The Invisible Force: Latinos at War in Vietnam
Monday is Memorial Day, and this year it marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. military's first major strike against North Vietnam. It was 1965, and by the time war ended, almost 60,000 American troops were dead, many more wounded. A lot of the troops in that war were Latino. But to this day, no one knows exactly how many. We meet a historian in Southern California who's working to change that.
Violence Causes Ripple Effects for Thousands of Oakland Students
Since the Vietnam War, we've learned a lot about psychological injuries like PTSD. Of course it's not unique to veterans. In fact we've learned it can even affect school kids who grow up in communities with lots of gun violence, including Oakland. For the second part of our series "Books and Bullets," we look at how teachers and counselors in Oakland work to heal the hidden wounds of these kids, wounds that can make learning that much harder.
Jazz Review: Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic'
Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington's new CD is called "The Epic." And that's a good name because it's three hours of music on three CDs, touching on a whole bunch of different styles. Jazz critic Andrew Gilbert says this sprawling work is a lot to take in, but it has its rewards.
Between Homelands: Malaysian Woman Learns to Be a Virtual Mom
In Malaysia, life for a divorced woman can be tough. Even after coming to the United States, the challenges linger. For our series "Between Homelands," we teamed up with students from USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Jocelyn Coffin brings us the story of a Los Angeles woman who's learning to be a virtual mom to her two sons growing up almost 9,000 miles away.
'Legions of Boom' Celebrates Bay Area's Filipino-American DJ Scene
For Filipino-Americans, pop hits like Debbie Deb's "Lookout Weekend" became a kind of cultural soundtrack. They were remixed by a generation of Filipino-American DJs, and played at gatherings like parties, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and dances. The new book "Legions of Boom" describes how that music scene led to the emergence of some internationally famous DJs.