29:03 | Jun 12th, 2018
This week, Alt.Latino talks to Vida show runner Tanya Saracho about portraying Latinx stories of queerness, family and gentefication with an eye toward nuance onscreen and representation offscreen.
31:28 | May 25th, 2018
After cracking the American pop charts last year, the Colombian reggaeton star is following the success of "Mi Gente" with his fifth album, Vibras. And he knows you're still listening.
29:00 | May 17th, 2018
The San Antonio-based band can trace its musical roots back to conjunto's beginnings in the early 1930s. The group plays guest DJ with tracks from its Spanglish-titled new album.
19:37 | Apr 4th, 2018
At 19, the producer and singer born Omar Banos has built a millions-strong following for his infectious dream pop — and begun testing it as a tool to help immigrant families like his own.
38:17 | Jan 30th, 2018
The pioneering DJ and member of Masters At Work talks about his recent Grammy nomination, growing up in the Bronx, and a new collaboration with some of the Cuba's finest musicians.
57:40 | Dec 8th, 2017
Her voice dripping with Southern R&B grit, Moreno and her band never lose sight of the emotion in the holiday classics they perform at KUT in Austin, Texas from a show recorded in 2015.
28:59 | Nov 30th, 2017
Alt.Latino's digital and analog mail bags were still bulging with new music, even as the year is drawing to a close. Rock, hip-hop, soul and rancheras — we have it all.
28:59 | Oct 12th, 2017
Pianists Chucho Valdes and Arturo O'Farrill honor their fathers, Latin jazz greats Bebo Valdes and Chico O'Farrill, on a new album. Here, the younger O'Farrill discusses Familia on Alt.Latino.
28:59 | Sep 7th, 2017
Carlos Santana teamed up with iconic soul and funk band The Isley Brothers for a new album dedicated to peace through music. On this episode, we invite them all to talk about its creation and message.
30:22 | Sep 7th, 2017
It was the No. 1 song in America for 16 straight weeks. As the summer of "Despacito" draws to a close, AltLatino explores the musical, sociological and business ripples created by the song's success.
28:57 | Jun 29th, 2017
The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist blends jazz, Latin music and soul seamlessly on his new album, Bad Ass And Blind. His musical touchpoints range from Paco de Lucía to Mercedes Sosa.
28:59 | Jun 22nd, 2017
Alt.Latino's summer music magazine features three artists — the band Making Movies, the writer Gabby Rivera and the singer Natalia Lafourcade — whose work reflects the reality and joy of life.
28:59 | Jun 22nd, 2017
Alt.Latino joins forces with WXPN'S World Cafe to host an electric performance by the Puerto Rican band. Back in the studio, we speak with the band about its innovative approach to Yoruba culture.
45:52 | May 12th, 2017
We were thrilled to have Juana Molina on the show in 2013 to talk about her album, Wed21, her musical influences, and how to rebel when your parents have the coolest musical tastes ever.
29:30 | Apr 6th, 2017
The former Calle 13 frontman starts a new musical chapter with his latest album and documentary film, both of which are records of his two-year trip around the world.
29:23 | Mar 30th, 2017
A spirit of protest motivated many Latin bands at this year's festival. Hear thoughts and music from some of the artists who performed, including Gina Chavez and members of Ozomatli and Fea.
30:58 | Dec 7th, 2016
The original Santana made music history nearly 50 years ago. When the band reunited for a short tour this spring, the guitarist told Alt.Latino how he and his collaborators did it.
29:57 | Nov 23rd, 2016
Recently, Ecuadorian DJ Daniel Lofredo Rota stumbled upon a box of tapes from his grandfather's record label. Now, he's reclaiming a lost segment of his country's musical heritage.
29:47 | Aug 4th, 2016
In this week's encore presentation, hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras document their eclectic musical passions — including amazing music from the Los Angeles Tropical revival.
41:30 | Jun 16th, 2016
Good music is good music, and it eventually breaks down all barriers. This week we've got Mexican bluegrass, Venezuelan retro and a Honduran crooner who makes beautiful music in Canada.
40:32 | Jun 9th, 2016
Veteran radio host Betto Arcos has just returned from a trip to Colombia, and he comes to Alt.Latino bearing gifts — including a deep dive into the country's best folk and contemporary music.
39:22 | Jun 3rd, 2016
As Latino populations grow in locations far from large urban centers, local music scenes are thriving. This week, Alt.Latino showcases a few artists from places off the beaten path.
33:02 | May 26th, 2016
The lure of the open road was too much to resist this week, so Alt.Latino turns the volume up on a collection that includes Central American heavy metal, Cuban guitar jazz and Brazilian DJs.
