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Zocayo: Breaking Barriers through Thought

A Society, Culture and Education podcast
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Misunderstood and overlooked are the lives of those incarcerated. Jason Jones talks to me about the difficulties of living inside a prison and the resources we need to properly rehabilitate and make an impact on communities and individuals affe
Fulfillment in life, as in any adventure, is all about taking the first step. I talk to Maria Alvarez about how adventure can look different for anybody, and how it’s our own personal adventures that make for a life worth living. Follow Zocayo
What are the dominoes that lead to a lifestyle of abuse? Vince Huseman shares his story with me of how his love for music drew him into a dependence on drugs and alcohol, but also how he is now using that same love to help others recover from l
As society changes, so do its views on gender and sexuality. I talk to Hayden Clay about their experience in drag performance and what we can learn about our own identity through that. What does it mean to come out? How does understanding and a
Immigration in the US remains a controversial topic, but the children of those immigrants have to deal with the repercussions of both their parents’ actions and of the policies the government enforces. I talk to Tahra Jirari about her family’s
How is it possible to create friends out of the people we see as against our own personal beliefs? I talk to Kelsey Roberts about how experience is at the root of our beliefs, and how sharing those stories can help create a deeper understanding
Why does the richest country in the world still have so many people in poverty? I talk to Kim Martinez about her experience seeing poverty growing up and the many reasons why poverty still exists and may continue to be an issue for generations
What does “black” mean and where does the label come from? Roemello Lewis joins me to talk about how learning about our history puts us in a better position to change our present and future. Are we overgeneralizing racial terms, thus limiting o
Why is it that in 2020, persons with disabilities are still overlooked both inside and outside of the workplace? Casey Witte shares his experience growing up and how our assumptions of other people limit their potential to succeed. What stereot
Movies and TV are what unite people through pop culture, but can their portrayal of groups also be breaking us apart? I talk to Liz Loo about diversity in film and the changes that need to be made both on and off the camera to better tell the s
What’s up on Mars that NASA desperately seeks? Rohan Thatavarthi joins me to discuss the latest mission to Mars, what extraterrestrial life could mean, and how science plays a big role in our understanding of the world. Can what we learn from s
Venezuelans currently live in extreme poverty and homelessness, with their money losing its value every day, but it wasn’t always this way. Daniel Di Martino joins me to share his story of why he fled Venezuela and how the once fourth richest c
What do marijuana and illegal immigrants have in common? Sonia Erika joins me to tell her story from naive undocumented student to eventual Harvard graduate and pro-weed activist. We dive deep into how her background influenced her work with co
In the Asian American community, what do the words diversity and equality really mean? Kenny Xu joins me to discuss the effects of diversity promotion programs such as Affirmative Action and the race quotas at major universities like Harvard. W
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