Quest For Fire
By Romu Media LLC
An in-depth exploration into who we are, and why we are how we are.
We'll go wherever the rabbit hole takes us.
At the end of the day, we have much more in common than we're led to believe.
We'll go wherever the rabbit hole takes us.
At the end of the day, we have much more in common than we're led to believe.
Welcome to Season 2 of Quest for Fire, the podcast!
... and we're back for another season of Quest for Fire, the podcast! We have an exciting lineup of guests that we've invited to the circle, to share their insights and their journey. Thank you all for sticking with us, we appreciate your support. Now, get ready to embark on another Quest for Fire...
July 22, 2021
Episode 34 - Manger Baw, creating a new path for the Karen people
Manger Baw has a goal of informing and connecting her fellow Karen community members to resources and information from across Omaha and Nebraska. As a young person, Manger has a wealth of knowledge and lived experiences that fuel her passion to help her historically-oppressed people carve out a new pathway going forward. From her experiences growing up in a refugee camp, to adjusting to life in Nebraska, studying communications in college to now becoming a young professional, Manger shares with us so many powerful thoughts. She gives us historical context about the journey of the Karen people, and she shares strong ideas about how she would like to see the Karen community thrive here in the United States. Join us for Episode 34 of Quest for Fire, the podcast!
May 11, 2021
Episode 33 - John Kretzschmar, Labor, democracy, and the power of messaging
John Kretzschmar is a labor educator and the director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. John has spent decades helping educate union leaders and workers, as well as inform the general public about the importance of organized labor. From early experiences in Detroit to the south side of Chicago, to ultimately settling in Omaha, Nebraska, John unpacks his journey as an educator and how messaging, over the course of years, has had an impact in conditioning our society's views on workers, employers, and power. During our conversation, we touch on important historical moments and the connections they have to modern struggles. We discuss unions, we discuss politics, and how messaging can be used in a highly effective manner. Join us for Episode 33 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Additional links referenced: https://asocommunications.com/ https://georgelakoff.com/ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/853648.The_Political_Brain
April 30, 2021
BONUS CONTENT - A conversation on Mental Health & Latino masculinity
The Two Vatos are joined by Miguel Estevez, mental health therapist, to discuss the presence of masculinity in our communities, toxic coping behaviors, and how we can re-learn certain things from our culture and our past, to get our communities into a healthier state going forward.
March 28, 2021
Episode 32 - Danielle Helzer, launching Left in the Middle Podcast
Danielle Helzer is the host of Left in the Middle Pod (https://www.facebook.com/leftinthemiddlepod), where she invites guests to discuss progressive ideas in conservative-leaning Nebraska. With a background in education, faith, and social justice, Danielle recounts her lived experiences and how they have shaped her into the person she is today. We discuss the calling to get politically engaged, how family and parenthood had a role in that, and how common ground can be found among many Nebraskans from across the political spectrum. Having lived throughout different communities in Nebraska, Danielle has a thoughtful perspective on how to navigate through the political noise and divisiveness, and she speaks to the importance of policies and the tangible impacts they can have on people's lives. Join us for Episode 32 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
March 10, 2021
BONUS CONTENT - A conversation of Prison Reform in Nebraska (Language warning)
Following up our Two Vatos conversation from last week, this time the 2 vatos are joined by Jason Witmer, street advocate, to have a very real conversation about the role of incarceration in our Nebraska society. To learn more about these issues, and to contact your Nebraska state senators, visit: https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/
February 24, 2021
BONUS CONTENT - A conversation on Paid Sick Leave & Meat Packer Protections in Nebraska
Returning to the podcast is Chato Hernandez, who was our guest on Episode 1. Together, we discuss legislation that can impact our communities, in particular the meat packing plant workers in Nebraska. Contact your Nebraska state senators, and research more about this and other legislation, by visiting: https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/
February 13, 2021
Episode 31 - Kevin Abourezk, an ongoing journey to share stories
Kevin Abourezk is a father, a journalist, and a community advocate. As a Rosebud Lakota man in Lincoln, Nebraska, Kevin has lived many experiences that helped shape the stories that he tells through journalism, media, and within the various communities that surround him. During our conversation, Kevin discusses his upbringing on the reservation, his school experiences in a rural South Dakota town, and his early pathway into journalism. We talk messaging and ideas, and navigating political differences through finding common ground. Kevin is a great communicator, and invokes many deep thoughts. Join us for Episode 31 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
