WDEK Podcast Ep. 97: Joaquín Torres & Jordan Carlos - 10/26/21
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It's October and the creepy crawly mood is upon us. Shonali has her jack-o-lanterns lit. Christian says there's a chance that he'll be an N95 mask for Halloween. Justin and his family will be "Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti" (3 Happy Dead Guys!) Our special guests are former actor turned public servant, Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco Joaquín Torres and comedian, actor, writer Jordan Carlos.
You ever consider what it would be like to leave your current occupation to embark on a journey as a public servant? Our first guest has done that. Joaquín Torres explains how attending the Obama inauguration in 2008 inspired him. He quickly transitioned from a professional actor who received an MFA from NYU to working for a San Francisco mayoral campaign within no time. Now he is occupying his first job title for which he will need to win an election as Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco. He explains that the acting bug never leaves you but the education that comes from acting always stays with you. Learn more about Joaquín at JoaquinTorresSF.com!
Shonali's Game Changer this month emerged from the trauma of wearing a jumpsuit. Christian endorses the fanny pack! Writer / journalist Mickey Rapkin sends in a #GameChanger via text!
Comedian, writer, actor Jordan Carlos joins us after putting the kids to bed and walking the dog. Jordan loves history as it is a predictor for the future. We discuss grappling with what our roles are in the conversation surrounding race today. For this conversation, Jordan puts on his glasses and shares his personal evolution as someone who was seeking white approval to someone who currently is only working on projects helmed by Black peers. Check out Jordan's work on Tha God's Honest Truth with Charlamagne Tha God on Comedy Central on Fridays; his podcast #Adulting with Michelle Buteau which is coming back and Phoebe Robinson's upcoming 1/2 hour comedy Everything's Trash. Jordan and his family have their Halloween costumes DOWN. Listen to Ep. 97 for the details.