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Join KSL.com's Xoel Càrdenas and Yvette Cruz for some conversation on all things culture over a nice cafecito.

Ep. 56: Sports(wo)manlike conduct   (33:06)6-21-2019
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz talk sportsmanship in response to the controversy surrounding the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team scoring 13 goals against Thailand during their first match in the Women’s World Cup. Some criticized...
Ep. 55: Workplace, Safe Space?   (35:33)5-30-2019
A recent survey revealed 75 percent of employees want all physical contact banned at work. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz try to break down this potential policy and its possible effects using their own experiences and understandings...
Ep. 54: Insta connect, Insta non-sense   (39:20)5-16-2019
It’s no secret that the way we communicate with the world has changed. The Instagram phenomenon is the latest example. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss how, for some, the app is becoming the default way to express yourself and con.
Ep. 53: No spoilers please   (30:16)5-3-2019
Is there such a thing as spoiler etiquette in today’s social media culture? In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss all things spoilers when it comes to major movie releases and anticipated storylines in TV shows. The two question what c.
Ep. 52: Keeping it real?   (24:53)4-18-2019
Is it a good idea to return to the old neighborhood after success? In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz explore jealousy in one’s community and the term “keeping it real.” The conversation stems from the tragic recent death of Hip Hop arti
Ep. 51: Navigating the rigged system   (43:12)3-20-2019
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz are joined by Cristobal Villegas to discuss privilege and the higher education system in response to the #CollegeCheatingScandal. As first-generation college students and children of immigrants, the three ...
Ep. 50: The People vs. Jussie Smollett   (40:43)3-6-2019
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz are joined by Jasen Lee, of the Voices of Reason podcast, to discuss actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime case and what followed when his story fell apart. From the support Smollett instantly gained .
Ep. 49: … But does it spark joy?   (36:50)2-21-2019
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz chat about the phenomenon surrounding Netflix’s original series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” The two discuss Kondo’s famous methods for achieving happiness — including only keeping items that spar
Ep. 48: The best a man can get?   (37:11)1-30-2019
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss Gillette’s recent “We believe” commercial which calls out toxic masculinity. The two react to both the praise and the backlash the ad received while identifying their idea of toxic male behavior
Ep. 47: Breaking up with Facebook   (33:19)1-16-2019
In this episode, Xoel Cárdenas and Yvette Cruz discuss the recent pitfalls of Facebook as a growing number of users leave the platform for good.
Ep. 46: Mi casa es … not on TV   (44:33)12-21-2018
Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz react to beloved children’s show Sesame Street tackling homelessness in a recent episode. The two discuss the importance of seeing different socioeconomic statuses portrayed in the media and look back at how their own expe.
Ep. 45: Ain't nobody got time for that   (35:28)12-12-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz tackle time management. The two drew inspiration from Vanity Fair’s video series about what certain celebrities do in an entire day, and share their takes on scheduling out time versus “winging it.”
Ep. 44: That filter life   (42:43)11-21-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss a growing trend in which more and more people are getting cosmetic surgery to resemble Snapchat and Instagram filters. The two share their own takes on filters and today’s beauty standards.
Ep. 43: It happened again   (31:21)11-15-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz talk gun violence in America following the most recent mass shooting, in which 12 people were killed inside a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The two share their views on gun control and qu...
Ep. 42: The underrated present   (24:50)11-8-2018
Do you remember the last you did ABSOLUTELY nothing? No scrolling, no watching something and no thinking about the past or the future. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss a so-called transformative power in taking 10 minutes each day...
Ep. 41: *Knock on wood*   (30:54)10-30-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz are talking superstitious beliefs. The two discuss well-known superstitions, as well as their own, and try to get to the root of these beliefs and their alleged consequences.
Ep. 40: My culture is not a costume   (46:36)10-17-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz explore the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. The two discuss several disputed examples — from Halloween costumes to a prom dress incident to Bruno Mars — while sharing
Ep. 39: Ready, set, vent   (29:01)10-10-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss both the relief and the consequences of venting at work after a recent study said it can actually make you angrier.
Ep. 38: The Nike Episode   (00:15)9-27-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz break down Nike’s latest campaign, which features Colin Kaepernick — a controversial or inspirational figure, depending on who you ask. The two also discuss loyalty to brands and question what circumstanc
Ep. 37: Food for thought — literally   (35:58)9-13-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss their relationships with food in what often seems to be a food-obsessed society (thanks Instagram). The two chat about what foods they love and what foods they hate and also shed light on eating di...
