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latino podcast Archives - ShowBizCafe.com

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2017/05/20 at 3:35pm

‘The Highly Relevant Podcast’: Juanes Talks New Visual Album, Shakira, Reggaeton and Crossing-Over / The “Latinization” of ESPN

05.20.2017 | By |

Welcome to episode 32 of the Highly Relevant podcast. This is the show for those of you who love to live on the intersection of American and Latino pop culture. We talk to Colombian superstar JUANES about some important questions such as why he hasn’t ever collaborated with his Colombian counterpart Shakira, why he will never ever sing reggaeton and why it’s not in him to do a English-language crossover. Also, I talk to Hugo Balta, the senior director of Hispanic Initiatives for ESPN, who is one of the executives responsible for Hispanicizing ESPN. We discuss everything from Latino accents to bilingual sports shows and everything in between. Plus, we listen to the top new songs from Latino artists and a recap of the most highly relevant US Latino stories of the week! Read More

Jack Rico

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2017/04/21 at 4:02pm

The Highly Relevant Podcast: Why Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ Remix is a Cultural Failure

04.21.2017 | By |


This might actually be the best show I’ve done. I break down the new Justin Bieber “Despacito” Remix with well known Radio DJ and performer Diamond Boy Luis. We didn’t like it and we explain why. Also, Ulises Bella from the popular LA band Ozomatli joins us to talk about their NYC concert in Brooklyn, the electricity of their live-performances, plus their collaboration with Juanes and Gaby Moreno on their new album “NONSTOP-LA→MEXICO→KINGSTON”. And then to cap it off, we welcome Latin music’s most respected voice, Billboard’s Leila Cobo to discuss her exclusive interview with J Balvin and Nicky Jam on this week’s Latin Billboard Magazine. Read More

Jack Rico

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2017/03/18 at 9:36am

‘The Highly Relevant Podcast’: “Betting On Zero” and Herbalife’s Latino Exploitation

03.18.2017 | By |

Thank you for listening to episode 24 of the ‘Highly Relevant Podcast’ which you can now subscribe to on the player above ⬆️  or via the Revolver Podcast network. This week, an important new documentary called “Betting On Zero” hits theaters and it centers on the alleged pyramid scheming of the nutrition company Herbalife. It also chronicles in detail how Latinos have been exploited by Herbalife as well. Ted Braun, the director of the film and Latina activist Julie Contreras also a part of the film, join me to discuss the film’s central premise and the financial ramifications Herbalife’s sketchy business dealings have had on the Hispanic community. Please share, subscribe and leave a review. Read More

Jack Rico

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2017/02/28 at 11:09pm

Episode 21 – ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Director on Bilingual Films, April Reign #OscarsSoWhite Creator on Oscar Night, ‘Get Out’ Movie Review

02.28.2017 | By |



Thanks for listening to episode 21 of the Highly Relevant podcast! We have a pretty darn good show on tap for you this week. We interview the female director of the hit bilingual film Everybody Loves Somebody, Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, about creating bilingual and bicultural cinema for a new generation of US Hispanics. Also, the Oscars are this Sunday and who better to talk to about the state of multiculturalism at the Academy Awards than April Reign, the creator of the #OscarsSoWhite movement, plus, my review of Jordan Peele’s black horror film “Get Out”. Read More

Jack Rico

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2017/02/20 at 3:22pm

Episode 19 – Ice Cube on Hit Movies, Jesse y Joy on Bilingual Music, Carrie Keagan on Cursing with Celebrities

02.20.2017 | By |



Welcome to episode 19 of the “Highly Relevant” podcast! Our friend Carrie Keagan (26:00), host of Bravo After Hours, stops by the podcast to promote her new book “Everybody Curses I Swear,” Ice Cube (1:20) joins me to discuss his new high school movie “Fist Fight”. We also talk a bit about the American educational system, why raunch comedies aren’t offensive to people anymore and his secret to making hit movies. And if you like Latin pop music, you probably have heard of the Mexican brother/sister duo – Jesse y Joy (8:14). They have a new self-titled bilingual album and we chatted at length about bilingualism in music and in this country. It’s a great show, so put your headphones on or if you’re listening in your car, crank it up. Read More

