Von Diaz

Gravy Podcast: The Pull of Pollo


Rosa Rivas (L) and Noemi Barragan at the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center.


Last December I spent a week in Northwest Arkansas, reporting a podcast for Gravy – The Southern Foodways Alliance’s podcast. There, I visited Springdale, Arkansas where I met animal welfare advocates, immigration activists, the owner of a famous local chicken restaurant, and nearly a dozen Latina poultry workers.

I discovered a vibrant, organized, politically engaged, and proud Latino community – predominantly Mexican and Central American – in a place where few expected them to be in such large numbers. And I found a town transformed by an industry, a mass migration of immigrants that had both revitalized and repopulated a sleepy rural town into the most ethnically diverse city in the state—and among the most diverse in the South. 

Listen to the Gravy Podcast, originally broadcast on January 28, 2016.