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For all you audio lovers with earbuds almost permanently in place, isn't it bliss to escape from our screen-saturated world and let your mind wander with just the power of voice?
Recent data from the 2023 Nielsen Diverse Intelligence series revealed that Latinos are really into podcasts. When it comes to news specifically, Latinos are 13% more likely than the general population to choose podcasts over other mediums. While there's an array of shows and films within easy reach, podcasts offer a multitude of choices. It’s estimated that 3.5 million Latinos are avid podcast news listeners.
The trend is recent, though. About half of Latino podcast fans have only been listening for about two years. What's more, a whopping 60% are broadening their audio horizons, indulging in a richer blend of shows and topics.
To mark International Podcast Day, we put together a list that can help further expand the breadth of the Latino podcast listening experience into new topics and new countries.
Entiende Tu Mente
Wanna build some emotional muscle? Tune in and vibe with a therapist, a life coach, and a psychology student. They'll help you understand that wild, awesome thing called your mind. Plus, it’s a fun way to brush up on your Spanish.
Buckle up for some sci-fi vibes! This Chilean audio series takes you into the thrilling world of time travel and impending doom. And guess what? Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac are now starring in the English-language remake!
Latino Rebels Radio
If you're all about staying updated with what's happening in the US Latino world, this is your jam. Commentary, analysis, and some cheeky humor, all rolled into one!
Dive deep into Puerto Rican life with these narrative stories and top-tier journalism. Think of it as a beautiful collage of life, available in both English and Spanish.
Hey, new mamas (and papas)! Want to feel like you’re chilling with friends, talking about the wild ride of parenthood? Sisters Paulina and Bricia got your back. Bonus: They even hang out with celebs like Eva Longoria!
Latinx in Power
Dive into the tech world with Thaisa Fernandes and get real insights from Latin American leaders. It’s like a VIP pass into the behind-the-scenes of tech!
Remember bedtime stories? Get a dose of that nostalgia in Spanish! With a mix of classic tales and music, it’s a magical journey, even if Spanish isn’t your thing.
Latina to Latina
Alicia Menendez is serving real talks with amazing Latinas. Expect laughs, tears, and loads of inspiration. From TikTok creators to Netflix stars, she chats with them all.
Break the taboo and talk about mental health in the Latinx community! Tune in with Adriana Alejandre and guests for genuine, heartfelt discussions. It's a fresh perspective every week.
For a dose of long-form journalism that's all about Latin America, this podcast is gold. Over 200 episodes from 20 countries, it’s like a beautiful audio tapestry of life, love, politics, and more.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your headphones and dive in!
Natalia and Carolina Trejos make up the duo that run “Pinkafé,” a TV show focused on empowering women and Latinas in media.
The sisters are the first duo to have their own TV show airing on Latino Alternative TV (LATV), a bilingual broadcast network that serves as a “direct link to the growing voice of the Latino experience.”
What makes the Trejos’ story even better is that they’re deeply relatable in their quest to create a real sisterhood among women. Their story of resiliency in immigrating from their native Colombia to Ecuador then making their way to the United States is a source of inspiration for aspiring Latinas.
“We want to inspire and empower our viewers with opportunities, educate them with available options when it comes to finding a true passion and doing what they love for a living. We have our 'why' very present and our mission is to make sure our Pinkafesas know theirs as well," Carolina Trejos said when asked about Pinkafé’s goals.
The millennial Latinas began their journey at the helm of Pinkafé first with a blog, that then later developed into an online fashion boutique, and then found its home as a podcast. Once they were offered the opportunity to develop the podcast into a TV show, the sisters were on board full steam ahead. Their experience as Latinas in media enabled them to bring their show to the next level in featuring Latina leaders and entrepreneurs. These conversations work to amplify Latina representation in a media landscape where Latinas are commonly underrepresented and misrepresented.
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With a mission of working to elevate women’s voices, foster collaboration, and provide commentary on their own experiences, the Trejos’ are making history with Pinkafé. The show covers a wide variety of topics, with the sisters discussing everything from their own journey of creating a platform, to producing their own TV show and podcast, to speaking from their own experiences on the importance of creating boundaries in the workplace with family members, the breadth is as broad as the audience they’re representing.Pinkafé’s 4th season’s can be viewed every Tuesday on LATV. You can also find past episodes of the show here.
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Whichever podcast genre you are into, we made a list of Latinx podcasts worth checking out. The list has several podcasts with various topics if you’re looking to learn something, stay entertained, or get inspired.
LOUD: The History of Reggaeton
This new Spotify podcast has got to be one of our favorites. Ivy Queen gives us a crash course in each episode on the history of Reggeaton. “LOUD” dives into the origins of perreo, historic movements behind this genre, and features many artists who have redefined and contributed to reggaeton.
Yeah No, I’m Not Ok
The Latinx community is very aware of the stigmas attached to mental health issues within our culture. Actress Diane Guerrero started this podcast to get others to open up and talk about this topic that affects so many. Guerrero and other celebrities of color explore issues like body image, anxiety, depression, and addictions. A Latina with a platform whose podcast is solely about mental health, what is there not to love about this?
Cafe con Pam
A bilingual podcast where the Latinx community and people of color join Pam Covarrubias and speak on different topics in each episode. Examples that are close to our hearts are immigration status, healing our inner child, and rewriting our narratives.
The feminist Latina podcast you didn’t know you needed. Diosa Femme and Mala Munoz are two Latinas who are killing it. Brujeria, pop culture, dancing, chisme, art, you name it, this duo has talked about it. This relatable and entertaining podcast is one you don’t want to miss.
Marginalized QTBIPOC stories often are focused on trauma and unhappiness, but Gabby Rivera is changing that. She is starting a joy revolution with this podcast. Rivera is a queer Puerto Rican storyteller that created “Joy Uprising” to show there is still joy despite every hardship the community faces. Every episode, she asks every guest, “what brings you joy?” and we get to hear different stories being celebrated.
Dr. Jeniree Flores Delgado started a podcast where Latinx Professionals can give career advice, wisdom, tips, support, and encouragement. The Latinx community must see that they are our future doctors, scientists, astronauts, and whatnot. This podcast encourages us, Si Se Puede!
The Latina Mom Legacy
Mamas also deserve a podcast to help them through parenthood. This podcast, created by Colombian American mother Janny Perez, helps mothers navigate raising bicultural children, provides advice, and tackles many other subjects. Mamas do not need to know everything, which is why podcasts like “Latina Mom Legacy” are so important.
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