February 22, 2012

VIDEO: Daniel Alarcón launches Spanish-language Radio Ambulante


The novelist Daniel Alarcón is looking for funding for a new initiative, and it’s a good one: he and his colleagues at Radio Ambulante aim to create a Spanish-language radio show of the quality and appeal of English-language institutions like This American Life, Snap Judgment and Radiolab. They say:

Our podcast will soon be available for streaming and download to listeners anywhere in the world via our website. In addition, we’ll be creating partnerships with radio stations in Latin America and the U.S., in order to reach the broadest possible Spanish-speaking audience. Our goal is to create a community of storytellers and listeners from around Latin America and the U.S., using all available technology to create and share our work.

Nothing of this type currently exists for Spanish-language listeners, so as it (we hope) grows and prospers, it’ll be an invaluable archive, both of individual stories and of the great, underrepresented variety in Latin American cultures and Spanish-speaking communities in the US. There’s an audio sampler available, and if you like that and want to send a donation to help support production costs, you can do so here. And here’s Alarcón himself making an appeal:

Welcome to Radio Ambulante from Radio Ambulante on Vimeo.




Ellie Robins is an editor at Melville House. Previously, she was managing editor of Hesperus Press.