7 episodes

Zocalo: a public square or plaza.
Tocayo: namesake; a person or thing that has the same name as another.
Zocayo: a meeting space for discussion, in which we all share the same name: human.

Everyone has a story — what are you doing with yours? Join Grauben Lara as he explores the world through the unique missions of diverse activists, speakers, and artists. Their stories have shaped their views, can understanding them help shape ours?

Zocayo: Breaking Barriers through Thought Grauben Lara

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Zocalo: a public square or plaza.
Tocayo: namesake; a person or thing that has the same name as another.
Zocayo: a meeting space for discussion, in which we all share the same name: human.

Everyone has a story — what are you doing with yours? Join Grauben Lara as he explores the world through the unique missions of diverse activists, speakers, and artists. Their stories have shaped their views, can understanding them help shape ours?

    Black Identity and Genealogy with Roemello Lewis

    Black Identity and Genealogy with Roemello Lewis

    What does “black” mean and where does the label come from? Roemello Lewis joins me to talk about how learning about our history puts us in a better position to change our present and future. Are we overgeneralizing racial terms, thus limiting our potential? How important is our family history to our personal growth? What can we do now to better unify all people regardless of race and culture?
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    Email: wearezocayo@gmail.com
    Mello's recommended reading: 
    Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics by Lester K. Spence
    The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power by Jared Ball
    Africans and Native Americans: The Language of Race and the Evolution of Red-Black Peoples by Jack Forbes

    • 29 min
    Persons with Disabilities and Work Discrimination with Casey Witte

    Persons with Disabilities and Work Discrimination with Casey Witte

    Why is it that in 2020, persons with disabilities are still overlooked both inside and outside of the workplace? Casey Witte shares his experience growing up and how our assumptions of other people limit their potential to succeed. What stereotypes do we have of people with disabilities that keep us from helping them achieve more? What laws are also currently allowing different treatment of people in the workplace? Where do these issues begin and what can we do to make a difference in the lives of others?
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    Casey’s Email: wittecasey@gmail.com
    Email: wearezocayo@gmail.com

    • 41 min
    Tokenism and Culture in the Film Industry with Liz Loo

    Tokenism and Culture in the Film Industry with Liz Loo

    Movies and TV are what unite people through pop culture, but can their portrayal of groups also be breaking us apart? I talk to Liz Loo about diversity in film and the changes that need to be made both on and off the camera to better tell the stories of all people. Proper diversity in film is a necessity, but when does pushing for diversity also become too much? What are the current standards in film that shape our stereotypes of the world?
     
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    Email: wearezocayo@gmail.com

    • 35 min
    Mars, Aliens, and Tech with Rohan Thatavarthi

    Mars, Aliens, and Tech with Rohan Thatavarthi

    What’s up on Mars that NASA desperately seeks? Rohan Thatavarthi joins me to discuss the latest mission to Mars, what extraterrestrial life could mean, and how science plays a big role in our understanding of the world. Can what we learn from space change our lives forever?
     
    Life on Mars could affect us both socially and mentally. Are we as important as we like to think we are? How can you relate the technological challenges space engineers face to our daily lives? As we start to learn more about space and the universe, our personal need to fund different programs should be growing with it.
     
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    Email: wearezocayo@gmail.com

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    • 35 min
    How Socialism led to the Fall of Venezuela with Daniel Di Martino

    How Socialism led to the Fall of Venezuela with Daniel Di Martino

    Venezuelans currently live in extreme poverty and homelessness, with their money losing its value every day, but it wasn’t always this way. Daniel Di Martino joins me to share his story of why he fled Venezuela and how the once fourth richest country in the world fell due to socialist policies.
     
    With socialism on the rise through figures like Bernie Sanders and AOC, it’s important to examine the effects of generous policies that we may not immediately be aware of. Can we adopt a model like the highly praised Nordic countries? Could the U.S. fall into a state of despair and hunger through socialist ideas? What do we have to give up so that we can all live better lives?
     
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    Follow Daniel on Twitter
     
    Email: wearezocayo@gmail.com

    • 48 min
    The Stigmatization of Weed and Illegal Immigrants with Sonia Erika

    The Stigmatization of Weed and Illegal Immigrants with Sonia Erika

    What do marijuana and illegal immigrants have in common? Sonia Erika joins me to tell her story from naive undocumented student to eventual Harvard graduate and pro-weed activist. We dive deep into how her background influenced her work with communities, the facts about marijuana use, and how building strong businesses can positively affect the communities hurt by current drug laws.
    The legalization of marijuana isn’t as black and white as it may appear, and current systems may be making us worse off, both economically and in health. Do the laws in your state encourage business building and growth? Is there an argument to be made for keeping marijuana illegal?


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    Sonia’s Projects:
    Cannabis Cultural Association
    Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council
    EatMe.Land
     
    Email: wearezocayo@gmail.com

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Marythemotherofchrist ,

Interesting

I enjoyed the 3 shows that were put up.

Milwaukee4206669 ,

Thought Provoking

Great listen, the way Grauben asks questions inspires the guest to explain things in a very detailed manner.

sammie1036 ,

A lot of fun!

I’m not usually into podcasts, but these are easy to listen to and there’s a lot to learn from them!

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