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. 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 someth...more
Poet and screenwriter Fatimah Asghar is talking to us about why "orphan" is the identifier she relates to the most, and why her idea of home isn't a physical place. Fatimah is having a moment right now….within the past year, the web series that she co-created Brown Girls got picked up by HBO, she released a collection of poetry, and she was chosen as one of Forbes 30 under 30 on their Hollywood and Entertainment list.She also shares her 3 rules of success and has really got us thinking abou...more
“I really believe that care and caregiving can save the soul of the country. Everybody has people that they care about. It totally connects us in this very deep, emotional way.” We agree with Ai-Jen! We had SO MUCH FUN in this conversation.The paid work of caregiving - which is mostly done by mashy women - makes our economy and world move. Ai-Jen Poo is the head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and one of the organizers of Supermajority. She’s so mashy she even has a hyphen in her ...more
“Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about death won’t make you dead.”We are talking about death on this episode and it is a party! We are going to explore life, love, and family through the lens of death with our incredible guest Alua Arthur. Alua is a Ghanifornian Mash-Up and a death doula, which means that she works with individuals and families to help them through the process of death.We chat with Alua about everything from what to do with your loved one’s magazine subscripti...more
Aline Brosh McKenna is a Hollywood triple threat; she’s a showrunner, director, and writer and she does them all really really well. She has worked in this business for more than two decades but her mission has remained the same: to center women’s stories around something other than a man. We talk about Cher, body hair, bacterial vaginosis, and so much more. Get ready!She’s the writer of your favorite rom coms, from 27 Dresses to The Devil Wears Prada to I Don’t Know How She Does It. Most recent...more
This episode is all about money. How we make it, spend it, save it, and value it. Wendy De La Rosa is our guest and she has a lot to say about all of this. Not how we are supposed to manage our money, but how we actually do it. Wendy is a Dominican-born and Bronx-raised Mash-Up who studies consumer behavior and is a founder of the Common Cents Lab, which aims to teach fintech companies how real people use money.Wendy talks to us about her life before becoming an academic, living as a brown ...more
New Season! We’re kicking off Mash Ups to Know with the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen! A long time leader and advocate in public health, Dr. Wen’s mission to depoliticize healthcare at the forefront of everything she does. We talk with her about what it was like to immigrate here from Shanghai at such a young age, how becoming a mother changed the way that she approaches healthcare, and why her mother's bout with cancer led to her passion for patient advocacy.T...more
New season! We're making the culture, ya heard? On each episode, we’ll bring you a conversation with one incredible Mash-Up who is making waves at the cutting edge of their field. We're talking health, money, death, work, pop culture, and so much more.
It's the final week of Mash-Ups to Know—for now!—and we are thrilled to bring you our beloved boss bitch, Lily Percy. Also known as Liliana Maria Percy Ruiz, and that's a whole thing that we get into. First though, she is the Executive Producer of On Being Studios—home of the wisest woman we know, Krista Tippett—and the host of the new and totally amazing podcast, This Movie Changed Me. We talk growing up a religious immigrant, the importance of language, and why Sleepless in Seattle is the mov...more
For our fourth installment of Mash-Ups to Know, we bring you comedy writer and producer Rachna Fruchbom. She knows that her mashiness is her superpower—and she is not afraid to use it. From her badass career change after the birth of her first kid and writing for Parks & Rec and Fresh Off the Boat, to her dream of creating America's new favorite sitcom—starring an Indian American woman!—she brings her full self to her work. Amy and Rebecca talk with Rachna about work, motherhood, and followi...more
Bethany Yellowtail—fashion designer, business owner, and general badass—is a Mash-Up to Know. She is the owner and designer of B.YELLOWTAIL, a fashion line, and the leader of B.YELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE, a platform for the work of Native artisans of different nations. Rebecca and Amy try not to fan girl too hard about her beautiful clothes and amazing work, and they get to the heart of why dating as an Indigenous woman in LA is just as challenging as it sounds.
