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Radio Cachimbona is an abolitionist podcast that audio-archives state repression and fierce migrant resistance in the Southern Arizona borderlands and breaks down case law and politics from a leftist perspective. As a first-generation professional whose parents are Salvadoran immigrants, Yvette prioritizes uplifting the voices and histories of Central Americans.
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Yvette Borja and Adriana Obols, PhD student of modern art in Latin America, discuss the book "Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship" by Kirsten Weld. They discuss how archival practices were central to post-war Guatemalan civil society's attempts to hold war criminals to account while also being indispensable to the nation-state's targeting …
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Yvette Borja entrevista al profesor Miguel Angel Diaz Perera sobre la historia de Máximo y Bartola, dos niños Centroamericanos quienes fueron traficados para participar en las exhibiciones de "freak show de Barnum and Bailey" en el siglo 19. Discutan cómo el racismo científico contribuyó a la opresión de Máximo y Bartola, como las percepciones de l…
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Yvette Borja interviews professor and author Laurence Ralph about his upcoming book "Sito: An American Teenager and the City That Failed Him." They discuss how the juvenile justice system traumatizes youth, lament the criminal legal system's failure to provide healing for victim's family members, and envision accountability without punishment. To s…
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Yvette Borja interviews Belén Sisa, creator and host of the Pretty Serious Podcast and former National Latino Press Secretary for Senator Sanders' presidential campaign. They discuss the history of the DACA movement and Belén's participation in it, the importance of voting in local elections, and why it's important to vote Kyrsten Sinema out of off…
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Yvette Borja interviews professor and author Cesar Cuauhtémoc García Hernández about his upcoming book Welcome The Wretched: In Defense of the Criminal Alien. They discuss how migration is an example of decolonial resistance, the importance of celebrating the "ordinariness" of migrants, and why Hernandéz wants the privileges that a US passport brin…
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On this #litreview, Yvette Borja brings back Salvi lawyer Yessenia Medrano to discuss Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis. They share what leftist movements can use the hopeful spark that Davis inspires, why global solidarity is necessary for liberation, and why freeing Palestine needs to be on every United Statesian leftist's agenda. To…
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On this *UNLOCKED* #litreview, Yvette and friend of the podcast Yessenia Medrano discuss the first three chapters of To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory 1920-1932. They discussed the Salvadoran elite’s complete disconnect from the material realities of the majority of the working class at the turn of the 20th century, the govern…
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On this *unlocked* Patreon episode, Yvette Borja interviews deportation defense lawyer and friend of the podcast Jehan Laner Romero to discuss the SCOTUS ruling in Sineneng v. Smith. They disagree with SCOTUS' characterization of 9th circuit "out-of-bounds" behavior, express gratitude that SCOTUS punted on the First Amendment analysis, and criticiz…
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Yvette Borja interviews Jasmine Rangel, policy expert, about how and why housing security is important, how the undocumented community is often overlooked in housing policy, and the results of a case study analyzing Boston and Houston-area eviction rates in immigrant-heavy neighborhoods. Support the Radio Cachimbona podcast by becoming a patreon mo…
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Yvette Borja interviews Carlos Sauceda about his campaign to return home, the deplorable conditions in ICE detention centers that cause people to self deport, and how the deportation of one person affects families and communities. The discussion is grounded in the #litreview pick Deported Americans by Beth Caldwell. To support the podcast, get earl…
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Yvette Borja interviews Enrique Alan Olivares-Pelayo about how his lived experience of incarceration informs his graduate research on the production and maintenance carceral landscapes of Arizona. They discuss the pandemic of deaths in the Pima County jail and Enrique shares how he became involved in the campaign to stop the creation of a new and e…
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Yvette Borja interviews Gloria of Nalgona Positivity Pride. They discuss why Gloria has taken a harm reduction approach to eating disorder recovery, how traditional treatment options have failed many, and why "healing isn't a requirement" for Gloria's recovery approach. Follow @radiocachimbona on Instagram, X, and Facebook. Follow @nalgonapositivit…
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Yvette Borja interviews Xavi and V of the mutual aid project Community on Wheels. They discuss the fallacies of carceral humanism, what social services could be funded with the $400 million currently proposed for a new jail, and why it's important for everyone to be trained in how to use naloxone. To support the podcast, become a patron: https://pa…
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Yvette Borja interviews LA-based Salvi poet Yesika Salgado. They discuss how Yesika is writing into the silences of Salvadoran diaspora culture and history; Yesika shares her journey to becoming a published poet and the tensions around writing about a motherland steeped with historical trauma. To support the podcast, get first access to episodes li…
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Yvette Borja interviews Professors Gloria Negrete-Lopez and Brooke Lober about their contributions to the anthology Abolition Feminisms. They discuss why we need abolition feminisms in this moment, how aesthetics are inherently political, and how the stereotypical anarchist all-black garb erases femme abolitionist aesthetics. Buy Abolition Feminism…
