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Silk-Robe Songs: A Decadent Alt.Latino Playlist

Rita Hayworth would've loved this mixtape.
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Rita Hayworth would've loved this mixtape.

I was recently on assignment in Los Angeles, where I was fortunate to stay at a nice, classic old Hollywood hotel. It sure beat the assignment where I had to stay at the "Banana Motel" in a border town in Central America, but that's another story.

So I did what anyone in my position would do: I put on my PJs, pretended they were a silk robe, imagined I was a black-and-white movie star, and leaned over the balcony nostalgically while creating a playlist. Here's some of that mixtape, which was originally titled "Music For Nostalgically Leaning Over The Balcony And Pretending To Think Of A Long-Lost Lover." I am neither melancholy nor mourning a lost love, so instead, let's just be wistful and enjoy this sweet summer mix.

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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.