About Us

Radio Ambulante is an NPR podcast that tells uniquely Latin American stories.

Overview

Radio Ambulante is a narrative podcast that tells uniquely Latin American stories in Spanish. We aim to bring the quality of longform print journalism to the radio. We work alongside a talented community of radio producers, journalists and illustrators throughout the region, including the United States. Radio Ambulante began in 2011, and as of 2016, it has been distributed by the National Public Radio (NPR); it is presented by renowned Peruvian author, Daniel Alarcón.

In 2014, we won the Gabriel García Márquez Award for Innovation in Journalism, and in 2017, we received the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Best Foreign Language Documentary Award.

How To Listen

A podcast is an audio file that you can listen to or download from your computer, tablet or phone whenever you want to. Radio Ambulante is completely free. When you subscribe to a podcast, its episodes will download automatically to your phone when they’re published, prompting a notification from your chosen app (in the case of Radio Ambulante, that’s every Tuesday of the season).

You can listen to our episodes directly from this website or from NPR’s.

Find us on applications like Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Google Podcasts or NPR One.

If you’re in the United States, find us on Spotify.

Staff

Carolina Guerrero

CEO

Carolina Guerrero is a media entrepreneur. She was a JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She lives in New York.

Daniel Alarcón

Executive Producer

Daniel Alarcón is a writer, whose novels have been translated into more than 15 languages. He writes for magazines like The New Yorker and Wired, and teaches at the Columbia Journalism School.

Camila Segura

Managing Editor

Since 2012, Camila has been in charge of producing every season and has edited over 100 stories. She lives in Bogota with her husband and her daughters Carmen and Julia.

Silvia Viñas

Executive Producer for New Podcasts

Silvia Viñas is a journalist and has been editing and producing stories in Radio Ambulante since 2013. She lives in London with her husband and her kids, Elisa and Santiago.

Luis Trelles

Editor and Producer

Journalist. Has been reporting stories with Radio Ambulante since 2014. He was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow in the University of Michigan.  Lives in Puerto Rico.

Luis Fernando Vargas Vega

Editor

Luis Fernando is a journalist and lives in San José, Costa Rica. He reads to save himself, although . He has two cats.

Victoria Estrada

Editorial Assistant

She was born and raised in the Cd. Juarez/El Paso border, and now lives in Xalapa. She has decided to stop looking for a career in academia and pursue radio.

Joseph Zárate

Editor in Residence

Journalist. Former editor at Etiqueta Negra and current editor at IDL-Reporteros. His chronicles have been recognized with Ortega and Gasset, as well as Gabriel García Márquez awards. He lives in Lima (for now).

David Trujillo

Producer

He feared radio, but eventually allowed himself to be captivated by it. He’s a journalist because he loves asking questions and listening to answers. He lives in Bogota.

Lisette Arévalo

Producer

Ecuadorian journalist living in Quito. She studied investigative journalism at Columbia University. She has written about gender violence, feminism and human rights.

Andrés López Azpiri

Sound Designer

Guitarist since age 17, audio nerd since age 21, composer and sound designer at Radio Ambulante since 2016.

Rémy Lozano

Sound Designer

Composer and sound designer. Rémy has written music for advertising and audiovisual media. Movie enthusiast, he’s dedicated his career to creating music that helps to tell stories.

Laura Rojas Aponte

Program and Growth Coordinator

Laura fell in love with podcasts, and she became so immersed in researching and creating her own projects – even consulting for others – that she ended up in the path of Radio Ambulante.

Jorge Caraballo Cordovez

Growth Editor

Journalist. Whenever he’s not conspiring with Radio Ambulante listeners on social media, he likes to do yoga, ride his bike, put together playlists, and read.

Gaby Brenes

Community and Memberships Coordinator

She traded her career as a classical pianist to become a journalist. Since then, she’s worked to amplify immersive storytelling, innovation and female leadership in media.

Miranda Mazariegos

Multimedia Producer

Born in Guatemala, she majored in Journalism and Narrative Studies at USC. She likes to tell stories in any format, but Radio Ambulante is her debut in radio.

Elsa Liliana Ulloa

Administrative Assistant

She loves the brilliance in life and the versatility of its characters. She majored in Graphic Design and loves animals.

Barbara Sawhill

Spanish Language Education Coordinator

Barbara loves teaching Spanish and loves Radio Ambulante. She is eager to find teachers who feel the same way! When time allows, she writes about her teaching practice here.

