LIVING IN SPANGLISH RADIO ON WBAI FM 99.5 IN NEW YORK
WHAT IS LIVING IN SPANGLISH?
My show is an eclectic mix of music, political commentary, and bilingual/bicultural extemporaneous chatter. I’ve featured guests like Draco Rosa, Rita Indiana, Bomba Estereo, IFÉ, Les Butcherettes, Flaco Navaja, Lara Bello, Marta Sánchez, ChocQuibTown, Monsieur Periné, Tito Matos of Viento de Agua, and many others.Tune in at 99.5 FM on your dial or listen to the live stream at wbai.org.
Full-length shows are individual segments are posted on my Soundcloud page, which can be accessed here.
The most recent Living in Spanglish Radio (Hurricane Maria Edition) was broadcast on or Thursday, October 12th! I interviewed Jorge Díaz of AgitArte and Shey Rivera, whose installation “Fantasy Island” is currently on view at the Loisaida Center. Here is the soundcloud post of this episode:
September 14, 2017: This broadcast of Living in Spanglish Radio features new music from Princess Nokia, Kali Uchis, Ibeyi, Rubén Blades, Flaco Navaja, alt-Dominican, and classic hiphop tracks with Steely Dan samples. Plus Silvio Rodríguez tunes, commentary on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, and more.
July 13, 2017: This edition of Living in Spanglish Radio features music from Chicano Batman, Princess Nokia, A Chal, Melvis Santa, our usual salsa bloc, moody Brazilian and r&b music, Luis Gutiérrez on Tomás Rivera Schatz and more wry political commentary on dystopia and utopia alike.
June 8, 2017: Puerto Rican Pride/Oscar López Rivera Special
April 13, 2017: On this Second Anniversary edition of Living in Spanglish we interview Lara Bello, a singer from Granada, Andalucía, living in New York about her new album Sikame. We also feature interviews with activists from the NYU Sanctuary collective talking about the need to formally recognize their campus as a sanctuary campus. Plus new music from Chicano Batman, Residente, Ifé, salsa, soul, and Thundercat.
January 12. 2017: This episode of Living in Spanglish Radio features interviews with Larry Harlow and Raquel Berríos (Buscabulla), salsa, hiphop, electronic, a sound collage with Brian Eno and Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Jeremy Scahill and Angela Davis. Plus the usual #NotMyPresident subversive political commentary.
December 8, 2016: For this final broadcast of 2016, I interviewed José López, whose brother Oscar López Rivera has been a Puerto Rican political prisoner for over 35 years in U.S. prisons. Also featured is Alynda Segarra, lead singer of Hooray for the Riff Raff, talking about her new album due in 2017, and her new single “Rican Beach.” Plus new Tribe, Nani Castle, slamming salsa, and Aires de Navidad.
November 10, 2016: This edition of Living in Spanglish tries to give voice to those who don’t, cannot, and will not accept the Presidency of Donald Trump. While preventing him from taking office may not be a realistic goal, it’s important to express resistance as quickly and powerfully as possible. Plus Latin rock, funk, salsa, and hiphop. (Originally broadcast on WBAI FM November 10, 2016.)
September 14, 2016: This week on Living in Spanglish Radio there’s an interview with Ian Seda Irizarry, an economics professor at John Jay College, and we’ll be talking about the latest developments in the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis. Professor Seda is also a big salsa buff, so he will be picking out the tunes for our weekly salsa segment and we will both comment on his selections. Plus new music from the Robert Glasper Experiment, Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine), new Puerto Rican band Émina, a tribute to the late Gustavo Cerati, and the new De La Soul. And the usual bilingual banter designed to satisfy your Spanglish soul.
This edition of Living in Spanglish Radio features an interview with Amilcar Priestly, co-director of New York’s Afro-Latino Festival. We’ll talk about the connection between Afro-Latino Identity and Black Lives Matter. I’ll also be playing music featured at the Afro-Latino Festival and the Latin Alternative Music Conference. Plus: music from Cuba, Cuban exiles, Cuban boleros, and Fuego’s Spanish version of Hotline Bling.
This episode of Living in Spanglish is a special Puerto Rican Pride edition, in time for the Puerto Rican National Day Parade in New York. There’s plenty of salsa, bugalú and boleros, and special guests iLe, Calle 13 vocalist with a new solo album called Ilevitable, and David Galarza, Nuyorican activist, talk about life, love, music, and politics.
On this edition of Living in Spanglish we feature new music from Downtown Boys, Kali Uchis, Jessy Lanza, Daymé Arocena and ILe, plus old school salsa, 90s hiphop, and neo-folklorica from East LA and Santurce, PR. Plus, an interview with Rafael Bernabe, PPT candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico speaking about the debt crisis.
Professor Lyra Monteiro discusses her article “Race-Conscious Casting and the Erasure of the Black Past in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton,” a thoughtful critique of the play’s representation of people of color.
This edition of Living in Spanglish features new music from Corrine Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding, Aterciopelados, Saúl Hernández, El Bles, Nitti Scott, plus classic salsa, post-punk fake jazz, real jazz, jazz-rock fusion. Excellent interview with Rutgers U Prof Lyra Monteiro about the problematic representation of people of color in the Broadway play “Hamilton.”
Draco Rosa, one of the giants of Latin rock and pop, speaks to me at the Radio San Juan studio about his life in Puerto Rico, the strange and beautiful space of Spanglish-speaking, writing “Living La Vida Loca,” and feeling emotional composing at the piano.
This latest edition of Living in Spanglish radio features rocker/pop star singer-songwriter Draco Rosa, Neo-plena band Viento de Agua leader Tito Matos and his wife Mariana Reyes, Gypsy Jazz Latin Grammy winners Monsieur Periné and jazz pianist Marta Sánchez. Plus my usual vibrant commentary and subtle digs.
MY BRIEF TENURE ON THE MORNING SHOW
The following are some highlights of my tenure as co-host of WBAI’s Morning Show on Thursdays. The Morning Show is an eclectic mix of news, commentary, and arts features, and my co-host is BAI veteran Michael G. Haskins. There have been a lot of special moments, some having to do with confronting issues in the moment, others more having to do with having a relaxed conversation with a writer or musician whose work is more about a long term take on our societal condition.
I invited old friend and Nuyorican Poets Café comrade Paul Beatty on the Morning Show to talk about his new novel The Sellout, a relentless commentary on race in America, as verbalized by a protagonist who pulls no punches. The novel is filled with puns, throwdowns, acerbic commentary, the bitter end of an idealism that Beatty seems to question had much value in the first place. Or does he? Take a listen here.
Just days after the Economist published its latest issue focusing on US Latinos, I took the pulse of Latin@ media commentators by interviewing researcher and Media Matters contributor Jessica Torres. The Economist cover depicted an American flag festooned with stripes made of red chili peppers, a stereotype that has rubbed Latin@s the wrong way. Listen to my chat with Torres here, where we also discuss a report she co-authored about how the media wrong assumes that Latin@s are only interested in one issue: immigration reform.