January 28, 2021
Episode 30 - Juan Cangas, putting some THRIVE into life
Juan Cangas is a youth motivational speaker that has reached audiences all across the United States. He has a passion for serving young people and helping them develop as leaders. Whether speaking to an auditorium full of high school students, or engaging immigrant & refugee youth in developing their own peer community, Juan has crafted a professional career that exemplifies his dedication to helping young people find their tribe and their voice. During our conversation, Juan opens up about his own upbringing, and many of the hard lessons he had to learn along the way. He then unpacks how to approach the fear of failure, how to get past feeling like an imposter, and how to not rush to judging the particular adversity that life presents during any given moment. His communication style is very energetic and motivating, so get ready for a fun and very real conversation! Follow Juan at: http://juancangas.com/ . Join us for Episode 30 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by Romu Media LLC
January 19, 2021
Episode 29 - Mike Semrad, celebrating art & media in the Midwest
Mike Semrad is the owner of Red Rebel Media, a multimedia marketing company in Lincoln, Nebraska. Over the past few years, Mike has cultivated a strong reputation in the local community, through his support of local music festivals and events, as well as hosting a small business roundtable as COVID19 began to affect many local businesses. Throughout his life, Mike has demonstrated a love for creating art of various forms, including music and visual media. Growing up in a musical family, Mike has incorporated the arts into his professional life and he has a great perspective on the role of the arts in our daily lives. We also have a powerful discussion on media & messaging, especially with the divisive rhetoric affecting our society in 2020. Learn more about Red Rebel Media at https://redrebelmedia.net/ Join us for Episode 29 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
December 11, 2020
Episode 28 - Jaden Perkins, talking progressive politics in the heartland
Jaden Perkins is the host of "The Initiative", a program that dives into progressive politics and how it all relates to Omaha, Nebraska. As a young person and as an activist, Jaden unpacks a perspective and a passion for changing the political narrative here in the heartland. From Jaden's experiences growing up, to getting involved with the Kara Eastman campaign for congress, Jaden brings a point of view that relates with many Americans: that of frustration with the political system, and the desire to see things change in a way that truly benefits the people. During our conversation, Jaden assesses the political climate in Nebraska in 2020, we learn about Jaden's view on a variety of politicians and policies, and we hear about the importance of taking an active role in the community. You can experience Jaden's show, "The Initiative", by visiting the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaFQWR1HwKRwuPunNmCpSNw . Join us for Episode 28 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
December 02, 2020
Episode 27 - Dominique Liu-Sang, local politics & our communities
Dominique Liu-Sang is a young person who recently launched a campaign for city council in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a member of the Black Leaders Movement, and as a current agricultural economics major in college, Dominique brings a variety of knowledge and experiences as she launches her campaign. She shares what it's like to grow up in the Washington DC area, how that upbringing compared to being a black high school student in rural Nebraska, and how her Jamaican roots and Mormon faith helped shape her. She also unpacks many of the feelings and lessons from events over the past summer in Lincoln, such as the protests and vigils that brought awareness on topics like Black Lives Matter, and the human rights of indigenous, LatinX, and other communities of color. Dominique then talks about why she is running for elected office, and how her community-powered campaign will be different from other campaigns. Join us for Episode 27 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
November 19, 2020
Episode 26 - Valeria Gaytan, amplifying the voices of our communities
Valeria Gaytan is a college student from Omaha, Nebraska. As a young person, Valeria explains why she felt compelled to step up and shine a light on many issues that are affecting her communities. She has participated in events supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as taking on planning roles for local protests regarding human rights violations at the U.S. border and the Abolish ICE movement. During our conversation, we touch on a variety of issues such as: climate, systemic racism, US History, and criminal justice reform. As she unpacks her perspective, Valeria reveals the importance of having an education that incorporates various points of view, as she found herself having her eyes opened to so many different historical injustices that she previously had not known existed. Join us for Episode 26 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by Romu Media LLC
October 28, 2020
Episode 25 - Julia Carrillo, being Chingona!
