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Welcome to The Seasoned Migrant Podcast! We're here to explore the intersections between culture, history and society. We want to unpack the big ideas that influenced the way we think and the moments which set our world on new trajectories. Check out our episodes, released every Wednesday!

Latest Episodes

Muhammad Ali: Boxer, Activist, and Icon

In this episode, we look at the impact Muhammad Ali had on shaping the course of social history: from his conversion to Islam and changing his name, to refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Ali stood against an oppressive and racist status quo in each one of these actions. We look at the impact his life had on not just America, but on people all around the world.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

22 min3 w ago
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Muhammad Ali: Boxer, Activist, and Icon

Memes: Folklore of the Digital World

In this episode, we look at memes as a cultural phenomenon. We look at their origins, what makes them so special, and chat with Gabriele de Seta about the different meanings memes take on as they move from country to country.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

25 minAUG 19
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Memes: Folklore of the Digital World

Curry: The Social History of a Globalized Dish

In this episode, we talk about the global story of South Asian food. Its ingredients and recipes traveled far and wide to make the cuisine what it is today -- join us as we discuss the origins of various dishes, how the first Indian restaurants in the West came to be, and how this journey changed migrants’ relationship to food.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

46 minAUG 12
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Curry: The Social History of a Globalized Dish

Punk: The Global Voice of Resistance

In our first-ever triple-bill episode, we chat with Kevin Dunn, Raymond Patton, and Theresa Steward and take a deep dive into the punk movement, investigating the impact it had on world culture. First, we look at what punk stood for and how it was able to connect with people in many different and personal ways. Then, we look at the spread of punk around the world. Despite originating in the UK and the US, punk was just as successful on the other side of the Cold War. We look at the reasons why punk appealed across such different and divided political landscapes and what features of the movement made the spread possible. Finally, we look at the underground scene beyond this Cold War divide. We discuss the emergence of the underground scene in Iran following the 1979 Revolution and look at the motivations of the musicians involved - and how, often, these motivations have differed from how they have been portrayed as by Western media. A special thanks goes to our guests, and to Kevin’...

66 minJUL 29
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Punk: The Global Voice of Resistance

Bollywood and the Diaspora: Portrayals and Receptions of the Homeland

In this episode, we sit down with Rini Bhattacharya Mehta and look at how Bollywood, and Indian Cinema as a whole, has shaped and been shaped by the Indian identities portrayed in film. The cultural output of Indian cinema produced in Mumbai was itself a unifying force for a nation that was otherwise split into various linguistic and cultural regions. The movies produced in Mumbai were watched on screens across the country and so Mumbai had an influential stake in shaping the messages that would contribute to a shared Indian identity. This identity has changed over time along with India’s position in the global context: from colonial subject, to an East-West binary during the Cold War, to now a nation intimately involved with globalisation. All of these narratives extended onto the portrayal of the Indian diaspora abroad, which had a special and contested status in narratives of the Indian homeland.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us o...

33 minJUL 22
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Bollywood and the Diaspora: Portrayals and Receptions of the Homeland

National Heroes: Teaching Symbols of Identity, Legitimacy and Oppression Through School Curriculums

In this episode, we explore the ways in which national heroes have been used in school history curriculums to create a sense of nationhood, to confer legitimacy to the state, and to contribute towards systems of oppression. We first look at the way Hong Kong created a separate school subject, Chinese History, which emphasised the character traits of important historical figures and the dynastic history of the country to protect and retain a sense of Chinese identity in the Islands. We then interview Musty Kamal on Muhammad Ali Jinnah and how his place as a national hero and the way Pakistan remembers him changes from person to person, particularly among those in power, to fit a certain narrative of the day. And finally, we delve into how the national story of the Voortrekkers and The Great Trek was taught in South African schools to uphold oppressive value systems in the era of apartheid.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram ...

37 minJUL 15
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National Heroes: Teaching Symbols of Identity, Legitimacy and Oppression Through School Curriculums

Telenovelas: The Cultural Power of Melodrama

In this episode, we explore the origins and impact of the telenovela. We first look at how these shows were inspired by workers in Cuban cigar factories reading stories out loud to one another, before spreading throughout Latin America following Cuba’s 1959 Revolution. We then dive into the Brazilian telenovelas industry with Taina Silva, who shares her research on how telenovelas have incorporated social issues of the day into their scripts and how stirring subjects like abortion, sex, and cloning have been received by viewers. From there, we look at the popularity of telenovelas beyond Latin America. We explore how they made their way to Eastern Europe and beyond, dominating screens and becoming part and parcel of people’s lives across the world. Now, countries in Latin America are not just exporting their shows, they are themselves importing shows from around the globe as production companies outside the region take the unique storytelling of telenovelas and adapt them to their...

