¿QPM? S2 EP 2: Huracán Maria changed my family's life.

After not being able to talk to my family for six days, my mom finally called me from the Island. Hurricane Maria had just passed and she couldn't believe was she was seeing. I didn't know what had happened during that time so she started sending me pictures of what I thought was another country. I grew up in Puerto Rico; in these streets and I couldn't recognize any of them. My mom and sister came to stay with me in the Midwest after the hurricane and talked to me about their experience.

¿QPM? Cinco de Mayo in Liberal, Kansas.

Non-Latinos are not the only ones confused about why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated. I’m from the Dominican Republic, and I have to admit that I didn’t know for a long time that this celebration was not the Mexican Independence Day I was misled by the celebraciones en Estados Unidos about este festejo.

¿QPM? 14: Bilingual kids on being translators and growing up too fast y el Midwest bilingüe.

Many times, I found myself talking about things that I didn’t understand because I was translating for my mom, por que no sabia Ingles. So there I was telling her about when the water bill was due and where to pay it, what those state documents meant, what the total at the grocery store was and one time about a police report. But our contributor Barbara Anguiano found a school where kids have a common ground; where some who had grown up too fast can be children and those who don’t know Spanish are learning. 

¿QPM? 13: Searching for Identidad.

After an abusive childhood in Mexico, Amy's grandfather started telling people he was Italian. He says, “nothing good comes out of Mexico. Nothing."

His identity is his business, but Amy knows she's not Italian. As a mixed race Latina with no cultural connection to Mexico, she struggles to express her racial and ethnic identity. 

Para algunos, she's not close enough to Mexico to claim it, for others, she's possibly a distant cousin, no problem. Ultimately, it's not about them. One thing she's sure of today more than ever: identity is personal.

¿QPM? 7: Crossing the US/Mexico border for the 8th time

Amalia traveled the dangerous roads to the border all the way from El Salvador - fleeing gangs, violence and poverty. During her trip she heard screams, saw an elderly woman being left behind in the desert and experience extreme temperatures while her feet bled - all of this for a better future for her son - who she reunited with after trying to cross the US/Mexico border eight times.

¿QPM? 1: Pulque en América

This Aztec drink of the gods is at least 2000 years old, and in this episode, en este episodio hablamos de porque esta bebida is seen as a cultural resistance to today’s political divide, by those from the native land of Pulque and why it’s becoming a catch in the heartland.