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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Guest DJ: Fabi Reyna, She Shreds Magazine Founder And Musician

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3 Afro Dominicana Writers Reflect On Their Truths

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'Amor Eterno' For El Paso, Gilroy, Dayton And Beyond

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Haydée Milanés Embraces Her Dad's Legacy With Her Own Vision

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Alt.Latino Playlist: From Up North To Down South

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Three Artists, Three Takes On Latin Music

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A Puerto Rico Protest Song: 'Afilando Los Cuchillos'

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'Afilando Los Cuchillos' Soundtracks Puerto Rico's Social Movement In Real Time

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What We Heard At The Best Festivals For Latin Alternative Music

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