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2 projects revive Selena's music for new generations

Detail of a photo of Selena fan Olivia Leak, shown holding a poster of the pop star at a memorial held in Los Angeles on April 2, 1995, two days after Selena's murder in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Detail of a photo of Selena fan Olivia Leak, shown holding a poster of the pop star at a memorial held in Los Angeles on April 2, 1995, two days after Selena's murder in Corpus Christi, Texas.

NPR's A Martínez talks to Maria Garcia, creator and host of the podcast Anything for Selena, about two projects — a new album set for release this month and, starting today, a return to theaters for the Jennifer Lopez-starring biopic Selena -- that will keep Selena's music alive for new generations.

"People talk all the time about how she was poised to become a mainstream American pop star," Garcia, who grew up on the border of the U.S. and Mexico and went back and forth frequently as a child, says. "Let me tell you for me, for my community, she was already mainstream."

Hear this conversation via the audio player at the top of this page.

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A Martínez is one of the hosts of Morning Edition and Up First. He came to NPR in 2021 and is based out of NPR West.