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I'm Art Aguirre, and I'm a professor. One thing I love about what I do is the storytelling that goes on in my classroom. My students often learn more from hearing their classmates' stories than from any of my lectures. I'm not sure if that's an indictment on my lectures 😬, but I've seen the power of this storytelling firsthand. So that's what this show is focused on--taking the stories and experiences and identities that have been pushed to the margins and bringing them to the forefront.
 
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Join us for a special episode with Carlos Carrasco, the actor who played Ortiz (aka Gigantor) in the film SPEED and Popeye in BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT, among many others (including THE FISHER KING and CROCODILE DUNDEE 2)! Hear all about SPEED's infamous script rewrites and death-defying stunts. Plus, Carlos gives great advice to young actors and filmmake…
 
After a much-needed break, we’re back. Art starts the podcast discussing the passing of Chris Wesseling, a member of the Around the NFL podcast, & how/why Wess’ passing had such an effect on him & other listeners. This week’s guest is a professor at McDaniel College, Dr. Erin Watley. Erin discusses her journey to McDaniel, the importance of media r…
 
Art is back this week with a return guest. Doug Silva joins the show again, and this time, Doug gives his perspective on the situation going on with GameStop, hedge fund companies, AMC, and Robinhood. Doug also shares some advice for those who are curious about investing in stocks as well as the importance of your risk appetite. Be sure to subscrib…
 
On this week’s episode, Art is joined by podcaster, musician, and very good friend—Mina Soto. Mina shares how she started writing music, describes her writing process, explains what it was like recording her first studio single, and we also hear how Art and Mina first met before joining a band together. Go listen to Mina’s new single “Can’t Be Sure…
 
This week Art starts by briefly discussing the domestic terrorist attack/riot that took place last week in the Capitol, & what has happened since. Art then sits down with Eric Reed from the band Alabama Deathwalk. Art & Eric discuss how Alabama Deathwalk started & evolved, the new EP coming out at the end of the month—Young Runner, & what Eric mean…
 
For this last episode of 2020, Art has Celeste back on the show, and they start by discussing the impact 2020 has had on most of us and how we should assess ourselves after such a tumultuous year. This leads to a discussion on new year resolutions, how they’ve been constructed for us by our media and social environments, how we should really go abo…
 
This week the gang does things a little different. Karla and Danielle take their turn doing the interviewing and talk to Art about the clothing line he’s starting, Power Panza. Art talks about body images issues he’s had since he was young, how powerlifting and his powerlifting coach have helped change some of those issues, and what his purpose is …
 
This week’s episode starts with Art, Karla, Danielle, and Danielle’s cousin, Ali talking about what they’re thankful for this year and how they plan on acting on that gratitude moving into the new year. This week’s guest is former linebacker for the University of Texas at El Paso and current CEO of ShredSkinz, Kalaii Griffin. Kalaii talks to Art ab…
 
This week the gang is back. Karla and Danielle return and join Art for this week’s episode. The gang talks about their feelings throughout the election, how they feel now that most media outlets have called the race for Biden and Harris, the current Covid-19 numbers in El Paso, and their frustration with how Covid-19 has become a partisan issue.…
 
We have a surprise second episode this week, and Art took a small break from election news to catch up with his friend and band member of the Lusitania, Adi Kanlic. Adi shares his experience playing and touring with the band for the last 15 years, how the writing process has changed over the years, and discusses the re-release of their album Rain a…
 
On this week's episode Art's guest and co-host is his friend from grad school, Dr. Diana Leon-Boys from the University of South Florida. Art and Diana use this episode to decompress their thoughts and feelings now that this election is over (kind of). They discuss how this election felt different than the one in 2016, their feelings about Biden win…
 
It’s election day, so I did a special mini-pod with return guest, and my good friend, Celeste. Celeste and I start by discussing the stress that comes with this particular election, especially given that we may not know the results for some time. We then talk about how this election and the run up to the election may have sparked some difficult con…
 
This is the last episode of our election series, and Art is joined by writer and actor, Elizabeth Dwyer. Elizabeth has been engaging in community organizing and grassroots activism for years, and she shares with us what is at stake for the LGBTQ community in this election. Elizabeth explains how she became an activist, some of the progressive miles…
 
On this episode we discuss Covid-19 & focus on the experience of those working on the frontlines of this pandemic. We have 3 guests this week who share what it has been like working in the medical field over the last 8 months & how things have changed as the pandemic has spread & cases have increased. All of us here at the Forefront want to thank t…
 
We continue our election series as well as our conversation from last week. Karla & Art start the episode by discussing the difficult nexus of faith, family & politics as we get closer to the upcoming election, which leads to this week’s guests—Father Michael Lewis & Fernie Ceniceros from the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. (34:37) Art, Father Michael…
 
