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Details of a Chicano activist's mysterious death are unraveled in a new podcast

Natalie Paredes, left, and Oscar Gomez in 1992, two years before his death.
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Natalie Paredes, left, and Oscar Gomez in 1992, two years before his death.

It was the early '90s and a voice piercing through the airwaves at a student radio station in Davis, California, galvanized the growing Chicano movement.

Within a few years, that man would be dead.

His voice silenced.

His name was Oscar Gomez and his body was found at the bottom of a massive bluff in Santa Barbara.

KPCC/LAist's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has been unraveling the details of his mysterious death and the legacy he left behind, in a new podcast —Imperfect Paradise: The Forgotten Revolutionary.

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A Martínez
A Martínez is one of the hosts of Morning Edition and Up First. He came to NPR in 2021 and is based out of NPR West.
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