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In an era of “us” and “them,” be an “other” — someone trying to understand how we all live together. Journalism about the multicultural nation America will become — hosted by Rupa Shenoy.

43 Episodes | 2015 - 2018

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.

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.

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.

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