All Relative: Defining Diego, a new podcast exploring a complex personal story of international adoption, family and identity, premieres today
From Somethin’ Else and Sony Music Entertainment, this is the journey of a Guatemalan adoptee and his mother
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New York, NY – October 3, 2022 – Somethin’ Else and Sony Music Entertainment today announced the premiere of the new podcast series All relative: defining Diego, an extraordinary story of a Guatemalan adoptee and his mother, a journalist who has documented their journey since his first steps.
In his heart, Defining Diego is a deeply personal account of a mother and son that raises questions about identity, race, family, community and home, while delving into larger questions about how international adoption has exploded and shattered, and what it all means for families like theirs. Using over 20 years of archival recordings of the family, this season showcases Laurie and Diego’s relationship spanning decades, as listeners gain access to the sounds of Diego’s childhood and the emergence of his own journey of self-discovery. As one of more than 50,000 Guatemalan adoptees, Diego is still navigating what it means to be Guatemalan, American, Native, and adopted raised by white parents. Defining Diego invites listeners into the world of Laurie and Diego as they continue to navigate these complex family issues together.
“When I started recording Diego as a baby in Guatemala, I had no idea how many places the story would go,” host Laurie Stern said. “And we continued to spin the tape as international adoption was closed and our own family well-being was at risk, but now I’m so proud that Diego and I are bringing this story to listeners around the world.”
Diego Xicay added, “We realized while doing this series that even though Laurie has been reporting and recording all these years, this story is also my story. I’m the one who has to figure out what it really means to be from two very different places. Defining Diego I grew up in Minnesota for 23 years, deepening my connection with the Guatemalan village where I was born. And that’s a story I’m ready to tell.
All relative: defining Diego is produced by Lizzie Jacobs, Jude Kampfner and Tom Koenig at Somethin’ Else, a Sony Music Entertainment company.
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