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Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Justin Lucas

¡Hola! /Hello!

We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, starting today until October 15, with special programming across NPR podcasts, playlists and social media reflecting on the diversity of the Latinx community and highlighting our latinidad. We also have two curated playlists and the Tiny Desk Concert (A.K.A "El Tiny") will be featuring different genres of Latin music. Many of our podcasts feature Latinx stories all year long, not just this month. Check them out and celebrate with us! Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana comienza hoy con programación especial a través de nuestros podcasts, listas de reproducción y todas las redes sociales de NPR que reflejarán la diversidad de la comunidad latina y resaltarán nuestra latinidad. A lo largo del mes, algunos de nuestros podcasts tendrán programación especial, habrá diez playlist dedicados, más El Tiny estará dedicado a nuestra música. Muchos de estos podcasts presentan historias latinas durante todo el año, no sólo durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana. ¡Échales un vistazo y celebra con nosotros! ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!


El Tiny - For Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR Music asked ten artists to perform Tiny Desk at Home concerts. If you enjoyed the performance from the "The Boy from Medellín", we curated this playlist to keep the energy going. Find the rest on our profile!

World Cafe - Latin Roots contributor Byron Gonzalez curates the best new music from Latinx artists every Friday.



El Tiny
El Tiny

Starting September 15, in addition to their weekly podcast and radio episodes - the Alt.Latino team will take over the Tiny Desk concerts and release a month of "El Tiny" — all Latinx Tiny Desk Concerts — featuring an all-star lineup including: Sech, Maye, Yendry, J Balvin, Diamante Eléctrico, Prince Royce, Silvana Estrada, Nicki Nicole, Eme Alfonso, and Camila Cabello.

Known as "El Tiny'' across Latin America, this Hispanic Heritage month, we want to emphasize that our selections are not a "Best Of." Our goal for this month is to show the wide variety of styles and genres of Latin music. Even choosing the handful we present here was fraught with second-guessing and regrets at leaving out some amazing performances. Click through the artists mentioned in this story to start your musical adventure with performances that go back to the first days of "El Tiny" in 2009. As always, enjoy!

Code Switch

NPR's Code Switch explores how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This month, they are highlighting Latin Music and revisiting a few older stories.

It's Been A Minute

Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation, this week through an episode called Latin Explosion coming 10/12.

Radio Ambulante

For the new season of Radio Ambulante—our eleventh!—we went out looking for all those stories we've missed this last year and a half... For those voices that surprise us, all over Latin America and the US. We'll meet a Mexican woman who tastes and smells her numbers and letters, and desperately wants to know why. A beast terrorizing the Colombian countryside, and the team charged with capturing it. A Brazilian soccer star who made a career for himself... without even knowing how to play the game... All this and much more, this season on NPR's only Spanish language podcast. New episodes every Tuesday.

Planet Money Indicator

A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money, The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen to this episode about the Tequila Boom and Agave Bust in Mexico.


The past is never past. Every headline has a history. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world. Join us this week as we go back in time to understand the present with our episodes involving the Latinidad.


In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, StoryCorps issharing stories and tools to help you celebrate the contributions, achievements and lived experiences of Latinx people across the United States.


NPRExtra x GRL Collective x JZD IG live

NPRExtra will go live with GRL Collective and JZD on Wednesday, September 22nd at 2:30 pm EST. We will get a peek at the merchandise that NPR is showcasing, behind the scenes at the production and the creative processes plus more!


Said Out Loud

Said Out Loud is a new video series where we give NPR podcast hosts a chance to say what's on their minds. Where they're the guest for a change, and the only censor is their own filter. This month, we feature Felix Conteras from Alt.Latino and Daniel Alarcón from Radio Ambulante.

Faces of NPR

Faces Of NPR showcases the people behind NPR--from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what they're inspired by on the daily. This month, we highlight a few of our Latinx colleagues Felix Contreras from Alt. Latino, A Martinez from Morning Edition and Lulu Garcia Navarro from Up First and Weekend Morning Edition.


NPR One is featuring a collection of podcast episodes from NPR and our Member stations that elevate the voices of Hispanic communities called "Voces Hispanas". It will feature episodes from shows like Code Switch, Tacos of Taxes (KUT) and Yeah, No, I'm Not OK (LAist).


will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with coverage about and for the diverse Hispanic communities in the U.S. We'll honor notable figures, talk about issues facing Latinx Americans, and recognizing the unique cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans. You can find all of our coverage here.



The NPR Makers Market was created to celebrate small businesses and the diversity they bring to their communities. When Alt-Latino approached Consumer Products about a collaboration for Hispanic Heritage Month, we jumped at the opportunity to use our Makers Market to spotlight Latinx creatives. Jen Zeano Designs and GRL Collective are two Latina founded lifestyle brands that focus on their community by celebrating their culture. Their values and perspective are why we chose to highlight their talents as part of our Alt-Latino X Makers Market collaboration.