The Mash-Up Americans are back with another Mash-Up to Know—journalist Frank Shyong of the LA Times. He covers the San Gabriel Valley and the self-described Asian Beat, knows his way around the delis and tempura houses of LA, and has his finger on the pulse. He sat down with Amy and Rebecca just after Crazy Rich Asians came out in theaters, and we talked representation, growing up Asian in the South, and worrying about your parents. And lots and lots of food.
We're coming your way with Mash-Ups to Know! Up first is comedian and all-around badass Marcella Arguello. She is a Salvadoran Lebanese Nicaraguan American who is also the host of Women Crush Wednesdays, one of the funniest nights of comedy in LA—or anywhere, for our money. Marcella talks to Amy and Rebecca about her family's American tale, the shades of Latinx identity, the importance of finding mentors, loving the glow-up of her BFF Nico Santos, (one of the stars of everyone's favorite movie r...more
It's a fact: Mash-Ups are the sexiest people in all the land. Though like everything else, sex and dating can be a little more complicated for Mash-Ups. Just ask international sex expert Esther Perel, Nancy Podcast host Tobin Low, and rapper and breakout star of Crazy Rich Asians and Oceans 8 Awkwafina (oh, and her grandma, Mrs. Lum). We did! And we're sharing their wisdom with you today.
Mash-Up Wisdom is a short series of episodes featuring wisdom from our Mash-Up heroes.Have you read the news lately? Amy and Rebecca have been taking it pretty hard and needed a therapy session with you guys to find some HOPE. Today we’re reflecting on Mash-Up Wisdom—the gems of knowledge dropped by our guests here on The Mash-Up Americans—and how we are using them to keep us strong and HOPEFUL. This episode features brilliance from Michael Twitty, John Maeda, and Randall Park. They're reminding...more
It's been awhile, but we're baaack! We're diving into all the feelings and lots of wisdom about traveling the globe—and why you might catch us without a driver's license or a library card, but you'd never catch us without a valid passport. Amy and Rebecca get into it with the incomparable Aminatou Sow, of Call Your Girlfriend and On She Goes, and get a fierce dose of wisdom to share with the fam. More details at mashupamericans.com
This week on The Mash-Up Americans: Whether you are a parent, think you might want to be, or just want the best for the next generation, here are the questions that tear at us as we do our best to raise our many-hyphened kids. After our conversation last month on Raising Generation Mash-Up, you all sent us so many thoughtful, piercing questions on mash-up parenting. Today we're diving in. Joining Amy and Rebecca on the podcast to answer your questions is Matt Sayles, a celebrated photographer, a...more
We're re-sharing our episode with the fantastic author, chef, historian, and mensch Michael Twitty about bubbemeises. Call them old wives tales, call them folk wisdom, call them what you will, we're not ignoring them anytime soon. We'll hear from: a bevy of past guests on their bubbemeise; The Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu, and his lovely wife, Joanna Lee, about how honoring the traditions of their ancestors made their first year of parenthood easier to endure, and more meaningful, too; and finally, ...more
It's that time of year. Time for New Year's resolutions (or not), forgiveness, and moving ahead. 2017 has been a reckoning for all of us — an examination of who and what we fight for, and why. We've looked deeply at ourselves and sat in the uncomfortable acknowledgement that maybe we could have done more. And as we push the world to change, to do better and be better, we're also pushing ourselves. But what's the best way to do that? Joining Amy and Rebecca on the podcast today is Kristen Meinzer...more
Welcome to the third and final installation of our Mash-Up journey: raising our kids. In some ways, we've been working on this episode for the entire lifespan of The Mash-Up Americans. Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we do raise our children with love, and care, and with a deep love of their mashiness? Amy and Rebecca are joined today by Rumaan Alam, first-generation Bengali American, novelist and essayist on parenting in transracial adoptions; and Christine Gross-Loh, first ge...more
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 whit...more
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
Our Thanksgiving table? Banchan and mashed potatoes—from the box. Thanksgiving is a day for Mash-Ups to test out what being American tastes like to them. With brilliant foodie Francis Lam of The Splendid table and writer Nishta Mehra. We are grateful for you, fam! Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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 and he...more
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.