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Yvette Borja and Jehan Laner Romero discuss an ABA report looking at attrition rates for women of color lawyers in corporate firms over time, consider how nonprofits can better support, train, and mentor women of color lawyers, and share their current roles as lawyers and what drew them to these jobs. To support the podcast, become a patron: https:…
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Yvette Borja interviews Javier Zamora, author of "Solito." They discuss how Javier found the strength as a shy person to write a memoir about one of the hardest times of his life, his journey to becoming "ultra Salvi," and the power of seeing Salvadoran Spanish in a published book. To support the podcast, become a patron at: https://patreon.com/rad…
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Yvette Borja interviews University of Arizona Law School Professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai to discuss two of her recent/upcoming papers about the intersection of immigrants' rights and workers' rights. They discuss the ineffectiveness of Arizona's 2017 paid sick leave law, especially amongst im/migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the tens…
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Yvette Borja entrevista a Juan Pablo Garnham del Laboratorio de Desalojos en la universidad de Princeton sobre cómo los desalojos impactan a la comunidad indocumentada. Discutieron cómo la gente indocumentada no ésta representada en los datos de cortes de desalojo y cómo varía transparencia de datos sobre desalojo en diferentes áreas regionales de …
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Yvette Borja interviews Juan Pablo Garnham of Princeton's Eviction Lab. They discussed how eviction impacts undocumented people, the ways that current eviction court data erases the real impact of eviction on migrant communities, and the regional variation in transparency around eviction court data. Listen to the #litreview unpacking Matthew Desmon…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Henry Martinez, brother of Eyvin Hernandez, a Salvadoran-American deputy public defender in Los Angeles who has been wrongfully detained in Venezuelan military camps and prisons for over 16 months. They discuss Biden's lackluster response to Eyvin's situation and how Latinxs are often treated as second-class citiz…
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Yvette interviews author and DJ Emilly Prado about her book of essays "Funeral For Flaca." They commiserate about growing up in predominantly white towns in the Bay Area, discuss how the book, which also has an accompanying playlist, is both a mixtape and collection of essays, and Prado shares the complexities of writing truth as a memoirist. Suppo…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Jess Findley and Janis Gallego of the University of Arizona's "lawtina" program, a one-of-a-kind effort to create a pipeline for Latina women to enter the legal profession. They share what makes the U of A an ideal place for this pilot program, why such a mentoring program is needed, and why they became involved i…
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This special episode is a recording of Yvette's lecture on "How To Be a Movement Lawyer," for the National Lawyers Guild and Immigration Law Students Association chapters at the University of Arizona law school. Yvette critiques mainstream impact litigation techniques, shares how she became a movement lawyer, and explains the critical role that the…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews NYU professor of anthropology and American Studies Arlene Dávila about her book "Latinx Art." They discuss what defines an 'artivist,' how Latinx art challenges the field's status quo, and why it's important to honor and recognize Latinx artists and the work they create. To support the podcast and get access to ex…
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On this collaboration interview, Yvette and Israel and Sunem Tovar of the Money Chismes podcast discuss the importance of financial literacy for first-gen professionals, debate whether investing in the stock market is buying into capitalism, and share how getting your money right can be liberating. Support Radio Cachimbona by becoming a patron for …
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On this episode, Yvette interviews professor and poet Cynthia Guardado about her new book of poems "Cenizas." They discuss how the Salvadoran civil war continues to haunt Guardado, the necessity of humanizing a group of people whose trauma defines them in public discourse, and all the ways that inter-generational trauma shows up in Salvadoran famil…
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WE'RE BACK! On this collaboration interview, Yvette and Carlos Guadron, creator and host of the Salvis Unidos podcast, discuss their experiences as Salvadoran-Americans hosting Cent-Am-focused podcasts. Carlos shares how rare it is to find fellow Salvis in New York, explains how his podcast came about, and shares why creating both political and soc…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Carolina Escamilla Rivera about her book of short stories "After" about an adolescent coming of age during the Salvadoran Civil War. They discuss how Rivera "composted memory" to communicate what has happening in El Salvador in the 70s and 80s, the role that theatre plays in the fight for a better world, and balan…
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On this episode, Yvette Borja brings her partner Joseph on to discuss gaming the credit card rewards system. They share their favorite experiences they've shared with credit card rewards points, compare the Marriott rewards program to the Hyatt rewards program, and breakdown the dollar: credit card point ratio and how tom maximize it. Chase Sapphir…
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On this episode, Yvette Borja interviews poet and writer Aline Mello about her new book of poems "More Salt Than Diamond." Mello shares why her love poems are "reluctant," what it means to be "more salt than diamond" and what "country" means for a Brazilian immigrant in the U.S. Support the podcast by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/radi…
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On this episode, criminal defense lawyer Laura Barrera and law professors Paulina Vera, Valeria Gomez and Arlene Amarante join Yvette Borja to discuss "procedural subjugation" and how it shows up in immigration law. They share why immigration lawyers are more likely to critique the system they work within, how procedure is utilized as justification…
