Duolingo Spanish Podcast

Duolingo Spanish Podcast

True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. From the makers of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning app, comes a new podcast that delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language. Hosted by Martina Castro, co-founder of NPR’s Radio Ambulante.

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September 21, 2022 18 min

Photographer Aldo Gracia shows us why the leafy, relaxed enclave of La Condesa has become the canine capital of Mexico City.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3C0LpNW.

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Feminist author Plaqueta takes us on a journey into the world of Mexico’s mighty muralistas, the women who shaped the nation’s identity through art.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3dhQgAS.

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September 7, 2022 2 min

The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with a special season exploring Mexico City. It starts on September 15th. Listen to the trailer now!

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When the glaciers in Ayacucho, Peru started disappearing, intense water shortages made life in the region unsustainable. Until two sisters revived the ancient practice of building sacred water reservoirs in the mountains.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3S9Xt5y.

 

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A Bolivian scientist sets out to study a species of bears critically endangered by drought and loss of habitat. Along the way, she shows the local community how helping the bears can protect their livelihood and the forest against climate change.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3ohWr9Z.

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After Hurricane Maria knocked out power on Puerto Rico for months, Ada Ramona Miranda Alvarado worked to protect communities on the island against future outages, using solar power.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3OjofW2.

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Industrial designer Enrique Lomnitz wanted to use his creativity for good. When he learned that climate change was making water scarcity even worse for Mexico City’s low income residents, he tried to harness a natural resource: rain.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3PhQzZX.

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A young Argentinian is inspired by Greta Thunberg to create one of Argentina’s most influential environmental organizations.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3yxSweY.

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When Julio Cusurichi saw loggers push deeper and deeper into the Amazon, he realized they threatened both the fragile rainforest and the traditional way of life for Indigenous communities in Peru. So he decided to make it his life's work to protect Indigenous lands and rights.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3tVN7f8.

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June 15, 2022 19 min

When primary school teacher Helena Vilardell’s students told her they wanted to ride their bikes to school, she came up with the idea of the “bicibús.” It quickly took off as a movement to take back the streets, helping create a cleaner environment and better future.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3b6AA1N.

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A college student in Uruguay finds a way to salvage food that would otherwise be thrown away. With the help of friends, he manages to not only provide healthier food options for vulnerable communities, but also fight climate change.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3MJSx3G.

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June 1, 2022 1 min

The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back for a special season, with new episodes on June 9th. Listen to the trailer now!

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April 20, 2022 20 min

Leonor Torres finds a sense of community and a way to preserve customs from Puerto Rico at El Flamboyan garden and its casita in the Bronx, but it almost gets destroyed.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3K3yUC0.

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April 13, 2022 19 min

Growing up in Venezuela, Gyorgy Aponte played a makeshift version of baseball, “chapitas,” using bottle caps and a broom. With his family and baseball buddies dispersed around the world, he decides to pass on the custom to his son in Canada.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/37m6vKs.

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April 6, 2022 21 min

Journalist Kalú Downey and her friend worried that Chilean teatime known as “la once” was fading, so they launched a social media project to celebrate it, only to discover deeper meanings behind the custom.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3v3ZIMX.

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As the daughter of recent immigrants from Ecuador, Francis Gortaire didn’t get to have a traditional quinceañera when she turned 15. But, for her 30th birthday, she decided to host the quinceañera she never had and shared an important announcement with her community.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3x8n1bc.

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March 23, 2022 19 min

Julián Meconetzin Rangel Sosa learned how to craft piñatas when he was a kid. So when he launched his own business, he also taught children in schools how to make them, passing the custom onto the next generation.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3JIGfHV.

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March 16, 2022 21 min

An asadora — a woman grill master — in Argentina breaks into the male-dominated field of barbecuing, creating an entire movement.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/34V2nzO.

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March 10, 2022 16 min

In Quito, entrepreneur Paúl Mendez updates his community’s New Year’s custom — burning effigies, or monigotes — to make it healthier for the environment.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3MELryi.

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March 3, 2022 20 min

When a Spanish mayor signs a yearly proclamation requesting everyone respect the hours of the siesta, his small town suddenly makes headlines around the world.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3MkEW3B.

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