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Author: Josie

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Love is Eternal, Immortal

I was at work the morning my sister called from Boise. Tilde rarely calls so I knew instinctively something was wrong. Her voice broke into sobs as she delivered the news: Our brother Benny...

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Quarantine Quips

On FaceTime, my nine-year-old nephew Koa is showing me around his room. “That’s Alexa,” he says, pointing to something off-camera. “She tells the time and reads stories.” I ask if Alexa can do other...

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EP11: Leo Cheng the Science Mang

Physicist and NASA Engineer Leo Cheng shares how his interest in stars led to his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also talks about industries Guam can develop for increased sustainability, what the...

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Episode 10: An Open Heart is an Open Home

Robert and Vanessa Fejeran share the story of how their quest to expand their family through international adoption led them to becoming foster parents, and give listeners a candid perspective on their fostering experience....

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Listen 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....

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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...

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Episode 9: Biba Mes Chamoru

Author, professor, and filmmaker Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua opens up about growing up in Swaziland and California, why Guam is the hardest place to learn the CHamoru language, and which political status most of...

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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...

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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...