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.
For three days last week, thousands of Guatemalans blocked roads and major highways to protest the country's slide toward a constitutional crisis. Protest organizers included groups that have long demanded justice: indigenous communities and campesinos. https://t.co/On1TwiS8D2
— NPR's Latino USA (@LatinoUSA) January 24, 2019
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.”
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.
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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 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.
Una playlist para perder la voz con dignidad. Síganla y compártanla con sus amigos: garantizamos horas de diversión. https://t.co/i0WmVPlIZj
— Radio Ambulante (@radioambulante) March 1, 2019
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 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.