Latina to Latina

Latina to Latina
In this interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia and her guests take on the challenges of existing, and then thriving, as women of color.

To Honor Vanessa Guillén, These Two Latina Veterans Are Telling Women Not To Enlist
Jul 13 • 38 min
Latina Veterans Lucy del Gaudio and Pam Campos-Palma are spearheading a campaign demanding justice after the disappearance and killing of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén. Their service experience includes misogyny, discrimination and sexual violence that many…
How Documentarian Cristina Costantini Fed Her Soul While Making Mucho Mucho Amor
Jul 6 • 29 min
For years Cristina covered detention centers and drug cartels as an investigative journalist. Without any film school training, she decided to take on visual stories about small worlds that tell us so much about human nature. Her latest, “Mucho Mucho…
Why Actress Selenis Leyva and Her Sister, Trans Activist Marizol Leyva, Are Closer Than Ever
Jun 29 • 23 min
Marizol’s transition not only tested her determination to live life on her own terms, it also tested her lifelong bond to her sister Selenis. A failing marriage, an acting career on the rocks, and mental health woes did not allow Selenis to be there for…
Happy 100th Episode Beloved Listeners!!
Jun 22 • 30 min
We did it!!!!! Together, dear listeners, you and our team reached 100 episodes today. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude and love. Thank you for showing up every week, for sharing the show, and for letting us know how much celebrating inspiring…
Why TV Showrunner Ilana Peña Craves Complicated Girl Characters
Jun 15 • 29 min
Growing up, television writer Ilana Peña was a student of books, where, she says, “girls could be complicated.” Now, as creator of Diary of a Future President on Disney+, Ilana brings that vision of girlhood to life. She tells Alicia about rising from…
Two Latina Activists on Latinos’ Place in Anti-Blackness
Jun 8 • 46 min
This week we pause to reckon with the national call for justice that followed the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless Black Americans in what’s become an epidemic of sanctioned violence. Alicia talks to veteran community organizer Rosa…
Why Actress Lisa Vidal Believes “I’m here because this was supposed to happen.”
Jun 1 • 27 min
We’ve all been there. “Oh my God, can I do this?” And in those moments of intense doubt and fear, Lisa Vidal, the star of ABC’s The Baker and the Beauty, says “That’s when you have to really embrace your talent, and recognize who you are and say, ‘Yes, I…
How Rolling Stone’s Suzy Exposito Made History with Her Bad Bunny Cover Story
May 25 • 23 min
First, she planted the seed of the idea in his publicist’s mind. Then she began a relentless insider campaign to convince magazine editors that the megastar was cover worthy. Then she and the art director recruited the singer’s talented artist girlfriend…
How Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Maintains Control of Her Narrative
May 18 • 26 min
As if setting out to write a book about the undocumented immigrant experience across the country wasn’t hard enough, Karla Cornejo Villavivencio set a much higher bar for The Undocumented Americans. “I promised everyone in the book, all of my subjects,…
A Mother’s Day Tribute to You, Your Mom, and All the Mamís
May 10 • 28 min
Alicia selects some of the beautiful moments when our brilliant guests recall a special moment with their moms, open up about the struggle to become a mother, and distill the wisdom and strength they learned from their mamás.
PROMO: Meet the Mask Makers
May 7 • 23 min
Why are so many people trying their hands at sewing homemade masks? Making a mask not only helps the wearers feel safe, it helps the maker feel useful and part of a movement.
