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The Mash-Up Americans

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The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to the hyphen-America world we all live in. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, race and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. At The Mash-Up Americans we are celebrating and challenging the raucous, colorful, complicated country we live in by asking all the important, awkward questions: What does it mean to be an immigrant in America? What cultural baggage do we bring to sex and relationships? Why is Korean skincare so popular? When does something get upgraded from the ethnic aisle? Get more at mashupamericans.com

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United States

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The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to the hyphen-America world we all live in. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, race and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. At The Mash-Up Americans we are celebrating and challenging the raucous, colorful, complicated country we live in by asking all the important, awkward questions: What does it mean to be an immigrant in America? What cultural baggage do we bring to sex and relationships? Why is Korean skincare so popular? When does something get upgraded from the ethnic aisle? Get more at mashupamericans.com

Language:

English

Contact:

"KPCC, Southern California Public Radio 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91109" (626) 583-5104


Episodes

Bonus - The Mash-Up Americans on the Immigrantly Podcast

1/30/2024
In January 2023, Saadia Khan sat down with Amy Choi and Rebecca Lehrer for her weekly podcast Immigrantly. The conversation centered on their series on grief. The interview focused on grief, how we can understand it without over-pathologizing the sentiment, and why it’s both universal and personal. What is most remarkable about the conversation is that the trio kept it light and honest. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:47:53

It’s Time for Extreme Hospitality with Pierre Thiam

12/12/2023
It’s our last episode of the season(!) and we’re talking hospitality — what it looks like, what it means, what it does for our souls — and we can think of no better expert to turn to than Pierre Thiam, the trailblazing chef, author, and activist. He talks about how sharing food is a literal blessing, how it can transcend borders, and he also reveals his firm stance on who makes the best jollof. And if you’ve ever wondered how much food is enough food when you’re hosting people? Pierre’s got the answer for that, too. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:35:25

Liza Treyger On Always Speaking Your Mind

12/5/2023
As people who care deeply about many things in this world (inequity, climate change, diversity, you get the idea), we could definitely learn to give less of a sh*t about other stuff — like whether or not people get offended by what we say and do. Enter: Liza Treyger. The hilarious comedian, unapologetic straight talker, and abider of many a bubbe meise joins Rebecca and Amy to talk about the rewards (and risks) of speaking freely and the double standard for men vs women. Also covered: why you’ll never see her at a baby shower. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:32:29

Min Jin Lee Teaches Us How To Be Pleasant And Difficult

11/28/2023
Never meet your heroes? Fie, we say. The magnificent author, editor, and queen of Queens Min Jin Lee joined Rebecca and Amy on stage at The Greene Space to kick off The Mash-Up Americans residency, and lucky for us she’s even more generous and staggeringly brilliant than we imagined. From discussing the power of authorship to sharing how being pleasant and difficult has helped her in life, we cover it all — and Amy secured a dinner invite, too. *fist pump* See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:32:33

Bonus: The Best Advice Show Featuring Rebecca and Amy

11/24/2023
To know us at The Mash-Up Americans is to know we love to be told how to do things well — how to be less racist, how to make a killer apple strudel, and so on. So it’s fitting that this week, our pal Zak Rosen invited both Rebecca and Amy on his show, The Best Advice Show, to share a few words of wisdom about small, delightful, maybe unusual ways to make life better — like starfishing. (Just listen and you’ll see.) See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:14:39

Replay: Celebrating San Giving With Francis Lam

11/21/2023
If San Giving, aka Thanksgiving, isn’t the mashiest American holiday of all, we’d be pressed to think of anything else that even comes close. It’s when American culinary traditions (turkey, stuffing) combine with those of our families (kimchi, tortillas) to be that rare holiday that seems to belong to everyone. So as a nod to Thanksgiving and all the different ways we celebrate, we’re revisiting a conversation we had in 2017 with our friend Francis Lam - cookbook editor and writer extraordinaire. It’s a good one from the archives that reminds us that while some things may change, Thanksgiving’s always the same. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:19:44

Jeff Chang Can’t Stop and He Won’t Stop

11/14/2023
Millennials will never know a world without hip hop, and frankly, we’re all better for it. Author, journalist, scholar, and all-around visionary Jeff Chang joins Amy and Rebecca to share about his first introduction to hip hop, how it serves as a guide to liberation and how it’s just a part of who we all are now. He also weighs in on which album is better: The Low End Theory or Midnight Marauders? Jeff Chang is a writer, thinker, and cultural organizer. His Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation was named one of the best U.S. nonfiction books of the last quarter century. His other books include Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America and We Gon' Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation. He is a Lucas Artist Fellow and has received the American Book Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the USA Ford Fellowship in Literature. He is the host of the podcast, Edge of Reason. He is finishing Water Mirror Echo: Bruce Lee and the Making of Asian America. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:45

Love Hard and Set Boundaries with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin

