Alabama | a la bamba

Alabama map90.3 WBHM | Undated -- Our series on the burgeoning Latino population in Alabama continues on-the-air and online! In our first story, WBHM's Steve Chiotakis explores parts of Pickens County and talks to Latino community leaders about why there is such a tremendous undercount by the United States Census Bureau. The skewed numbers means the loss of governmental representation and federal and state funding, among other things.

In the coming weeks and months we'll explore what kind of welcome the emerging minority group has found here.

Come along as we take over a community kitchen and make tamales for Christmas! Listen in as the ingredients are kneaded and mixed, boiled and blended. The only thing you'll miss is the great smell! (But if you think about it hard enough...)

Find out how difficult life can be for those who deal with everyday events without knowing the English language. It's a challenge for interpreters who have to be precise in their vocation.

But sometimes there are no interpreters for people who speak different dialects or different languages. Such was the case of one very young mother whose child was taken away by Alabama DHR officials. And that led to other important issues in the debate.

We'll also spend time with Mexican day laborers, church leaders and others, emersing ourselves in the culture, food and kitchen table issues. It's everything you ever wanted to know about Latinos in Alabama...


Additional information:

90.3 WBHM | ¡a la bamba! part 1: "Undercounted"
90.3 WBHM | ¡a la bamba! part 2: "Tamales"
90.3 WBHM | ¡a la bamba! part 3: "Inside Interpreting"
90.3 WBHM | ¡a la bamba! part 4: "Fighting for Javier"

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