Podcast of the Week: Reggaeton In The Age of #MeToo

This week Alt.Latino, NPR’s program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture, discusses the controversial aspects of Reggeaton, a genre often criticized for its highly sexualized portrayal and use of women. In the context of #MeToo and #TimesUp, the topic got attention once again after the recent Grammy performance of ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, had many scantily clad women shaking their butts around the two male singers.

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and his two guests, the scholars of Latin American culture Petra Rivera Rideau and Omaris Zamora, take both an academic and a personal look at the issue. They are neither out to defend, nor to condemn Reggeaton. Rather they are trying to understand why the music sounds as it does, and the various perspectives from which it can be interpreted, without propagating one truth.

A new arrival on the podcast scene: The Europeans

The Europeans is a new arrival on the podcast scene, discussing politics, culture and any given topic in a both entertaining and well-informed manner. The weekly show is hosted by two friends: Katy Lee, a reporter in Paris, and Dominic Kraemer, an opera singer in Amsterdam. After the listener is greeted by catchy remix of the Anthem of Europe, Katy and Dominic take us on a tour of the recent events beyond breaking news and Brexit.

What makes their podcast special is that each feature includes an interview with someone on site: we listen to them converse with a Polish-Canadian journalist on Poland’s new Holocaust law, speak to an in-house IKEA designer on the legacy of the late IKEA founder Kamprad, or ask an Austrian dancing teacher about the Viennese ball season.

Those longing to hear some new voices should be excited for Tuesday, when their next episode will be released!

 

More information about Katy, Dominic and their podcast is available on their website.

 

 

The Power Vertical podcast: The ‘Whatever’ Election coming up in Russia

On March 18, Putin will be re-elected as president of Russia for the fourth time. The story, however, does not end here. While it is reasonable to expect that there won’t be a new President, the upcoming election is far from unimportant. Putin needs more than just the majority if he wants to retain his legitimacy and, ultimately, power.

In the recent episode of The Power Vertical podcast, Journalist Brian Whitmore and his guests discuss the specificities of this “election that isn’t”: the ambiguous role of widespread apathy, the importance of turnout over actual vote, the means and limits of political engineering, and the possible tactics of the opposition.

 

Note: The podcast assumes some prior knowledge of Russian politics. If not familiar with either of the following, a quick search is recommended: Putin-Medvedev swap, United Russia, Alexei Navalny, Xenia Sobchak.

 

By Isabel Seeger