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Author: Josie


Listening Without Prejudice

Yesterday’s assignment involved interviewing two officers and two inmates at Guam Department of Corrections. The conversation was some of the most piercing and fascinating in my life. My head hurt from listening so hard....


When the Tide Brings in a Friend

I first met Sahr in October 2004 and by ‘met’ I mean he posted his first comment here on Latitude13. After some time of establishing himself as an L13 regular, one day Sahr asked...


Episode 8: A Tale of Two Kidneys

After a day at the pool with his family, David Flores thought fish food was stuck in his eye. It turned out to be a detached retina. Pre-op for eye surgery revealed other serious...


Episode 7: Men of Steel

Sean Lizama is the son of Francisco “Cornbeef” Cruz Lizama, the only living Master Blacksmith in the region. Sean talks about his family’s efforts to preserve the traditional art by teaching students and training...


Episode 6: Good Times and Tan Lines

What do you do when you don’t want to pay $60 for a swimsuit top? You learn how to make your own. Meet Jessica Kim, the woman behind Halia & Jade, a brand of...


All the Guams, Vol. I

Over the years I’ve kept a running list of movies and television shows that have mentioned Guam. Here is a video compilation of that list.


Episode 5: Special Ed

In this episode, Eddie Chien opens up about the joy and hardship of being a cook and owning a restaurant, and how two failed restaurants shaped his character and outlook on the future. He...


Blindfold me, she said.

In this video The Frenchman and I take turns putting things in each other’s mouths and guessing what those things are. 😁 Also, get your mind out of the gutter.


Episode 4: To Dee or Not to Dee

Dee Cruz is one of those friends I’ve known a long time but not very deeply. I feel super special that she would come over and open up about things in her past that...