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The global Latinx community is evolving and growing fast. Alt.Latino is here to celebrate it and all of its nuances through music. Each episode, NPR Music's Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with a different living legend or rising star to discuss Latinx culture, heritage, and the shared borders of our experiences. Let the chisme begin! Support NPR and get your music exploration sponsor-free with Alt.Latino+. Learn more at plus.npr.org/nprmusic

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The global Latinx community is evolving and growing fast. Alt.Latino is here to celebrate it and all of its nuances through music. Each episode, NPR Music's Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with a different living legend or rising star to discuss Latinx culture, heritage, and the shared borders of our experiences. Let the chisme begin! Support NPR and get your music exploration sponsor-free with Alt.Latino+. Learn more at plus.npr.org/nprmusic

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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Omar Apollo, Karol G and Papo Vazquez

7/10/2024
Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre round up their favorite new tracks, including heartbroken music from Omar Apollo, a mix of jazz and Afro-Puerto Rican sounds from Papo Vazquez and a controversial new merengue electrónico track from Karol G. Songs featured in this episode: •Omar Apollo, "Empty" •Los Cenzontles, "Different Drum" •Mabe Fratti, "Oidos" and "Intento fallido" •Karol G, "Si Antes Te Hubiera Conocido" •Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Hamilton de Holanda, "Mandalagh" •Papo Vazquez and Mighty Pirates Troubadours, "Plena Pa'Los Apache" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:28:24

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Super-producer Edgar Barrera on turning old-school genres into pop hits

6/26/2024
Even if you don't know Edgar Barrera's name, you know his work. The multiple Grammy-winning writer and producer has worked with dozens of the biggest names in Latin music — Bad Bunny, Maluma, Karol G, Camilo — the list goes on. But he's also one of the main forces pushing regional Mexican into the mainstream over the past few years, and turning Pan-Latin sounds into pop perfection. This week on Alt.Latino, Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre visit Barrera in his studio, as he breaks down how he makes a hit song. Songs featured in this episode: •Toy Selectah, "Hay Guey" •El Cuarteto de Nos, "Enamorado tuyo" •Grupo Frontera, Nicki Nicole, "Desquite" •Manuel Turizo and Marshmello, "El Merengue" •Carin León and Maluma, "Según Quién" Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:33:01

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Alt.Latino's favorite music of 2024 (so far)

6/12/2024
To mark the halfway point of 2024, Felix Contreras, Anamaria Sayre and NPR Culture Desk producer Isabella Gomez Sarmiento run down their favorite releases of the year so far, from a career-defining release from Nathy Peluso, a leveling up from Argentine rapper Trueno, introspective jazz from Melissa Aldana and so much more. Songs featured in this episode: •Trueno, "Tranky Funky" •Kali Uchis, "Dame Beso //Muévete" •Lau Noah ft. Gaby Moreno, "Aunque Suene Bonito" •Carlos Ares, "Amigo" •Angelica Garcia, "Gemini" •Melissa Aldana, "I Know You Know" •Nathy Peluso, "Legendario" •Reyna Tropical, "Cartagena" •Daymé Arocena (feat. Vicente García), "A Fuego Lento" •Akapellah (feat. Al2 El Aldeano, Faker), "Ni Con Money" •The Marias, "Run Your Mouth" •Grupo Frontera, "Me Hizo Un Favor" •Alvaro Diaz, Feid, "Gatitas Sandungueras Vol. 1" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:28:35

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The National Recording Registry's best Spanish language songs (and what it's missing)

5/29/2024
The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry is more than just a collection of music and sound — it's a reflection of who we are as a country. In April, two new Spanish language songs were added to the registry: Juan Gabriel's "Amor Eterno" and Héctor Lavoe's "El Cantante." This week on Alt.Latino, Felix and Ana take the opportunity to dive into the Spanish language songs that have made it into the historic collection, as well as share their dream picks for what should be chosen next. Songs featured in this episode: •Héctor Lavoe, "El Cantante" •Juan Gabriel, "Amor Eterno (En Vivo [En el Palacio de Bellas Artes])" •Buena Vista Social Club, "Chan Chan" •Buena Vista Social Club, "Orgullecida" •Buena Vista Social Club, "El Carretero" •Santana, "Oye Como Va" •Lydia Mendoza, "Mal Hombre (Cold-Hearted Man)" •Dizzy Gillespie feat. Chano Pozo, "Manteca" •Ivy Queen, "Quiero Bailar" •Jose Feliciano, "El Reloj" • Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:35:10

