The Tortilla Diaries Podcast
Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi
I'm an oral historian, writer, university professor, radio producer and now...a podcaster! Join me on my podcast, "The Tortilla Diaries."
Episode 10: The Tortilla Diaries — Arthur and Abby Ratcliff
Aug 6 2021
Episode 10: The Tortilla Diaries — Arthur and Abby Ratcliff
This month our program features a married couple—Art and Abby Ratcliff. Both were born in San Antonio in 1928—at the time of the interview they’d been married for fifty two years! They provide their life history of what life was like growing up during the post Depression era, along with the challenges they faced in acquiring fluency in English. Arthur and Abby both graduated from high school in the post World War 2 era (1947-1948) and experienced a society in transition. www.rebeccakarimi.com
Aug 6 2021
Episode 9: The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 9—Cafe con Leche
This month our program features something unique. I’m featuring an audio program I created/wrote/ and produced in my graduate school days. To be quite honest, it was my first foray into audio production. It was for a class called “Writing About Race and Change” at Florida Atlantic University that was taught by its Writer in Residence, Dr. Kitty Oliver, who would later become my mentor and friend. “Cafe con Leche”—as I titled it, also won an award from FAU’s Graduate Research Symposium and led to a Summer Internship program under the tutelage of former NPR station manager and BBC freelance contributor—Dr. Kevin Petrich. I had the honor of being his teaching assistant for Broadcast Journalism for three years. Talk about lucky! This audio program brings back many fond memories for me: of the many friendships I made while in graduate school, of the challenges graduate school presented, and of the hard work and sacrifice it required. But it also reminded me of the sweet taste of success I achieved upon earning the doctorate. Just in case you’re curious, I remixed the program and hope you like my update.
May 31 2021
Episode 8: The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 8—The Wrong Side of the Tracks
Hola amigos, somos familia! This month's podcast focuses on Rev. Dr. Daniel Rodriguez. Brother Dan—as his congregation fondly called him— pastored at La Trinidad United Methodist Church in San Antonio from 1983-2002. His activism for social justice guided his ministry over the years. In 1966, he served in the Rio Grande Valley in Mission, TX—just a few miles from the Mexican border and participated in and supported the striking farmworkers in their 400-mile march to the state capitol in Austin. His activism continued while at La Trinidad. He pursued community organizing efforts in Mexican American communities on the west and south sides of San Antonio and joined Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and The Metro Alliance. As a result of his activism, he assisted these organizations in dismantling longstanding discriminatory laws and practices. Many of these Jim Crow laws oppressed minority communities in San Antonio since the 1870s. Brother Dan actively served in the Rio Grande Conference of the United Methodist Church for over fifty years. He passed on July 19, 2020 at the age of 88. I'm so honored to feature his interview on my podcast and am dedicating this edition of The Tortilla Diaries to Rev. Dr. Daniel Rodriguez and my dear cousin, Gustavo Dominguez.
May 7 2021
Episode 7: The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 7—March Edition
Hola amigos, solos familia! Happy Women’s History Month! Happy Spring! This month our program highlights voices from my Treasures from Aztlan oral history collection along with a mini-memory I wrote. Since this month is Women’s History Month, we’ll focus on stories about women. They may not be famous, but they were my heroines nonetheless. My mini-memory recounts a cherished memory about my Aunt Tina and her best friend Josie. Later you’ll hear a voice from my “Treasures from Aztlan Oral History Collection” about how narrator Ernestine Olvera was beset by racist acts throughout her 92 years of living in San Antonio, TX and how she rose against them. We’ll also learn about the cultural milieu surrounding the 1930-1940s era, when Olvera was growing up and how it impacted her and other Mexican Americans during that time.
