District 3 Podcast
By Irvin Camacho
District 3 PodcastAug 25, 2023
Episode #223: Building a Strong Foundation for Democracy with Will Watson, Political Director of the Democratic Party of Arkansas"
Welcome to an insightful episode of the District 3 Podcast, where we dive deep into the dynamic world of political strategy and candidate recruitment. In this episode, we are honored to host Will Watson, the Political Director of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our discussion.
Join us as Will shares his experiences in the intricate process of convincing individuals to step into the political arena and run for office. As a key figure in candidate recruitment, Will has played a pivotal role in identifying and supporting talented individuals who are passionate about making a difference in their communities.
Will takes us behind the scenes of his journey, describing the extensive travel across the state of Arkansas, engaging with diverse communities, and truly listening to the concerns and aspirations of the people. Learn how these grassroots efforts contribute to the Democratic Party's mission of inclusivity and representation.
One of the highlights of our conversation is Will's unique perspective on the historical achievements in recent years. He discusses the Party's success in running more Democratic candidates than in the past decade, shedding light on the strategic decisions and collaborative efforts that have led to this positive shift.
Whether you're a political enthusiast, aspiring candidate, or simply curious about the inner workings of political campaigns, this episode offers valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs of shaping the political landscape. Tune in for a candid conversation with Will Watson and gain a deeper understanding of the strategies behind building a stronger and more diverse political future.
Episode #222: Las Mujeres de One Community
Episode #221: Springdale's Own Pro Wrestler, Eli Perez!
Episode #220: Hit the Fuse with Artist Kevin Contra
Kevin Contra released his newest album "Hit the Fuse" last week and we sat down with him to talk all about it. We also talked the local music scene, our nerdy habits and much more. Listen to this fun episode and enjoy.
Episode #218: The Power of Education: Dr. Alejandra Campos' Journey to the University of Arkansas
Bonus Halloween Episode: Nightmare on Block St with Mr. Halloween Bo Counts
We sat down with Fayetteville's Mr Halloween Bo Counts to talk about his yearly Halloween PopUp at Pinpoint "Nightmare on Block St," his horror inspirations and much more on this fun Halloween Spooky Episode we recorded today for our loyal listeners! We hope you listen to this episode and enjoy tonight's last day presentation of "Nightmare on Block St' at Pinpoint in Fayetteville!
Episode #217: From Monticello to Fox Sports with Raya Clay
A proud alumnus of the University of Arkansas, Raya Clay's dedication, determination, and unwavering commitment to excellence have not only earned her accolades but have also ignited the pride of her alma mater. Tune in as we delve into Raya's experiences, her time at the University, and the immense pride she feels for recently being honored with the Young Alumni award.
Join us as we explore Raya Clay's career, her incredible achievements, and her journey from the heartland of Arkansas to the national stage. Get ready to be inspired by the passion, talent, and relentless pursuit of excellence that defines Raya Clay's story.
Episode #216: LIFE at NWACC with Juanita Olivares Franklin & Juana Araujo
On this episode Juanita joins us along LIFE Mentor Juana Araujo and we talk the LIFE program, scholarships for Undocumented Immigrants at the College and much more!
Episode #215: Ostomy Awareness with Maria Sandoval & Anne Hartney
Living with an ostomy can be a challenging and life-altering experience, but Maria Sandoval and Anne Hartney demonstrate that it doesn't have to define your life; instead, it can be a catalyst for personal growth and empowerment. As ostomy advocates and activists, they are dedicated to shattering the stigma surrounding ostomies and providing support and inspiration to those who may be on a similar path.
Episode #214: Group Therapy with the D3 Crew
Episode #213: Latinas in Arkansas Media
We sat down with Andrea Delgado from Univision Arkansas, Rachell Sanchez-Smith from KUAF, Elena Ramirez from KNWA and Andrea Elvir from 5 News to talk about their experiences as Arkansas Latina women in media. Learn more about each guest and their powerful representation in the media that we consume on a daily basis.
Episode #212: The Art of Musical Promotion with Angel from Diamond State Promotions
This week we sat down with young Latino promoter Angel from Diamond State Promotions to talk about the musical talents he and his partner book in Northwest Arkansas. Learn more about his motivation to do this work and his intentions. Episode 212 doesn't disappoint!
