Sociolinguist Dr. Maria Eugenia Trillo of Western New Mexico University


Maria Eugenia Trillo, Ph.D is a Sociolinguist and Associate Professor of Spanish at Western New Mexico University.

“Spanish is a modern and a historic language in our country. It is a global language. It is a language that is spoken in more than twenty one different countries around the world. It is a first language, a primary language in the national and international spheres. It is one of the top ten most spoken languages in the world.”


Sagging Pants And The Long History Of ‘Dangerous’ Street Fashion

Gene Demby

For sagging’s many detractors, kids wearing their pants below the waist — or below the butt cheeks, in the case of the look’s most fervent adherents — has doubled as a reliable shorthand for a constellation of social ills ostensibly befalling or propagated by young black men. A dangerous lack of self-respect. An embrace of gang and prison culture. Another harbinger of cultural decline. Those are all things that people say about hip-hop, which helped popularize the sagging aesthetic. And if those are the presumed stakes, it’s hardly any wonder why opposition to sagging sometimes has the feel of a full-on moral panic.


Who’s Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos

According to a recent report published by the Motion Picture Association of America, Latinos went to the movies in 2013 way more often than other ethnic groups in the U.S. relative to their population.

Last year, Latinos made up 17 percent of the population, but accounted for 32 percent of frequent moviegoers (that is, folks who went to more than one movie a month). Blacks represent 12 percent of the population and were 12 percent of frequent moviegoers in 2013. Asians (and other minorities) — who compose 8 percent of the population — were 7 percent of frequent moviegoers.

Read more on NPR’s Code Switch.

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The Surprising Lessons of the ‘Muslim Hipsters’ Backlash

“In putting together the video, I thought that I was aiming at the American mainstream that does not understand Islam,” Layla Shaikley writes in the Atlantic. Read what what Code Switch has to say about “Muslim Hipsters” here.

The Surprising Lessons of the ‘Muslim Hipsters’ Backlash