21 episodes

Maria Garcia was 9 years old and living on the U.S.-Mexico border when Selena was murdered. Twenty five years later, Maria is on a quest to understand what it means to love, mourn and remember Selena. In this intimate journey, Maria explores what Selena's legacy shows us about belonging in America. Editors’ Notes: Mexican-American recording artist Selena Quintanilla not only popularized Tejano music to mainstream American audiences, but also helped put Latinos on the map and broke barriers of all kinds before her untimely passing in 1995. Journalist María García initially took notice of her talent when she was only seven years old. “I couldn’t articulate this when I was younger, but I felt it—a profound sense that she mattered, not just because of her music but because of her expansive cultural impact,” García tells Apple Podcasts. On her podcast Anything for Selena, Apple Podcasts’ Show of the Year of 2021, García, who most recently served as Managing Editor for Boston public radio station WBUR, combines rigorous reporting with impassioned storytelling to honor her legacy. She also explores the indelible mark she left on Latino identity and belonging, whether it’s fatherhood, big-butt politics, and the fraught relationship with whiteness and language. Though she sees the show as a personal journey “to make meaning of Selena's life and legacy,” García felt it was important to make sense of how she profoundly touched the hearts and minds of many. “It’s not a biography podcast. Instead, we tried to make meaning of Selena's life and legacy,” she says. “So many people wrote to me telling me the storytelling in the podcast made them feel seen."

Anything For Selena WBUR & Futuro Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 1.2K Ratings

Maria Garcia was 9 years old and living on the U.S.-Mexico border when Selena was murdered. Twenty five years later, Maria is on a quest to understand what it means to love, mourn and remember Selena. In this intimate journey, Maria explores what Selena's legacy shows us about belonging in America. Editors’ Notes: Mexican-American recording artist Selena Quintanilla not only popularized Tejano music to mainstream American audiences, but also helped put Latinos on the map and broke barriers of all kinds before her untimely passing in 1995. Journalist María García initially took notice of her talent when she was only seven years old. “I couldn’t articulate this when I was younger, but I felt it—a profound sense that she mattered, not just because of her music but because of her expansive cultural impact,” García tells Apple Podcasts. On her podcast Anything for Selena, Apple Podcasts’ Show of the Year of 2021, García, who most recently served as Managing Editor for Boston public radio station WBUR, combines rigorous reporting with impassioned storytelling to honor her legacy. She also explores the indelible mark she left on Latino identity and belonging, whether it’s fatherhood, big-butt politics, and the fraught relationship with whiteness and language. Though she sees the show as a personal journey “to make meaning of Selena's life and legacy,” García felt it was important to make sense of how she profoundly touched the hearts and minds of many. “It’s not a biography podcast. Instead, we tried to make meaning of Selena's life and legacy,” she says. “So many people wrote to me telling me the storytelling in the podcast made them feel seen."

    Selena y nosotros

    Selena y nosotros

    En el final de la serie Anything for Selena, Maria reflexiona sobre lo que su año de análisis del legado de Selena revela sobre la humanidad de La Reina.

    • 37 min
    Selena y raza

    Selena y raza

    Tras el debut de la serie Selena en Netflix, algunos fans señalaron que la cantante había sido "blanqueada" en ese show. En este episodio, Maria analiza por qué la tez morena de Selena es parte crucial del legado de la reina del tex-mex y reflexiona sobre cómo su exploración de la raza de Selena la condujo a revelaciones acerca de su propia identidad.

    • 35 min
    Selena y la Internet

    Selena y la Internet

    Un cuarto de siglo después de su muerte, Selena está arrasando en internet. En línea, la imagen y la música de Selena han adquirido nueva vida en redes sociales y plataformas que eran inimaginables cuando ella aún vivía. Sus seguidores de todas las edades han recurrido a Instagram, TikTok y YouTube para restaurar y presentar de nuevas formas la memoria de Selena. En este episodio, Maria explora cómo la internet se ha convertido en un lugar en el que los fans honran y recuerdan a Selena, y sobrellevan juntos el vacío que dejó.

    • 29 min
    Spanglish

    Spanglish

    Puede ser que Selena haya hecho una carrera cantando temas en español, pero no se crió hablando español en casa. Aprendió castellano a la vista del público, y los errores que cometió se convirtieron en algunos de sus momentos más famosos y entrañables. En este episodio, Maria explora por qué el spanglish de Selena parecía tan revolucionario para su época y, a la misma vez, tan familiar para sus fans, quienes también padecían con el idioma de sus padres o antepasados. Esta exploración nos lleva a un lugar inesperado.

    • 30 min
    Tensión tejana

    Tensión tejana

    Selena es usualmente descrita como la "reina de la música tejana". En la década de 1990, fue ella quien elevó este género del pueblo a niveles internacionales. Las ceremonias de premiación de la música tejana eran eventos glamorosos y los DJ de estaciones de radio dedicadas al género eran vistos como estrellas de rock en Texas y el resto del sudoeste de Estados Unidos. Incluso el New York Times lo catalogó "el género latino de más rápido crecimiento del país". Pero cuando Selena falleció, la música tejana pasó de la gloria a la decadencia. Sin embargo, la historia de su declive no es tan sencilla. Maria descubre que es una historia de inmigración, de dinero y de cómo dos grupos usualmente ignorados fueron enfrentados entre sí.

    • 33 min
    La política de las pompis

    La política de las pompis

    En los noventa, "Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts)" de Sir Mix-A-Lot debutó en la radio. Hoy, la obsesión con los traseros grandes se mantiene sólida gracias a ídolos como Cardi B y Beyoncé. También ha impregnado la cultura blanca con Kim Kardashian y "belfie queen" Jen Selter. María comparte su teoría sobre cómo los traseros pasaron de tabú a obsesión, y cómo involucra a Selena y JLO. Ella descubre que la política de los traseros es a fin de cuentas sobre raza, y nos conduce a una conversación postergada sobre la anti-negritud en la cultura latina.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

acm lux ,

Absolutely amazing

I didn’t know what to expect because Selena is written about and her image is used so frequently (mainly in the Latino community). Mostly everything that I have read, Watched, and seen about Selena has basically the same storyline. I felt that this podcast brought forward so many underlying topics and issues in the latino community that need to be talked about while still focusing on Selena. I was amazed at how much I could relate and how amazingly expressive she brought fort these topics. I felt this was in-depth analytical yet memorable podcast to listen to and it definitely shows a different narrative of Selena which I love. I am so happy I found this podcast, it’s ben almost a year since I’ve listened to this and I am still at awe about it. It’s incredible!

Srta Lona ,

A needed voice

Thank you for putting into words so many of the emotions that many of us felt as little girls growing up as children of immigrants who lost an idol.

CLS GO BERNIE! ,

Loved it

I loved this podcast so much!

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