This semester, I began a Latinx Studies podcast project with Professor Rojo Robles entitled Latinx Visions. The first episodes are available now and can be found on Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts. This podcast will run in “seasons” with at least five episodes per season. Our first season focuses on Latinas and we will have episodes on Latina-centric television, film, literature, art, and culture. Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform for notifications of new episodes. You can also follow our social media accounts for updates and any bonus content: @LatinxVisions on both IG and Twitter.
Even before the pandemic and teaching from home, many of us included visual media in our teaching. I showed anything from film adaptations of the literature I was teaching, to news stories, to interviews, to readings of a text by the author themselves. Sometimes these would be shared in class, and other times they might have been assigned for homework.
With the move to online teaching, I continued our use of supplemental video instruction, whether it was content created by ourselves or by others. But one thing that I had only just begun to integrate into my teaching before COVID was audio instruction. I created my own podcast Why Do We Read This? (designed for Baruch’s Great Works of Literature students) in 2019, and began assigning it to students for homework. They were asked to listen and come to class ready to discuss what had been covered in each episode. After my initial partner was no longer able to continue with the project, I invited fellow Baruch colleagues and other friends to guest on the show to help me discuss the parallels between canonical works of literature and pop-culture and current events.
When I started teaching in BLS in the summer of 2020, I knew I wanted to continue assigning audio content to my students, but initially, I did not have the time to create a second podcast. So I had to turn to outside audio sources. Below is a list of recommended podcasts and what they cover so you can decide if they interest you in any way. Descriptions are taken from the podcast websites themselves. You can click on any of the links below or you can search and listen on your favorite podcast apps.
In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia Menendez and her guests take on the challenges of existing, and then thriving, as Latinas. They talk about everything, from growing their companies and careers, caring for their families, and breaking down the systems that keep many of us out. Through the laughter and sometimes tears, these intimate conversations feel like we’re listening to and learning from our most trusted friend. Latina-owned, produced, and made with love. 154 episodes
(to be read in the voice of Pitbull) Raiza, Oscar, Tony and Carlos bring you the best of the best of lo mejor of Latinx comedy. Join them as they ask, ¿Que te Pica? (What’s itching you?), chat with their special guest, and wrap up the show with an improv set that’s muy fuego. DALE! 104 episodes
Two proud Latinas discuss Latinx representation in film and television through their lens. 31 episodes
Tune in with Adriana Alejandre, LMFT to the weekly podcast that discusses mental health topics related to Latinas, Latinos and Latinx individuals in efforts to demystify myths and diagnoses. Cultural and commonly stigmatized themes will be discussed with Latinx mental health professionals, psychiatrists, doctors, bloggers, tv personalities, social media influencers, entrepreneurs and many more. Spanish segments are aired every other week! 48 episodes
Midwest Latinxs Maria Isa & Jessica Lopez Lyman cover everything from current events, race, and gender to edutainment, chisme y musica, all in one Spanglish podcast. 42 episodes
Join Professor LatinX and his featured guests to chat critically and creatively about the variety and vitality of comic books, comic book films, and Latinx pop culture in the shaping of our everyday lives. 70 episodes
Drawn out from the fictional world of our series Gentefied and brought into the Netflix universe, Brown Love is a weekly show that celebrates the multi-faceted US Latinx experience. Each week, our host Dascha Polanco talks to Latinxs in Hollywood who are making space for Latinx communities to see themselves, and gets real on topics like machismo, Afro-Latinidad, self-care, comedy, and the first-generation experience. 10 episodes