Recently on The Mash-Up Americans
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!