This week is a little bit different. We had a guest have to cancel at the last minute, so Art was going to cancel this week’s episode and double up next week. Instead, Dan the Man makes his triumphant return for an impromptu conversation on the complicated nexus of family, faith and politics. Karla was even able to call in and join the conversation…
 
Danielle returns this week with Art & Karla & they discuss the Presidential debate as well as Trump & his team testing positive for Covid-19. We continue our elections series by discussing two radical groups who have thrown their support behind President Trump—the Proud Boys & QAnon. Ben Sales from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency joins us to discuss …
 
We promised you an amazing end to this season of the podcast and we have delivered it, by bringing you a unique, open, and intimate conversation with Chad Zaemisch, who, for over 16 years has been the Guitar Tech for James Hetfield of Metallica. Undoubtedly one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Chad is responsible for James's signature guitar…
 
This week Art continues the election series and is joined by Rebecca Larsen, Instructor and Regional Site Manager for the Political Science Department at the Waco location of Texas Tech. Art and Rebecca discuss the Supreme Court, the impact of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the likely scenario for filling the Supreme Court vacancy, what’s at stake fo…
 
This week we are going down under to speak with Dan Hawcroft, who for over 8 years was the Road Manager and Personal Assistant to Ian Fraser 'Lemmy' Kilmister. We were honored to hear Dan's story of growing up in the north of England, attending local, punk, and hardcore shows, promoting gigs and working with bands such as Capdown, Kasabian, and Nic…
 
Karla is back this week to co-host with Art, & they continue the election series. This week they focus on the economy. Karla & Art discuss some previous financial regret, & then Karla explains how she became friends with this week’s guest, Doug Silva, Senior Vice President at Rio Bank. Doug shares his journey from Houston to McAllen & then delves i…
 
This is the 1st week of our election series where we focus on issues voters should consider for November. Art is joined by Dan who explains how COVID has affected him as a parent & teacher, & they both share stories of impactful teachers they had. This week’s guest is Chrissy Beltran Ceniceros, also known as Buzzing with Ms. B, who details her jour…
 
This week it’s just the gang—Art, Danielle, and Karla. They begin the episode by recapping the tragic shooting of Jacob Blake as well as the murder of two protestors in Kenosha. They discuss the emotions involved with these police shootings and subsequent protests and the frustration in the blindness some have towards racial injustice. They end the…
 
This week Stephen is joined by New York's finest live sound engineer, Steve Lagudi. Steve is probably best known for his work with bay area giants Machine Head but has worked with bands such as Exodus, Ill Nino, Napalm Death, Vision Of Disorder, God Forbid, Possessed, 5FDP and many many more. He is a guy who takes no punches and candidly opened up …
 
Art, Karla & Danielle are back for this month’s final installment of the sports series. They start the episode discussing the change of certain terminology in the fantasy football industry & why/how the words we use matter. Later, Art talks to this week’s guest, Fantasy Editor at the NFL, Marcas Grant. Marcas discusses how he worked his way to the …
 
This week our guest is Live Concert Engineer and co-founder of Soundgirls.org, Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato. We go on a journey of her career to date beginning with early 90's American rock giants Spin Doctors and their rapid journey from small clubs to huge arena shows, and Michelle's equally successful progression to working with Styx, Mr. Big, …
 
Art is back this week with Karla, along with another familiar face as co-host—Celeste Nevarez. Art, Karla, & Celeste begin the show discussing the notion of privilege & all the uncomfortable feelings & emotions that come up when people hear that word. The sports series continues with this week’s guest from the NFL Network, news anchor Patrick Clayb…
 
On this episode Eric McFarland is back! We sit down to talk about how his business has been holding up during the pandemic, an experience he had with an entitled wedding planner trying to get photos from him, a really funny story about him accidentally taking a couple to a nude beach and the big story his SWITCHING BACK TO CANON! We always have the…
 
Art & Karla are back for another installment of the sports series. They start by discussing the explosion in Beirut, the current crisis with USPS, and end by discussing the debate on paying college athletes. This week’s guest is Aileen Martinez, the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing for the University of Texas at San Antonio. Aileen shares …
 
Having won two Knight Of Illumination Awards for his work with Nick Mulvey and Anna Calvi, it is an honor to have on this week's show Lighting and Production Designer Tom Campbell. Tom sat down with Stephen to talk through his fascinating career, which currently spans more than 15 years and begins on a journey of inspiration seeing Muse live at a y…
 
Art is back this week with Karla and a new co-host, Matt Higgins. This month, with sports trying to make their way back from this pandemic, we’re focused on marginalized voices and stories from the sports industry. Our guest this week is Andrew Aqua, one of Art’s former students and a former football player for the University of New Mexico. Aqua sh…
 
