LIVING IN SPANGLISH RADIO ON WBAI FM 99.5 IN NEW YORK
Programming Alert: The most recent Living in Spanglish Radio show was broadcast on or Thursday, September 8th! I interviewed John Jay Economics Professor Ian Seda-Irizarry about the latest on the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis. Here is the soundcloud post of this episode:
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.
Here are a few recent highlights:
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.