29 minJUL 8
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Telenovelas: The Cultural Power of Melodrama

Elvis Presley: The Complex Origins of Stardom

In this episode, we follow the trajectory of Elvis’s life, untangling the complex factors that contributed to his success and the impact he had on American culture. First, we look at how Elvis redefined stardom — prim and proper movie stars went out, and the American, counter-culture rebel replaced them. However, Elvis's life wasn’t just about redefining what it meant to be an American icon. His career became the first successful bridge between white and black culture in 20th century America — as such, his life was deeply intertwined with race relations in the country. We discuss these important conversations about Elvis and race, as well as Elvis and changing gender norms in mid-20th century America. Elvis really was cause and consequence of social change in the country.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episode out every Wednesday!

41 minJUN 17
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Elvis Presley: The Complex Origins of Stardom

Chocolate: A Complex Story of Status, Empire and Big Business

We’re looking at the global story of chocolate. First, we discuss how the idea of chocolate changed through the centuries — what it meant for Aztecs, how the Europeans intentionally moved away from these origins, and how this story draws parallels to the introduction of chocolate in China in 1978. Then, we discuss the two titans of America’s chocolate industry: Hershey’s and Mars. We follow their origins, their joint projects, and the better missteps that led to one of the fiercest rivalries in the business world.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

42 minJUN 10
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Chocolate: A Complex Story of Status, Empire and Big Business

The Politics of National Museums: How Countries Choose to Remember Their History

Welcome to the Seasoned Migrant Podcast! In this episode, we’re diving deep into the politics of national museums. We often visit museums without realizing the intentions of those standing behind the scenes. These buildings aim to capture the most important moments in a nation’s history, but who gets to decide what these moments and how to portray them? Perhaps most importantly, why do we accept the fact that the nation needs to have a single voice and a single national story? We discuss the origins of the national museum, its original class tensions, and we look at the ideological challenges of museums in China, Iran, and Peru.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

57 minJUN 10
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The Politics of National Museums: How Countries Choose to Remember Their History

Latest Episodes

Muhammad Ali: Boxer, Activist, and Icon

In this episode, we look at the impact Muhammad Ali had on shaping the course of social history: from his conversion to Islam and changing his name, to refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Ali stood against an oppressive and racist status quo in each one of these actions. We look at the impact his life had on not just America, but on people all around the world.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

22 min3 w ago
Comments
Muhammad Ali: Boxer, Activist, and Icon

Memes: Folklore of the Digital World

In this episode, we look at memes as a cultural phenomenon. We look at their origins, what makes them so special, and chat with Gabriele de Seta about the different meanings memes take on as they move from country to country.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

25 minAUG 19
Comments
Memes: Folklore of the Digital World

Curry: The Social History of a Globalized Dish

In this episode, we talk about the global story of South Asian food. Its ingredients and recipes traveled far and wide to make the cuisine what it is today -- join us as we discuss the origins of various dishes, how the first Indian restaurants in the West came to be, and how this journey changed migrants’ relationship to food.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

46 minAUG 12
Comments
Curry: The Social History of a Globalized Dish

Punk: The Global Voice of Resistance

In our first-ever triple-bill episode, we chat with Kevin Dunn, Raymond Patton, and Theresa Steward and take a deep dive into the punk movement, investigating the impact it had on world culture. First, we look at what punk stood for and how it was able to connect with people in many different and personal ways. Then, we look at the spread of punk around the world. Despite originating in the UK and the US, punk was just as successful on the other side of the Cold War. We look at the reasons why punk appealed across such different and divided political landscapes and what features of the movement made the spread possible. Finally, we look at the underground scene beyond this Cold War divide. We discuss the emergence of the underground scene in Iran following the 1979 Revolution and look at the motivations of the musicians involved - and how, often, these motivations have differed from how they have been portrayed as by Western media. A special thanks goes to our guests, and to Kevin’...

