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Re: "Official" PODCAST (in Spanish) Reviews and Recommendations

Postby adelante » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:36 pm

Voces de Cuba (https://www.vocesdecuba.com/) publishes oral histories of Cuban exiles living in the United States. The stories told by this broad spectrum of the Cuban diaspora -- artists, lawyers, doctors, journalists, activists, and business people among others -- are riveting, and they add a lot of context and color to the last 60+ years of Cuban and Cuban-American history. From a language-learning perspective, you'll find a broad range of Cuban Spanish, of course, and a certain amount of helpful repetition in vocabulary since the interviewees are often talking about similar time periods and events in pre- and post-revolution Cuba. The audio and video quality are generally very good. Most episodes are between 45-60 minutes long.

El Gran Apagón from Podium Podcast (https://www.podiumpodcast.com/el-gran-apagon/): Although I think this series has already been mentioned in this thread, one really cool thing about the first season is that there's a parallel podcast called "Tras El Gran Apagón" (https://www.ivoox.com/tras-el-gran-apagon_bk_list_253451_1.html) that follows it episode by episode. Each episode in this "meta-podcast" is composed of a 30-minute critical discussion about just one episode of the drama, plus some bonus content at the end from the director and screenwriter. Both the panelists and the scene-by-scene discussion format are always the same, which made it easier to adapt to the rapid-fire Castellano spoken by the critics on the panel. I found it really helpful to listen to an episode of the drama, tune in to the discussion of said episode, and then re-listen to the original episode. Unfortunately, they didn't continue this parallel series beyond the first season of El Gran Apagón. I'm pretty sure the critics make a cameo appearance, though. How very meta. :)
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