GRL Collective


El Tiny

Member Stations:

Arizona Public Media

  • Comprehensive Mes de la Cultura page
  • Colorado Public Radio:

  • The Local 303: Colorado Artists We're Featuring For Latin Heritage Month September 202
  • Colorado Public Radio's music stations, CPR Classical and Indie 102.3, are celebrating Latin@ Heritage Month with special programming on-air and online. Indie 102.3 is featuring 23 Colorado artists in the Latin@ community for our September edition of the Local 303. Listeners will hear 5 artists featured every day, with a 60-second bio leading into one of that artist's songs. All throughout the month, CPR Classical will play pieces by Latin American composers. As well, we'll focus on Latin American musicians and composers on Wednesdays during our program, "The Music Room." We also invite people to check out this digital piece on underrated Latin American composers compiled for Latin@ Heritage Month 2020.
  • Iowa Public Radio

  • Audio postcard for the Iowa Latino Festival (9/25)
  • Iowa Public Radio

  • Audio postcard for the Iowa Latino Festival
  • KUVO Jazz

  • Hispanic Heritage Month landing page
  • KXT

  • Best song you've never heard series
  • North Texas Hispanic Musician Weekly Highlights
  • MPR

  • HHM Minnesota piece
  • New England Public Media

  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month landing page
  • Radio Milwaukee:

  • We need to think about the future when celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Texas Public Radio:

  • The Source: Latinx, Hispanic, Chicano/a: How And Why Do People Self-Identify?
  • KPAC (classical music): Momentos Musicales
  • WBEZ:

  • Reset: Conversation with Illinois Congressman Jesús "Chuy" Garcia
  • WETA:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Programming Guide
  • WGBH:

  • Under The Radar: Latinx Roundtable: How Did Latino Voters Impact Local Elections? And, Does Hispanic Heritage Month Need A Rebrand?
  • WKAR:

  • Aggregate page for Hispanic Heritage Month programming across tv and radio: https://www.wkar.org/tags/hispanic-heritage-month-2021
  • Weekly series: Celebrating Latinx Trailblazers: https://www.wkar.org/celebrating-latinx-trailblazers
  • Weekly Spanish-language podcast: ¿Qué Onda Michigan? https://www.wkar.org/podcast/que-onda-michigan

    KUVO Jazz (Denver)

  • Music plans
  • WUSF:

  • WUSF News - Unequal Shots: An ongoing series which covers the inequalities surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities.
  • The Zest Podcast - Food Memories of Latin America: A round table discussion with panelists at the University of Florida that discuss Hispanic food, memories, and recipes. 
  • o Sept. 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month Announcement post

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Zest Podcast will share a mix of cultural cuisines and conversations that have influenced the culinary world through rich and flavorful dishes.

    o Sept. 16 - JOTORO "Mexico City" Grilled Street Corn

    o Sept. 20 - Taco Bus Podcast Audiogram

    o Sept. 24 - Jotoro Kitchen + Tequila Bar: Mexican-inspired restaurant

    o Sept. 28 - The Cuban Sandwich – Our National Treasure

    o Oct. 2 - Columbia Restaurant's Famous Original Cuban Sandwich

    o Oct. 6 - 5 de Mayo Nachos

    o Oct. 10 - Michelle Bernstein's Jewish-Latin 'Mishmosh' of a Life Podcast Audiogram

    o Oct. 15 - Columbia Restaurant's Roast Cuban Pork

  • Arts Axis Florida - Our online arts hub will feature arts organizations within our community that have Hispanic influence and programs all throughout the month. 
  • o Sept. 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month Announcement post

    § Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month! ARTS AXIS FLORIDA will highlight the creative artistry of Hispanic culture in celebration of the influence its heritage has had on the arts.

    o Sept. 16 - La Musica: Federico Agostini, Bruno Giuranna, and Antonio Menesses

    o Sept. 20 - Outcast Storytelling with Coky Aguilera

    o Sept. 24 - Sarasota Cuban Ballet: SCBS "FRACTALES

    o Sept. 28 - Saint Leo College of Arts and Sciences: "I Can't Breathe" by Mauricio J. Rodriguez

    o Oct 2. - WUSF Jazz: The Palladium Archived Performances & Interviews - La Lucha - August 6, 2015

    o Oct. 6 - Powerstories Theatre: Interview with playwrights - Voices of Women Theatre Festival Carolyn Gage and Gretchen Suárez-Peña

    o Oct. 10 - Outcast Storytelling with Carlos Segovia-Perez

    o Oct. 15 - Sarasota Contemporary Dance - Interview w/ Leymis Bolanos Wilmott on dance education (American-Cuban)

  • WUSF Jazz - Our program team will feature Hispanic artists and spotlight them on digital platforms throughout the month.
  • Classical WSMR - Our program team will feature works from Hispanic composers throughout the month on-air and digitally across all social platforms.
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    Sommer Hill (she/her) is a social media associate for NPR Extra. She started with NPR in May 2021. Her primary responsibilities include managing the social media accounts for NPR Extra as well as creating blog posts for NPR.org. In her time at NPR, Hill has worked on many projects including the Tiny Desk Contest, the How I Built This Summit, creating a resource page for Juneteenth material, participating in the 'What Juneteenth Means To Me' video and contributing to WOC/POC meetings.