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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

POV Five Years North

With our rich Latino culture right here in western New England, you’ll find relevant programming on NEPM that explores Hispanic heritage all year round. And during the nation’s official Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) there’s even more!

NEPM Media Lab Summer 2021
Credit Joyce Skowyra/NEPM
NEPM Media Lab Summer 2021


“#SomosNEPM”, translated as we are NEPM, is a new name for something we’ve always recognized — the importance of the often-intersecting diverse Hispanic, Latino(a)/Latinx, and Puerto Rican communities of western New England. Tertulia and Presencia are examples of local content that we’ve produced over the years. Now — with programming, events, relationship-building and community efforts, on TV, radio, online and in the neighborhood — watch and see how we ramp up this important work. #SomosNEPM is not just a hashtag, it’s also a call to action.  Follow us on our social media platforms.



NEPM El Puerto Rico

El Puerto Rico 3
Sunday, September 26 at 6 p.m. on NEPM 88.5

El Puerto Rico 4
Sunday, October 3 at 6 p.m. on NEPM 88.5

El Puerto Rico, which debuted in 2018, is the brainchild of Tianhui Ng (Music Director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra and the Pioneer Valley Symphony) and Don Sanders (Executive Director of MIFA). The project commissioned new pieces of chamber music from Puerto Rican composers, created an ensemble of young virtuoso players and brought everyone to Holyoke for a two weeks of rehearsals, exchange, and local outreach, culminating in a concert at El Mercado. For El Puerto Rico 3, composers were asked to create duets which the Victory Players recorded individually from their hometowns.

El Puerto Rico 4 takes the project to a new level. Earlier this year, Tianhui Ng and the musicians traveled to GBH’s Fraser Performance Studio in Boston to record ten new compositions. Coming soon: videos of all performances and a podcast featuring conversations with the composers.

Latino USA
Sundays at 7 p.m. on NEPM 88.5 FM

Latino USA, the radio journal of news and culture, is the only nationally distributed English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective. Host Maria Hinojosa combines high-quality news, cultural and public affairs journalism with compelling sound to bring a rich understanding to a wide spectrum of listeners.

Sundays at 8 p.m. on NEPM 88.5 FM

On Tertulia a music lover will find Latin Jazz, Boleros, Salsa, Merengue, Nueva Trova, Tango and Folk music from Puerto Rico, Central America, Colombia, the Andean Region and Spain. News pieces in English and Spanish, discussion of topics of importance to the Latino community, and the weekly calendar of events are also heard on Tertulia. Hosted by Raquel Obregon.

Sundays at 10 p.m. on NEPM 88.5

Fiesta is devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners. The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series.  He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music — “the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.”


In the Heights on Broadway

Great Performances
Lights Up: In the Heights on Broadway
Saturday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m.

Beginning at a small, off-Broadway theater, a group of young artists led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda produced an original musical — a Latin and Hip-Hop-infused musical odyssey telling the story of a neighborhood and the first-generation Americans who call it home. In the Heights opened on Broadway in spring 2008 went on to win five Tony Awards. The film follows the cast and creative team as they embark on the greatest adventure of their young careers.

POV The Infiltrators

POV: The Infiltrators
Saturday, September 25 at 9:30 p.m.

Meet two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers, believe the best place to stop deportations is in detention.

Weekend in Havana

Weekend in Havana
Sunday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city.

America ReFramed Councilwoman

America ReFramed: Councilwoman
Tuesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. on NEPM WORLD
Thursday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on NEPM TV

Carmen Castillo is a first-term city councilwoman in Providence, RI who maintains her job as a hotel housekeeper. A reelection campaign presents challenges, but she stays true to her vision for justice and equity to prove that “she can do it!”

PBS Kids Almas Way

Alma’s Way
Premieres Monday, October 4 at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The engaging modern-day series stars 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl, who lives in the Bronx with her parents and younger brother, Junior, as well as a diverse group of close-knit and loving friends, family, and community members. Alma’s Way gives children ages 4-6 the power to find their own answers to their problems, express what they think and feel, and recognize and respect the unique perspective of others.

POV Fruits of Labor

POV: Fruits of Labor
Monday, October 4 at 10 p.m.

Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in an agricultural town in the central coast of California, dreams of graduating high school and going to college. But when ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company.

America Reframed: Five Years North

America Reframed: Five Years North
Tuesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. on NEPM WORLD

The story of America's immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck.

American Masters Rita Moreno

American Masters:
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.
Tuesday, October 5 at 9 p.m.

Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.

34th Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 8 at 9 p.m.

Celebrate the recipients of the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards with performances and appearances by some of the country's most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.

La Frontera with Pati Jinich
Friday, October 15 at 9 p.m.

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of the U.S.-Mexico border alongside acclaimed chef Pati Jinich as she experiences the region’s rich culture, people and cuisine.

VOCES on PBS Letters to Eloisa

VOCES on PBS: Letters to Eloisa
Friday, October 15 at 10 p.m.

Based on correspondence with his sister in exile, "Letters to Eloisa" recounts the life of Cuban literary great José Lezama Lima, author of a homoerotic novel, "Paradiso," and tells the story of his silencing by the Cuban revolutionary government.

POV: La Casa de Mama Icha
Monday, October 18 at 10 p.m.

Decades earlier, Mama Icha moved to the United States to help her daughter with the care of her grandchildren. However, she never lost sight of her hometown of Mompox, spending years sending money to build her dream house there. Now, at the end of her life, Mama Icha boards a plane and flies back to Colombia where she finds joy and heartbreak in her return to the place her heart never left.

POV: Things We Dare Not Do
Monday, October 25 at 10 p.m.

In the small Mexican coastal village of El Roblito, 16-year-old Ñoño lives what seems to be an idyllic existence with his loving family. But he holds a secret. Defying gender norms, Ñoño works up the courage to tell his family he wants to live his life as a woman.


NEPM Connecting Point El Corazon

Connecting Point
Turn to NEPM’s Connecting Point for the best coverage of the arts scene within the local Latino community.

Latino Experience

The Latino Experience
Explore a broad collection of experiences, perspectives and points of view through a variety of short films that highlight the diversity of the Latino/a/x community and illuminate the vibrancy of the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Roots of Latin Jazz

Great Performances: Roots of Latin Jazz
Celebrate the rhythms of Latin music with the Raices Jazz Orchestra and performances by GRAMMY-winning artists including Richard Bona and Anaadi. Hosted by Sheila E. A co-presentation of Great Performances and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES.

Latino Americans

Latino Americans
The first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.


Valley Voices Story Slam

Valley Voices in Spanish and English
A Live Storytelling Event at El Mercado in Holyoke on October 28
Auditions Open Through October 10
NEPM and the Academy Of Music’s Valley Voices Story Slam, in collaboration with Nueva Esperanza and El Corazón/The Heart of Holyoke are planning an evening of storytelling from the Latinx community, some in Spanish, some in English. All storytellers will have the chance to participate in a workshop with Holyoke’s own storytelling diva Kerrita Mayfield before the show and will be supported with encouragement from the storytelling team at Valley Voices and Nueva Esperanza.



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