Radio Ambulante, an online radio project that enables thousands of stories from places in the Western Hemisphere where Spanish is spoken to be told and listened to, premiered Tuesday.
Peruvian-born Daniel Alarcon, who was named one of the best young U.S. writers by The New Yorker, created the podcast.
“It’s a way to get to know ourselves more, to share our stories,” said Alarcon, who has written several prize-winning novels, inclduing Radio Ciudad Perdida and Guerra a la Luz de las Velas.
Narratives broadcast on Radio Ambulante’s official launch Tuesday included the story told by former Honduran President Mel Zelaya of his exile after being ousted in a June 2009 coup, and the odyssey of a Peruvian who stowed away on a ship to New York in 1959.
Alarcon, who resides in San Francisco and serves as the executive producer for the project, is assisted by a team of journalists, poets and writers scattered around the globe.
During a test run earlier this year, Radio Ambulante was visited by listeners in more than 70 countries in Latin America and beyond, including faraway places like Indonesia, Belgium and Namibia.