Catalina Stars: Young and Famous

Catalina Stars: Young and Famous

In every episode of “CATALINA Stars ⭐️,” young Latina journalist Cristina Areu interviews the next generation of Latinx VIPs you know and love! What’s their world like? What advice do they have for other kids reaching for the stars? And do they have to do their homework too? CATALINA magazine’s youngest staffer, gets up close and personal for answers and inspiration. By Latinx kids for Latinx kids, join Cristina behind the scenes every week on this one-of-a-kind BTS podcast.


November 19, 2022 19 mins

It's never too early to become an at-home chef extraordinaire according to this week's V.I.P. Guest Chef Ed Covino!  This is great news to Young Podcast Host Cristina Areu (and show researcher/co-host/sister Sofia Areu), who lacked the confidence to make a lasagna or Pasta Alfredo from scratch.

Not only does Chef Covino, Bes'Dam Soup founder, inspire these two young hosts and all aspiring cooks (look out Food Network!), he reminds u...

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In this pre-Halloween spectacular, the Areu sisters get "Chongalicious" — with fashion, music, and comedy. For obvious reasons, Host Cristina Areu and Co-host/Researcher/Sister Sofia Areu easily become immersed in this week's topic. 

The history of the Chonga Movement, dating as far back as 1988, is broken down through makeup and "chunky" jewelry tips, exciting news of La Rosalia's recent "Chongafied" viral moment, ... and a grand f...

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The CATALINA Stars have aligned this week to deliver "aerosol" art and inspiration from Artist Enrique Morales to Podcast Host Cristina Areu and Sister/Co-host/Researcher Sofia Areu ... and you! It's not often that art fans get to stare at a painting and ask its artist how it came to be. Sure, Cristina and Sofia have seen "spray paint" art in New York City as kids on the way to Central Park, but watching Enrique Morales create his ...

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October 11, 2022 11 mins

Asking a “moody teenager” to look away from her phone turns out to be more difficult than anyone thought!

In this episode, Podcast Host Cristina Areu asks Co-Host Sister/Researcher Sofia Areu to step away from her weekly research for an update on all things cuddly. The information gathered on sassy kitties and “angry” rescue bulldogs is overwhelming and adorable! See and hear for yourself as these podcast sisters help rescue furry f...

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Without any further delay, the big surprise is here: the youngest podcasters we know, Host Cristina and Co-host/Sister/Researcher Sofia, announce that they are now officially cover girls! 


Just like that, the Areu sisters step out of their comfort zone and get comfortable at a magazine cover photo shoot that took a village and months of planning. They did their "thing" off the runway! (Thanks, RuPaul!)


VIP Hair and Makeup Artist Ro...

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Episode summary: According to the Areu sisters, there are only two types of people in this world: the ones who entertain and the ones that observe. Yes, Host Cristina and Co-host/Sister/Researcher Sofia Areu refer to Britney Spears' brilliant Circus song to review the new Elvis movie. Then, without delay, this dynamic podcasting duo discovers a third "type of people" in the world! A snowman?! In their first movie review ever, Crist...

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The Areu sisters dropped everything to listen and comment on Britney Spears and Sir Elton John's new/classic song "Hold Me Closer." This is the first of many emergency podcasts!


When this new pop tune appeared – from Paris Hilton's Instagram story to Actor Fernando Carsa's IG Live – Podcaster/Host Cristina Areu and Sister/Researcher/Co-host Sofia Areu immediately asked: " ... is Britney the tiny dancer?"


This "B is for Britney!" mu...

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In this podcast special, the Areu sisters — Host Cristina and Co-host/researcher/sister — reveal fun new facts while remembering the King “Elbee Presslee” (Abuelita’s way of saying Elvis Presley). Sofia also researches in real-time and discovers even more amazing facts about Elvis — from the Library of Congress! And then everyone vogues for Madonna’s birthday … with Disney’s Stitch! Did we mention that all of this is fun while bala...

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The burning questions about Looney Tunes (Like: is Tweety bird on Twitter?), and more, are answered by the Areu Sisters/Podcasters! Host Cristina Areu and Co-host/Researcher/Sister Sofia Areu also discover the looney things adults say with IG clips from an English-as-a-Second-Language comedian named Tetiana Okyar. Plus: the Areu sisters give shoutouts and thanks to the North Shore Animal League, the Chicago Latino Network, and the ...

