TMM Guest Host Day 1: Serious About Syria, Saving for Freelancers, Romney's Woman & Latino Problema


Until recently, I was always a generalist and in Washington, DC, this is a problem given that as a reporter, you need to own a beat--sources and stories to break news.

So I focused on my passion and made it my niche: the dramatic growth of the Latino community and its impact on politics, the economy, our society, and culture, and as important, this community's changes as it becomes more "American."

It's being a role model and guide for my community that didn't get the "playbook" but desperately needs Cliff Notes as we climb the success ladder.  At the same time, we act like teachers and ambassadors to the mainstream that's struggling to understand us. (¡Psst!  We want what you want.)

Guest hosting NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin while Michel was visting Syracuse and member station WRVO in Oswego, New York challenged me to turbo charge it.  ¿Por qué?  Check out the range: a round table with Republican thinkers on Mitt Romney's woman and Latino problema, how freelancers and their ilk can save during the recovery, a wrap of the instability and escalating repression in the Middle East focusing on Syria and Bahrain, films from Africa, and during National Poetry Month, the return of the haiku.

Take a listen to conservative thinkers Janice Crouse and Mario Loyola on how Mitt Romney can close the gap with women and Latino voters:

Over to the Middle East, the daughter of a jailed activist in Bahrain says she and her family continue to risk personal safety and health for democracy while Middle East expert Joshua Landis explains that as U.S. and allies try to avoid a new Iraq in Syria, government-backed security forces are fighting to the end.

So many of us (me included) are freelancing, consulting, temping, or contractors.  But how do we save for the future if we're just trying to pay our bills at the end of the month?  Money expert Louis Barajas has some tips you can't afford to miss.

Out of Africa: the New York African Film Festival's founder and the director of the South African documentary The Creators on the range and political commentary of today's African cinema.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, our series Muses & Metaphor continues with tweet poems!

What's "In Your Ear"?  Our series where people share what's on their playlist, including Hollywood actor David Oyelowo of the movie Red Tails who worshipping a woman (be still my beating heart!) and her "brownness."

Mil gracias for listening!  What was your favorite segment and why?