El Lector Stories and Cigars from the Exiled South
#24 - Letters to Eloisa

#24 - Letters to Eloisa

February 28, 2020

Marcos interviews filmmaker Adriana Bosch. They discuss her new film Letters to Eloisa, debuting at the Miami Film Festival in March.

#23 - The Beat Club with Jorge Milian and Jack Toraño

#23 - The Beat Club with Jorge Milian and Jack Toraño

February 12, 2020

In the early 1980s in Westchester Miami, Jorge Milian and some friends opened a transformative teen night club. Perfectly timed to ride the change of the legal drinking age to 21, the Beat Club was a hit. Hear the story of the club's rise and hey day from its owner, Jorge Milian. Thanks to Jack Toraño for being there to paint the Beat Club, AND for bringing the fantastic Espinosa cigars we enjoy as we record. Check our Facebook page for links to the Spotify playlist and pictures from the club.

#22 - El Lector is About to Go Table-Top Miniatures - Blood and Plunder with Mike Tuñez from Firelock Games

#22 - El Lector is About to Go Table-Top Miniatures - Blood and Plunder with Mike Tuñez from Firelock Games

December 4, 2019

We talk with Mike Tuñez and Lillian from Firelock Games, the creators of Blood and Plunder, a table-top miniatures game that was recently featured on South Park(!). Tonight we are smoking Ghurka Rogue Armageddon. Check out Blood and Plunder at Firelock Game's website.

#21 - Talking Cigars with Josh Roque from Drew Estate

#21 - Talking Cigars with Josh Roque from Drew Estate

August 13, 2019

Josh Roque, brand manager at Drew Estate, comes clean about how terrible it is to taste test cigars for a living.

 

You can read more about the Undercrown Dogma here: https://drewestate.com/drew-estate-unveils-2019-undercrown-dojo-dogma-limited-release/

 

 

#21 - Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban. Interview with Vanessa Garcia and Victoria Collado of Amparo

#21 - Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban. Interview with Vanessa Garcia and Victoria Collado of Amparo

July 21, 2019

The Amparo Experience is an immersive theater experience bringing us the story of the Arrechabala family; a story of “one family’s fight for love, country, legacy and the truth behind the real HAVANA CLUB RUM”. We sat down with Writer Vanessa Garcia and Producer Victoria Collado to talk about this moving experience resonating across cultures and with Cuban-Americans who find in it their own stories. Marcos, Raquel and Nelda also sit down to talk about what the experience meant for them providing a generational perspective. This is a true story from the Exiled South; of legacy lost and recovered.

Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban.

#20 - White Elephant with Rolando Llanes and JB Aleman

#20 - White Elephant with Rolando Llanes and JB Aleman

April 29, 2019

Your hosts interview Architect and storyteller Rolando Llanes with guest JB Aleman as they discuss the film White Elephant:What is There to Save? The subjects of conversation in this episode are architecture, baseball and fatherhood, all as viewed from the lens of Miami in the late 20th century. You can check out the film (and we highly recommend that you do) on Vimeo, here: https://vimeo.com/105767151 Enjoy this story from the Exiled South.

#19 - Cigars - A Love Story

#19 - Cigars - A Love Story

March 20, 2019

Marcos, Mark, and Matt are joined by Bob, Angel and Philip to discuss the 2018 Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list, the cost of cigars, and some of their favorite cigar memories. Pour a glass of your favorite drink, light up a great cigar, and enjoy!

#18 - Leather, Wood, and Coffee: A Cigar Tasting Primer

#18 - Leather, Wood, and Coffee: A Cigar Tasting Primer

November 28, 2018

Our hosts try to educate themselves on the topic of cigar tasting. Featuring notes of ridiculousness, neti pots, and retrohaling, this episode will surely hit the right spot. This week everyone smokes La Mission by L'Atelier: https://www.neptunecigar.com/cigar/la-mission-by-l-atelier

We discuss the following pages for inspiration:

Small Batch Cigar's FAQs series: https://www.smallbatchcigar.com/faq-how-do-cigar-reviewers-taste-all-those-crazy-flavors

Retrohaling: The Nose Knows from Cigar Advisor https://www.famous-smoke.com/cigaradvisor/retrohaling-the-nose-knows

and finally, here's Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman with their wood smelling video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URLCRZuttCs

#17 - Daniel DiFabio of Rodriguez Cigars - Recorded on location in Key West, FL

#17 - Daniel DiFabio of Rodriguez Cigars - Recorded on location in Key West, FL

October 18, 2018

Daniel DiFabio tells Marcos about his family and their heritage as cigar crafters. Recorded live in Key West at the Rodriguez Cigar shop. This is the story of the Rodriguez Fabrica de Tabacos of Key West, as told by Daniel DiFabio. Another story from the Exiled South.

#16 - The Mariel Boatlift with Mirelys McCloud

#16 - The Mariel Boatlift with Mirelys McCloud

August 10, 2018

Almost forty years ago, during the sweltering summer of 1980, Fidel Castro declared that any Cubans desiring to leave the island of Cuba could do so, as long as someone outside of Cuba would come to the island and claim them. Between April and September of 1980, 1,600 vessels, commissioned by previously exiled Cubans, crossed the Florida Straits to claim more than 125,000 Cubans. The boats returned to the United States overloaded with precious cargo: Cuban families exiled from their homeland, searching for freedom.

This is the story of one of those families. A story from the exiled south.

Mariel intro music: Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos - Aurora en Pekín El Lector intro music: The Spam All Stars - Fiesta de los Feos

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