A podcast of critical and timely analysis

A podcast by dos Latinas from working class, immigrant families navigating law school while bringing y'all raw, critical analysis of law, current events, and personal politics. Cerebronas and unapologetic.
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Commodifying Death and Dreams

54:16 | Apr 29th

On this episode, Yvette interviews Zaira, an immigrants' rights activist fighting to make Tucson a sanctuary city. Zaira shares her experiences of family separation and death due to inhumane border and migration policies, how she strives to keep her ...Show More
Decolonial Migration

25:44 | Apr 23rd

On this episode, Yvette analyzes recent changes in immigration law including William Barr's recent decision to deny folks in expedited removal proceedings, who are also claiming fear of persecution, access to bond, the increased criminalization of hu...Show More
Freedom Looks Like Space for Everybody

1:02:06 | Apr 2nd

On this episode, Yvette interviews reproductive and immigrants rights activist Alejandra Pablos. She shares her experiences being detained in Southern Arizona, breaks down building people power within detention, and emphasizes the importance of acces...Show More
Niño's Daughter

38:26 | Apr 1st

On this episode, Yvette interviews her good friend and Latina scholar at the University of Arizona-- Alex. Alex shares the policing she experienced as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated man, her research on the ways in which girls of color with ...Show More
Detention Centers Shouldn't Exist

1:18:05 | Apr 1st

On the first episode of Radio Cachimbona, Yvette interviews Carmine and Eva-- her two #lawtina co-workers with Central American and Mixtec roots. They talk about the emotional heaviness of seeing folks detained who look like them, they vent about the...Show More
25: Reparations Are Due

1:09:22 | Feb 2nd

On the final episode of Cerebronas, Yvette and Cynthia announce their plans for the future, criticize the Supreme Court's decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish, and express their fears over the criminal convictions of the No More Deaths volunteers. They...Show More
24: Generations of Women Getting UTIs

1:40:23 | Jan 14th

On this episode, Cynthia and Yvette bash border patrol for the harm they cause to life, open up about their sex education, and shame Justice Holmes for his approval of sterilization in Buck v. Bell. They uplift the work of No More Deaths, reject the ...Show More
Chiquis: Rise To Reunite

25:00 | Jan 7th

On this episode, Yvette interviews Ana Maria Quintana, the vice mayor of Bell, California. Ana Maria works as an attorney with Rise to Reunite, a non-profit partnering with Al Otro Lado to provide legal assistance to migrants attempting to apply for ...Show More
Chiquis: Speaking Power to People's Truth

1:12:40 | Dec 24th, 2018

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia interview Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez-- the founder of LatinaRebels. They discuss the current Nicaraguan political crisis and contextualize its history, swap stories of toxic mentors, and Prisca drops knowledge ...Show More
23: "I Change Myself, I Change the World"

58:03 | Dec 11th, 2018

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia get into the harmful impacts of adding a legal status question to the 2020 census, shine a light on the stigma surrounding the bar exam, and take it back to 1886 for an early 14th Amendment case. They explain the i...Show More
Chiquis: Criminalizing Migration

28:26 | Nov 23rd, 2018

On this chiquitasode, Yvette interviews Cynthia Magallanes-Gonzalez about her research on migration patterns. They discuss the similarities between the relationships of the US and Mexico to that of Spain and Morocco, the difficulties for migrant moth...Show More
Chiquis: Latinx-Centered Therapy

42:36 | Nov 6th, 2018

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia interviews Zeahlot Lopez--a licensed therapist who specializes in Latinx-centered family therapy. Z shares the importance of collective-focused therapy, the ways in which childhood context can explain attachment styles, ...Show More
22: I Think That's Bulls***

1:52:08 | Oct 15th, 2018

[TW: Sexual Assault, Suicide] On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia lament the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which held that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act exceeded congressional authority under the 14th and 15th Amendments, di...Show More
21: Fundamental Fairness

1:10:40 | Oct 3rd, 2018

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia analyze Lassiter v. Department of Social Services, the case that held that counsel is not required for parental termination proceedings, criticize the Trump administration's proposal to widen the definition of "pub...Show More
Chiquis: Rocío - Inspring Compassion

