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Duolingo Spanish Podcast

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True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. From the makers of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning app, comes a new podcast that delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through… read more

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El don del lenguaje (The Gift of Language)

December 16th, 2021


For almost a decade, Leydis Lopez put her career in education on hold. Until one day, she finally decided to lean into her native Spanish language to …

Operación Pedro Pan (Operation Pedro Pan)

December 9th, 2021


At eight years old, Margarita Lora Prats left Cuba in a plane full of children, thinking she was headed on a vacation. But she was actually one of …

Barbacoa sin fronteras (Barbacoa Beyond Borders)

December 2nd, 2021


After fleeing her hometown of Capulhuac, México, Cristina Martínez starts all over in Philadelphia, where she rises to fame as a barbacoa chef.

A …

Los gemelos bailarines (The Dancing Twins)

November 25th, 2021


Growing up in Venezuela, identical twin brothers Emilio and Orlando Tovar Gil had to lean on each other to survive. After working hard to pursue an international dance career, will a series of setbacks cause them to …

Hilos de cambio (Threads of Change)

November 18th, 2021


For years, Jane Terrazas lived in fear of violence in her hometown of Juárez. But later, she used her skills as a designer and artist to empower …

El ciclista nómada (The Bike Nomad)

November 11th, 2021


Ever since he was a kid, Rafa Millan-Garcia got through tough times by getting on his bike and pedaling alone for miles. But after one very long bike …

El héroe de libros (The Book Hero)

November 4th, 2021


In 2013, a Peruvian photographer visits his parents’ village and unexpectedly becomes dedicated to improving literacy in rural Peru.

A transcript of …

Un viaje en ruedas (A Wheeled Journey)

October 28th, 2021


In 2011, Mónica Mera survived an accident that left her paraplegic and emotionally devastated. She thought her days of adventure were over, until she received an invitation to join a special journey on the famous Camino …

Trailer Season 13

October 21st, 2021


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes on October 28. Listen to the trailer now!

The Rodin Thief - Art Mysteries, Episode 6

September 9th, 2021


After a famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin goes missing, and then dramatically reappears, a Chilean filmmaker sets out to uncover the motives of the …

The Secret Life of María Lejárraga - Art Mysteries, Episode 5

September 2nd, 2021


When two literature professors discover that a woman named María Lejárraga was behind some of the greatest Spanish literary works of the 20th century, they set out to learn why her name was omitted from history, and do …

Frida Kahlo’s Secret Room - Art Mysteries, Episode 4

August 26th, 2021


For 47 years after her death, a room in Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s house remained sealed to the outside world. When it was finally opened in 2004, it revealed amazing insights into the painter and her life.

A …

The Fake Matisse - Art Mysteries, Episode 3

August 19th, 2021


After a famous Matisse painting from a Venezuelan museum mysteriously shows up in a Miami art gallery, a journalist investigates and discovers the unthinkable: for years, the so-called masterpiece on display at the …

The Picasso in Exile - Art Mysteries, Episode 2

August 12th, 2021


Pablo Picasso’s most famous work, the anti-war mural called Guernica, is returned to Spain under a veil of secrecy after 44 years outside the country during the Franco dictatorship.

A transcript of this episode is …

The Missing Gabriel García Márquez: Art Mysteries, Episode 1

August 5th, 2021


When a first edition of Gabriel García Márquez’s famous book, One Hundred Years of Solitude, disappears from a book fair in Bogotá, Colombia, a …

Trailer Season 12

July 29th, 2021


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with a very special season on August 5. Listen to the trailer now!

Los lowriders de hoy (Lowriders of Today)

June 17th, 2021


Marisa Rosales loved cars as a kid. But it wasn’t until she discovered lowriders as a young woman that she found a car community connected to her Mexican-American identity.

