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Don Pedro Albizu Campos; Genius revolutionary, Boricua Hero (second revised edition)

Many don't know his name. He was the president of the Partido Nationalista Puerto Rico. He called for armed revolution, simultaneous uprisings in towns around Puerto Rico, and an attack on La Fortaleza. But we have to ask, why? Why did he do these things? Was he a psychopath who tried to violently overthrow the United States? Or was this born from a profound need for extreme actions? We cannot fully understand him or his valiant fight for independence without understanding the circumstances from which he evolved. Some call him a terrorist, and others call him a hero. This is the story of Pedro Albizu Campos, known affectionately by many as Don Pedro.

Ep. 61 Ep. 61 El Cantante del Amor: The Unheralded Talent of Vitin Avíles

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/EICEYvCSLub Though he is often unmentioned Vitin Aviles made a name for himself working with the likes of Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri and Tito Rodriguez. His voice can be heard on hits such as "La Hija de Lola" and "El Sedante de Rumba" as well as more obscure recording of boleros such as "Vete". Today's show celebrates …

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Ep. 60 A Tipico Cuban Sound in New York: Monguito ‘El Unico’

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/1iTSurPSLub Today's show celebrates the work of Ramón Quian, better known as Monguito 'El Unico'. We'll celebrate his life and work with the likes of Johnny Pacheco and Arsenio Rodriguez. We'll also address the controversy su his similar vocal style to the famed Cuban vocalist, Miguelito Cuni as well as the role of the term …

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Ep. 59 The Immortal Legacy of Puerto Rico’s Greatest Composer

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/a4K2Z2J5pub He had over 3,000 songs to his name. He was the most popular artists on the island right up until his death in 1965. He told about the life of the common person and the injustices they faced. He was one of, if not the first, exponent of Puerto Rican music in the US. …

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Ep. 58 Los Hermanos Morales: How Jibaro music served as a vital expression of Boricua pride and expression

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/5jxzC4u5pub The   jibaro music of Borinquen have always been very close to my heart.   I always heard them and loved them. Their rhythms and sounds took me home (to Borinquen). Even though I have never been to Borinquen this music is a way to connect to, and hear the sounds of my homeland. This music …

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Ep. 57 Recordando a Maelo!: Celebrating the Legacy of Ismael Rivera (with special contribution from Aurora Flores)

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/rgKaxol5pub Ismael Rivera; El Sonero Mayor; Maelo: today we celebrate him after what would have been his 91st birthday. You'll hear about his work with Cortijo Y Su Combo, how Bobby Capó played a pivotal role in their success, how Ismael's mother Doña Margot composed hits such as "Maquinolandera' and you'll even get a personal …

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Ep. 56 An Unheralded Talent of Salsa: Chivirico Davilia

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/knbDz8e5pub While he is scarcely mentioned, Chivirico Davila's voice can be heard on the records of Orlando Marin, Joey Pastrana, Rafael Cortijo, Kako Y Su Combo, Joe Cuba, Johnny Pacheco, The Alegre All Stars and Richie Ray. His proficiency as a sonero and bolerista alike often goes unnoticed and understated. 28 years after his passing we'll be remembering and …

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Recipe for Disaster! A history of colonialism and environmental degradation has created tragedy in Puerto Rico

These photos are tragic and alarming, people have lost so much, their homes, their livelihoods and some have even lost their lives; to them, we send our deepest condolences.  However what concerns me very deeply is, Puerto Rico’s topsoil coloring the waters that raged throughout the island earlier this week. Those waters tell another story …

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Ep. 55 Boricua history you should know: How Luis Muñoz Marin betrayed Puerto Rico

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/7kJOVs94pub Luis Munoz Marin rose from being, in all estimations, one big failure to being a senator and later the governor of Puerto Rico. It was quite a feat, but what he did with his newly acquired power was another story. Marin declared martial law to quell the 1950 Nationalist uprisings, had two towns in …

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Ep. 54 Cachao: Cuban Musical Marvel

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/FYhClcS4pub Israel López, better known as Cachao was the co-creator of mambo, bandleader, double bassist, composer, and arranger. One of his and his brother Orestes’ greatest innovations was Mambo; livening up a classical Danzon, with afro-Cuban rhythm, as Cachao termed it “turning the ship 180˚”. You'll hear all about this and more in this week's …

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Ep. 53 Boricua Heroes You Should Know: Don Pedro Albizu Campos (revised edition)

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/ptZ2EAJ3pub "Each generation has to gather the ashes of their elders. Those who do not revere the ashes of their elders are truly dead; the ones who are extinguished in the cosmos because they are not worthy of the human personality" - Pedro Albizu Campos Many don’t know his name. He was the president of …

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