Radio Ambulante: Sharing Stories of the Latino Experience

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.

Radio Ambulante

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.