66 minJUL 29
Comments
Punk: The Global Voice of Resistance

Bollywood and the Diaspora: Portrayals and Receptions of the Homeland

In this episode, we sit down with Rini Bhattacharya Mehta and look at how Bollywood, and Indian Cinema as a whole, has shaped and been shaped by the Indian identities portrayed in film. The cultural output of Indian cinema produced in Mumbai was itself a unifying force for a nation that was otherwise split into various linguistic and cultural regions. The movies produced in Mumbai were watched on screens across the country and so Mumbai had an influential stake in shaping the messages that would contribute to a shared Indian identity. This identity has changed over time along with India’s position in the global context: from colonial subject, to an East-West binary during the Cold War, to now a nation intimately involved with globalisation. All of these narratives extended onto the portrayal of the Indian diaspora abroad, which had a special and contested status in narratives of the Indian homeland.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us o...

33 minJUL 22
Comments
Bollywood and the Diaspora: Portrayals and Receptions of the Homeland

National Heroes: Teaching Symbols of Identity, Legitimacy and Oppression Through School Curriculums

In this episode, we explore the ways in which national heroes have been used in school history curriculums to create a sense of nationhood, to confer legitimacy to the state, and to contribute towards systems of oppression. We first look at the way Hong Kong created a separate school subject, Chinese History, which emphasised the character traits of important historical figures and the dynastic history of the country to protect and retain a sense of Chinese identity in the Islands. We then interview Musty Kamal on Muhammad Ali Jinnah and how his place as a national hero and the way Pakistan remembers him changes from person to person, particularly among those in power, to fit a certain narrative of the day. And finally, we delve into how the national story of the Voortrekkers and The Great Trek was taught in South African schools to uphold oppressive value systems in the era of apartheid.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram ...

37 minJUL 15
Comments
National Heroes: Teaching Symbols of Identity, Legitimacy and Oppression Through School Curriculums

Telenovelas: The Cultural Power of Melodrama

In this episode, we explore the origins and impact of the telenovela. We first look at how these shows were inspired by workers in Cuban cigar factories reading stories out loud to one another, before spreading throughout Latin America following Cuba’s 1959 Revolution. We then dive into the Brazilian telenovelas industry with Taina Silva, who shares her research on how telenovelas have incorporated social issues of the day into their scripts and how stirring subjects like abortion, sex, and cloning have been received by viewers. From there, we look at the popularity of telenovelas beyond Latin America. We explore how they made their way to Eastern Europe and beyond, dominating screens and becoming part and parcel of people’s lives across the world. Now, countries in Latin America are not just exporting their shows, they are themselves importing shows from around the globe as production companies outside the region take the unique storytelling of telenovelas and adapt them to their...

29 minJUL 8
Comments
Telenovelas: The Cultural Power of Melodrama

Elvis Presley: The Complex Origins of Stardom

In this episode, we follow the trajectory of Elvis’s life, untangling the complex factors that contributed to his success and the impact he had on American culture. First, we look at how Elvis redefined stardom — prim and proper movie stars went out, and the American, counter-culture rebel replaced them. However, Elvis's life wasn’t just about redefining what it meant to be an American icon. His career became the first successful bridge between white and black culture in 20th century America — as such, his life was deeply intertwined with race relations in the country. We discuss these important conversations about Elvis and race, as well as Elvis and changing gender norms in mid-20th century America. Elvis really was cause and consequence of social change in the country.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episode out every Wednesday!

41 minJUN 17
Comments
Elvis Presley: The Complex Origins of Stardom

Chocolate: A Complex Story of Status, Empire and Big Business

We’re looking at the global story of chocolate. First, we discuss how the idea of chocolate changed through the centuries — what it meant for Aztecs, how the Europeans intentionally moved away from these origins, and how this story draws parallels to the introduction of chocolate in China in 1978. Then, we discuss the two titans of America’s chocolate industry: Hershey’s and Mars. We follow their origins, their joint projects, and the better missteps that led to one of the fiercest rivalries in the business world.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

42 minJUN 10
Comments
Chocolate: A Complex Story of Status, Empire and Big Business

The Politics of National Museums: How Countries Choose to Remember Their History

Welcome to the Seasoned Migrant Podcast! In this episode, we’re diving deep into the politics of national museums. We often visit museums without realizing the intentions of those standing behind the scenes. These buildings aim to capture the most important moments in a nation’s history, but who gets to decide what these moments and how to portray them? Perhaps most importantly, why do we accept the fact that the nation needs to have a single voice and a single national story? We discuss the origins of the national museum, its original class tensions, and we look at the ideological challenges of museums in China, Iran, and Peru.For more exciting content and ideas, please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram (@seasoned.migrant). New episodes out every Wednesday!

57 minJUN 10
Comments
The Politics of National Museums: How Countries Choose to Remember Their History
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