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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Wyatt Flores, Danny Ocean and Grupo Frontera

5/15/2024
Ana and Felix collect their favorite recent releases from the past few months, including new material from the breakout regional band Grupo Frontera, a country/Latin cross-over in the music of Wyatt Flores, a new song from groundbreaking rapper Mala Rodriguez and more. Songs featured in this episode: •Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, "Mas Que Nada" •Luis Muñoz, "Crescent Moon" •Mala Rodriguez, "Casi Nada [Explicit]" •Alih Jay, "Bang Bang (Mi Baby Me Mató)" •Cher, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" •Grupo Frontera, "Me Hizo Un Favor" •Wyatt Flores, "Half Life" •Danny Ocean, "Cero Condiciones [Explicit]" •Fabiola Méndez, "Lamento en Celinés" •Ca7riel & Paco Amoroso, "EL ÚNICO" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:32:49

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Alt.Latino's favorite Tiny Desk Contest entries

5/1/2024
It's the 10th annual Tiny Desk contest and there's been a strong showing of Latin artists behind desks across the United States and Puerto Rico. Felix and Ana sifted through all the entries and pulled their favorites from artists with roots all across the Americas. And if one of them ends up winning, you can thank us for the introduction. Songs featured in this episode: •Cathia, "Taza de Café" •Manu Manzo, "Celos" •Mireya Ramos and the Poor Choices, "Quiero Volver" •Flaco el Jandro, "Lluvia Pesada" •Los Quinceañeros, "Guero" •La Doña, "Loser Girl" •Alejandro Aranda, "Pieces" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:37:05

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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Angélica Garcia, Young Miko and The Mavericks

4/17/2024
Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras round up their favorite new music, from Puerto Rican rapper Young Miko's boundary-pushing new music, to Alejandro Escovedo's genre-bending rock and Angelica Garcia's electro-cumbia. Songs featured in this episode: • Young Miko, "Tamagotchi" • The Mavericks, "Moon & Stars (with Sierra Ferrell)" • Angélica Garcia, "Juanita" • Alejandro Escovedo, "Castañuelas" • Nella, Yendry, "Veinte Años" • Sheila E., "Bemba Colorá (ft. Gloria Estefan and Mimy Succar)" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino, and our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:40:01

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Tracing the history of Latino artists making country music

4/4/2024
The release of Beyoncés Cowboy Carter has sparked a national conversation about who gets to sing country music and the complex roots of the genre. Which got Alt.Latino thinking — what about the Latinos in country? This week, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras travel to Austin, Texas to speak with AmeriChicana musician Carrie Rodriguez about the difference between violin and fiddle, strings and "strangs," and who gets to play country music. Songs featured: •Carin Leon, Leon Bridges: "It Was Always You (Siempre Fuiste Tu)" •Cuco Sanchez: "La Cama de Piedra" •Merle Haggard: "Big City" •Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: "San Antonio Rose" •Robert Earl Keen: "Feelin' Good Again" •Chip Taylor, Carrie Rodriguez: "Dirty Little Texas Story" •Eva Garza: "Quiero Verte Una Vez Mas" •Rick Trevino: "Doctor Time" •Ruben Ramos: "Crying Time" •Sammy Arriaga: "Tennessee Whiskey - Spanglish" •The Mavericks: "There Goes My Heart" •Louie TheSinger: "Come and Take It" •Carrie Rodriguez: "I Dreamed I Was Lola Beltran" • Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino, and our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:37:07

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What do we really want from Shakira?

