Episode 13: Class

This week we’re bringing you an extra special treat: our first ever Radio Menea guest! Maria Elena Pérez joins us to talk about songs we love that deal with class-related themes. Songs about money struggles, about why materialism is overrated, songs about love across class divides, and more.

But we’re also bringing this theme because we want to talk about the activist movement that brought us together–reproductive justice. Next week is the 40th anniversary of a really crappy piece of legislation called the Hyde Amendment, which basically keeps low-income folks, and people on other forms of government insurance (government employees, military, people with disabilities) from using their insurance coverage to pay for their abortions. We think it’s total bs, so we’re taking this week’s episode to shout out the United for Abortion Coverage Week of Action, and emphasize that being poor shouldn’t determine what healthcare you can access.

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Episode 12: JuanGa

When we heard the news, we were speechless. Juan Gabriel was not just a singer and a songwriter – he was legendary. Over the years his songs brought us joy, his fabulous outfits gave us life, and his flamboyant performances served as the launchpad for countless family conversations about sexuality and gendered performance. For queer Latinxs, he was one of our icons. This is a Radio Menea first: we’re dedicating today’s entire episode to one artist’s life, music, and impact. Que en paz descanses, JuanGa – we’ll never forget you.

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Episode 11: Throwback

Sometimes you need to reach back to the music of your childhood. The songs you grew up with, the songs you made up dances to with your primos and performed in front of the familia. The classics that remind you of your first love, or learning salsa with your papi and tios.

This episode we’re bringing you some of our favorite throwback songs, complete with amazing 80’s fashion and feelings.

Listen on iTunesSoundcloudStitcher and Google Play. Music below! Enjoy the adventure back in time.

Also you should check out this super lovely write-up of Radio Menea on Remezcla. Gracias to Isabelia Herrera for capturing us so well!

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Episode 10: Covers

Sometimes even classics need a re-do. This week, we look at covers – from Latino music classics to translated versions of English-language hits.

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Episode 9: Shade

Throwing shade. At lovers who have scorned you, lovers who have left you, lovers who have cheated. Throwing shade at former friends, competitors, others in the business. Songs with artful lyrics that master the art of the diss with amazing metaphors, puns and burns.

This week’s episode is all about shade, and the songs that do it oh-so-well. Including convos about the origins of the word shade (hint: queer people of color, specifically ball culture), Vero’s love for Mariah Carey (did you know she’s Venezolana?), why Pérez is mad that she gets so much hate for being a gemini and much more.

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P.S. Check us out on Latina Magazine in this lovely interview with Rachel Reichard. And we’ve now got a section on this website for all the chisme about Radio Menea. We love it when folks are talking about us!

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Episode 8: Nostalgia

Have you ever missed your tierra something fierce? Maybe you left when you were young. Maybe you’re the child of immigrants or political exiles, and you’ve never even been there. Maybe you’re undocumented and can’t go back. Pero you know you know that yearning: home.

Gloria’s right: La tierra te duele. La tierra te da en el medio del alma cuando tu no estás.

Today’s episode is about nostalgia. Homesickness. Diaspora feels! Featuring songs that remind us of home: of the struggle, the hard parts, the beauty, and the resistance. Music and links below.

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Episode 7: Deseo

Hola queridxs,

This is the episode that we had planned to release the week that the Orlando massacre happened. We hope you’ve been taking time to grieve and heal and be with your people in the time since.

Now we’re bringing it back to our regularly scheduled programming with a lighter topic: deseo. Desire is a huge theme in music, and especially Latinx music, and we get into all the things this topic brings up.

Listen in to hear some of our favorite songs that address some of the ways desire shows up in our lives. The feeling you get when you are just inexplicably drawn to someone, when you meet someone on the dance floor, when you just can’t get someone out of your head. As always, all music and links are below.

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Episode 6: Orlando 💔

This week we’re bringing you an unplanned episode in recognition of the massacre in Orlando. We’re devastated, and we hope that our discussion of what happened, it’s impact on us, and some of our mourning and healing process in these days since the attack might help you all with your healing as well.

We bring songs that have been part of our healing and mourning this week. We’ve also both have written and spoken about this attack on queer Latinx space on several outlets. As always, all music and links are below.

Listen on iTunesSoundcloudStitcher and Google Play.

We hope you are holding your loved ones close queridxs, and taking care of yourselves during this tough time.

If you need more joy than sadness in your life right now, you can check out last week’s Queers! episode featuring six queer Latinx artists.

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Episode 5: Queers!

Happy Pride queridxs! For the first episode of June, we are so excited to bring you an episode of Radio Menea featuring queer artists. Listen in to hear about queer Latinx musicians who’ve been doing it since forever, and some of the new generation of out and proud folks who are walking in their footsteps. We also talk about the origins of Pride and its inextricable connection to Latinx resistance.

Listen on iTunesSoundcloud, and now Stitcher! Don’t forget to subscribe & leave us an iTunes or Stitcher review if you feel so inclined – it really helps get our podcast out there.

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Episode 4: Reggaetoneras

We’re not going to lie. We have a serious soft spot for the few but amazing women who are rocking the reggaeton genre, so this week we have an episode all about these mujeres. A dembow beat and a female artist? Yasss! ¿Que más se le puede pedir a la vida?

Listen on iTunes or Soundcloud, and don’t forget to subscribe & leave us an iTunes review if you feel so inclined – it really helps get our podcast out there.

All music featured is below, and as promised in today’s episode, Remezcla’s 10 Women in Reggaeton round-up and Soundcloud user Clara!’s amazing ReggaetonerAs mix.

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