How Joanna Vargas Built a Beauty Empire with Her Hands
May 4 • 27 min
Echoing a sentiment shared by many successful children of immigrants, Joanna Vargas tells Alicia, “My parents did not send me to school so that I would work with my hands.” That understanding kept her from telling them about becoming an aesthetician. The…
TRAILER: How to Talk to Mamí & Papí About Anything
Apr 29 • 1 min
From the executive producer of Latina to Latina, welcome to How to Talk to Mamí and Papí About Anything! Juleyka Lantigua-Williams made the show because she and many of her friends who were born or raised in the US could use some help in communicating…
Elisa Villanueva Beard’s Aha Moment as Teach for America’s CEO
Apr 27 • 29 min
She started in a Teach for America classroom and today leads the organization as it sends a small army of new teachers into schools that need them most. Elisa opens up about her path to TFA: realizing how unprepared she was for college (but excelling…
How One Day at a Time’s Isabella Gomez Found Her Strength
Apr 20 • 30 min
“And if I’m going to play a Latinx woman, she better be strong as hell,” Isabella tells Alicia in this powerful conversation about being fully present and finding your power. “And she better have something to say. And she better be smart. And she better…
When Gentefied Co-Creator Linda Yvette Chávez Realized She Couldn’t Quit
Apr 13 • 30 min
“If you find yourself in an industry doing all the jobs around the job you really want to do, check in on that,” Linda tells Alicia. “There’s some sort of fear around you not doing the thing you really want to do.” She would know. After years of working…
Political Power Player Cecilia Muñoz Reminds Us That We Are ‘More Than Ready’
Apr 6 • 34 min
She jokingly calls herself “a professional Latina,” but the reality is that Cecilia Muñoz has spent decades advocating on our behalf—from providing immigration services in Chicago to leading the National Council of La Raza to advising President Obama at…
Why Author Valeria Luiselli’s Art Reflects Real Life
Mar 30 • 30 min
“I think it’s really important to be transparent about the place from which you write and the way that place determines your relationship to that which you write about,” award-winning author of Lost Children Archive Valeria Luiselli tells Alicia in this…
How Ad Exec Nancy Reyes Became Undeniable
Mar 23 • 31 min
After Alicia’s conversation with advertising superstar Nancy Reyes, she wanted to make t-shirts that read, “I am undeniable.” That’s how inspiring this trailblazer’s story is. From learning that “everything feels better when you earn it” to “dealing with…
REPLAY: Univision’s Ilia Calderón is Grounded by the People She Covers
Mar 16 • 26 min
Last night, the final two viable Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in the eleventh primary debate, and faced questions from one of America’s pre-eminent Latina journalists: Univision’s Ilia Calderón. Alicia spoke with Ilia about the leap of faith…
How Artist Scherezade Garcia Came to Work and Exist on Her Own Terms
Mar 9 • 29 min
Listening to Scherezade Garcia talk about her art and her creative process is watching someone relive the many ways she has made herself free— from other’s scrutiny, from expectations, from the need to justify her very existence. Alicia visited…
Why iLe’s New Album, Almadura, Is Both Departure and Evolution from Calle 13
Mar 2 • 21 min
iLe’s natural and inherited musical talents were nurtured between classic piano training and the hyper-political songs of Calle 13, Puerto Rico’s most influential group in the last few decades. Now the singer/songwriter takes center stage with her…
Why DACA Trailblazer Cristina Jiménez Is Stepping Away
Feb 24 • 33 min
Cristina Jiménez knows how to agitate for change. The co-founder and Executive Director of United We Dream convinced President Obama to act on DACA. Now, as she prepares to step away from an organization she helped build, Cristina’s sharing what she’s…
Storyteller Extraordinaire Martina Castro Has Her Own Exceptional Story
Feb 17 • 28 min
Her professional journey would make an awesome movie. From humble beginnings as an NPR intern to co-founding and producing Radio Ambulante—a powerhouse narrative journalism podcast in Spanish—to launching an international production company, Adonde Media,…
How Canticos Creator Susie Jaramillo Built an Inclusive Kids’ Brand
Feb 10 • 26 min
Susie Jaramillo created several lines of award-winning children’s books, animated series, and merchandise. And she made the first board book prototype by hand while easing her child into daycare. It’s no wonder when Alicia spoke to her, Susie was…
Julissa Prado, the Million-Dollar Curl Whisperer
Feb 3 • 32 min
How Nelini Stamp Sets Injustice Aflame
Jan 27 • 25 min
She calls herself a “fire-starter,” and has a long list of rabble-rousing moments to prove it. Before turning 18, she registered people to vote by pleading “Please register and vote for me! I can’t vote.” Later, she marched in an anti stop-and-frisk…
How Ana Flores Is Helping Latinas Grow
Jan 20 • 25 min
Why Dessa Is So Much More Than an Indie Rapper
Jan 13 • 27 min
Our EP, Juleyka, Demystifies How to Start a Podcast
Jan 6 • 32 min
REPLAY: Michelle Poler Inspires Fearlessly
Dec 30, 2019 • 25 min
REPLAY: Gina Torres Brings All Her Fierceness to Pearson, and We Are Here for It
Dec 23, 2019 • 29 min
What Singer Aymée Nuviola Left Behind for Her Art
Dec 15, 2019 • 24 min
Author Carmen Maria Machado on the Myth of a Queer Love Utopia
Dec 9, 2019 • 28 min
How Annie Elainey Is Making the Future Accessible
Dec 2, 2019 • 19 min
Living Icon Dolores Huerta Is Still Fighting the Good Fight
Nov 25, 2019 • 32 min
REPLAY: Birchbox Co-Founder and CEO Katia Beauchamp
Nov 18, 2019 • 24 min
Knowing that “beauty is hard to sell on the internet,” this subscription box CEO still pursued a breakthrough company model that would eventually redefine beauty buying habits.
Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez Are Shaking Up the Cigar Industry
Nov 11, 2019 • 25 min
When a santera declared that it was time for Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez to work together, the twin sisters didn’t flinch.
Alicia Tells Us about Her Book, The Likeability Trap
Nov 4, 2019 • 32 min
At work, strong women are thought of as unlikeable. Warm women are rarely seen as leaders. Alicia takes a deep dive into these frustrating realities in her new book, “The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed As You Are.”
What Happened After Zulema Arroyo Farley Stopped Denying Her Own Truth
Oct 28, 2019 • 25 min
How Jennifer Mercedes Made Herself an MVP in Sports Journalism
Oct 21, 2019 • 26 min
Fresh out of college, Jennifer Mercedes was offered the opportunity to produce and host her own baseball video series. She snatched it, and La Chica Deportes was born.
Feeling My Flo Podcast S2 Trailer
Oct 18, 2019 • 1 min
On October 24, Feeling My Flo — the reported podcast where menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies — is back with a brand new season all about periods and the people who experience them.
Why Cristela Alonzo’s Drive to Make It Is Deeply Personal, Part 2
Oct 14, 2019 • 21 min
Why Cristela Alonzo’s Drive to Make It Is Deeply Personal, Part 1
Oct 7, 2019 • 23 min
Why Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Leads from the Heart
Sep 29, 2019 • 29 min
Fresh off a major legislative win with the passing of California’s AB-5, forcing gig-economy giants like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to classify drivers as employees, Gonzalez tells Alicia, “I was so blessed by not knowing my own limitations.”
Nicole Mejia Wants You to Love Yourself—All of You
Sep 23, 2019 • 35 min
What Photographer Ramona Rosales Really Sees from Behind the Lens
Sep 16, 2019 • 23 min
Why DaniLeigh is Destined to Be a Music Mogul
Sep 9, 2019 • 28 min
REPLAY: Diane Guerrero on the Power of Owning Your Story
Sep 2, 2019 • 24 min
How Linda Briceño Won Her Artistic Freedom
Aug 26, 2019 • 28 min
REPLAY: How Jess Morales Rocketto Became a Political Ninja
Aug 19, 2019 • 24 min
“What I’m trying to do is motivate people into their purpose.” Easy, right? It is if you’re Jess Morales Rocketto, a digital political organizer ninja who helped orchestrate historic runs by Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams. Now she’s mobilizing millions…
How Gina Brillón Became a Comedy Junkie
Aug 12, 2019 • 31 min
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Is Not Done Fighting
Aug 5, 2019 • 28 min
REPLAY: How Orange Is The New Black’s Jackie Cruz Gets it Done
Jul 29, 2019 • 29 min
Why Jessica González-Rojas Champions Reproductive Justice
Jul 22, 2019 • 24 min
BONUS TRACK: New Show from LTL’S EP! “Feeling My Flo”
Jul 18, 2019 • 2 min
The executive producer of Latina to Latina just launched Feeling My Flo, a reported podcast where menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies across the gender spectrum. Aimed at the 12-16 years in your life, Feeling My Flo wants to be a…
REPLAY: Trust Us, Cristela Alonzo Gets the Last Laugh
Jul 15, 2019 • 32 min
Gina Torres Brings All Her Fierceness to Pearson, and We Are Here for It
Jul 8, 2019 • 29 min
REPLAY: Why ODAAT’s Gloria Calderón Kellett Deserves the Spotlight
Jul 1, 2019 • 27 min
Daniela Pierre Bravo Teaches Us How to ‘Earn It’
Jun 24, 2019 • 32 min
REPLAY: Gina Rodriguez Is Making Boss Moves
Jun 17, 2019 • 29 min
MSNBC’s Mariana Atencio Reveals How to Be ‘Perfectly You’
Jun 10, 2019 • 30 min
What Vida’s Mishel Prada Has Learned about Identity
Jun 3, 2019 • 25 min
UN General Assembly President María Espinosa Garcés Is Making Room for Women
May 27, 2019 • 23 min
How Pinnacle Founder & CEO Nina Vaca Became a Corporate Titan
May 20, 2019 • 28 min
Gia Morón Wants More of Us in the Weed Business
May 13, 2019 • 27 min
For Chillhouse’s Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton Putting Yourself First Is Essential
