Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.

4.8K Ratings
Open In App
title

Maeve in America: Immigration IRL

Topic / Panoply

23
Followers
48
Plays
Maeve in America: Immigration IRL

Maeve in America: Immigration IRL

Topic / Panoply

23
Followers
48
Plays
OVERVIEWEPISODESYOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Details

About Us

With all this talk about wall building, bad hombres and refugees as Skittles, comedian Maeve Higgins is beyond ready to change the conversation around immigration. She's traveled all the way here from Ireland to bring you funny, beautiful and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.

Latest Episodes

A Surgeon, a Comedian and an Astrophysicist Walk Into a Podcast

Maeve visits heartthrob astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Natural History Museum to chat about global migration and moving to Mars. She calls up socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell about speaking truth to power using jokes. And she talks with Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef about finding his footing in America - and his hopes of playing more than just the role of Terrorist #3 in action movies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37 min2017 MAR 28
Comments
A Surgeon, a Comedian and an Astrophysicist Walk Into a Podcast

Children of Immigrants: Listen to Your Parents

Millions of Americans have immigrant parents, some of whom came here to escape oppression, some for economic opportunity, and some for the pizza. The very funny and very wise Aparna Nancherla (Womanhood on Refinery29) helps Maeve understand what it’s like to navigate American culture while honoring the culture your parents grew up in. Alex Karpovsky (GIRLS) relives his Slavic Communist throwback kindergarten outfits. Mona Chalabi learns more about her mother’s experience as a UK doctor after growing up in Iraq. The effervescent Charla Lauriston tells her mother, who moved as a teenager from Haiti, why she loves being the child of immigrants. Ashok Kondabolu chats with his dad Ravi about what he did in disco-era NYC, spoiler: it wasn’t dancing. It’s possible to literally be from somewhere completely different than your own parents, in more ways than one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 min2017 MAR 21
Comments
Children of Immigrants: Listen to Your Parents

Moving Stories: Creativity and Immigration

Maeve’s co-host is her no. 1 girl crush, the hilarious and super smart Negin Farsad. Negin gave a TED Talk about her work in social justice comedy. She’s a filmmaker who took her live show on the road for a thought provoking and funny documentary called ‘The Muslims are Coming’. The women discuss the role of comedy during oppressive times. Poet Majid Naficy has faced much tragedy in his life, including the execution of his wife and friends during the Iranian Revolution, and he explains how writing helps. As does music, and performing, in the case of Vietnamese-American Lynda Trang Dai, it’s self expression that helps break down stereotypes and move everybody further. And it’s St.Patrick’s week, so Maeve checks in with her fellow Irish immigrant, Chris O’Dowd on just how many shamrocks he’s hoping to eat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32 min2017 MAR 14
Comments
Moving Stories: Creativity and Immigration

The Live Episode: Feeling All the Feels

Maeve discovers she’s not the only 01 visa in town - stat queen Mona Chalabi is also an “alien of extraordinary ability.” Nationally acclaimed poet, Yosimar Reyes, talks to Maeve about his life as an undocumented immigrant, recalling his childhood fear of being deported and not getting to hear the latest Destiny’s Child album. Host of ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ Aminatou Sow gives the rundown on her immigration story - from Guinea to Belgium to Texas. Maeve opens up about her own struggle with customs and border patrol, to much laughter. Jokes about Jew-boos from Naomi Ekperigin provide our Cheer Up Charlie moment and to end, Emmy the Great soothes anxieties with her music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45 min2017 MAR 7
Comments
The Live Episode: Feeling All the Feels

The Zaza Episode: Home Away From Homs

Maeve gets the latest from Mona Chalabi about what Syrian refugees will face in Trump’s USA. She meets Zaza - there are 350 Mohameds in his company, so he has to go by his surname. His life has been turned upside down by the conflict in Syria, and he describes life in Homs under a dictatorship. On the waitlist for over two years for an asylum interview, he opens up about the struggles he faces in this new life, as well as the joys. Our context queen is one of the world’s foremost authorities on what civilian life has been like under Assad, Leila Al-Shami. She explains how peaceful protests descended into the deadliest war of our time, and we learn what it’s like to survive that, and escape, but still be haunted by Syria. Plus comedian Dave Hill leaves a voicemail on the White House answering machine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30 min2017 FEB 28
Comments
The Zaza Episode: Home Away From Homs

Not My President's Day

Maeve and Alexis Coe (host of Presidents Are People Too!) co-host a special episode about the immigration policies of our first, last and current president. They head to Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation, to reflect on what Washington and the founding fathers envisioned this country could be. All men were equal? Except slaves forced to move from Africa and indentured servants sent from Europe. And, by chance, they come across an anti-hate gathering. Back in the studio, Carl Lipscombe with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration explains Obama’s immigration legacy and Palestinian-American comedian, Mo Amer, tells the bonkers story of how he got an inside scoop on the Muslim registry from sitting beside Eric Trump on a transatlantic flight. Eugene Mirman comes through with the details of the kompramat the Russians have on the President. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26 min2017 FEB 21
Comments
Not My President's Day

