With the start of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month comes the inevitable conversations about our identities and culture. Going through social media can sometimes feel overwhelming but thankfully there are whole podcasts episodes dedicated to these topics. Longtime Latinx podcast favorites like Locatora Radio and Code Switch constantly cover these topics and other important issues related to the Latinx community. Newer podcasts like LaTeaNa are also doing the work to amplify Latinx voices and tackle issues like the Black Lives Matter movement in relation to the Latinx community. We’ve rounded up nine of the best podcast episodes dedicated to discussing Latinidad.
A Family Conversation on Race & Latinidad – Latino USA
Latino USA shares stories about culture, politics, and social justice within Latinx communities. In the episode “A Family Conversation on Race and Latinidad” two Afrolatinx cousins, Alexander Newton and Umar Williams, discuss race and Latinidad after George Floyd’s murder. We all saw the beginning of real change and a rise in social justice movements in the aftermath and Newton and Williams discuss their journey through the eyes of Panamanians.
Latinidad & The American Racial Hierarchy – Modern Racism
Sociologist Trevor B. Milton began the Modern Racism podcast which focuses on racial issues and the legacy of white supremacy. On the episode “Latinidad and he American Racial Hierarchy” he discusses what is means to be Latinx in today’s society and touches on the fact that racism exists in every culture, including Latin America. This particular episode shows how every culture has its own racial bias and its an uncomfortable but necessary conversation that needs to be had within the Latinx community.
American Brujeria – Latinx on the Rise
Latinx On The Rise is a podcast about Latinx sharing stories and showing the world that Latinx are breaking boundaries. “American Brujeria” is an episode that touches on Latinx spiritual practices. Though brujeria remains a powerful practice, many also dismiss it or stigmatize it. The host, like many of us, shares how limpias were common and talks to author J.Allen Cross, author of American Brujeria. The book looks at spitirual practices and what it’s like living between two cultures.
Latinx Representation – Tamarindo Podcast
Tamarindo hosts Ana Sheila Victorino and Brenda Gonzalez team up with Neilsen, a research company, to discuss how the Latinx community is represented and what specifically Latinx watch and listen to. More and more television shows and movies are starring Latin actors and actresses and the music industry is booming with Latin artists. This particular episode not only talks about how Latinx are dominating the entertainment industry but it also offers suggestions on how to stay grounded and stick to your roots.
Locatora Radio has everything you’d ever want in a podcast: humor, pop culture, wellness, and representation. On this episode, Diosa and Mala have a discussion about white men who identify as Latino (aka Faketinos) and how they’re capitalizing on these identifiers while not actually being Latin American. They’ve also previously covered this topic with women (“Faketinas”) discussing white women pretending to be Latinas including white Jewish woman Jessica Krug who pretended to be Afro-Latina. The caucasity!
Breaking Barriers As A Latina And As An Immigrant – Modern Immigrant
Host Vero is an immigrant from Venezuela who says that migrating to the USA has “been one of the most difficult and extraordinary experiences” of her life. On her podcast, Modern Immigrant, she ‘s dedicated to amplifying immigrant voices. On this episode, Yessi Bause opens up about graduating as a first generation college student all while dealing with her legal status and getting a job in the United States. The message here is “you are more than your legal status” and through Yessi’s inspiring journey Vero’s shine a light on the untold stories of so many undocumented Latinxs in the U.S.
What Does It Mean To Be Latino? The ‘Light-Skinned Privilege’ Edition – Code Switch
Maria Garcia and Maria Hinojosa are both Mexican American and light-skinned and together with NPR’s Code Switch they explore the complexities of their identities. While Hinojosa identifies as a woman of color, Garcia does not and this episode discusses how both women came to that conclusion. There’s no denying their white skin privileges but it also goes much deeper than that and this episode shows how identity is truly personal.
‘Ain’t I Latina’ Founder Janel Martinez on Creating Space as a Black Latinx – Latina to Latina
Host Alicia Menendez talk to Ain’t I Latina founder Janel Martinez about her journey towards identifying as Afro-Latinx and discusses how Latinos view themselves in today’s society. Today’s media paints the ideal Latina like Sofia Vergara or Jennifer Lopez so Martinez goes into depth about how Latinas come in different colors, shapes, and backgrounds.
Black Lives Matter, Self-Love, Representation, Real Talk – The La-Tea-Na Podcast
The La-Tea-Na podcast is relatively new and in their first episode they discuss important issues around the Black Lives Matter movement and Latinx representation. This episode encourages Latinx to speak up and the importance of lifting each other up and celebrating each other in all our rich diversity.