As some big podcast companies move to translate their hit English-language shows into other languages, the startup Studio Ochenta launches with podcasts in English, Spanish and French. The company debuts its first multilingual podcast today (Sept. 25). Mija, or “my daughter” in Spanish, is a narrative podcast about a young Latina growing up in Queens, New York. Timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, the audio drama tells the story of a Colombian-American family’s immigration to the U.S. across generations. The show is hosted by Studio Ochenta founder Lory Martinez with parallels to her own family’s experience.
“I’m so proud to be able to share this story with listeners around the world. I, like Mija, am the proud daughter of Colombian immigrants and it’s an honor to be able to tell a story that celebrates immigrants like my parents, hardworking people who built a new life in America,” says Martinez. “Migration, immigration and refugee status are issues many countries are facing today, as climate change, violence and political conflict increasingly push people from their homelands to places new and foreign. But leaving home is a brave, brave thing, and Mija’s story aims to show just that.” Martinez, who also worked at WSKG Binghamton, NY (89.3), is now based in France where she teaches podcasting at the American University of Paris in addition to running Studio Ochenta.
Mija will be published each Wednesday with eight episodes running 10-minutes each for a combined 80-minutes or “ochenta” in Spanish in a tip to Studio Ochenta’s name. Ochenta Studios has two other podcasts in cue: How Not To Travel and Wine School Dropout which will follow the same eight-episode, 10-minute model.