Listen Up: 10 Podcasts That Celebrate and Explore Latino Culture

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You can never learn enough about your culture. No matter how much you think you know, there is always an interesting or an obscure historical fact; or an important narrative that you haven’t learned about; and cultures you never even knew existed. While you may know plenty about the Latino history and culture of your country of origin, there are about 20 more countries in Latin America, each with their own identity. Read on to learn about 10 podcasts that will school you on all things Latino — culture, history, identity, and more.

Latino USA

Latino USA is NPR’s only “national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program.” Each week, Maria Hinojosa schools us on the following topics: politics, business, music, health, and arts and culture.

Bitter Brown Femmes

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Ruben (of Queer Xicano Chisme) and Cassandra (of Xicanisma_) are the duo behind the Latinx/Chicanx podcast Bitter Brown Femmes. Their motto is “dismantling shit while talking shit;” their focus is on the critique of society and identity, and empowering marginalized groups.

The Latin American History Podcast

It is important to learn the history of Latin America, to know where we began, where we have been, and where we are headed. Max Serjeant’s The Latin American History Podcast takes us on a trip back to our origins, with episodes such as “The Taino Rebellion,” “Brazil and the Southern Cone,” and “The Inca.”

Tamarindo Podcast

Brenda Gonzalez and Melinna Bobadilla are at the helm of the Tamarindo Podcast. They describe themselves as “Latinx voices at the intersection of politics and pop culture.” The podcasts cover everything from interviews with notable Latinos, to marijuana, to Juan Gabriel.

Locatora Radio

Locatora Radio is a “radiophonic novela” ran by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme, aka “las mamis of and bullshit.” Their podcast is all about “the experiences, brilliance, creativity, and legacies of femmes and womxn of color.”

De Colores Radio

Based in Dallas, De Colores Radio is a podcast by Eva Arreguin and Rafael Tamayo. The duo take on Latinidad, art, pop culture, and more on the show. It is part of the larger De Colores Collective, which also throws parties and themed art shows.

Bag Ladiez Podcast

Afro-Dominicans Estephanie and Lina are the voices behind the Bag Ladiez Podcast. The Bronx natives discuss several topics (with and without guests) on their episodes, including AfroLatinidad, family, race, sexism, and politics.  

Radio Ambulante

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Radio Ambulante is “NPR’s first Spanish-language podcast telling uniquely Latin American stories.” The show, which shares stories from Spanish-speaking countries, won the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Prize for Innovation in Journalism in 2014.

In the Thick

Maria Hinojosa is on a roll with her podcasts. Webby-nominated In the Thick, is hosted by the Latina and fellow journalist Julio Ricardo Varela. It “has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.”

Morado Lens Podcast

Morado Lens is “a feminist podcast hosted by two childhood friends who discuss embracing your #InnerBruja, sex, and culture — always fun, always real. These childhood friends are boss ladies Cindy Rodriguez and Nathalie Farfan.