Jack Rico

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2017/01/18 at 10:57am

Episode 17 – Trump vs. The Media: It’s War!, Obama Post-Presidency, Most Anticipated Movies/TV Shows 2017

01.18.2017 | By |



In our 17th episode, we tackle the lunacy of what was the Donald Trump news conference this week with The Atlantic’s David Graham. From Trump’s harsh comments of CNN and Buzzfeed, what will be the future of these media organizations in the next 4 years? We also discuss Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech with Salon.com’s Chauncey DeVega and his article “Farewell, my black president”. He was there at the event and we’ll discuss if history will vindicate Obama’s legacy, will Donald Trump destroy it or will Obama stay politically active and defend it? And what are the most anticipated movies and tv shows of 2017? I’ll share with you the list on announced on the TODAY show. Read More

Jack Rico

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2017/01/06 at 5:44pm

Episode 16 – Megyn Kelly to NBC, Zootopia, Movie Talk with Kellvin Chavez

01.6.2017 | By |



Happy New Year! On this first show of 2017, we tackle the Megan Kelly departure from FoxNews to NBC and its overall impact in the media industry with Rachel Stockman (1:15) of the media website Mediaite.com. We also catch up with Zootopia’s director and producer Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (7:30) to discuss the creative power and appeal of the film, as well as the details on how they managed to lure superstar Shakira to perform on the soundtrack. And finally, we shoot the breeze with our good friend Kellvin Chavez (26:45), founder of the movie website LatinoReview.com. We cover everything from the Golden Globes, today’s digital movie culture to fraudulent movie trailers.  Read More

Jack Rico

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2016/12/31 at 4:16pm

Episode 15 – A Discussion on the 3 Best Movies of 2016

12.31.2016 | By |



Christmas is here and instead of repeating a show, why not give you an original episode based upon 3 marvelous films. Joining me to discuss them is Mike Sargeant from WBAI and seen on FOX News and Lisa Rosman from NY1. The movies are La La Land (3:14), Moonlight (7:15) and Arrival (17:55). We also chat a bit about Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Birth of a Nation and diversity in Hollywood. Read More

Jack Rico

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2016/09/03 at 5:42pm

‘Highly Relevant’ Podcast Ep. 4: Willie Geist, Fall Movie Preview, Richard Tanne

09.3.2016 | By |

This fourth episode sees me getting in a groove with my podcast. I asked Willie Geist, who has interviewed me for TODAY’s pop culture segments for the last 3 years, to come on the podcast and he said yes. The interview was actually supposed to happen 2 weeks ago, but the Olympics kicked in and we thought it better to push it to this weekend when his new SUNDAY TODAY show was back on air. The interview went fantastic just like I thought it would. Willie reminds me a bit of the gentlemen anchors of yesteryear who gave media its stature. Think Sydney Lumet’s NETWORK and the cachet that dripped even off of the junior producers. We discussed a wide array of subjects from the art of interviewing people, the problem of soccer in America, how and when he became enamored with hip-hop and the show and how he was approached to do the new SUNDAY TODAY show, amongst other subjects. (1:05)

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2016/08/26 at 10:06am

‘Highly Relevant’ Podcast Ep. 3: Latin Music, Horror Films, MTV’s VMAs

08.26.2016 | By |

I’m 3 weeks in doing the Highly Relevant podcast and it’s been a wondrous experience. I LOVE pop culture, but I detest the idea of having it be limited by a single language or culture. I want to talk to both sides of who I am – American and Latino. By tapping both sides, I get to discuss subjects that only enrich the conversations I’m having. There’s a global, international vibe to the dialogues I conduct and this third episode is a nice example of it. Read More

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