Ignoring Latino History
Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes professors Lilia Fernández and Ana Patricia Rodríguez to discuss why so much U.S. Latino history is missing in textbooks and how it extends to issues of imperialism.
With Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launching his presidential campaign this week after passing a slew of anti-immigrant measures, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes freelance writer and LR contributor Arturo Domínguez to discuss how some Latino truckers are pushing back with a proposed boycott of the Sunshine State.
Hollywood Writers Strike
With the Writer’s Guild of America on strike and the entertainment industry ground to a halt, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes writer and producer Erick Galindo to discuss the importance of fighting for better working wages and fair representation in Hollywood.
A Nation of Hating Immigrants
Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Roberto Lopez from the Texas Civil Rights Project to discuss the circumstances around the tragedy in Brownsville, Texas, and how the country has become a nation of hating immigrants.
Trans Voices Silenced
Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Pita Juarez, vice president of communications for LGBTQ+ Victory Fund and Institute, to discuss trans voices being silenced by Republicans following the censure of Montana transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr and the importance of having more trans voices in the democratic process.
Chief Drug Smuggler
Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes investigative journalist Jonah Owen Lamb from the San Francisco Standard to discuss a wild story out of San Jose, California, where the head of the police union was charged with smuggling fentanyl into the country.
Leguizamo Does Latino Rebels
Entertainment correspondent Cristina Escobar steps into the host seat for a conversation with actor and comedian John Leguizamo to discuss his passion and activism in Hollywood as well as his new show on MSNBC, ‘Leguizamo Does America.’
Latino Rebels Sports Special
On a special episode of Latino Rebels Radio, sports correspondent Bryan Fonseca turns the tables on host Julio Ricardo Varela as they discuss the impact of this year’s World Baseball Classic, the controversy around Twitter Blue, and more.
Labor Victory in L.A. Schools
Host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Roosevelt High School teacher Jason Torres-Rangel to explain the plight of service workers in L.A. schools that led them to strike last month and why educators followed their lead.
Protect Children, Not Guns
Julio welcomes Oscar Juarez-Luna, the communications manager for Movimiento Poder in Denver —where earlier this year a high school experienced two shootings in two months— to discuss preventative measures and the importance of protecting kids, not guns.
LGBTQ Rights Under Attack
Julio welcomes Karma Chavez, professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of ‘Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities,’ to discuss the current legislative assaults on LGBTQ rights.
Migrant Child Labor Exposed
Following a series of reports on migrant children being exploited in the meatpacking industry, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Rose Godinez, legal and policy counsel for the Nebraska chapter of the ACLU and the child of meatpacking workers herself, to break down an industry rife with exploitation and retaliation under unsafe conditions.
Haitian Women Make Soccer History
Now that Haiti’s national women’s soccer team has qualified for the Women’s World Cup, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Brenda Elsey, a professor at Hofstra University, to discuss and celebrate this exciting moment in Haitian sports history.
Miss Coppin State Speaks
On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Keylin Perez, the first Latina to be named Miss Coppin State at the historically Black university in Baltimore, Maryland, to discuss the backlash she has received online versus the supportive and inclusive environment at the school itself.
Crabs in a Bucket
Latino Rebels’ senior editor Hector Luis Alamo steps in as guest host this week to break down the George Lopez-Ralph Barbosa controversy with entertainment correspondent Cristina Escobar and L.A. Times columnist Fidel Martinez.
Puerto Rico’s Land Defenders
On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela speaks with Latino Rebels’ Caribbean correspondent Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco about the challenges environmentalists face in their fight against land privatization in Puerto Rico.
As the fight for African American studies continues in Florida, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Sean Arce, co-founder of the Mexican American Raza Studies Program in Tucson, to draw parallels between the current battle and Arizona’s ethnic studies battle over a decade ago.
Rest in Power
Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela speaks with Lourdes Rosado of LatinoJustice PRLDEF about the latest shocking example of police violence in Memphis and why the death of Tyre Nichols should be met with an equal measure of outrage by Black and Latino communities.
The Hollywood Report
Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes back entertainment correspondent Cristina Escobar for a discussion on representation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and in the Academy Award nominations announced earlier in the week.
Peru’s Failed Democratic Transition
As Peru faces another political crisis following the impeachment of former president Pedro Castillo last month, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Peruvian professor Roger Merino to discuss how the right wing is playing a dangerous democratic game that has led to the deaths of several protesters.
Brazil, Biden and the Border
Following a week that included a failed coup attempt in Brazil by followers of former president Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. president Joe Biden receiving heavy criticism for expanding Trump-era immigration policy, what parallels can be drawn from these events? Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela searches for answers by welcoming both Sabrina Fernandes and Juliana Macedo do Nascimento to discuss both issues.