NPR says it has “newly reimagined” its Alt.Latino podcast and public radio show. That includes taking on a new co-host as Anamaria Sayre joins current cohost Felix Contreras when Alt.Latino returns for a new season today (September 14). They will focus on exploring history and cultural context through music in a conversational way, including feature stories and personal experiences of Hispanic artists.
The weekly show shifts to a new format, where Contreras and Sayre invite guests to share stories about themselves with discussion focused on culture, heritage, and struggles of the Latinx community, with music and guests that appeal to nostalgia and cultural pride. Among the guests lined up for the new season are Omar Apollo, Rosalía, and Carla Morrison, among others.
Sayre is a multimedia producer for NPR Music curating Latin artists at the Tiny Desk concert series and she has already been a regular contributor to the Atl.Latino show as well as several other NPR podcasts and radio shows.
"Joining Felix as co-host of a show with such an impactful legacy is beyond meaningful for myself and my family,” said Sayre. “Learning more about la cultura through the personal stories of artists who are actively defining it, is an unparalleled experience. I feel lucky to witness the magic.”
Created in 2010 by Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, Alt.Latino was one of NPRs first podcasts and radio shows to amplify Hispanic artists that weren't part of mainstream media. Its companion radio show is currently carried by more than 100 stations across the country.
"I am so excited about adding Ana to the Alt.Latino team. Doing a weekly show for 12 years can make one lose a bit of vitality. Ana has it by the truckloads," said Contreras. "Her taste in music has a hint of what her grandmother likes, but she's also super tuned in to what the cousins are listening to, at family fiestas. I can't wait for the rest of the Alt.Latinofamilia out there to meet her!"
Alt.Latino is also launching a new social media campaign with a new TikTok page, for more social media presence as well as the return of "El Tiny." The Tiny Desk takeover event is the second in a row, with nine concerts as part of NPR Music's celebration of Latinx Heritage Month.