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Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

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A radio adaptation of the documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. This documentary examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar.

At the heart of the story is his transformation from a mainstream, establishment Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s until he was killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970.

Featuring material from recently released files, the program removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom and offers a clear-eyed look at the man.

Featuring:

  • Ruben Salazar, journalist
  • Stephanie Salazar Cook, Ruben Salazar’s daughter
  • Ernesto Vigil, Chicano activist
  • Phil Montez, Ruben Salazar’s friend
  • Danny Villanueva, former president and general manager of KMEX
  • Bill Drummond, former LA Times reporter
  • Bob Navarro, Earl Shorris, Steve Weingarten, Guillermo Restrepo, journalists
  • Bill Thomas, former LA Times editor
  • Julie Ruhlin, LA County Attorney
  • Boris Yaro, former LA Times photographer
  • Raul Ruiz, former editor and photographer at La Raza Newspaper
  • Tom Wilson, former LA County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Jimmy Flores, witness.

Credits

  • Producer: Jasmin Lopez
  • Featured music: Chicano Batman: Live on WFMU with Gaylord Fields: Jan 11, 2015
  • Special thanks: Phillip Rodriguez, City Projects, and PBS.

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