In today’s podcast, I interview Andrew Sandoval-Strausz from Penn State University about his 2019 book Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City. This is an absolutely fascinating study about how the rise of immigrant transformed the city, largely ending the “urban crisis” of the 1960s-1980s. We talk about how the specific ways people from Latin America use cities (much more publicly than Americans) and how that was transferred into the American city. We spend the second half of the podcast talking about Latino politics in the context of the upcoming election on Tuesday and discussing how Trump actually has greater support among Latino voters in 2020 than he did in 2016 and what to think about that seemingly odd and disturbing fact.
You all will really enjoy this one. I highly recommend both the conversation and the book.