43:20 | Sep 17th, 2018

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia interviews Dario Guerrero, the director of Rocío - a film capturing Dario's mother's fight against cancer and her last days with family in Mexico, and Dario's decision to go with her, risking his ability to live in the U...Show More
Chiquis: Intergenerational Trauma

44:17 | Sep 10th, 2018

On this episode, Yvette discusses intergenerational trauma with her cousin, Stephanie. They share their experiences with anxiety as the children of survivors of the Salvadoran Civil War and how they cope.
Chiquis: Reina Rebelde

48:26 | Aug 27th, 2018

On this episode, Yvette interviewed Regina Merson, founder of Reina Rebelde -- a makeup line by a Latina for Latinas. She shares her journey from bankruptcy attorney to makeup mogul and reminds us to always self-reflect and step out of our comfort zo...Show More
20: Dystopian Future

1:06:19 | Aug 6th, 2018

In their return from summer break, Yvette and Cynthia process Yvette's California Bar experience, celebrate Roe v. Wade and the right to an abortion, and bemoan Google's decision to censor information in China. They note the money-making/major-scam s...Show More
Chiquis: Angola - Slavery by Another Name

49:38 | Jul 16th, 2018

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia welcomes Lincoln Mitchell and Ciji Jackson for a discussion on the largest maximum security prison in the United States: Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. They discuss the many similarities between the current pris...Show More
Chiquis: How to Apply to Law School

53:03 | Jul 2nd, 2018

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia talks with law school classmate and good friend, Lincoln Mitchell, about applying to law school. They go through all the components and answer listener questions, specifically about the GPA, LSAT, resumé, personal & dive...Show More
19: People are Forgetting

55:22 | Jun 4th, 2018

In episode 19, Yvette and Cynthia discuss different systems of accountability in the context of Chile, specifically the usage of documentary as a form of healing, the case against the dictator Pinochet in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and...Show More
Chiqui: A World Without ICE

1:14:11 | May 22nd, 2018

In this episode, Yvette moderated a panel focused on the case to abolish ICE featuring Bianca Santos, an attorney at Pangea Legal Services, Clara Long from Human Rights Watch, and Yadira Sanchez, an activist from the California Immigrant Youth Justic...Show More
18: Desperate to Get Away

40:36 | Apr 16th, 2018

On this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss the terrible prospects facing Henry - a teenager formerly involved with MS-13 now facing deportation after cooperating with the FBI. For the case segment, they dive into the facts of Scott v. Harris - the c...Show More
Chiqui: No Nos Vamos a Regresar

44:41 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Grab your tissues because las Cerebronas interview the OGs - their parents - for this chiquitasode. They share their experiences of immigrating to the US - the pain, the successes, and the luck. We made this episode with a lot of love so we truly hop...Show More
17: Rest in Power Marielle Franco

40:21 | Mar 20th, 2018

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the tragic and infuriating murder of Marielle Franco, break down the DeShaney v. Winnebago County DSS case, a due process decision born of a tragic incident of neglect that led to a young boy having permane...Show More
16: Borders Aren't Natural

1:09:42 | Mar 6th, 2018

On episode 16, Yvette and Cynthia shine a light on the organization responsible for legislation like “stand your ground,” reject a world with borders, and explain the recent case that permitted indefinite detention for certain immigrants. They warn a...Show More
15: Call It What It Is

55:09 | Feb 20th, 2018

For episode 15, Cynthia and Yvette take it back to 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, or any black person, could not be a citizen of the US (a decision later overturned by the 14th amendment), call out the FBI's racist practices, and ...Show More
Chiquitasode: People Carry Different Wisdom

55:17 | Feb 6th, 2018

Las Cerebronas partnered with Harvard Law’s La Allianza to bring y’all three chiquitasodes with amazing Profes that will be sharing their knowledge at the 2018 conference, “Advocating Across Communities: Shared Identities, Struggles, and Imaginations...Show More
Chiquitasode: We are the Trojan Horse

43:44 | Feb 3rd, 2018

Las Cerebronas partnered with Harvard Law’s La Allianza to bring y’all three chiquitasodes with amazing Profes that will be sharing their knowledge at the 2018 conference, “Advocating Across Communities: Shared Identities, Struggles, and Imaginations...Show More
Chiquitasode: Listen & Be Humble

46:55 | Jan 29th, 2018

Las Cerebronas partnered with Harvard Law’s La Allianza to bring y’all three chiquitasodes with amazing Profes that will be sharing their knowledge at the 2018 conference, “Advocating Across Communities: Shared Identities, Struggles, and Imaginations...Show More
14: If People Like Us Had Been at the Table

57:17 | Dec 19th, 2017

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia express disappointment at the loss of net neutrality, envision a new country under a new Constitution, and explain the doctrine around cell phones and search warrants. They cry-laugh at the corporate greed behind t...Show More
13: Chiquitasode: What Can I Do to Support You?

