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Season 1 Episodes

  1. Politics is Personal on El Rey Network
    Episode 1

    Politics is Personal

    Maria Cardona and guest co-host Amy Hinojosa explore the idea that politics is personal for the Latino community. Cid Wilson, President & Chief Executive Officer of HACR joins the show to discuss his experiences as an Afro-Latino during the massive Black Lives Matter movement and shares how Covid-19 has personally impacted him and his family. 

  2. Immigration Reform - The Time is Now on El Rey Network
    Episode 2

    Immigration Reform - The Time is Now

    Maria Cardona and guet co-host Amy Hinojosa tackle Immigration Reform, one of the most crucial issues for Latinos. Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo from California's District 51 in Los Angeles and Sister Norma Pimental, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley join the discussion.

  3. Elected Officials Matter on El Rey Network
    Episode 3

    Elected Officials Matter

    Maria Cardona and guest co-host Amy Hinojosa examine the importance of Latinos in elected leadership positions. Joined by Monica Ramirez, Founder & President of Justice for Migrant Women and California Representative, Gil Cisneros, they discuss why representation matters as well as take a closer look at Latina Leaders in politics. 

  4. Representation in the Media on El Rey Network
    Episode 4

    Representation in the Media

    Maria Cardona and co-host Felix Sanchez dissect the lack of Latino representation in the media. 

  5. Mobilizing Latino Voters on El Rey Network
    Episode 5

    Mobilizing Latino Voters

    Maria Cardona and co-host Felix Sanchez discuss how today's candidates are reaching Latinos.

  6. Latinos On Screen on El Rey Network
    Episode 6

    Latinos On Screen

    Maria Cardona and co-host Felix Sanchez examine the lack of representation in Hollywood.

  7. Defund The Police on El Rey Network
    Episode 7

    Defund The Police

    Maria Cardona & co-host Christina M. Carrica Haley, explore one of the most polarizing topics, Defund The Police. Cindy Rodriguez, retired Lt. of the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept and Priscilla Gonzalez, Board Member at Change The NYPD, join to discuss. 

  8. The DACA Decision on El Rey Network
    Episode 8

    The DACA Decision

    Maria Cardona & co-host Christina M. Carrica Haley, discuss the historic DACA decision. Joined by Political Scientist - Matt Barreto and U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego from Arizona, they explore where Dreamers go from here.

  9. Latinos and the Parties on El Rey Network
    Episode 9

    Latinos and the Parties

    Maria Cardona & co-host Christina M. Carrica Haley, discuss the two party system and how Latinos are divided on crucial issues. Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto and Professor of History at Northwestern University, Geraldo Cadava, join the conversation.

  10. English Only on El Rey Network
    Episode 10

    English Only

    Maria Cardona and co-host Naibe Reynoso dissect the English Only Movement. Joined by Wendy Ramirez, Founder of "Spanish Sin Pena", and Kristian Ramos, Founder of Autonomy Strategies, they explore how Spanish became a "dirty" language.

  11. Latino Literature on El Rey Network
    Episode 11

    Latino Literature

    Maria Cardona and co-host Naibe Reynoso take a closer look at Latino Literature. Julissa Natzely Arce Raya, national best-selling author, and Susie Jaramillo, President and Chief Creative Officer of Encantos, also join the conversation. 

  12. Economics+COVID-19 on El Rey Network
    Episode 12

    Economics+COVID-19

    Maria Cardona and co-host Naibe Reynoso explore how COVID-19 is affecting Latino business owners. Can they make it through this economic emergency? Elian Savodivker of the Latino Business Action Network and Latina business owner Ann Reyes also join.

  13. Latinx LGBTQ on El Rey Network
    Episode 13

    Latinx LGBTQ

    Maria Cardona & co-host Andrea Mares delve into the historic Supreme Court ruling expanding LGBTQ rights. Ruben J. Gonzales, Vice President of LGBTQ Victory Institute, and Nathalie Huerta, founder of The Queer Gym, also join the conversation. 

  14. Latinx and The Revolution on El Rey Network
    Episode 14

    Latinx and The Revolution

    Maria Cardona & co-host Andrea Mares, discuss revolutionary Latinx led movements shaping this country. Joining are guests Candace Valenzuela, an educator & Latinx congressional candidate in TX, and Ramon Contreras, Activist & Political Strategist. 