Julia Carrillo is the owner & designer of Soy Chingona (https://soychingona.com/) a fashion, jewelry, and apparel business that specializes in the culture and mentality of being a Chingona! Based out of Omaha, Nebraska, Julia has built Soy Chingona from pop-up tables at sorority events, to now having a thriving business and an ever-growing social media following (IG: @SoyChingona_ ). Julia is very authentic in explaining her journey, her triumphs and challenges, and all the feelings involved in taking an idea and making it a reality. She opens up about the strong women in her life that motivated her, and how she was able to take feelings of pain or anger and channel them into the artwork and creativity that is her distinctly Chingona brand. Join us for Episode 25 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
October 14, 2020
Episode 24 - Raymond Rico, humanity & immigration
Raymond Rico is an immigration attorney in the Kansas City area. From a young age, Raymond learned that many hard working immigrants faced a variety of challenges but also contributed immensely to local economies and communities. Now as an attorney, Raymond works directly with immigrant clients to help them understand and navigate the legal immigration process. During our conversation, Raymond unpacks the recent decades of history behind the current US immigration policies, he talks about the efforts of young Dreamers who pushed for the formation of the DACA executive order, and he discusses what is currently happening at the United States southern border. His insight and analysis is fantastic, and it spans different presidential administrations from both sides of the political aisle. Join us for Episode 24 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
October 07, 2020
Episode 23 - Kevin Kenney, Right to Repair in rural Nebraska
Kevin Kenney is a Nebraska farmer with a background in agricultural technology. Kevin has been working to raise awareness on an issue known as "Right to Repair", where a farmer prohibited from fixing or altering their tractors/equipment without going directly through the manufacturer. Right to Repair has been a lightning rod of an issue, which crosses over from rural communities to legislative chambers. Kevin unpacks what is behind the concept of Right to Repair, what experiences Farmers are having to deal with as a result of decisions made by the agricultural tech industry, and how the issue intertwines with politicians and corporate lobbyists. While the conversation can get heavy at times, Kevin does a good job speaking authentically about why he feels the need to raise awareness on this issue. Join us for Episode 23 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
September 22, 2020
Episode 22 - Shannon Teamer, I Am Better Than Me
Shannon Teamer is founder & CEO of I Am Better Than Me, a lifestyle multimedia company out of Omaha, Nebraska. The goal of the company is to help people cultivate a lifestyle that focuses on bettering the self, through innovative and creative methods. Shannon recounts his own journey, his successes and failures, and how the support system around him has fueled him to continue with growing his business in a strategic way. The approach Shannon takes is fascinating, as he presents a series of resources that people can truly make their own, as opposed to "teaching" a certain viewpoint. Also, we go deep at times, as Shannon breaks down some heavy thoughts regarding self-doubt, in a powerful way. We discuss fueling our thoughts through the media we consume, we discuss being a first generation college student, we have a great conversation about the women in our lives and the role of masculinity. Learn more about Shannon & his company at: https://www.iambetterthanme.com/ Join us for Episode 22 of Quest for Fire, the podcast!
September 16, 2020
Episode 21 - Graham Christensen, regenerating our rural communities
Graham Christensen is president/founder of GC Resolve, and as a 5th generation Nebraska farmer, Graham has been working to raise awareness about the degenerative effects of modern, corporate farming systems, while also voicing the need to expand regenerative, community-focused farming systems. He shares fantastic insight as to how rural communities are being affected, how the political decisions taken decades ago have led rural communities to their current level of vulnerability, and what actions need to be taken now and going forward. He is a fantastic communicator, as he dispels many misconceptions about what it is to be a younger rural Nebraskan, and what it is to interact with powerful decision makers and powerful corporate entities. Graham also paints a detailed picture about how agricultural issues intersect with so many other societal issues, including economic, racial and environmental issues. Learn more about GC resolve on social media: https://www.facebook.com/gcresolve Join us for Episode 21 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
August 29, 2020
Episode 20 - Glenn Lewis, the Taco Evangelist!