50:18 | Dec 5th, 2017

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia and Yvette speak with Fatima, a social worker that embodies the harm reduction framework. Fatima shares an overview of harm reduction, why it's important to respect the bodies and decisions of her clients, and how she li...Show More
12: Respectability Politics are a Lie

1:00:06 | Nov 20th, 2017

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the potential end of the Temporary Protected Status program, break down respectability politics, and analyze the case Goldberg v. Kelly. They note the erasure of Central Americans, reject respectability pol...Show More
11: "The Spanish Own the Cow..."

58:06 | Nov 6th, 2017

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss Eduardo Galeano's Venas Abiertas de América Latina, the gender discrimination case Nguyen vs. INS and the case of Jane Doe -- an unaccompanied minor who sought an abortion while detained in immigration cust...Show More
10: Chiquitasode: "Im Not Racist But..."

42:14 | Oct 21st, 2017

In this chiquitasode, Yvette and Cynthia interview professor Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, who shares the research that led to the writing of her book "Crook County: Race and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court." She reveals the coded language...Show More
9: Gender is a Journey

55:54 | Oct 10th, 2017

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette interview Isa Noyola, the Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center, discuss the manslaughter conviction of Ky Peterson, and analyze the G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board case. They highlight the ways in w...Show More
Chiquitasode: Behind The Degrees

41:20 | Sep 25th, 2017

In this chiquitasode, las cerebronas get personal about their experience pre- and during higher education, featuring some hot tips along the way. They share what they're proudest of, who is most important in their lives, and how they got through and ...Show More
8: Knowing Your History is Power

1:01:39 | Sep 2nd, 2017

On this "Back to School" episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss affirmative action, the case Plyler v. Doe, which ruled that Texas' attempts to deny undocumented children access to K-12 public education was unconstitutional, and the recent Ethnic Studie...Show More
7: Lincoln Gets Too Much Credit

1:03:12 | Aug 17th, 2017

In this episode, Yvette and Cynthia process the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, discuss what accountability means to them, and analyze Korematsu v. United States - the case that deemed the exclusion of Japanese Americans from the West...Show More
6: Hold Complexity

1:00:54 | Aug 2nd, 2017

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss the gentrification of Boyle Heights, the SCOTUS case that clarified whether disparate impact claims can be brought under the Fair Housing Act, and internalized racism. They applaud the tactics of Defend Boy...Show More
5: Womxn's Autonomy

56:51 | Jul 18th, 2017

In this episode, Yvette and Cynthia call out Rob Kardashian's posts of Blac Chyna as indicative of rape culture, highlight the unnecessary feticide charges brought against Purvi Patel, and discuss what Hulu's “The Handmaid’s Tale" leaves out. They hi...Show More
4: Race is a Verb

59:21 | Jul 4th, 2017

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss the police violence that Berkeley student Ismael Chamu experienced, constructions of race, and a less-known precursor case to Brown v. Board. They highlight the targeting of students of color on college cam...Show More
3: The U.S. Doesn't Love You Back

1:00:05 | Jun 21st, 2017

In this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the murder of Philando Castile, the importance of POCs serving on juries, and Batson v. Kentucky - the case that supposedly did away with race-based juror striking. They voice their desire for true accounta...Show More
2: The Facade of Democracy

1:03:00 | Jun 5th, 2017

In episode 2, Cynthia and Yvette discuss the release of freedom fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Puerto Rican debt crisis, and the importance of mental health. They expose the American facade of democracy on the island, break down bankruptcy law, and ...Show More
1: We Dropped the Diminutive

1:07:52 | May 23rd, 2017

In the break-out episode of Cerebronas, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the recent detention of an immigration activist in LA, navigating an elite law school as Latina women, and Justice Sotomayor's (arguably) most powerful dissent. They share their pract...Show More