A transcript of this episode is available at …

El toreo de hoy (Bullfighting of Today)

June 10th, 2021


Juan Pablo grew up fascinated with bullfighting, a tradition in his home country of Spain. But when he discovers recorte — the art of bull dodging — …

El tango de hoy (Tango of Today)

June 3rd, 2021


Tango is Argentina’s most iconic cultural tradition. But for a hundred years, tangos have only been written from the perspective of men. The …

El mate de hoy (Mate of Today)

May 27th, 2021


Uruguay consumes more mate than any other country in the world. But for a hundred years, almost all of that mate has been imported. Now, Rodrigo Patrón is trying to bring back mate production in Uruguay, in a way that …

Las cholitas de hoy (Cholitas of Today)

May 20th, 2021


A group of indigenous women from Bolivia go to great heights to show the world that mountaineering is for everyone — including cholitas who wear …

La música andina de hoy (Andean Music of Today)

May 13th, 2021


After years of studying classical music overseas, a Peruvian composer returns home and decides to write an opera incorporating classical instruments as well as Andean ones like the zampoña and the quena — both types of …

El chocolate de hoy (Chocolate of Today)

May 6th, 2021


Cacao was once a cash crop for Costa Rica — until a fungus in the 1970’s wiped out over 80% of the country’s cacao trees. Today, Juan Pablo Buchert is trying to revive the industry, by promoting sustainability and fair …

La lucha libre de hoy (Lucha Libre of Today)

April 29th, 2021


Growing up, José Luis Hernández disliked lucha libre, the famous style of Mexican professional wrestling. So he never imagined that someday, he would …

Trailer Season 11

April 22nd, 2021


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes on April 29. Listen to the trailer now!

Extrañamente idénticas (Strangely Identical)

March 11th, 2021


When a family friend told Dolores Fernández that she’d seen her on television, Dolores was sure there must be a mistake. But then Dolores saw the …

El perro que protestó (The Dog Who Protested)

March 4th, 2021


María Campos falls in love with a stray dog who has a knack for leading protests — and becomes a global symbol of unity and strength in Chile's …

Reforestación inteligente (Smart Reforestation)

February 25th, 2021


After experiencing climate change-fueled wildfires in person, a young Spanish businessman searches for a solution to reforest the planet, with help …

Irse de Venezuela (Leaving Venezuela)

February 18th, 2021


Pushed away by growing insecurity and political unrest in her country, a Venezuelan woman follows her dream of moving to Georgia, USA. There, she …

Terapia de tatuajes (Tattoo Therapy)

February 11th, 2021


A tattoo parlor in Barcelona helps survivors of domestic violence start a new chapter in their lives.

A transcript of this episode is available at …

Buscando a los 33 (Finding the 33)

February 4th, 2021


Eleven years ago, a young geologist named Sandra Jara became an unsung hero in the high-stakes race to rescue 33 trapped Chilean miners. Now, she’s …

El nopal es el nuevo cuero (Cactus is the New Leather)

January 28th, 2021


After a fortuitous encounter in Taiwan, two Mexican friends decide to transform their national symbol into an ethical alternative for the fashion …

Una cancha para ellas (A Field of Their Own)

January 21st, 2021


In one of the poorest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, a soccer coach helps girls fight for their right to play, building a feminist soccer league that becomes an example of inclusion in sports.

A transcript of this …

Inside "El gran robo argentino"

January 13th, 2021


In this special episode, we go behind the scenes of “El gran robo argentino,” the first special mini-series from the Duolingo Spanish Podcast. Host …

Part 6: El juicio (The Trial)

December 3rd, 2020


The robbers are forced to face the consequences of their crime, and find themselves up against potentially lengthy prison sentences. While the evidence against them is damning, they hope to make the case for leniency by …

Part 5: El golpe (The job)

November 19th, 2020


It's the version of the heist you haven't yet heard: the day of the robbery, from the thieves' point of view. Hear the play-by-play of what really happened inside the Río Bank on January 13, 2006. With everything …

Part 4: El plan (The Plan)

November 12th, 2020


The mysterious mastermind assembles a band of thieves to rob a bank without firing any shots. For a year, the gang thinks through every single …

Part 3: Las detenciones (The Arrests)

November 5th, 2020


An unexpected betrayal leads to the downfall of the robbers. But police still struggle to answer a central question: Who is the man who dreamt up …

Part 2: La caza (The Hunt)

October 29th, 2020


The police have finally put together how the robbers vanished with the loot. Yet despite several leads, agents are struggling to arrest any suspects. …

Part 1: El robo (The Robbery)

October 22nd, 2020


In January 2006, a group of thieves entered a bank in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in what appeared to be just a regular theft. But soon, it became clear …

Trailer Season 9

September 27th, 2020


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting on October 22, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!

