Archive for September 2011

In this podcast, FI2W's John Rudolph and Cristina Pastor, founder and publisher of The FilAm.net, stop by the East Village to speak with Nicole Ponseca, general manager of Maharlika. Maharlika is a new Filipino pop-up restaurant whose mission is to showcase the national cuisine and culture of the Philippines.

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A number of states have recently enacted tough news laws aimed at cracking down on undocumented immigrants.  Many of these measures were inspired by Arizona’s SB 1070, a law that makes it a state crime to be in Arizona without proper documents.  The courts have yet to make a final ruling on SB 1070, which was signed into law in April 2010.   But Arizona continues to be at the center of the immigration debate.

In this podcast we take you back to the pre-SB 1070 era.  While the lines separating Arizona’s pro and anti immigrant advocates seemed to be hardening, reporter Valeria Fernandez, who is based in Phoenix, decided to look for common ground on immigration.  She found it in the state’s large dairy industry.  Here’s a story she produced in September 2009 for our radio partner, Latino USA.

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In Texas, Rick Perry is a household name.  Now the rest of the country is getting to know the Texas governor as he runs for president. Perry’s record on immigration is more moderate than a number of his conservative rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.  So who is Rick Perry, and what has been his relationship with Latinos in Texas? Marisa Treviño, writer and publisher of the blog Latina Lista, has been following Rick Perry and the 2012 presidential race. She joins FI2W's John Rudolph on this week's podcast.

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So much is different in New York, in America, and around the world since the attacks of September 11, 2001.  And yet, the striving for a better life by immigrants continues. FI2W's John Rudolph is joined by three colleagues from New York’s immigrant and ethnic media to take a look over the past decade – what has changed for immigrants and what has remained the same.

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