37:12 | Oct 15th, 2015
This week, Alt.Latino plays songs sung in indigenous Latin American languages: Mapuche, Tzotzil, Guarani, Quechua and Tz'utujil from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico.
32:40 | Jul 16th, 2015
Alt.Latino looks at popular songs chronicling the escape of Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo this week. Some describe his getaway admiringly, while others mock his perceived collusion with authorities.
41:30 | Apr 30th, 2015
We're doing one of our favorite things: sharing new music with our listeners. We've got Mexican bluegrass, Venezuelan retro and a Honduran crooner who makes beautiful music in Canada.
37:12 | Mar 5th, 2015
This week, Alt.Latino plays songs sung in indigenous Latin American languages: Mapuche, Tztotzil, Guarani, Quechua and Tz'utujil from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico.
56:06 | Feb 19th, 2015
NPR Music received roughly 7,000 videos from artists looking to perform behind the Tiny Desk. Here, we take a look at some of the best Latin entries.
46:29 | Feb 12th, 2015
Following the time-honored Alt.Latino tradition of hating Valentine's Day, the show revisits the greatest villains of Latin love songs.
30:36 | Feb 5th, 2015
This week, we've got some odd combinations that turn out fantastically well, including Bolivian indigenous folk and electronic music, Mexican ranchero pop love songs and more.
29:25 | Jan 30th, 2015
Alt.Latino's first new music show of 2015 features a fierce new track by Chilean singer Camila Moreno.
0:00 | Jan 16th, 2015
Lalo Alcaraz and Ilan Stavans' new book isn't just hilarious; it's also important. Like all good history books, it makes a point to say something important about the present and the future.
0:00 | Jan 8th, 2015
The Portuguese term saudade, which embodies a particular mix of melancholy, longing and loss, has no direct equivalent in English. But it does find full expression in bittersweet music. Singer Luciana Souza and producer Beco Dranoff join Felix and Ja...Show More
0:00 | Jan 1st, 2015
NPR's Otis Hart stops by to spin some hot new Latin electronic dance music.
0:00 | Dec 24th, 2014
Celebrate the season with songs from across the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. D.C.-based choral group Cantigas joins us live in NPR's Studio 1 for a program of holiday music that's a perfect soundtrack for digesting 2014 and celebrating the...Show More
0:00 | Nov 27th, 2014
We bring you music that will help you dance and digest the holiday meals, but we also are bringing you songs to tune into while we all try and digest what's been going on in the world recently, whether it's a Mexican hip-hop group performing in the m...Show More
0:00 | Nov 21st, 2014
With the help of Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas, Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd find gems among this year's Latin Grammy nominees, from a flamenco legend to a laid-back troubadour.
0:00 | Oct 30th, 2014
Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd celebrate the holiday (and, by extension, lost loved ones) with laughter, tears and music.
0:00 | Oct 24th, 2014
Alt.Latino celebrates a Latin rock legacy, plays new music, and discusses the film The Book Of Life with NPR's Mandalit Del Barco.
0:00 | Oct 16th, 2014
Alfredo Corchado covered the Mexican drug war during its bloodiest peak. He joins Alt.Latino to discuss his book Midnight In Mexico and the music he enjoyed while writing it.
0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2014
This week on Alt.Latino, hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras document their latest musical passions, including amazing music from the Los Angeles Tropical revival and new Latin soul.
0:00 | Sep 25th, 2014
Vocal coach Ximena Mor (of The Voice Mexico) joins Alt.Latino's Jasmine Garsd to discuss why Latin pop stars don't always get the credit they deserve.
0:00 | Sep 18th, 2014
Alt.Latino celebrates the singer-songwriter and Soda Stereo leader, with guest host Ernesto Lechner.
0:00 | Sep 15th, 2014
This week on Alt.Latino, we play new music rooted everywhere from Colombia to Los Angeles and beyond. All the artists we play — on this week's show and elsewhere — owe a debt to Latin music legend Gustavo Cerati.
0:00 | Sep 4th, 2014
Mario Moreno was one of the funniest comedians in Latin America, and his character, the goofy but witty Cantinflas, made Spanish speakers across the world laugh. We discuss his impact on Latin culture. (Please note there is no music in this episode...Show More
0:00 | Aug 19th, 2014
All of our featured artists this week speak to us in distinct musical settings: cumbia, electronica, downtempo and even a 1970s funk remake. It's a powerful reflection of just how broadly Latin music is being expanded, but what all these selections h...Show More
0:00 | Aug 7th, 2014
Hear five different conversations with artists from the Latin music scene including Rene Lopez, Los Rakas and more!