Radio Ambulante

Selected broadcasts
  • Hosted by Daniel Alarcón

Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast showcasing compelling stories from around Latin America and the United States. It is produced at KALW 91.7fm in San Francisco, and our fiscal sponsor is the Foundation for National Progress.

Our goal is to create a community of storytellers and listeners from around Latin America and the U.S. who want to promote and create sound-rich, informative, narrative, and diverse stories about Latinos.

Our podcast is available for streaming and download on RadioAmbulante.org,  iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher.

On November 2nd, Radio Ambulante returns to San Francisco with a brand-new show called Outsiders, to be performed for one night only at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Radio Ambulante: El superhéroe / The Superhero

Nov 18, 2013

Lanús, Argentina -- There’s a new superhero in Argentina. His name is Menganno, and his superpower is drawing attention to himself. This story was produced by Agustina Grasso.

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Lanús, Argentina -- Hay un nuevo superhéroe en Argentina. Se llama Menganno y su súper poder es llamar la atención. 

Producida por Agustina Grasso.

Radio Ambulante: Nohemí

Sep 11, 2013
Photograph by James Samuelson

Nohemí was taken from her home when she was just a girl, and sent to work as a domestic employee for an upper-middle class family in Bogota. This is her story: how she survived years of abuse, neglect, and misfortune; and how, decades later, an act of solidarity and bravery helped bring her some measure of justice. This piece was produced by Camila Segura. 

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence. May not be suitable for minors.

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TAMAULIPAS -- The Mexican state of Tamaulipas has become the epicenter of the Narco War. In this bloody conflict, it has become difficult to name the antagonists, or demand explanations for so much blood. In the face such horror, reporter Lizzy Cantú wonders, how do you live in silence?

This story was a co-production with the cultural magazine Etiqueta Negra based in Lima, Perú. 

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GUATEMALA CITY - Just over two years ago, on July 9, 2011, the Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral was murdered on a desolate early morning street in Guatemala City. This is the story of that tragic night, as told by producer Gabriela Llanos and her father, Percy.

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA - Fue hace poco más de dos años, en la madrugada del 9 de julio 2011, en una calle desolada de Guatemala, que el cantautor argentino Facundo Cabral fue asesinado. Esta es la historia de esa trágica noche, narrada por la productora Gabriela Llanos, y su padre, Percy.

Radio Ambulante: El equipo fantasma / The Phantom Team

Jun 24, 2013
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Soccer, politics and protest are often a combustible mix. The Chilean national team of 1973 became a symbol of a divided country after the coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. Producer Dennis Maxwell has the inside story of a team and a game that never should have happened. Special thanks to Annie Murphy and Camila Segura who edited this piece.

Honduras is in the news these days for winning the most undesired title of murder capital of the world.

But in 2009, the headlines coming out of Honduras were about the coup of then-president Manuel Zelaya.

The story of his coup was heard around the world, but Zelaya's personal story is far less known. Annie Murphy traveled to Honduras to speak with Zelaya himself, and hear his version of the story we all think we know.

Radio Ambulante: Yadira, Javier y Lucía

May 27, 2013
Rosa M. Ramirez

Javier and Yadira met, they fell in love, and they created a life together. But sometimes, relationships change in a way people don't expect. Rosa M. Ramirez investigated this story, and it is narrated by Nancy López.

Javier y Yadira se conocieron, se enamoraron e hicieron una vida juntos. Pero a veces, las relaciones cambian de la manera más inesperada. Esta historia fue investigada por Rosa M. Ramirez, y está narrada por Nancy López.

Radio Ambulante: El chamán / The Shaman

May 13, 2013
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The intense winter rains of 2011 left thousands of Colombians flooded out of their homes and claimed hundreds of lives. That same year, a man named Jorge Elías González became infamous for taking public money to keep the skies clear over Bogotá. Melba Escobar tells us his story.

Las intensas lluvias del invierno del 2011 dejaron a miles de colombianos sin casas y cientos de muertos. Ese mismo año, un hombre llamado Jorge Elías González se volvió famoso por cobrar dineros públicos para mantener el cielo de Bogotá despejado. Melba Escobar nos cuenta su historia.

Radio Ambulante: Los punketos / The Punks

May 13, 2013
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Miguel and Alfredo cross the US-Mexico border and arrive in New York City, where they meet, and build a friendship based on a love of punk music. This piece was produced by Eric Pearse Chávez with help from Anayansi Díaz-Cortes, Leo del Aguila, Betto Arcos, and Lu Olkowski.

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In 2011, River Plate, one of the most famous soccer clubs in South America, was relegated to the Argentine Second Division. From Buenos Aires, Cristian Alarcón shares the story of a soccer catastrophe that shook an entire nation.

Courtesy of Radio Ambulante

In February 2013, Radio Ambulante put on a live show in New York City. We presented some of our best stories from our pilot season in English and Spanish, but we kicked off the evening with a conversation between novelists Junot Díaz and Francisco Goldman and Radio Ambulante's Executive Producer Daniel Alarcón.

This conversation is about the art of translation, on what it's like to write stories about Latinos in English, and about the relationship each author has with Latin America.

Note: this conversation contains explicit language.

 

Radio Ambulante: Otro País / Another Country

Apr 12, 2013
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A Korean woman, twenty Chinese immigrants on their way to the United States, and the Argentine mafia helping to get them there. This is the story of “Alejandra,” who moves from Seoul to Buenos Aires, and almost by accident, ends up working for a criminal organization. Special thanks to the composer Marcio Doctor, who created the soundscape that accompanies this piece.

Radio Ambulante is the new Spanish-language podcast produced at KALW showcasing compelling human stories from around Latin America and the U.S.  Now you can hear the program's first English-language special, including the story of a young Honduran living through the 2009 coup in his country and the true tale of the fictional character behind the controversial phrase "self-deportatio