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Banda MS is just one of the artists featured on this archival episode of Alt.Latino. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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From the archives: the many faces of 'Regional Mexican'

Alt.Latino intern Vita Dadoo parses through the podcast archive to feature two conversations on the musical styles referred to as "Regional Mexican," its history, and its rising popularity among audiences in the U.S., Mexico and beyond.

From the archives: the many faces of 'Regional Mexican'

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Reggaeton icon Ivy Queen is featured in this week's show. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images hide caption

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From the archives: interviews with Ibeyi, Ivy Queen and Silvina Moreno

Alt.Latino intern Cat Sposato takes over the show to feature more stories for Women's History Month.

From the archives: interviews with Ibeyi, Ivy Queen and Silvina Moreno

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From the archives: Latinas in punk

The San Antonio based punk band Fea is featured in a discussion about Latinas and punk.

From the archives: Latinas in punk

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Reggaeton pioneer Ivy Queen is featured in this week's podcast. Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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From the archives: exploring the representation of women in reggaeton

This week we go back to the era of "Despacito" to discuss the impact of reggaeton on women and reggaetonera pioneer Ivy Queen.

From the archives: exploring the representation of women in reggaeton

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Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena (above) and Puerto Rican vocalist iLe are featured in this week's show. Pablo Dewin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From the archives: vibrant conversations with artists Daymé Arocena and iLe

For another edition from our archives, we go back to interviews with vocalists Daymé Arocena and iLe much earlier in their careers.

From the archives: vibrant conversations with artists Daymé Arocena and iLe

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Vocalists Lila Downs (pictured), Li Saumet and Ana Tijoux are featured in this week's show. Marcela Taboada/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Celebrating Women's History Month with three powerful Latinas

We celebrate Women's History Month with three complex yet stylistically distinct Latina musicians: Ana Tijoux, Li Saumet and Lila Downs.

Celebrating Women's History Month with three powerful Latinas

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Vocalist Betsayda Machado's Afro-Latinx culture is explored in this week's show. Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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From the archives: A deep dive into Afro-Latinx culture

Revisiting a program from 2014 that offers an overview of Afro-Latino culture and history.

From the archives: A deep dive into Afro-Latinx culture

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Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras interviews Amara La Negra over lunch. Marisa Arbona-Ruiz/NPR hide caption

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Revisiting the work of two Afro-Latinx pioneers

Celebrate Black History Month with two interviews from the Alt.Latino archive with Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon and Dominican vocalist Amara La Negra.

Revisiting the work of two Afro-Latinx pioneers

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Residente (right) and Bad Bunny call for Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló's resignation in San Juan on July 17, 2019. Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Speaking truth to power through music

This week we reach back into the Alt.Latino archives to bring you three recent shows about contemporary protest music in Latin America and the U.S.

Speaking truth to power through music

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We try to understand how musical titans with incredibly different sounds and styles, like Celia Cruz and Selena, fit under the same 'Latin music' genre. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Alt.Latino and Code Switch: What is 'Latin Music' anyway?

This week, Felix and Anamaria sit down with Shereen Marisol Meraji of the NPR Code Switch podcast to find out what exactly connects all the artists under the 'Latin music' category.

Alt.Latino and Code Switch: What is 'Latin Music' anyway?

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