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    • H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan
      In 1978 she became the first American-born queen of an Arab country when she married His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan. For the last three decades, she has been a world-famous advocate of cross-cultural dialogue and global peace. In this interview with María Hinojosa, Her Majesty Queen Noor talks about her late husband's efforts to maintain peace in the Middle East, how she balanced tradition with her role as a contemporary queen, and her initiative Global Zero, launched in 2008 to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide.moreless
    • Nell Irvin Painter
      Nell Irvin Painter
      Episode 68
      Noted historian Nell Irvin Painter is a professor emerita at Princeton and the author of numerous books, including Sojouner Truth, A Life, A Symbol; Standing at Armageddon; and Southern History Across the Color Line. Her latest book, The History of White People, was featured on The Colbert Report and received rave reviews in the US and England. In this conversation with María Hinojosa, Painter explains what drives her, how the idea of beauty has changed in America, and why she doesn't believe race exists.moreless
    • Danilo Pérez
      Danilo Pérez
      Episode 67
      Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Pérez is considered one of the most dynamic and influential jazz musicians of our time. His career spans more than two decades, a journey that took him from his native Panama to stages all over the world. Pérez has played with some of jazz's greatest musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Paquito D'Rivera. Pérez is the founder and artistic director of Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Institute and the annual Panama Jazz Festival, now in its seventh year. In this interview with María Hinojosa, Pérez talks about what he learned from Dizzy Gillespie, his creative process and the future of jazz.moreless
    • Danilo Perez in Concert 1993
      Let's take a stroll down memory lane...In 1993, a young Danilo Perez came to our WGBH studios, then located on 125 Western Avenue, to tape a music special for our series La Plaza. This wonderful special features Danilo performing some of his early compositions. Enjoy!!
    • Bettye LaVette
      Bettye LaVette
      Episode 65
      In 1961, as a teenager, Bettye LaVette recorded her first hit. But despite her initial success she spent four decades waiting for her moment in the spotlight. Now in her 60s, she has been crowned the "Comeback Queen" and is sharing the stage with megastars like Jon Bon Jovi (at Obama's Inaugural Concert) and Paul McCartney. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, "the great lady of soul" talks about her initial success and years of obscurity, the secret of her voice, and why age is not an issue.moreless
    • Shoshana Johnson
      Shoshana Johnson
      Episode 64
      After her convoy was ambushed while on patrol in Iraq in March 2003, Shoshana Johnson became the United States' first black female prisoner of war. She was held hostage in Iraq for 22 days after being captured with Jessica Lynch and other members of the 507th Maintenance Company. She survived the ordeal despite having suffered bullet wounds to both of her ankles.moreless
    • Jennifer 8. Lee
      Jennifer 8. Lee
      Episode 63
      Jennifer 8. Lee is a former staff writer for the New York Times and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, which made it to #26 on the New York Times best-seller list. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Martha Stewart Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, and In this conversation with María Hinojosa, she shares about growing up Chinese American in New York and the roots of "Chinese" food in America.moreless
    • Skip Gates and Ilan Stavans
      Henry Louis Gates Jr., editor of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, and Ilan Stavans, editor of the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, talk about the parallels between the Latino and African American experiences, and between Latino and African American literature. They also address their hopes for the future, including a broader discourse on literature produced by people of color, and a time when Latinos and African Americans can embrace their shared pasts and common future.moreless
    • Francisco Goldman
      Francisco Goldman
      Episode 61
      Francisco Goldman's first three novels, The Long Night of White Chickens, The Ordinary Seaman and The Divine Husband, received numerous awards. His fiction and journalism writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times. In his first non-fiction book, The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop, Goldman reconstructs and investigates the murder of Guatemalan's human rights leader, Bishop Juan Gerardi - one of the most controversial murder cases in contemporary Latin America. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, Francisco Goldman shares how he launched his career in journalism, the impact of his investigation on Guatemala's future, and what he has done to honor his late wife, Aura Estrada.moreless
    • Wes Studi
      Wes Studi
      Episode 60
      Native American actor Wes Studi is best known for his roles in The Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, and Avatar. He has been an activist involved in American Indian causes since the 1970s, when he was part of the American Indian Movement (AIM). A spokesman for the Indigenous Language Institute, he has written two children's books to promote the continued use of the Cherokee language. In this episode of One-on-One, Wes talks with María Hinojosa about his long film career, how he prepared himself for some of his most important roles, and the importance of preserving the Cherokee language.moreless
    • Robert Cox
      Robert Cox
      Episode 59
      Award-winning journalist Robert Cox is called the hero of Argentine journalism. As the editor of the Buenos Aires Herald during the Dirty War of the 1970's and 80's, he risked his life to report kidnappings, torture and murder of thousands of Argentines by the military government. For his courage, Cox was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Medal from Columbia University and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services of international journalism. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, Cox reflects about the Dirty War, his work as journalist during that period, and reconciliation in Argentina.moreless
    • Nolan Bowie
      Nolan Bowie
      Episode 58
      This week, Maria sits down with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Nolan Bowie, a strong proponent of equity and fairness in the allocation of information technology. Bowie will discuss the global digital divide, the future of the Internet and how the Internet should be regulated.
