Oprah Daily: From Our Abuelas Podcast Shares the Love and Wisdom of Latin Matriarchs

October 25, 2022

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month in 2022, Oprah Daily launched “From Our Abuelas,” a major editorial initiative in which 12 Hearst magazines celebrate the role of Latinx grandmothers in shaping our culture. Featuring essays and interviews with award-winning performers and writers, a NASCAR driver, a TikTok star, and more than a dozen others, the new addition to Hearst’s “Project Tell Me” series explores the ways in which matriarchs hold a special place in many Hispanic and Latinx families.

Now, 13 of the stories—originally published by brands including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Runner’s World, and Good Housekeeping—are being launched as a rich audio experience by Hearst Magazines and Oprah Daily, From Our Abuelas: The Podcast.

“I’ve always admired how in Hispanic and Latinx culture, abuelas, or grandmothers, and abuela-type figures are intentional about their role as keepers of tradition and the helping hands to a brighter future,” Oprah Winfrey said in a video introduction to “From Our Abuelas.” “I’m so proud of these stories and invite you to jump into this celebration of abuelas—dynamic women whose love, wisdom, acceptance, and strength are powering their families, their communities, and all of us.”

The podcast presents the stories of Carolina Adriana Herrera, daughter of the legendary fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who reveals that her famous mom is a doting abuelita who lets her grandchildren “eat chocolate and drink Coke and watch Netflix until four in the morning”; marathoner Maria Paredes Fernandez, whose grandmother was the biggest champion of her running career; renowned furniture designer (and one-time People magazine “Sexiest Artist Alive”) Javier Gomez, who attributes his artistic success in part to the spirituality of his grandmother, Alicia Lopez; and many others.

The new podcast follows the success of the first “Project Tell Me” audio edition, the 2021 series “Lift Every Voice,” a landmark event in which young Black journalists interviewed the oldest generation of Black Americans. Both are available on Spotify, Apple, and most other podcast platforms.