Una rana llamada Romeo (A Frog Named Romeo)

August 20th, 2020


A Bolivian biologist studies a lone frog named Romeo,, who's in danger of extinction — until she makes him a dating profile and starts an …

La abuela superstar (Grandma Superstar)

August 13th, 2020


Irma Silva was born on a ranch, married young, and raised a large family — the traditional life of a rural Mexican woman. At 80 she thought that was …

Un tesoro internacional (International Treasure)

August 6th, 2020


There are two places Teresa Valcarce calls home: Spain and the United States. But after discovering that one of her countries never fulfilled a …

Rap originario (Indigenous Rap)

July 30th, 2020


A young Mexican man discovers that he can use rap as a tool to help save his native language. But can he convince a new generation to love this new …

Las mamás del río Amazonas (Mothers of the Amazon River)

July 23rd, 2020


Dr. Magaly Blas trades the security of a city hospital job for a post in the Amazon, where she serves pregnant women who don't have access to modern healthcare. But when Magaly discovers that she, too, is pregnant, her …

El arte del café (The Art of Coffee)

July 16th, 2020


Alejandro Méndez's new boss, café-owner Federico Bolanos, is obsessed with one thing: training Alejandro to compete in the world's toughest barista …

Un exiliado en Rusia (An Exile in Russia)

July 9th, 2020


In 1973, 16-year-old Víctor Yáñez travels from his home in Chile to the former USSR to study agriculture. But when a military coup strikes at home, …

Libros tras las rejas (Books Behind Bars)

July 2nd, 2020


Growing up in a house without books, Ana Sicilia always dreamed of having her own library. Years later, after teaching a writing workshop in a nearby …

Trailer Season 8

June 25th, 2020


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting  July 2, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!

Ask Martina Anything: Your Listener Questions Answered

June 18th, 2020


In this special episode, we answer your most burning questions about the Duolingo Spanish Podcast! Listen as host and executive producer Martina …

Los niños de los desaparecidos (The Children of the Disappeared)

May 21st, 2020


As the child of adoptive parents in 1980s Argentina, Tatiana Sfiligoy knew her family situation was unique. But it would be another decade before she …

La vida en los tiempos del coronavirus (Life in the Time of Coronavirus)

May 14th, 2020


Like many others around the world, Spanish speakers on both sides of the Atlantic have responded to the coronavirus pandemic with exceptional acts of courage and kindness. In this special episode, we’ll hear stories of …

Tejiendo un legado (Weaving a Legacy)

May 7th, 2020


In El Salvador, waist loom weaving is a revered craft, historically undertaken by women—until Ronald Vega had to take over the job from his sick mother, becoming the first man in his family, and his country, to practice …

Un cocinero para la gente (A Cook for the People)

April 30th, 2020


After an impressive career of cooking in some of the world's best restaurants, Marco Quelca decided to dedicate his life to bringing gourmet cooking …

Mi abuela la curandera (My Grandmother the Healer)

April 23rd, 2020


As a child, Dr. Linda Valencia was fascinated by her grandmother, a traditional healer in Guatemala. But after choosing a different path and becoming …

Un hogar en tierra prohibida (A Home on Forbidden Land)

April 16th, 2020


When María Elena Paz moved to a plot of land on the outskirts of Mexico City, she was shocked to find no water, electricity, or roads. She and her …

Otro camino hacia la victoria (A Different Path to Victory)

April 9th, 2020


Francisco Sanclemente is on the verge of professional soccer success when a serious illness leaves him wheelchair-bound. Without the use of his legs, he's forced to redefine what it means to be an athlete.

A transcript …

Una maestra en botas (A Teacher in Army Boots)

April 2nd, 2020


In 1961, 15-year-old Norma Guillard left her family behind and ventured into rural Cuba as part of a nationwide campaign to teach people how to read. …

"Lo que puede un cuerpo" (“What the Body Can Do”)

March 26th, 2020


For 30 years, Ana Larriel struggled with her weight and her body image. Until she decided her body wasn't what needed to change. The cultural …

Trailer Season 7

March 19th, 2020


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting March 26, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!

