Felix Contreras Felix Contreras is host of Alt.Latino, NPR's program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture.
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Felix Contreras

Host, Alt.Latino

Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latinx musicians, actors, filmmakers, and writers. He has hosted and produced Alt.Latino episodes from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and throughout the U.S. since the show started in 2010.

Previously, Contreras was a reporter and producer NPR's Arts Desk and, among other stories and projects, covered a series reported from Mexico on the musical movement called Latin Alternative; helped produce NPR's award-winning series 50 Great Voices; and reported a series of stories on the financial challenges aging jazz musicians face.

Contreras is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision in Miami and California. He's a part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands in the Washington, DC, area. He is also NPR Music's resident Deadhead.

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Billie Eilish's sophomore full-length, Happier Than Ever, tops this week's list of the best albums out on July 30. Kelia Anne MacCluskey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 30

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Johnny Ventura, seen here at the Latin Grammys in 2013, died at the age of 81 on Wednesday. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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Dominican Merengue Star Johnny Ventura Dies At 81

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From Havana to Miami (pictured here), protestors have chanted, "Patria y Vida," or homeland and life, a clever play on the revered, long-held mantra of the Cuban government: patria o muerte. Scott McIntyre/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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We Excavate Cuba's Rallying Cry, 'Patria Y Vida'

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Kanye West, pictured at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California. His long-awaited album, DONDA is on NPR Music's shortlist of the best releases out on July 23. Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 23

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Actress Adelina Anthony and actor Mateo Ray Garcia in The Daily War, part of PBS's Latinx film series. Silvia Lara/Courtesy PBS hide caption

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Indie Film And Latinx Reality

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Willow's Lately I Feel Everything, a surprising turn toward pop-punk, tops our list of the best albums out on July 16. Dana Trippe/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 16

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Puerto Rican superstar Rauw Alejandro's "Todo de Ti" has taken the Latin pop world by storm. Marik Curet/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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No Boundaries On The Island: The Music Of Puerto Rico

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Alt.Latino's Best Music of 2021 (So Far)

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Melvin and his son, Nestor, were one family that was separated under former President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy. Nestor says he would have frequent nightmares about the separation. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Resilience and Innovation: An Alt.Latino Podcast Extra En Español

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights hit the silver screen on June 11, making a big splash in the world of Latinx media. Macall Polay/Courtesy of Warner Brothers hide caption

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Los Lobos And Tania León Post Their W's

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'Music As A Weapon': A Discussion About Garifuna Music

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Uruguayan artists Juan Wauters talks new music and his ever-evolving sound on this week's magazine show. Lucia Garibaldi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Loss, Love And Resilience Across Latinidad

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A young boy from the dance group Sangre Nueva shows off his moves in La Maya, Santiago de Cuba. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Bakosó: Cuban Grooves Meet Afrobeats

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Pedrito Martinez and Rubén Blades continue to defy expectations with the release of their two new albums. Renee Klahr/NPR Illustration hide caption

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You Just Can't Peg Pedrito Martinez And Rubén Blades

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Long Hair And Lowriders: Latin Rock In 1971

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