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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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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

Hasan Minhaj On The American Dream Tax

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, our favorite Daily Show correspondent, and the creator and star of his one-man show, “Homecoming King,” which tells the story of New Brown America. He came to our studios to talk optimism, politics, guilt, the American Dream, hip hop, his infamous Congressional mic drop, biryani rice terrorism, the greatness of Zayn Malik, and so much more, including a new Mash-Up Avengers squad we’re forming. Taking sign-ups now.

Duration: 00:32:58

Sex, Relationships, And Asian Daters

Esther Perel, Flemish-Belgian-Jewish-American Mash-Up and world-renowned expert on sex and relationships, sits down with Amy to discuss fetishes, why Americans are terrible at flirting and why we’re obsessed with “productive” sex — and we’re not talking about making babies. Also discussed: Amy’s “First Asian Rule” and Esther’s tips for having the best sex of our lives. We’re here for you, fam.

Duration: 00:32:35

Who Gets To Tell What Jokes?

Michelle Collins, the Hungarian-Israeli-Jewish-American Mash-Up you know from After Paradise and The View, sits down with Amy and Rebecca to talk about her love of Martin Lawrence, getting slapped silly when she got her period, and why she doesn't make jokes about the Holocaust — but it's totally cool if other people do. Well, certain other people. It's complicated!

Duration: 00:24:45

Somebody Say Something About A Race War?

Anna Holmes, co-host of the About Race podcast, founder of Jezebel, and content queen at First Look Media, grew up with a Black dad and a white mom in California. She chats with us about her childhood jheri curl, what side she’d choose in a race war, and why we should all be a little more f(*cking humble when it comes to our ideas about, well, about anything. Oh, and cat cafes!

Duration: 00:29:46

Maria Hinojosa: Become A Decider

The executive producer "Latino USA" sits down with Amy and Rebecca to talk about who will determine this election, define objectivity, and shape the future. (Hint: It’s you, Mash-Ups!)

Duration: 00:25:55

How To Be A Lady Bawse

Freya Estreller and Natasha Case, the married Mash-Up couple behind Coolhaus Ice Cream and Ludlows Cocktails, talk entrepreneurship, feeding Joe Biden ice cream sandwiches at the White House, and how they chose their sperm donor. It’s getting hot in herre!

Duration: 00:28:31

Olá Brasil!

It’s Olympics time, and at Mash-Up HQ that always means a little tug-of-war. Who do we root for? Team USA all the way, but other countries ALSO have our allegiance. Featuring our very first Olympian, Phillip Chew, star of the very mashy American badminton team; and Matt Ufford, editor at large for SB Nation and total mensch.

Duration: 00:30:29

Rebroadcast: Donald Trump's Mash-Up Life

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, the Republican Nominee for President was not Donald Trump. Today, it is. So we're resharing the very first episode of our podcast with you. The Donald may have built a whole campaign on xenophobia and fear, but in truth, his whole life has been filled with immigration and mashiness. Here's our conversation with Trump biographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael D'Antonio, and what we learned about our possible future president.

Duration: 00:18:34

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