EPISODE 75 – TAMARINDO PODCAST WITH BRENDA GONZALEZ

For our 75th episode, we sit down for a chat with Brenda Gonzalez, co-host of the Tamarindo Podcast with Sonoro Radio. We discuss the origins of Tamarindo as a unique space for Latinx culture, as well as its extension through Agua Fresca, a new platform publishing Latinx writers from across the U.S. and beyond. Brenda also shouts out her and co-host Ana Sheila Victorino’s upcoming event, “Intro to Podcasting,” for any and all prospective podcasters out there, as well as Futuro Media, Queer Enamoradas, Locatora Radio, and more. A pivotal session for all those shaking their heads at the start of “Hispanic Heritage Month” who nevertheless support getting the people a wee bit of more limelight.

J.T.

EPISODE 70 – PLANNING FOR A ‘LIVED ENVIRONMENT’ WITH RICHARD AVILES

In our 70th episode, we chat with Jose Richard Aviles (@soylamasnalgona), a queer, Latinx planner and multimedia artist with the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley. Originally an L.A. native from South-Central Los Angeles, Richard describes growing up as an activist in L.A., current efforts in advocacy for “the lived environment over the built environment,” a new course at UCLA in Spring 2022, and how dance is “movement-building,” especially for marginalized bodies. A rich conversation for urban planners, artists, and L.A. aficionados everywhere. You can also find Richard’s free “Monday de Movimiento” sessions on Instagram at @soynalgona.

J.T.

EPISODE 66 – EUNISSES HERNANDEZ, LA DEFENSA AND MEASURE J

In our 66th episode, we chat with Eunisses Hernandez, the co-founder and executive director of La Defensa, a community-based organization dedicated to decarcerating the largest jail population in the U.S, that is, the L.A. County Jail. Eunisses and I delve into her upbringing in Highland Park, as well as how the Great Recession informs her current work in policy-making and advocacy for communities of color. We also discuss her fundamental role in not just passing but overseeing the implementation of Measure J as a part of the Re-Imagine LA Advisory Committee, and even a brand new app that Eunisses and her organization have designed for court attendees called Rate My Judge, which goes live this Monday, July 12th! A galvanizing conversation for any and all organizers through the city.

J.T.

EPISODE 63 – IF YOU’RE A PLANNER IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

In our 63rd episode, the tables are turned, as Sarah Syed, of the American Planning Association’s L.A. chapter interviews J.T. about growing up in Los Angeles and how it informs his current storytelling for Black and immigrant communities. Among other things, we discuss how homelessness in Los Angeles stems from planned investment against neighborhoods of color by the federal government, how planning commissions have continually invisibilized input from the very people in these neighborhoods, and what folks in urban planning today can do to be better advocates for Black and immigrant futures going forward. Another galvanizing conversation for city-lovers everywhere!

J.T.

EPISODE 5 – THE CALIFORNIA READER FROM PATREON THIS WEEKEND

Are you subscribed yet? Episode 5, titled “Locked Out! California’s Affordable Housing Crisis,” is based on a May 2000 report of the same name by the California Budget Project. We discuss sharp changes in California’s housing construction from the 1970s through the 1990s, as well as how the 2008 recession continues to impact the Golden State’s abysmal building rate, demonstrated most recently by the fact that in 2019, during Governor Newsom’s first year in office, the state built the lowest amount of new housing units since 2009.

Also, see our “Newsom Card” for Governor Newsom’s promise on housing, provided by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), in case you spot the governor campaigning to keep his job near you one of these days.

J.T.

EPISODE 13 – BETHANEE EPIFANI

In our 13th episode, we sit down with Bethanee Epifani for a discussion on “cultural work” in Los Angeles vis-a-vis the publication of her second book, Don’t Fall Prey! Our discussion touches on the need for more Black spaces in L.A., as well as Bethanee’s very own live event for her book taking place this Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at South LA Cafe. To learn more about Bethanee’s work, find her on Instagram @bepifani.

J.T.

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EPISODE 12 – THE ACTIVE VARIABLE

In our 12th episode, we sit down with our brother from another mother Edwin Monroy. We talk about a slate of different projects Ed’s been up to since our first Back 2 School Party together, including his new podcast The Active Variable. We also discuss a major fundraiser for his family following the recent passing of his father, Nery Edwin Monroy. To support Ed’s GoFundme, find the link HERE.

J.T.

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