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La Brega

English, Investigative journalism, 2 seasons, 40 episodes, 21 hours, 34 minutes
WNYC Studios and Futuro Studios present “La Brega: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience”: a seven-part podcast series that uses narrative storytelling and investigative journalism to reflect and reveal how la brega has defined so many aspects of life in Puerto Rico. Available in English and Spanish. Creado por un colectivo de periodistas, productores, músicos y artistas boricuas; presentado por Alana Casanova-Burgess.
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Video: Xenia Rubinos Performs “Preciosa” (Live)

La Brega: El Álbum explores classic songs that tell the complicated, beautiful story of Puerto Rico — through a series of covers by some of the most innovative Puerto Rican artists making music today. Produced by WNYC Studios and Futuro Studios, the album is an eclectic mixtape of bomba, pop, electro-roots and amapiano. It drops April 11 wherever you stream music. In our first single release, Xenia Rubinos brings Rafael Hernandez’s bolero and unofficial anthem for Puerto Rico — "Preciosa" — into the 21st century as minimalist alt-R&B. She performs it live in New York. La Brega: El Álbum is sponsored by Marguerite Casey Foundation.
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La Brega Introduces: The Last Cup

La Brega introduces The Last Cup, a limited series about soccer and the immigrant experience — from NPR and Futuro Studios. Lionel Messi is known as the best soccer player of his generation, but there’s one dream he’s never achieved: winning a World Cup for Argentina, the country he left decades ago. Reporter Jasmine Garsd asks, what does home mean when you are so far away, for so long? To listen to the full series in English or Spanish, follow along here or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
11/23/20227 minutes, 25 seconds