After 20 years, Latino USA grows to an hour

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Latino USA, the longest-running Latino-focused program on radio, expands to an hour beginning Friday.

Incoming contributors include Al Madrigal, standup comedian, actor and correspondent on The Daily Show; Pilar Marrero, political reporter and immigration reporter for La Opiníon, a Spanish-language daily newspaper in Los Angeles; and Julia Preston, immigration reporter for the New York Times. New segments will provide advice, examine how the “Class of 2030” will impact the education system, chronicle personal stories of families separated by immigration problems, and explore Latino self-identity.

The program is produced by the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit media organization, and distributed by NPR.

“For 20 years, Latino USA has reported on Latinos with an authentic voice,” said Maria Hinojosa, host and executive producer, in today’s announcement. “With the demographic reality showing that the U.S. is becoming increasingly Latino, we feel an even greater responsibility to tell a broader range of stories because Latino stories are American stories.”

“We’re really looking forward to this move creating space for bold new content,” said Eric Nuzum, NPR programming v.p.