A Spanish-Language Broadcaster on What Matters to His Audience

“It’s an infuriating misconception, frankly, that the community only cares about immigration.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to Spanish-language journalist and broadcaster León Krauze, who works primarily as a local news anchor in Los Angeles but also hosts a radio show and writes for outlets like Slate and the Washington Post. In the interview, León discusses the process of figuring out which topics and stories matter most to his community. He also describes what it’s like to have a hyperlocal focus and explains why his Los Angeles broadcast might differ from Spanish-language news in other parts of the country.

After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss the skill it takes to be bilingual, and they reflect on a point León made about the difference between audio and visual media.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, León shares some of the biggest misconceptions about the Latinx community in the U.S.

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