Highly Relevant with Jack Rico
Summary: ‘Highly Relevant' is a Latinx pop culture podcast. Jack Rico - TV host, entertainment journalist and podcaster - talks with actors, musicians, journalists, and media executives about how Latinx culture is influencing the mainstream.
We begin the show with Jack discussing the new 90210 reboot with Jason Priestley et.al, he also talks to the founder of the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), Calixto Chinchilla, about what the festival has in-store for moviegoers this year. They discuss whether the festival should change its name to the NY"Latinx"FF since it is such a champion for Latinx voices, plus he gives his recommendations at the must-see movies you need to see at the festival this year. Then, Mike Sargent and Jack give you their First Reaction of the live-action version of ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ from Paramount Pictures. Is it the next ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ for Hispanics?
Mexican actor Erik Hayser who has a new series on Telemundo called "Preso #1," a political thriller about the President of Mexico who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Jack asks why political themes have not been prevalent on Spanish-language primetime, if English-language Latinos will watch it, typecasting, if he still auditions, and his thoughts on how he sees social media in his professional and personal life.
Film and culture Mike Sargent joins Jack to discuss the reasons that led to the new 'Men In Black' reboot to get "the boot" from general audiences.
On this week’s show, film and culture critic Mike Sargent gives us our First Reaction from inside the theater of the first NY press screening of the new X-Men film, Dark Phoenix. (3:06) Then we talk to Puerto Rican actor Marquis Rodriguez, one of the five young actors in Netflix’s new controversial mini-series “When They See Us” from director Ava DuVernay, but he’s also going to be in HBO’s "Game of Thrones" prequel currently filming in Europe right now. JackedIn Pop Culture News Recap (1:53) Music Playlist - (10:42) Love through the computer - Gucci Maine (feat. Justin Bieber) Que Bueno! - Noa Sainz Enjoy Yourself - Charles Goose
Tanya Saracho, the talented creator of the TV show 'VIDA,' and a leading voice in the Latinx community, comes on the show to discuss how VIDA happened, the pains of writing the pilot while she was mending from a spinal infection, her bouts with anxiety and doubt and the tricks she does to get through them. She also reveals how in a particular Hollywood writing room, the writers called her and her friend Spic and Span, and she opens up about her jitters on not being renewed for S3 before S3 got picked up. Music Playlist Aute Cuture - Rosalia Playa Grande - Sofi Tukker and Bomba Estereo El Telón - Jenny and the Mexicats and Vetusta Marla
STARZ’s new Latinx show VIDA begins season 2 on Sunday, May 26, and one of the coolest things about the show is the soundtrack. So joining us this week is one of the show’s featured singers, Maria del Pilar, who discusses the blend of musical genres she uses to make up her sound, she also explains the business of being a musician in 2019, and why it’s so crucial for her to give back to her community. Music Playlist A mí - Rels B Solo de Madrugada - Floridablanca Funeral - Maena
This week on the show, we discuss the Univision and Telemundo 2019 Upfronts with media reporter Michael Malone from Broadcast & Cable Magazine, plus we review the third installment of the John Wick series with film and culture critic Mike Sargent.
In an industry of barely any Latino representation, Broadway’s Sergio Trujillo is one of its most shining examples. Trujillo, of Colombian roots, was recently given the second Tony nomination of his career for Best Choreography for “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations”. If you haven’t seen it yet, this Motown jukebox musical features dance moves that are alive, kinetic and spectacular. I spoke to Trujillo just days before his nomination about what the creative process was like to bring the music of The Temptations to life through dance. Music Playlist Yayaya - Stella Santana Don Juan & Cupido - Henry Santos and Anthony Santos Mañana es Too Late - Jesse y Joy (feat. J Balvin)
We are dedicating the entirety of this episode to "Avengers:Endgame". Film and culture critic Mike Sargent joins me to go through the most pressing questions you might have AFTER you saw the film. We do have to make a disclaimer… if you have not seen the movie yet, don’t listen to this podcast, because the very purpose of this episode is NOT to prepare you to see the film, but to discuss the subsequent questions and future of the franchise and your place in it. Episode Summary 12:07 - Can Endgame beat Avatar? 15:58 - Spoiler and bullying culture because of Endgame 17:52 - Can anyone ever replace Robert Downey Jr. popularity as Iron Man? 23:29 - Will we ever see an all-female Avengers?