3/30/2024
Shakira just released her first album in seven years, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, and most listeners and critics have high praise. But this episode of Alt.Latino puts the record to the test. Felix Contreras, Anamaria Sayre and NPR's Isabella Gomez Sarmiento talk about what makes a Shakira record a Shakira record, how pop artists reinvent themselves and loving your favorite artists even if you don't always love their music. Songs featured in this episode: •Shakira: "Puntería" •Shakira: "La Fuerte" •Shakira: "Obtener un Si" •Shakira: "El Jefe" •Paul Simon: "You Can Call Me Al" •Shakira: "Cómo Dónde y Cuándo" •Santana: "Smooth" •Shakira: "Cohete" •Karol G, Shakira: "TQG" •Miles Davis: "Bitches Brew" •Shakira: "Monotonía" •Shakira: "Escondite Ingles" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino, and our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:23:04

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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Elsa y Elmar, Julieta Eugenio, Esteman and more

3/21/2024
The weather's heating up and so are the music releases. The hosts of Alt.Latino share their most quintessentially them picks, with Latin jazz across the board from Felix and indie pop-rock bops from Ana. The two sit down to ping-pong favorite picks back and forth from different parts of the country — plus, Felix puts Ana's picks to an impromptu test. Featured tracks: Lara Project, "Extraños" Julieta Eugenio, "Breath I" Esteman, Villano Antillano, "Noches de Verano" Rodrigo Recabarren, Pablo Menares, Yago Vazquez, "Santiago" Elsa y Elmar, "entre las piernas" Hurray for the Riff Raff, "Hawkmoon" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino, and our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:26:46

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A deep dive into Cuba's rich musical history, reported from Havana

3/6/2024
Is it really a good idea to take a vacation with your coworkers? If you're part of the Alt.Latino team, it is. Last month Alt.Latino co-host Anamaria Sayre decided to join Felix Contreras on a planned trip to attend the 39th annual Havana Jazz Festival, an international event that attracts fans of both Cuban music and jazz from around the world. Spread out among several historic venues around the Cuban capital city, the team spent eight days taking in the sights and sounds of one of the oldest cities in Latin America. Hours before they returned home, Felix and Ana recorded this episode reflecting on everything they heard and the legacy of Cuba's musical diversity. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:24:20

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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Residente, La Yegros and El Cuarteto de Nos

2/21/2024
As the chill remains in the air for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and the heat of summer warms up the South, we take time to listen to new music from both parts of the world. Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre round up their favorite new music, including Southern Cone rock and cumbia, atmospheric vocals from the U.S. and even some delicate yet emotionally powerful music from the Catalan region of Spain. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino and our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:23:23

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We round up the greatest boleros ever, with help from artists and listeners

2/8/2024
Nothing captures the agony of love, loss, hope and redemption like the song form known across all of Latin America: the bolero. Last December, UNESCO declared the bolero "an intangible cultural heritage of humanity" and "an indispensable part of the Latin American sentimental song." And given that Valentine's Day is coming up, Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre did something special this week, in honor of this news: they asked some of their favorite artists and show listeners to share their most-loved boleros, and break down exactly what makes them so special. Join Felix and Ana as they laugh, cry and sing a little to the love songs of the ages. And be sure to check out the playlists we made for this episode, feature Ana and Felix's picks, as well as the selections from featured artists and listeners, on Spotify and Apple Music. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino and our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:31:23

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Ana Tijoux: On why it took 10 years to release her new album 'Vida'

1/24/2024
Vocalist Ana Tijoux has been a frequent guest on Alt.Latino. That's because ever since her US debut, 1977, was released in 2010, Tijoux had been at the forefront of Latin music that celebrates creative innovation, themes of social justice and fierce independence. In this week's episode the Chilean musician talks to Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre about why that spirit of innovation has been more or less silent for the last 10 years, and how her new album, Vida, is not only a chance to catch up, but also a deeply moving look back. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Suraya Mohamed and Isabella Gomez Sarmiento. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:32:11

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Alt.Latino's best new music roundup: Helado Negro, Gaby Moreno and Ana Tijoux

1/10/2024
In the earliest days of the show, Alt.Latino's mailbox was usually piled high with CDs of new music from both emerging and well-known artists. Now, Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre's email and social media accounts continue to open up new musical worlds at Alt.Latino and — in turn — all of you. The show starts 2024 with some great tracks from names you may know and a couple of bands that Felix and Ana think deserve wider recognition. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Suraya Mohamed. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:19:08

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Alt.Latino's favorite music of 2023

