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Kaz Endo presents
Ordinary people providing extraordinary access to what's on their mind. A variety of discussions between friends and associates of different backgrounds and culture. Tune-in, let's mint something together. Support this podcast:
May 14, 2021
Mint Talks #17 with Richard Chou
Former Guam resident, Richard Chou joins Kaz in the Minty Fresh studio via ZOOM. The former VP of Talent at Bellator, and now the VP of North America for Wimp 2 Warrior, opens up about life, fatherhood and his amazing journey as a kid from a small island (Guam) going on to work with world famous professional fighters on the big stages around the world. These former St. John's Knights, share some laughs and insight together on what really matters in the ring or out, and how the pandemic has only strengthened their resolve to remain disciplined with both work and family life, so that one doesn't tap-out. Go on, pour yourself a glass of award-winning Kavalan (if you're lucky enough to have one), and light up a toasty cigar and join these proud papa-bears as they mint something together. Studio Notes: Episode 17 Originally recorded 12/21/2020 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
May 3, 2021
Mint Talks #16 with Karl Pangelinan
The former General Manager of the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and current Business Development Director at American President Line (APL), Karl Pangelinan visits us at the Minty Fresh Studios to drop some sports trash talk and share his year in review of a shitty 2020. Guam's Golfer-At-Large, also drops some thoughts on why Guam's approach to cannabis is Malafunkshun, and what we ought to do to increase the island's economic chances in a pandemic obsessed world. So go on, pour yourself a glass of Toki-Toki, light up a cigar (or a joint) and join us for an epic session of shooting the shit. Studio Notes: Episode 16 Originally recorded 12/28/2020 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
April 9, 2021
Mint Talks #15 with Logan Reyes
They say some things get better with age. If we are talking about bourbon and this recording from last year November (2020), then we wholeheartedly agree! Recently minted, Digital Engagement Manager of the Governor's Office of Guam, Logan Reyes joins Kaz in the studio for a warm and open discussion on life. At the time of this recording, Logan was the freshman host of the "Break Down" radio talk show on News Talk K57... I invited Logan to update me on his evolution as a person and lessons learned as a first year radio talk show host. We talk candidly about local politics, self-reflection, love vs. like and marriage... the good kind! So grab a drink and a barstool and join us in our virtual bar room — as we go down memory lane and then some, on this episode of Mint Talks! Studio Notes: Episode 15 Originally recorded 11/30/2020 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
February 26, 2021
Mono-Mint #3 - Give Kudos When Kudos Is Due
02/26/2021 - Episode #3 of the special-edition monologue series on Mint Talks. Kaz reflects on social media mobs and how you can't post a compliment on Facebook anymore... Kaz suggests something novel - like giving kudos to those who deserve it — directly to those who are responsible for it. Studio note: Recorded on February 26, 2021. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
February 12, 2021
Valentine's Day 2021 - Bonus Track!
Kaz & Kelli discuss proper Valentine's Day etiquette. --- A bonus track special release to accompany Read A F*cking Book episode 3. Recorded 02.12.2021. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
February 8, 2021
Mint Talks #14 with Patrick Palomo
Guam's national treasure, Patrick Palomo stopped by the Minty Studio for a chat. Patrick is universally known as Guam's iconic jazz pianist and songwriter and considered by his peers and fans alike as one of our greatest living legends in music. Light a cigar, pour yourself a bourbon and get comfy ... as you listen to two dear friends catch up sharing laughs, memories and personal insights. Studio Notes: Episode 14 Originally recorded 12/05/2020 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
November 5, 2020
Mint Talks #13 with Roque Martinez
Affectionately admired as 'The Champ' by his fans, Guam MMA fighter Roque Martinez joins us in the Minty Fresh studio to share his thoughts on life, fighting and the legacy he wants to leave behind. Roque is a devoted son, father, soon-to-be husband and Guam's most accomplished heavyweight fighter in the MMA cage / ring. Roque has pounded his way across many fight leagues including PXC, DEEP, RIZEN and now, the gold standard — the UFC. After 15 years of grinding in the MMA world, Roque sets his sights on perhaps the biggest fight of his career (Nov. 14 Las Vegas) - not because of the purse at stake or the fame of his opponent — but to prove to himself that he still is the fighter he knows he can be. So grab a drink, sit back and join us in the corner — you're about to enter the MINT-A-GON with the gentle giant — the Champ, Roque Martinez! Studio Notes: Originally recorded on 11/02/2020 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
October 15, 2020
Mint Talks #12 with Siska Hutapea
Siska Hutapea (our first female guest), graces our Minty Fresh studio with her positive vibes, signature laughter, a bottle of Iwai whiskey, and brings the 411 on the local dirt! Real estate is her game, and she's the star player! Siska is the founder, president and chief appraiser of Cornerstone Valuation, the region's leading firm for real estate analysis. Siska shares her thoughts on the pandemic economy and offers her unique insight to life, death and the pursuit of yoga. So go and get into your downward dog position and join us for a quick ride to dirtville! Studio notes: Recorded LIVE on October 8, 2020. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
October 6, 2020
Mint Talks #11 with Troy Williams
Waterman, entrepreneur and tequila master Troy Williams joins the Minty Fresh studio to share his life in Manila as an American citizen during a pandemic and offers his thoughts on Japanese whiskey, Porn Hub, local drama and much more. Troy is one of the smartest people I know, and I think you'll enjoy learning some solid knowledge from the man known to me as Shakespeare Troy. Grab an ice-cold San Miguel or pour yourself a glass of Hibiki neat. It's gonna be a quick hour with Tequila Troy! Studio notes: Originally recorded via ZOOM on September 3, 2020. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
September 17, 2020
Mono-Mint #2 - Ecommerce 101