We. Are. Back. It's been a helluva few months. And Mash-Ups, we missed you! So. We're back for our usual blend of group therapy, belly laughs, tears, and side eye as we explore what makes us American today. And for this special preview episode of our new season, we're tackling that very important question: What is your bubbemeise? Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
Amy & Rebecca head out on summer vacay—to prep for a new season and a new sound! But first, they spend some time flashing back to their favorite mashy interviews. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
Fam, we recorded a live show! KPCC In Person presented Mash-Up Live featuring the one-and-only Bricia Lopez. Bricia is a Mexican-American Mash-Up and the official mezcalera of LA! (We may have gotten drunk.) Bricia is a partner at Guelaguetza Restaurant, which was founded by her father and is LA’s temple for Oaxacan cuisine. We talked about what it was like seeing her first white person, how bulgogi and carne asada are the basically the same, and why she is so proud to be an immigrant. You also...more
Sometimes when this earthly world gets us down, it’s good to remember that there is more than our everyday grind — or our everyday bananas Senate hearing, as it were. 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 do our roots inform our future growth? Also, what does it mean for your identity...more
Hillary Frank of The Longest Shortest Time. Jonathan Menjivar of This American Life. You know their voices. You love their work. But did you know they are ALSO mash-up married? Hillary, a Russian-Jewish-American Mash-Up, and Jonathan, a Mexican-Salvadoran-American Mash-Up, joined Rebecca and Amy in the studio for their first-ever interview as a couple. We talked parenting, chanclas, Gael Garcia Bernal, latkes, and what it feels like when your insides don’t match your outside. Mash-Up HQ: Where A...more
Hasan Minhaj drops his first Netflix comedy special, "Homecoming King, in just a few days, so we think it's an excellent time to revisit our awesome conversation with him. “Homecoming King" tells the story of New Brown America, aka Mash-Up America. He came to our studios to talk guilt, the American Dream, hip hop, his infamous Congressional mic drop, biryani rice terrorism, and the greatness of Zayn Malik. Oh, and that new Mash-Up Avengers squad we’re forming. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!...more
Suleika Jaouad, a first-generation Tunisian-Swiss-Muslim-American Mash-Up, battled cancer as a 22-year-old and kicked.its.ass. She also brought truth and joy to the world with her writings on cancer treatment and recovery with her column Life, Interrupted in The New York Times. She sat down with Rebecca and Amy to discuss sex —or lack thereof — as a cancer patient, why she’ll never eat rice pudding again, and what it’s like to be sick in a culture that doesn’t like to talk about death. Oh, and t...more
Sarah Eagle Heart, of the Oglala Lakota tribe, is a Native American activist, educator, storyteller and all-around badass. She is also the first Native American guest on The Mash-Up Americans. She schools Amy and Rebecca on the Indian boarding school era, how she took down a totally racist Homecoming tradition as a teenager, and why identifying as American is both a point of pride and pain. They also discuss the virtues of a matcha latte. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
Soledad O’Brien on why she counts the minorities in the room and how Mash-Ups have the power to change the conversation. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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!
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, check...more
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. Visit mashupamer...more
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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!
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 with som...more
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.
We celebrate our podcast’s first birthday with John Maeda, design legend, technologist, artist, and the global head of design and inclusion of Automattic, the company that basically runs every website you visit. We discuss optimism, hope, and how to make a radical vision of inclusion a reality: basically, everything that sustains us and you. Also, bloopers! Happy birthday to all of us! Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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! Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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! Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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!) Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
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. Visit mashupamericans.com...more
Nina Garcia, Colombian-American star of Project Runway, fashion icon, and creative director of Marie Claire, dishes on the best place to eat Colombian food in New York, why she almost said no to Project Runway, and how being an immigrant drives her success.
