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Crossings|the Refugee Experience in America

14 EpisodesProduced by Vincent HostakWebsite

Refugee resettlement and the journey toward it is an experience largely misunderstood in the US. With this podcast we seek to improve our listeners' cultural competence through the personal stories from refugees and the innovative organizations and programs serving them.

14 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Episode 14_Tiyya Foundation & Flavors From Afar

December 3rd, 2022


Tiyya was founded by refuges and women of color, creates communities of support and organizes access to economic opportunities and critical resources …

Wade in the Water_A Visit with Dr. Arthur C. Jones

October 3rd, 2022


In this episode, with guest interviewer Pauletta Jackson, we visit with Dr. Arthur C. Jones, founder of the Spirituals Project and author of Wade in …

Episode 12 Keep Going-Harriet Tubman on her 200th Birthday

March 29th, 2022


In this March 2022 episode we celebrate the life of Harriet Tubman during the month of her 200th birthday. Tubman was, of course, one of the most prominent “conductors” on the Underground Railroad and a woman who …

Episode 11_International Underground Railroad Month

September 1st, 2021


In 2019 the National Park Service created a recognition of the timeless significance of the Underground Railroad. It coincides with the month of …

Episode 10_Exploring Juneteenth with Isaac Points

June 14th, 2021


In this episode we visit with Isaac Points who was intrinsic to the long running Five Points Juneteenth Celebration in Denver. One of the largest in the country, this celebration was previously centered in Denver’s Five …

Episode 9_Songs of Migration in Belgium

May 7th, 2021


In late December 2020 we interviewed Marieke Slovin Lewis and Sarah Reader Harris who spoke about their project lifting the stories of refugees and asylees into songs. Leveraging Sarah’s experience as a poet/author, …

Episode 8-Harvesting Hope in Aurora Colorado

July 1st, 2020


Project Worthmore is a refugee service organization with a unique collective approach to feeding newcomers, providing educational services, community …

Episode 7_RefuSHE: Lives and Fashion Reimagined

June 26th, 2020


We are excited add our seventh episode featuring Kenya/Chicago based organization RefuSHE. We look at their mission to provide a supportive community …

Episode 6_Refugees and COVID-19

June 3rd, 2020


This is an informational episode which looks at the impact the global pandemic is having on refugee populations.   An overview of responses from …

Episode Five_A Two Room Schoolhouse on the North Shore

May 14th, 2020


Madonna Mission's Founder and CEO calls their small office and classroom space near Loyola Park, Chicago a "two room schoolhouse."  Growing from a …

Refugee Mental Health, Trauma and Recovery

April 17th, 2020


This is the story of how hard work, experience and loving hearts help refugee populations achieve greater mental wellness and stability as they find …

Episode 3 Finding My America at the American Writers Museum

February 7th, 2020


We continue our tour of the refugee experience in Sweet Home Chicago.  We visit with museum president Carey Cranston, and listen in on museum recordings from personal interviews featuring contemporary writers Ngozi …

Resettlement 101 from Chicago_Heartland Alliance

January 24th, 2020


On a Friday evening rideshare in Chicago our host learns firsthand the cutural importance of refugees to our American community.  By coincidence, this refugee's American story is tied to the Heartland Alliance, the …

We Made This

October 23rd, 2019


For our pilot episode we take our listeners to the training workshop and boutique supporting We Made This.  We Made This is a refugee women's sewing training program designed to support women who have limited access to …

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