Radio Cachimbona

Radio Cachimbona

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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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157 episodes

We Have Heroes in El Salvdor

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 balancing the climate of disinformation while accurately portraying leftist resistance to the government. 

39m
Dec 05, 2022
Gaming the Credit Card Reward System

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 Sapphire Preferred Referral Link: https://www.referyourchasecard.com/6f/ZB5DBH3UDV (https://www.referyourchasecard.com/6f/ZB5DBH3UDV) American Express Referral Link:  https://americanexpress.com/en-us/referral/ALEYDBClw8?XL=MIMCP (https://americanexpress.com/en-us/referral/ALEYDBClw8?XL=MIMCP) Support Radio Cachimbona by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true&view_as=public Follow @radiocachimbona on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

29m
Oct 12, 2022
More Salt Than Diamond

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/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true&view_as=public Check out the podcast featured in Apple Podcast's "tbh" collection for Latine Heritage Month: https://apple.co/tbh (https://apple.co/tbh) Follow @radiocachimbona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

52m
Sep 26, 2022
Procedural Subjugation in Immigration Law

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 for cruelty to migrants and their journeys into (and out of) legal academia.  Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true&view_as=public Follow @radiocachimbona on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

1h 1m
Sep 21, 2022
This is Not the Time to Be Laying Low and Complying

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 publicizing abortion care amidst fear over its criminalization, and clarifies which abortion providers have forged forward and which have stopped services altogether.  Update: Tucson Planned Parenthood has resumed abortion services: https://www.kold.com/2022/08/30/planned-parenthood-resumes-abortion-services-tucson/ Read more about Montana's pre-emptive ban of medication abortion for out-of-state patients here: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/07/07/1110078914/montana-abortion-pills (https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/07/07/1110078914/montana-abortion-pills)  To Support the podcast, become a patron: https://patreon.com/radiocachimbona?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=creatorshare_creator Follow @radiocachimbona on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

39m
Sep 13, 2022
Trial Lawyer: A Life Representing People Against Power

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 being a mouthpiece for clients who were minors while advocating for what he believed to be in their best interest. 

52m
Sep 05, 2022
Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings

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 anthology is "a love letter for people who weren't cared about."  Follow @radiocachimbona on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Support the podcast and get early access to episodes like these & bonus #litreviews: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true&view_as=public

43m
Aug 03, 2022
Design As Protest

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 affordable housing redistributes wealth within communities, and why ADSP and DAP have pledged to not participate in the building of execution chambers or solitary confinement cells.

51m
Jul 26, 2022
The Arrest to Deportation Pipeline

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 dichotomy and shares how that narrative impacts the criminalization and demonization of asylum seekers.  Follow @radiocachimbona on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true&view_as=public

34m
Jul 18, 2022
B-ville is a small town between San Antonio and Corpus Christi

*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 that, and the importance of poetry.  To support the podcast, become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true&view_as=public Follow @radiocachimbona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow @yvetteborjaAZ on Twitter to read my SCOTUS commentary for Balls and Strikes.

51m
Jun 28, 2022
What is going on with the death penalty in Arizona?

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: https://ballsandstrikes.org/scotus/clarence-dixon-supreme-court-death-penalty-cruel-joke/ Support the podcast at: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true Follow @radiocachimbona on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

42m
Jun 06, 2022
Doralina Law

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 practice. 

49m
May 10, 2022
Voting Rights and Ending Title 42

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 treatment given to Ukranian refugees and breaks down the violence that migrants are vulnerable to when forced to return to the Mexican side of the border.

48m
May 05, 2022
Bridging the Gap

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 conversation around Roe v. Wade.  Read Brea's piece on reproductive justice in Elle magazine here: https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a37663086/abortion-access-texas-reproductive-justice-leaders-roundtable/ Support the show by becoming a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true Follow @radiocachimbona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Read Yvette's legal commentary/blogs for Balls and Strikes on Twitter @yvetteborjaAZ

56m
Apr 27, 2022
Texas is our Neighbor

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 the restrictions to abortion directed at minors, and breaks down how these obstacles affect poor women in rural areas the most. 

45m
Apr 18, 2022
Mississippi Changed its Argument in the 11th Hour

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 childbirth, particularly in places like Mississippi that has the country's highest maternal mortality rate. 

39m
Apr 12, 2022
Who profits from incarceration?

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 of abolition, and encourage people to check out the Worth Rises 101 curriculum on the prison industry and profits.  https://worthrises.org/thecurriculum (https://worthrises.org/thecurriculum) 

27m
Mar 21, 2022
For Brown Girls With Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts

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. 

53m
Mar 07, 2022
Longstanding Issues With Asylum Even Before Title 42

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 freely travel, and break down how Title 42 violates international and US asylum law.

39m
Mar 01, 2022
Law School and Lawyering Advice

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 demystify law school pedagogy.  Email radiocachimbona@gmail.com with any other law school/lawyering/legal journalism questions you want answered. Follow @radiocachimbona on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Become a patron supporter: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true Follow @yvetteborjaAZ on Twitter to keep up with my legal journalism at Balls and Strikes.

