S6 E21 Leila Cobo, Roya Hakakian, Julie DiCaro
On the Podcast: Leila Cobo, Roya Hakakian, and Julie DiCaro

In this episode, meet Billboard’s VP of Latin Music Leila Cobo, author of Decoding “Despacito”, poet, journalist, and writer Roya Hakakian, author of A Beginner’s Guide to America, and sports journalist Julie DiCaro, author of Sidelined. You’ll hear how sharing diverse perspectives and experiences can create meaningful—and needed—conversations. Plus, find out what it was like for each author to record their audiobook.

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Author: Leila Cobo
Read By: Leila Cobo

Decoding “Despacito” tracks the stories behind the biggest Latin hits of the past fifty years. From the salsa born and bred in the streets of New York City, to Puerto Rican reggaetón and bilingual chart-toppers, this rich oral history is a veritable treasure trove of never-before heard anecdotes and insight from a who’s who of Latin music artists, executives, observers, and players.

Roya Hakakian’s tenderly perceptive and humorous account invites Americans to see themselves as they appear to others. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner’s Guide to America is Hakakian’s candid love letter to America.

Author: Julie DiCaro
Read By: Julie DiCaro

No one is better equipped to examine sports through a feminist lens than sports journalist Julie DiCaro. Now through candid interviews, personal anecdotes, and deep research, she’s tackling these thorny issues and exploring what America can do to give women a fair and competitive playing field in sports and beyond. Sidelined will illuminate the ways sports present a microcosm of life as a woman in America—and the power in fighting back.

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