Andrea López Cruzado

Fact Checker

With almost 20 years in journalism, Andrea debuted as a Fact Checker with Radio Ambulante, and she LOVES it. Raised and born in Peru, she now lives in New Jersey.

Álvaro Céspedes

Producer

Álvaro Céspedes is a journalist by choice and Mexican by chance. He currently works from Mexico City, but he’s been a reporter in the United States and Perú, covering topics related to immigration, social justice, and human rights.

Elías González

Sound Designer

He was born in Caracas in 1987 and grew up between the capital and the mountains of the Venezuelan Andes. He’s a polyglot with a passion for music and instruments. He studied Sound Engineering in Hamburg and Philology in Berlin, where he’s been living for seven years.

FAQ

How did Radio Ambulante get started?

It’s a long story. But an entertaining one. We tell it in this episode.

How can I support Radio Ambulante?

Radio Ambulante is a non-profit organization and in part, it’s sustainable thanks to the donations of our listeners. For more information on how and where to donate, visit the donation part of our website here. However, if you’re unable to support us financially, you can also help us by reviewing us on iTunes or sharing the episodes you like with your friends and family.

I want to create my own podcast, do you organize workshops or have learning resources to get started?

Wanting to help others produce their own radio stories, we funded the Escuela Radio Ambulante, where we give you advice on how to make podcasts and other audio storytelling audio projects. It’s a free online tool meant to help journalists improve the quality of their audio content using innovative technological tools. Our online school is an open space of learning and collaboration that covers the principles of podcasting, from how to pitch a story to the basics of Hindenburg Pro, the software we use to edit our episodes.

I want to interview someone from Radio Ambulante, how can I reach you?

If you want to interview anyone on our team, please email contacto@radioambulante.org with more information about you and the news site where the interview will be posted. We read every email we get and we try to respond as promptly as we can.

How to listen to Radio Ambulante?

The best way to listen to our content is through one of the various applications for podcasts. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on NPR’s app: NPR One. If you’re in the United States, you can find us on Spotify. You can also play our episodes straight from this website, or directly from NPR’s. If you want to read more about podcasts and how to listen to them visit the “How to listen” portion of our website. Don’t know where to start? Here you can find 10 of our most popular episodes from our 8th season.

Can we rebroadcast your content on our radio station?

We have an exclusive distribution deal with NPR. Therefore, we’re not distributing our content with other stations right now. However, we are interested in doing this going forward, so if you’re interested please email us your information at  contacto@radioambulante.org so we can contact you in the future.

Do you have an internship program?

We have job openings frequently, either to work with us full time, internships for students or for illustrators. Please be on the lookout on our social media and our newsletter to find out when we post opportunities. We don’t accept unsolicited portfolios or resumes. If you have a story idea that you want to pitch, please visit “How to pitch a story”.

Besides the podcast, where else can I follow your work?
  • Club de podcast Radio Ambulante – It’s like a virtual book club, but for podcasts. We discuss our episodes, current events and occasionally plan Listening Clubs around the world.

 

  • WhatsApp – Every week, we send a link to our episode so that you won’t miss it. It’s not a group, it’s a broadcast list on Whatsapp, so you won’t receive anything that isn’t coming from us. Plus, it’s not a robot, Jorge Caraballo, our engagement editor, answers every text we receive.

 

  • Blog – Find more information about our episodes: infographics, additional interviews, photo galleries and more.

 

  • Newsletter – Every Friday we send a newsletter in which our team recommends other podcasts, books, movies, and music that you can enjoy during the weekend. We also send additional content to accompany our stories and information about job openings, when we have one.

How to Pitch a Story

We’re always looking for Latin American stories that surprise and excite us. When you send us a pitch, the most important thing is that it be very specific: who are you planning to interview? What story are you going to tell? What is the regional context that makes your story interesting beyond the local aspect of it? Above anything, it has to be entertaining.

Don’t forget to highlight your journalistic experience (either in radio or print), and tell us what equipment you’ll be using to record. We accept audio in the following formats: .wav or .aiff (not mp3), and shot on 44.1 khz with 16-bit sampling.

Please don’t send any NGO profiles or vague pitches (ex. “I want to interview my grandfather”) and no advertisement requests. We can take up to a month to answer, but we read and consider all the pitches that we receive.

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For general questions, email contacto@radioambulante.org

If you want to pitch a story, or you have any other questions for producers, email cronicas@radioambulante.org