Check Out These 20 Latino Podcasts To Help You Make It Through The Holidays
There’s nothing more comforting and empowering than hearing people of your community speak on issues that impact your communities. This Christmas, while you sip your champurrado, coquito, crema de vie, or whatever holiday drink you gravitate towards. Here are some Latino-run podcasts to connect you to your community wherever you are as you celebrate the holidays.
Latinos Who Lunch
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I mean, what Latino doesn’t, but these New Mexico residents, Justin Favela (FavyFav) and Emanuel Ortega (Babelito), will elevate your lunch hour. One is an artist and the other a curator, both of whom are hilarious, queer and brilliant. Grab a taco and season your ears.
Estephanie and Lena are God’s gift to all of us. These two Bronx-based Afro-Dominicans will actually make you crack up while they “just tryna be better and make you better too, join usssss as we try to get rid of our baggage cuz deadass that stuff is heavy af.”
Their episode titles tell it all: “Serena Let Us Know if We Should Pull Up” and “If You Waited in Line to Buy Jordans, You Can Go Vote.”
Nos Vemos en el Swap Meet
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Are you a shy introvert who thrives off hearing the drama and conversations safe on the outside? Luis Octavio is your guy to overhear his conversations with folks at swap meets across Southern California.
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Co-hosted by Verónica Bayetti Flores and Miriam Zoila Pérez, two women with very different music preferences, this podcast will fill the hole in your musical heart that Justin Bieber created. They bring in the oldies and help you discover new artists from all over Latin America that will make you dance in your seat all the way to work.
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These two New Yorkers Nomi Ruiz and Ava Sanjurjo are just here to spill tea. They’re like a living breathing “overheardinNYC” podcast that can also catch you up on all the new slang (i.e. Slang Sessions). They’ll keep you young.
NPR’s Latino USA
If you listen to New York Times’ The Daily, you’ll want to follow that up with Latino USA. NPR’s award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa offers Latino Americans the content we deserve. She doesn’t just offer breaking news. She interviews the Latinos whose perspective we can relate with and need to hear.
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If you don’t know Gloria Anzaldúa, a Latinx Heritage Month icon, listen up. Anzaldúa famously wrote about “La Frontera,” and the borders that language creates around gender, identity and more. Queer soul friends Angélica Becerra and Jackie Cáraves Anzaldú it like nobody else (except maybe Gloria Anzaldúa) in breaking down how we live and switch into different identities as Latinx Americans.
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Bricia and Paulina Lopez are sisters by blood and as co-hosts of the Super Mamas podcast that supplies the huge demand for Latina mothers to hear their experience in America mirrored. As you can imagine, topics range from the struggle of raising bilingual children, of maintaining Latino culture while assimilating their kids in America, and so much more.
Bitter Brown Femmes
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Ruben and Cassandra are here to (in their own words) “dismantle -isms while running their mouths.” They release a new podcast about once a month, with titles like, “Abolish ICE, Then We’ll Talk” and “Where Does the Gay Go?” The bitterness is just so relatable.
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Boys, listen up, Desus Nice and Joel Martinez are actual comedians in the Bronx with a Viceland late night show, “Desus & Mero.” When you’re not risking your life by watching the show in your phone in your car, you can listen to them on their OG platform: Bodega Boys.
Café con Pam
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Miami based Pam keeps it real about that bilingual life of constantly saying “come se dice,” what it’s like living in this new Latinx culture that is also so very American, and all of this while drinking Cafe Bustelo.
Café con Pam is wildly popular, explicit and riveting. Every episode she interviews a new barrier breaker on topics ranging from dreams, sex, politics and mental health.
In the Thick Show
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Self described as “journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news.” Award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk about what nobody else wants to talk about, including in depth investigation on the ground in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria.
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Latino Rebels is increible. They really do push boundaries in calling out machismo and even interviewing a Latino worker that once worked for an anti-immigration organization. Listen up.
Let There Be Luz
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We are aware of all the trend into astrological awareness that we all grew up with. Somos brujas. Let There Be Luz aims for their podcast to “create a space where we can make personal strides, learn to trust our inner guidance and move towards our deepest desires.”
Linda Garcia is talking to women to reclaim our menstruation as a gift, our yonis as our spirital guides and the power of femininity.
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Looking for a genderqueer Latinx podcast to validate your experience as a brown bruja who hates gender norms? Mala y Diosa are here for you to peel the layers of the performance of femininity, which is so high for Latinas, mental health, trauma and sexuality.
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Latina Theory is for you Latinos who don’t live in Los Angeles or New York. Maria Isa and Arianna Genis live in Minnesota. That’s right. Hear their perspective in perfect Spanglish on (you guessed it) Latina Theory.
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Daniel Alarcón and Carolina Guerrero are here to give you the news in Latin America, so we don’t stay in our American bubble por siempre. Plus, they’re trying to bring longform back by giving you detailed, in depth investigative stories. Listen to this award winning Spanish-language podcast to hear about everything from used book-sellers in Bogotá to metal music in the ’80s and ’90s in Havana.
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These two Angelenos, Melinna Bobadilla and Brenda Gonzalez, unpack every issue Latinos in Los Angeles have to deal with, including even the term “Latinx.” They self describe as “a socially conscious talk show with a Latino vibe.” They talk about Mexican-Arab influences, how to love our noses, and decolonizing our beauty and diets, as well as titles like “What in the Actual Hell: US Immigration in 2018.”
Wait, Hold Up
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Yarel Ramos and Jessica Molina have no limits on what’s on the table to discuss. Every episode will either talk about the latest major “wait, hold up” moment or interview a Latinx that experienced their own “wait, hold up” moment that changed their lives. Learn from other people’s experiences, people.
These cerebronas are casual Yale and Stanford law students from working class immigrant families. They started this podcast to democratize knowledge and unpack their sh*t. Sometimes, they break down interesting immigration cases, and other times they talk about intergenerational trauma.