Love On Top: The Valentines Special

Maeve plays matchmaker with Mona, but things don’t go as planned. We get a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a Muslim immigrant dating in the shadow of the ban. Our spirits are lifted by Nalina in Jersey City describing her arranged marriage 33 years ago in India. Nessia moves to Crown Heights from Canada to find her love match - a Hasidic Jew with a Country-Western flare. And Minori from Japan is tired of guys who just want one night stands, and finally gets her meet-cute in an NYC Starbucks. Nao and Shiraz are tying the knot at City Hall, hoping their strength as a couple will help them through the next four years. These stories bring light and laughter to dark days for immigration in the US. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 min2017 FEB 14
Comments
Love On Top: The Valentines Special

#NoBanNoWall

As confusion reigns, we document what’s happening right now, speaking to Iranian-Canadians, Pakistani-Americans and also, a Russian, all demonstrating against the ban and we get immigrants’ reactions to this new reality. Maeve also introduces a couple of our Season 2 guests, including a Syrian asylum seeker who’s trying to quit smoking, and an undocumented Mexican man who tells the absolute best stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19 min2017 FEB 1
Comments
#NoBanNoWall

The Dan-el Episode - Odyssey of the Undocumented

For the season finale, Maeve follows Dan-el Padilla Peralta on a journey to rival Odysseus; from an undocumented child living in homeless shelters in New York City to a Classics professor at an Ivy League college, she learns of his continued fight to become a legal resident of the United States. Plus, data from the always fresh Mona Chalabi and sage wisdom from Define Americans’ Jose Antonio Vargas. Jeff Sessions looms large, with his infamous 2006 words from the Senate Floor still booming today. Oh, and Maeve forces a reluctant robot to do her dirty work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40 min2017 JAN 17
Comments
The Dan-el Episode - Odyssey of the Undocumented

The Annie Episode: Annie Moore Room?

In an historical love story for the ages, Maeve flies over the Atlantic, ferries to Ellis Island and wanders around the Lower East Side - all in search of our guest today, Annie Moore. Well, the ghost of Annie Moore, the first immigrant through Ellis Island in January 1892. There are parallels and shadows of Annie’s story in so many immigrant stories, including Maeve’s. Like, Annie married a German man who worked in a bakery, and Maeve’s favorite place to meet guys is in bakeries. This episode is funny and fascinating, but it’s sobering too - as we hear the echoes of anti-immigrant attacks get louder and louder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35 min2017 JAN 10
Comments
The Annie Episode: Annie Moore Room?

Latest Episodes

A Surgeon, a Comedian and an Astrophysicist Walk Into a Podcast

Maeve visits heartthrob astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Natural History Museum to chat about global migration and moving to Mars. She calls up socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell about speaking truth to power using jokes. And she talks with Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef about finding his footing in America - and his hopes of playing more than just the role of Terrorist #3 in action movies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37 min2017 MAR 28
Comments
A Surgeon, a Comedian and an Astrophysicist Walk Into a Podcast

Children of Immigrants: Listen to Your Parents

Millions of Americans have immigrant parents, some of whom came here to escape oppression, some for economic opportunity, and some for the pizza. The very funny and very wise Aparna Nancherla (Womanhood on Refinery29) helps Maeve understand what it’s like to navigate American culture while honoring the culture your parents grew up in. Alex Karpovsky (GIRLS) relives his Slavic Communist throwback kindergarten outfits. Mona Chalabi learns more about her mother’s experience as a UK doctor after growing up in Iraq. The effervescent Charla Lauriston tells her mother, who moved as a teenager from Haiti, why she loves being the child of immigrants. Ashok Kondabolu chats with his dad Ravi about what he did in disco-era NYC, spoiler: it wasn’t dancing. It’s possible to literally be from somewhere completely different than your own parents, in more ways than one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 min2017 MAR 21
Comments
Children of Immigrants: Listen to Your Parents

Moving Stories: Creativity and Immigration

Maeve’s co-host is her no. 1 girl crush, the hilarious and super smart Negin Farsad. Negin gave a TED Talk about her work in social justice comedy. She’s a filmmaker who took her live show on the road for a thought provoking and funny documentary called ‘The Muslims are Coming’. The women discuss the role of comedy during oppressive times. Poet Majid Naficy has faced much tragedy in his life, including the execution of his wife and friends during the Iranian Revolution, and he explains how writing helps. As does music, and performing, in the case of Vietnamese-American Lynda Trang Dai, it’s self expression that helps break down stereotypes and move everybody further. And it’s St.Patrick’s week, so Maeve checks in with her fellow Irish immigrant, Chris O’Dowd on just how many shamrocks he’s hoping to eat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32 min2017 MAR 14
Comments
Moving Stories: Creativity and Immigration

