Latino USA call for pitches

Pitch Latino USA!


Buenos dias, AIR:

Below is a list of new show themes coming up on Latino USA over the next few months.

Please pitch your ideas directly to:

Your pitch should include the main story arc, brief context and an idea of the characters, scenes and ambi you envision for the piece.

If you’re pitching for the first time, please tell us a little about yourself and include a couple of samples of your audio work.

Features generally run 4-7 minutes and pay $125 a minute, with any expenses negotiated in advance.

Thank you!



Leda Hartman

Editor, NPR’s Latino USA



Abuelos (Grandparents):
Stories about older Latinas and Latinos, our relationships with them, and the things we learn from them. Also welcome are stories about surprises in family histories, coverage of elder healthcare, and elders who live unusual lifestyles (for example, re-entering society after being incarcerated, serving as figurative grandparents, etc.).

Highlighting Latin@ literature for people of all ages, but also including stories about perception and misperception.

Stories about being gagged, muzzled or pressured about what to say or not to say. We also want to look at how ethnic media in the US are sometimes censored or edited in ways mainstream or white media is not. And we’re interested in stories about the relative dangers of being a journalist or writer in a Latin American country.

I Woke Up Like This:
Stories about confidence (or the lack of it), including shyness in schools, stage fright or brilliance, and learning to deal with issues like identity and mental health.

Crazy in Love:
We love love stories. ‘Nuf said.

Playing with words: we hear about an “influx” of immigrants all the time; our identity as a country is in flux, and other stories about transitional periods.

The Transportation Show:
Stories about cars, planes, trains, and getting around (figurative “getting around” is all right, too).


We’re looking especially at rural communities in California and issues related to their health, as well as water scarcity and how Latinos are dealing with it. We’re also searching for stories that help us make links when it comes to the “school to prison pipeline”—all the way from being suspended, lacking job skills and dropping out of school, to the lives of prisoners themselves and how they came to be where they are. We also want to examine who stands to profit when people are incarcerated.

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