Javi Morgado is the Executive Producer of CNN’s morning-news program NEW DAY and happens to be the only Latino executive producer in the highly-competitive morning news landscape. We spoke to him about why he believes there aren’t more Latinos in positions of power in the media industry like himself, what he learned from his journey from local news assignment producer to his position today, and why one of the best advices he can give journalism students is to just write.
TV Queen Kate del Castillo joins the show to talk Season 2 of Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur 2, easily Spanish-language TV’s most iconic telenovela. Jack asks her being on 'The Tonight Show' for the first time was like, where she found the strength to overcome the darkness and fear during the Chapo moments, and how it’s like to work with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence on Bad Boys 3. (2:48) Then, we review The Curse of La Llorona. But instead of giving you my sole opinion, why not allow me to present to you a more truthful way of giving you a review… a review which I believe to be the purest way to know what people truly feel about a movie. You’re going to want to listen to this. (18:26) Pop Culture recap (1:16) Music Playlist (17:27) Vente - Technicolor Fabrics Ella Tu y Yo - Girl Ultra La Plata - Juanes, Los Angeles Azules, Lalo Ebratt
How can you can get a table "week of" at the best restaurants in Manhattan? Jack cold-called a white glove concierge and a reservationist at a 3-Michelin restaurant and point blank asked them to come clean on how the game is played. (2:41) Then, looks like the show you’ll be binging this weekend is going to be Brazilian. My wife shares her latest TV infatuation - 'Coisa Mais Linda'. (8:08) Pop Culture recap (:55) Music Playlist (12:17) Mi Persona Favorita - Alejandro Sanz feat. Camila Cabello Con Altura - Rosalia feat. J Balvin and El Guincho Carnavalera - Bomba Stereo y Sistema Solar
We discuss the rise of Spanish singer Rosalía. The NY Times just included her song 'Con Altura' (feat. J Balvin) in their top song picks of the week, and Isabela Raygoza, music journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine will give me a primer on what you and I need to know. (2:30) Jack suggests 3 new movie releases (19:35) Then film critic Mike Sargent and I give you our 'First Reaction' of DC’s latest action-comedy 'Shazam!' (20:51) And one of the things we want to do from time to time is promote other Latino podcasts by inviting them to come on the show and to help expand YOUR podcast tastes. That’s why we chose to begin with Nick Leiber, co-host of Don't Interrupt Me. Por Favor, a bilingual podcast you should subscribe to. (28:44)
Jordan Peele’s new highly anticipated horror film, US, is out in theaters and critics are raging about it… except Jack. Film critic Mike Sargent offers his perspective on the good and bad of the film. 'JackedIN' Pop News Recap: (:50) #HighlyRelevantMusicPlaylist Calma - Los Wálters Caballero - Mr.Pig, Fancy Folks, y Bruses Below - Noah Pino Palo Would you like to get in touch with us? Email us at email@example.com and help us spread the word on social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoyed this episode head on over to iTunes and kindly leave us a rating, a review and please subscribe! Ways to subscribe to Highly Relevant with Jack Rico: • Click here to subscribe via iTunes • Click here to subscribe via Spotify • Click here to subscribe via Stitcher
Maria Elena Fernandez, TV reporter for New York Magazine and Vulture.com joins us to discuss how One Day at a Time's cancellation might detour any progress made for US Latino TV shows. (1:49) Then, Concepción de León of the New York Times pitched and created their first-ever Latinx column EL ESPACE. How did it come to be? Did she encounter any resistance from editors? What’s been the feedback so far? We have an interesting conversation on identity, writing and how she broke into the business. (21:40)