Ep 36: To "!" or not to "!"   (33:58)9-5-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss today’s use of the exclamation point in emails and text messages. The two talk what’s good, what’s bad and what’s confusing about using — or not using — a “!” in and out of the workpla
Ep. 35: Leggo my ego   (29:15)8-30-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz are discussing ego and what it means to have to check it sometimes.
Ep. 34: Fear factors   (29:18)8-22-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz are talking about fear and the effects that come with it. The two share their own fears — both physical and mental — while questioning where and why certain fears are born.
Ep. 33: A whole new (shared) world   (30:41)8-15-2018
Cars, homes, even scooters — We’re sharing everything these days. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz are discussing the pros and cons of a shared economy. The two break down their overall experiences and question what else may be up for sh
Ep. 32: No new friends, just true friends   (40:42)8-8-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss the ins and outs of friendship. The two talk about the influence friends can have and share what they value about their own friendships.
Ep. 31: Desperate times call for a game show   (30:39)7-25-2018
Student debt + game show = a chance at a better life? In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss a new game show aimed at helping people pay off their student loan debt. The two also chat about our society’s high interest [or obsession] wit.
Ep. 30: The "what were you thinking?" generations   (33:51)7-19-2018
We’re never finished evolving. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss the past, present and future as they examine the actions of different generations — from fashion choices to social issues — in response to HBO host Bill Maher sayi
Ep. 29: Liar, liar, pants on fire?   (48:29)7-11-2018
We all do it — but are we bad people for it? In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz talk lying. The two discuss white lies versus bigger lies and try to determine if lying is ever really OK.
Ep. 28: Showing some screen control   (33:26)6-27-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss a 30-day “screen fast” they’re taking part in. The two chat about the most challenging — and rewarding — parts of limiting one’s time looking at phones, tablets and TVs.
Ep. 27: The pursuit of happiness and more Latinx faces on TV   (57:28)6-7-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz tackle happiness and how it can be both simple and difficult to obtain. The two also discuss the success of recent TV shows featuring all — or mostly — Latinx casts and react to the storylines and issues
Ep. 26: Do you. Siempre.   (01:43)5-23-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz examine speaking Spanish in public places after video of a man’s rant against Spanish speakers in a New York restaurant went viral. The two also explore the meaning of loneliness versus being alone after a.
Ep. 25: Moms Make The World Go Round   (06:00)5-9-2018
In honor of Mother’s Day, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz are dedicating this episode to moms — a.k.a. the true champions of this world. The two are sharing stories about the life lessons they’ve learned from their own mothers while recognizing all mo
Ep. 24: Don't believe everything you hear (or see)   (39:11)5-2-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss technologies that manipulate what people say and the dangers that might be attached. The two also examine overall health as early birds vs. night owls.
Ep. 23: Facebook status: vulnerable   (01:13)4-4-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss Facebook's privacy practices and question what the social media giant really has on its users. The hosts also talk jobs and examine what it means to be overworked.
Ep. 22: Generation $crewed?   (47:57)3-21-2018
Millennials are often reported as the generation likely to face the most financial struggles. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz talk millennials and money — from wages, to debt, to the cost of every day living. The two use their own experi.
Ep. 21: Confessions of a bully   (45:37)3-7-2018
On Feb. 14, a mass shooting at a Florida high school resulted in 17 lives lost and many more lives changed forever. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss the role cellphones played during the horrific event and how students are using s...
Ep. 20: Inherit greatness, disown the bad stuff   (34:48)2-28-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss inheritance and share what traits — both physical and nonphysical — they’ve each inherited. The pair also talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with people who uplift and nourish yo
Ep. 19: Desired salary? The same you’d pay a man   (44:31)2-14-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz talk pay inequality among men and women. The two recount their own experiences with inequality while discussing cases from Hollywood and sports.
We can crowdfund but can't communicate   (44:37)2-7-2018
If words are the human being’s most powerful tool, what happens when we use them incorrectly? In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss everyday communication and the mistakes we may be making with our words. The two also share their perso.
