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Status - Immigration & People

24 EpisodesProduced by Matt HortonWebsite

Status tells the human stories that immigration impacts. Somebody might be in the US on an E-1, an H-1B, a J-2, or an F-1. They might be undocumented or they may have their green card. They might be moving to Canada for a job or to the UK to escape violence in their home country. In any case, every … read more

24 Episodes | 2017 - 2018


July 10th, 2018


Over 2 seasons, Status told you the stories of how immigration policy really affects the lives of immigrants.

In the past few weeks, you saw the worst …

Black Kiss of Death

June 26th, 2018


Eddie entered the US through customs at 14, and he doesn’t remember much about it. He was more interested in seeing his mom who was being treated for cancer.

Then he met Tyler, and all of a sudden it was on him to prove …

Us (Jonatan, Part 5)

May 29th, 2018


Jonatan was the impetus for Status. This is the final part of his story. Hear how he and I met, fell for each other, and worked to maintain that love. And we learn once again that even in the most straightforward of …

Re-entry (Jonatan, Part 4)

May 8th, 2018


Jonatan found a new home and a new family in the United States. Then he was told he had to return to Colombia. But it wasn't as easy as showing up …

Letters (Jonatan, Part 3)

April 24th, 2018


By the time he was in college, Jonatan was living what could be considered a picturesque American life. There were just two things that might take it …

Family (Jonatan, Part 2)

April 10th, 2018


This week, we’re continuing the story of Jonatan, the man who inspired the creation of Status. This week, hear the story of how Lori & David became Mom & Dad.

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Colombia (Jonatan, Part 1)

March 27th, 2018


For as long as I’ve known him, Jonatan has been talking about writing a book. He says he could never write it himself, but he wants to find someone …

Every Waking Moment

February 27th, 2018


Every Waking Moment

Diana is a Dreamer, but not every immigrant's story is a story about immigration. Listen to the incredible story of a girl and her mother overcoming and making a life in their new home.

Music by Ben …


February 13th, 2018



Yaa doesn't have the typical DACA story, and she's not super confident that Congress will clear things up anytime soon. But she's gonna hustle for herself, her family, and her city anyway.

Music by Ben Michel & …

The Talk

January 30th, 2018


The Talk

Status returns with the story of Sandra, a recipient of DACA who didn't know she was undocumented until she was a teenager.

Music by Ben Michel & Breakmaster Cylinder

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What Is DACA?

January 25th, 2018


Status returns for season 2 on January 30th. Until then, here's a refresher on what DACA is and who the Dreamers are.

Music by Breakmaster Cylinder.

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Season 2 - January 30th

January 16th, 2018


Status returns on January 30th with the stories of 3 Dreamers whose lives are impacted by the President’s decision to end DACA and the political …

People Power

July 24th, 2017


In the last episode of Season 1 of Status, Michael and Daniel share how dictatorship affected the way that they bonded and became the lens through which they see many parts of the world.

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Best Little Boy in the World

July 10th, 2017


Michael and Daniel have had to navigate being gay in 4 different countries. It's one of the many reasons they fell in love.

Michael was born in the Philippines, but he grew up in Sydney, Australia before his family moved …

Something I Live With

May 26th, 2017


Gali's parents are undocumented, and that means she has to live with a lot.

Here's that wonderful piece from The Establishment that I talked about. …

Parallel Story

April 26th, 2017


Juan is a Ph.D. student at Stanford, and early on in life, his academic success was at odds with what was expected of a Latino, immigrant student. In this mini episode, Juan breaks down how he and his mother, Patricia, …

Windows and Doors

April 12th, 2017


Patricia moved with her son, Juan, to Kansas City from Colombia in 1992. When Patricia left an abusive partner, she and Juan had to figure out a new …


March 28th, 2017


No new episode this week, but you should check out these episodes on sanctuary, from one of my favorite shows, 99% Invisible.

Church (Sanctuary, …


March 16th, 2017


Edward, his parents, and his younger brother moved to the US almost 14 years ago. About 4 years ago, his parents moved back to Mexico. Now Edward is …

Relatively Local

March 2nd, 2017


Ariha is a writer from Mumbai and New York, depending on the day you ask her. Clark is an engineer from Menlo Park, CA. They met on a snowboarding trip, and within a couple of weeks, immigration had already impacted …

That's Not How It Works!

February 15th, 2017


When the US Embassy in Sweden has a massive computer glitch, Nathan travels to Canada to figure out his options by himself.

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February 1st, 2017


President Trump signed an executive order that bans entry into the US for citizens of 7 majority-muslim countries, even if travelers have valid US visas or green cards. Protest have sprung up all over the US, starting …

Nicer Place to Be

January 18th, 2017


Kate and Nathan have lived all over the world. It’s how they met. But when graduate school finally brings the both of them back to the States, they …

Welcome to Status

January 13th, 2017


Status is a show about immigration and relationships. First episode launches this week. Subscribe!


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