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The Forefront with Art Aguirre
31 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Saying Goodbye to 2021
I wanted to end the year on a good note by answering a couple questions and giving some unsolicited advice. For anyone and everyone who downloaded, listened, shared, or even just followed us on Instagram, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. I hope this new year brings hope and promise to you. Take care and stay safe.
55 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Getting Spooky with Celeste
After a long hiatus, we’re back. To celebrate spooky season, Art brings back one of his favorite guests who also happens to be a dear friend, Celeste Nevarez. Celeste and Art sit down and talk about fear. First, they start with a brief conversation on the thrill of horror and suspense and later shift their focus to what many folks fear…commitment.
81 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Dr. Eric Karikari
On this episode, Art sits down to talk with his friend and assistant professor of communication studies at Towson University, Dr. Eric Karikari. With the current push in the republican party to shut down critical race theory, Art and Eric sit down to discuss what critical race theory is, why it’s important to continue teaching it, what the problem is if it is prohibited, and how we all can benefit from using a critical lens throughout our daily lives.
61 minutes | May 13, 2021
Dr. Polo Camacho
This week Art brings back another return guest, recent doctoral graduate from the University of Kansas, Dr. Polo Camacho. Art and Polo discuss the similarities they have in how they grew up, their body images issues, their affinity for tattoos, and the struggles they have had with imposter syndrome, professional perception, and identity while working on a PhD and in academia in general.
83 minutes | May 4, 2021
Dr. Diana is Back Again!
After a long two-month break, we are back and just in time for our one-year anniversary episode. To celebrate, we have a very special guest from the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida, Dr. Diana Leon-Boys. Diana shares her journey to USF, her research interests including her development of the subfield of Latina girls’ studies, and we also get into her study of Disney and how her research has affected the way her and her daughter consume media.
82 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Dr. Erin Watley
After a much-needed break, we’re back. Art starts the podcast discussing the passing of Chris Wesseling, a member of the Around the NFL podcast, & how/why Wess’ passing had such an effect on him & other listeners. This week’s guest is a professor at McDaniel College, Dr. Erin Watley. Erin discusses her journey to McDaniel, the importance of media representation, & her perspective on/approach to critical intercultural dialogue. If you want to reach out to Erin, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
58 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Doug Silva Returns
Art is back this week with a return guest. Doug Silva joins the show again, and this time, Doug gives his perspective on the situation going on with GameStop, hedge fund companies, AMC, and Robinhood. Doug also shares some advice for those who are curious about investing in stocks as well as the importance of your risk appetite. Be sure to subscribe to Doug’s patreon at www.patreon.com/dsilva13 to get his advice on things like mortgage decisions, investing in stocks, and other financial topics.
45 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
On this week’s episode, Art is joined by podcaster, musician, and very good friend—Mina Soto. Mina shares how she started writing music, describes her writing process, explains what it was like recording her first studio single, and we also hear how Art and Mina first met before joining a band together. Go listen to Mina’s new single “Can’t Be Sure” wherever you stream/listen to music.
49 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
This week Art starts by briefly discussing the domestic terrorist attack/riot that took place last week in the Capitol, & what has happened since. Art then sits down with Eric Reed from the band Alabama Deathwalk. Art & Eric discuss how Alabama Deathwalk started & evolved, the new EP coming out at the end of the month—Young Runner, & what Eric means when he calls the band “Post-Evangelical Rock.” Eric was also kind enough to give us an exclusive track from Young Runner to share with you titled “Distance.”
51 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
"Be F*cking Nice to Yourself" with Celeste Nevarez
For this last episode of 2020, Art has Celeste back on the show, and they start by discussing the impact 2020 has had on most of us and how we should assess ourselves after such a tumultuous year. This leads to a discussion on new year resolutions, how they’ve been constructed for us by our media and social environments, how we should really go about creating a resolution for ourselves, and why you need to “be f*cking nice to yourself.”
47 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Benjamin Romero Castillo
This week we continue interviewing young business owners, and Art sits down with the owner of Panther Lounge Style & Co., Benjamin Romero Castillo. Ben discusses how he got into powerlifting, his path to starting Panther Lounge, and the goals he has for the future of the business.
36 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
We continue speaking to small business owners, and this week’s guest is the owner of Fox Labyrinth in El Paso, Vivi Madero. Vivi talks to Art about her decision to open a piercing studio, the challenges she’s faced over the last 10 years they’ve been operating, and how the pandemic affected her business.
62 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Art Gets Interviewed by Karla & Danielle
This week the gang does things a little different. Karla and Danielle take their turn doing the interviewing and talk to Art about the clothing line he’s starting, Power Panza. Art talks about body images issues he’s had since he was young, how powerlifting and his powerlifting coach have helped change some of those issues, and what his purpose is with Power Panza.
59 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
This week’s episode starts with Art, Karla, Danielle, and Danielle’s cousin, Ali talking about what they’re thankful for this year and how they plan on acting on that gratitude moving into the new year. This week’s guest is former linebacker for the University of Texas at El Paso and current CEO of ShredSkinz, Kalaii Griffin. Kalaii talks to Art about his journey to UTEP, his decision to walk away from football, and his decision to start ShredSkinz.
63 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Karla & Danielle
This week the gang is back. Karla and Danielle return and join Art for this week’s episode. The gang talks about their feelings throughout the election, how they feel now that most media outlets have called the race for Biden and Harris, the current Covid-19 numbers in El Paso, and their frustration with how Covid-19 has become a partisan issue.
43 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
We have a surprise second episode this week, and Art took a small break from election news to catch up with his friend and band member of the Lusitania, Adi Kanlic. Adi shares his experience playing and touring with the band for the last 15 years, how the writing process has changed over the years, and discusses the re-release of their album Rain and Rivers, which you can find on all streaming platforms.
60 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Dr. Diana Leon-Boys
On this week's episode Art's guest and co-host is his friend from grad school, Dr. Diana Leon-Boys from the University of South Florida. Art and Diana use this episode to decompress their thoughts and feelings now that this election is over (kind of). They discuss how this election felt different than the one in 2016, their feelings about Biden winning the Presidential election, and the work that needs to be done now that the election is over.
35 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Election Day with Celeste
It’s election day, so I did a special mini-pod with return guest, and my good friend, Celeste. Celeste and I start by discussing the stress that comes with this particular election, especially given that we may not know the results for some time. We then talk about how this election and the run up to the election may have sparked some difficult conversations with family members and friends. Celeste explains how those relationships may have changed and how important boundaries are in all relationships.
30 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
This is the last episode of our election series, and Art is joined by writer and actor, Elizabeth Dwyer. Elizabeth has been engaging in community organizing and grassroots activism for years, and she shares with us what is at stake for the LGBTQ community in this election. Elizabeth explains how she became an activist, some of the progressive milestones for the LGBTQ community as well as how the Trump administration has rolled back regulations and protections for folks in the LGBTQ community as well.
120 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
On this episode we discuss Covid-19 & focus on the experience of those working on the frontlines of this pandemic. We have 3 guests this week who share what it has been like working in the medical field over the last 8 months & how things have changed as the pandemic has spread & cases have increased. All of us here at the Forefront want to thank the frontline workers, their families, & anyone who has been working to fight this virus. Wear your masks. Practice social distancing. Care about each other.
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