Es La Hora: Hispanic Media in English

Friday, July 04, 2014


An overview of the Hispanic media landscape, including a list of rules for how to discuss Hispanics without sucking (#NoMames). Bob and Brooke speak with Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project, and Julio Ricardo Varela from the website Latino Rebels. You can find Latino Rebels' collection of #NoMames fails here.

To learn more about the phrase Bob and Brooke won't say on the air (No Mames), watch actor Diego Luna's explanation to Conan O'Brien:

Los lobos - Maria Christina (From East LA)

Mexican Institue of Sound - Sinfonia agridulce (From Mexico City)


Mark Hugo Lopez and Julio Ricardo Varela

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone

Comments [12]

Lee Shackleford

I'm with Sara James -- I've spent the morning trying to track down that cover of Sweet Dreams! Please give credit where credit is due!

Dec. 03 2014 09:13 AM
Emile from louisville, KY

I hope On the Media, tackles this subject again and tries for a better grade. Great show.

Jul. 09 2014 11:30 AM
GE from New York

I appreciated the segment, and am fans of all the speakers who shared their thoughtful insights.

HOWEVER . . . to add to the category of "big fails," where were the WOMEN?!?!? I do not understand how in 2014 ANY one-hour segment can exclude the thoughts and contributions of women to the topic at hand. And when it comes to Hispanic media, Latinas have been among the most groundbreaking and influential leaders, from Christy Haubegger, the founder of the first media property in U.S. history to focus on the English-speaking segment of the population (Latina magazine, which launched way back in 1996) right on through the current list of Latina media executives (like the head of Meredith's Hispanic media division), YouTube personalities, and bloggers.

I am absolutely stunned by the omission.

Jul. 07 2014 10:28 AM

Not one word about the media's ignoring Puerto Rico's second-class citizenship. Perhaps OTM journalists might watch this video:

As recent as April 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives debated and approved legislation (H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act) for a federally sanctioned plebiscite so that the U.S. Citizens of Puerto Rico could finally decide the territory's future and resolve the century old question of their ultimate political status in relationship with the U.S. This issue strikes at the heart of American Democracy. The Senate failed to act on the House-passed bill, so the Government of Puerto Rico moved ahead and held a locally-sponsored, two-part plebiscite on the island's future. On November 6, 2012 voters in Puerto Rico were asked, first, if they want to continue under the current territory status or not, and second, which one of the non-territory options they prefer: statehood, independence and nationhood-in-free-association with the U.S. The results were historic, with 54% of voters rejecting the undemocratic territory status, and 61% expressing a preference for statehood among the non-territorial status options.

In response to these plebiscite results, Puerto Rico's Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi introduced H.R. 2000, the Puerto Rico Status Resolution Act on May 15, 2013. The bill, which has broad bi-partisan support, will provide for a federally authorized vote in Puerto Rico to ratify the Island's desire for statehood and, if a majority of voters affirm it, it describes the steps that the President and Congress shall take to move the statehood admission process forward.

The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico voted and now Congress must act. Everyone who believes in American Democracy, Citizen Equality, Government by the Consent of the Governed, and any of the core principles that make America great should contact their members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor and support the passage of H.R. 2000.

Jul. 06 2014 06:36 PM

I agree with the hypocrisy in this interview. The guest seems to ignore the other people of Latin and South American who spake Portuguese, French, Dutch, and indigenous languages. More and more identity politics seem increasingly self satisfying and an effort to grab a piece of an infrastructure that was made before the guest's arrival. Whereas once identity politics may have engendered a sense of togetherness, today identity politics seem to engender an us vs them mentality. I'm wondering what kind of invitations are extended to non Spanish speaking individuals in Spanish speaking countries of Latin America? I guess it's only identity politics when your pushing your identity. It all seems like the same argument, just different people saying the same thing.

Jul. 06 2014 01:37 PM
patricia from Chicago IL

In the middle of OTM - Hispanic Media show.

FABULOUS. Long overdue. Thanks for educating me and making connex. FusionTV? New to me.

Could you do this every couple of months? Thanks for all you do to keep me informed.


Jul. 06 2014 01:33 PM
Evan from Brooklyn

Thought the following kind of sums it up nicely.

Ehhhhhhhhhhhhh PUTO!

Jul. 06 2014 12:29 PM
m. o-g from nyc

Thank you for takling this. despite the solid "c" the blogger gave your segment, it is so important that you even tried. the emphasis on spanish language (to me) was not unwarranted. ultimately it is that language that helps define, unite and divide us, whether we prefer to speak or dream in it, or whether it was the language of our grandparents. but as aptly pointed out in a part of your segment, there are many languages within spanish.
could you share the link for the Associated Press style guide in Spanish? many of us who are not in media could use it when we need to address constituents, audiences, clients, or patients who hail from many spanishes.

Jul. 06 2014 11:13 AM
João from Brasilia

The "Hispanic" media also makes a big mistake by talking about Latin America as a Spanish place. A majority of South Americans speak Portuguese, which Spanish speakers really do not understand. Other South American languages include English, Dutch and French, in addition to indigenous languages.

It is ironic for the guests to poke fun at English speaking media for not not seeing them, while they ignore 200 million Brazilians.

Jul. 05 2014 04:09 PM
Cynthia from Chicago

What's the link to the compendium (for the word you couldn't say on the air) for Latino Rebels. I went to the Latino Rebels website but couldn't find any link for it.

Jul. 05 2014 02:39 PM
Sara James from Brooklyn

What is that amazing cover of Sweet Dreams that you closed the show with. I need to own it!

Jul. 05 2014 08:29 AM
Thatwood B. Telling from The Village

Before we get all excited about trying out "no mames" on our Hispanic friends and acquaintances, it might be a good idea to take a look at this blog post:

I can't vouch for its accuracy, but the writer seems intelligent, knowledgeable and has written at length on the phrase's verb "mamar", a few of its derivations, and the various connotations (and they *are* varied) of "no mames". There are apparently many possible translations beyond "don't suck", and it might pay to know them, as well as to have a good general handle on Spanish, before throwing this one around.

Jul. 04 2014 10:05 PM

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