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On Saturday, millions of Americans will celebrate a holiday that's not what it seems to be. On Cinco de Mayo, it'll be all things Mexican from LA to Denver to New York City.  But the day will be celebrated in only one small part of Mexico itself. It's about as Mexican as pastrami burritos. Whatever its history, it's a lot of fun, and gives us a chance to talk about the assimilation of US and Mexican cultures into each other. Also, LA's Homegirl Café -- as theater. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Rupert Murdoch: Finance, Politics and Journalism.

Banner image: Cinco de Mayo parade in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2007. Photo by Rena Dehler

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Anna Scott
Gideon Brower

Reporter's Notebook Play Based on Homegirl Café Opens Saturday 4 MIN, 18 SEC

Father Greg Boyle has put hundreds of former gang members to work at Homeboy Industries and at the Homegirl Café in downtown Los Angeles. Now the Homegirl Café has been turned into theater. KCRW's Lisa Napoli speaks with playwright Lisa Loomer about Cafe Vida.

Guests:
Lisa Loomer, playwright

Main Topic Cinco de Mayo and Other American Traditions 19 MIN, 39 SEC

On Saturday, all across the United States, Americans of all kinds will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo. But it's not Mexican Independence Day -- that's on September 16, and in Mexico it's hardly celebrated at all.

Guests:
David Hayes-Bautista, University of California, Los Angeles (@drhayesbautista)
Gustavo Arellano, Host, 'Orange County Line' (@GustavoArellano)
Jody Agius Vallejo, University of Southern California (@JodyAVallejo)

El Cinco de Mayo

David E. Hayes-Bautista

Main Topic Rupert Murdoch: Finance, Politics and Journalism 26 MIN, 9 SEC

Is Rupert Murdoch Unfit to Broadcast?The British police and the US Justice Department are investigating the way Rupert Murdoch has conducted an empire that spans the world of communications media. But a majority of a committee of Britain's parliament has already acknowledged his "willful blindness" and concluded he's "not a fit person" to lead a major international company. We look at his problems and his influence on journalism worldwide.

Guests:
Alan Cowell, New York Times (@cowellcnd)
Richard Ackland, Australian journalist and editor (@JustinianNews)
William Shawcross, British journalist and author
Eric Boehlert, Media Matters (@EricBoehlert)

Bloggers on the Bus

Eric Boehlert

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