A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes teach listeners history, folktales, folklores, and traditions from different countries and cultures in the Latin America, through exploring a piece of Latin American literature and sometimes speaking with the author. The host, Carolina, gives historical context about the chosen influential author before and after each narrative. Each episode is in both English and Spanish. The goal of the podcast is to make literature accessible to all.
Carolina Quiroga-Stultz regularly discusses the benefits of literature and how it can improve people's lives. Most of the stories come with with important lessons and insights perfect for discussion and reflection. because of this, the biographical topics presented range from the inspiring to the tragic.
Positive Role Models
Because many of the stories chosen have deep historical context, dictators and oppressive slave owners are featured, not always with consequences for their actions. Several characters in the literature discussed, both fictional and real, model courage and perseverance. Episodes highlight strong intelligent female Latin American authors who've made an impact in the literary world. One episode about feminist literature focuses on Emilia Pardo-Bazán -- a late nineteenth century and early 20th century author who stood her ground, ignoring the intellectual and literary male world that criticized her stylistic choices. Impactful authors who have moved forward the Latino and Hispanic voice and narrative are featured.
The podcast exclusively focuses on highlighting diverse Latin American voices from different backgrounds and historical periods, including well-renowned authors such as Rubén Darío, Rafael Barrett, Angeles Vicente, and more. Most of the show producers are natives from Spain, Colombia, and Ecuador. The guest storytellers and academics come from many Latino/Hispanic backgrounds and bring their unique perspectives to the show. Some episodes feature music from the country the story comes from. Several episodes focus on feminist literature and highlight female authors.
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Violence & Scariness
Given the storytelling nature of the show, many of the episodes allude to scary, violent, or creepy situations—whether it's war and bloodshed (Aztec warfare), ghost stories (Rafael Barrett's "The Visit," La Llorona folklore), suicide (Horacio Quiroga's biographical details), and the consequences of social unrest and starting a revolution (Amado Nervo's "The Last War."). The host approaches these themes in a considerate and tasteful manner. Most is told through historical narration and therefore isn't graphic. Season 9 focuses a lot on stories of Afro-Latino slavery and may be difficult to listen to for some.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some narratives delve into romance, specifically the love triangle found in the myth "IxChel and the Dragonflies", but these references are scarce and infrequent.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One episode talks about the cadejo, a supernatural creature from Central American folklore who protects people who drink heavily against anyone who tries to rob or hurt them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tres Cuentos Literary Podcast is a bilingual podcast that encourages readers of various ages to explore some of the most influential writers of Latin American fiction. Host Carolina Quiroga-Stultz is a passionate reader who aims to introduce listeners to authors and stories that might be overlooked in the classroom. There's plenty of variety to keep listeners both interested and informed. Tweens and teens with medium to advanced reading comprehension, as well as adults will appreciate this podcast more than younger kids. The stories tap into a wide range of cultures, histories and customs from different regions in Central and South America. Some episodes include difficult or scary topics like war, death, slavery and ghost stories scary, which may not be suitable for some kids. Many of the authors and characters, both real and fictional, showcase courage and perseverance through difficult and many times life-threatening situations.
Is It Any Good?
Podcasts about literature aimed at tweens and teens can often be challenging to find, especially those that focus on Latin American culture. This makes a podcast like Tres Cuentos Literary Podcast feel indispensable, especially for Latino listeners who might relate more to these stories. Host Carolina Quiroga-Stultz stands out with her inclusive tone and variety of content. Since each episode contains a lot of information -- and is almost an hour in length -- it's best to listen in small chunks.
This is a thoughtful educational podcast that always has something new to teach. The stories are unique, the authors chosen are diverse, and the post-story discussions are always enlightening. Some episodes and segments often feel like they're aimed more at adults, serving as guides for parents to learn so they can have more meaningful conversations with their kids after listening. Some of the stories are scary and deal with more mature themes, so it's important for tweens, teens and event adults to know they're limits when looking through episode descriptions.
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