Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
A Latino LA radio host and a sassy MTV celebrity interrupt good meals at their favorite eateries and debate hot-button issues with hungry patrons.
S01:E101 - Should Reality TV Be Nip/Tucked?
With the influx of plastic surgery-themed shows like The Swan, I Want a Famous Face, and Extreme Makeover, has reality television gone too far? With the influx of plastic surgery-themed shows like The Swan, I Want a Famous Face, and Extreme Makeover, has reality television gone too far? It's all you can talk at Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon sidle up to diners to find out how they feel about the prevalence of cosmetic surgery on TV.
S01:E102 - Stereotypes: Harmful or Humorous?
Asians are horrible drivers... Latinos all have huge families... Black people are good at sports... Are these racial stereotypes or actually racist stereotypes? Asians are horrible drivers... Latinos all have huge families... Black people are good at sports... Are these racial stereotypes or actually racist stereotypes? Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon dish up food for thought as this episode explores the genesis of stereotypes.
S01:E103 - Gay Pride for the Gay Bride
Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon serve up the latest hot issue for restaurant patrons to chew on: gay marriage. Diners get fired up as they discuss whether gays should be allowed to marry legally. The majority of restaurant patrons believed that people should be allowed to love whom they choose, but held religious beliefs that rang counter to gay rights. In fact, many thought the sanctity of marriage and the family structure would be compromised with gay marriage. In the end, this hot topic brought up important ideas about the separation of church and state, and the exploration of what defines a family.
S01:E104 - License to Breed
You need a license to drive, to hunt, to groom a dog... but why not to have kids? The controversial issue on the menu: whether parents should be required to have a license to breed. You need a license to drive, to hunt, to groom a dog... but why not to have kids? The controversial issue on the menu: whether parents should be required to have a license to breed. Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon pose the question: is having kids a biological right or should breeding be a privilege? A polarizing issue on all fronts, one thing is clear: parenting is an enormous amount of work that would benefit from preparation and education!
S01:E105 - AIDS Today
Is AIDS still considered a "gay" disease by the majority of Americans? Why is it such a politicized disease? On this episode, hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon cook up conversation about AIDS today. Is AIDS still considered a "gay" disease by the majority of Americans? Why is it such a politicized disease? From organ donation and needle exchange programs to condom use to HIV testing, our diners run the gamut when it comes to the issues. Despite advances in research, education and medication, when it comes to AIDS, we still have a long way to go as a society to combat misinformation and stigma.
S01:E106 - "Censa" or Gangsta
Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon take it to the people to find out where Americans stand on this hot-button issue. No matter where the interviewed diners stood on the topic, one thing was clear: nearly everyone agreed on the need for regulation. But where does one draw the line between social responsibility and freedom of speech and expression? Between parental responsibility versus government controls? In the end, it was about the youth and their impressionable outlooks that sparked the greatest debate on music censorship.
S01:E107 - Accountability: Victim or Villain
When it comes to getting served, this episode knows all about people suing each other left and right. Getting to the heart of the issue of personal accountability are hosts Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon. In these litigious times, where does one person's responsibility end and another person's begin? Whether it's a bartender's responsibility to a drinking patron or a fast food establishment's to provide healthy options, this episode dishes on the murky area that exists between personal responsibility and blame. Legally, morally, and ethically, where does one draw the line when it comes to accountability?
S01:E109 - Father's Rights: Does Father Know Best?
Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon grill the guys and pepper the ladies on gender roles, expectations, and assumptions of parenthood. With controversial topics like child support and abortion on the table, the diners tackle the issues with gusto and passion. Ultimately, a woman's right to choose trumped nearly everything, though it was believed that fathers needed more right legally when it came to their roles in a family.
S01:E111 - Marijuana or Bust
Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon get the 411 on legalizing the 420 on this heady episode. When it comes to whether or not pot should be made legal, the issue finds strong advocates on both sides. Demonized as a gateway drug... praised for its medicinal benefits... the marijuana debate leaves no leaf unturned. Touching on multitudes of issues like the economy, drug reform, the criminal justice system, and international trade among others, the legalization of marijuana is a topic that's high on the list of impassioned debaters everywhere.
S01:E112 - "I'm Not a Role Model"
Do superstar athletes have a responsibility to not only their game, but to also serve as a role model for kids? Simply because of their fame and celebrity status? Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon chew on the issue with diners quick to point the finger at media for packaging athletes to fans as role models. Though some may believe parents must serve as the definitive role models, it's hard to deny that celebrity athletes in the limelight are not aware of their status and "unspoken contract" as a media figure and role model.
S01:E113 - Are Prisoner's Rights Wrong?
Hosts Neil Saavedra and Idalis De Leon dish with restaurant patrons on prisoners' rights, and weigh whether these "criminals" should be provided everything from education and three square meals a day to cable TV and free housing-all on the taxpayer's dime. The moral imperative becomes more than a little murky when these diners debate the wavering line between basic human rights and punitive laws.