Episode 211: Comedy at the Apollo! With The Frisco Kid, Shawn Choppala and Ayla Sinclair
On this episode we sat down with 3 of the 5 comedians performing at the Springdale Apollo Theatre on September 14th! Listen and learn more about these talented folks on the come up and making a name for themselves in the comedy space.
Episode #210: 1st Professional Soccer Team Coming to Arkansas with Chris Martinovic
We were pumped about this interview! We sat down with Chris Martinovic, one of the founders of the new and first professional soccer team in Arkansas.
Listen to this episode and learn more about this new venture bring soccer excitement to Northwest Arkansas!
Episode #209: The Pura Coco Interview
We've been trying to make this interview happen with local artist Pura Coco for awhile. It finally happened. Let's rejoice!
Episode #208: Making Authentic Mexican Food an Experience with Juan Bahena
Juan Bahena is the owner of Loma in Rogers and Tula in Fayetteville. Both very successful Mexican restaurants in Northwest Arkansas that do more than just offer food. They offer an experience. This episode takes a deep dive on Juan's journey to restaurant ownership and we break down his vision for Mexican Food at his restaurants. Also he drops an exclusive on his coming soon restaurant to Downtown Springdale!
Episode #207: DACAmented and Powerful with Rosie Castillo
Rosie Castillo was named in NWA Business Journal's 40 under 40 this year and is the Community Development Mortgage Lender in Springdale for Arvest. She's reached these milestones while on DACA. Her story is of discipline, working hard and believing in her abilities to help people in their financial milestones. In Episode 207 we break down her journey in a story we hope inspires others to do what they love with the same energy and passion Rosie has every day.
Episode #206: Destigmatizing Male Infertility with Matthew Moore
What does it mean to be a man and be infertile? Millions of men around the world live with male infertility and find themselves and their partners trying to find solutions and answers to be able to conceive. This week we sit down with KUAF's Matthew Moore and breakdown what male infertility is and his and Emily, his wife's journey to eventual parenthood.
Episode #205: What Matter's Most with Curtis lll
Episode #204: No Guest Episode AND ELENA IS HAVING A BABY!
and much more! Catch up with the crew and learn about some cool events happening or that have recently happened in our community.
Episode #203: Young Talent On the Rise with Musician Emmanuel Cortes
We sat down with Emmanuel Cortes who is an up and coming artist in the local Mexican Regional Music Space. Originally from Arkansas and making waves here, Emmanuel is set to headline the Railyard Stage in Downtown Rogers this Saturday which will be a showcase you won't want to miss! Listen to this episode and check out his show this Saturday. Doors open at 7pm!
Episode #202: Ain't I A Woman with Na'Tosha De'Von
This week we sat down with actress, poet and activist Na'Tosha De'Von and talked about her new solo show "Ain't I A Woman." Her show is premiering this week at the Global Life Campus at the University of Arkansas and it's bound to be a powerful presentation!
Episode #201: Art, Legacy & Healing: A Vega Family Tribute by Audrey Vega
Welcome to our latest podcast episode, where we shine a spotlight on the incredible work of local artist Audrey Vega. Join us as we delve into an inspiring conversation about her moving art installation happening this Saturday, a heartfelt tribute to her beloved grandma Virginia Vega and uncle Eddie Vega.
Join us as we celebrate the beauty of art, family, and community, and learn from Audrey Vega's perspective on mental health and breaking generational trauma. This podcast episode promises to be a moving and enlightening experience, inspiring us all to find strength, healing, and hope in the connections that shape us. Don't miss this heartfelt and transformative conversation. Tune in now!
