Episode 26 – Value and Change

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Hector chats with Frances Negrón-Muntaner, the distinguished Puerto Rican filmmaker, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is the founding director of the Media and Idea Lab. Topics include: aging in prison, her recent Valor y Cambio project in Puerto Rico, community currency, storytelling, AIDS, activism, Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rico’s status question, and Arturo Schomburg.

Prof. Negrón-Muntaner has edited and authored several books, including Puerto Rico Jam: Rethinking Colonialism and Nationalism and Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture. Her films include Bricando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican, War for Guam, Small City, Big Change, and Life Outside.

For more information on Valor y Cambio, visit valorycambio.org. You can also visit her personal site, francesnegronmuntaner.com, or follow her on Twitter at @imfrancesnegron.

Hector is the founder and editor of MANO as well as the host of the LATINISH podcast. A Chicagoan living in Las Vegas, he's also the senior editor of Latino Rebels, part of Futuro Media, as well as a former managing editor of Gozamos, an art-activism site based in his home town. He was a columnist at RedEye, a Tribune-owned daily geared toward millennials. His work has been mentioned by The New Yorker, Good Morning America, TIME, the Washington Post, and other outlets, and his writing was featured in 'Ricanstruction, 'a comic book anthology whose proceeds went toward recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. He studied history at the University of Illinois-Chicago where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States.

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