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‘The Highly Relevant Podcast’: Juanes Talks New Visual Album, Shakira, Reggaeton and Crossing-Over / The “Latinization” of ESPN

05.20.2017 | By |

Welcome to episode 32 of the Highly Relevant podcast. This is the show for those of you who love to live on the intersection of American and Latino pop culture. We talk to Colombian superstar JUANES about some important questions such as why he hasn’t ever collaborated with his Colombian counterpart Shakira, why he will never ever sing reggaeton and why it’s not in him to do a English-language crossover. Also, I talk to Hugo Balta, the senior director of Hispanic Initiatives for ESPN, who is one of the executives responsible for Hispanicizing ESPN. We discuss everything from Latino accents to bilingual sports shows and everything in between. Plus, we listen to the top new songs from Latino artists and a recap of the most highly relevant US Latino stories of the week!

Juanes interview :47
– Why he hasn’t ever collaborated with his Colombian counterpart Shakira
– Why he will never sing reggaeton
– Why it’s not in him to do a English-language crossover

JackedIN (Pop culture recap) 5:24

ESPN Executive Hugo Balta on “Latinizing” ESPN 7:36
– Peruvians in sports 9:24
– How he began working at ESPN 10:34
– Do ESPN executives give him pushback on Latino ideas 13:05
– How to make a bilingual sports show successful 15:25
– Feedback and criticisms on bilingual show Nación ESPN 22:26

What I’m listening to this week – 25:22
– Bad Liar – Selena Gomez
– No Vacancy – One Republic feat (Sebastian Yatra)
– Crying In The Club – Camila Cabello

ESPN’s Hugo Balta (Part 2) 26:13
– NBC’s UNIVERSO channel. Will their all-sports, only Spanish, format work? 26:13
– ESPN Deportes 31:47
– Latino accents 33:24

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