Historias Unknown

Historias Unknown

Obscure Latin American history, capitalism and corruption. Each week, your hosts, Carmen and Cristina, will tell each other a story about Latino/Latine history, capitalism or corruption and sometimes all three. Episodes every Thursday.

Recent Episodes

El Cri-Cri

Nov. 24, 2022

El Cri-Cri is a fictional cricket created by Francisco Gabilondo Soler. El Cri-Cri is arguably the most famous Spanish singing character, at least for the generation of millennials and above. His more than 200 songs hold a s…

Prudencia Ayala

Nov. 17, 2022

Prudencia Ayala was an indigenous woman, writer, social activist and in 1930, she dared to run for president, in a time when women couldn't even vote in El Salvador (or in all of Latin America). In today's episode, Cristina …

Mustard Gas Experiments During WWII

Nov. 10, 2022

Latines had a huge role in WWII, from filling in work shortages to filling in ranks in the United States Armed forces. Many Mexican and Puerto Rican members of the military were sent to the Philippines or different Latin Ame…

History of Sterilizations in California: Madrigal v. Quilligan

Oct. 27, 2022

From 1909 to the 1970s, the state of California performed one third of all sterilizations in the United States. 20,000 sterilizations were performed during these years, to people that did not consent. The case of Madrigal v…

The Guatemalan Syphilis Study

Oct. 20, 2022

The Guatemalan Syphilis experiments were conducted in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948.

The History of Eugenics and Sterilizations in California

Oct. 13, 2022

Eugenics was developed largely by Sir Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, eugenics was increasingly discredited as unscientific and racially biased during the 20th century and it also informed many polici…

Recent Blog Posts

The Battle of Chavez Ravine

Before Dodger Stadium, this part of Los Angeles was a Mexican community known as Chavez Ravine.

The History of Coffee in Guatemala and El Salvador

Coffee has a dark and bloody history in El Salvador and Guatemala.

About the Hosts

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Podcast Editor/Producer/Host

Cristina is a podcast editor, producer & host, but her other titles also include mom and healthcare worker. To listen to her share spooky stories, check out Espooky Tales! She's also Carmen's twin! She loves history, podcasts, spooky things and coffee. You can also contact her if you need a podcast editor.

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Carmen is the host of Novelas con Cafecito (so is Cristina), a telenovela rewatch podcast and a busy social worker that cannot social work without her cup of cafecito. She loves to read when she has time, but never has it!