Episode Number: 1095
Episode Guest: TJ English and Joey Diaz
Original Airdate: March 26, 2018
Episode Sponsors: Squarespace, ButcherBox, Dollar Shave Club
Guest Bio: TJ English is an author and journalist known primarily for his non-fiction books about the Irish mob, organized crime, criminal justice, and the American underworld. His latest book The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld is available now. Joey “CoCo” Diaz is a Cuban-American stand-up comedian and actor. Joey also hosts his own podcast called The Church of What’s Happening Now.
Topics Discussed: The Westies was TJ’s first book; Havana Nocturne book; how TJ and Joey met; talk about writing a book; how long it takes to research and write a book; writing a proposal; talk about The Corporation book; Jose Miguel Battle Sr.; numbers game; Year of the Dragon movie; more talk about Battle; Bay of Pigs invasion; Murder Machine book; Roy DeMeo; more Bay of Pigs talk; TJ thinks the Cubans and Italians may have been involved with the JFK assassination; E. Howard Hunt; talk about the anti-Castro movement in the United States; Che Guevara talk; Che Guevara in popular culture; Spain; different styles of the Spanish language; Joey says he wasn’t allowed to walk home the same way each day; Joey’s mom made him wear a gold chain so when someone tried to steal it, he would have to fight for it; threatening children; Stormy Daniels says she was threatened over her alleged affair with Trump; more numbers game talk; Goodfellas movie; Joe’s grandma went to jail for numbers; Joe thinks the mob has dissipated in the United States, TJ disagrees; prohibition created mobs in the United States; police corruption; The Seven Five documentary; corruption doesn’t go away; immigration and organized crime are part of the American process; John Gotti and flaunting wealth; Joey talks about his uncle; how did the Cuban mob exist without getting busted; (1:00:00) more talk about numbers, gambling, and sports betting; “Confessions of a Lottery Scammer” article; there’s not as much gambling on the west coast; Sleepers movie; more talk about playing numbers and how the business works; what happens to the money; generosity and karma; back to talk about Jose Battle; turf wars between the Italians and Cubans in New York; organized crime and bombings; Kill the Irishman movie; when writing the book, TJ wondered why people didn’t know these stories; mainstream media is reporting versions of what’s happening, but not the whole story; Joey talks about moving from New York to New Jersey; real estate in New Jersey; Joey talks about living with a cop in NJ; the movie options for his new book were optioned before the book was finished; more Jose Battle talk; Cubans, dogs and San Lazaro; The Sopranos TV show; more Jose Battle stories; Santeria; Joey always wears a white shirt on Mondays; The Devil’s Advocate movie; more Santeria talk; Joey talks about his mother dealing with the police; more talk about Santeria and spirits; (2:00:00) Joey continues telling Santeria stories from his youth; more talk about Joey’s mother and the police; more corruption talk; TJ married (and divorced) a Brazilian woman and became interested in Santeria; TJ loves Brazilian and Cuban culture and explains why; Joey explains Cuba and dancing to Joe; TJ English and His Latin Jazz Explosion; (they watch a video of Cuban people dancing); Joey talks about the Cuban with the biggest dick who would fuck someone in private sex shows; Superman of Havana talk; dicks today are bigger than they were in the past; Joey’s mom told him Rock Hudson was gay before it was known publicly; Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers; Marlon Brando possibly hooked up with the Superman of Havana; Abakua talk; (they watch an Abakua dancing video); Cuba today; Cuban cigars; Joey knows people who are written about in The Corporation book; TJ got a call from Battle’s lawyer after the book was written; more New Jersey talk.
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