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Órale Boyle Heights
99 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
47: Órale Boyle Heights ep 47: Carlos Aguilar
My guest this episode is Carlos Aguilar. Carlos is a film critic and freelance writer. We talk about how his love for movies was instilled in him at a young age by his mom, their experience moving to the U.S. from Mexico City as a teenager, and how he started his career as a critic after graduating college. You can follow Carlos on Twitter at @Carlos_Film.
100 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
46: Órale Boyle Heights ep 46: Kenneth and Mariana Lui
My guest this episode are Kenneth and Mariana Lui. Kenny and Mariana are indy films makers that write, direct, and produce their own short films. They recently made their feature film debut with Artists in Agony, a satirical faux-documentary on the fictional world of assassination art. We talked about their love and passion for making films, what inspired it, and their collaborative process as a husband and wife team. To learn more about the film, visit www.artistsinagony.com. You can follow Kenneth on Instagram at @acrazymaker, Mariana at @arrozc0nleche, and their film studio @mental.pictures.productions. To learn more about Kenneth's previous works, visit his website www.kennethlui.com.
113 minutes | May 16, 2021
45: Órale Boyle Heights ep 45: Erwin Recinos
My guest this episode is Erwin Recinos. Erwin has been a regular contributor to L.A. Taco for more than 10 years. We talk about how they got connected to the taco, growing up in South East L.A., their passion for photography, and reflecting on their documentation of the L.A. gallery/art scene. You can follow them on Instagram at @_losojos_ & at @_erwinr_. You can follow them on Twitter at @losojosdemuerte. You can check out their different projects here.
81 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
44: Órale Boyle Heights ep 44: Doña Junta
My guest this episode is Doña Junta. We reminisce about the olden days of blogging and talk about their experience growing up in Harbor City, nurturing their passion/love for architecture, and starting the podcast Beyond the Facade. You can follow Doña Junta on Instagram at @swapmeet_chronicles and you can listen to Beyond the Facade on your favorite podcast listening platform or by clicking here.
143 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
43: Órale Boyle Heights ep 43: mark! Lopez
My guest this episode is mark! Lopez. We talk about their love for King Taco, continuing the work of his family and the Madres del Este de Los Angeles Santa Isabel, growing up in a community of activists, how environmental justice is actually environmental white supremacy, and his work at East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. You can read mark!'s thesis, The Fire: Decolonizing “Environmental Justice" here. Follow East Yard on Instagram at @EYCEJ.
104 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
42: Órale Boyle Heights ep 42: Marlene Aguilar
My guest this episode is Marlene Aguilar. We talked about their journey in becoming a cook/cocinera, being a food justice promotora, how their relationship with food has changed over the years, and the origins of their meal prep service. You can follow them on Instagram @Irekuarhikua.
104 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
41: Órale Boyle Heights ep 41: Espacio 1839
My guest this episode is Nico Avina, co-owner of Espacio 1839. Like most non-essential businesses, Espacio had to close in March when the pandemic hit. We talk about how the store managed to survive with the support of community members and artists, the family coming together to make face masks, and the steps they took to reopen the store after being closed for months. You can follow Espacio 1839 on Instagram at @espacio1839. Visit their website at www.espacio1839.com.
100 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
40: Órale Boyle Heights ep 40: Lexis-Olivier Ray
My guest this episode is Lexis-Olivier Ray. Lex is an artist and writer covering police violence, people experiencing houselessness, cannabis culture, and other issues in L.A. Lex and I talked about his passion and love for photography, storytelling, and writing for L.A. Taco. You can follow Lex on Twitter and Instagram at @ShotOn35mm. Visit his website, www.lexisolivierray.com, and support this work. Photo courtesy of Brian Feinzimer.
112 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
39: Órale Boyle Heights ep 39: Gracias Señor
My guest this episode is Rodolfo Barrientos. Rudy is the owner and chef of the food truck, Gracias Señor. Rudy and I talked about his experience growing up undocumented, balancing his school/work responsibilities, and how he came to own his own lunch truck. You can find the Gracias Señor truck parked on Sunset Blvd, between La Cruz Drive and Carey st every day from 11 am to 2 pm, except on Wednesdays in the Pacific Palisades. You can follow them on Instagram at @graciasenor.
71 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
38: Órale Boyle Heights ep 38: Laura Enriquez
My guest this episode is Laura Enriquez. We talked about her journey to researching, writing, and publishing her first book, Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family. The book is available through most booksellers and you can download a free version of the book here. If you'd like to get in contact with her, you can visit her website.
116 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
37: Órale Boyle Heights ep 37: Peatónito
My guest this episode is Jorge Cáñez, better known as Peatónito. We talk about his journey as a transportation and pedestrian advocate in Mexico, the creation of his character Peatónito, and his research on Vision Zero in L.A. You can follow Jorge on Twitter at @Peatónito. You can read the policy brief based on his thesis here.
