The explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in 1898 ultimately led to the Spanish-American War where Spain lost its last remaining territories, including Cuba and Puerto Rico. Click play and listen how this little-known ship changed the course of history.
You can’t spell español without the “ñ”! This unique letter has become a symbol of the Spanish language, but do you know where it comes from? Click play to listen to the origins of this special letter!
Nachos are known world-wide as the quintessential Mexican snack, but few people know that this popular dish was originally whipped up in a rush! Click play and get the full story, including how they got their name and when to celebrate “International Nacho Day”!
Pisco, a variety of grape aguardiente, is one of Peru’s most popular products world-wide and a key ingredient in many famous cocktails. Click play to learn more the origins and characteristics of this delicious beverage!
Did you know that español is the second most spoken language in NY, both in households and on the streets? Click play to learn more fun facts about Spanish in NY, including which are the most frequently-used varieties!
Latin-american cinema is as rich and varied as the history and culture of the countries in this region. Click play and learn all about the history and evolution of films in Latin America!
Each year at the end of August people from all over the world gather in Spain for a fun and intense tomato battle known as “La Tomatina”. Click play to listen to the peculiar history of this popular event!
The popular word “chevere” can be heard all over Latin America, but do you know what it means or where it comes from? Click play to learn all about it!
Quechua is an indigenous language family spoken primarily in the Northern and Central Andes and highlands of South America. Best known as the language of the Inca Empire, Quechua has evolved and survived years of social and political changes and it continues to thrive today, even making its way into mainstream, modern Spanish. Click…
This passionate dance and music genre was born in the Dominican Republic out of the fusion of the Cuban bolero and other upbeat rhythms like the son, merengue, and -more recently- the reggaeton. Click play to learn more about its origins and sample this sensual rhythm.
Founded by German immigrants in 1843, the Venezuelan town of Colonia Tovar still preserves the appearance and carries on the traditions of a typical German village. Click play to learn about the first German settlers, the role of the Venezuelan government, and how two very different cultures have come together in Colonia Tovar.