11/7/2023
Where there are boundaries, there’s also healing, love, grief, and acceptance, explains Dr. Pooja Lakshmin — but getting there is often a painful, awkward journey. The board-certified psychiatrist and bestselling author joins Amy and Rebecca to talk about boundary-setting as self-liberation, fake vs. real self-care, and the endless mash-up guilt that comes with saying no. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:09

Jonathan Menjivar Rewrites His Story On Class

10/31/2023
Does having money make you a classhole? And what does that even mean? Producer, reporter, and Classy podcast host Jonathan Menjivar joins Amy and Rebecca as they tackle the awkward topic of class, how it butts into the many facets of our lives and our identities, and how we can come to terms with our status — especially when it changes how we perceive ourselves. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:54

Rainn Wilson Helps Us Find Our Spiritual Path

10/24/2023
We are all on a spiritual path, according to Rainn Wilson — and he’s not talking about self-care spa days and meditation apps. The actor, author, and devout Bahá'í joins Amy and Rebecca to share what he’s learned about the purpose of life, the beauty of Star Trek, and redefining what’s sacred. There may also be a spoiler about The Meg in there too. He is the author of NYT Best Seller “Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution”. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:52:54

Lisa Ling Lives With Her In Laws (And It’s Great)

10/17/2023
Healing is a b*tch. How do we break the cycle of generational trauma? Lisa Ling’s got some answers (and, yes, it might involve plant medicine). The celebrated journalist, executive producer, TV host,author and mother sits with Rebecca and Amy to share about her journey to heal her familial bonds, her compassion for her mom, and her hard-won friendship with her religious Korean mother-in-law (IYKYK). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:54:20

Chani Nicholas Starts Fresh Every New Moon

10/10/2023
She’s beauty, she’s grace, she's a reader of the galaxy, Chani Nicholas. The internet’s favorite astrologer and activist joins Amy and Rebecca to drop some knowledge about what the new moon means, how astrology is a predictive tool that can guide our decisions, and what any of it has to do with celebrity breakups (TLDR: A LOT). Chani also reminds us that it’s OK to not know everything. Get your chart and let Chani inspire you to your sense of purpose and service. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:31:09

Randall Park Knows How To Live

10/3/2023
Not everything we do is everything we will ever do, Randall Park reminds us. To kick off the season, Amy and Rebecca are joined by one of their favorite actors who also happens to be one of the kindest, most generous, most delightful friends and raconteurs around. Randall talks about the challenges of being like-able and making art that’s not for everyone. He also answers a burning mash-up question: is it possible to be too into Koreans? Where’s the line? We're live in NYC on October 11! Tickets here >> https://www.mashupamericans.com/events See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:44:09

New Season: The Ultimate Guide To A Mash-Up Life

9/26/2023
What’s the recipe for your best hyphen life? Starting October 3, join us for a season exploring the Ultimate Guide to a Mash-Up Life. This is a season of conversations with Mash-Up dignitaries including Randall Park, Lisa Ling, Chani Nicholas and Rainn Wilson filled with the essential tips for a rich, vibrant, boundless life. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we’ll guide you through a unified approach to The Culture. Listen, follow and share with your friends! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:01:16

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom - Ep. 10 - Love & Noraebang

8/3/2023
Ana and Jaesun have the heart to heart they’ve been waiting months to have. And we find ourselves back where it all started — the noraebang. This is Episode 10 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Credits: See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:50

Heart Full Of Soul - Ep. 9 - Love & Noraebang

8/2/2023
Chloe shows the girls around Seoul, and Ana gains a deeper understanding of the man she loves while Valentina lives her kpop fantasies. Jaesun returns home from the army to the biggest surprise of his life. This is Episode 9 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Credits: See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:57

Stop Your Sobbing - Ep. 8 - Love & Noraebang

8/1/2023
Ana, Valentina, and Mark say goodbye to Don Dago’s, and Mark says goodbye to Ana. Sookmin reveals the villain that has been masterminding things all along. Chloe presents the sisters with an opportunity of a lifetime — and the Campos sisters head to Seoul. This is Episode 8 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Credits: See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:21:46

Games People Play - Ep. 7 - Love & Noraebang

7/31/2023
Ana attempts to clear the air with Chloe, who learns something that may change everything for the future of Don Dago’s — and the future of Ana and Jaesun. This is Episode 7 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Credits: See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:13:51

Since U Been Gone - Ep. 6 - Love & Noraebang

7/30/2023
Mark confesses his lifelong love for Ana. Chloe shares what she’s seen with Jaesun. Jaesun confronts Ana, and all the truths they’ve been holding back tumble out. This is Episode 6 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Credits: See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:19

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Ep. 5 - Love & Noraebang

7/29/2023
Ana finally faces up to the devastating news that Don D**o’s is closing down and breaks the news to her restaurant family. Later, Chloe sees Ana and Mark … in a kiss. This is Episode 5 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Credits: See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:10:37