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Join Jack Rico, ShowBizCafe’s founder and editor-in-chief, as well as frequent entertainment contributor for national media outlets and programs including NBCNews.com, NY1, Telemundo and TODAY, for a weekly pop culture podcast called HIGHLY RELEVANT WITH JACK RICO. This smart, informative show focuses on the people and moments currently shaping our American and Latino pop culture experience, in English or Spanish. Hear Jack chat with celebrity friends and industry power players in riveting and engrossing interviews on the most highly relevant topics of the moment that range from film, music, books, journalism and the media business, plus, listen to his personally curated recommendations on what to see, listen, read and download for the week.




Episode 30 - Univision's 'El Chapo,' ViceLand's Panama 'Jungletown,' Reviews of 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' & Broadway's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Thank you for downloading episode 30 of the Highly Relevant podcast. On this week’s episode, we talk with the creator of the most anticipated show in Spanish language TV right now, Univision’s EL CHAPO. We get to the moral and ethical controversies of getting the show done, the fascination of cartel tv shows and if actors Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn will be making cameos. Also urban millennial network VICELAND has a new show called JUNGLETOWN that takes place in Panama. Why are they...

Duration: 00:35:02

Episode 29 - Why Justin Bieber's 'Despacito' Remix is a Cultural Failure, Ozomatli on Juanes Collab, Billboard's Leila Cobo on J Balvin & Nicky Jam

This might actually be the best show we’ve done. We break down the new Justin Bieber “Despacito” Remix with well known Radio DJ and performer Diamond Boy Luis. We didn’t like it and we’ll explain why. Also, Ulises Bella from the popular LA band Ozomatli joins us to talk about their NYC concert in Brooklyn, the electricity of their live-performances, plus their collaboration with Juanes and Gaby Moreno on their new album “NONSTOP-LA→MEXICO→KINGSTON”. And then to cap it off, we welcome Latin...

Duration: 00:35:44

Episode 28 - Jessica Lucas on 'Gotham' and 'Wonder Woman,' 'Fate of the Furious' Movie Review

Thank you for downloading episode 28 of the Highly Relevant podcast. On today’s episode, we welcome GOTHAM’s Jessica Lucas who plays the villain Tigress and she discuss her thoughts on women in superhero movies plus working with Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez. Plus, my review of the highly anticipated Fate of the Furious and a recap of all the top music, tv and movie news you’ve missed this week! EPISODE SUMMARY: Jack discusses how television sets are becoming obsolete: :49 Gotham's...

Duration: 00:15:33

Episode 27 - Diversity in Comic Books, Megan Grassell On Starting A Business at 17

Thank you for downloading episode 27 of the Highly Relevant podcast. io9/Gizmodo's Beth Elderkin talks diversity in comic books, plus, a chat on the 3 key problems affecting its industry. Also, we welcome one of the youngest business owners in America, Megan Grassell to talk to me about how at 17 she came up with an idea that changed the course of her life.

Duration: 00:36:48

Episode 26 - Netflix's 'Ingobernable,' Ben McKenzie on 'Justice League,' 'Miss Saigon' Review

Welcome everyone to the Highly Relevant Podcast and thank you for downloading episode 26. This week we talk Netflix's Ingobernable, our intern attends FOX's Gotham cast party and ask Ben McKenzie on 'Justice League,' plus, we review the Broadway revival of 'Miss Saigon' and we give you our six spring TV shows you must see now! EPISODE SUMMARY: A discussion on Netflix's #Ingobernable. The good and the bad :10 JackedIN 3:39 Intern Andrea Huswan on Gotham, Ben McKenzie, Justice League: 4:57...

Duration: 00:17:30

Episode 25 - Shalim Ortiz Talks ABC's 'Las Reinas,' Bilingual Acting and Narconovelas

Thank you for downloading episode 25 of the Highly Relevant podcast, which you can now subscribe to via the reVolver Podcast network. This is the show for those who love to have their finger on the pulse of English and Spanish language pop culture in the US. And one person who embodies that description faithfully is my really good friend, Shalim Ortiz, who was just cast as a regular on ABC’s new Latin drama LAS REINAS. He gives me all the details about the show, his cast-mates, which...

Duration: 00:33:40

Episode 24 - 'Betting On Zero,' Herbalife and Latino Exploitation

Thank you for downloading episode 24 of the 'Highly Relevant Podcast' which you can now subscribe to via the Revolver Podcast network. This week, an important new documentary called "Betting On Zero" hits theaters and it centers on the alleged pyramid scheming of the nutrition company Herbalife. It also chronicles in detail how Latinos have been exploited by Herbalife as well. Ted Braun, the director of the film and Latina activist Julie Contreras also a part of the film, join me to...

Duration: 00:31:22

Episode 23 - ABC's 'American Crime' Benito Martinez Talks Season 3 and Tom Cruise, Jack Hobbs on Future of Podcasts

Thanks for downloading episode 23 of the Highly Relevant Podcast! This week we're joined by Mexican-American actor Benito Martinez gives us details on Season 3 of ABC’s hit show 'American Crime' and what it was like to work with Tom Cruise in the new movie 'American Made' coming out Fall of this year. Then we chat in an exclusive interview with Jack Hobbs, President of the new reVOLVER Podcast network, about multiculturalism, Spanish language radio, the future of podcasts and an...

Duration: 00:40:01