     

  15. Politics of Religion & Spirituality on El Rey Network
    Episode 15

    Politics of Religion & Spirituality

    Maria Cardona & co-host Andrea Mares unpack the significance religion plays for Latinos when casting their vote. Guests include Rev. Luis Cortes Jr., Founder and President of Esperanza, and Dr. Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon of Brujas of Brooklyn.

     

     

  16. Latinos + Climate Change on El Rey Network
    Episode 16

    Latinos + Climate Change

    Maria Cardona & co-host Julio Ricardo Varela explore the impact of climate change on the Latino Community. Adriana Quintero of Energy Foundation, Carlos Zegarra, Director of Sachamama, and Jamie Margolin, co-founder of Zero Hour, also join. 

  17. Latinos + College Affordability on El Rey Network
    Episode 17

    Latinos + College Affordability

    Maria Cardona & co-host Julio Ricardo Varela discuss higher education affordability and the Tuition Free College Movement. Carlos Mark Vera, co-founder & Executive Director of Pay Our Interns, and Vanessa Thomas, an educator, join the conversation. 

  18. Suppressing the Latino Vote on El Rey Network
    Episode 18

    Suppressing the Latino Vote

    Maria Cardona & co-host Julio Ricardo Varela unpack the consequences of voter suppression. Joining to discuss how this impacts Latinos are Sindy Benavides, LULAC's Cheif Executive Officer, and Danny Friedman, Managing Director at Voto Latino.

  19. Housing Insecurity on El Rey Network
    Episode 19

    Housing Insecurity

    Maria Cardona & co-host Ruben Gonzales explore how gentrification, the rising rent burden, and homelessness affect the Latino community. Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramirez of California & Lupe Arreola, Executive Director of Tenants Together, also join.

     

  20. Criminal Justice Reform on El Rey Network
    Episode 20

    Criminal Justice Reform

    Maria Cardona & co-host Ruben Gonzales unpack why the criminal justice system needs reform now more than ever. Dr. Victor Rios, Professor of Sociology at UCSB, and Irvin Camacho, Bail Disruptor for The Bail Project, join to add their perspectives. 

     

  21. The Fight for Reproductive Justice on El Rey Network
    Episode 22

    The Fight for Reproductive Justice

    Maria Cardona & co-host Maria Hinojosa, explore the ongoing fight for Reproductive Justice. Laura Jimenez, Executive Director of California Latinas for Reproductive Rights, and Karla Gonzales Garcia, Policy Director at COLOR, also join to discuss. 

  22. Family Separation on El Rey Network
    Episode 23

    Family Separation

    Maria Cardona & co-host Maria Hinojosa discuss Family Separation at the border. Carolina Rubio-MacWright, Immigration Lawyer & Advocate, and Laura Danielle Molinar, Executive Director & Founder of Suenos Sin Fronteras, join the conversation.

  23. The Wage Gap! Equal Pay on El Rey Network
    Episode 24

    The Wage Gap! Equal Pay

    Maria Cardona & co-host Maria Hinojosa unpack the Equal Pay Movement & how Latinas are affected by The Wage Gap. Monica Ramirez, Activist/Attorney & Founder of Justice for Migrant Women, & Ana Flores, Founder/CEO of We All Grow Latina, also join.

  24. Equity in Education on El Rey Network
    Episode 25

    Equity in Education

    Maria Cardona & co-host Christina Carrica Haley delve into the unequal education system. Joining to discuss are Congressman Joaquin Castro, Representative for Texas' 20th District, and Lily E. Garcia, National Education Association President.

  25. The National Museum of the American Latino on El Rey Network
    Episode 26

    The National Museum of the American Latino

    Maria Cardona & co-host Christina Carrica Haley explore the potential establishment of a National Latino Museum. Congressman Tony Cardenas, Representative for CA's 29th District, and Cristela Alonzo, Comedian, Actress and Producer, join to discuss. 

  26. Financial Literacy on El Rey Network
    Episode 27

    Financial Literacy

    Maria Cardona & co-host Christina Carrica Haley unpack the disadvantages the Latinx community faces when building wealth. Janet Cruz Padron, Founder of Latina Money, and Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of Mobility Capital Finance Inc. also join.

