Daniel Alarcón

Executive Producer

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I was born in Lima, Peru and raised in the United States. I’m a novelist and journalist. I live in New York with my wife, Carolina Guerrero, and our two sons. I teach at the Columbia University Journalism School. 

What is your favorite episode of Radio Ambulante?

The first story I fell in love with was The Fall of River Plate. The audio was so strong, so simple, but so passionate, and I just knew that we would be able to make something beautiful out of it. I think we did.

Which are you favorite podcasts?

This American Life, Radiolab, Football Weekly, Radio Diaries, Love and Radio, Reply All, Serial, Mystery Show, The Season, anything by the Kitchen Sisters.

What is your best talent?

Looking busy.

Stories you have produced in other spaces


The New York Times Magazine

The New Yorker

The New Yorker


More info about Daniel



Episodes produced by Daniel Alarcón

I’m Brown

Photo: Diario Correo. For Marco Avilés, moving from Lima, Peru to small-town Maine was a dream come true —beautiful, verdant, calm. He was ready …

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The Mayor

Nélida Silva left her hometown of Llamellín, high in the Andes, when she was only eleven years old. When she returned three decades …

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Against Peruvian Cuisine

In Peru you can criticize anything—except the national cuisine. Read the Spanish transcript here. Read an English translation here.

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The Son

It’s never easy to break with your parents’ world view. Especially when they are willing to die for it. Read the Spanish transcript …

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Postcard from San Salvador

In El Salvador, gangs snuff out a small act of self-expression. Read the transcript in Spanish here. / Read the English translation …

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Finding the Words

Micah has spent a life pushing against the borders of a category most everyone takes for granted: gender. Read the English subtitles for this story …

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The Contestant

Ruth Thalía Sayas Sánchez was only 19 years old when she went on a Peruvian game show, El Valor de la Verdad, determined to …

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