The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to hyphen-America. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America.


Lily Percy Is A Boss Bitch

November 7, 2018 ·

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 Produce…

Lily Percy Is A Boss Bitch


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 Produce…

Bethany Yellowtail Won’t Quit

October 10, 2018 ·

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 …

Frank Shyong Cares a Lot

September 26, 2018 ·

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 finge…

Marcella Arguello Is Here to Inspire Women

September 12, 2018 ·

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…

Mash-Ups Flirt (and other Mash-Up Wisdom on Sex)

August 15, 2018 ·

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 a…

Staying Hopeful (Or At Least Trying)

August 1, 2018 ·

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-…

Summer Travel Edition, with Aminatou Sow

July 9, 2018 ·

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…

Dear Mash-Up America: Parenting Edition

January 11, 2018 ·

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 la…

Reprise: What Is Your Bubbemeise?

January 3, 2018 ·

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 be…

Time To Move On

December 28, 2017 ·

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, host of the podcast By The Book. She’s a rad woman, a Korean-American Mash-Up, and an advice and self-help expert. She helps us tackle New Year’s resolutions and how best to make space for change in our own lives.

Raising Generation Mash-Up

December 22, 2017 ·

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 c…

Finding Our People

December 15, 2017 ·

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…

Enemy Territory

December 5, 2017 ·

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.

What’s for San Giving?

November 20, 2017 ·

The Mash-up Americans explore San Giving—or if you must, Thanksgiving—through what’s on and who is around the table. Amy and Rebecca talk with fellow Mash-up and chef Francis Lam of The Splendid Table, and eavesdrop on tea with writer Nishta Mehra and her mom, Veena. Dig in for one very yummy episode.

Live in New York: Let’s Talk About Sex

November 14, 2017 ·

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 D…

Therapy Is Not a Dirty Word

November 7, 2017 ·

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 o…

The Secret Lives of Our Immigrant Parents

October 30, 2017 ·

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 Mexi…

Live Show! Coming To New York!

October 25, 2017 ·

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.

Bubbes Know Best

October 10, 2017 ·

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 n…

The Mash-up Americans: Summer Vacay Edition

August 1, 2017 ·

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 mashie interviews.