    • Kevin Bales
      Kevin Bales
      Episode 57
      Kevin Bales is one of the world's leading experts on modern-day slavery. He has determined that approximately 27 million people are enslaved worldwide. Although most of these slaves are in Africa and Asia, there are over 40,000 slaves living among us here in the United States.
    • Nicholas Christakis
      How much are we influenced by our friends? According to Harvard professor Nicholas Christakis, more than we think! Author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Christakis is a Greek American internist and social scientist who has spent the last ten years studying social networks. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa he explains how our friendships impact everything we do.moreless
    • Dolores Huerta
      Dolores Huerta
      Episode 55
      Legendary activist Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with César Chávez. She organized the infamous grape boycotts of the 1960s and '70s. A committed feminist at age 80, she spent two years traveling the country, urging Latinas to run for office. She has received nine honorary doctorates, been arrested twenty times, and raised eleven children. She tells María Hinojosa what has driven her unwavering activism for the past forty years.moreless
    • Julian Castro
      Julian Castro
      Episode 54
      In 2009, at age 34, Julian Castro was elected the mayor of San Antonio, the 7th largest U.S. city, and made history by becoming the youngest mayor ever of a top 50 American city. Mayor Castro was born into a political family. His mother Rosie is a well-known Mexican-American civil rights activist, and his identical twin brother Joaquin is a Texas State Representative.moreless
    • Mark Hugo Lopez
      Mark Hugo Lopez
      Episode 53
      Mark Hugo Lopez is an Associate Director at the Pew Hispanic Center. Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center does not take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity based in Philadelphia.moreless
    • Paulo Sotero
      Paulo Sotero
      Episode 52
      The classic images of Brazil are the carnival, samba and soccer, but this Portuguese speaking 190 million people country to the south is much more than that. It is the world's 5th most populated nation in the world and is rapidly establishing itself as a leading global force culturally, politically and economically. Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, discusses with Maria Hinojosa the economic future of Brazil, the country's energy independence, and the 2014 Soccer World Cup.moreless
    • José Hernández
      As the child of poor migrant workers, José Hernández worked picking fruits and vegetables in the sun-drenched fields of California. One day while hoeing a row of sugar beets he listened to a transistor radio and learned that fellow Latino Franklin Chang-Díaz had been selected for the Astronaut Corps. At that very moment he promised himself that he was going to do everything in his power to become a NASA astronaut. He later attended the University of the Pacific and UC Santa Barbara - and pursued jobs that opened doors for him.moreless
    • Phylicia Rashad
      Phylicia Rashad
      Episode 50
      Phylicia Rashad is one of the most iconic mother figures in the history of American television. In the 1980's she became a household name with her role as Clair Huxtable as Bill Cosby's wife – in the hit sitcom The Cosby Show. The Cosby Show is considered one of the biggest surprise hits in American TV history. For 5 straight years (1984-1989) it was the most watched show in the nation. Since she has starred in movies, TV series, and on Broadway shows-and in 2004 she became the first African American to win a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a play. In this conversation with Maria Hinojosa, she talks about growing up during segregation in Texas, her relationship with Bill Cosby, and where she finds her inspiration.moreless
    • Bobby Sanabria
      Bobby Sanabria
      Episode 52
      Musician, conductor, and composer, Bobby Sanabriahas has performed with Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente, and is one of the most celebrated percussionists in Latin Jazz today.
