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Workin' For The Weekend: Alt.Latino's Songs For Labor Day

Work: You may sometimes dislike it, but you always want it in your life.

This week on Alt.Latino, we celebrate Labor Day with a mix of songs about working hard and wanting a vacation: A Chilean band sings about the joy of having a job after being unemployed, a Brazilian rocker offers up an ode to the overworked and underpaid, a Dominican female MC delivers a musical poem about an immigrant's toil and an Argentine group refuses to work 9 to 5.

We also take a moment to discuss Victor Jara, a Chilean folk icon and major influence on Latin rock; his ode to a miner's life resonates with news of the 33 Chilean workers trapped in a notoriously dangerous mine.

As always, we hope you join in the conversation and discuss your favorite songs about labor (or lack thereof).

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Jasmine Garsd
Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.
Felix Contreras
Felix Contreras is co-creator and co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.