Fireside 2.1 ( The Aron Bender Podcast Blog Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:00:00 -0700 The Aron Bender Podcast Blog en-us Lori Lizarraga on The Aron Bender Podcast Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:00:00 -0700 5de173d6-bed4-41b5-8ec7-b92920f0a565 Aron Bender talks with Lori Lizarraga -- a TV news reporter who just finished a two-year stint at KUSA 9News in Denver. Prior to that she worked at KGET in Bakersfield. On her way out of Colorado she wrote an article for Denver news website called "LatinXed: 9News Got Rid of Three Latina Reporters This Past Year, Including Me." (linked below) She writes about what she describes as oppressive policies and actions — including using “illegal” instead of “undocumented,” one reporter wasn’t allowed to cover immigration stories unless she revealed her immigration status, Lori says she wasn’t even allowed to wear her hair in a bun with a middle part as she’s seen and worn as a Mexican and Ecuadorian woman all her life, and a week after she and her colleagues presented a plan to improve the station’s coverage of last year’s racial justice movement SHE was put on improvement plan. In this episode we get into Lori’s thought process going into writing the article, concerns about what she’s done to her career, and conversations with her siblings and immigrant parents before and since it came out.

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LatinXed: 9News Got Rid of Three Latina Reporters This Past Year, Including Me

Chenue Her on The Aron Bender Podcast Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0700 cac0a2a1-aeb8-4362-97e7-0682e3dd35d6 Aron Bender is joined for this special episode by WXIA TV reporter Chenue Her in Atlanta. The Hmong American from Minnesota has been covering the March 16th mass shootings at Young's Asian Massage, Gold Massage Spa and Aromatherapy Spa in metro Atlanta. We talk about the disgusting rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, handling all the layers of covering a mass shooting that targeted Asian Americans while being Asian American himself, how to have uncomfortable conversations, how allies can help, and maintaining mental health and self care as someone who grew up in a culture where mental health wasn't talked about. I'm looking forward to having Chenue on the podcast again to talk more about his journey.

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Destiny Malibu on The Aron Bender Podcast Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0700 3b10f5ff-c7b6-471c-8dee-97e727596f13 Aron Bender first found Destiny Malibu on LinkedIn. As I started to reconnect with the world after my wife passed away LinkedIn was actually the first social media I spent any time on. And there she was: Destiny Malibu "Singer-Songwriter, Mental Health Advocate." It's the last part for me. That someone would so proudly put into their title they're a "mental health advocate." So I reached out and it’s been such a treat to learn more and follow her these last few months — and it’s cool that my girls can actually watch her videos and listen to her music. We talked about self-care and self-love, how her family got through the Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting and losing their house in the Woolsey Fire in 2018 -- just months after being on American Idol, her upbringing with a mom who had her own singing career, and how she deals with haters and trolls in her IG Live that she does every weeknight at 8. Yes, Destiny is from Malibu but for now she lives in Las Vegas.

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DJ Hed on The Aron Bender Podcast Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0700 ce5ca02f-e6a7-44d5-b0f3-986043498dcb Aron Bender first talked with DJ Hed for a podcast a couple years ago. Had to bring him back for this new one. Hed and Chuck Dizzle are Home Grown Radio Monday through Saturday nights in Los Angeles on hip hop station Real 92.3. That's fitting because Hed’s all about real, authenticity and honesty. DJ Hed is Southern California born and raised. His motto is "West Coast." We talk about Hed's "white family," growing up as a "square" and a nerd, and I explain why I don't always wash my feet in the shower -- and rarely wash my jeans!

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Stephanie Harlowe and Jon Chrymes on The Aron Bender Podcast Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0700 baab7866-dab4-4703-8cd5-c439268cc759 Aron Bender is joined by True Crime YouTubers Stephanie Harlowe and Jon Chrymes. Stephanie has been creating content on YouTube for three years. She posted her first video on April 12, 2018. Happy Anniversary! Initially it was lots of beauty reviews and unboxings but in July of that year she started experimenting with Mystery Mondays — posting true crime content. And as you’ll hear Stephanie tell the story — true crime quickly took over. And Stephanie co-hosts the Crime Weekly Podcast. Also in 2018, Jon Chrymes moved in to the true crime space on YouTube. He's quickly gained a loyal following. We talk about some of the cases they've covered, such as Madeleine McCann and Chris Watts, how they maintain their mental health when deep diving into mysteries and the worst of humanity, what they do for self-care, and how they handle the fame that comes with becoming stars in the true crime genre on YouTube.

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