LaGuardia Community College 2002-03 Common Reading
Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican

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AUDIO RESOURCES

In this section, you will find clips of audio recording, featuring interviews and book reading. You can hear Esmeralda Santiago's voice through the internet. (The Real Audio software is needed to play the recording.)

1. This segment is from the Monday, June 03, 1996 "Talk of the Nation," National Public Radio.
LATINA WRITERS (In Real Audio format)
Tune in to the next Talk of the Nation when host Ray Suarez is joined by two Latin American women writers for a discussion about how living between cultures has influenced their writing, and about the new popularity of Latina literature. Guests: Esmeralda Santiago, author of "America's Dream," and Hilmice Novas, author of "Mangoes, Bananas, and Coconuts."

2. This segment is from the Tuesday, October 13, 1998 "All Things Considered," National Public Radio.
ALMOST A WOMAN: WELFARE OFFICE (In Real Audio format)
When Esmeralda Santiago was thirteen, her family moved from Puerto Rico to Brooklyn. Soon after, her mother lost her job and went to apply for welfare, using Esmeralda as a translator. Santiago reads an excerpt of her new book "Almost a Woman" about the experience. (Note: "Almost a Woman" is published by Perseus Books) (4:00). You can read the text of this excerpt.

3. This segment is from the Tuesday, November 03, 1998 "All Things Considered," National Public Radio.
ALMOST A WOMAN: SOCIAL WORKER'S VISIT (In Real Audio format)
Esmeralda Santiago reads an excerpt from her new book, "Almost a Woman," about the time a social worker came to visit her famly to determine if they would qualify for welfare. (Note: "Almost a Woman" by Esmeralda Santiago is published by Perseus Books.) (3:30). You can read the text of this excerpt.

4. This segment is from the Wednesday, March 10, 1999 "All Things Considered," National Public Radio.
VOLUPTUOUS (In Real Audio format)
Commentator Esmeralda Santiago went on a trip to her native Puerto Rico recently, and she realized that even though she may be plump at home in New York, in Puerto Rico, she's voluptuous. (3:45)

5. This segment is from the Tuesday, March 16, 1999 "All Things Considered," National Public Radio.
THE INTERVIEW (In Real Audio format)
Commentator Esmeralda Santiago wanted to hire a housekeeper, but when Graciela showed up at the door, eager to work, Santiago couldn't bring herself to hire her. (3:30)


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