On this episode I sit down with destination wedding photographer Marcela Pulido to talk about her current project Vendors of Color. Vendors of Color is a new wedding directory supporting BIPOC vendors in the wedding industry. It is really inspiring to hear her talk about this project, and her dedication and passion for influencing change within her…
 
One year ago today, the lives of many people on the El Paso/Juárez border were forever changed when a man with racist intent shot & killed 23 people at a Wal-Mart in El Paso. We wanted to do something to remember that day & those people, so we’re sharing our interview with Celeste Nevarez from episode 3 where her & Art discussed the shooting & what…
 
Never has the screen brought you a more shocking revelation. Out of World War III came ... The Creation of the Humanoids. Special guest Dawn Garcia joins us in the virtual Speed cave and gives Keanu Reeves a run for his money with an influential sci-fi cult film that asks the question: "How do you apologize to someone for killing them?" Next episod…
 
It’s the final installment of our Love & Relationships series, and we’re ending by talking about love. It’s also the return of Danielle as co-host with Karla and Art. They answer some questions about love including how their concept of love has changed and some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned. This week, instead of one guests, a bunch of Art…
 
On this week's show, we had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Armando Aguirre, Guitar Tech and Stage Manager for over 15 years. Taking a chance opportunity back in 2004, Amando's epic career begins with finding himself hanging out in an Amsterdam coffee shop with the original drummer of Guns N Roses, Steven Adler, and then being hired as his D…
 
Warning: On this episode we discuss topics like rape, abuse, gaslighting & a number of other topics that may be sensitive to some listeners. This week Art & Karla discuss the movement by women in El Paso to share their stories of abuse by people in the local art & music scene. Our guest is Celeste Nevarez who discusses abuse, trauma, & the effects …
 
Sat down with serial killer and friend of the podcast Steven Van Elk to talk about getting back into weddings during the pandemic, couples being swept away at sea, and also life. Always great conversations when we get together. He’s also got some really great blog posts up right now, one about shooting an entire wedding on an iPhone, and another ab…
 
Art is back this week with a new co-host—his friend & powerlifting coach, Jay Kearney. Art & Jay talk about their experience with body images & how they each have worked to change the way they view themselves. This week’s guests are Polo Camacho & Vicky Díaz-Camacho. Polo & Vicky share how they met, their journey to Kansas, how their view of themse…
 
This month we wanted to do something different, so we’re focusing on love & relationships. This week Art is joined by Karla, Danielle, & his best friend Dan. They talk about their thoughts on friendship & best friends & how those thoughts & feelings have changed over time. This week’s guest is Art’s friend from elementary school, Roy Moody. Roy & A…
 
This week Stephen is joined by Frank Fanelli, who has not only been a professional Tour Manager and Merchandiser for over 14 years but is the co-founder of For The Nomads, a fundraiser focused on helping the touring music industry crews who are laid off of work as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As well as giving us a unique insight into …
 
For a refreshing change of pace, who's in the mood for a desert apocalypse? We crawl across the barren landscape of Ana Lily Amirpour's sophomore film, The Bad Batch, and perform our task once again: compare every movie to Speed. With Keanu Reeves as a charismatic cult leader nicknamed "The Dream," what could possibly go wrong? Looking for Ana Lily…
 
Art returns with Karla and Danielle, and this week they discuss the current movement in the entertainment industry to remove old television episodes that depict racist themes/tropes. They also discuss the disgusting behavior of Shane Dawson and why you should call out racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination when you see it. Their guest this…
 
Art is back with Karla and Danielle on this episode, and they start by discussing the tragic case of Andres Guardado and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. From there three of them discuss some of the things they’ve learned about themselves and their own circle of family and friends over the last few weeks. Our guest this week is our first return gu…
 
Welcome to another must-listen episode of We Are The Road Crew where this week Stephen talks to Jon Burton, a Sound Engineer with many years of experience working at the very highest level. Included in his long list of prestigious clients, Jon has spent over 15 years working as chief Sound Engineer to electronic dance giants The Prodigy. We talk ab…
 
Art is back with Karla this week, along with two new co-hosts, Rebecca and Eddie Valdez, Karla’s cousins. The topic they discuss this week is the idea of growing up brown/Mexican/Latinx/whatever it is you grew up identifying as, and how their perceptions changed over time. They discuss how living in El Paso can shelter you from some of the racism o…
 
This is our podcast and its freaking us out! Join the BTS crew as they take a trip Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Will they succumb to the film's pills and thrills? Do they love it when a beautiful woman licks between their toes?? Turn on, tune in, drop out and find out! Check out the soundtrack to the film on Spotify. Also, donate, join the prote…
 
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