Glenn Lewis is a father and a husband with a strong work ethic and drive to provide for his family. Known as "DJ Animale" in the Omaha music scene, he recently is gaining fame through a new title: The Taco Evangelist! As the COVID-19 pandemic started to affect the Omaha area, causing businesses & schools to shut down, Glenn was instantly without the many DJ events that help support him & his family. Analyzing the situation, Glenn made the decision to launch The Taco Evangelist, a social media driven Taco experience, that specializes in a slow-cooked beef brisket taco (birriacoa), that customers (or "Disciples", as they're known) can order online and then receive their tacos in safe, socially-distanced manner. Glenn unpacks the experiences in launching the Taco Evangelist, he shares the influences growing up that helped to shape his drive, and we have a fascinating discussion about his business model, the marketing side of things, and how the Taco Evangelist has grown in Omaha as a best-kept "secret" among foodies and taco lovers! Learn more about the Taco Evangelist at: https://www.facebook.com/tacoevangelist Join us for Episode 20 of Quest for Fire, the podcast! Content by: Romu Media LLC
August 23, 2020
Episode 19 - Dulce Castañeda, impulse, anger, love & protection for essential workers
Dulce Castañeda is the daughter of a meat packing plant worker in Crete, Nebraska. As the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Dulce was an early and loud voice raising awareness on the need to protect plant workers from the virus, given the working conditions of meat processing plants. She eventually played a part in forming the group Children of Smithfield, with other sons & daughters of plant workers. The movement has since grown and partnered with similar groups across the state of Nebraska and beyond, as the rates of infection ballooned among plant workers from many communities across the midwest. Dulce does a fantastic job unpacking why she felt she had to take a stand for her community, the influx of emotions that such efforts caused her to feel, and how there is still much work to be done to help the workers get their stories out and get the protections they need going forward. You can learn more about Dulce & the Children of Smithfield at: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenOfSmithfield/ Join us for Episode 19 of Quest for Fire, the Podcast!
August 17, 2020
Episode 18 - Angie Philips, Politics for working people
Angie Philips is a grassroots organizer who, after a frustrating trip to Washington DC, made the bold decision to run for United States Senator, with the goal of representing Nebraska in Congress. During the past few years, Angie has been visible throughout the state, participating in community events and interacting with Nebraskans from all across the political spectrum. Though unsuccessful in clinching the democratic nomination in the primary, Angie continues to be involved all throughout the state with issues that involve social, racial, and economic justice, among many other issues. During our conversation, Angie details why she ran for federal office, the different concerns from voters across the state, and how disinformation has impacted the current political climate. You can learn more about Angie at www.AngiePhilips.com/ . Join us, for Episode 18 of Quest for Fire, the Podcast! Content by Romu Media LLC
August 05, 2020
Episode 17 - Feel Good Digital Media, making the world curious again
Irvin Ramirez & Yaid Puente Jimenez love to have thought-provoking conversations. Over the past year, Irvin has launched Feel Good Digital Media, which produces a variety of content in English & Spanish, with the goal of improving one's well-being. One show is titled "Thought Provoking Conversations", which Irvin co-hosts with Yaid, where the two unpack a series of deep questions and thoughts with each other, and guests. We have a great conversation about male vulnerability, the lessons we've learned when we listen to one another, and the need to make our society continually think and be curious to learn. Join us for Episode 17 of Quest for Fire, the Podcast! Find the Feel Good Digital Media YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx1YU8b1O5o1U4XZ_MBWT7A/
July 25, 2020
BONUS CONTENT - A deeper discussion into COVID-19, with Bryan Perrin
Bryan Perrin, a registered nurse & our guest from Episode 16, has a deeper conversation with us regarding the science behind COVID-19, and the effectiveness of best practices to curb the spread of the virus. Lots of great insight here, enjoy this BONUS CONTENT! NOTE: As always, consult your physician for direct medical guidance. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/RomuMediaLLC/