    • Leslie Harris
      Leslie Harris
      Episode 48
      Maria interviews NCLR's Clarissa Martinez de Castro -- During the broadcast join us on Twitter
    • Clarissa Martinez de Castro
      Arizona immigration law SB 1070 is scheduled to go into effect on July 29, 2010. Its purpose is to identify, prosecute, and deport illegal immigrants by requiring police officers to determine the immigration status of anyone they lawfully stop. While many people (including most Arizonans) approve of the law and feel it should be a national model, there has also been a strong reaction against it, as many others fear that the police may use racial profiling to identify people who may be undocumented. Opposition to the law has sparked protests across the country, a boycott of Arizona that will cost the state an estimated $90 million, and a challenge from the U.S. Department of Justice. In this edition of One-on-One, Maria explores the implications of this law-and the response to it-for the ongoing national debate.moreless
    • Julián Zugazagoitia
      Award-winning journalist María Hinojosa interviews America's foremost artists, writers, activists, and civic leaders in the new fourth season of María Hinojosa: One-on-One.
    • Junot Díaz
      Junot Díaz
      Episode 45
      Dominican-born novelist Junot Díaz is considered one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. He is the author of the national bestseller Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Díaz talks with María Hinojosa about his immigrant experience, race and class in America, and how he deals with his writer's block.moreless
    • Sapphire
      Episode 44
      Award-winning poet, writer, and educator, Sapphire is the author of Push, the novel which inspired the film Precious. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, Sapphire talks about the making of Precious, what Push is really about, and her next novel.
    • Haleh Esfandiari
      Haleh Esfandiari
      Episode 43
      Haleh Esfandiari is the director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. She is the author or My Prison, My Home and Reconstructed Lives. In 2007, after being falsely accused of plotting against the Islamic Republic, Esfandiari spent 105 days in solitary confinement in Evin, Iran's most notorious prison. In this conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Esfandiari talks about her incarceration, Iran's women's movement and the future of her native country.moreless
    • Ralph Nader
      Ralph Nader
      Episode 42
      The son of immigrants from Lebanon, Ralph Nader founded or organized more than a hundred civic organizations across the United States. Over the last five decades he fought to protect Americans and played a key role in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Freedom of Information Act and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The four-time presidential candidate talks candidly with Maria Hinojosa about inspiring lessons he learned from his parents, the next generation of civic leaders and his ideas about how the super rich can save us.moreless
    • Jarrett Barrios
      Jarrett Barrios
      Episode 41
      Since 2009, Jarrett Barrios has been the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and works to promote and ensure fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the gay, lesbians, bisexual and transgender community in the media. Barrios joined GLAAD after serving nine years in the Massachusetts legislature where he was the first Latino and first openly gay man elected to the state Senate. Jarrett Barrios talks with María Hinojosa about the importance of coming out, his personal experience as a married man with two teens, and reaching full equality in America.moreless
    • Tsai Chin
      Tsai Chin
      Episode 40
      In a career that expands four decades, Tsai Chin has acted in film, television and on stage. She is best known for her role as Auntie Lindo in the BAFTA-nominated film The Joy Luck Club. Her list of screen credits include You Only Live Twice, Fu Manchu, Memoirs of a Geisha, Casino Royale, and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. She also had a recurring role in the TV series Grey's Anatomy. In this conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Tsai Chin talks about the portrayal of Asian women in film, returning to China after the Cultural Revolution, and her latest role in the TV series The Dream of the Red Chamber.moreless
    • Haaz Sleiman
      Haaz Sleiman
      Episode 39
      Haaz Sleiman is a Lebanese-born actor best known for his roles in the critically acclaimed film The Visitor and the TV series Nurse Jackie. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, Sleiman talks about his acting life, taking challenging roles, and his dream of working with Quentin Tarantino.
