New Show Focuses on The Puerto Rican Experience


Beginning Thursday WNYC Studios and Futuro Studios present a second season of the dual-language podcast, La Brega: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience. 

La Brega: The Puerto Rican Experience in Eight Songs expands season one’s exploration into the culture, history and soul of the island, this time through one of its most-cherished exports: its music. Known as the island donde hasta la piedras cantan –“where even the rocks sing”– Puerto Rico is home to a dizzying breadth of musical expression. From the lyrical boleristas of the 1930s, to the electric salseros of the 70s, to the reggaetoneros of today who have taken music from the margins and made it a global sensation, La Brega takes listeners on an exciting, richly-reported, cross-genre adventure that captures the ceaseless creativity, emotional resonance, and yes, la brega (“the struggle”) that are hallmarks of Puerto Rican music across eras and formats. This season of La Brega was made possible by the Mellon Foundation.


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