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The Summer Friends Podcast

The Summer Friends Podcast is a regular conversation hosted by Nate Loucks. It is equal parts storytelling, interview, and education. We talk about community, shared interests and struggles, how our lives intersect, and where the guest plans on going from here.

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Summer Friends | sum‧mer frends |
Friends whose lives intersect over a shared season and place.

The Summer Friends podcast is a regular conversation hosted by Nate Loucks. A summer friend is a person whose life intersects with your own for a brief season. Summer friends never have a permanent presence, but they often leave a lasting impression.

Each episode will be equal parts storytelling, interview, and education.

Let's be friends, even for just this season.

The Summer Friends Podcast | Rhymer/Educator


On the first episode of 2019, I invited my friend Joe Ruiz to be a guest on the podcast. Joe creates music under the name Rhymer/Educator. He and I initially bonded over our shared love of hip-hop, but our friendship deepened as I got to see Joe's passion for life, his family, and creating things that matter.

We discuss quite a few things, including:

  1. Why the name Rhymer/Educator?

  2. Being caught between to racial identities (white/Hispanic)

  3. Racial profiling.

  4. His creative process for song creation.

  5. His thoughts on some of the greatest rappers in history.

If you would like to follow his music project or listen to some of his music, visit his LinkTree to find your next step.

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Please feel free to comment below if you have a comment or suggestion about this episode or an idea for a future podcast. Thanks for listening.