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Isabella Gomez Sarmiento

Assistant Producer, Weekend Edition

Isabella Gomez Sarmiento is an assistant producer with Weekend Edition.

She joined the team during the last rotation of her Kroc Fellowship in 2020 and never left. Since falling in love with radio, she's produced segments about vaccine outreach in Latino communities, the future of abortion access in a post-Roe landscape and the significance of a few classic albums on their 50th anniversaries. Gomez Sarmiento also coordinates Weekend Edition's music coverage and makes occasional appearances on Alt.Latino.

Before coming to NPR, she wrote about culture, gender, and immigration for outlets including Teen Vogue, CNN, Remezcla, and more. When she's not pitching homages to iconic cartoon characters, she can be found biking around Washington, D.C., or fawning over her cat, Ricky Ricardo.

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Last week, the Fulton County District Attorney in Atlanta charged rapper Young Thug (pictured) with an indictment for allegedly participating in street gang activities and violating RICO law. SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The charges against Young Thug build on a growing trend of criminalizing rap crews

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This educator writes 'anti-narcocorridos' — songs that tell the story of heroes

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The Linda Lindas' recently released album, Growing Up, finds its members attempting to make sense of adolescence in a global pandemic, demanding to be heard and paying homage to a savage pet cat. Zen Sekizawa hide caption

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On full-length debut, viral punk band The Linda Lindas keep growing

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In a new sci-fi book, musician Janelle Monáe expands on themes from her Grammy-nominated album Dirty Computer to tell stories about a community of individuals whose identities are being erased. Jheyda McGarrell hide caption

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Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' comes alive in a new collection of stories

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Ivory — the artist's newly-released, full-length debut — finds Omar Apollo at his most experimental yet. Gustavo Garcia Villa/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After years of early success, Omar Apollo releases full debut album 'Ivory'

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Cohen's routine — full of TMI and poking fun at herself — isn't just part of her comic act, it's therapeutic. "If you can't laugh at yourself, then no one else is going to laugh at you, either. Or maybe they will. But don't you want to be in on the joke?" she said. Aaron Ricketts/Netflix hide caption

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Catherine Cohen is in on the joke in 'The Twist...? She's Gorgeous'

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On February 18, Leon Bridges and rock band Khruangbin release the EP Texas Moon, their second homage to the state both musical acts call home. Pooneh Ghana/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 'Texas Sun,' Leon Bridges and Khruangbin seek solace on 'Texas Moon'

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C. Tangana embraces tradition on his groundbreaking album, 'El Madrileño'

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Spanish vocalist C. Tangana was a top pick for Alt.latino's Best Of 2021 panel. Getty Images hide caption

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Alt.Latino looks back at the best albums of 2021

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Mario Vargas Llosa explores 1954 Guatemalan coup in new novel

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Melissa Lozada-Oliva reimagines pop star Selena's legacy in Dreaming of You. Melissa Lozada-Oliva/Astra House hide caption

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In 'Dreaming of You,' poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva reimagines Selena's legacy

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We take a look at a few greats, old and new: Vicente Fernandez, Susana Baca, Cimafunk. NPR Illustration hide caption

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Alt.Latino And NPR News: Musical Profiles From Mexico, Cuba and Peru

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