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How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration

The Tenement Museum

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How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration

How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration

The Tenement Museum

21
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37
Plays
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These American stories are not in your standard history book.History tends to be reduced to key moments and celebrated names, and what’s often overlooked are the stories of the ordinary people, both past and present, who have lived through journeys of immigration and migration...the people who have shaped what it means to be and to become American. How To Be American is a podcast by the Tenement Museum where from New York’s Lower East Side, we explore the history of immigration and migration in America. We share the stories of migrants and refugees, and everyone in-between. And we examine why so many important events in our history have unfolded around issues of immigration and national identity.This is the past, present, and future of becoming American.

Latest Episodes

Burial Grounds

We'll uncover a Pre-Harlem World that’s been buried for more than 156 years and reconstruct the forgotten histories of Black migrants in Lower Manhattan in episode 3 of How To Be American.

59 minMAR 13
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Burial Grounds

Relics Left Behind

Imagine that someone came to your house 150 years later: what would they find, what would those found objects say about you; about your way of life? Sometimes it’s the every-day things you leave behind that tell stories about your past.

39 minFEB 27
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Relics Left Behind

Our Game

Baseball has always had a special place in our nation’s history. But beyond the ballpark there is a grittier version of the game, played in immigrant neighborhoods, in cities big and small. This is the story of Stickball's legacy and the impact of children's street games.

38 minFEB 13
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Our Game

Introducing How To Be American Season 2

How To Be American is the Tenement Museum’s podcast series. In its second season, eight new episodes will tell eight new stories that dig deeper into the tapestry of American immigration, stories of people who shaped American identity by doing everything from creating street games to traveling to outer space. Listen to the season 2 trailer now.

4 minJAN 30
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Introducing How To Be American Season 2

A New Voice

How To Be American has some exciting news! Host Brendan strolls down memory lane, looking back at season 1 and introduces who will continue our journey moving forward...

10 min2019 NOV 21
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A New Voice

The Avatar of America

There’s nothing more American than Coca-Cola, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and comic books. In the final episode of season 1 of How To Be American, we’ll uncover the history of diversity and representation in the panels, and discuss what comics tell us about our shared American identity since the dawn of Marvel, DC, and other comic book creators.

28 min2019 MAY 29
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The Avatar of America

A truly American art-form

Listen to the teaser for our sixth and final episode of the first series of How To Be American. Whose your favorite superhero? And why are comics considered a truly American art-form?

59 s2019 MAY 22
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A truly American art-form

Why Can't I Be Both?

Take alook insidethe complicated diversity within the heart of two immigrant communities.We’ll begin with Kleindeutschlandin the mid-19th century, and then headintoBrooklyn, where we’ll get an inside look at Flatbush and an organization calledCaribBeingwith its founder, Shelley Worrell.

33 min2019 MAY 15
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Why Can't I Be Both?

A walking tour of Flatbush

In this teaser host Brendan Murphy visits Flatbush, BK, to explore its Caribbean immigrant culture forHow To Be American's fifth episode all about how immigrant groups have carved out communities for themselves throughout US history.

2 min2019 MAY 8
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A walking tour of Flatbush

Sing Like An American

Hundreds of sewing machines rattle and hiss—explore the industrial soundscape that shaped the American identities of young factory workersin 1911 with composer Julia Wolfe.

39 min2019 APR 17
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Sing Like An American

Latest Episodes

Burial Grounds

We'll uncover a Pre-Harlem World that’s been buried for more than 156 years and reconstruct the forgotten histories of Black migrants in Lower Manhattan in episode 3 of How To Be American.

59 minMAR 13
Comments
Burial Grounds

Relics Left Behind

Imagine that someone came to your house 150 years later: what would they find, what would those found objects say about you; about your way of life? Sometimes it’s the every-day things you leave behind that tell stories about your past.

39 minFEB 27
Comments
Relics Left Behind

Our Game

Baseball has always had a special place in our nation’s history. But beyond the ballpark there is a grittier version of the game, played in immigrant neighborhoods, in cities big and small. This is the story of Stickball's legacy and the impact of children's street games.

38 minFEB 13
Comments
Our Game

Introducing How To Be American Season 2

How To Be American is the Tenement Museum’s podcast series. In its second season, eight new episodes will tell eight new stories that dig deeper into the tapestry of American immigration, stories of people who shaped American identity by doing everything from creating street games to traveling to outer space. Listen to the season 2 trailer now.

4 minJAN 30
Comments
Introducing How To Be American Season 2

A New Voice

How To Be American has some exciting news! Host Brendan strolls down memory lane, looking back at season 1 and introduces who will continue our journey moving forward...

10 min2019 NOV 21
Comments
A New Voice

The Avatar of America

There’s nothing more American than Coca-Cola, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and comic books. In the final episode of season 1 of How To Be American, we’ll uncover the history of diversity and representation in the panels, and discuss what comics tell us about our shared American identity since the dawn of Marvel, DC, and other comic book creators.

28 min2019 MAY 29
Comments
The Avatar of America

A truly American art-form

Listen to the teaser for our sixth and final episode of the first series of How To Be American. Whose your favorite superhero? And why are comics considered a truly American art-form?

59 s2019 MAY 22
Comments
A truly American art-form

Why Can't I Be Both?

Take alook insidethe complicated diversity within the heart of two immigrant communities.We’ll begin with Kleindeutschlandin the mid-19th century, and then headintoBrooklyn, where we’ll get an inside look at Flatbush and an organization calledCaribBeingwith its founder, Shelley Worrell.

33 min2019 MAY 15
Comments
Why Can't I Be Both?

A walking tour of Flatbush

In this teaser host Brendan Murphy visits Flatbush, BK, to explore its Caribbean immigrant culture forHow To Be American's fifth episode all about how immigrant groups have carved out communities for themselves throughout US history.

2 min2019 MAY 8
Comments
A walking tour of Flatbush

Sing Like An American

Hundreds of sewing machines rattle and hiss—explore the industrial soundscape that shaped the American identities of young factory workersin 1911 with composer Julia Wolfe.

39 min2019 APR 17
Comments
Sing Like An American
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