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Ep.9 of the #HIGHLYRELEVANT podcast is out! This week we talk #TomCruise. Can he still deliver a great action movie…

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Jack Rico


2016/10/21 at 12:42pm

‘Highly Relevant Podcast’ Ep. 9 – Should Tom Cruise Still Be Making Action Films?, ‘Queen Sugar,’ Broadway’s ‘Holiday Inn’

10.21.2016 | By |

On this ninth episode, I talk about Tom Cruise’s new movie ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ with my good friend Mike Sargeant as we tackle Tom’s career, his longevity and our opinions on why he doesn’t seem to want to collaborate with another A-List actor (3:20). We also review Broadway’s new family feel-good musical Holiday Inn (24:46) as well as take a look at Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar (21:34), and I ask a New Yorker what he’s seeing, listening and downloading (27:43), plus, we recap the most important pop culture news you might have missed this week. Read More

Jack Rico


2016/08/29 at 1:01pm

TODAY: Breaking Down MTV’s VMAs, J-Lo & Marc Anthony, Rob Lowe’s Roast

08.29.2016 | By |

This TODAY show segment I did this morning on Kathie Lee & Hoda was absolutely cool. It was bicultural and it felt like an extension of me and my HIGHLY RELEVANT podcast, which you should listen to if you haven’t. Overall, it was just fun to talk about the Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony event which was such a Latino subject, since the concert was in Spanish, with salsa music and the song No Me Ames is a Spanish-language tune. Also, I enjoyed being able to discuss my dissatisfaction with MTV’s VMAs on my podcast, then break it down the morning after on national TV. Truly a blessing for a professional in the pop culture industry. Hope you enjoy it!
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Jack Rico


2016/07/20 at 3:30pm

TODAY: Wanna Play A Game Of Moon Trivia?

07.20.2016 | By |

The TODAY show green room was packed when I arrived this morning. I bumped into the members of a band I had not heard of until today called NEED TO BREATHE (in capital letters). I’m actually listening to them on Spotify right now and I like they’re sound a lot. They sound very Mumford & Sons meet Imagine Dragons. Watch them get famous before my very eyes. At least I have them recorded on my FB Live video.  The reason for my appearance this morning with Kathie Lee & Hoda was for a regular segment called WHO KNEW?, a fun and informative trivia game where Kathie Lee asks people at the NBC Store questions based on a theme. If they get it right they win $100 on the spot, if they get it wrong they win an autographed Kathie Lee CD. My role is to give the answers context and color, thus hopefully interesting viewers in something else beyond the simple answer. You get learn and have fun at the same time. Today’s topic was MOON references in pop culture because today is National Moon Day. Take a look at the clip and see how many you can answer.

Jack Rico


2016/07/18 at 2:52pm

A New Pop Culture Podcast For You And Me

07.18.2016 | By |

*(Premiering Friday, August 12th)
Living in New York City is unlike any other city in the entire world. Sure, many global cities might look like it, but none of them offer the diversity, culture and smarts we do. I like to think of my new podcast – HIGHLY RELEVANT – much like my own New York City, one where diversity is welcomed and embraced, where arts & culture are top of mind, and, just a cool place to enjoy highly relevant conversations with some really talented people, some of whom you should already know… and some you should get to know. HIGHLY RELEVANT

Think filmmakers, actors, musicians, writers and journalists… how are they shaping pop culture and what does that mean for us? They say, “it’s about the journey,” well, I’d love for you to join me on this journey, one where you and I will hopefully learn a thing or two right within the confines of your #headphones. And don’t just be a listener, be a participant! Let me know what topics you’d like me to cover and who you’d like me to interview. This will be OUR podcast. The HIGHLY RELEVANT podcast with yours truly… every Friday beginning August 12th.

Jack Rico


2016/07/07 at 9:43am

Watch My ‘What To Do’ Weekend Suggestions On TODAY!

07.7.2016 | By |


The opening comment from Willie and Natalie about what I’m wearing is hilarious. And there’s some good info in the segment too about some ideas of what to see and read this weekend.

Jack Rico


2016/02/24 at 12:22pm

This John OIiver Video Nails EXACTLY Hollywood’s Whitewashing

02.24.2016 | By |

With the academy awards coming up, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackles Hollywood whitewashing in a humorous yet unflinching way. The focus of the video is self-explanatory, but this whole idea that there aren’t enough good roles for people of color is utter balderdash. Even when roles do exist, they still can be played by white actors. Just ask Emma Stone. Her portrayal of a half-Asian woman in Aloha is perhaps the most egregious act of whitewashing in the modern era. Read More

Mariana Dussan


2015/09/29 at 8:38pm

Roundup Wednesdays: 5 Trending Entertainment Bits To Know

09.29.2015 | By |

Oh my! So much exciting (and some hilarious) news bits in the entertainment world today! Here are the five highlights so that you are all caught up with what’s trending:

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Jack Rico


2015/08/14 at 8:10am

Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli On Trump, Cosby, Amy Shumer & Being ‘The Queen Of Mean’

08.14.2015 | By |

For those comedy aficionados who really like their comedy uncensored, gutsy and emotionally raw, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli is a must watch. Howard Stern called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time. His words ring true after my Q&A with Lampanelli herself where we got down to the heart of many matters, including, her divorce, detailed insights on Donald Trump, why Cosby won’t survive his backlash, why she’s such a fan of Amy Shumer and how she gets away with being “mean” to her audience, amongst many other funny moments.  Read More

Jack Rico


2015/06/25 at 3:42pm

Exclusive: Singer J Balvin Explains Why He Bowed Out Of Miss USA Pageant

06.25.2015 | By |

*Note: This audio interview is in Spanish
On the Enrique Santos Radio Show in Miami’s Mix 98.3FM, Colombian reaggaton star J Balvin spoke exclusively to Enrique Santos via phone on the exact  reasons of why he decided not to perform on the Miss USA Pageant, owned by Donald Trump. Listen to his official statement.  Read More

Felix Dalgo


2015/06/03 at 1:49pm

Vulture Festival: Kevin Smith Podcast Opens Up On Drug Addiction Of Jason Mewes

06.3.2015 | By |

New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival in New York City was home to many special events during this past weekend. One of these events was a live podcast by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes located at Milk Studios in Chelsea, NY. It was another episode of their podcast series named “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.” Read More

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