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On August 2 at 10am, the MIND Research Institute will host a free MATH Fun Fair at the UCI Bren Center. To support, 
 ​Sergio C. Muñoz 
features the life story of María Cervantes, the Director of Community Relations and Outreach at MIND. This is her immigration story from Zamora, Michoácan to Santa Ana, California to the MIND Research Institute.
Production Notes from Sergio:

​Very rarely ​do we get the opportunity to showcase the depth of the indigenous cultures of México. On this radio broadcast, I hip listeners to the history and culture of Zamora, Michoácan up until the point when María Cervantes is born and then it becomes her story.
The indigenous tarasco people called the area now known as Zamora, the land of cienegas. Cienegas are a spring at the foot of a mountain, in a canyon, or on the edge of a grassland where groundwater bubbles to the surface. Through their language of Purépecha, they were a deep culture with creation philosophies on Curic
veri, the one who burns, as the master creator. Father of Tata Jurihata, the sun, and Nana Kutsi, the moon. Jurihata and Kutsi married and had Nana Cueráperi who gave birth, first, to the four elements of earth, water, air and fire. During her second birth, she bore all plants. In a third birth, all animals. In a fourth birth, she bore man and woman and gave them Mitikua, the philosophy of good and evil and Uandakua, the power to communicate.

It is in present day Zamora that María Cervantes is born.​ Thank you for listening.

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Instituto Mexicano del Sonido - Mirando a las Muchachas


Gustave Doré, Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha [H. Pisan engravings]; Cassell & Co. (First edition), London, ca. 1893.

These are also in my copy of the book, printed in Barcelona 1969. It’s not that old but it has that nice “old book” smell to it.

It’s impossible to read without having a tab open to la Real Academia Española (unless you’re a Old World Spanish language badass, I guess).


Milking cows is a dirty, monotonous job, and as we found out in our latest episode of Immigrant America, it’s not a job many unemployed Americans are willing to do. But for some reason the government doesn’t give dairy farms a way to recruit foreign workers legally, so most feel forced to hire [undocumented] immigrants. This makes the farms and their workers easy targets for immigration authorities looking to fill deportation quotas.

We went to upstate New York to try to understand the cat and mouse game going on between dairy farms and immigration authorities. We found a lot of wasted taxpayer money, racial profiling, and a broken system that unnecessarily treats family farmers and hardworking immigrants like criminals.

Vice News’ Immigrant America series is worth checking out.

Unpopular Latino opinion



Maná is the worst band ever.

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I remember when I was in grade school, in my social studies textbook when we spoke about latin america, haiti was like the 2nd country to come up. Haiti’s revolution was important, believe or not. We paved the way for a lot of other countries to see that freedom was a possibility.

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