Jaime, el artista (Jaime, The Artist)

February 6th, 2020


A Spanish fashion designer works hard to give her autistic son every opportunity—then discovers that he has a special talent and makes him her …

El embajador del Mofongo (The Mofongo Ambassador)

January 30th, 2020


A young Puerto Rican man takes a dish from his homeland and creates a global food sensation. But when Hurricane Maria hits, he finds a new way of using food to help the island he loves.

A transcript of this episode is …

La herencia del mezcal (The Mezcal Inheritance)

January 23rd, 2020


Yola grew up watching her grandfather make mezcal. When he died, she took up the mantle. But how would she transform her grandfather’s hobby into a …

El paraíso del chef (The Chef’s Paradise)

January 16th, 2020


Rodrigo Pacheco worked in some of the world's best restaurants, but he never truly felt like the chef he aspired to be until he found himself far …

La isla olvidada de Venezuela (Venezuela's Forgotten Island)

January 9th, 2020


Working as a nurse in Venezuela during the worst economic crisis in the country's history, Fabiola Molero is used to seeing hardship. But when she …

Estar en las nubes (Head in the Clouds)

January 2nd, 2020


Eréndira Sánchez is a young skydiving apprentice in Mexico when a world-famous skydiver offers her a chance to train at his facility in the U.S. But after a tragic accident, Eréndira is forced to choose between a life …

Drag queen de nacimiento (Born to Drag)

December 19th, 2019


In 1980s Quibdó, a rural, Afro Colombian city, homophobia was a part of everyday life. But when Erlin Mena found the courage to put on heels and …

La rebeldía mariachi (The Rebels of Mariachi)

December 12th, 2019


Growing up as the daughter of a mariachi, Mireya Ramos learned early on that mariachi was a male-dominated world. But after moving to New York City, Mireya decided to challenge tradition and create an all-female …

Trailer Season 6

December 5th, 2019


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting Thursday, December 12. Listen to the trailer now!

La lucha por la identidad (The Fight for Identity)

October 24th, 2019


It took Vincenzo Bruno years to fully embrace his trans identity. But the moment he did, he became a fierce advocate for other LGBTIQ Costa Ricans, …

Una victoria en la cancha (A Victory on the Soccer Field)

October 17th, 2019


In May 2019, twenty Paraguayan soccer players traveled from their hometown to Asunción, the nation’s capital, to play the most important game of their lives. Led by their captain, José Elías Argaña, they were the first …

El Woodstock chileno (Chilean Woodstock)

September 26th, 2019


In 1970, in a country polarized by cold-war politics, Jorge Gómez organized an outdoor music festival. But what he expected to be a peaceful …

El tenor mexicano (The Mexican Tenor)

September 19th, 2019


Mexican tenor Javier Camarena discovered he wanted to sing Opera the first time he heard it. His passion for singing Opera lead him to test his strengths and determination over and over.

Study materials and a transcript …

La reina del pelo bueno (The Queen of Good Hair)

September 12th, 2019


All her life, Cirle Tatis Ariza had been taught to think her curly hair was something to hide. But after years of harsh chemical treatments, Cirle learned to love her hair, and taught other women to do the same.
Study …

De México a Marte (From Mexico to Mars)

August 29th, 2019


Ever since she was a little girl, Carmen Félix knew she wanted to work on something related to space. So she defied cultural expectations, became one …

Colores del Maíz (Shades of Maize)

August 22nd, 2019


Fernando Laposse is a Mexican designer with a particular obsession: corn. It’s an obsession that began in his childhood and would lead him to create …

Igualdad en la pista (Equality on the racetrack)

August 15th, 2019


Tatiana Calderón is the only female driver in Formula 2 racing, and she’s poised to make it to the top: Formula 1. In her career, she’s had to …

Trailer Season 5

August 8th, 2019


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

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 …

Mi héroe, mi amigo

December 6th, 2017


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, …

Introducing the Duolingo Spanish Podcast

November 25th, 2017


Welcome to the Duolingo Spanish Podcast. In this first season, we will be bringing you true stories in English and Spanish about what can happen when …

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