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A crowd gathers to celebrate the Feast of the Black Christ, or El Cristo Negro, an important religious holiday for many Central Americans. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

A crowd gathers to celebrate the Feast of the Black Christ, or El Cristo Negro, an important religious holiday for many Central Americans. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

::  Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, on her inspiration to start Sonic Trace, and why it works so well in Los Angeles:

"My focus has always been really international. I was a Latin American politics major in college and went to school in Mexico City, so it was very clear to me that I wanted my focus to be global. The whole point of Localore is to transform local public radio stations with regional content. I had never done local coverage before, but I realized that you can't cover any American city today without going beyond U.S. borders. That was what opened me up to look at storytelling from a local point of view with an international perspective. 

"This worked really well in Los Angeles because half of the population is from Mexican or Central American decent. It's the city with the second most number of Mexicans after Mexico City, and it’s not even in Mexico.... Many communities celebrate the same holidays, keep the same dates for parties—do everything they would do in their town of origin. It's like you can really be in Mexico or Central America."