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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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Displaying 34 programs with the keyword South Texas

 

1.

Conjunto Musicians, Their Lives And Their Times.

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Music

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Esteban Jordan, Flaco Jiménez, Santiago Jimenez, Jr., Tony de la Rosa

Broadcast date:
Apr 22, 1982

Description:


Linda Fregoso discusses the life and careers of Conjunto musicians, Tony de la Rosa, Flaco Jimenez, and Esteban Jordan. Fregoso first speaks with Tony de la Rosa. She explains that de la Rosa taught himself how to play the accordion and got his...

 

2.

Dr. Hector P. Garcia: The American G.I. Forum

Theme:
Identity

Series:
Social Issues

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Hector P. García

Broadcast date:
Dec 2, 1981

Description:


Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a World War II veteran and founder of the American GI Forum, traces the organization’s origins and activism and discusses current Chicano struggles. Garcia returned from the War to find that discrimination was still a large...

 

3.

Chicano Art: History And Politics

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Art

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Amado Peña, Pedro Rodríguez

Broadcast date:
Oct 22, 1981

Description:


Pedro Rodriguez, a professor of art history, and Amado Peña, an artist, discuss the development of Chicano art: its influences and its characteristics. Chicano art developed parallel to the Chicano Movement and both emerged in the 1960s....

 

4.

Leonardo Jimenez, Conjunto Musician

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Music

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Leonardo "Flaco" Jimenez

Broadcast date:
Jul 12, 1981

Description:


Leonardo “Flaco” Jimenez discusses his career as a conjunto musician in South Texas and his efforts to reach larger audiences. Host Linda Fregoso first offers a brief history of conjunto music and its origins in the Mexican working class and...

 

5.

Women In The Mexican Revolution

Theme:
Identity

Series:
Historical Figures, Women's Issues

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Marta Cotera, Shirlene Soto

Broadcast date:
Jun 19, 1981

Description:


Historian Shirlene Soto discusses the role of women who participated in the Mexican Revolution, and the writer Marta Cotera discusses the legacy of one such woman, La Adelita, and what she symbolizes for the Chicano community. Soto first discusses...

 

6.

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:


Host Linda Fregoso speaks with John Gonzalez, Alfredo de Avila and Josefina Castillo about their efforts to organize farm workers, demand better working conditions and increase wages. Fregoso first interviews Gonzalez, an eighteen-year-old...

 

7.

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:


Guests Victor Nelson Cisneros and Devon Peña discuss the history of Chicano labor organizing in industrial, manufacturing and agriculture sectors and some of their successes and failures. Cisneros, a researcher with the National Rural Center,...

 

8.

Margarito Garza: Judge By Day, Radical Comic Book Artist By Night

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Art

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Margarito Garza

Broadcast date:
Aug 7, 1980

Description:


Margarito Garza discusses his comic book character Relampago, a Chicano superhero, and the message he hopes to spread through his comics. Garza’s comic book combines elements of South Texas folklore and Mexican history: the hero, Marcos Zapata,...

 

9.

Beto Villa, Orchestra Innovator

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Music

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Beto Villa, Manuel Peña, Mrs. Beto Villa

Broadcast date:
Jul 21, 1980

Description:


Linda Fregoso speaks with famed Chicano musician, Beto Villa, and his wife about his music, and later interviews Manuel Peña about Villa’s legacy. Villa got his start in Falfurrias, Texas and began playing for local dances and Anglo audiences....

 

10.

A Tribute To Mexican General Zaragosa

Themes:
Identity, Politics

Series:
History

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Hernán Jaso

Broadcast date:
Jul 11, 1980

Description:


Hernan Jasso, talks about Goliad’s history and the statue the Mexican government is donating in honor of General Ignacio Zaragosa, the hero of Cinco de Mayo, who was born in Goliad. Five years earlier, Jasso traveled to Puebla for the...

 

11.

Oscar Zamora, Chicano Ventriloquist

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Biography

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Oscar Zamora

Broadcast date:
Jul 1, 1980

Description:


In this interview conducted in Spanish, Oscar Zamora (and Don Chema his dummy) talks about his work as a ventriloquist and his variety show Sal y Pimienta. Zamora first became interested in ventriloquism as a child when he realized that he could...

 

12.

Andres Tijerina: We Have A History Here In Texas.