59m
Feb 21, 2022
How Do Community Land Trusts Help the Housing Crisis?

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 competition with large investment firms. 

51m
Feb 14, 2022
Prudencia Ayala the icon

Happy Black history month! On this episode, Yvette interviews Danielle Parada about Prudencia Ayala--an Afro-Salvadoran woman, and her historic Presidential run that she mounted before women were legally allowed to vote in El Salvador. They tie Ayala's actions to larger Black feminist movements, breakdown the direct outcome of Ayala's bid to to the Supreme Court and her larger impact on El Salvador, and Parada shares how folks can support her cantón: https://www.patreon.com/danielleparadaphd (https://www.patreon.com/danielleparadaphd) 

32m
Feb 07, 2022
Ana Castillo's Book of the Dead

On this episode, Yvette interviews Ana Castillo about her new book of poems "Book of the Dead." They discuss Castillo's process in selecting the poems for this anthology, discuss the term 'Xicanisma' and its context, and address the controversy around Hache Carrillo's Cuban ancestry.  To support Radio Cachimbona. become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true Follow @radiocachimbona on instagram, twitter and facebook.

38m
Jan 24, 2022
*PATREON EPISODE PREVIEW* Lawyering and Law School Advice

*PREVIEW OF PATREON BONUS EPISODE* 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 demystify the law school pedagogy. To hear the rest of the interview, become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true Follow @radiocachimbona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook 

7m
Jan 03, 2022
We Outnumber the Property Owners

On this episode, Yvette interviews Ronnie Wollenzier, founder of the Housing Initiative Project of Arizona, about the housing crisis in Arizona and how the eviction moratorium plays out on the ground. Ronnie shares her eviction story, breaks down what a tenant union and rent strikes are, and criticizes the complete lack of due process for Arizonans facing eviction. 

48m
Dec 27, 2021
*LIT REVIEW PREVIEW* For Brown Girls With Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts

On this *LIT REVIEW PREVIEW* Yvette interviews Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez about her book "For Brown Girls With Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts". They discussed 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.  To hear the full interview and get access to more patron-exclusive content, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true

7m
Dec 21, 2021
Salvadorans Fought For This

On this episode, Yvette interviews Yesenia Portillo of CISPES: the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, to critique Biden's plan for Central America. They break down how the private-public partnerships proposed in Biden's plan do not address the root causes of migration, emphasize the history of Salvadorans advocating for themselves and calling on international solidarity that resulted in the CISPES organization, and praise the "radical roots" delegations of CISPES that involve diaspora returning to El Salvador for political education purposes.  Here is a google doc of resources to learn more about what was discussed in this episode, courtesy of Yesenia Portillo: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vxj9uTYnPaNTqMXG2O8Ay3bZ9mFWbIH0km9IqdKE6P8/edit (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vxj9uTYnPaNTqMXG2O8Ay3bZ9mFWbIH0km9IqdKE6P8/edit) Learn more about CISPES at: http://cispes.org/ (cispes.org) Follow CISPES on insta @cispes_solidarity and Twitter @CISPES

1h 7m
Dec 14, 2021
I have to pay for my abortion? I hate it here!

On this episode, Yvette interviews Eloísa López, Executive Director of Pro Choice Arizona about Governor Ducey joining an amicus brief asking SCOTUS to overturn Roe v. Wade and the sweeping anti-abortion bill passed by the Arizona legislature this spring. Eloísa breaks down the contradictions of the GOP anti-abortion agenda, criticizes the current barrier to abortion care in Arizona, and expresses worry over SCOTUS restricting reproductive autonomy.  Donate to the Arizona Abortion Fund here: https://www.abortionfundofaz.org/ (https://www.abortionfundofaz.org/)

55m
Nov 22, 2021
Housing is a Human Right

On this episode, Yvette interviews Roxy Valenzuela: community organizer and affordable housing advocate with the Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community. They discuss the mental health toll that the eviction threats take on tenants, the bureaucratic red tape that is causing backlogs for people seeking eviction relief from government agencies, and why community land trusts can be beneficial as a tool against gentrification and displacement.  Here are a list of resources for those fighting eviction in Pima County, Arizona. Please share widely: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D312_jML51c3TOcvDyqj49xALwTvp2C9/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=105397433437571498479&rtpof=true&sd=true (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D312_jML51c3TOcvDyqj49xALwTvp2C9/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=105397433437571498479&rtpof=true&sd=true) 

44m
Nov 08, 2021
It Doesn't Have To Be This Way

On this episode, Yvette interviews founder of "Hermanas in the Law" and visiting law professor Paulina Vera about the article "Silent Screams from Within the Academy: Let My People Grow" by Peter Alexander and her experiences as a Latina woman in academia. They discuss the soul-sucking aspect of abiding by respectability politics, how Paulina handles students who challenge her authority, and how few white academics have accepted the pervasive white supremacy across higher education.  Read the article here: https://kb.osu.edu/bitstream/handle/1811/64975/OSLJ_V59N4_1311.pdf (https://kb.osu.edu/bitstream/handle/1811/64975/OSLJ_V59N4_1311.pdf) 

50m
Oct 26, 2021