Episode #200: The Life and Times of Joyce Elliott
Join us in this captivating episode as we sit down with the remarkable former Arkansas Senator, Joyce Elliot. As a passionate advocate for social justice and education, Senator Elliot has dedicated her career to making a positive impact on the lives of Arkansans and beyond. In this enlightening interview, we delve into Senator Elliot's tireless efforts to pass the Dream Act in Arkansas, a critical piece of legislation aimed at providing opportunities and legal protections for undocumented young immigrants. We explore the challenges she faced during the legislative process and gain valuable insights into the importance of fostering inclusivity and compassion in our communities. Senator Elliot's deep connection to Arkansas is a prominent theme throughout our conversation. From her childhood in the heart of the state to her tenure in the Arkansas Senate, she shares personal anecdotes and reflects on the rich history and cultural fabric that have shaped her advocacy work. Her unwavering commitment to representing the voices of underrepresented communities and amplifying their concerns shines through as she discusses her experiences navigating the political landscape. Tune in to this thought-provoking episode as we uncover the multifaceted journey of Senator Joyce Elliot, a trailblazer who has left an indelible mark on Arkansas and beyond. Her resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment to justice serve as an inspiration to all who seek to create a more equitable and inclusive society.
Episode #199: Backpacks for the Community with Vicky Hernandez & Alma Garcia
We sat down with Vicky Hernandez and Alma Garcia from VIVA Insurance and talked about their annual Backpack Giveaway in Springdale, Arkansas. Every year they give out about 800 backpacks and have a positive impact on the lives of many kids. We ask them about the origins of the event and what it means to them.
Episode #198: Exploring Roots: Mayra Esquivel's Birth Country Revisited on Advanced Parole
Irvin and his wife Mayra Esquivel sat down to talk about her journey in applying for Advanced Parole while on DACA to travel back to Mexico for her first time in 29 years. This episode is loaded with emotions and feels. We also recorded it very late at night on our kitchen table. Make sure you give it a listen.
Episode #197: Feeding Arkansas with Nate Walls
On this episode we sat down with Nate Walls. Nate Walls is the founder of Second Hand Smoke NWA which is a catering company in Northwest Arkansas. He is also the Co Founder of Second Helping NWA. A local non profit that feeds those in need in our community. Nate is a gem of our community and we look forward to you listening to this episode to learn about what he's working on at the moment!
Episode #196: NWA Social Club with Katarina Derrick
For this episode we were joined by Katarina Derrick who is an organizer for NWA Social Club and the Founder of Hot Girl Walk NWA. Two movements created for women to meet other women in their community and have a good time while doing it.
This is a fun episode you'll want to hear and hopefully get your Hot Girl Walk going. :)
Episode #195: Creating a Juneteenth Celebration in The South with Anthony Ball
Joining us this week is the Program Director and Co Founder of Music Moves, Anthony Ball!
We talk about the now annual Freedom Festival he organizes every year in Downtown Springdale, Arkansas to celebrate Juneteenth.
Make sure you check out the Freedom Festival this Sunday June 27th, 2023 at the Shiloh Square in Springdale.
Episode #194: On the Come Up with Artist Haley Madison
We sat down with local musical artist Haley Madison and talked about her musical inspirations, her musical journey so far and her new musical video "Call Me' that's out now on Youtube. Listen to this episode to learn about one of Arkansas's up and coming talents performing near you!
Episode #193: Community Chit Chat with Irvin & Elena
No guest for this episode but we sit down and just talk about things happening in our lives and let you know about some cool things happening around town this weekend!
Episode #192: Mastering Your Voice with Ricardo Cardenas aka El Gallo
Ricardo Cardenas helps run a daily show in the weekdays called "Los Hijos de La Mazorka.' That show which he helps host is one of the most listened to radio shows in the entire state, arguably the most listened to. On this episode we sit down with him and talk about his journey from El Salvador to his current work in Northwest Arkansas. Check out this episode and get to know more about El Gallo and how he's mastered his voice in so much of his daily work.
Episode #191: Local Latino Comic Making Waves with Francisco "Frisco" Valencia
On this episode we sat down with friend of the pod Francisco "Frisco" Valencia to talk about how he's been lighting up the local comedy scene since the last time we spoke with him last year. He'll be performing this Thursday at Black Apple in Downtown Springdale!
Episode #190: Latinas in Social Work with Patricia Rodriguez & Lizeth Guadalupe
Episode #189: The Art of Process with Jasper Logan
We sat down with Artist Jasper Logan to talk about the a new month long project he is launching next month with Interform called the "The Art of Process.' We talk that and so much more on this episode. Give it a listen!