Theme:
Identity

Series:

Host:
John Mckiernan-Gonzalez

Interviewee:
Andres Tijerina

Broadcast date:

Description:


Dr. Andres Tijerina reflects on his public life as a student and a historian. He begins with his life growing up homeless working in the fields of West Texas, and the contradiction he experienced being told he was only American but being treated...

 

13.

A Retrospective With Mexican American Experience Host Dr. Andres Tijerina Part II

Theme:

Series:

Host:
John Mckiernan-Gonzalez

Interviewee:
Andres Tijerina

Broadcast date:

Description:


This is the second part of the interview. Dr. Andres Tijerina reflects on his public life as a student and a historian. He begins with his life growing up homeless working in the fields of West Texas, and the contradiction he experienced being...

 

14.

Chicano Poetry, Chicano Organizing

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Literature

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Alurista, Isidro Ortíz

Broadcast date:
May 9, 1980

Description:


Linda Fregoso first interviews Chicano poet, Alurista, about the evolution of Chicano poetry. Alurista explains that while Chicanos poetry dates to the 19th century, their work was largely confined to local audiences. In contrast, 20th century...

 

15.

Making Children Aware Of Their Cultures

Themes:
Culture, Identity

Series:
Social Issues

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Ellen Treviño

Broadcast date:
Feb 21, 1980

Description:


Ellen L. Treviño, program director for the Nueces County Social Cultural Intervention Program discuses her work with children from the barrios of Corpus Christi. The program uses recreation and art to help children in minority or low-income...

 

16.

Quality Education For Chicanos

Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Education

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewee:
Ruben Bonilla

Broadcast date:
Feb 14, 1980

Description:


Ruben Bonilla discusses a report from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) on segregation in Texas’ institutions of higher learning. HEW has only released segments of the report, claiming that some of the information was...

 

17.

La MúSica NorteñA - Part 2 Of 3

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Music

Host:
John Wheat

Interviewee:
John Wheat

Broadcast date:
Sep 14, 1979

Description:


The second in a three part series examining Norteña music, this episode hosted by John Wheat Gibson explores the genre’s development between 1940 and 1950. By the late 1930s, Norteña music had attracted a large audience through its...

 

18.

La MúSica NorteñA - Part 1 Of 3

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Music

Host:
John Wheat

Interviewee:
John Wheat

Broadcast date:
Sep 14, 1979

Description:


The first in a three part series examining Norteña music, this episode hosted by John Wheat Gibson explores the origins and history of the musical traditions of South Texas and Northern Mexico. Gibson explains that many of the dances associated...

 

19.

Chicano Expressive Culture: Corridos, Carpas And Teatro Campesino

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Theatre

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Sep 4, 1979

Description:


Richard Goodman first discusses Chicano Theatre and the ways it has influenced and reflected Mexican American Society. Goodman first discusses the life and work of Luis Valdez, the founder of Teatro Campesino, Farm Workers’ Theatre, in 1965....

 

20.

The Federal Government And Civil Rights: 1848 And 1948

Themes:
Identity, Identity

Series:
History

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Aug 29, 1979

Description:


Host Richard Goodman first discusses the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and how it affected Chicanos in the Southwest. The 1848 treaty officially ended the Mexican American War and ceded to the U.S. over half of Mexico’s territory. From the...

 

21.

Minority Party Politics

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Politics

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
María Elena Martínez

Broadcast date:
Jun 7, 1979

Description:


Maria Elena Martinez, chair of the Texas branch of La Raza Unida Party, discusses the party’s background, accomplishments and recent difficulties. She explains that the party began in Crystal City in 1970 to address Chicano issues and has now...

 

22.

50th Anniversary Of LULAC

Theme:
Identity

Series:
History

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Cynthia Orozco

Broadcast date:
Jan 26, 1979

Description:


Cynthia Orozco, a history student at UT-Austin, discusses some of her research on the League of United Latin American Citizens and the context in which it formed. Orozco argues that in order to understand LULAC we need to place the organization in...

 

23.

Curanderismo

Themes:
Culture, Identity, Society

Series:
Folklore, Health

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Juan Chavira

Broadcast date:
Apr 25, 1979

Description:


Dr. Juan Chavira discusses the practice, belief and theory of curanderismo. He first explains Curanderismo as a body of knowledge, that connects to health and the maintenance of health. He claims that curanderos emerged during the last century...

 

24.