Rebecca + Amy visit a naturalization ceremony in LA; take a citizenship test on air to see if they could become American; and get deep on what it means to make America your home with Mia Lehrer, an acclaimed landscape architect with Jewish and Salvadoran roots who chose to become a citizen after decades in the U.S. Also? She's Rebecca's mom. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
…Is a great woman. And that woman is Tina Tchen, chief of staff to the First Lady, assistant to President Obama, and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls. She is also majorly mashy, a lifelong advocate for women, and the creator of the United State of Women Summit. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
Why do we obsess over our names? Well, it’s because they have to represent our past, and our hopes for the future, all our multiple identities, and, and, and … whew! In this episode, Amy and Rebecca dig into American naming traditions with The Baby Name Wizard, Laura Wattenberg. Also, cameos by Dinner Party Download co-host Rico Gagliano and more!"
Dexter Thomas, culture writer for the LA Times and almost-phD in Japanese hip hop, joins us to talk barbershops in Tokyo, who has the right to make Black music, and why everyone loves Bruce Lee. Who would be YOUR top pick in the racial draft?
Amy and Rebecca get reeeeaal personal on this episode, talking about tribes, belonging, and collective responsibility. Who do we claim as our own? And what do we do when one of our own goes off the rails? Featuring Taz Ahmed, co-host of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim; Phil Yu, the Angry Asian Man; and Nour Kteily, professor of psychology and business at Northwestern and expert on tribes.
Rebecca and Amy celebrate their podcast quinceañera and get real personal with their guests with the Mash-Up Speed Round. Featuring Padma Lakshmi, Margaret Cho, Alan Yang, Kasia Bryc from 23andMe and more!
Our Puerto Rican Mash-Up Laia Garcia, deputy editor of Lenny Letter, loves Seinfeld, avocados, and the melting pot that is America, not necessarily in that order. Say no kimonos! Say yes to sofrito!
The co-creator of "Master of None" hangs with us to talk immigrant parents, his BFF Shonda Rhimes, and writing the real ish. Visit mashupamericans.com for more
… and starts getting real. The Top Chef host, model, and memoirist talks sex, food, and dating advice from her mom. Visit mashupamericans.com for more!
Ni hao! 1 in 10 moviegoers in the U.S. chose to watch Kung Fu Panda 3 in Mandarin. What does that MEAN?
Rebecca and Amy host an awards show honoring the mashiest movies of all time. Who wins for best portrayal of a nerdy Latino? Listen and find out! Visit mashupamericans.com for more
We're talking luv, race and representation with Awkwafina, Korean-Chinese-American rapper and entertainer. Plus live love advice from her grandma, married 58 years. mashupamericans.com for more
Mash-Up America will be watching the big game and the even bigger media blitz. But the ads are aimed at yesterday's America. Ken Wheaton, editor of Ad Age, tells us why.
One in 10 people in the U.S. speaks Spanish at home. What happens when they mash with the rest of America? Una conversacion con Ilan Stavans, Spanglish scholar. ¡Vamos!
Aminatou Sow, co-host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, tells us about seeking political asylum in the U.S. and why Justin Bieber is her Mash-Up spirit animal.
We send our spit to 23andMe and talk to a geneticist about Neanderthal grandmothers, Japanese-Korean-ness and our very mash-y world.
Nervous about looking like a putz at the Hanukkah party? Don’t worry! We got you covered.
The mash-up queen dishes on making fun of her mom, Asian-American comedians, and her upcoming emojihad.
The Donald may have built a whole presidential campaign on being anti-immigration, but in truth, his whole life has been filled with new arrivals to the U.S. We talk to Pulitzer Prize winner Michael D'Antonio about his new book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success," and the Trump family's mash-up secrets.
Hi, we're Amy and Rebecca, the co-founders of The Mash-Up Americans. On our new podcast, we get into all the issues.