Episode #188: Haus of Untz with Susie Q, Rockel & DJ Girlfriend
Episode #187: Local Latinos Rising in Music with Gente Privada
This week we sat down with the rising local record label Gente Privada comprised of up and coming Mexican and Mexican American talent based here in Northwest Arkansas. This year they are participating for the 2nd time at Bentonville's Format Festival. Hoping to make a BIG impact and everywhere else in the music industry.
Episode 186: Searching For Bobby Rodriguez with Fabiola Garcia (Spanish)
Episode #185: Bilingual Speech Therapist Maria Romero
On Episode 185 we sit down with Speech Therapist Maria Romero from Mariposa Therapy Services and we talk all things therapy with her! This is a super educational episode you won't want to miss.
Episode #184: NWA Center for Sexual Assault with Sara Cano and Anngie Molina
Episode 183: Climate Justice Youth Movement with Amelia Southern Uribe
Episode #182: Music Around the World with Little Yei (Spanish Interview)
We sat down with local musician Little Yei for the first time to talk about his musical career that has been developed around the world. He's now signed by Arkansas based record label, Love More Records. Listen and learn more about Little Yei and his goals and dreams in the music business.
Episode 181: Staying True To Yourself and Inspiring Others with Patricia Rodriguez
We sat down with our good friend Patricia Rodriguez and discussed so much. From her up bringing in NWA in times were it wasn't as diverse as it is now. We discuss her goals in social work and her awesome project: Selena Story Time! Check out this super wholesome episode with one of the best people that the Northwest Arkansas Community has to offer!
Episode #180: Theatre Squared Presents: Sanctuary City
Episode #179: Overcoming the Invisible Disease (Multiple Sclerosis) with Wendy Echeverria
Join us for a candid conversation with Wendy Echeverria, a dynamic young woman who is a rising star in the media industry despite living with multiple sclerosis. Wendy has not let her diagnosis hold her back, and instead, she has channeled her energy and creativity into a range of inspirational projects that have inspired and empowered others.
In this episode, we explore Wendy's journey and learn about the challenges she has faced as a journalist and content creator with MS. Wendy shares how she has navigated the media industry with a disability and offers valuable insights into building a successful career in a competitive field.
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation with Wendy Echeverria, as she shares her insights on living with MS, pursuing a career in media, and creating meaningful projects that inspire and empower others.
Episode #178: Community Art with Razo Studios
We sat down with Alan "Toxic" Rodriguez and Kayleigh Tolman from the newly created Razo Studios. Razo Studios is locally owned by Alan and Kayleigh and they specialize in murals, commissions, live paintings and facilitating artistic events. They're also good friends of ours! Check out this exciting episode to learn about what they are working on and plans for the future!
Episode #177: I Am Northwest Arkansas with Randy Willburn
On this episode we sat down with Randy Willburn, host of the popular podcast I AM Northwest Arkansas. On his podcast, Randy also highlights some of the best that Northwest Arkansas has to offer and when you listen to an episode you'll understand why he's a master of his craft. We are so excited for y'all to listen to this NWA podcast collab and if you haven't listened to Randy's podcast, you should definitely check it out. His podcast is available on all audio streaming platforms.
Episode #176: The Murder of Jose Luis Vela Miranda with Lorena De La Garza
Episode 175: Selling Homes & Finding Peace with Luis Martinez
We sat down with local Realtor and Certified Yogie Luis Martinez to catch up and talk about his view on real estate, his important work in yoga, society labels and much more. Tune in for a great episode!
Episode 174: Bringing Cesar Home with Megan Taylor
On this episode we sat down with Megan Taylor, who is the wife of Cesar Acosta. Megan and Cesar got married a few days ago in Mexico and when they arrived at the airport in Houston, he was detained by ICE officials because of a small misdemeanor charge from 2013. A charge he got the day of his high school prom. Cesar is a US Resident. In this episode we discuss their story and now challenge as Cesar is now in removal proceeedings. The community has shown up for them and are empathizing for them on this new difficult challenge ahead as Cesar's case remains open while he has been released from the detention center and is back in Arkansas.