In this special episode originally co-produced for 2021 SXSW by SXSW and The Texas Tribune, Evan interviews former President George W. Bush. They discuss current politics, baseball and immigration, the topic of President Bush’s book, “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants.”
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses immigration and his memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” was published by HarperCollins in 2018.
Author Sandra Cisneros discusses her prolific career as a writer, Latinx representation in the arts and her 2018 short story, “Puro Amor.”
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Her novel “The House on Mango Street” has sold over six million copies, been translated into more than twenty languages and is required reading from elementary through college across the nation. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico.
Attorney Michael Avenatti talks about the high-profile cases he has been involved with and his feelings towards President Donald Trump.
Michael Avenatti is an attorney and entrepreneur who routinely appears on broadcast and print media as a commentator on a range of legal issues. He has represented parties in a number of lawsuits that have gained international media attention, including cases brought against Donald Trump, the National Football League, various celebrity defendants, high-ranking business executives and Fortune 100 companies. He is also a professional race car driver, having participated in races across the United States and Europe.
Actor Diane Guerrero talks about her book, “In the Country We Love: My Family Divided.” The book chronicles her childhood experience — the deportation of her undocumented parents at the age of 14.
Diane Guerrero appeared in the hit shows “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin.” She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. Her first book, “In the Country We Love,” was released in 2016.