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The Pulso Podcast

45 EpisodesProduced by Project PulsoWebsite

The Pulso Podcast brings you the untold stories & unheard voices that make up our history, our culture, nuestra gente. For Latinos, by Latinos.Pulso is a non-profit media startup that keeps the pulse on all things Latino. Follow us @ProjectPulso.

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Not Your Mama's Rhymes: Reimagining Poetry Through Latino Voices

September 26th, 2023


Is it possible that many of us are stuck with the erroneous idea that poetry is boring or hard to understand? As we learn in this episode, poetry …

What’s up with Latino men?

September 12th, 2023


Since the last presidential election, there’s been countless commentary about what’s going on with some of our beloved Latino men and their swing to the right. In light of the Republican candidates filling the airwaves …

Missing White Girl Syndrome

August 29th, 2023


Today’s episode is from our friends at Immigrantly. Pulso host Liz Alarcón guests on this episode to discuss the nuances of “Missing White Girl …

What did France do to the Taco!?

August 15th, 2023


When Colombian-American producer Charlie Garcia moved to France, he faced a big challenge... his favorite food, The Taco, was nowhere to be found. …

Leaving the American Dream Behind: The Latino Expats' Journey

August 1st, 2023


A growing number of Latino expats are seeking to rediscover their roots and forge new lives in Latin American and Caribbean countries. In this episode, we talk to three people about their life-changing decision to move …

The Untold Story About Pulso

July 18th, 2023


In this episode, we're in reflection mode. Maribel flips the mic on Liz to dig into the untold story about how Pulso was founded, the mission of the …

The Forgotten Anthem (Classic)

July 4th, 2023


A global crisis formed a new bond between the United States and Latin America. How a presidential decree, a Peruvian immigrant, and a campaign to showcase Hispanic Stars uncovered El Pendón Estrellado, an almost …

The Art of Healing: Finding Strength Through Frida Kahlo

June 20th, 2023


Thania Betancourt Alcazar, a member of the art group “The Phoenix Fridas” discovered a lifeline in the art of Frida Kahlo.  By embracing Frida's spirit of resilience Thania found the inner strength to confront her own …

Monica Puig: The Untold Journey of a Latina Olympic Sensation

June 6th, 2023


Monica Puig, a Latina professional tennis player made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Adored as a National Treasure in Puerto Rico, this Latina trailblazer remains a mysterious figure in the United States, until now.

Crossing Gang Lines: Origins of the Latino Comedy Special

May 23rd, 2023


When Producer Mark Pagán was a teenager, he came across a TV comedy special that would change his life forever, Paul Rodriquez’s Crossing Gang …

Modern Parenting… the Latino way

May 9th, 2023


In this episode, Liz chats with two Latina parents who have done the work to reparent themselves, done the research to raise more emotionally whole …

Ask A Mexican (Classic)

April 25th, 2023


Gustavo Arellano started a newspaper column called “Ask a Mexican” as a joke... then it became bigger than he ever could have imagined. Why?

This …

We are not Latino: Indigenous Stories of Resilience

April 11th, 2023


Today we're talking about something that Latinos sometimes ignore or even forget. Indigenous peoples are often relegated to things of the past, but they are very much still here, and they are facing resistance and …

Between Cultures: One Latina’s journey to finding her Latinidad

March 28th, 2023


What does it mean to “be” something, to have an Identity?  And what is it that gets to decide that identity? Is it our parents, our language, our blood, or the world around us? This is the story of one Latina’s journey …

Latina Beauty Standards Part 2: How far are we willing to go in the name of beauty?

March 14th, 2023


In this episode Maribel sets out to explore the sometimes empowering, often extreme, things we're willing to do to feel beautiful and why.

Special …

Latina Beauty Standards Part 1: Where does our definition of beautiful come from?

February 28th, 2023


In this episode, Liz sets out to explore the historical and societal influences that have led to our sometimes empowering, often pressuring, standards of beauty that Latinas are held to.

This episode was produced by Liz …

Keeping the peace during Latino holiday gatherings

December 6th, 2022


Let’s talk about the holidays. Large gatherings with boisterous family members can be memorable for the good and the bad. So what can we do to take …

Latinos vs The State of Texas

November 22nd, 2022


Texas 1951, Farmworker Pete Hernandez walks into a bar with a rifle and shoots another man, he is taken to court for murder, but when the state refuses to allow any Latinos on the Jury, a rebellious team of Hispanic …

The Hidden Latino Punk Bands of NYC

November 8th, 2022


Punk Rock isn’t usually associated with Latino culture, and for Producer Yesica Balderrama, Punk was a lifelong passion that she never quite knew how …

The Latino Expectation of Fertility: A story of pregnancy loss.

October 25th, 2022


In 2019, Pulso Podcast cohost Maribel Quezada Smith had a miscarriage, but it's the tragedy that happened 10 months later that rocked her entire …

The Border Is Alive!

