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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After The Storm

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Tiny Desk Artist Profile: Sofia Rei

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Alt.Latino's Favorite Songs Of 2020

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Alt.Latino's Favorite Albums Of 2020 Gave Us Passion, Vision And Solace

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A Jazz Piano Christmas: 2020

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Alt.Latino Introduces You To Louder Than A Riot

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Milestones, Immigration And Justice Music

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Alt.Latino Film Festival: Fandangos And Mockingbirds

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Encore: A Conversation About The 'American Dirt' Controversy

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