- All Relative: Defining Diego, New Podcast Exploring a Complex Personal Story of International Adoption, Family and Identity, Premieres Today
- Oct 03, 2022
From Somethin’ Else and Sony Music Entertainment Comes a Journey of One 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 one Guatemalan adoptee and his mother, a reporter who documented their journey from his earliest steps.
At its heart, Defining Diego is a deeply personal narrative of a mother and son that raises questions about identity, race, family, community, and home, while also digging into larger questions about how international adoption boomed and busted, and what it all means for families like theirs. Using 20+ years of the family’s archive recordings, this season showcases Laurie and Diego’s relationship for decades, as listeners get access to the sounds of Diego’s childhood and the emergence of his own journey towards self-discovery. As one of more than 50,000 Guatemalan adoptees, Diego is still navigating what it means to be Guatemalan, American, Indigenous and an adoptee raised by white parents. Defining Diego invites listeners into Laurie and Diego’s world as they continue to navigate these complex issues together as a family.
“When I started recording Diego as a baby in Guatemala, I had no idea how many places the story would go,” said host Laurie Stern. “And we kept the tape rolling as international adoption got shut down and as our own family wellbeing was threatened, 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 making this series that even though Laurie has been reporting and recording all these years, this story is my story too. I’m the one who has to figure out what it really means to be from two very different places. Defining Diego is 23 years of me growing up Minnesotan, while also deepening my connection to the Guatemalan village where I was born. And it’s a story I’m ready to tell.”
All Relative: Defining Diego is executive produced by Lizzie Jacobs, Jude Kampfner, and Tom Koenig at Somethin’ Else, a Sony Music Entertainment company.
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