A native of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Betto Arcos is an independent radio producer and host of KPFK’s world music show “Global Village” (Tuesdays, 11AM-1:00 PM, PST) on KPFK 90.7, a daily program he created as music director in 1997.
Betto is a freelance reporter for PRI-BBC’s The World and NPR. Since November 2009, he’s a regular contributor to NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered reviewing Latin and world music. Betto has been a contributing reporter and producer for NPR’s Latino USA and Radio Bilingüe’s Noticiero Latino since 1993.
In addition to his public radio work, Betto co-produced three award-winning experimental radio art collaborations with performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña. Betto has also helped with a number of recording projects, including Ry Cooder’s “Chavez Ravine” and Lila Downs’ La Cantina.
Arcos has collaborated as music supervisor in the documentary films “Calavera Highway” by Renee Tajima-Peña and “2501 Migrants: A Journey” by Yolanda Cruz. In 2002, he developed and helped teach the music portion of Prof. David Carrasco’s course “Religion in the Latin American Imagination” at Harvard University. Betto graduated with honors in journalism from the University of Colorado.