Loud: The history of reggaeton
Spotify seems to be carving out a niche for podcasts in an area they have (arguably a problematic area): music.
This original podcast takes listeners through the history of the reggaeton genre, one triggered by an iconic beat that is said to hail from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The podcast intelligently explores all contexts of reggaeton, educating listeners about its use in popular music (like Daddy Yankee’s Gasoline), as well as its importance in cities like Santiago, Chile and Medellín, Colombia.
The show is hosted by reggaeton queen herself, Ivy Queen, and the three-part series is said to have lasted three years. His brilliance lies in the way he places music in the context of its political, sexual and racial importance.
Creative producer Julio A. Pabón said the “Loud” banner is intended to spark future series on other genres, such as K-Pop, Afrobeat and Brazilian funk.
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Horror and / or conspiracy thrillers seem to be the hottest genres of fictional podcasting and, to my knowledge, few have entered the realm of post-apocalyptic fiction.
Replica is here to test that for us, and it’s created and voiced by someone very familiar with the genre: Sarah Wayne Callies, who starred in The walking dead.
Also with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and David Harbor, Replica takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape after the largest earthquake in U.S. history leaves Los Angeles in ruins and thousands dead or missing. But that’s not all: the earthquake has raised a mysterious new island from the ocean off LA.
Cassie (Callies) and Wayne (Harbor) are a married couple who travel to the island to save their daughter trapped there, but their efforts are complicated by doomsday planners, native activists and a utopian cult. who arrive to claim part of the island, with inevitably ensuing conflicts.
While the show isn’t overly subtle, it’s a gripping and addicting audio thriller.
Do you have trouble sleeping? Let me suggest Sleeping Planet, one of many podcasts purposely designed to calmly guide you to proper sleep (although if you’re anything like me, you’ll find that any type of podcast helps with that).
This is an immersive podcast that combines background music with natural sounds and stories to put you to sleep; each episode takes listeners on a sonic adventure through nature, taking you to places like the Sahara, Siberia, and even the moon.
Host Josh Thomas walks you through the stories and sensations of each place, and you might even find yourself learning a thing or two as you fall asleep. Don’t worry, its narration isn’t too intrusive: I didn’t go past the 15 minutes of the first episode I tried.