October 11th, 2022


The Rio Grande river was meant to mark a boundary between Mexico & The US, but one day in 1864 it moved, taking the border along with it and creating a century-long feud that brought both countries to the edge.

This …

The hidden history, what we love (and makes us cringe!) about Hispanic / Latino Heritage Month

September 27th, 2022


This Hispanic / Latino Heritage Month we’re asking ourselves some big questions.

What does it mean for Nuestra Gente? How did this month even start? …

Is work-life balance a privilege for Latinos?

September 13th, 2022


Latinos work hard. But is our "work hard" attitude too closely connected to our sense of self-worth?

This Episode was produced by Maribel Quezada Smith with Editorial oversight by Charlie Garcia. Audio engineering & …

Latino, Latina, Latine

August 30th, 2022


How can we make Spanish more inclusive? Today we're talking about the evolution of our language, and the pushback against it.

This episode was …

The Sea Next Door

August 16th, 2022


The Salton Sea, California's biggest disappearing. Leaving the largely Hispanic populations around it at risk of environmental …

Are we still Latino if we don't speak spanish?

August 2nd, 2022


Can we still call ourselves Latinos if we don't speak Spanish? Liz & Maribel unpack this question, along with help from the Pulso team and …

Following The Nectar Corridor

July 19th, 2022


Think Mezcal is just Smokey Tequila??? Well, think again!

Today we dive into the history & culture that came together to create this one-of-a-kind …

Mom to Mom

July 5th, 2022


How do we pass on culture and heritage to our children? and are there parts of Latino culture that we DON'T want to pass on??? Liz and Maribel chime …


June 21st, 2022


As Latinos, many of us have experiences and thoughts about the line that separates the US from it's southern neighbors, but few know what living along the border is really like. For this Mexican American writer, his …

Let’s Try Something Diferente

June 7th, 2022


For our 3rd season of The Pulso Podcast, we've decided to try something a little Diferente. Today we are welcoming our new Co-Host, Maribel Quezada …

Pulso Season 3 Trailer

May 31st, 2022


Pulso Season 3 drops Tuesday, June 7th

New episodes every 2 weeks

Why is Mental Health so Hard to Talk About for Latinos?

November 10th, 2021


What's the status of Latino's mental health. What can help us get our minds right? What can hurt our progress? and why is it still so hard to talk about?

Wanna Hear a Scary Story?

October 27th, 2021


Press play (if you dare!) for some haunting tales of Latino folklore.

Ask A Mexican

October 12th, 2021


Gustavo Arellano started his newspaper column “Ask a Mexican” as a joke... then it became bigger than he ever could have imagined

Where Are All the Latinos in Movies & TV?

September 28th, 2021


Latinos make up a huge chunk of TV and movie audiences, yet we're still struggling for accurate representation on screen, Why?

Follow & continue …

Exploring Latino Identity

September 14th, 2021


Liz chats with three of the Pulso Podcast producers about growing up in different parts of the country and as different generations of immigrants, …

Can We Decolonize Our Food?

August 31st, 2021


What does it mean to decolonize our diet? We talk to two chefs whose journeys with food have led them to reevaluate what it means to eat …

Response From the Church

August 16th, 2021


Why are so many Latinos leaving organized religion? In this episode we talk to Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.J., Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, about what he thinks the church …

How These Latinas are Redefining Religion and Spirituality

August 3rd, 2021


So much of Latino culture stems from religious and spiritual practices. In this episode we talk to three Latina authors, artists and academics about …

The First Latinos

July 20th, 2021


The very first Latinos didn't cross any borders, the U.S. crossed them. In this episode, we unpack how a land treaty shaped the lives of the first …

Vanessa Guillén, Roy Benavidez and Our Complicated Relationship with the Military

July 6th, 2021


They’re considered American heroes, yet that distinction comes at a price. In this episode we grapple with the hurt and pride many Latinos feel …

Music is How We Cope

October 16th, 2020


When words alone fail to capture the depth of a moment in time, there’s always music. In this episode of the Pulso Pod, we’re taking you on a journey …

Latinos on the Front Lines of COVID-19

September 29th, 2020


It’s been six months of living through a pandemic. And nuestra gente has been disproportionately impacted by the economic and health challenges of COVID-19. In this episode, you’ll hear the stories of every day Latinos …

The Forgotten Anthem

September 22nd, 2020


A global crisis formed a new bond between the United States and Latin America. How a presidential decree, a Peruvian immigrant, and a campaign to showcase Hispanic Stars uncovered El Pendón Estrellado, an almost …

Welcome to The Pulso Podcast

September 4th, 2020


Welcome to The Pulso Podcast. We bring you untold stories & unheard voices...The Latino voices you aren’t hearing in the news and the stories …

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