The Live Episode: Feeling All the Feels

Maeve discovers she’s not the only 01 visa in town - stat queen Mona Chalabi is also an “alien of extraordinary ability.” Nationally acclaimed poet, Yosimar Reyes, talks to Maeve about his life as an undocumented immigrant, recalling his childhood fear of being deported and not getting to hear the latest Destiny’s Child album. Host of ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ Aminatou Sow gives the rundown on her immigration story - from Guinea to Belgium to Texas. Maeve opens up about her own struggle with customs and border patrol, to much laughter. Jokes about Jew-boos from Naomi Ekperigin provide our Cheer Up Charlie moment and to end, Emmy the Great soothes anxieties with her music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45 min2017 MAR 7
Comments
The Live Episode: Feeling All the Feels

The Zaza Episode: Home Away From Homs

Maeve gets the latest from Mona Chalabi about what Syrian refugees will face in Trump’s USA. She meets Zaza - there are 350 Mohameds in his company, so he has to go by his surname. His life has been turned upside down by the conflict in Syria, and he describes life in Homs under a dictatorship. On the waitlist for over two years for an asylum interview, he opens up about the struggles he faces in this new life, as well as the joys. Our context queen is one of the world’s foremost authorities on what civilian life has been like under Assad, Leila Al-Shami. She explains how peaceful protests descended into the deadliest war of our time, and we learn what it’s like to survive that, and escape, but still be haunted by Syria. Plus comedian Dave Hill leaves a voicemail on the White House answering machine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30 min2017 FEB 28
Comments
The Zaza Episode: Home Away From Homs

Not My President's Day

Maeve and Alexis Coe (host of Presidents Are People Too!) co-host a special episode about the immigration policies of our first, last and current president. They head to Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation, to reflect on what Washington and the founding fathers envisioned this country could be. All men were equal? Except slaves forced to move from Africa and indentured servants sent from Europe. And, by chance, they come across an anti-hate gathering. Back in the studio, Carl Lipscombe with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration explains Obama’s immigration legacy and Palestinian-American comedian, Mo Amer, tells the bonkers story of how he got an inside scoop on the Muslim registry from sitting beside Eric Trump on a transatlantic flight. Eugene Mirman comes through with the details of the kompramat the Russians have on the President. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26 min2017 FEB 21
Comments
Not My President's Day

Love On Top: The Valentines Special

Maeve plays matchmaker with Mona, but things don’t go as planned. We get a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a Muslim immigrant dating in the shadow of the ban. Our spirits are lifted by Nalina in Jersey City describing her arranged marriage 33 years ago in India. Nessia moves to Crown Heights from Canada to find her love match - a Hasidic Jew with a Country-Western flare. And Minori from Japan is tired of guys who just want one night stands, and finally gets her meet-cute in an NYC Starbucks. Nao and Shiraz are tying the knot at City Hall, hoping their strength as a couple will help them through the next four years. These stories bring light and laughter to dark days for immigration in the US. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 min2017 FEB 14
Comments
Love On Top: The Valentines Special

#NoBanNoWall

As confusion reigns, we document what’s happening right now, speaking to Iranian-Canadians, Pakistani-Americans and also, a Russian, all demonstrating against the ban and we get immigrants’ reactions to this new reality. Maeve also introduces a couple of our Season 2 guests, including a Syrian asylum seeker who’s trying to quit smoking, and an undocumented Mexican man who tells the absolute best stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19 min2017 FEB 1
Comments
#NoBanNoWall

The Dan-el Episode - Odyssey of the Undocumented

For the season finale, Maeve follows Dan-el Padilla Peralta on a journey to rival Odysseus; from an undocumented child living in homeless shelters in New York City to a Classics professor at an Ivy League college, she learns of his continued fight to become a legal resident of the United States. Plus, data from the always fresh Mona Chalabi and sage wisdom from Define Americans’ Jose Antonio Vargas. Jeff Sessions looms large, with his infamous 2006 words from the Senate Floor still booming today. Oh, and Maeve forces a reluctant robot to do her dirty work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40 min2017 JAN 17
Comments
The Dan-el Episode - Odyssey of the Undocumented

The Annie Episode: Annie Moore Room?

In an historical love story for the ages, Maeve flies over the Atlantic, ferries to Ellis Island and wanders around the Lower East Side - all in search of our guest today, Annie Moore. Well, the ghost of Annie Moore, the first immigrant through Ellis Island in January 1892. There are parallels and shadows of Annie’s story in so many immigrant stories, including Maeve’s. Like, Annie married a German man who worked in a bakery, and Maeve’s favorite place to meet guys is in bakeries. This episode is funny and fascinating, but it’s sobering too - as we hear the echoes of anti-immigrant attacks get louder and louder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35 min2017 JAN 10
Comments
The Annie Episode: Annie Moore Room?
success toast
Welcome to Himalaya LearningDozens of podcourses featuring over 100 experts are waiting for you.