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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.

Bag Ladiez

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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.

Radio Menea

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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.

Allegedly NYC

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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

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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.

Anzaldúing It

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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.

Super Mamas

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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.

Bodega Boys

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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.

Latino Rebels

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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.

Locatora Radio

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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.

Latina Theory

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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.

Radio Ambulante

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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.

Tamarindo Podcast

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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.

Cerebronas

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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.


READ: Two Latinx Women Are Tackling Major Issues In Their Community One Podcast At A Time

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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