09/17/2020 - Episode #2 of the special-edition monologue series on Mint Talks. In this episode, your Minty Fresh host provides some advice on how to set up an online store. Businesses who want to take the steps towards creating an e-commerce environment to supplement their current business model or replace their brick-and-mortar altogether, take note — this episode will make you just dangerous enough to get started. Studio note: Recorded on September 16, 2020. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
September 14, 2020
Mint Talks #10 with Bob Kelley and Tom Petra
Our first threesome! Bob Kelley Assistant Head of School at St. John's School joins us in the studio, and Tom Petra Technology Director at St. John's School joins via ZOOM to discuss "distance learning" and the challenges associated with teaching students in a virtual classroom. We discuss how both students and teachers are learning together in the brave new world. Sit back, grab a beer and join us — school is in session! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
September 9, 2020
Mint Talks Limited Series - Read A F*CKING Book with Kelli Wedd #2
Join our resident librarian and book nerd Kelli Wedd as she shares three new books she's been reading. Listen carefully and brag at your next Zoom party how many books you've read! Books Reviewed: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann Pachinko by Min Jin Lee The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
September 4, 2020
Mono-Mint #1 - Open Guam Again
Welcome to the first episode of a new series at Mint Talks. The MONO-MINT is our version of a monologue. It allows us to ponder and opine on the news of the day or other time sensitive topics. For this debut episode, Minter-In-Chief, Kaz Endo, provides commentary on the extension of PCOR1 into the second week of September and challenges elected leaders to reconsider their current approach to handling the pandemic emergency; especially as it relates to the essential and non-essential business binary decision making policies. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
August 28, 2020
Mint Talks #9 with Chris Concepcion
Miss traveling? So do we. I invited Chris Concepcion, former MVA Managing Director aka, CNMI's travel guru to join me in the Minty Fresh studio to talk about his favorite places to go. The man has traveled to over 35 countries and counting, not to mention the hundreds of airports visited. Chris talks about his current gig with the office of the CNMI Governor, tourism, travel hacks and more. So join us in first class, as we take off to places unknown. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
August 23, 2020
Mint Talks #8 with Dr. Vince Akimoto M.D.
Dr. Vince Akimoto (MD), partner and physician of Guam Medical Center, joins us in the Minty Fresh studio (via stream) to address the recent descent of Guam from Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCORE) 4 to 1 due to 105 new positive cases of Coronavirus on the island (August 20, 2020). Recorded on Friday, August 21 just before the islandwide lockdown took effect, Dr. Akimoto shares his candid thoughts on the virus, its on-going threat to our community and what he thinks will turn things around. Dr. Akimoto holds no punches on where he thinks the Government of Guam has failed and praises areas they have done well. The conversation is funny, bold and brash. We'd expect nothing less from the one and only Dr. Akimoto. Studio Note: We apologize in advance for some audio noise caused by latency issues from the streaming service used to conduct the online interview. We've cleaned up the audio as much as we could without compromising the flow or context of the conversation. We hope to have Dr. Akimoto back for a in-studio interview at a later date. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
August 8, 2020
Mint Talks #7 with Kevin Bautista
Originally we booked this session and recorded it back in May 2020 during the peak of COVID-19 hysteria. Most of our early episodes minted were during the same period of time and I felt delaying the broadcast of this recording would be more beneficial to our listeners. I wanted to give them a break from all things COVID... I can truly say the session with Kevin has aged very well (we are now in August). The interview with Kevin Bautista, the press secretary of the office of the CNMI Governor is an open and informal conversation about the situation affecting the CNMI and how they are coping with the new norm. We talk life, politics, race issues and death to the cape cod. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
June 13, 2020
Mint Talks #6 with Angel Taveras
For this episode I go all the way to the Dominican Republic and catch up with my brother and good friend, Angel Taveras. Angel heads his family business in DOM and also owns and operates the Hooters and Tony Roma's franchise in his country. Angel and I spend some time catching up and talk about CIGARS. If you've been wanting to get into cigars, or want to expand your cigar knowledge check this episode out. Due to our huge time difference, Angel was drinking coffee and having a cigar (10AM), while I was enjoying Jack Daniels on the rocks (2AM). Enjoy and "Say hello to my little frennnn...." --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
May 14, 2020
Mint Talks #5 with EJ Calvo
Jedi Master and Head Coach of Guam Basketball / Guam Men's National Basketball drops in to catch us up on local hoops and shares some of his favorite memories building Guam's men's basketball program into a competitive international powerhouse. EJ also shares his observations on the state of his business (wholesale and events) and how Guam will cope with a post-COVID19 economy. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
May 13, 2020
Mint Talks #4 with Joaquin "Kin" Cook
CEO and President of the Bank of Guam, co-partner at Crust restaurant and Rhino Linings Guam joins Mint Talks for a candid discussion on the challenges of operating a bank during COVID-19 and finding his groove as the head of the Guam's largest locally owned financial institution. Kin also shares "father fails" and how he sees the local economy rising up through the efforts of entrepreneurs, during and after the Coronavirus pandemic. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
May 4, 2020
Mint Talks Limited Series - Read A F*CKING Book with Kelli Wedd - EPISODE 1
We love to talk, but we also love to read. Well, at least Kelli the "librarian" does. Join us for a special limited edition series that we call, 'Read A F*CKING BOOK" with co-host Kelli Wedd. Check back week to week for new episodes. What? Hey man, it takes time to read books! Even if you don't plan to read these books, take notes so people will think you did! Books Reviewed: The Fountains of Silence - Ruta Sepetys. (4 out of 5 MINTS) The Secret History - Donna Tartt (4.2. out of 5. MINTS) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari. (4.5 out of 5 MINTS) --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.