July 22, 2020
Episode 16 - Bryan Perrin, Caring for the greater good
Bryan Perrin is a Registered Nurse in Lincoln, Nebraska. A friend of mine since college, he's an insightful communicator, one who has always helped me think about a variety of complex perspectives from different vantage points. Since I value his perspective, I wanted to touch upon the subject of messaging during COVID-19. In our conversation, we learn about why Bryan chose a pathway to Nursing as a profession, his ability to communicate deep thoughts effectively, and we talk about our current frustrations and difficulties finding clarity among the mixed messages that have pervaded our society since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Join us for Episode 16 of Quest for Fire! Content by Romu Media LLC
July 20, 2020
Episode 15 - Stephany Pleasant, helping families move forward
Stephany Pleasant is a public interest lawyer and is running for Nebraska legislature for district 25. As a potential Nebraska state senator, she unpacks what her priorities are, and why she chose to embark on a path into the political arena. We have a fantastic conversation about Poverty, about the disconnect between elected officials & their constituents, and Stephany breaks down the many concerns and questions that Nebraskans are facing, within her district and across the state. Stephany shares a bit about her upbringing, her reasons for choosing to study law, and how her approach to leadership includes finding ways to heal the divisions & fears felt throughout our Nebraskan communities. You can learn more about Stephany at http://pleasantforne.com/ . Join us for Episode 15 of Quest for Fire, the Podcast!
July 15, 2020
Episode 14 - Maya Saenz, reporting from the heart & from the heartland
Maya Saenz is a multimedia journalist in Omaha, Nebraska. She details her journey as a bilingual & bicultural Mexican-American, her upbringing in Colorado with a stint in Texas, and why she chose & loves her profession. During our conversation, Maya unpacks how important it is to help a community document & share their stories, not only during moments of convenience but rather to make sure that the communities are accurately represented and served on a consistent basis. Maya shares her thoughts as we engage in an insightful discussion about our society's media consumption, the manipulation of narratives, and how social media can influence one's perception of news as "fact" versus "opinionated fact". Join us for Episode 14 of Quest for Fire, the Podcast! NOTE: due to social distancing, the conversation was conducted through online technology.
July 09, 2020
Episode 13 - Josue Covarrubias, a conversation on Educators within our American society
Josue Covarrubias started his journey into education as a young immigrant from Mexico , to now serving as a principal of a middle school in south-central Nebraska. Josue shares his early experiences trying to fit in as a young student, the impact of support systems at home and at school, and how he now, as an educator, is constantly striving to better serve students, their parents, and the overall community. Josue unpacks many deep and personal thoughts on the connection between school, home, and community, and how our collective society is stronger when we truly make the attempt to get to know one another. Join us for Episode 13 of Quest for Fire, the Podcast!
July 01, 2020
Episode 12 - Yazmin Gamez, the bond between entrepreneurship & community
Yazmin Gamez recently launched No Coast Designs & Apparel, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Yazmin has made it a priority to serve the needs of local & small businesses, and community organizations. She shares a bit about her upbringing, the disconnect she observed earlier in life between community needs & business offerings , and how her goals for No Coast DNA will hopefully bridge those gaps. Yazmin details how her vision will serve many communities, including immigrants and Dreamers. She also explains he need to incorporate cultural and artistic elements into the apparel she will soon produce as her business grows, and how role models influenced her to have the confidence and focus to embark on launching her own business. Learn more about Yazmin & No Coast Designs & Apparel at: https://www.nocoastdesignsandapparel.com/collections/ Join us for Episode 12 of Quest for Fire, the Podcast!