May 6, 2019 • 26 min
How Alexandra Rojas Wants to Rewrite Politics
Apr 29, 2019 • 25 min
Univision’s Ilia Calderón Is Grounded by the People She Covers
Apr 22, 2019 • 26 min
Life in Pieces’ Angelique Cabral First Sees It, Then Goes After It
Apr 15, 2019 • 28 min
Dr. Laura Scott Is Building a Self-Care Brand One Post at a Time
Apr 8, 2019 • 28 min
How Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp Upended the Beauty Industry for Good
Apr 1, 2019 • 26 min
Fitness Entrepreneur Melissa Alcantara is Always in Beast Mode
Mar 25, 2019 • 27 min
Novelist Lilliam Rivera Builds Worlds for All of Us
Mar 18, 2019 • 25 min
How HeyFranHey’s Francheska Medina Healed Herself
Mar 11, 2019 • 30 min
How Jess Morales Rocketto Became a Political Ninja
Mar 4, 2019 • 24 min
Why Climate Scientist Nicole Hernández Hammer Takes the Fight to the Streets
Feb 25, 2019 • 27 min
Master Chef Lorena Garcia Says It Takes More Than Sharp Knives
Feb 18, 2019 • 26 min
How Mend App Founder Elle Huerta Comforts Broken Hearts
Feb 11, 2019 • 25 min
“In the Heights” Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes Writes So People Remember Us
Feb 4, 2019 • 26 min
Gina Rodriguez Is Making Boss Moves
Jan 28, 2019 • 26 min
Michelle Poler Inspires Fearlessly
Jan 21, 2019 • 26 min
Cover Girl and Disability Activist Jillian Mercado Takes on Her Dreams
Jan 13, 2019 • 24 min
Why Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz Bends the Rules
Jan 7, 2019 • 24 min
That Time Superstar Beauty Vlogger Iris Beilin Saved Her Own Life
Dec 31, 2018 • 22 min
How Artist Latashá Is Mindshifting Music
Dec 24, 2018 • 27 min
Actress Aimee Carrero Embraces Her Weird, and We Love Her for It
Dec 17, 2018 • 26 min
Vida’s Melissa Barrera Embraces All Her Identities
Dec 10, 2018 • 25 min
Investor Nathalie Molina Niño Boldly Speaks Truth to Powerful Men
Dec 3, 2018 • 26 min
Fashion Entrepreneur Lilliana Vazquez: “Build Something for Yourself”
Nov 26, 2018 • 26 min
Ain’t I Latina Founder Janel Martinez on Creating Space as a Black Latinx
Nov 19, 2018 • 23 min
How Author Frances de Pontes Peebles Finds Power in Writing
Nov 12, 2018 • 26 min
Why Estée Lauder’s María Cristina González Noguera Isn’t Afraid to Leap
Nov 5, 2018 • 28 min
Financial Expert Carmen Rita Wong: “Be Preoccupied about Our Money”
Oct 29, 2018 • 23 min
ODAAT’s Gloria Calderón Kellett Is a Boss in Any Room
Oct 22, 2018 • 27 min
Amara La Negra Outshines Any Spotlight
Oct 14, 2018 • 24 min
This Is Why María Elena Salinas Is a Legend
Oct 8, 2018 • 23 min
How Christy Haubegger Became a Media Mastermind
Sep 30, 2018 • 21 min
Paola Mendoza Teaches Us That Joy Is an Act of Resistance
Sep 24, 2018 • 24 min
Orange is the New Black’s Diane Guerrero Is Fearless and She Knows It
Sep 16, 2018 • 24 min
Latina to Latina Season 2 Trailer
Sep 13, 2018 • 2 min
We’re baaaack!!! And we’re now a Latina-owned podcast. For months, we’ve been talking to incredible women who inspire us, and have been itching to get these fresh episodes to you. So, settle in for your weekly dose of Latina realness.
How Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto Made Room for Herself in Politics
May 22, 2018 • 15 min
US Senator. Mentor. Deal-maker. How Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto drives Washington D.C. into the next era of politics
Daisy Auger-Dominguez on Making It in Corporate America
May 15, 2018 • 27 min
Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez Is Intentional about Personal Growth
May 8, 2018 • 25 min
Pipeline Angels’ Natalia Oberti Noguera Wants Investors to Show Us the Money
May 1, 2018 • 19 min
Why Comedian Cristela Alonzo Sometimes Laughs at Herself
Apr 24, 2018 • 32 min
The View’s Sunny Hostin Likes Taking a Stand
Apr 17, 2018 • 25 min
How Orange is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz Gets It Done
Apr 10, 2018 • 29 min
Welcome to Latina to Latina!
Apr 3, 2018 • 1 min
In this new interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia and her guests take on the challenges of existing, and then…