Anything For Selena

Anything For Selena

Maria Garcia was 9 years old and living on the U.S.-Mexico border when Selena was murdered. Twenty five years later, Maria is on a quest to understand what it means to love, mourn and remember Selena. In this intimate journey, Maria explores what Selena’s legacy shows us about belonging in America. Produced by WBUR.

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April 16, 2021 44 min

Maria heads to Joshua Tree, California for an intimate interview with Selena's widower, Chris Perez. Chris shares a side of Selena we rarely get to see, and Maria learns about how romantic love was one of the ways Selena charted her own path.

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In this intimate Q&A, host Maria Garcia and producers Antonia Cereijido and Kristin Torres take listeners behind the scenes for a look at the making of Anything for Selena. This episode was recorded live during a virtual event with WBUR Cityspace.

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March 2, 2021 37 min

Episodio 9. En el final de la serie Anything for Selena, Maria reflexiona sobre lo que su año de análisis del legado de Selena revela sobre la humanidad de La Reina.

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March 2, 2021 35 min

Episode 9. In the series finale of Anything for Selena, Maria reflects on what her year-long examination into Selena’s legacy reveals about La Reina’s humanity.

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February 23, 2021 35 min

Episodio 8. Tras el debut de la serie Selena en Netflix, algunos fans señalaron que la cantante había sido "blanqueada" en ese show. En este episodio, Maria analiza por qué la tez morena de Selena es parte crucial del legado de la reina del tex-mex y reflexiona sobre cómo su exploración de la raza de Selena la condujo a revelaciones acerca de su propia identidad.

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February 23, 2021 45 min

Episode 8. After the premiere of Selena: The Series on Netflix, some fans claimed Selena had been "whitewashed" in the show.  In this episode, Maria analyzes why Selena's brownness is an essential part of her legacy and reflects on how the exploration of Selena's race led Maria to revelations about her own identity.

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February 16, 2021 29 min

Episodio 7. Un cuarto de siglo después de su muerte, Selena está arrasando en internet. En línea, la imagen y la música de Selena han adquirido nueva vida en redes sociales y plataformas que eran inimaginables cuando ella aún vivía. Sus seguidores de todas las edades han recurrido a Instagram, TikTok y YouTube para restaurar y presentar de nuevas formas la memoria de Selena. En este episodio, Maria explora cómo la internet se ha co...

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February 16, 2021 42 min

Episode 7. A quarter century after her death, Selena is breaking the internet. Online, Selena’s image and music have taken on new life on social media and platforms that weren’t even imaginable when she was still alive. Selena devotees of all ages have turned to Instagram, TikTok and Youtube to restore and remix Selena’s memory. In this episode, Maria explores how the internet has become a place where fans celebrate and remember Se...

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February 9, 2021 30 min

Episodio 6. Puede ser que Selena haya hecho una carrera cantando temas en español, pero no se crió hablando español en casa. Aprendió castellano a la vista del público, y los errores que cometió se convirtieron en algunos de sus momentos más famosos y entrañables. En este episodio, Maria explora por qué el spanglish de Selena parecía tan revolucionario para su época y, a la misma vez, tan familiar para sus fans, quienes también pad...

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February 9, 2021 43 min

Episode 6. Selena Quintanilla may have built her career singing Spanish songs, but she didn’t grow up speaking Spanish at home. She learned Spanish in the public eye, and her mistakes became some of her most famous and endearing moments. In this episode, Maria explores why Selena’s Spanglish seemed so revolutionary for its time, and yet so familiar to many fans who also struggled with the language of their heritage. The exploration...

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February 2, 2021 33 min

Episodio 5. Selena es usualmente descrita como la "reina de la música tejana". En la década de 1990, fue ella quien elevó este género del pueblo a niveles internacionales. Las ceremonias de premiación de la música tejana eran eventos glamorosos y los DJ de estaciones de radio dedicadas al género eran vistos como estrellas de rock en Texas y el resto del sudoeste de Estados Unidos. Incluso el New York Times lo catalogó "...

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February 2, 2021 38 min

Episode 5. Selena is often called the "Queen of Tejano music." In the 1990s, she brought this underdog genre to international heights. Tejano award shows were glitzy affairs and Tejano radio DJs were like rock stars in Texas and the Southwest. Even the New York Times called it the fastest-growing Latino genre in the country. But when Selena died, Tejano went from boom to bust. The story of Tejano's decline isn't so ...

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January 26, 2021 34 min

Episodio 4. En los noventa, "Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts)" de Sir Mix-A-Lot debutó en la radio. Hoy, la obsesión con los traseros grandes se mantiene sólida gracias a ídolos como Cardi B y Beyoncé. También ha impregnado la cultura blanca con Kim Kardashian y "belfie queen" Jen Selter. María comparte su teoría sobre cómo los traseros pasaron de tabú a obsesión, y cómo involucra a Selena y JLO. Ella descubre que l...

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January 26, 2021 44 min

Episode 4. Nearly 30 years ago, Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts)” hit the airwaves to the delight and shock of listeners. Today, the obsession with big butts is still strong with idols like Cardi B and Beyonce. It has also permeated white culture, with Kim Kardashian “breaking the internet” and butt selfie queen Jen Selter. Maria has a theory about how big butts went from taboo to obsession--and it involves Selena ...

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January 19, 2021 34 min

Episodio 3. En el transcurso de su vida, Selena se convirtió en un símbolo de esperanza. Se transformó en el modelo a seguir de cómo alcanzar la aceptación dentro del sueño americano para todos los Latinos. Pero la manifestación de una guerra cultural oculta luego de su muerte nos revela otra historia. En este episodio Maria le sigue la pista a las razones por las cuales Selena se convirtió en símbolo de solidaridad y resistencia m...

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January 19, 2021 41 min

Episode 3. In her life, Selena was a symbol of hope. She became a role model for how Latinos could achieve the American dream and find acceptance. But a forgotten culture war following her death painted a different picture. In the 25 years since her murder, Selena’s image has taken on new meaning. In this episode, Maria traces how Selena became a symbol for solidarity and resistance.

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January 12, 2021 37 min

Episodio 2. María sabe que para entender verdaderamente a Selena no solo como un ícono, sino también como persona, necesita ir a Corpus Christi. Su búsqueda la lleva hasta Abraham Quintanilla, el padre de Selena. En este episodio, María repasa el legado complicado de Abraham y conversa con la autora Yesika Salgado, con quien reflexiona sobre la relación padre e hija en las familias latinas.

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January 12, 2021 43 min

Episode 2. Maria knows that to truly understand Selena as a person and not just an icon, she needs to go to Corpus Christi. Maria’s quest takes her to Abraham Quintanilla, Selena Quintanilla’s notoriously guarded father. Maria confronts his complicated legacy and reflects on fatherhood in Latinx cultures.

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January 12, 2021 29 min

Episode 1. Growing up along the US-Mexico border, Maria Garcia felt torn between her two identities as Mexican and American. But then, something changed her life. She discovered Selena Quintanilla— the Mexican-American pop icon who proved she didn’t have to choose. In the premiere episode of “Anything for Selena,” host Maria Garcia explores how Selena helped Maria find her own place in the world.

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January 12, 2021 38 min

Episodio 1. Durante su niñez, mientras crecía en una ciudad en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México, María García se sintió dividida entre dos identidades: la mexicana y la estadounidense. Pero algo cambió su vida. Descubrió a Selena, quien le enseñó que no tenía que elegir entre ser una u otra persona. En el episodio de estreno de “Anything for Selena”, la conductora María García recibe a una invitada muy especial: María Hino...

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