June 24, 2020
Episode 11 - Jazari Kual, the power of local Black owned Media amid the Black Lives Matter movement
Jazari Kual is CEO of media company Kualdom Creations, out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Jazari has made it a priority to document, through Live stream and many other methods, an accurate portrayal of the feelings, messages, and goals of the local Black Lives Matter efforts. His content is most notable for the clarity, the consistency, and the energy that has become a trademark of him and the young team surrounding him. During our conversation, using the backdrop of media and messaging, we unpack some emotionally charged and complex topics including misconceptions about BLM, the response to local BLM efforts from different racial populations in Nebraska, and how Jazari plans to grow his company while supporting the communities and the voices that haven't felt represented by larger media entities. You can learn more about Jazari and Kualdom Creations at https://www.kualdomcreations.com/ Join us for Episode 11, of Quest for Fire, the podcast! #BlackLivesMatter #LatinX #Podcast
June 15, 2020
Episode 10 - A few remarks about the current moment, BLM, Young People, Solidarity
Here are a few short remarks & observations from the past couple of weeks regarding Black Lives Matter, youth-led movements, and standing in solidarity with BLM & many other communities that have long suffered due to systemic injustices here in the United States.
June 11, 2020
Episode 9 - Irasema Aguirre, life with Lupus
Joining us for Episode 9 is Irasema Aguirre, from https://www.instagram.com/you.dont.look.sick/ . Irasema unpacks her personal journey in dealing with the autoimmune disease Lupus, how Lupus impacted her relationships with family & friends, her adjustments as a young professional and as a newly-wed, and how a sense of community can be such a helpful source of strength during times of adversity. She talks about her Instagram page, which she hopes will grow as a resource of positive energy and insight for others who are facing health challenges. She reveals the flurry of emotions that she felt as she was first diagnosed, and how she went about adjusting herself at work and at home. Also, she shares suggestions and insight for those who are either experiencing Lupus, or have a loved one dealing with Lupus. Join us, for Episode 9, of Quest for Fire! NOTE: This podcast is a conversation regarding a medical condition. This is NOT to be taken as medical advice, and please consult your doctor for questions regarding Lupus and/or other autoimmune conditions. #Lupus #Podcast #LatinX #Latino #Latina
June 08, 2020
Episode 8 - Fatima Flores-Lagunas, advocating for DACA in the age of American uncertainty
Fatima Flores-Lagunas is an advocate for DACA youth in the Omaha, Nebraska community, and currently serves as Field Director for the Kara Eastman campaign for U.S. House of Representatives (Nebraska-02). Fatima shares her experiences growing up undocumented, the destiny-altering impact of 9/11, and what it means to engage in tough political conversations with folks who don't share the same world view as her. An excellent and powerful communicator, Fatima does a wonderful job unpacking deep concepts like the importance of mental health, especially while growing up as a young, queer, woman of color who also carried the constant fear that one wrong action might lead to deportation proceedings. Join us, for Episode 8, of Quest for Fire! #DACA #DeferredAction #LatinX #Podcast
May 30, 2020
Episode 7 - Steven Kirchner, young people & the Climate Crisis
Steven Kirchner, National Field Coordinator for a non-profit named OurClimate, shares his insights regarding the Climate Crisis, and how climate change is a multiplier in terms of affecting other problems in our society. He offers thoughtful perspective on race, culture, and even how younger, fiscally conservative Republicans view the topic of climate change. You can learn more about Steven & OurClimate at https://www.ourclimate.us/ . In our discussion, we reference the Green New Deal, regenerative farming practices, and the KXL Pipeline. Join us, for Episode 7, of Quest for Fire! #ClimateChange #Youth #Movement
May 24, 2020
Episode 6 - MMIW, a discussion on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
MMIW refers to Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, and a movement to raise awareness about the alarmingly high number of Native women that go missing or are killed, and for many, the cases go unsolved. WARNING: the subject matter can get very heavy, very deep, at times. Leading today's discussion are three Native women of different ages and lived experiences : Renee Sans Souci , Colette Yellow Robe, and Nasia Olson-Whitefeather. They offer historical context, current perspective, and also approaches that can help with healing our collective society going forward. We unpack a lot here. You need to hear this, especially if you are unfamiliar with what has been happening with MMIW. Join us, for Episode 6, of Quest for Fire!
