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‘Highly Relevant' is a Latinx pop culture podcast. Jack Rico - TV host, journalist, film critic and podcaster - talks with actors, musicians, journalists, and media executives about how Latinx pop culture is influencing mainstream entertainment.

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    • 4.4 • 39 Ratings

‘Highly Relevant' is a Latinx pop culture podcast. Jack Rico - TV host, journalist, film critic and podcaster - talks with actors, musicians, journalists, and media executives about how Latinx pop culture is influencing mainstream entertainment.

    Aubrey Plaza Wants You To Know She's Puerto Rican

    Aubrey Plaza Wants You To Know She's Puerto Rican

    Happy Thanksgiving! Our guest today is actress and producer Aubrey Plaza who has a new psychological thriller called BLACK BEAR out December 4th. We did a deep dive on her Puerto-Rican heritage, if she identifies as a Latina, does she speak Spanish and if she wants to make latinx films. Also she explains why breaking Latina stereotypes is a priority for her.
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    • 25 min
    Will The 2020 Latino Vote Elect The New President? Will AOC Run For President 2024?

    Will The 2020 Latino Vote Elect The New President? Will AOC Run For President 2024?

    With the 2020 election right around the corner, political reporter Rafael Bernal from TheHill.com, helps me breakdown if the Latino vote is a myth or if it will elect the next President of the United States. We also tackle the question that has been on minds of many as of late… should Alexandra-Ocasio Cortés run for President in 2024? 
    This week's Latinx music playlist
    7’11 - Reyna
    Dias de Paja - Clara Cava
    Iguanas - Boca Paila
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    • 36 min
    Maximiliano Hernández Talks Marvel and DC's Absence of Latinx Superheroes, Fighting For Hispanic Identity in Hollywood

    Maximiliano Hernández Talks Marvel and DC's Absence of Latinx Superheroes, Fighting For Hispanic Identity in Hollywood

    This week we welcome actor Maximiliano Hernández (The Avengers) where we covered a lot of interesting topics ranging from why there is no Latinx superheroes at Marvel or DC to racism and image representation. Plus, why he considers Peacock's 'Mr. Mercedes' the most fun he's had on a TV show and the question he asked Benicio del Toro on set about the movie that made him want to become an actor.
    Music Playlist
    Quedate - Debi Nova, Pedro Capó
    Paranoia Pop - Bandalos Chinos y LOUTA
    Paraiso - Monogem 
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    • 22 min
    Latin Grammy Nominations 2020: The Redemption Of Reggaeton

    Latin Grammy Nominations 2020: The Redemption Of Reggaeton

    The 21st Latin Grammy Nominations were announced this week and music journalist, Isabela Raygoza, joins the show to help me deconstruct what the plethora of Reggaeton nominations means to music fans and the music industry. Will white and Black artists continue to collaborate with Spanish-language artists? Plus, Isabela weighs in on who will win and lose on Latin’s biggest night in music.

    Music Playlist

    Bajofondo - Solari Yacumenza (ft. Cuareim 1080)

    Dos Extraños - Cero39 (feat. Soy Emilia)

    Buenos Aires - Nathy Peluso


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    • 33 min
    How Felipe Esparza Performed A Historic Stand-Up Comedy Show In English and Spanish For Netflix

    How Felipe Esparza Performed A Historic Stand-Up Comedy Show In English and Spanish For Netflix

    Mexican-American comedian Felipe Esparza did something special this year. He is the first comedian to record two separate performances – one in English and one in Spanish - of his new comedy specials 'Bad Decisions' and 'Malas Decisiones' for Netflix, marking this moment a first for Latinx comedians and Netflix as well. Esparza joins Jack on this episode to discuss why no other Latino comedians have done bilingual shows before. what made him want to do it and the challenges of perfecting his Spanish for showtime, and what this achievement means for comedy’s evolution? Will all established and upcoming Latinx comedians take note?
    Highly Relevant Playlist
    Nuestra Historia - Humboldt
    Centro - MIEL
    Tiempo - Gravité
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    • 29 min
    Genesis Rodriguez Talks 'Centigrade,' Diets and Racism

    Genesis Rodriguez Talks 'Centigrade,' Diets and Racism

    This week actress Genesis Rodriguez drops by the podcast to discuss her new survival thriller Centigrade out on demand right now. Genesis and Jack have a raw conversation on the unhealthy experience she had filming the movie, she describes how she put her body through extreme torture using a diet where she lost 14lbs. in 20 days that left her physically exhausted and different. She also talks how the pandemic has had a toll on her mentally and professionally, how Tik-Tok and cooking have saved her sanity, and that day she was told at a restaurant to go back to her country even though she was born in the United States. 
    Music playlist
    Explosion - Adrian Bello (feat. Ximena Sariñana)
    Los Chicos Si Lloran - Diamante Eléctrico
    Solito - Hens
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

SonOfPod ,

Great show!

Que Rico!!!!!!

TheMonicaDiaz ,

Highly Significant

I listen to a lot of podcast and subscribe to a few. This one I'm subscribed to. Jack has created a space where intellect and pop culture meet with a voice that is smart and witty. As a Latina I love the sprinkle of Spanish and as a New Yorker I love that it is all inclusive. The guest are some of the best in their field. By far one of my favorites!

DavidAraujo.Tv ,

Refreshingly new

I'm glad something like this is finally happening. Great subjects involving the latin culture in the US. There hasn't been really anybody that I know tackle the subject and get really involved in the goods of the latin culture, it's usually the worst that they portrait.
Thanks Jack for that!

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