12/20/2023
While 2022 may have been a year completely dominated by a certain sad summer reggaeton album, 2023 drew its power from a set of familiar sounds that took on new prominence: tubas, accordions and a whole lot of lively, sneakily danceable beats. As we've been talking about on Alt.Latino for some time, Mexican Regional music broke through in a big way this year, and we found it incredible to witness the most boisterous and uncompromising sounds from that long tradition make their way across the world and to the top of the charts. A strong feeling of authenticity to place and experience was palpable across the spectrum of Latin albums released in 2023, from the most popular to those deserving of more attention. To review all there was to love about Spanish-language music this year, hosts Felix Contreras and Anamaria Syare sat down with producer Isabella Gomez Sarmiento to discuss the ways musicians danced fearlessly across genre lines while showing up as their complete selves more than ever before. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:41:04

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Regional Goes Global, Part 3: How a magical Mexican town keeps banda tradition alive

12/15/2023
You know all those tubas and brass instruments you hear behind your favorite regional Mexican hits? That's banda sinaloense and this week Alt.Latino wraps up the Regional Goes Global series with a visit to Sinaloa, Mexico, the birthplace of the genre. Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras visit the picturesque town Mocorito, a pueblo magico where tradition and pride in the musical heritage runs deep. That's the case even among members of the drug cartels, which are responsible for some of the country's societal ills. It's a complex story as passionate and heartfelt as the music that stretches from the hills of Sinaloa to this side of the U.S.-Mexico border. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Lilly Quiroz, Suraya Mohamed, Josephine Nyounai and Natalia Fidelholtz. The editor for this episode is Jacob Ganz, and our project manager is Grace Chung. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:27:54

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Regional Goes Global, Part 2: A band finds its voice amid a storm of controversy

11/29/2023
For the second episode of Alt.Latino's regional Mexican music series, hosts Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras interview the rising family band Yahritza y Su Esencia in its hometown of Yakima, Wash. The two discover that the U.S.-Mexico border looms large in this regional Mexican moment, especially for Yahritza y Su Esencia — not strictly because of the music's obvious Mexican roots, but also the ways in which the border can create an "us" and "them" dynamic. The band's struggles with musical and personal identity also reflect the real struggles that millions of U.S.-born folks with Mexican heritage face. And what started as a musical journey for Ana and Felix has now become a personal journey. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Janice Llamoca, Shelby Hawkins, Suraya Mohamed and Natalia Fidelholtz. The editor for this episode is Jacob Ganz and, our project manager is Grace Chung. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:33:16

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Regional Goes Global, Part 1: Finding Peso Pluma's music revolution in Nashville

11/15/2023
Earlier this year, Peso Pluma — a 24-year-old who grew up in between Guadalajara, Jalisco, and San Antonio — became the first regional Mexican artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. Something in the music industry was changing. Streaming numbers for regional Mexican shot up astronomically, as the musical stylings of banda and norteño made their way onto the Coachella main stage and burgeoning stars like Peso Pluma began to book their first U.S. tours in major markets. But what accounted for regional Mexican's rise? And what does the genre's continued popularity say about not just changing trends in the Latin music industry, but the changing shape of America? For the next three episodes of Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras dive into the regional Mexican explosion, revealing the complex relationships both Mexicans and Mexican Americans have with identity from either side of the border. In this first episode, Felix and Anamaria travel to Nashville, Tenn., to witness Peso Pluma's performance and to try to understand the root of the phenomenon, through their own personal experiences and the people they meet along the way. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Janice Llamoca and Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Shelby Hawkins, Suraya Mohamed, Natalia Fidelholtz and Lauren Migaki. The editor for this episode is Jacob Ganz and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:33:01

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Marinero: How the diversity of the Bay Area shaped the artist's approach to music

11/2/2023
Recently Ana and Felix traveled to NPR member station KQED in San Francisco to meet Alt.Latino listeners and interview the musician Marinero, who has deep musical and familial roots in the Bay Area. This week's show is a recording of that live interview, full of great music as well as lots of laughs. Audio for this episode of 'Alt.Latino' was edited and mixed by Suraya Mohamed. Our show editor is Hazel Cills and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:35:40