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.


Fatimah Asghar on Our Unseen Identities

May 15, 2019 ·

Poet and screenwriter Fatimah Asghar is talking to us about why “orphan” is the identifier she relates to the most, and why her idea of home isn’t a physical place. Fatimah is having a moment right now….within the past year, the web serie…

Ai-Jen Poo on How We Make It All Work

May 1, 2019 ·

“I really believe that care and caregiving can save the soul of the country. Everybody has people that they care about. It totally connects us in this very deep, emotional way.” We agree with Ai-Jen! We had SO MUCH FUN in this conversation.The…

Alua Arthur On Demystifying Death

April 17, 2019 ·

“Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about death won’t make you dead.”We are talking about death on this episode and it is a party! We are going to explore life, love, and family through the lens of death with our incredible gue…

Aline Brosh McKenna on Leading Ladies

April 3, 2019 ·

Aline Brosh McKenna is a Hollywood triple threat; she’s a showrunner, director, and writer and she does them all really really well. She has worked in this business for more than two decades but her mission has remained the same: to center wom…

Wendy De La Rosa on How We Really Spend Money

March 20, 2019 ·

This episode is all about money. How we make it, spend it, save it, and value it. Wendy De La Rosa is our guest and she has a lot to say about all of this. Not how we are supposed to manage our money, but how we actually do it. Wendy is a Domi…

Chicago! We’re Coming for You

March 15, 2019 ·

We’re live in Chicago on March 29! Food Makes Us Happy (& Other Stories): Fabulous conversations with chefs Diana Davila of Mi Tocaya Antojería and Jennifer Kim of Passerotto and a set from comedian Alex Kumin. Tickets:…

Dr. Leana Wen on Taking Care of Each Other

March 6, 2019 ·

New Season! We’re kicking off Mash Ups to Know with the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen! A long time leader and advocate in public health, Dr. Wen’s mission to depoliticize healthcare at the forefront of everything …

Coming Soon! Mash-Ups To Know – Changing the World

March 1, 2019 ·

New season! We’re making the culture, ya heard? On each episode, we’ll bring you a conversation with one incredible Mash-Up who is making waves at the cutting edge of their field. We’re talking health, money, death, work, pop culture, and so m…

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.