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The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to hyphen-America. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. Get more at and on Facebook and Twitter.

The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to hyphen-America. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. Get more at and on Facebook and Twitter.
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The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to hyphen-America. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. Get more at and on Facebook and Twitter.




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Finding Our People

Part 2 of our Mash-Up journey: Finding Our People. Is it possible to say enough about how important it is to find your tribe? To be with people who you feel truly understand you? On this episode, Amy and Rebecca open up a little window into their lives and introduce you, dear listener, to their people. Rebecca talks with her sister-from-another-mister, Daniela Gesundheit, a Latin Jew, musician, one half of the group Snowblink; and Amy sits down with two of her three soulmates: Alix Steel, a...

Duration: 00:31:50

Enemy Territory

What happens when the country you live in sees the country your family is from as the enemy? With actor/comedian Maz Jobrani and chef/author Bonnie Frumkin Morales.

Duration: 00:29:13

Dear Mash-up America: Holiday Etiquette Edition

Holidays are here, bringing soooo many questions. This week, Amy and Rebecca play advice columnists with a special guest to answer your holiday etiquette questions.

Duration: 00:29:51

What's for San Giving?

The Mash-up Americans explore San Giving—or if you must, Thanksgiving—through what's on and who is around the table. Amy and Rebecca talk with fellow Mash-up and chef Francis Lam of The Splendid Table, and eavesdrop on tea with writer Nishta Mehra and her mom, Veena. Dig in for one very yummy episode.

Duration: 00:26:34

Live in New York: Let's Talk About Sex

You know there's no Mash-Up without a little mashing up, right? We dive into some of our favorite topics: Sex! Dating! Relationships! And we did it live, onstage at WNYC's The Greene Space in New York. Scandalous. With Ti Chang, Maeve Higgins, Sopan Deb, Tobin Low, and Travon Free.

Duration: 01:13:24

Therapy Is Not a Dirty Word

A signature quality of Mash-Ups? Our perseverance and our resilience. But we want more than to just survive. We want to thrive. Enter: Prioritizing our mental health. Guests this week: Nora McInerney of Terrible, Thanks for Asking and Kulap Vilaysack of Bajillion Dollar Properties and the forthcoming documentary, Origin Story.

Duration: 00:32:05

The Secret Lives of Our Immigrant Parents

New season, new sound. With more questions, more laughs, and more tears! We are so excited to share with you the very first episode of our new season. And today, we're talking about immigration. Specifically, our immigrant parents. We visit with Mexican-American Mash-Up Brenda Gonzalez, a formerly undocumented student and now civil rights advocate with UnidosUS and host of The Tamarindo Podcast. She shares her coming to America story and the impossible choice her parents made to bring her...

Duration: 00:39:42

Live Show! Coming To New York!

The Mash-Up Americans is celebrating the launch of their new season with a live show at The Greene Space in New York City on Monday, October 30.

Duration: 00:01:42

Ginger Is The Viagra Of The Olden Days

Joan Nathan, the world's foremost expert on Jewish food, chats with Amy and Rebecca about herbal viagra, pho as a substitute for chicken noodle soup, and why all food is a mash-up.

Duration: 00:23:45

What Does America Sound Like Today?

Comedian Maeve Higgins talks about the strange Irishness of Trump’s inner circle and Rebecca learns about Amy's favorite seasonal beverage: The Shamrock Shake.

Duration: 00:29:31

Soledad O’Brien Sees All Sides

Soledad O’Brien on why she counts the minorities in the room and how Mash-Ups have the power to change the conversation.

Duration: 00:32:40

How To Save The World With Rhea Suh

Rhea Suh, president of The National Resources Defense Council and first-generation-Korean-American Mash-Up, shares her favorite way to camp (with Korean BBQ); the importance of fighting every day for the American Dream; and why today is THE day to get engaged on the environment. Promise: You don’t need hiking boots to become an activist and save the world, y’all,

Duration: 00:29:59

Replay: The Mash-Up Movie Spectacular

Rebecca and Amy host an awards show honoring the mashiest movies of all time. Who wins for best portrayal of a nerdy Latino? Best portrayal of an immigrant dad? Listen and find out!

Duration: 00:15:15

Krista Tippett On Why The Wisest People Are Always Smiling

Krista Tippett, creator of On Being and convener of the American conversation on spirituality, sits down with Amy and Rebecca to dig into the Big Questions: How does religion connect the soul to the body? What does it mean to live a spiritual life? How is humor a signal of spiritual depth? Where do we find joy? How do our roots inform our future growth? Also, what does it mean for your identity when your curly hair turns straight? (Seriously.) For more on Krista and her spiritual practice,...

Duration: 00:35:06

You’re Gonna Marry Who?

Mash-Up relationships and marriages are always tricky (Two cultures! Two religions! Two ethnicities! We’re already dizzy) so we’re calling in the experts on this one. We talk with Nigerian-American Anthonia Akitunde, founder of Mater Mea, about her challenges planning her mash-up wedding to her white, Jewish fiance. And we bring in wedding planner Rebecca Pfiffner for expert advice on how to handle a wedding, and marriage, when relationships and cultures and families can clash.

Duration: 00:32:47

Lena Waithe On Being An Artist In The Time Of Trump

Lena Waithe, aka the coolest girl in LA, sat down with Amy and Rebecca to chat about the role of the artist in turbulent times, what it was like explaining "redbones" to Aziz Ansari on "Master of None," and the importance of a lesbian manicure.

Duration: 00:30:31

What Year Is This Again?

Mash-Up HQ’s resolutions for 2017: Be with more people IRL! Don’t do shit we don’t want to do! And, with the guidance of our guest Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a research psychiatrist and expert in collective trauma and our collective consciousness, we’re gonna orient ourselves to our new political reality, clarify our values, and organize with our communities. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Bring it, 2017.

Duration: 00:30:59

2016 In A Word: Surreal

It’s finally over, kids. This monstrosity of a year is coming to a close! And to celebrate, Amy + Rebecca sit down with Kory Stamper, lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, to discuss the dictionary’s 2016 Word Of The Year: Surreal. We also learn fabulous new swears, consider Beowulf, and say eff you to the academy. Happy New Year, Mash-Ups!

Duration: 00:36:29

Eddie Huang Would Like A Word

It’s our very first live show, Mash-Ups! And it features Rebecca and the very amazing Eddie Huang, founder of Baohaus restaurants, author of Fresh Off The Boat and Double Cup Love, and host of Huang’s World on Vice. They talk authenticity, chopsticks, travel, and how to always love yourself. Plus, the voice of God makes an appearance! This program was taped at Scripps College's Garrison Theater as part of its public programming series, Scripps Presents. The series features conversations...

Duration: 00:32:23

Today, We're Grateful

This Thanksgiving, we remember that we stand on the shoulders of giants: Our immigrant parents, grandparents, and beyond. So how we live lives worthy of their sacrifices, while still being true to ourselves? Our Iranian-Jewish-American Mash-Up Roben Farzad, creator and host of Full Disclosure, has some surprising answers for us, and a whole lotta insight on how to create your own happiness while doing so.

Duration: 00:26:55

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