Immigrant Archive Project

Immigrant Archive Project

Intimate, personal portraits of remarkable lives brought to you from the files of the Immigrant Archive Project (IAP), the nation’s leading oral history project on the modern immigrant experience. It is hosted by IAP founder, Tony Hernandez and produced in collaboration with Latino Broadcasting Company. The Immigrant Archive Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings the immigrant experience to life through the voices of the people who’ve lived it.

Episodes

September 26, 2022 55 min

Our guest this week is Edward James Olmos, an award-winning actor and director who has endeared himself to millions of fans by vowing to never accept a role that demeaned Latinos or the Latino community, even if it meant walking away from a lucrative pay day.

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Our guest this week is Professor Gerardo Gonzalez, a Cuban refugee and son of an auto mechanic who defied the odds by becoming a leading educator and the Dean of a major American university.

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September 12, 2022 28 min

Gaby Pacheco is a nationally recognized immigrant rights leader. As a young girl, Gaby was told that her undocumented status would prevent her from ever attending college or doing many of the things her peers simply took for granted. Rather than letting the no's stop her, she used them to fuel her quest for change. We'll hear about her undocumented immigrant experience, her many helpers along the way, and her mission to rev...

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September 5, 2022 29 min

Our guest this week has lived through the unimaginable and managed to turn it into a passion for taking a stand and making a difference. Fred Guttenberg lost his daughter Jaime on February 14, 2018 in the Parkland shooting. Since then, gun safety has become his life's mission. We spoke with Fred about his book, Find the Helpers, which reaffirms the central importance of human connection and finding purpose amid tragedy. 

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August 29, 2022 57 min

Legendary race driver, Tony Kanaan invites us into his home to discuss his remarkable life story. From those early days racing Go-Karts in his native Brazil to an awkward milk bath following his 2013 victory at the Indy 500 and then some.

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August 22, 2022 34 min

Our guest this week is Ian Grosher, better known to his legions of fans as DJ Irie. This charismatic celebrity DJ, is a St. Croix native, born to Jamaican parents who credits much of his success to that quintessential immigrant hustle that he witnessed and picked up along the way.

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August 15, 2022 59 min

Carlos Carrasco is a Panamanian-born actor, director, producer, with roles in Blood In Blood Out, Speed, Parker, The Fisher King, Turnover and HBO’s Looking and Insecure among others. His directorial and production work includes the award winning short film One, along with the shorts Lossed and Honesty, Pencil, Rose; and he directed the documentary short Art Galleries and Back Alleys, about the artist collective in Boyle Heights, S...

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August 8, 2022 52 min

Raised in a Mexican orphanage, the Mayans M.C., Shades of Blue and Savages co-star used to dream of having his own family one day. Now that he has it, Jaramillo says it’s his greatest source of pride. We discuss his immigrant journey, and how the theatre and the arts provided a sense of identity and the tools to overcome his childhood trauma.

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August 1, 2022 49 min

Film and TV Actor Nadine Velazquez

Nadine Velazquez’s first acting role was in a McDonald’s commercial. Since then she’s worked on the big screen with Jason Statham, Jet Li and Denzel Washington, among others. Her big break was the role of Catalina Aruca in the NBC hit series My Name is Earl and her most recent TV work was on ABC’s Queens, where she played Valeria “Butter Pecan” Mendez. Velazquez grew up in an overprotective home, w...

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July 25, 2022 28 min

Susie Castillo was just the third Latina to win the Miss USA Pageant. She’s also an accomplished author, TV personality and film star, who credits much of her success to the influence of her single mother. Her story, as you’re about to hear is as much a testament to her drive and talent, as it is an homage to all the hardworking single mothers out there who against the odds, manage to raise truly remarkable children.

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Johnny Hincapie, a Colombian immigrant from Queens, NY was wrongfully convicted of murder in the highly publicized 1990 subway slaying of a Utah tourist named Brian Watkins. Johnny served 25 years in prison before his release and eventual exoneration. This is his story.

 

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July 15, 2022 4 min

Trailer:  Immigrant Archive Project

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