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda
      Lin-Manuel Miranda
      Episode 38
      Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist, and a Tony-nominated actor, best known for writing and starring in the hit Broadway musical In the Heights. He worked with Stephen Sondheim to translate song lyrics into Spanish for the bilingual revival of West Side Story. In this interview he talks to Maria Hinojosa about Latinos and Broadway.moreless
    • Lea Salonga
      Lea Salonga
      Episode 37
      Actress-singer Lea Salonga.
    • M.A. Sanjayan
      M.A. Sanjayan
      Episode 36
      From Antarctica to Tanzania and from Alaska to Australia, Nature Conservancy lead scientist M.A. Sanjayan travels the world to track global warming and promote conservation. Sanjayan, who was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Africa, talks about poverty alleviation and conservation, and whether or not there is still time to save the planet.moreless
    • John Francis
      John Francis
      Episode 35
      In this episode of One-on-One, María Hinojosa talks with John Francis, the founder of the nonprofit organization Planetwalk. Dedicated to raising environmental consciousness, he stopped using motorized transportation, and for 22 years he walked over 20,000 miles throughout the United States and Latin America. Francis also stopped speaking for 17 years (1973-1990) to demonstrate the importance and power of listening over arguing. Today, he serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program and writes pollution regulations for the Coast Guard.moreless
    • Luis Alberto Urrea
      Luis Alberto Urrea
      Episode 34
      Mexican born author Luis Alberto Urrea is the son of a Mexican father and an American mother. Since he was a child, when his parents registered him as a U.S. citizen born abroad, he has had one foot in the U.S., and the other in Mexico. His work as an author reflects that duality. He is the author of The Devil's Highway: A True Story, The Hummingbird's Daughter, Across the Wire: Life, Hard Times at the Mexican Border, and Into the Beautiful North. In this conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Urrea talks about his dual-culture life experiences, why he doesn't consider himself a border writer and getting to the big screen.moreless
    • Alfredo Corchado
      Alfredo Corchado
      Episode 33
      After Iraq, Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Alfredo Corchado, the Mexican bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, is one of the last journalists covering the increasingly violent drug war. In this interview with María Hinojosa, he talks about why he risks his life every day to report the truth.moreless
    • Anita Snow
      Anita Snow
      Episode 32
      Anita Snow, currently a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University, served as the Havana bureau chief for the Associated Press from 1998-2009. Snow describes life of a journalist in today's Cuba and offers predictions for the future.
    • José Rivera
      José Rivera
      Episode 31
      Screenwriter José Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries").María Hinojosa is joined by critically-acclaimed screenwriter José Rivera, whose 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries earned an Oscar nomination for "Best Adapted Screenplay," making him the first-ever Puerto Rican nominee in the category.
    • Eve Ensler
      Eve Ensler
      Episode 30
      A worldwide phenomenon, the female empowerment play The Vagina Monologues has been translated into 45 different languages and performed in more than 119 countries. Creator Eve Ensler joins María Hinojosa for discussion about the play, its global impact, and her tireless activism. Ensler created V-Day to stop violence against women around the world. In 10 years, the movement has raised over $70 million and has been cited as one of Worth magazine's "100 Best Charities."moreless
    • Ming Tsai
      Ming Tsai
      Episode 29
      Emmy Award-winning chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai is known for his innovative East-West approach. Tsai is chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA and host of public television's Emmy-nominated Simply Ming, currently in its seventh season. Previously, he hosted East Meets West with Ming Tsai and Ming's Quest, and co-hosted Cooking Under Fire. He also has appeared on Top Chef and Iron Chef America. He is a national spokesperson for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai.moreless
    • Krzysztof Wodiczko
      Krzysztof Wodiczko
      Episode 28
      Conceptual artist Krzysztof Wodiczko joins María Hinojosa to discuss his career as one of the most admired conceptual artists in the world. His work has ranged from large-scale slide and video projections on architectural façades worldwide to creating a vehicle for the homeless. In his latest exhibit for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Wodiczko focuses on veterans engaged in active combat in Iraq, as well as Iraqi civilians.moreless
    • Sonia Nazario
      Sonia Nazario
      Episode 27
      In 2003, Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario released a story called Enrique's Journey, a gripping tale of a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother who was working illegally in the United States. The overwhelming success of this piece-which won a Pulitzer-led to its expansion into a best-selling book.