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On this episode, Yvette brings back friend of the podcast Eloisa Lopez about the state of abortion care in Arizona post-Dobbs. Eloisa breaks down the fetal personhood law that caused immediate confusion among abortion providers statewide after the Supreme Court released its Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the complications around publicizin…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews lawyer, author and legal ethics professor Richard Zitrin about his book "Trial Lawyer: A Life Representing People Against Power." Zitrin shares the most difficult legal ethical dilemmas he faced as a trial lawyer, whether a lawyer should act as a "mouthpiece" for a client or their "savior," and how he navigated be…
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Yvette interviews the editors, Reyna Grande and Sonia Guiñansaca, and two contributing authors, Aline Mello and Yosimar Reyes, of the anthology "Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings." They share what the dandelion symbolizes for them, push back against the "good immigrant" narrative, and how the anthol…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews architects Siboney Díaz Sánchez of Design as Protest and Raphael Sperry of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility about the role that designers can play in de-carceration work. They discuss what being an anti-racist designer looks like, how designers can play a role in ensuring that building affor…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Jennifer Friedman, the Deputy Public Defender in the Immigration Defense Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and a member of the Public Defender Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Jennifer explains why immigration defense is public defense, breaks down the "good immigrant" and "bad immigrant" false di…
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*TW discussion of incarceration and sexual assault beginning around timestamp 5:50* On this episode, Yvette interviews Jorge Renaud, the National Criminal Justice Director for LatinoJustice. He shares about his experiences living in Brownsville Texas and facing criminalization as a Chicano man, the trauma of incarceration and his resilience within …
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Kat Jutras of Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona about the organization's advocacy efforts to end the death penalty in Arizona, the case of Clarence Dixon, who Arizona executed last month, and the faith-based groups who are calling for an end to the death penalty. Read more about Clarence Dixon's case here: ht…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Doralina Luna, a Tucson-based lawtina who owns her own law firm and practices immigration law. Doralina shares what made her decide to venture into solo legal practice, what inspired her to hire people directly impacted by the immigration system, and gives tips for lawyers thinking about opening up a private pract…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Xenia Orona Co-Executive Director of Fuerte Arts Movement to discuss the various bills that the AZ GOP has passed to disenfranchise marginalized voters. Yvette also interviews Julie Neusner of Human Rights First to discuss Title 42's deployment at the Tijuana/San Ysidro border. Julie shares the differential treatm…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Brea Baker, the Senior Vice President of Politics and Programming at Inspire Justice and the new host of Disney + Show "Bridging the Gap." They discuss why representation in art matters, the role that culture shifting plays in social movements, and emphasize the importance of centering reproductive justice in the …
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Irma Garcia, the client services manager who leads abortion access work at Jane's Due Process-- a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring Texas teens have access to abortion care. Irma explains the lengths people living in Texas must go to obtain abortion care in light of SB 8, criticizes the twisted lack of logic around …
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On this episode, Yvette brings back friend of the podcast Eloísa Lopez, the executive director of Pro-Choice Arizona to discuss Mississippi's approach to oral arguments in Dobbs and what it signals about the future of abortion rights, the extremity of Amy Coney Barrett's views on abortion care, and the physical and mental trauma of pregnancy and ch…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Bianca Tylek, the founder and executive director of Worth Rises, a nonprofit aimed at dismantling the prison industry by exposing who grossly profits from incarceration. They discussed how people power will always be the engine of abolition, the relationship between an access to phones campaign and the larger goal…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez about her book "For Brown Girls With Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts". They discuss why respectability politics don't serve people of color, Prisca's journey through imposter syndrome to landing a major book deal, and why brown girls need each other.…
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Pedro Velasco the Director of Education and Advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative about the state of the border under the ongoing horrific deployment of Title 42. They discuss the uncertainties that asylum seekers face under the Title 42 policy, call out the differential treatment given to US citizens allowed to …
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On this episode, Yvette and friend of the podcast Jehan Laner Romero discuss their reactions to the viral Law Twitter tweet advising students to "work every waking moment possible" to succeed in the profession. They shared how they avoided the toxic aspects of legal culture, how they became aware of the tricks students use to perform in class, and …
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On this episode, Yvette interviews Stephanie Brewer, Executive Director of the Newtown Development Corporation/ Community Land Trust. Stephanie explains the benefits of home ownership, breaks down how community land trusts can help marginalized people build equity, and laments the difficulties of obtaining community land trust properties in competi…
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