back arrowView show

Mi héroe, mi amigo


Episode description

The Duolingo Spanish Podcast brings you true stories in English and Spanish about what can happen when we are far from home. In this first episode, we head to Veracruz, México to hear how Rodrigo Soberanes managed to meet his childhood hero.

You can find study materials and a transcript of this episode at

episodes iconMore Episodes

El Milagro del Café (The Coffee Miracle)

June 27th, 2019


Since he was a kid, Tito Vargas has dreamt of having his own coffee plantation. It’s a dream his parents tried very hard to dissuade him from pursuing because they knew first-hand the uncertainty and hardship of the …

El activista

June 20th, 2019


When Danilo Manzano came out to his family, they didn't accept his sexuality and asked him to hide it from the world. But a key friendship would …

Buscando el Río Hirviente (In Search of the Boiling River)

June 13th, 2019


Andrés Ruzo grew up listening to his grandfather tell a story about a river with boiling waters in the Amazon. When he later became a scientist specializing in geothermal energy, he set a goal for himself: to go deep …

Bicimáquinas (Bicycle Machines)

June 6th, 2019


Carlos Marroquín has always been an inventor. But he wasn’t putting that talent to much use in his native Guatemala until he saw a rare sight  on the road that stopped him in his tracks: bicycles. That turning point led …

The Wine Master (El Maestro del vino)

May 30th, 2019


Héctor Vergara escaped dictatorship in Chile in the 1970s and fled to Europe, where he landed in the restaurant industry. There he discovered a passion and talent for wine that led him to become the first Master …

Washington y George en las Islas Galápagos (Washington & George in the Galápagos)

May 23rd, 2019


The giant Galápagos tortoise is one of the most endangered animals in the world, and Lonesome George was the last of his particular species when he …

Leímos y cantamos juntos (We Read and Sang Together)

May 16th, 2019


Laura Ortiz thought she could change the lives of children in Colombia’s most remote region by giving them books. But a trip there teaches her that …

La mejor inversión (The Best Investment)

May 2nd, 2019


Would you build a company based on trust? That’s what social entrepreneur Marcela Torres set out to do when she launched her Mexico City-based …

Trailer Season 4

April 25th, 2019


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting Thursday, May 2nd. Listen to the trailer now!

El rescatado (The Rescued)

January 10th, 2019


Cristian Gorbea had been running long-distance races for 20 years when he decided to enter his first ultramarathon. The race would begin at the base …

Mis dos papás (My Two Dads)

January 3rd, 2019


Ana María grew up without a father. All she knew about him was his name, but when she set out to find him she discovered that even his name led her astray. Ana María’s endeavor to fill in the blanks her father left in …

El regalo (The Gift)

December 20th, 2018


When David Martínez was four years old, he and his parents took a bus to the north of Colombia to visit extended family for Christmas. They had many …

Autostop en Afganistán (Hitchhiking in Afghanistan)

December 13th, 2018


After the September 11th attacks in 2001, Juan Pablo Villarino was dismayed to see how people were starting to lose trust in the ultimate good of …

La nana (The Nanny)

December 6th, 2018


When she was growing up in Santiago, Chile, Yasna Mussa says it was common for her friend’s families to employ nannies. Even though these workers, mostly women, spent most of their days caring for these families, Yasna …

Antártida (Antarctica)

November 28th, 2018


Federico Bianchini had always dreamt of traveling to Antarctica from his native Argentina. But little did he know that the great white continent had a plan of its own for him once he got there.

Study materials and a …


November 20th, 2018


Flamenco is famous for the emotional intensity of its songs and dances. Argentinian Samanta Gamarra discovered that this ancient art from southern Spain has another quality that is less known for, the ability to heal …

La testigo (The witness)

November 15th, 2018


When Andrea Krichmar was a girl, she spent an  afternoon at her friend’s dad’s house. This was during the dictatorship in Argentina, and that …

Trailer Season 3

November 9th, 2018


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting Thursday, November 15th. Listen to the trailer now!

Aventuras con mi padre

August 23rd, 2018


When Sonia González was a child, her father was the center of her universe, always leading the family on adventures to different parts of Venezuela. But one day, all of that changed and Sonia and her siblings became the …

Shakespeare en la montaña

August 16th, 2018


When Nicolás Barreto went up the mountains of Venezuela for the first time, he was chasing after a girl. There he worked alongside her for a month …

Nuestro Naranjito

August 9th, 2018


Classifying for the World Cup is an emotional roller coaster for most soccer fans, but in 2018, that was especially true for Peruvians, who hadn’t …

Piji y yo

August 2nd, 2018


In Perú, writer Marco Avilés and his dog Piji were inseparable. But when Marco decided they should pursue better lives in the United States, and …


July 26th, 2018


Stella Forner will never forget her first wedding anniversary. It was March of 1976 and she spent the day at the Mexican consulate in Montevideo, …

Sin vergüenza

July 19th, 2018


Maria Murriel used to struggle with living between languages and cultures, and for many years tried to hide that she was an immigrant in the United …

La voz de la calle

July 12th, 2018


Fabio Manuppella used to walk by homeless people on the streets of Buenos Aires thinking they must have done something to deserve their fate. Until he had to learn first-hand what it means to lose everything you have.

Los guerrilleros

July 5th, 2018


María Clara Calle grew up hearing about the atrocities committed by the FARC rebels in Colombia. She never imagined that one day she would not only …

La maleta azul

June 28th, 2018


A mother and her young daughter leave Mexico, escaping violence in search of a better life. It’s a trip with a few unexpected turns that ends up …

El secuestro

February 1st, 2018


In 1996, Luis von Ahn left Guatemala to study in the United States and never moved back. That's partly because of something that happened just before his departure, something that changed his life forever: the …

Las cartas de papá

January 25th, 2018


Growing up in Ecuador, Carolina Loza-León didn’t feel particularly close to her father. He was withdrawn and not very affectionate; a military man …

En el camino

January 18th, 2018


Fabián Mauricio Martínez discovered his love for travel through his other passion – literature. So when he first read Jack Kerouac’s novel, “On the Road”, he dreamed of crossing the United States from coast to coast as …

Helen Brown

January 11th, 2018


Actress Trinidad Piriz traveled to Berlin to study theater, hoping to fall in love and improve her quality of life. But six months later, she returned home having only accomplished one thing: to get scammed by a woman …

Una chilena en China

January 4th, 2018


María Elizabeth Soto had never traveled to Asia before her office sent her on a three-week business trip to China. She wasn't prepared for the …

Memorias y milanesas

December 20th, 2017


Roberto Herrscher was one of the many Argentinians who fought against Great Britain in the Falklands War in the 1980s. Decades later, Herrscher returns to the islands to confront his memories and ends up making an …

Sin miedo

December 14th, 2017


When Belén Fernández Llanos turned 28, she decided to move from Chile to Argentina with her boyfriend of ten years to start a new life together. Belén was ready for an adventure, but the one that awaited her in Buenos …

Loading ...

Download the RadioPublic app for
 FREE and never miss an episode.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store