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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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1.

The Reagan Administration's Proposals For Immigration Reform

Theme:
Society

Series:
Labor, Politics

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Jorge Bustamante, Leonel Castillo

Broadcast date:
Sep 4, 1981

Description:


Linda Fregoso speaks with Leonel Castillo, former director of the Immigration and Naturalization Services, and Jorge Bustamante, special counsel to the Mexican President on Immigration, about the Reagan Administration’s proposed immigration program. The conversation includes the temporary worker program and the possibility of amnesty for undocumented workers living in the U.S.

 

2.

Interviews With Farm Workers In The Rio Grande Valley Of Texas

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Alfredo De Avila, John Gonzales, Josefina Castillo

Broadcast date:
Apr 17, 1981

Description:


Linda Fregoso interviews farm workers in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Josefina Castillo and John Gonzales discuss lack of toilet facilities, pesticikdes and water in the fields. Also interview with union organizer Alfredo De Avila about wages and other worker's demands, including child laborers.

 

3.

Labor Organizing In Texas, 1848 To The Present

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Alma Díaz

Interviewees:
Devon Peña, Victor Nelson Cisneros

Broadcast date:
Mar 1, 1981

Description:


Linda Fregoso discusses the history of Latino working-class activism in the United States with Victor Nelson Cisneros and Devon Pena.

 

4.

Collective Bargaining, The Texas Legislature And The Texas Farm Workers Union

Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Labor

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Antonio Orendain, Forrest Waley, Rudy De La Garza

Broadcast date:
Nov 12, 1980

Description:


Linda Fregoso speaks with Antonio Orendain of the Texas Farm Workers Union, Legislator Forest Whaley, and Professors Rudy de la Garza and I.B. Helburn about an upcoming collective bargaining bill for agricultural workers.

 

5.

The Role Of Women In Chicano Labor History

Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Labor, Women's Issues

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Devon Peña

Broadcast date:
Oct 22, 1980

Description:


Devon Peña, an instructor at UT-Austin, discusses his research on the maquiladoras, assembly plants where Mexican women have organized independent unions in order to better their working conditions.

 

6.

Organizing The Undocumented Worker

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Antonio Orendain, Estella Salinas

Broadcast date:
May 17, 1980

Description:


Antonio Orendain, director of the Texas Farm Workers Union and Union organizer, Estella Salinas. Interview is in Spanish and concerns the position of the TFW in organizing the undocumented worker, efforts to abolish the right to work law and establish collective bargaining in Texas

 

7.

Corridos Del Valle

Themes:
Culture, Politics

Series:
Film, Labor

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
David Sandoval, Javier Silva, Luis Tórres

Broadcast date:
Apr 2, 1980

Description:


Three Chicano filmmakers, David Sandoval, Luis Tórres, and Javier Silva, about the making of their feature length documentary, "Corridos del Valle", which depicts the struggles of the migrant farm workers in Raymondsville, South Texas

 

8.

The Politics Of Agricultural Labor: Braceros And Farmworkers In The 1950s

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Aug 30, 1979

Description:


In this episode combining two previous programs (1977-06 and 1977-07), host Richard Goodman explores the Bracero Program and its effects on Mexican Americans. He then discusses the first major attempt by Mexican American farm workers to unionize at the DiGiorgio Corporation in California.

 

9.

More On The Plight Of The Texas Farm Workers: The Raymondsville Strike

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Marcial Silva

Broadcast date:
May 10, 1979

Description:


Marcial Silva, organizer for Texas Farm Workers Union, brings an update on the legal developments in the Raymondsville strike, and outlines the legislative and political strategies the TFWU undertook to thwart Charles Wetegrove’s control of Willacy County’s political and legal structure.

 

10.

Hispanic Youth Unemployment

Theme:
Society

Series:
Labor, Social Issues

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Richard Santos

Broadcast date:
Apr 26, 1979

Description:


Economist Richard Santos discusses the way that Chicano and other minority youths bear the brunt of high unemployment in the United States. The crisis there means that minority youths unable to find jobs will grow disillusioned with the labor market, drop out of school, and continue to face discrimination for the rest of their lives.

 

11.

The Texas Farm Worker's Strike

Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Labor

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewees:
James Garza, José Garza

Broadcast date:
Apr 19, 1979

Description:


James and José Garza, who are members of the Texas Farm Workers League, and were participants in the massive Farmworkers strike near Raymondville, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley

 

12.

Migrant Workers And The Situation In The Upper Midwest

Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Labor

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Carolina Mata

Broadcast date:
Feb 9, 1979

Description:


Carolina Mata, former chairperson and present member of the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Migrant Counsel, discusses the challenges facing migrant workers, their families and their migrant advocacy organizations in Texas and the Midwest.

 

13.

Chicanas In The Labor Market

Theme:
Society

Series:
Labor, Women's Issues

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Gloria Gutiérrez

Broadcast date:
Sep 14, 1978

Description:


Gloria Gutierrez, Special Assistant to the Director of the Women’s Bureau within the Department of Labor, discusses the current state of women and minorities in the workforce.

 

14.

Texas Farm Workers—The Right To Organize

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Jesus Moya

Broadcast date:
Aug 1, 1978

Description:


Jesus Moya, Texas Farm Workers Union Organizer discusses the fight to repeal the right to work law provision of the 1945 Taft-Hartley Act

 

15.

Chicano Farm Worker's Struggle

Themes:
Politics, Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Alejandro Saenz

Interviewee:
Gilberto Cardenas

Broadcast date:
May 4, 1978

Description:


Dr. Gilberto Cardenas discusses the organizing efforts of the United Farm Workers, including their challenges and successes.

 

16.

The Plight Of The Migrant Farm Worker

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Gloria Contreras

Interviewee:
Antonio Orendain

Broadcast date:
Oct 24, 1977

Description:


In 1977, Antonio Orendain led the Texas Farmworkers Human Rights March from San Juan, Texas to Washington D.C. to draw attention to the situation of Texas farm workers and the right to work laws that hindered their organizing. In here, he discusses the TFWU’s strategies for organizing undocumented workers, migrant farm-workers and specific growers in a right-to-work border state like Texas.

 

17.

The Bracero Program

Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Labor

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Jan 28, 1977

Description:


Richard Goodman discusses the impact of the Bracero program on farmworker politics in the United States.

 

18.

The Road To Unionization

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Jan 28, 1977

Description:


Host Richard Goodman discusses the first major attempt to unionize the DiGiorgio Corporation in California.

 

19.

Farm Workers And Unionization

Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Labor

Host:
Alejandro Saenz

Interviewee:
Esteban Flores

Broadcast date:
Dec 17, 2017

Description:


Esteban Flores discusses the current state of farm worker organizing and their efforts to enact labor legislation.

 
 

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