Honoring Hispanic Heritage

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 — from Latino USA, and Fiesta to our own Presencia and Tertulia. And during the nation’s official Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) there’s even more!


Voces: Building the American Dream
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. on NEPM TV
Travel to Texas, where immigrant construction workers are seeking justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. Across the state, there’s an unprecedented building boom, fueled by Latino laborers with little or no rights.

American Masters
Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage
Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. on NEPM TV

Discover the life and career of Raul Julia, the charismatic, award-winning actor and humanitarian known for versatile roles on stage and screen, from Shakespearean plays to “The Addams Family.” A co-presentation of VOCES and American Masters.

Hispanic Heritage Awards (2020)
Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on NEPM TV
Celebrate the recipients of the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening includes virtual performances and appearances by some of the country's most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.

Voces: Latino Vote—Dispatches from the Battleground
Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. on NEPM TV
Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to get out the Latino vote in this year’s election. Political candidates are focused on maximizing turnout and support from Latinos, poised to be the largest non-white voting bloc.


American Routes
Santana Speaks: with Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Los Lobos
Sunday, Sept. 20 and 27 at 6 p.m. on NEPM 88.5

In this two-part special, Carlos Santana speaks abouts playing music from the streets of Tijuana to the stage at Woodstock. The late Tito Puente talks about the roots of tropical Latin jazz in Spanish Harlem. Steve Berlin and Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos talk about their mix of American pop and Mexican traditions. And in a 2001 interview, Celia Cruz shares stories about her musical beginnings in her beloved homeland, Cuba.

An Hour of Special Programming on Puerto Rican Literature
Listen Sunday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. on NEPM 88.5

We start with “What's the Word? Puerto Rican Literature on the Island and in the United States,” which explores the conflicts in Puerto Rican Literature between traditional Hispanic and Afro-Antillean culture and the increasing influence of the United States on island culture. Next, it’s “New Letters on the Air: The Late Puerto Rican Poet & Fiction Writer Judith Ortiz Cofer,” which looks at Puerto Rico’s culture and stories through the eyes of the late Judith Ortiz Cofer. She discusses the complicated issues involving Puerto Rico’s culture and reads from two of her books.

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 NEPR 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.”


NEPM’s bilingual (English/Spanish) magazine-format program captures the stories of the Latino communities of western New England. Hosted by Veronica Garcia and Zydalis Bauer, Presencia offers a local focus, featuring conversations specifically about the Latino history, diversity, and traditions throughout western New England. It also showcases inspiring true stories, highlights rich cultural heritage, and spotlights local talent. On hiatus during COVID-19, Presencia hopes to present new episodes in the fall of 2020. Prior seasons are available for streaming.

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.