53 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
36: Órale Boyle Heights ep 36: Latinx with Plants
My guest this episode is Andi Xoch. In June, I profiled Andi on their Instagram account, Latinx with Plants. You can read the story on LA Taco here. In this episode, I catch up with Andi to reflect on how the profile on LA Taco and The LA Times increased her followers, people's reactions to the stories, and their plans for the future. You can follow the account on Instagram at @Latinxwithplants Andi's Venmo account is @Andi_Xoch Background music by Mabanua.
75 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
35: Órale Boyle Heights ep 35: Astrid
My guest this episode is poet and writer Astrid. We got to talking about our quarantine lives, her passion for poetry, contributing to L.A. Taco, and working on publishing her first poetry book. You can follow Astrid on Instagram at @PoetAstrid.
114 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
34: Órale Boyle Heights ep 34: Lucha Foos
I was a guest on the Ey foo, you a rocker podcast back in March. This is a repost of that show. Shout out to the foos Alex, Vlad, and Eldrick for having me on to talk about my experience being a rocker foo and my love for wrestling. Follow them on Instagram at @eyfooyouarocker and subscribe to their podcast.
105 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
33: Órale Boyle Heights ep 33: Daniel Morales Leon
My guest this episode is Daniel Morales Leon. We talked about Daniel growing up in South Central, his love for literature and poetry, living at La Mina, and showing the Tlacolulokos around town during their artist residency. You can follow Daniel on Instagram at @geehop213 to learn more about his upcoming tours. You can follow the Tlacolulokos on Instagram at @tlacolulokos.
79 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
32: Órale Boyle Heights ep 32: Dryland
My guests this episode are Viva Padilla, Founder/Editor in Chief of Dryland and Nikolai Garcia, Associate Editor. We talked about how Viva's love for literature and experiences in the publishing world led to the creation of Dryland, the transition from publishing online in the beginning to a physical book, and the need for independent publications in communities like South Central L.A. Follow Dryland on Instagram at @pontelaspilaspress and on Twitter at @Drylandlitla. For more details on submitting works, visit their website www.drylandla.org You can follow Viva on Instagram and on Twitter at @anotchka. You can follow Nikolai on Instagram and Twitter at @HelloKommie.
109 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
31: Órale Boyle Heights ep 31: Nikolai Garcia
My guest this episode is Nikolai Garcia. He is a poet from South Central L.A. and we met up at his favorite bar, Hanks, to discuss his new poetry chapbook, what it was like growing up in the hood, his journey to becoming one of those great L.A. poets. You can follow Nikolai on Instagram and Twitter at @HelloKommie. Follow DSTL Arts on Instagram and Twitter at @DSTLArts. Details for upcoming events: Book release for Jenice Miller on 1/11/20 starting at 2 pm at Patria Coffee Poetry Night at the East L.A. Library Chicano Resource Center on 1/17/20 at 7 pm Saturday Afternoon Poetry at the Santa Catalina Library in Pasadena on 1/18/20 from 3 to 5 pm
119 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
30: Órale Boyle Heights ep 30: Jenise Miller
My guest this episode is Jesine Miller. We met up at Patria Coffee in Compton for a redo since the first interview wasn't recorded :( We talked about her experience growing up in the Panamanian community of L.A., familial responsibilities, becoming an urban planner, and working on her first chapbook of poetry. You can follow Jenise on Instagram and Twitter at @jenisepalante and her web site is www.planerpoet.com. The cover to her chapbook was designed by Mel Depaz, follow her on Instagram at @meldepaz. Follow DSTL Arts on Instagram and Twitter at @DSTLArts. Details for upcoming events: Book release party will be on 1/11/20 starting at 2 pm at Patria Coffee Jenise & Nikolia will be reading in Pasadena at the Santa Catalina Library on 1/18/20 from 3 to 5 pm Jenise will be hosting a writing workshop at Patria Coffee on 2/29/20 from 12 to 2 pm
71 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
29: Órale Boyle Heights ep 29: Memo Torres
My guest this episode is Memo Torres. We met up at my house because of a scheduling hic-up at Radio Espacio. We talked about the journey he started earlier this year joining L.A. Taco and becoming an instagram food personality. You can see what he is eating on instagram at @el_tragon_de_los_angeles and on twitter at @el_tragon_de_LA.
120 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
28: Órale Boyle Heights ep 28: Jonathan Romero
My guest this episode is Jonathan Romero. I met up with Jonathan at a coffee shop to talk about his experience growing up in South Central Los Angeles, going to college Kamalazoo, going from appreciating Jordans to appreciating life, and his experiences thus far as a Masters student at USC. You can follow him on Twitter at @_JonathanRomero and on Instagram as @jonathanmromero.
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