#57 Chicago Radio: El Swing de la Mañana - Luis Guillermo

#57 Chicago Radio: El Swing de la Mañana - Luis Guillermo

Everyone loved him as our second podcast episode "The Rise of La X Tropical" and this time we have Luis Guillermo breaking down some more Chicago radio history! Topics include:

  • One Year Anniversary
  • Luis's history in Chicago
  • What it's like coming from Puerto Rico to Chicago
  • Learning English
  • Beginning of radio career/Inspiration of going into radio
  • The history of radio
  • Meeting Ruben and Ray Rubio
  • Top of the hour and staying on schedule
  • Marianito: Favorite Ponce radio star
  • " El Swing De La Mañana"
  • Characters on air/Don Pollo
  • Kill with kindness to the haters
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#56 DACA FAQ - Rafael Martinez

#56 DACA FAQ - Rafael Martinez

Rafael Martinez is a PhD student and instructor at the University of New Mexico. He joins us to talk about key questions people have regarding DACA. Topics include:

  • DACA and the history of Executive Order
  • Current issues with DACA and what to do if you are a beneficiary
  • General tips regarding renewal
  • Different ways we can all defend DACA
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#53 Is Racism a Cause of Trauma? - Rene Garcia

#53 Is Racism a Cause of Trauma? - Rene Garcia

Today's episode is a real relevant one considering what recently went down in Charlottesville, VA. We are joined once again by Rene Garcia from the Chubby Therapist Podcast. Rene is a Licensed Professional Counselor based in Houston and joined Christian to talk about topics like:

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#51 Ray "White Rhino" Salazar

#51 Ray "White Rhino" Salazar

Education is a major topic on our show and our guest today has a lot to add on the subject. Ray "White Rhino" Salazar is a Chicago based educator and writer who joins the team to talk about things like:

  • His experiences as a teacher in inner city Chicago
  • Ray's roots working in Alternative High Schools
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#50 AfroLatina Natural - Angie Galván-Rodriguez

#50 AfroLatina Natural - Angie Galván-Rodriguez

Episode 50 focuses on a conversation we have been wanting to have with a guest for a while now. Today's show features Chicago based Angie Galván-Rodriguez, who is the creator of AfroLatina Natural. We discuss the beginnings of her project being rooted in her daughter getting made fun of at school and how they now embrace natural hair.

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#49 Interview with No Manches Clothing Co.

#49 Interview with No Manches Clothing Co.

Chicago is one of our main homes as La Verdad and we love to show fellow entrepreneurs some love. Today is no different as we present an insightful interview with the crew behind No Manches Clothing Co. They are a creative brand based in Chicago and gave us a dope breakdown on how they started and where they plan to go. Topics include:

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#48 Un Cafecito with a Side of Verdad - Melissa DuPrey

#48 Un Cafecito with a Side of Verdad - Melissa DuPrey

Episode 48 is an insightful one where we interview Chicago based actor, playwright, comedian, dancer, and activist Melissa Duprey. We talk about a variety of things like:

  • Her start in theater as a child that eventually become a career
  • Her big hit shows such as Sexomedy and SushiFrito
  • Some of the hardships she faced in the industry
  • Being a Latina and trying to find roles outside of the "typical" norms
  • Her work with Free Street Theater
  • Her start in theater with Teatro Luna
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#46 Cultura, Comida, y Pilón - Urban Pilón

#46 Cultura, Comida, y Pilón - Urban Pilón

Latin America has some of the best food in the world, but a lot of it tends to be unhealthy. Roberto Pérez noticed this and teamed up with Angel Fuentes to form Urban Pilon. Roberto joins us to explain how this project is a "culinary movement to share knowledge with the masses about the great foods of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America." 

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#45 Chicago Boricua Resistance

#45 Chicago Boricua Resistance

There is a lot of controversy about Puerto Rico and its political status. Are they a country? Is it a colony? Are they a state? People also wonder what all the protests are about. Today we bring in a Chicago based group called Chicago Boricua Resistance that is hoping to answer those questions and bridge the gap between Boricuas on the island and in the mainland. Topics include:

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#42 Depression 101 - Rene garcia

#42 Depression 101 - Rene garcia

Today we are joined once again by Rene Garcia - a Houston based Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  We received multiple messages and great feedback the last time he came on the show so we will try to bring him back from time to time. Topics on this episode include:

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#41 El Corillo is Back!

#41 El Corillo is Back!

All of our long term listeners know that the show takes a break every once in a while when life catches up with us and this time was no different. Everyone was excited to get back to the podcast and we cover a bunch of things. Topics include the release of our new Dad Hat design and comedian Chente Ydrach giving us a shout out at his show! Other fun topics include Nati doing a triathlon and Christian being a semi-hoarder!

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#40 Mental Health Talk - Rene Garcia

#40 Mental Health Talk - Rene Garcia

Episode 40 is one where we are joined by Rene Garcia - a Houston based Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. We talk about the Latino Taboo on seeing therapists being rooted in Social Class, rather than cultural. The crew also chat about family therapy and some of the signs that you should see a therapist. Finally, they also discuss how things are diagnosed in mental health professions and the different therapy strategies to address these challenges.

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#39 SoulBoricua - Jessica Holmes

#39 SoulBoricua - Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes is the Executive Chef and Co-founder of SoulBoricua, LLC - a great young Chicago business created by sisters three sisters - Jessica Holmes, Lenora Carroll and Cecile De Mello - who blended their African American and Puerto Rican heritage. They bring an African American and Puerto Rican fusion of foods with health conscious ingredients. We talked about their main product "SoulFrito", which is now available at the Englewood Whole Foods.

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#38 Jesus Enriquez

#38 Jesus Enriquez

Today's episode is filled with good stories and Spanish conversations! We are joined by Jesus Enriquez, a Chicago based Salsa singer originally from Tampico, Mexico. He shares how hearing "Devorame Otra Vez" by Lalo Rodriguez was the song that got him started on a Salsa journey that would take him far. Jesus ended up signing with the well know RMM Records and had label mates like Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, and Celia Cruz.

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