Episode 15: Halloween 🎃

Ok, confesamos: this might be the weirdest song collection you’ve ever gotten from us. But strange is the order of the day, porque this week’s episode brings you songs inspired by Halloween, that curious U.S. holiday of pumpkins and (hopefully non-racist, non-sexist) costumes. So grab your masks, put on your best vampiresa makeup, or drip some fake blood on your face and get spooky with us!

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Episode 14: Puro Pari

Are you ready to PARI??? Today’s episode is all about the jamz that make us want to turn up on the dance floor. Fair warning: you might find yourself doing a lil meneaito…or tirándolo pa trá (TRA TRA TRA). And because we couldn’t keep to just a few songs, we made you a pari playlist.

La rumba está buena – don’t miss it!

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We love what we do at Radio Menea so much we’ve decided we want to bring our discussions about Latinx music and life to your campuses and communities, live and in person! We’re looking to partner with colleges and other groups to bring us to present Menéalo: Latinx Music and Life, a entertaining mix of music and discussion about Latinx identity and politics.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Check out our flyer and get in touch: radiomenea@gmail.com! Now booking for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 events.

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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