    • Bill Strickland
      Bill Strickland
      Episode 26
      Strickland, a recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship, is the founder and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a groundbreaking nonprofit in Pittsburgh that uses the arts as a means of inspiring inner-city youth.
    • Chris Eyre
      Chris Eyre
      Episode 25
      Chris Eyre is an award-winning film director and producer, acclaimed for his intimate focus on the contemporary Native American experience. His debut film, Smoke Signals, caused a sensation at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, where he received the Filmmaker's Trophy and the Audience Award. Since then he has made several films and documentaries for American Experience.moreless
    • Ben Fong-Torres
      Ben Fong-Torres
      Episode 24
      María Hinojosa interviews the man with perhaps the greatest backstage pass of all time: former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres.
    • Enrique Caballero and Misty Anaya
      María Hinojosa talks with Dr. Enrique Caballero of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and Misty Anaya, an 18-year-old diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 12.
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson
      Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet and host of the WGBH-produced TV series Nova ScienceNow talks about his passion for science, his efforts to make astronomy accessible, and why he doesn't think the sky is the limit.
    • Kwame Anthony Appiah
      Raised in Ghana and educated in England, Kwame Anthony Appiah is a scholar and philosopher whose interests include African American intellectual history and issues of personal and political identity, multiculturalism, and nationalism. He is the author of In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race, and The Ethics of Identity. Appiah talks about the meaning of race, the Obama effect, and the possibility of a colorblind society.moreless
    • Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
      In 1987, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa arrived in the US as an undocumented migrant farm worker. Today, he is an associate professor of neurosurgery and oncology and the director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his medical contributions, Quiñones-Hinojosa is recognized for his leadership in addressing the inequities that minorities face in medical education and health care.moreless
    • Helen Zia
      Helen Zia
      Episode 18
      Helen Zia is a journalist and civil rights activist focused on the rights of women, the LGBT community, and Asian Americans. She was involved in the fight to have the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin recognized as a hate crime, and in the effort to allow Asian American actors to audition for Asian roles in the musical Miss Saigon. In 2008, she carried the Olympic torch during its relay in San Francisco. Her book Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People has been quoted by President Bill Clinton. Zia talks about being caught between two worlds, finding her voice, and what it means to be American.moreless
    • Teddy Cruz
      Teddy Cruz
      Episode 17
      Architect Teddy Cruz, known for his research on affordable housing.
    • Fernando Reimers
      Fernando Reimers
      Episode 16
      Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and the director of global education and of international education policy at Harvard University. Reimers talks about the importance of developing global competencies, the nation's growing Latino dropout rate, and the often overlooked talents and opportunities that Latino children bring to classrooms across the US.moreless
    • Raymond Torres and Shirley Diaz
      On an average day in the United States, 1,425 children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care - more than 500,000 kids a year. Almost 20% of these children are Latino. Raymond Torres, the executive director of Casey Family Services, discusses the causes of this over-representation, the need to enlist more Latino families to participate as foster families, and ways to reduce the number of Latino children who experience foster care in America. Shirley Díaz, a product of six different foster homes, has produced a public radio documentary about the foster care system. She brings a personal and poignant perspective to this discussion.moreless
    • Mark Potok
      Mark Potok
      Episode 14
      According to hate crime statistics published annually by the FBI, anti-Latino hate crimes rose by almost 35% between 2003 and 2006, the latest year for which statistics are available. Mark Potok, a former USA Today reporter, is the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which monitors hate groups and extremist activity throughout the US. Potok and Hinojosa look at the possible reasons behind the disturbing rise in anti-Latino incidents.moreless
    • Cheech Marin
      Cheech Marin
      Episode 13
