For Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR One is highlighting our editors' favorite NPR stories from over the years about Hispanic culture, art and personalities. The hope is that these stories show there are many different ways to be Hispanic, Latino or Latinx. Every day listeners can check back for a new story told by and about Hispanic people.
Amplify was created by Spotify to amplify the voices of different causes and initiatives. This year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme for Amplify is a celebration of the uniqueness of U.S. Latino identities. The hub will offer a mix of music, playlists, and podcast content, including episodes of NPR's notable podcasts: Code Switch, Radio Ambulante, How I Built This, Alt.Latino, and Latino USA.
Here's your list of episodes from our podcasts that will showcase Hispanic Heritage. Please note that publishing dates are subject to change:
Alt.Latino is a spotlight on the world of Latinx arts and culture through music, stories and conversation.The multi-platform (podcast/radio/blog) programming features the breadth of styles and cultures that make up Latin Music. Alt.Latino has consistently featured many iconic Latin music performers (Carlos Santana, Rita Moreno) going back to its very first show in June of 2010 with Juanes.
Alejandro Escovedo is from the punk wing of Latin music. He has a storied career as a member and leader of the Austin based punk band The True Believers and several bands under his own name. His new album, The Crossing, is a true return to form as a raucous, loud and boisterous sound that looks at immigration told through the eyes, and ears, of two young men looking for the
Puerto Rico: One Year Later
Just after the one year anniversary of the day (Sept 16) Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico Alt.Latino takes a look back at the pivotal moments of the storm and the recovery through excerpts of NPR News reporting from the island. National Desk Editor Luis Clemens has been coordinating coverage and will be a guest on the first part of the show detailing the strategy of covering the story and NPR Code Switch reporter Adrian Florido will also talk about his post of living there and covering the story.
El Tiny: 6 Latinx Artists Featured on the Tiny Desk Concerts
Bob Boilen and Felix Contreras made the hard decision of which 6 tracks to feature from the many Latinx TDC's that have been produced of the years. The point of the show is to share the depth of Latinx music the TDC's have featured from the beginning of the popular series.
We'll also hear from some artists about what the appearance has meant for their careers and we'll get to the bottom of why "El Tiny" is becoming a Must Do for artist throughout Latin America.
Alt.Latino Icon series: Jose Feliciano
The legendary guitarist and performer visits Alt.Latino World Headquarters (the NPR building) to talk about his legendary and groundbreaking career with humor and amazing show business stories to illustrate his role in the history of crossover success. The lesson here is there is no Cardi B without the work and sacrifices of Jose Feliciano.
Panart Cuban Music Recording Treasures
In 1940's Havana a Latin American sound engineer designed and built a world class recording studio in Havana and it became the center of the musical world of not just the Caribbean but also throughout Latin America.
Before the studio came under government control just after the revolution the studio amassed an archive of recorded music that is a window into Latin culture from that era.
Concord Records, an independent label based in California, recently acquired licensing rights to the tire catalog and releases its first batch of highly anticipated archive records in October.
Album coordinator Judy Cantor Navas will join Alt.Latino and play the tip of the iceberg of a collection that will undoubtedly refresh our knowledge of classic Cuban music.
Una Noche Con Ruben Blades
Latin music icon Ruben Blades releases a new album that includes many of his classic recordings and features him singing big band swing jazz hits of the 1940's in an album recorded with the jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis.
It's a natural paring considering the close relationship between Afro Cuban music and jazz going back to the 1940's and Blades covers that history and his own stories career with JALC's Carlos Henriquez, who produced the album.
Three Faces of Cuba
Alt.Latino will feature two interviews and a lengthy blog post featuring the sounds three contemporary Cuban artists who play jazz (Haydee Milanes), hip hop (La Dame Blanche) and folkloric music (Michael Spiro).
The podcasts will be entirely in Spanish, the blog post in English with extensive musical examples.
Alt.Latino Spotify Playlist
On Sept 15 Alt.Latino will relaunch the weekly Latinx New Music Playlist featuring artists who are currently redefining and challenging the concept of Latin music. These artists are taking the music back to its dance roots by taking over club playlists around the world and on the Spotify streaming charts. The Playlist is curated by former NPR Music intern Stefanie Ferndandez.
Latino USA, the radio journal of news and culture, is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective.
A Tale of Two Broadway Shows
Latino USA hits Broadway through a look at Latinos' presence on the stage through history. As Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights hits its 10th anniversary, and West Side Story turns 50, we take a look at their impact, their portrayal of Latinos, and the legacy of Latinos in Broadway going forward.
Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention Centers
There's a long and extensive pattern of sexual abuse and harassment in immigration detention facilities, even though the Prison Rape Elimination Act [PREA] was introduced in DHS facilities in 2014. So we zoom in on one notoriously problematic all-female detention center in Texas to explore how and why the system allows for sexual abuse of detainees to continue.
Are Warehouse Jobs a Path to a Middle-Class Life?
With the rise of e-commerce, the need for warehouses and the people who run them, many of them Latino, has exploded. Latino USA visits a high school training students to work in the industry and ventures inside an Amazon warehouse.
Interview with Rapper Fat Joe
Joseph Antonio Cartagena, known as Fat Joe, is a rapper and actor of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. In this edition of "Portrait Of," Cartagena discusses his 25-year career in music and his latest acting role in Night School.
Interview with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Sonia Sotomayor sits down with Maria Hinojosa to discuss the Justice's new books, "The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor" and "Turning Pages: My Life Story", a young adult and children's versions of her autobiography. The two discuss why Sotomayor decided to release her book for a younger audience and how she learned to "dream big dreams."
Radio Ambulante is an award-winning Spanish language podcast that uses long-form audio journalism to tell neglected and under-reported Latin American and Latino stories. Their new season launched this week!
In the internet age, getting, downloading, and sharing pictures, information, videos or music is so simple that almost everyone sees it as a normal thing. In fact, for many of us it's even something we do every day. An everyday practice that —as seen by copyright law— makes us all criminals. But still, we generally don't think about it, because there are no consequences. Diego Gómez, an environmental conservation student, wasn't concerned about that either, until he received a call in 2013 that would change his life and all his plans for the future.
It's Not Our Problem
Schools, compared to other buildings, were particularly affected by the earthquakes of September 2017 in Mexico. That's why the government allocated around US$1 billion to rebuild the more than 20,000 schools that were damaged. But two journalists, Nadia Sanders and Irene Larraz, were skeptical, and soon found that the reconstruction was plagued by government mismanagement and inefficiency. Who is responsible for rebuilding Mexican schools?
How do you make a life or death decision? A jury in Puerto Rico faces the capital punishment. Oct. 2
In Coihueco, an isolated and rural village in central Chile, life used to go by quietly, uneventfully. But in 2016, Rodlin Etienne arrived. He was the first Haitian in Coihueco —the first of many.
Kenia has only happy memories of her early childhood. She lived with her mom, older sister and her aunt in a small Manhattan apartment, where she was pampered by the family and showered with affection. But unexpected events changed her life radically, revealing an entirely different side of one of the people she most loved. Kenia would spend a lifetime trying to understand who this person really was, and what all this meant to her.