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From the Southern Oral History Program, this is Press Record: a podcast about the joys and challenges of learning history by talking to those who lived it.

Episode 13: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces

This month, Press Record dives into an ongoing project about oral history and immigration in North Carolina. In the following episode, Carol sits down with Maria Ramírez and Laura Villa who both worked on the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Project. New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces is a bilingual digital archive that contains oral histories from Latin American migrants in North Carolina as well as North Carolinians who have worked closely with migrants in the state. In the following half hour, you’ll hear oral history clips, conversations about what went into making a bilingual digital archive, and how New Roots has moved beyond the walls of academia. You can listen to the episode below through SoundCloud and please subscribe and rate us on iTunes here!

Latino Migration to North Carolina, source: //
Latino Migration to North Carolina, source:
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Interviews in Episode 13 are listed below in the order that they appear:

Anabel Hernández Cortéz

Acaxual Teco, pseud.

Ana Laura Medrano

Manuel Rafael Gallegos Lerma

David Rigby

Yesenia Pedro Vicente

Adriana Iturbide

Ebelyn Joanna Antúnez

Additional Resources:

Access the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces website here. You can browse the website in English or in Spanish.

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Episode 1- Silence Speaks Volumes

Episode 2: Back Ways

Episode 3: Feminism and Oral History

Episode 4: LGBTQ Southern Oral History and Activism

Episode 5: Pet Sounds

Episode 6: Sweet Emotion

Episode 7: Oral History For Movement Building

Episode 8: Voices From Charlotte

Episode 9: Veterans and Oral History

Episode 10: Women and Politics in the South

Episode 11: Oral History and the ERA

Episode 12: Revisiting Backways in Conversation