MIT looked for slavery in its past... and undergrads found it in the present
June 11th, 2018
A university redefines what it means to have connections to slavery.
Why it's so hard to talk about racism that happens in school
May 21st, 2018
"...We just never wanted to make white people uncomfortable."
The spiciest memelord, revealed
April 24th, 2018
Will Lilly Chin's Jeopardy! win define the rest of her life?
MLK asked for solidarity. Will a "majority-minority" US deliver?
April 4th, 2018
The next census results may show whether MLK's last dream will be fulfilled.
What happened when a professor called his class "white racism"
March 26th, 2018
Two words made him the target of death threats.
The X-rated immigrant story
March 12th, 2018
Comedian Jimmy O. Yang wrote a book about all the embarrassing things he did while trying to find his identity — including drug use and strip club visits. His parents read it. Let's just say ... there was fallout.
Growing up with someone else's name
February 26th, 2018
In an era of Trump-fueled identity politics, some brown adopted kids of white parents are reconsidering where they stand.
Does 'Black Panther' represent Hollywood?
February 12th, 2018
Does the release of the first mainstream movie about a black superhero mean Hollywood's gotten past its identity issues?
POCs to Portland: We're watching you
January 29th, 2018
Nothing’s supposed to happen on the train. But when Portlanders learned that safety was an illusion, some of them decided they couldn’t risk …
The difference between Portland and Portlandia
January 15th, 2018
Portland, Oregon is beautiful. And very liberal, according to the TV show Portlandia. But last year it was also home to one of the country's most …
How brown people feel when white women look at them
June 9th, 2017
The author of viral essay "White Women Drive Me Crazy" joins Rupa to talk about it.
SHORT: Is Trump cutting the US program that could stop bombings like Manchester?
May 26th, 2017
The same week as the Manchester bombing, Trump proposes cutting the controversial program that aims to identify similar bombers in the US.
How YouTube 'Bawse' Lilly Singh is going mainstream
May 12th, 2017
Lilly Singh got famous by being herself ... but will Hollywood let her be someone else?
SHORT: Buzzfeed Writer Scaachi Koul
May 4th, 2017
Buzzfeed writer Scaachi Koul discusses how white privilege affects her family and how racism is institutionalized in Canada.
The story behind Chef Angela Dimayuga's rejection of Ivanka Trump
April 28th, 2017
Is standing out the best way to stand up to Trump?
Science's 'come to Jesus' moment
April 22nd, 2017
People who organized the March for Science in DC didn’t come out and blame President Donald Trump for science being under attack. Does that mean they're not inclusive, and don't respect the experiences of people who are …
The Kominas talk about being brown punk rockers in a white music scene
April 14th, 2017
The Kominas get a lot of press for being Muslim and Hindu in a genre dominated by white artists. But they kinda just want to rock.
How does it feel to be a refugee and a veteran in Trump's America?
April 6th, 2017
A veteran asked Otherhood host Rupa Shenoy to look into how "others" within military communities feel about veterans' overwhelming support for President Donald Trump.
'You're not Danish!' What the viral video teaches us about being American.
March 23rd, 2017
In the US, any citizen, of any culture, is American. In Denmark, that’s not necessarily the case.
The Latina who led ICE
March 17th, 2017
She was ICE director for a president immigration activists angrily called “the deporter in chief.” Now she’s back home in Texas, unpacking boxes and watching her former employees try to carry out President Trump’s …
SHORT: Rumana Ahmed lasted eight days in Trump's White House
March 2nd, 2017
Caught between wanting to service, and frustration. Rumana Ahmed shares her story with Rupa.
Is Canada more American than the US?
February 24th, 2017
Canada has replaced the US as the North American haven that welcomes people fleeing danger and seeking new lives.
How Indian Americans made Trump look good
February 10th, 2017
Here's the story of how Hindu Indian Americans became the largest group of people of color in the new administration.
SHORT: Here's what one Yemeni American has to say about the Muslim ban
January 31st, 2017
Rupa talks to college senior, small business owner, and Yemeni American Summer Nasser in an Otherhood Short.
SHORT: Saying goodbye to the most diverse White House ever
January 18th, 2017
As the White House changes hands this week, the demographics of the people who work there will also change drastically.
What's the backup plan?
January 13th, 2017
The lawyers, advocates and officials who work with immigrants had one chance before Inauguration Day to get together and make a plan to protect people threatened by Donald Trump's proposals. Otherhood was there.
The search for truth inside journalism
December 15th, 2016
PBS Newshour's Hari Sreenivasan and Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa help answer the question: What's the role of a reporter of color in an age when …
That Thanksgiving when no one talked to each other
November 21st, 2016
Otherhood captures a national moment of post-election, pre-holiday dread with a collection of voicemail from people across the country. Many of them …
Trump wins: Before and after, at the Alamo
November 14th, 2016
The US drew a line in the sand, and Americans chose where to stand. Now people are examining strangers out of the corner of their eye, wondering just how much they don't know about who lives around them.
What comes after the 'Trump effect'?
October 28th, 2016
Has Donald Trump helped fuel racism? Has he helped us confront it? Or, is former MSNBC Host Melissa Harris Perry right — is Trump just the current scapegoat for a country that avoids confronting its past?
'That Mexican thing' lurking in the Arizona desert
October 14th, 2016
In the burning heat of Arizona's vast, mostly empty Wild West desert, young Mexican American teenagers decide between working for the border guard or for the cartels smuggling drugs and people north. The kids that …
Marking the end of a TCK presidency
September 29th, 2016
TCKs — or third culture kids — often lie when asked when they're from.
When 'they' become 'us'
September 15th, 2016
A secret US war created a new generation of Americans who changed foreign policy.
The 'secret society' of extremely successful first gens
September 1st, 2016
Many of the most successful immigrants and kids of immigrants in the country know each other and hang out.
The unexpected power of feelings
August 18th, 2016
If every action starts with emotion, then current feelings about police violence may predict the possible future.
How America is melting in its pot
August 4th, 2016
“Technically we have it double as bad — because we’re Muslim and black.”
Otherness in an Integrated World
April 21st, 2016
Juliette Kayyem says the best way to prevent terrorism is to integrate Others.
Why One Story Isn't The Whole Story
February 3rd, 2016
Art can imitate life, but can it represent an identity?
What Does A Professor Look Like?
February 2nd, 2016
A college professor is out to defy stereotypes.
Learning to Tell Her Own Story
January 20th, 2016
How a Harvard Law student learned to tell her own story
First Generation? Second?
January 5th, 2016
For immigrants and their children, a question with meaning
The long road from 'different'
December 16th, 2015
The long road from 'different' to being a role model
Aziz Ansari helped me embrace my ‘Otherhood'
December 8th, 2015
Rupa Shenoy and Arun Rath talk about how Aziz Ansari's "Master of None" became a window into their own lives as first-generation Americans.