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Quest For Fire

40 EpisodesProduced by Romu Media LLCWebsite

An in-depth exploration into who we are, and why we are how we are. We'll go wherever the rabbit hole takes us. At the end of the day, we have much more in common than we're led to believe.

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Welcome to Season 2 of Quest for Fire, the podcast!

July 22nd, 2021


... and we're back for another season of Quest for Fire, the podcast! We have an exciting lineup of guests that we've invited to the circle, to share their insights and their journey. Thank you all for sticking with us, …

Episode 34 - Manger Baw, creating a new path for the Karen people

May 11th, 2021


Manger Baw has a goal of informing and connecting her fellow Karen community members to resources and information from across Omaha and Nebraska. As a young person, Manger has a wealth of knowledge and lived experiences …

Episode 33 - John Kretzschmar, Labor, democracy, and the power of messaging

April 30th, 2021


John Kretzschmar is a labor educator and the director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. John has spent decades helping educate union leaders and workers, as well as …

BONUS CONTENT - A conversation on Mental Health & Latino masculinity

March 28th, 2021


The Two Vatos are joined by Miguel Estevez, mental health therapist, to discuss the presence of masculinity in our communities, toxic coping …

Episode 32 - Danielle Helzer, launching Left in the Middle Podcast

March 10th, 2021


Danielle Helzer is the host of Left in the Middle Pod (, where she invites guests to discuss progressive ideas in conservative-leaning Nebraska. With a background in …

BONUS CONTENT - A conversation of Prison Reform in Nebraska (Language warning)

February 24th, 2021


Following up our Two Vatos conversation from last week, this time the 2 vatos are joined by Jason Witmer, street advocate, to have a very real …

BONUS CONTENT - A conversation on Paid Sick Leave & Meat Packer Protections in Nebraska

February 13th, 2021


Returning to the podcast is Chato Hernandez, who was our guest on Episode 1. Together, we discuss legislation that can impact our communities, in …

Episode 31 - Kevin Abourezk, an ongoing journey to share stories

January 28th, 2021


Kevin Abourezk is a father, a journalist, and a community advocate. As a Rosebud Lakota man in Lincoln, Nebraska, Kevin has lived many experiences …

Episode 30 - Juan Cangas, putting some THRIVE into life

January 19th, 2021


Juan Cangas is a youth motivational speaker that has reached audiences all across the United States. He has a passion for serving young people and …

Episode 29 - Mike Semrad, celebrating art & media in the Midwest

December 11th, 2020


Mike Semrad is the owner of Red Rebel Media, a multimedia marketing company in Lincoln, Nebraska. Over the past few years, Mike has cultivated a …

Episode 28 - Jaden Perkins, talking progressive politics in the heartland

December 2nd, 2020


Jaden Perkins is the host of "The Initiative", a program that dives into progressive politics and how it all relates to Omaha, Nebraska. 

As a young …

Episode 27 - Dominique Liu-Sang, local politics & our communities

November 19th, 2020


Dominique Liu-Sang is a young person who recently launched a campaign for city council in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a member of the Black Leaders …

Episode 26 - Valeria Gaytan, amplifying the voices of our communities

October 28th, 2020


Valeria Gaytan is a college student from Omaha, Nebraska. As a young person, Valeria explains why she felt compelled to step up and shine a light on …

Episode 25 - Julia Carrillo, being Chingona!

October 14th, 2020


Julia Carrillo is the owner & designer of Soy Chingona ( a fashion, jewelry, and apparel business that specializes in …

Episode 24 - Raymond Rico, humanity & immigration

October 7th, 2020


Raymond Rico is an immigration attorney in the Kansas City area. From a young age, Raymond learned that many hard working immigrants faced a variety of challenges but also contributed immensely to local economies and …

Episode 23 - Kevin Kenney, Right to Repair in rural Nebraska

September 22nd, 2020


Kevin Kenney is a Nebraska farmer with a background in agricultural technology. Kevin has been working to raise awareness on an issue known as "Right …

Episode 22 - Shannon Teamer, I Am Better Than Me

September 16th, 2020


Shannon Teamer is founder & CEO of I Am Better Than Me, a lifestyle multimedia company out of Omaha, Nebraska. The goal of the company is to help …

Episode 21 - Graham Christensen, regenerating our rural communities

August 29th, 2020


Graham Christensen is president/founder of GC Resolve, and as a 5th generation Nebraska farmer, Graham has been working to raise awareness about the …

Episode 20 - Glenn Lewis, the Taco Evangelist!

August 23rd, 2020


Glenn Lewis is a father and a husband with a strong work ethic and drive to provide for his family. Known as "DJ Animale" in the Omaha music scene, he recently is gaining fame through a new title: The Taco Evangelist! 