Mar 19 2021
Episode 6: The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 6 — "Feliz Navidad Edition"
Feliz Navidad! This month our program highlights Navidad—Christmas the Latino way! We’ll learn about traditions ranging from celebrating Las Posadas to Los Pastores to Nacimientos. We’ll learn some fascinating history about popular Latino Mystery plays centered on shepherds seeking el Nino Jesus, and Mary and Joseph finding shelter at the inn. Many of these plays and traditions date back to 16th and 17th century Mexico. These works migrated with the Franciscan fathers that settled in the missions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Our program culminates with a Christmas legend about the poinsettia—also known as “La Flor de la Noche Buena.” www.rebeccakarimi.com
Dec 22 2020
Episode 6: The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 5–November-Thanksgiving—Oral History
This month our program features a mini-oral history workshop. With so many families accessing ancestry.com or 123 and Me for their backgrounds, many often wonder about their more recent ancestors—say great grandparents or great aunt or uncle. That leads us to the nest question: What is an oral history? It’s a life story. You can think of it as a series of “mini memories” that oral historians capture to compile into one life story. This workshop offers ways to capture a few “Mini Memories” from your loved ones. With the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure that you have thought about gathering family stories from loved ones, but never quite knew what equipment you needed, how to ask the questions, and how long to in terview? Ask no more, that’s what this month’s episode is about. www.rebeccakarimi.com
Nov 20 2020
The Tortilla Diaries-Trailer
This trailer features a brief overview of the content that listeners can look forward to hearing on The Tortilla Diaries. Dr. Dominguez-Karimi will highlight voices from her oral history collection, "Treasures from Aztlan," as well as artists from diverse Latino communities. Her goal remains to bridge the gap between cultures to create understanding.
Oct 21 2020
The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 4 "October Edition—La Llorona"
This episode is dedicated to my granddaughters—Liliana, Leila, Felicity, Everly, Rosalee and Briella. This month we’re celebrating lots of holidays—Indigenous People’s Day, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! I’m honoring my ancestral roots in this edition of the Tortilla Diaries by featuring a Mexican ghost story entitled: “La Llorona.” I also provide a bit of background information on Aztec myths and Mexican history that are believed to have inspired this spooky tale. So make sure to grab your cup of hot chocolate, go into a dark room, and turn off the lights as you listen to my spooky rendition of the famous ghost story: La Llorona.
Oct 13 2020
The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 3 "Hispanic Heritage Month Author Series Part 2"
Hola amigos! Thank you for joining my podcast, The Tortilla Diaries. Our next podcast in our special series highlighting Latinx authors features poet Eduardo Condes, board member of The Cream Literary Alliance. Eduardo was born in Patillas, Puerto Rico and grew up in Chicago, IL. He’s been living, eating, and breathing poetry in Spanish and English for all his adult life. His poetry has been featured in several venues from the City of West Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County Library. Eduardo says writing poetry is like “taking a photograph with words.” We hope you’ll agree. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us and thank you in advance for subscribing to the Tortilla Diaries podcast. Look for our next podcast in the Hispanic Heritage month series in the next two weeks, it’ll be a surprise.
Sep 28 2020
The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 2 "Hispanic Heritage Month Author Series"
Hola amigos! Thank you for joining my podcast, The Tortilla Diaries. For Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re kicking off the month with a special series highlighting Latinx authors. The first author that we’re featuring is Sasha Moghimi—author, activist, and Book Club facilitator for The Cream Literary Alliance. Of mixed heritage, her mother immigrated from Chile, while her father immigrated from Iran. She writes some fascinating stories about her family and relishes utilizing both Spanish and Farsi in her works. Please join me for my interview with Sasha and for a special reading of her work—just for our listeners. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us and thank you in advance for subscribing to the Tortilla Diaries podcast. Look for our next podcast in the Hispanic Heritage month series in the next two weeks, featuring poet Eduardo Condes, board member of The Cream Literary Alliance.
Sep 17 2020
The Tortilla Diaries Ep. 1 "I'm An American"
This month our program highlights citizenship by asking the question: Where were you born? For many minorities, despite being born in the United States, their citizenship is constantly called into question. Our program explores how racism affects the lives of minorities and features the oral histories of two Latina’s on opposite ends of the age spectrum. They’ll share their painful memories on what it’s like to be Mexican American in the United States.
Aug 5 2020