Pop culture, current events, politics, race, gender, identity, mental health and life seen through the lens of (mostly) Mexican Americans living on the US/Mexico border in Trump's "America," RTWLOP is hosted by Mark Moore, a 40 year Mexican American border native. Driven by restless curiosity & ADHD, Mark and his diverse, sarcastic, and witty group of friends from the arts, education, and business sit in for anything goes conversation. Mark’s a professional educator, and an amateur writer, blogger, poet, drummer, doodler, and sometime theater actor.
Warning: this podcast contains explicit language and adult situations not suitable for all listeners. This episode I'm joined by local stand up comedians Francisco Flores and Orlando Valdez to discuss the burgeoning stand up comedy scene here in Laredo, the inspiration and work it takes to craft comedy, using comedy as a way to counter depression, and the perils of entering the exit ramp unannounced. Then first time actor and comedian Luis Garza shows up late during the podcast and basically ruins everything.
Joined by Will and Isabel Shrout, along with Al Rubio and Lin Gonzalez, I interview Laredo BorderSlam Poetry member Uziel Araiza about being detained as an illegal immigrant and his two month stint at the detention center in Persall, TX.
A mutual friend from the Laredo BorderSlam spoken word poetry group, Uziel Araiza Delgado - a young man with no previous criminal record, who's lived on the Laredo side of the border since he was five, who graduated as a member of The English Honors Society of TAMIU from Texas A&M International University with a degree in English with honors - gets pulled over during a routine traffic stop by the police, who call in the Border Patrol to detain him. He's currently in a detention center in Pearsall, TX, and has been for the past month.
On this podcast I'm joined by Will Shrout and Isabel Ramirez-Shrout, as well as Lin Gonzalez, members of the Laredo BorderSlam Spoken Word Nonprofit organization - friends who are spearheading the campaign to legally release him. They give me the rundown of what happened. How it happened. And what Uziel's current status is.
I think I laughed much more than I should have on this podcast, but what else can you do? And with this bunch as my panel???
I sit down with my friends, Joanna Christine, Joe Edward Molina, and Al Rubio, and discuss The Creative Process: From Inception to Birth, the Difficulties of Processing Mental Illness Through Art, Puppets, and the Satisfaction of Putting the Genie in the Bottle.
A few weeks back one Saturday afternoon in San Antonio, TX, my cousin Gabriela Nunez and I went ahead and interviewed our mothers - Minerva Nunez and Diana Moore - in what was once our grandmother's house that has stood since the earl 1900's. What emerged was a conversation that ranged from such topics as eating dirt; 1950's social clubs; high school pranks; history; art; education; religion; machismo; our fathers' pick-up lines; children; gender and gender-fluidity; to the fierce, primal power, strength, and grace of the Mexican American Mother.
Mark Moore hosts a round table discussion with some of his friends: writer and poet Rebekah Rodriguez, financial consultant and indie music promoter Fernando Montemayor Jr., indie rock guitarist and graphic designer Sergio Puente, and Rudy Murillo Jr., graphic designer and founder and head of video production company, Sledge TV.
I have a conversation with two local icons from the worlds of music and drama: legendary bass player and mainstay of the Laredo music scene,
Al Rubio and award winning actor, director, and high school drama instructor, Jose Flores, about their craft, their experiences, and life in the Border City.