Felix Contreras Felix Contreras is co-creator and co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.
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Felix Contreras

Host, Alt.Latino

Felix Contreras is co-creator and co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.

In addition to his post behind the mic, Contreras programs music from the Latin diaspora for the acclaimed Tiny Desk concerts and appears regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines, All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

A knowledgeable international ambassador for Latino heritage and arts, "Tio Felix" travels extensively in search of new talent and new music, and captures important legacy performers in jazz and Latin genres. Various national and international publications have quoted his expertise on the contemporary influences of Latin culture, music, and media.

He's a recovering TV journalist whose first post at NPR in 2001 was as a Producer/Reporter for the NPR News Arts Desk. He is also NPR's resident Deadhead and performs around the DC area with his Latin music Beatles cover band, Los Day Trippers.

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Linda Ronstadt is this week's guest on Alt.Latino. Sam Sargent/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Hermanos Gutiérrez: How their cinematic guitar music reconnected them as brothers

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NPR's Alt.Latino podcast hosts share highlights from the Latin Grammys

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Silvana Estrada: On cultivating intimacy and generosity in her live performances

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Natalia Lafourcade: How making original music again helped grow her 'inner garden'

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Angélica Negrón: The genre-subverting composer on embracing all sides of her identity

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NPR's favorite music of October, from ancestral grooves to hip-hop nostalgia

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Grateful Dead's Bob Weir took the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra

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Carlos Santana: Why 1972's divisive, spiritual 'Caravanserai' wasn't 'career suicide'

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iLe: How the rhythms and resilience of Puerto Rico shape her music

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Our Favorite Spooky Seasonal Songs

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Farruko: How a religious transformation led the rapper to retire his partying persona

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Carla Morrison: How a break from music and a move to Paris led to a personal rebirth

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