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Anything for Selena

By Juan Rodriguez Aguilar, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Docu-memoir series explores the late singer's influence.

Podcast Entertainment WBUR , Futuro Media Average run time: 37 minutes
Anything for Selena

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Maria Garcia, the host of the podcast, traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas, the home of Mexican American Tejano pop singer Selena, with one question in mind: What does her journey teach us about what it means to belong when you're a Latino in the United States? Anything for Selena is both relatable and empowering as it asks the question many Latino citizens think about when feeling the need to blend in with U.S. culture. This podcast is a beautiful reminder that Selena was so much more than her music -- she was also a source of strength and understanding for a large portion of Latinos in the United States.

Garcia has strong journalistic integrity as she seeks the answers to her questions throughout each episode. The nine episodes, plus two bonus episodes, go into a wide range of subjects, each telling Selena's unique story from two points of view: the choices she personally made to live her best life, and the ways that those choices affected the culture. The rich catalog of Selena's songs, which make numerous appearances throughout the show, is an added bonus to this already well-executed audio production. From heart-rending ballads to festive Tejano music, these songs feel as alive today as they felt over three decades ago. It's why Selena continues to resonate today with millions of people regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity.

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