Luis Miranda on “Relentless”

“I learned early on in politics … that all politics are local. You don’t need to speak with one voice to the Latino electorate.”

Luis Miranda migrated from Puerto Rico in the 1970s and has maintained deep connections with the island ever since. He has worked for the mayor of New York City. He is a Latino advocate and political consultant with decades of experience. He also happens to be the father of an international celebrity. In this episode of Writing Latinos, we talk with him about his new memoir, Relentless: My Story of the Latino Spirit That Is Transforming America, published by Hachette Books. Our sprawling conversation touches on his ideas about Latino politics in New York, his work with national Latino advocacy organizations, Puerto Rico’s territorial status, his dedication to family above all, and how the meanings of fatherhood both have and have not changed for him since one of his children became famous. Oh, we also talked about what he wants his funeral to be like, including the soundtrack he wants played on the occasion. You’ll have to listen to find out what it is!

 

 

 

 

 

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Credits:

Writing Latinos is a production of Public Books. The show’s host is Geraldo Cadava, co-editor-in-chief of the magazine, and show’s producer is Tasha Sandoval. Our theme music is “City of Mirrors” by Dos Santos.

 

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