December 15, 1974 - MPR’s Greg Barron produces “In Search of a Better Life,” a documentary which explores the origin, life and challenges of Mexican American community in Minnesota. The community of St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood is highlighted.
July 11, 1977 - MPR’s John Ydstie presents sound portrait of a migrant family working the sugar beet fields of the Red River Valley.
July 10, 1978 - As part of an Insight series, MPR’s John Ydstie produces a sound portrait titled “Migrant Series, Part 1.” Ydstie follows the daily life of Guillermo Flores, a migrant worker in the sugar beet fields of rural Minnesota.
July 7, 1979 - On this regional public affairs program, MPR’s Rich Dietman presents highlights from Hispanic festival on the West Side of St. Paul. This was the first El Midwest Canto Al Pueblo (aka - Song to the People). Program includes interviews with artists, music breaks, poetry reading, and other sounds from and about the festival.
April 29, 1993 - MPR’s William Wilcoxen profiles Teatro del Pueblo, a performing arts theater on St. Paul’s West Side. Wilcoxen interviews theater founder and artists on the efforts to foster Latino storytelling.
October 1, 1993 - On this First Friday segment, MPR’s Bill Wareham profiles the St. Paul Tex-Mex band Los Mundiales. Wareham interviews members of the band about the music genre and band’s traditional use of a real accordian.
November 1, 1993 - A reading from an anthology of poems, “Mouth to Mouth: Poems by Twelve Contemporary Mexican Women,” published in 1993 by Milkweed Editions (Minneapolis, MN). Excerpt is from an introductory narrative and poem written by poet Isabel Fraire.
March 7, 1994 - MPR’s Mark Zdechik reports on the local program Manos Creativas, which has developed a creative hand project and work forum for Hispanic women in St. Paul.
May 5, 1998 - MPR’s William Wilcoxen reports on RADIO REY, a Spanish-language radio service that broadcasts more than thirty hours a week from a grocery store on Concord Street in St. Paul’s West Side.
May 11, 1998 - MPR’s Dan Olson reports on a Minneapolis intersection once known for crime getting a big lift with the opening of a mercado, or marketplace. The city's burgeoning Spanish-speaking population is one of the factor's behind the creation of the business. Residents are welcoming the unusual development as the latest sign of economic revival on Lake Street.