missionlatinjazz/

Línea Abierta : TANIA LIBERTAD. ALSO, HAVE YOU SEEN MARIE?

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

TANIA LIBERTAD. Peruvian-born singer Tania Libertad celebrates 50 years of her musical career. Celebrated throughout the world, the acclaimed singer began her professional career at age 9. This edition offers an extensive interview with her, recorded on a tour to San Francisco.

Guest: Tania Libertad, Internationally acclaimed singer, Mexico City, Mexico, www.tanialibertad.com

ALSO, HAVE YOU SEEN MARIE? Internationally acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros’ latest book is a picture book for grownups that explores loss, grief, and healing. It is the story of a woman searching for a cat in the wake of her mother’s death, and how that journey brings her to discover other things and people in her neighborhood.

Guest: Sandra Cisneros, Award-winning author and poet, San Antonio, TX, www.sandracisneros.com

Línea Abierta : MAYAN PROPHECY. ALSO, LOW POWER OPPORTUNITY.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

MAYAN PROPHECY. The Mayan calendar shows December 21, 2012 as a significant day in history. Some say it’s the Mayan apocalypse, the end of the world. This edition offers an exclusive interview with a Mayan spiritual guide who has been holding ceremonies leading up to the big day, about its true meaning.

Guest: Don Pascual Yaxon, Mayan spiritual guide and advisor, Promoter of Mayan culture, Oakland, CA.

ALSO, LOW POWER OPPORTUNITY. After years of pressure by media justice groups, the Local Community Radio Act was finally passed, giving organizations an opportunity to apply for and own low-power FM radio stations. Advocates are encouraging Latino organizations to apply, to bring more Latino voices to the airwaves.

Guest: Alex Nogales, President and CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Pasadena, CA, www.nhmc.org

Línea Abierta : TEX-MEX SOUNDS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

TEX-MEX SOUNDS. Accordion great Flaco Jiménez inspired Max Baca to play conjunto when he was just a kid. Years later, they formed Los Texmaniacs. The award-winning group released their second album with Smithsonian Folkways this year: Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds, blending polka, boleros, ballads, and Western swing. This special holiday edition includes exclusive interviews with both Flaco and Max.

Guests: Flaco Jimenez, Celebrated conjunto accordion master, Los Texmaniacs, San Antonio, TX; Max Baca, Founder, Singer, and Bajo-Sexto player, Los Texmaniacs, San Antonio, TX, http://www.texmaniacs.com/index2.html

Línea Abierta : LAS HERMANAS PADILLA.

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59:03 minutes (54.08 MB)

LAS HERMANAS PADILLA. This Holiday special program features an exclusive interview with María Padilla, from the legendary duet Las Hermanas Padilla. Beginning their career in the 1930s, Las Hermanas Padilla broke ground popularizing the bolero ranchero genre and impacting canción ranchera with their unique singing style. The Padillas was the first Mexican duet from the U.S. who earned wide recognition in Mexico and internationally. This program also includes historic Hermanas Padilla recordings from Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings.

Guests: María Padilla, singer, Las Hermanas Padilla, Los Angeles, CA; Margarita Padilla, singer, Las Hermanas Padilla, Ciudad de México, México (interview excerpt).

Línea Abierta : SONGS OF STRUGGLE AND MIGRATION.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

SONGS OF STRUGGLE AND MIGRATION. This special Cinco de Mayo holiday edition offers interviews with musicians who use corridos, cumbia, and mariachi music to tell the stories of immigrants in the United States. Los Gallos Negros is a five-member string instrument ensemble that regularly performs songs about migration on Capitol Hill. This edition also features an interview with “La Marisoul”, lead singer of La Santa Cecilia, who recently released the song “ICE: El Hielo”, about deportation and family separation.

Guests: Daniel Herrera and Alexandro David Hernández, Musicians and Co-Founders, Los Gallos Negros, Washington, D.C., https://www.facebook.com/gallosmusic?group_id=0

Línea Abierta : GALEANO: CHILDREN OF THE DAYS.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

GALEANO: CHILDREN OF THE DAYS. World-renowned Uruguayan writer, historian and journalist Eduardo Galeano presents his latest book, Children of the Days, on a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. Galeano’s newest work has one page for each day of the calendar year, and on each page, a story unfurls, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map. This is an exclusive interview with Galeano about his new book.

Guest: Eduardo Galeano, World-renowned historian, journalist, and author, Oakland, CA, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/371186

Línea Abierta : OHLONES AND MAYAS SHARED HOME.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

OHLONES AND MAYAS SHARED HOME. When the first Europeans arrived to the continent, the Ohlone people’s territory covered California’s Northern and Central coast. Since then, this territory has become one of the most populous and urbanized in the country, and many of today’s Ohlone live side-to-side with diverse ethnic groups. The San Francisco Bay area is now the home to one of the largest Mayan communities outside Yucatan, in Southern Mexico. Mayans and Ohlones share some ancestral roots as well as similar modern challenges to preserve their culture and language. This program is part of a special series on indigenous communities in North America.

