Jasmine Garsd

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In Cuba, Musicians Redefine The Classics

Thursday, January 07, 2016

It's wintertime, and we're all a little chilly and in need of vitamin D. This week on Alt.Latino, we feel a ray of sunshine in the form of Anastasia Tsioulcas, one of NPR's finest music reporters.

Anastasia specializes in classical music, but also has a passion for hunting down fresh ...


Los Mejores: Alt.Latino's Favorite Musicians Of 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It's that time of year when we review our favorite music, and as always, it was difficult to narrow it down to a handful of songs. One recurring theme in 2015: Whether it's Li Saumet from Bomba Estereo or up-and-coming singer Kali Uchis, it's been a fantastic time ...


Kissing Bug Disease: Latin America's Silent Killer Makes U.S. Headlines

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

"El Almohadon De Pluma" (The Feather Pillow), written in 1905, is a classic of Latin American literature. Uruguayan author Horacio Quiroga tells the tale of Alicia, a newlywed who begins mysteriously and rapidly losing weight. Soon she's bedridden with severe anemia. The doctors are perplexed. She dies in no ...


Bagels And Bongos: The Jewish-Latin Music Connection

Thursday, December 03, 2015

This week on Alt.Latino, we explore the deeply intertwined roots that connect Jewish and Latin music.

Professor Josh Kun teaches at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He's researched music history extensively, and he joins us to spin some awesome old records, including Celia ...


These Are The Faces Of People Facing HIV/AIDS: #WorldAidsDay

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

There's a place in the city of Tijuana, Mexico, called El Bordo, which has always been somewhat reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic movie scene. The name comes from "the border," which is where it's located: right by the fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico, among the enormous paved canals that ...


Despite Similarities, Pocahontas Gets Love, Malinche Gets Hate. Why?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pocahontas had nothing to do with the first Thanksgiving. She died in 1617, four years before the celebration in Plymouth.

Neither did Malinche, her Mexican counterpart, who lived in the 1500s.

But I've been thinking about both women on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. They were part of the ...


Refugees: That Time Everyone Said 'No' And Bolivia Said 'Yes'

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"The refugee has got to be checked because, unfortunately, among the refugees there are some spies, as has been found in other countries." It could have been said today about the Syrian refugee crisis, but those words belong to President Franklin Roosevelt, in 1940.

Back then, many of those refugees ...


Guatemalan Hip-Hop, Argentine MCs, Puerto Rican Soul And More

Thursday, November 19, 2015

On this week's episode of Alt.Latino, Felix Contreras and I discuss how different our musical tastes feel at times. Sometimes, we seem to come from virtually opposite head spaces: Felix will be chilling on a Jamaican beach, listening to reggae love ballads, while I'm off listening to hip-hop at some ...


Wanted: Speakers Of Mayan Languages, Many Of Them

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

As immigration to the U.S. shifts from Mexico to Central America, more Mayan speakers find themselves stuck without translators in the court system.


A Life Of Storytelling: Guest DJ Soledad O'Brien

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Soledad O'Brien's name is synonymous with committed, in-depth journalism on topics that don't always receive such treatment in mainstream media — topics like race and poverty in America.

But who is the woman behind the reporting? O'Brien's own life is fascinating: full of stories about the challenges and triumphs on ...


Día De Los Muertos: Alt.Latino's Sonic Altar

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Once a year, to celebrate Day Of The Dead on Nov. 2, we ask listeners and friends for stories of loved ones they've lost — with an additional request for music to remember them by. We then build a sonic altar to celebrate those who are no longer here and ...


Songs We Love: Nire Feat. Maluca & Nani Castle, 'Commie Mommie'

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back in 2009, the devil walked up on Audobon Ave in New York. She wore beer cans as hair rollers and red leather shorts, and was mocking hot Caribbean boys who asked for her phone number. The devil's name was Natalie Yepez, or Maluca, which means "bad girl" ...


The Girl Who Broke Free: Building A New Life In America #15Girls

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The week she turned 15, Rosi got an amazing birthday present. She was in a government shelter in New York.

And then her dad walked in. It was the first time she'd seen him in almost four years.

"He brought me a big cake as a present. It was vanilla," ...


Alt.Latino's Horror-Movie Mixtape

Thursday, October 22, 2015

You know how it goes: Your friend forgets his cell phone at a haunted house, and you have to go with him to retrieve it. Happens all the time to Felix Contreras and me.

So here's our super-scary mixtape to listen to while you you run away from demons, hide ...


A Year Later: The School System That Welcomed Unaccompanied Minors

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It's been a year since thousands of unaccompanied minors surged into the U.S. In the schools of Oakland, Calif., such children were seen not as a burden but as a challenge.


Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This week on Alt.Latino, we feature artists who showcase their musical talents in indigenous languages from Mapuche to Tzotzil, Guarani and Quechua. These young musicians — from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico — defy industry norms that say singing in Spanish or Portuguese is the only way to get ...


Grittier Telenovelas Are Ratings Gold For Telemundo

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Telenovelas' standard plots grew stale and viewership was down. Then networks led by Telemundo in the U.S. began producing more realistic and lurid series. And it's working, Telemundos ratings are up.


Facing The Challenge Of Reporting And Keeping At-Risk Sources Safe

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Shortly after NPR's team of journalists — Kelly McEvers, Encarni Pindado and I — arrived in El Salvador to report on how young women are being affected by gang violence, we received a grim phone call from a local colleague who knew about our assignment.

He told us a ...


How El Salvador Fell Into A Web Of Gang Violence

Monday, October 05, 2015

Warning: Some of the depictions and images in this story are graphic.

Violence is rampant in El Salvador. In the month of August alone, there were 900 homicides. That's a daily average of 30 murders in a country with a population of 6.3 million — less than New York ...


The Surreal Reasons Girls Are Disappearing In El Salvador: #15Girls

Monday, October 05, 2015

Refuse to share a pencil, reject a boy, say no to your imprisoned dad — all of these can get a teen girl killed in El Salvador's gang war.