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Radio Ambulante: Stories from the Americas

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Episode Summary

Lost City Radio novelist Daniel Alarcón and team joins us for a special live presentation of Radio Ambulante - the first ever Spanish-language radio show created to tell the stories of latinoamericanos de todas las Américas. Everyday stories find voice in this multi-national, bilingual production, a collaboration of NPR stations and independent journalists from over nine countries. In a city with a majority Spanish-speaking population, Radio Ambulante introduces Angelenos to the crónicas de nuestro mundo, and examines the role radio and digital media play in keeping storytelling alive.

You'll also have the opportunity to meet Sonic Trace: KCRW's new storytelling project that begins in the heart of Los Angeles and crosses into Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Part radio, part video, Sonic Trace maps LA residents' answers to the questions: ¿Por qué te vas? ¿Por qué te quedas? ¿Por qué regresas? Come early on June 26th, and help us trace your story. We'll be there with mic in hand, collecting your stories in English and Spanish.

Participant(s) Bio

Daniel Alarcón, co-founder of Radio Ambulante, is the author of War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. He is Associate Editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning quarterly published in his native Lima, Peru, and Contributing Editor to Granta. He was recently named one of The New Yorker’s 20 under Forty. His fiction, journalism and translations have appeared in A Public Space, El País, McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s. Alarcón is a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has been a reporter with Southern California Public Radio, KPCC 89.3FM since 2000. He’s reported on education, politics, culture, and the occasional fire. His work has been recognized with the regional Edward R. Murrow, L.A. Press Club Radio Journalist of the Year, and the Ruben Salazar awards. In 1994 he co-founded the performance group The Taco Shop Poets. Adolfo writes the Movie Miento blog every week for