Desmadre

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In Pico Rivera, Ethnic Studies Faces A Reckoning About How “Radical” It Can Be

*See editor's note at the bottom. In 2014, trustees with the El Rancho Unified School District–located within the working-class city of Pico Rivera—passed a...

Canto XXXII: Denver, the Mile High DESMADRE

Gentle cabrones: I never gave a second thought to Denver before I became a reporter—really, why bother? There was John Elway and John Denver and...

Canto XXXI: Eulogy for Ernest Miller, Quiet Genius of Southern California’s Food Scene

Gentle cabrones: I knew that my inaugural #TortillaTournament for KCRW would be successful the moment I pulled into the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens...

Canto XXX: You Can’t Go Casa Again

Gentle cabrones: First off, apologies for the delay in my canto. I usually send Saturday morning, but I reserve the right for a Sunday morning...

Whittier’s Aaron Pico Gets Ready to Battle at Bellator 206

Most mixed martial artists make their professional debut in front of a few hundred people for a local promotion in a venue that most...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXIX: See Gustavo This Fall!

Gentle cabrones: Just came back from Southern Utah University in the tiny town of Cedar City—great time! Met a profe of Spanish who's a peruana...

The Glories of Lard: A Conversation With Ernest Miller of Coast Packing Company

I've known Ernest Miller, corporate chef for Coast Packing Company in Vernon, for about a decade. I first met him when he took a...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXVII: Are You There, Readers? It’s Me, Guti

Gentle cabrones: I never did read the young-adult classic, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. Weird, because I read a bunch of the Judy...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXV: Whistle While You WERK

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from Primm, where I'm getting gas on the road to Denver, where I'll be reporting a story for...someone about...something. “Why are you driving...

Muslim-Friendly Al Pastor? Halal-Mex Food Rises Across United States

As long as Hassan Musselmani can remember, he wanted to combine his dual identity as a Muslim and Christian through food. It initially meant adding...