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A wise friend once told the Areu Sisters/Podcasters that “friendship and trust go hand in hand”! (Mariann, a mom)

Podcaster Host Cristina and Co-host/Researcher/Sister Sofia Areu listened and are listening to this true, wise friend! On this episode, celebrate Friendship Day by joining pals Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and more while using Twitter and the Gram responsibly! Happy Friendship Day! “Meeska Mooska!” (Micke...

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July 23, 2022 8 mins

There’s no way to stop the music when it’s Selena Gomez’s birthday! So the Areu sisters turn up the singer’s biggest hits, translate the real meaning of “Happy Birthday” (from Latin?!) … & declare that every day is Selena’s birthday. Then Podcasters Cristina Areu and Co-host/researcher/sister Sofia Areu thank Mariann from Brooklyn and a King … and challenge these VIPs (you!) to a new Taki Taki dance challenge they don’t know! ¡Feli...

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It's time to just do a dance challenge with the Areu sisters, Singer (La) ROSALÍA, CHICKEN TERIYAKI, and thousands of your BFFs! Host Cristina and Co-host/Researcher/Sister Sofia Areu talk about the elephant in the room … thanks to Singer Edith Piaf and the movie Inception … while dance challenging you! (This fun podcast is layered like an onion in Shrek!)

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In this special holiday podcast episode, CATALINA Stars Host Cristina and Co-host/Researcher/Sister Sofia skip the fireworks for the traditional ("est. 1916") Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hotdog eating contest! 

The Areu sisters give a play-by-play, chew-by-chew, action-packed, live-to-tape podcast with a side of major league eating knowledge. Hotdogs are devoured, champions emerge, and Baby Max steals the spotlight! 

Plus, the you...

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June 17, 2022 16 mins

Cristina and Co-host Sofia invite you to take The Matrix's "red pill" and go Gaga this week for part two of their girl power celebration. From the Go-Go's to Lady Gaga, from The Hunger Games to Interview With The Vampire, the Areu sisters remind us that girls rule!

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June 9, 2022 14 mins

The Areu sisters dedicate this week’s episode to musical girl power — from Jewel to Mariann from Brooklyn to Daya to Madonna. Cristina and Co-host/Researcher Sofia list the “Top 6 Girl Power” songs, announce three “Whoops of the Week,” and share some sisterly mega million “Boogie Woogie” girl power from 1941.

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For a sweet take-me-away episode of CATALINA stars, Cristina — and researcher/co-host/sister Sofia — ask Superstar Mariann from Brooklyn to explain trust and friendship. And she does! … then this caring conversation with Mariann — a star who always seems to sparkle so bright — delves into family, music, Howard Stern, and a “bobo.” And ... pizza?

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The Escapism Artists, Cristina and Sofia, are escaping reality (in a good way) with a combination of animated movies, vampire novels, Little Women, and video games. (It’s a winning combination. They promise.) … Plus: Whoops of the Week!

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Cristina and Sofia, aka The Escapism Artists, are doing it again this week. They're escaping reality as we know it (responsibly) with great new finds -- from fairies to vampires. From Netflix to Anne Rice, the Areu sisters Once again share what every escapism artist wants/needs/loves.

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April 20, 2022 30 mins

This is the 4th episode in the bonus family-friendly podcast series, created to provide the tools needed to escape reality. In this episode, hosts/sisters Cristina and Sofia have the best in books. These two Escapism Artists have traveled -- back to the 1800s with Frankenstein all the way to today for Minecraft -- for the best books needed to escape reality. Bookworms and non-bookworms alike will have zero problems escaping reality...

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Columnist Ruben Navarrette, The VIP interview subject shares how he makes a living by expressing his opinions. His column is in over 150 newspapers and you’ve probably seen him sharing his thoughts on Fox or CNN. He’s also a contributor to “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul” and “Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul.” Find out how Ruben Navarrette does what he does … and how anyone with an opinion (everyone?) can follow his lead.

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