Newly released second season of Tacos of Texas podcast explores the Lone Star State's taco cultura

Topics on the podcast's Season Dos range from what it takes to decolonize maíz to LGBTQ+ identity in taco culture.

James Beard Award nominee Mando Rayo hosts Tacos of Texas. - Dennis Burnett Photography
Dennis Burnett Photography
James Beard Award nominee Mando Rayo hosts Tacos of Texas.
Austin-based podcast Tacos of Texas is back for a second helping.

On Tuesday, Journalist and food explorer Mando Rayo dropped the first episode of Season Dos of his online radio show, which takes listeners deep into Texas’ taco culture. In the new installments, the James Beard Award nominee talks to Texas taqueros and tortilleras while exploring the state's rich and diverse food culture.

“You can’t separate the food from culture,” Rayo said an emailed statement. “It’s part of people’s identities, and in Season Dos, we’re going deep into these issues to explore the role food plays in our lives, whether it’s food traditions, politics, honoring migrant farm workers, growing up in the borderlands or women’s immigrant experiences.”

Topics covered on the new season will range from what it takes to decolonize maíz to LGBTQ+ identity in taco culture to the overlap of Mexican and Filipino food in Texas. Along the way, expect to hear Rayo musing about taco identity, taco gentrification and taco music.

The first episode, "Taco Beats," explores the screwmbia music genre — that’s cumbia chopped and screwed. Corpus Christi DJ and chef Principe Q and Gracie Chavez, co-founder of Houston’s Bombón collective help Rayo get a handle on the phenomenon.

New episodes of the podcast will drop every Taco Tuesday through Nov. 1. They can be found at the KUT and KUTX Studios website.

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