     

  27. Violence Against Women of Color on El Rey Network
    Episode 28

    Violence Against Women of Color

    Maria Cardona & co-host Brenda Gonzalez unpack violence against women and how it's reached epidemic proportions in this country. Joining to discuss are Rosie Hidalgo of Casa de Esperanza, and Dr. Sylvia Acosta, CEO of YWCA, El Paso Del Norte Region.

     

  28. Environmental Justice on El Rey Network
    Episode 29

    Environmental Justice

    Maria Cardona & co-host Brenda Gonzalez explore how Latino communities face environmental injustices. Dr. Michael Mendez, Assistant Professor and Author at UC Irvine, and Congressman Ben Ray Luian of New Mexico's 3rd District, join.

  29. Politics of Food Supply on El Rey Network
    Episode 30

    Politics of Food Supply

    Maria Cardona & co-host Ana Shelia Victorino investigate how Latinos are negatively impacted by the politics of our food supply, and the correlation between exploitation of farm workers and food desserts. Guests Janet Murgia, President and CEO of UnidosUS, and Alberto Tlatoa of South Central Farm, join.

     

  30. Latinx in STEM on El Rey Network
    Episode 31

    Latinx in STEM

    Maria Cardona & co-host Christian Vera explore the STEM workforce and how it is lacking Latino representation. Jose Hernandez, Engineer & Former Astronaut, and Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut & Former Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, join to discuss.

  31. Corporate Diversity on El Rey Network
    Episode 32

    Corporate Diversity

    Maria Cardona & co-host Alma Molina tackle the lack of diversity on corporate boards. The Honorable Aida Alvarez, Chair Emerita - Latino Community Foundation, and Esther Aguilera, President & CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association, join.

  32. Undocumented in America: Living in Shadows on El Rey Network
    Episode 33

    Undocumented in America: Living in Shadows

    Maria Cardona & co-host Alma Molina unpack what it's like to live undocumented in America. Guests joining to discuss are Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan of California's 44th District and Cristina Ibarra, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker. 

  33. Latinos and the Evolution of the Labor Movement on El Rey Network
    Episode 34

    Latinos and the Evolution of the Labor Movement

    Maria Cardona & co-host Anais Carmona examine how the labor movement is evolving and adapting to the changing needs of workers across the country. Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor, and Teresa Romero, President of United Farm Workers, join.

  34. Latinos in the Military on El Rey Network
    Episode 35

    Latinos in the Military

    Maria Cardona & co-host Anais Carmona unpack the integral role Latinos play in the military, recruitment, and the deportations of veterans. Sindy M. Benavides, CEO of LULAC, and Lucy Del Gaudio Program Manager, Minority Veterans of America, also join.

  35. How the Justice System Affects Your Life on El Rey Network
    Episode 36

    How the Justice System Affects Your Life

    Maria Cardona & co-host Anais Carmona explore the judicial system and how judges impact our lives. Honorable Enrique Monguia of California's Superior Court, and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Jill Karofsky, join to offer their insight.

  36. Latinos and the Healthcare System on El Rey Network
    Episode 37

    Latinos and the Healthcare System

    Maria Cardona & co-host Viviana Vigil dissect the biggest vulnerability in the country: our healthcare system. Dr. Elena Rios, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of Texas' 29th district join.

  37. Trump's Toxicity Toward Latinos on El Rey Network
    Episode 38

    Trump's Toxicity Toward Latinos

    Maria Cardona & co-host Viviana Vigil unpack Donald Trump's misinformation and lies about the Latino Community. Xochitl Hinojosa, DNC Communications Director, and Dr. Leo R. Chavez, Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine, join.

  38. Power of the Latinx Vote - 2020 Decision on El Rey Network
    Episode 39

    Power of the Latinx Vote - 2020 Decision

    Maria Cardona & co-host Arlene Santana discuss the impending 2020 election and the most crucial issues motivating Latinos to vote. Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Jess Morales Rocketto, Supermajority Co-Founder, also join.

  39. Hillary Rodham Clinton on El Rey Network
    Episode 40

    Hillary Rodham Clinton

    On this season finale, Maria Cardona sits down for a special one-on-one conversation with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. They discuss the Donald Trump presidency, the upcoming 2020 election, & the importance of the Latino vote. 

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