May 15, 2020
Episode 5 - Roger Garcia, community values & self-awareness
Phoning in from the Omaha area is Roger Garcia, a man of great perspective and a strong resource for his different communities. Roger details the importance of civic engagement, how to get started, and the importance of community service. In a powerful moment, Roger explains his own growth as a man, breaking the cycles of Machismo/being machista, and what kind of example he wants to set for his own daughters. We unpack a lot of different things, we even throw in some late 90s rock/metal references for good measure. Join us, for Episode 5, of Quest for Fire!
May 12, 2020
Episode 4 - Babs Ramsey, progressive candidate for United States Congress
Money & power, football & muscle cars, fire up the grill & crack open a beer! (Yes we reference all of this at some point!) Barbara "Babs" Ramsey, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives NEBRASKA-01, shares her perspective on what it means to run for Congress, the role of money in our political process, and why she views the world as she does, along with the policies she chooses to champion. We cover a lot of ground here, but the insight is excellent, it's authentic, and at times very personal & powerful. Join us for Episode 4 of QUEST FOR FIRE!
May 08, 2020
Episode 3 (English) - Maira Mendez, giving a voice to Meat Packing Plant Workers
We have a very special guest today on QUEST FOR FIRE! Maira Mendez is the proud daughter of Meat Packing Plant Workers, and she shares her experiences in answering the demands of the moment, and standing up for all the workers as they face the fear of infection amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She does an excellent job clearly communicating the feelings of the workers and their families, and paints a picture as to what is happening in the Crete, Nebraska area, as well as all across the midwest & the agricultural industry. This is a wealth of perspective. Join us, on this episode, of QUEST FOR FIRE!
May 02, 2020
Episode 2 (English) - Guillermo Pena, frustration & pain in Grand Island, Nebraska during COVID-19
There is a lot of emotion in this one! Guillermo Pena is a traveling nurse & an apartment manager in Grand Island, Nebraska. He shares the experiences and the feelings of many community members during this tragic time, in particular the workers in the Beef & Pork industries. WARNING: the emotion escalates, as this is a situation that is affecting many lives. Due to social distancing, we had to conduct this conversation through technology. Unfortunately, there are moments where the audio isn't stellar, but the middle of the conversation is very raw, very powerful. Join us, on this episode, of QUEST FOR FIRE!
May 02, 2020
Episode 1 - Salvador Hernandez, mental health & la cultura
There is a treasure trove of perspective and empowerment in this one! Brother Salvador is a mental health therapist in the San Jose, CA area. He serves young people & their families as they confront certain adversities, among the backdrop of the Latino community in the bay area. Salvador's desire to help young people stems from his own journey, from being a kid from South Omaha, to learning the meaning of "being a Man" at his family's rancho in Guanajuato, Mexico, to his journey from the University of Nebraska to "wearing suits" on capitol hill in Washington DC, to finding his Fire among the people of San Jose, California. We'll talk cultura (culture), we'll talk palabra (your word), we'll talk mental health in the Latino/a/X community, and the messages that society tends to give, about what it is to "be a man". Join us, on this episode, of Quest for Fire!
April 26, 2020
Episode 0 - Meet your host, Romulo Vega
If I am to ask my guests to open up and share their stories with us on QUEST FOR FIRE, I think it's only right that I too share my own story. Here we talk about who I am, & why I am how I am. From growing up a brown kid in south central Nebraska in the 90's, to navigating my own growth and educational journey among the backdrop of 9/11, the 2008 recession, and the Obama years, to my current goals for these modern times. My own personal journey took me from Nebraska to Mexico to Florida to Los Angeles and back to Nebraska, as love and heartbreak, mixed with risk and failure, led the way. It's not easy to open up and be vulnerable. It is, however, in these moments that we best connect with our fellow human beings. Though we all are different, we also have much more in common than we're led to believe. Join me, on my own personal, Quest For Fire...
April 26, 2020