177 episodes

‘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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 44 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.

    Bomba Estéreo's Simón Mejía Talks Bad Bunny, Petro, Climate Change

    Bomba Estéreo's Simón Mejía Talks Bad Bunny, Petro, Climate Change

    In this week’s episode, I talk to Simón Mejía, the founder and band leader of the Grammy-winning Colombian group ‘Bomba Estéreo’. We discuss his latest solo film and music project EL DUENDE, inspired by the Afro-indigenous music of Colombia’s jungles, as well as, what he thinks of Colombia’s newly elected president Gustavo Petro, and how the Bad Bunny collaboration of ‘Ojitos Lindos’ came to be without them ever meeting.

    • 24 min
    Manuel Abud, CEO Latin Recording Academy, On The Future of the Latin Grammys

    Manuel Abud, CEO Latin Recording Academy, On The Future of the Latin Grammys

    In this week’s episode, we welcome Manuel Abud, the CEO of the Latin Recording Academy for a chat about this year’s Latin Grammys, Latin music’s most prestigious night of the year.

    • 24 min
    Benjamin Odell, CEO 3Pas Studios, On Why 'The Valet' Is A Love Letter To Immigrants

    Benjamin Odell, CEO 3Pas Studios, On Why 'The Valet' Is A Love Letter To Immigrants

    This week I interview my good friend Benjamin Odell, who is the CEO of 3Pas Studios, the production company he and his friend Eugenio Derbez formed together. Their latest project is the remake of the French film ‘The Valet’ which premieres on HULU May 20th. In this conversation, Ben and I talk about his unique life and cultural upbringing, as well as the work 3Pas Studios has accomplished in a short time. We discuss in detail the unique ways he and Eugenio have used Latino storytelling to successfully reach general audiences, and why 'The Valet' could very well be a culmination of that work.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Manny Perez Talks 'La Soga Salvation'

    Manny Perez Talks 'La Soga Salvation'

    Dominican actor Manny Perez, perhaps best known for his films 'Washington Heights,' 'El Cantante,' 'Bella' and the hit action film ‘La Soga,’ is now doing his directorial debut with the sequel - 'La Soga Salvation'. We discuss what it takes to write, direct and produce his own movie, what the future of Dominican cinema looks like, and his opinion on the film ‘In The Heights’.

    • 29 min
    Justina Machado On The Success Of Latino Animation vs. Live-Action Latino Films

    Justina Machado On The Success Of Latino Animation vs. Live-Action Latino Films

    In our first episode, we welcome actress Justina Machado. You know her from the Emmy Award-winning comedy reboot of “One Day at a Time” from legendary producer Norman Lear and several other tv shows and films. Our conversation covered several interesting subjects such as Latino representation in the animation industry, why Hispanic animated films succeed and real-life Latino content doesn’t, and why she stopped using the term Hispanic to describe herself.
    Highly Relevant Playlist
    Santo - Christina Aguilera y Ozuna
    Melancolia - Sinego y Ácido Pantera
    Eucalipto - Mario Puglia

    • 17 min
    Gloria Calderon Kellett's 'With Love' Is The Future of Latinx Content

    Gloria Calderon Kellett's 'With Love' Is The Future of Latinx Content

    Gloria Calderon Kellett's 'With Love' is the best Latinx television I have seen. It combines all the American TV characteristics we grew up with, but with a US Latino family at the center. Think of ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Love Actually,’ 'The Holiday,' but with Latinos. It's all the shows that make us cozy up to a warm fire, a snug blanket, and hot chocolate. Gloria shares the details of how she got into the business, and how legendary producer Norman Lear believed in her.
    Highly Relevant Playlist
    Eso Es Un Vibe - Omar Courtz
    Poema - Las Villas
    Pa Poderte Ver - Mareh, Ana Mancebo, Sobrino, julio cesar

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 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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