Radio Pulso – A Boyle Heights Beat podcast

Radio Pulso – Episode 16

On this episode we talk with comedian Danielle Pérez about being a Latina in show business and about doing “stand up” comedy from a wheelchair. We also learn the origin story of Boyle Heights restaurant Milpa Grill, with a menu built around the pre-Hispanic diet of corn, beans and squash.  We also get a visit from one of the members of all-female Mariachi group Lindas Mexicanas. Hosted by Azucena Hilario and Andy García, engineered by Keven Almontes; recorded live on July 26 at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights.

Radio Pulso – Episode 15

June is graduation month, and we talk to two Boyle Heights high school graduates who are going away to college. We talk to comedian Jonathan Cerda-Rowell about being Latino and gay and the significance of Pride, and we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with a frank coversation on LGBTQ issues between our hosts, Carmen González and Andrea Galdámez. Plus, teen mariachi musician Richard Valdivia stops by and serenades our birthday girl/hostess. Recorded live on June 28 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 14

Our Boyle Heights Beat reporters talk about racism in area High Schools and discuss recent promposal incident at Garfield High in East LA. We welcome Jaime Tijerina, a candidate in the upcoming District 14 City Council race, and our house critic Andy García discusses “El Chicano,” a super hero flick that was filmed around East. Hosted by Olivia Teforlack and Valentina Guevara-Hernández. Recorded live May 24 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 13

We talk to immigrant rights legal advocates Otro Lado, we take a look at a prom project that makes affordable dresses available, we visit with the all-female surf punk band Oscura Luna, and we share the story of a Boyle Heights marathoner who ran the Boston Marathon while 8 months pregnant. Hosted by Andrea Galdámez and Azucena Hilario. Recorded live on April 26 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 12

Our reporters chat about the high cost of being a high-school Senior and interview other Boyle Heights students, a parent and a teacher about the college admission cheating scandal. Our Andy García talks to star teammate Genaro Pérez on the Rancho Renegades wheelchair basketball team in Downey. We welcome the band Sin Color to the studio for some terrific live music and interview LA TACO editor Daniel Hernández about the Rogue 99 restaurant list, to which some BHB reporters contributed. And our reporter Olivia Teforlack interviews her parents about her mixed heritage. Recorded live on March 22 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 11

Our reporters chat about attending a youth journalism conference in Oakland and representing Boyle Heights in NoCal and speak to residents who attended the latest BHB community meeting. Sports correspondent Carol Martínez talks to Raiders fans about the Super Bowl and our reporter Azucena Hilario speaks to musician Quetzal Flores. Recorded live on February 22 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 10

In episode 10, we go over our coverage of the recent LAUSD teachers’ strike and speak live with Ms. Rosanna Dueñas, the Roosevelt High School teacher who became the face of the union. We also feature interviews with the owners of Cake Girl, a new BH donut shop that offers gluten-free and vegan treats, and hear from poet and photographer Rafa Cárdenas. Recorded live Jan. 25 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 9

For our year-end episode we talk to LA Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez about the importance of being multilingual, BHB alumni Alex Medina about his experiences as a college freshman on the East Coast, and to Boyle Heights based rapper Viva Mescal about how his neighborhood inspires his music. Recorded live on Dec. 19 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 8

Episode 7 features a chat with our reporter Olivia Teforlack about being black in Boyle Heights, registering youth to vote, and the campaign to renovate the historic Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights. Plus, we welcome back formerly-homeless student Jaci Cortez, who was featured in one of our stories and returns to update us on her personal successes.  Recorded live on October 26 at Espacio 1839.


Radio Pulso – Episode 7

Episode 7 features an interview with local muralist Ernesto de la Loza, a chat about the culture around High School football in Boyle Heights, and a special musical guest, Mariachi musician Rosalie Elena Rodriguez. We also hear from performer Dan Guerrero about his one-man show “Gaytino! Made in America.” Recorded live on October 10 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode 6

In episode 6 we take a trip down the Los Angeles River with photographer Bear Guerra who discovered how that body of water not only how flows through several cities, but through many of the biggest issues facing Los Angeles. We talk to our correspondents Guadalupe Félix in Tijuana and Alex Medina in Upstate New York, and hear voices recorded at the second anniversary vigil for Jesse Romero, the Boyle Heights teen shot by an LAPD officer. Plus we talk to artist Nico Aviña about the Guadalupanas disappearing from Boyle Heights murals and about the intersection of art and gentrification in the neighborhood. Recorded live on August 24 at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode Five

In this episode our Carmen González talks to an LASD spokesperson about the rising use of nicotine and cannabis products in local schools and our Andrea Galdámez presents her story on TPS and how one Salvadoran family may be affected by its cancellation. Plus we talk to our Tijuana correspondent Guadalupe Félix, to our producer Jesse Hardman about his trip to the border and we call our mentor Antonio Mejías-Rentas who’s visiting Puerto Rico. Recorded live on July 27, 2018 in Boyle Heights at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode Four

On Episode 4 of our podcast, we hear our reporter interview a Salvadoran family about the ending of TPS, commemorate LGBTQ+ pride with prom royalty from Méndez High and foks from the Latino Equality Alliance/Mi Centro, hear some náhuatl from teacher and students, and interview veteran Eastside musician Rubén “Funkahuatl” Guevara plus lots of music and much more. Recorded live on June 22, 2018 in Boyle Heights at Espacio 1839.

Radio Pulso – Episode Three

In episode #3 of our podcast, we hear our reporters’ interview swith three of the Democratic contenders for California governor, chat to LA Times reporter Brittny Mejía about #LincolnHeights series, talk hip-hop with #BoyleHeights MC Kiddo, hear from playwright and entrepreneur Josefina López and much, much more! Recorded live in Boyle Heights at Espacio 1839:

Radio Pulso – Episode Two

Recorded Live at Espacio 1839 on Friday, April 20, 2018:

We speak to Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Barboza about the Exide environmental crisis, interview musician NK Riot, explore the latest on DACA, find out where our graduating youth journalists are heading and much more:

Tune in for the live #podcast the fourth Friday of every month, or look for a link to the latest podcast here.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.