The timeline of our lives   (38:08)1-31-2018
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss Facebook’s recent decision to change what users see on their timelines. The two also discuss the effects from the ever-increasing use of smartphones and the dependency levels among different genera.
New year, same me   (42:14)1-25-2018
A new calendar year is among us and — for some — that means kicking bad habits, starting “la dieta” and setting new goals. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss their opinions on New Year’s resolutions and introduce an alternati
2017: The good, the bad & the in-between   (42:36)12-28-2017
As 2017 comes to an end, Xoel and Yvette look back on what made the year memorable — or not — for each of them. They begin this episode lightheartedly by sharing their picks for 2017’s best movies, albums, books, tweets and so on. The pair conclude
Streams do come true   (37:30)12-20-2017
In a world where TV shows, movies and music are available with a simple click, the battle for our attention is constantly heating up. In this episode, Xoel Càrdenas and Yvette Cruz discuss the streaming culture we live in and what changes the two are a..
Millennials: don't categorize us!   (37:45)12-12-2017
In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz chat about Time Magazine choosing “The Silence Breakers” as 2017’s Person of the Year and the impact they've had on a society seeing continuous sexual harassment and assault allegations. The two also ex
We want more COCO   (38:05)12-6-2017
Disney and Pixar’s 'Coco' was a hit at the box office and in the hearts of many moviegoers. In this episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz react to the film’s success and share what it meant to them — Yvette as a Mexican-American female and Xoel as
The fun episode   (32:40)11-28-2017
Do you remember the last time you had so much fun you lost track of time? In the episode, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz explore the idea of fun and the belief that playtime is essential even as adults. The two also discuss vacation time and balancing w...
Más Cafecito, please: Sansgiving   (23:09)11-22-2017
In this bonus episode, Xoel and Yvette talk all things Thanksgiving — or “Sansgiving” for some. From food to traditions to gratitude, the two share what the food and family-themed holiday means to them.
Let’s talk sexual harassment: a difficult but necessary conversation   (42:38)11-21-2017
In light of numerous sexual harassment and assault accusations against powerful figures in Hollywood and politics, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz have a candid conversation about harassment. The two share encounters in their own lives while examining ha...
"Go to school, get your doctorate." — Mamá   (41:29)11-14-2017
The idea of going to college and who will pay for it varies from family to family. But when it comes to Hispanic families, a different set of challenges may arise. In this episode, Xoel Càrdenas and Yvette Cruz think back on how the topic of higher edu..
The secret to success? Start with no grudges   (33:48)11-7-2017
Every individual defines ultimate success differently. For some, it means wealth, others say it’s power. And some people believe it’s about much more. In this episode, Xoel Càrdenas and Yvette Cruz discuss their own measurements of success and what k
No money, mo' problems: friends through thick and thin?   (32:28)10-31-2017
Have you ever loaned money to a friend and had a tough time getting it back? In this episode, Xoel Càrdenas and Yvette Cruz talk about financial boundaries in relationships and share their own positive and negative experiences. The two also discuss how..
A mob mentality on social media   (33:56)10-25-2017
It seems like there's a "mob mentality" when it comes to shaming others on social media. In this episode, Xoel Càrdenas and Yvette Cruz talk about why people seem to join the crowd during negative times on social media. The two also discuss habits — bo
Don't call it a comeback ... or maybe do   (30:27)10-9-2017
It seems like everything from TV shows to movies to fashion trends are getting a reboot. In this episode full of nostalgia, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz talk about some of the things they'd like to see make a comeback and what belongs in the past. And...
Stay in your lane or influence change?   (29:06)10-3-2017
In this episode, Xoel Càrdenas and Yvette Cruz discuss their thoughts on artists and athletes using their celebrity for social activism. Also, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Xoel and Yvette talk “nuestras palabras” and their different meanings
How the iPhone changed our lives and drinking Sprite cured our sicknesses   (30:20)9-25-2017
For the iPhone's 10th anniversary, Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss the evolution of the iconic mobile device and how it has transformed everyday life. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Xoel and Yvette reminisce about what it was like growing u...
"And the Spanish word for veganism is ..."   (30:16)9-14-2017
In the premiere episode of KSL Cafecito, hosts Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz discuss speaking Spanish and how the language has evolved around them and in mainstream media. They also give their thoughts on veganism and its growing popularity. Lastly, Xo...