Línea Abierta : LOS TRES REYES.

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59:15 minutes (54.26 MB)

LOS TRES REYES. The last of the great trios of romantic Mexican music is alive and well in Texas. Los Tres Reyes, or the Three Kings, still has two of its original members, who continue to sing in the three-part harmony that mixes voice with guitar and became immensely popular in the late 1940s. Founding twin brothers Gilberto and Raul Puente, along with high-voice Cuban singer Bebo Cardenas, join this edition to share anecdotes from the past and present.

Guests: Gilberto Puente, Raúl Puente, and Bebo Cárdenas, Trio Los Tres Reyes, San Antonio, TX, http://triolostresreyes.net

Línea Abierta : REMEMBERING SINGER RAFAEL MANRÍQUEZ.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

REMEMBERING SINGER RAFAEL MANRÍQUEZ. This Labor holiday special is a tribute to Rafael Manríquez Silva, one of the leading exponents of Chilean folk music and nueva canción in the United States who recently passed away. Originally from Santiago, this songwriter and music journalist relocated to Berkeley, California in 1977, after the coup d’état that overthrew President Salvador Allende. With remarkable skill on string instruments – from the guitar to the charango – Manríquez sang about the struggles and hopes of working-class people throughout this continent, and performed all over Europe and the Americas.

Guests: Dan Sheehy, Director and Curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Falls Church, VA, http://www.folkways.si.edu ; Fernando Torres, Co-founder, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, http://lapena.org ; Carlos Barón, Professor of Theater Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, http://theatre.sfsu.edu

Línea Abierta : TRIO LOS PANCHOS.

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59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)

TRIO LOS PANCHOS. The internationally famous Trio Los Panchos, perhaps the best known interpreters of classic-trio romantic boleros, talk about the beginnings of their unique music style, their most memorable themes, and the future of the classic trio sound.

Guests: Gabriel Vargas, Jaime Islas y Taurino Vargas, Trío Los Panchos, Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : Musician Mixes Alaska and Argentina Roots.

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59:07 minutes (54.14 MB)

Musician Mixes Alaska and Argentina Roots. Kevin Johansen was born in Alaska and lives in Argentina. He fuses these two poles of the continent in his music, which he describes as belonging to no genre in particular. In this special Holiday edition, Johansen talks about his new album Bi, and how his North-South identity impacts his music.

Guest: Kevin Johansen, musician, Buenos Aires, Argentina, http://www.kevinjohansen.com

Línea Abierta : Trío Los Panchos.

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59:11 minutes (54.19 MB)

Trío Los Panchos. This Holiday, celebrate your loved ones with timeless romantic music. The internationally famous Trio Los Panchos, perhaps the best-known interpreters of classic-trio romantic boleros, talk about the beginnings of their unique music style, their most memorable themes, and the future of the classic trio sound. This is a repeat edition.

Guests: Gabriel Vargas, Jaime Islas y Taurino Vargas, Trío Los Panchos, Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : Poniatowska Wins Cervantes Prize.

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59:10 minutes (54.22 MB)

Poniatowska Wins Cervantes Prize. Mexican journalist and author Elena Poniatowska won the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary honor of the Spanish-speaking world. She became the first Mexican woman in receiving this prestigious award. Poniatowska, 81, is the author of “Massacre in Mexico,” “El Tren Pasa Primero,” and most recently “El Universo o Nada”, among many books. In this conversation, she speaks about her prize and her works.

Guest: Elena Poniatowska, Journalist and writer, www.fundacionelenaponiatowska.org

Línea Abierta : Arturo Sandoval: Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

Arturo Sandoval: Presidential Medal of Freedom. Arturo Sandoval began learning how to play the trumpet at age 12, in a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Since then, Sandoval has become a living legend of jazz worldwide. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Days later, Sandoval learned that he also won a 10th Grammy for his latest album Un Siglo de Pasión. This is a conversation with the trumpeter, pianist and composer about his remarkable journey and music.

Guest: Arturo Sandoval, Jazz musician, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.arturosandoval.com

Línea Abierta : Holiday Edition: Concha Buika.

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59:13 minutes (54.22 MB)

Holiday Edition: Concha Buika. Acclaimed singer María Concepción Balboa Buika, known as Buika, was born in Spain to African parents. She now lives in Miami, Florida. With her sultry, emotionally-charged voice she easily crosses musical styles such as cante jondo, jazz and canción ranchera. To celebrate the birth and civil rights struggle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this is an exclusive interview with this distinguished Afro-Hispanic artist about the cultural richness of her life and music. Buika also comments on her dreams and issues in the U.S.

Guest: Concha Buika, internationally acclaimed singer, Miami, FL, www.conchabuikamusic.com

Línea Abierta : Poniatowska Wins Cervantes Prize.