Texas Farm Workers—The Right To Organize

Theme:
Politics

Series:
Labor

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Jesus Moya

Broadcast date:
Aug 1, 1978

Description:


Guest Jesus Moya, an organizer for the Texas Farm Worker Union, discusses the history of the union and its efforts to repeal Right to Work Laws. Moya explains that the TFWU formed in 1960, with the assistance of the United Farm Workers. They split...

 

25.

The Development Of Chicano Music

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Music

Host:
Armando Gutiérrez

Interviewee:
Armando Gutiérrez

Broadcast date:
Jun 7, 1978

Description:


Host Armando Gutierrez discusses the development of Chicano Music and offers several examples of the different styles that have evolved over the years. He first discusses the corrido and its basic elements, including its instrumentation and...

 

26.

Origins Of The Corrido

Themes:
Culture, Identity

Series:
Music

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Mar 11, 1977

Description:


Host Richard Goodman discusses the origins of the corrido, the role it played in early Mexican American society and how it has changed over time. Goodman explains that corridos, one of the most significant forms of Chicano music, originated in the...

 

27.

Mexican Americans And Mental Health

Theme:
Society

Series:
Health, Policy

Host:
Alejandro Saenz

Interviewee:
Raymundo Rodriguez

Broadcast date:
Jun 2, 1977

Description:


In this interview, Raymundo Rodriguez, executive assistant for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health discusses his work as one of twenty members of the President’s Commission for Mental Health, as called by President Jimmy Carter. His research...

 

28.

Human Services To The Spanish-Speaking Elderly

Theme:
Society

Series:
Health, Social Issues

Host:
Gloria Contreras

Interviewee:
Jesse A. Treviño

Broadcast date:
Oct 24, 1977

Description:


Jesse A. Trevino discusses emerging issues for the care of the elderly in North American society, with particular focus on the often-hidden situation of Mexican American elderly. His work with the National Association for the Spanish Speaking...

 

29.

The Legend Of Gregorio Cortez

Theme:
Identity

Series:
History

Host:

Interviewee:

Broadcast date:
Oct 28, 1976

Description:


Richard Goodman retells the legend of Gregorio Cortez. In 1901, a sheriff killed Cortez’ younger brother Ramon, after Ramon had played a trick on an Anglo neighbor. Gregorio shoots the sheriff and a mob forms to exact vengeance, but Cortez is an...

 

30.

Folklore And Society: Chicano Folklore As Chicano History

Theme:
Identity

Series:
Folklore

Host:
Alejandro Saenz

Interviewee:
Felix Peña

Broadcast date:
Mar 28, 1977

Description:


Host Alejandro Saenz interviews Felix Peña, a teaching assistant in the Center for Mexican American Studies, on the subject of Chicano folklore as a form of Chicano history. Peña teaches a course called the Chicano and his Culture, in which he...

 

31.

Folklore In Mexican American Society

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Folklore

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Oct 28, 1976

Description:


In this talk, Richard Goodman provides a brief overview of Mexican-American folklore. He defines folklore as the common values and unofficial heritage of a people. Folklore can be stories, legends, proverbs, superstitions and songs. Goodman...

 

32.

Chicanas And Literature

Themes:
Culture, Politics

Series:
Literature, Women's Issues

Host:
Alejandro Saenz

Interviewees:
Gloria Anzaldua, Inez Hernandez Tovar

Broadcast date:
Jul 6, 1977

Description:


Inez Hernandez Tovar and Gloria Anzaldua discuss the political context and cultural work of Chicana writers. . They explain that the Chicano movement provided some Chicano and Chicana writers the support and forums necessary to share their work....

 

33.

Chuy Negrete - Historian, Musician, Composer, Playwright, Organizer, Activist

Theme:
Culture

Series:
Profiles

Host:
Linda Fregoso

Interviewees:
Jesus "Chuy" Negrete, Jesus Negrete

Broadcast date:
Jul 2, 1981

Description:


Chuy Negrete discusses his music and the politics that inspire him and plays several songs. Negrete explains that he got his musical start in church as a young boy in Chicago and then came to Chicano music through other genres, such as rock and...

 

34.

The Treaty Of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Themes:
Identity, Politics

Series:
History

Host:
Richard Goodman

Interviewee:
Richard Goodman

Broadcast date:
Jan 14, 1977

Description:


Host Richard Goodman discusses the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and how it affected Chicanos in the southwestern United States. The Treaty, which delegates from Mexico and the United States signed in 1848, officially ended the Mexican American War...

 
 

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