September 13th, 2021 | 57 mins 17 secs
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Aron Bender talks with D’Janai Michele -- an artist, designer, business owner and survivor. She’s recovering from an accident in March 2021 that left her mouth and face broken, bloody and bruised. She's undergone surgeries to start the long, painful, expensive recovery process. D'Janai says she won't have a mouth full of teeth until at least late 2022. In recent years she has battled depression and lived in her car, all while creating her own clothing line, and as the oldest of her siblings carried the weight of her family’s legacy on her shoulders.
June 30th, 2021 | 51 mins 48 secs
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Aron Bender hangs out with Steve Wyche -- an NFL Network analyst and co-host of the Huddle and Flow Podcast. In his more than 30-year career with the Miami Herald, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and NFL Media, he’s broken major stories like Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, Michael Vick dogfighting and Michael Jordan joining the Wizards. Steve and I discuss his experiences growing up in Minneapolis and St. Louis, his decision to attend Howard University, his thoughts on the George Floyd murder, concussions, and NFL news involving Julio Jones and Aaron Rodgers.
June 28th, 2021 | 55 mins 50 secs
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Aron Bender is joined by Janelle Marie Rodriguez -- one of his former journalism students at Cal State Northridge. She now splits time between Los Angeles and her hometown of Miami. Janelle's been a TV news reporter, entertainment and sports journalist and host, an actress, spent a few years at ESPN and Disney Channel, and is now with FIBA and Latin Up — a new show on Twitch.
March 18th, 2021 | 37 mins 57 secs
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Aron Bender raps with DJ EFN -- a legend in Miami hiphop and a trailblazer in the podcast game. Eric Narciandi came up in the 90's and early 2000's dropping dozens of mixtapes that didn’t just put him and his crew on the map. He helped put South Florida on the map. And as we get into in this conversation, he wasn’t about to settle with just music. He’s started an international documentary series called "Coming Home," and is one of the creators of one of the most successful podcasts: "Drink Champs." But his story doesn’t start in Miami … it starts in Southern California. He lived in Anaheim Hills and then South Gate before finally settling in Miami after his Cuban parents divorced. We talk about his relationship with his Vietnam War veteran father, how he broke into the music business shooting his shot at a conference in Miami in the early 90's, his career "pivots," and what it's like being a 40-something dad with two young kids.