Photo: Fundacion Elena Poniatowska

59:06 minutes (54.17 MB)

Poniatowska Wins Cervantes Prize. Mexican journalist and author Elena Poniatowska won the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary honor of the Spanish-speaking world. She became the first Mexican woman in receiving this prestigious award. Poniatowska, 81, is the author of “Massacre in Mexico,” “Hasta No Verte Jesús Mío,” and most recently “El Universo o Nada”, among many books. In this conversation, she speaks about her prize and her works. This is a program repeat.

Guest: Elena Poniatowska, Journalist and writer, www.fundacionelenaponiatowska.org

Línea Abierta : Junot Díaz: “This Is How You Lose Her”

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Junot Díaz: “This Is How You Lose Her”. A Dominican-American writer, Junot Díaz talks in this interview in Oakland, CA, about his most recent bestseller “This Is How You Lose Her,” a collection of stories about relationships gone sour. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” This is a program repeat.

Guest: Junot Díaz, Writer, Professor of Creative Writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, www.junotdiaz.com

Línea Abierta : Arturo Sandoval: Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Arturo Sandoval: Presidential Medal of Freedom. Arturo Sandoval began learning how to play the trumpet at age 12, in a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Since then, Sandoval has become a living legend of jazz worldwide. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Days later, Sandoval learned that he also won a 10th Grammy for his latest album Un Siglo de Pasión. This program repeat features a conversation with the trumpeter, pianist and composer about his remarkable journey and music.

Guest: Arturo Sandoval, Jazz musician, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.arturosandoval.com

Línea Abierta : Fandango.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Fandango. Renowned Mexican soneros bring the community celebration of music and dance known as fandango to the U.S. Local son jarocho artists work with Mexican folk artists to create new sones in the tradition of the Afro-Mexican Veracruz region, based on the experience of day laborers and Latino immigrants from the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of the series Raíces, this program features interviews with some of the best interpreters of son jarocho in California and around the world.

Guests: Patricio Hidalgo , Composer, Performer, and Scholar, Minatitlán, MX ; Rubí Oseguera Rueda, traditional dancer, director of Cantadoras Fandango Jarocho, Coatzacoalcos, MX; Felix José “Liche” Oseguera, Luthier and Master Musician, Cosamaloapan, MX; María de la Rosa, Choreographer, Musician, Oakland, CA.

Línea Abierta : Concha Buika (Repeat).

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Concha Buika (Repeat). Acclaimed singer María Concepción Balboa Buika, known as Buika, was born in Spain to African parents. She now lives in Miami, Florida. With her sultry, emotionally-charged voice she easily crosses musical styles such as cante jondo, jazz and canción ranchera. This is the rebroadcast of an exclusive interview with this distinguished Afro-Hispanic artist about the cultural richness of her life and music. Buika also comments on her dreams and challenges in the U.S.

Guest: Concha Buika, internationally acclaimed singer, Miami, FL, www.conchabuikamusic.com

Línea Abierta : Zydeco-Mexican Connection.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

Zydeco-Mexican Connection. The Mexican American roots group and cultural institution Los Cenzontles is collaborating with young Zydeco accordion virtuoso Andre Thierry to create a new soulful sound. Through this musical collaboration, they celebrate the historic connection of Louisiana Creoles and Mexicans in their home communities of Richmond and San Pablo, California. This program is part of our series “Raíces.”

Guests: Eugene Rodríguez, Executive Director and Master Musician, Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Center, Oakland, CA, www.loscenzontles.com ; Andre Thierry, Master Accordionist, Oakland, CA, www.andrethierry.com

Línea Abierta : Lila Downs: Raíz.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Lila Downs: Raíz. Grammy winner Mexican-American singer Lila Downs is releasing a new CD in collaboration with Soledad from Argentina and Niña Pastori from Spain. Titled “Raíz,” the new recording includes arrangements of musical styles from their home countries, such as boleros, chacareras, tangos and huapangos. In coincidence, Downs begins a tour in the U.S.

Guest: Lila Downs, Singer and songwriter, Ciudad de México, www.liladowns.com

Línea Abierta : Masters of Caribbean Son.

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59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)

Masters of Caribbean Son. An interview with two great exponents of Afro-Latino music, who come together in San Francisco, CA, with other giants of Salsa and Latin jazz to support El Tecolote, a storied community newspaper with a focus on Latino popular culture. Five-time Grammy nominee John Santos is a renowned percussionist who has performed and recorded with masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and Bebo Valdés. Classic Cuban son vocalist Tito González has sung and played the tres with famous Cuban groups. In the U.S., he has performed with Oscar de León and Larry Harlow, among others.

Guests: Tito González, Master of Cuban Traditional Music, San Francisco, CA, www.titoysusondecuba.com ; John Santos, Master Percussionist, San Francisco, CA, www.johnsantos.com ; Mabel Jiménez, Representative, El Tecolote, San Francisco, CA, www.eltecolote.org

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