      Comedian and actor Cheech Marin is best known as half of the iconic comedy act Cheech & Chong. He has appeared in dozens of TV, film, and stage productions, including Spy Kids, Nash Bridges, and The Lion King. In addition to his work as an actor, director, musician, and writer, Marin is one of the leading collectors of Chicano art in the US. He talks about his successful - and tumultuous - partnership with Chong, his multifaceted film and television career, and his passion for Chicano art.moreless
    • Carlos Lauria and Blanche Petrich
      In 2006, Mexico was second only to Iraq on the Reporters Without Borders list of countries most hostile to journalists. Carlos Lauría is the Americas program coordinator of CPJ, an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Blanche Petrich is a reporter for La Jornada, one of Mexico City's leading newspapers. Petrich broke the story of the arrest and torture of journalist Lydia Cacho-Ribeiro. Lauría and Petrich detail the conditions that journalists face in Mexico and other parts of the world.moreless
    • Shawn Kiehne
      Shawn Kiehne
      Episode 11
      Singer/songwriter Shawn Kiehne's story is a transnational one, where the main character - a US-born Anglo - adopts a Mexican singing cowboy persona and finds fame and fortune by tapping into deeply held beliefs about Mexican pride and nationalism. Kiehne, aka El Gringo, is widely known across Mexico for his autobiographical song "El corrido del Gringo." This Norteño music phenomenon, recently featured in the New York Times, brings his guitar to offer a taste of this musical genre.moreless
    • Lupe Ontiveros
      Lupe Ontiveros
      Episode 10
      Lupe Ontiveros is a stage, television, and screen actress as well as producer and community activist. An institution in Hollywood's Latino circles, she is one of the few actors capable of working in both English and Spanish. She is best known for her roles as La Nacha in the Oscar-nominated film El Norte, as Juanita Solís in the ABC hit series Desperate Housewives, and as Carmen García in the popular film Real Women Have Curves. Ontiveros touches on a number of issues, among them the role of women in Hollywood.moreless
    • Sam Quiñones
      Sam Quiñones
      Episode 9
      For more than two decades, general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Times Sam Quiñones has been exploring the immigration debate on both sides of the Mexican border. He is the author of True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, and the Bronx and Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream. Quiñones draws on years of research to provide his own perspective on the mass movement of Mexicans into the US.moreless
    • Los Lonely Boys
      Los Lonely Boys
      Episode 8
      In 2005, a family rock act from San Angelo, Texas, was propelled onto the national stage by their hit song "Heaven." Though their success seemed to have come quickly, Los Lonely Boys (aka Jojo, Henry, and Ringo Garza) had in fact been building their careers in bars and small venues for years. Los Lonely Boys perform in WGBH's Calderwood Studio and talk about their musical influences, their greatest hits, and the importance of family to their success.moreless
    • Ana Castillo
      Ana Castillo
      Episode 7
      Ana Castillo is one of the country's most prominent Chicana writers. This feminist poet, novelist, columnist, and essayist has an extensive list of acclaimed work. Castillo talks about her own evolving identity, the US/Mexican border, and her latest novel, The Guardians.
    • Ana Ortíz
      Ana Ortíz
      Episode 6
      Ana Ortíz has performed in dozens of theater and television shows, but she is best known for her portrayal of Hilda Suárez, the older sister of Betty Suarez, in ABC's hit series Ugly Betty. She talks with Hinojosa about her life in Hollywood, how show business is changing, and her dream job.moreless
    • Cristián Samper
      Colombian biologist Cristián Samper is the acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum complex in the world. Samper talks with Hinojosa about the Smithsonian's controversies, its future, and the possibility of a Latino museum in Washington, D.C.
    • Judy Reyes
      Judy Reyes
      Episode 4
      Judy Reyes has appeared in the popular TV series The Sopranos, Oz, and Law and Order, but she is best known as Carla, the no-nonsense nurse with a razor-sharp sense of humor on ABC's hit series Scrubs. Reyes talks with Hinojosa about discovering her love of acting and producing independent films.moreless
    • Maria Elena Salinas
      Mexican American journalist María Elena Salinas is one of the most recognized Latina journalists in the US. Since 1981, Salinas has been the anchor of Univision's nightly newscast. She talks with Hinojosa about her professional and personal life, including the discovery of a family secret.
    • Tony Plana
      Tony Plana
      Episode 2
      Millions of Americans now know Cuban actor and director Tony Plana as Ignacio Suarez, Ugly Betty's undocumented dad. Plana talks about his career, his role as an educator, and how he became a poster child for immigration.
    • Anthony D. Romero
      Anthony Romero is the first Latino and the first openly gay man to hold his position as the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which works to defend the individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.