Episode 19 - Dulce Castañeda, impulse, anger, love & protection for essential workers

August 17th, 2020


Dulce Castañeda is the daughter of a meat packing plant worker in Crete, Nebraska. As the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Dulce was an early and loud …

Episode 18 - Angie Philips, Politics for working people

August 5th, 2020


Angie Philips is a grassroots organizer who, after a frustrating trip to Washington DC, made the bold decision to run for United States Senator, with …

Episode 17 - Feel Good Digital Media, making the world curious again

July 25th, 2020


Irvin Ramirez & Yaid Puente Jimenez love to have thought-provoking conversations. Over the past year, Irvin has launched Feel Good Digital Media, which produces a variety of content in English & Spanish, with …

BONUS CONTENT - A deeper discussion into COVID-19, with Bryan Perrin

July 22nd, 2020


Bryan Perrin, a registered nurse & our guest from Episode 16, has a deeper conversation with us regarding the science behind COVID-19, and the effectiveness of best practices to curb the spread of the virus. 

Lots …

Episode 16 - Bryan Perrin, Caring for the greater good

July 20th, 2020


Bryan Perrin is a Registered Nurse in Lincoln, Nebraska.  A friend of mine since college, he's an insightful communicator, one who has always helped …

Episode 15 - Stephany Pleasant, helping families move forward

July 15th, 2020


Stephany Pleasant is a public interest lawyer and is running for Nebraska legislature for district 25.  As a potential Nebraska state senator, she unpacks what her priorities are, and why she chose to embark on a path …

Episode 14 - Maya Saenz, reporting from the heart & from the heartland

July 9th, 2020


Maya Saenz is a multimedia journalist in Omaha, Nebraska. She details her journey as a bilingual & bicultural Mexican-American, her upbringing in …

Episode 13 - Josue Covarrubias, a conversation on Educators within our American society

July 1st, 2020


Josue Covarrubias started his journey into education as a young immigrant from Mexico , to now serving as a principal of a middle school in …

Episode 12 - Yazmin Gamez, the bond between entrepreneurship & community

June 24th, 2020


Yazmin Gamez recently launched No Coast Designs & Apparel, in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Yazmin has made it a priority to serve the needs of local & …

Episode 11 - Jazari Kual, the power of local Black owned Media amid the Black Lives Matter movement

June 15th, 2020


Jazari Kual is CEO of media company Kualdom Creations, out of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Jazari has made it a priority to document, through Live stream and …

Episode 10 - A few remarks about the current moment, BLM, Young People, Solidarity

June 11th, 2020


Here are a few short remarks & observations from the past couple of weeks regarding Black Lives Matter, youth-led movements, and standing in …

Episode 9 - Irasema Aguirre, life with Lupus

June 8th, 2020


Joining us for Episode 9 is Irasema Aguirre, from .

Irasema unpacks her personal journey in dealing with the autoimmune disease Lupus, how Lupus impacted her relationships …

Episode 8 - Fatima Flores-Lagunas, advocating for DACA in the age of American uncertainty

May 30th, 2020


Fatima Flores-Lagunas is an advocate for DACA youth in the Omaha, Nebraska community, and currently serves as Field Director for the Kara Eastman campaign for U.S. House of Representatives (Nebraska-02).  Fatima shares …

Episode 7 - Steven Kirchner, young people & the Climate Crisis

May 24th, 2020


Steven Kirchner, National Field Coordinator for a non-profit named OurClimate, shares his insights regarding the Climate Crisis, and how climate …

Episode 6 - MMIW, a discussion on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 15th, 2020


MMIW refers to Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, and a movement to raise awareness about the alarmingly high number of Native women that go …

Episode 5 - Roger Garcia, community values & self-awareness

May 12th, 2020


Phoning in from the Omaha area is Roger Garcia, a man of great perspective and a strong resource for his different communities. Roger details the importance of civic engagement, how to get started, and the importance of …

Episode 4 - Babs Ramsey, progressive candidate for United States Congress

May 8th, 2020


Money & power, football & muscle cars, fire up the grill & crack open a beer! (Yes we reference all of this at some point!)

Barbara "Babs" Ramsey, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives NEBRASKA-01, …

Episode 3 (English) - Maira Mendez, giving a voice to Meat Packing Plant Workers

May 2nd, 2020


We have a very special guest today on QUEST FOR FIRE!

Maira Mendez is the proud daughter of Meat Packing Plant Workers, and she shares her experiences in answering the demands of the moment, and  standing up for all the …

Episode 2 (English) - Guillermo Pena, frustration & pain in Grand Island, Nebraska during COVID-19

May 2nd, 2020


There is a lot of emotion in this one! Guillermo Pena is a traveling nurse & an apartment manager in Grand Island, Nebraska. 

He shares the experiences and the feelings of many community members during this tragic …

Episode 1 - Salvador Hernandez, mental health & la cultura

April 26th, 2020


There is a treasure trove of perspective and empowerment in this one! 

Brother Salvador is a mental health therapist in the San Jose, CA area. He serves young people & their families as they confront certain …

Episode 0 - Meet your host, Romulo Vega

April 26th, 2020


If I am to ask my guests to open up and share their stories with us on QUEST FOR FIRE, I think it's only right that I too share my own story.

Here we talk about who I am, & why I am how I am. From growing up a brown …

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