The Mash-Up Americans

76 EpisodesProduced by The Mash-Up Americans

The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to the hyphen-America world we all live in. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, race and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. We are celebrating and challenging the raucous, colorful, complicated country we live in by askin… read more

76 Episodes | 2015 - 2019

Alua Arthur On Demystifying Death

April 17th, 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 …

Aline Brosh McKenna on Leading Ladies

April 3rd, 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 …

Wendy De La Rosa on How We Really Spend Money

March 20th, 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

Dr. Leana Wen on Taking Care of Each Other

March 6th, 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 …

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

March 1st, 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 …

Lily Percy Is A Boss Bitch

November 7th, 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 …

Rachna Fruchbom Is Our Sitcom Hero

October 24th, 2018


For our fourth installment of Mash-Ups to Know, we bring you comedy writer and producer Rachna Fruchbom. She knows that her mashiness is her superpower—and she is not afraid to use it. From her badass career change …

Bethany Yellowtail Won't Quit

October 10th, 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 …

Frank Shyong Cares a Lot

September 26th, 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 …

Marcella Arguello Is Here to Inspire Women

September 12th, 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 …

Mash-Ups Flirt (and other Mash-Up Wisdom on Sex)

August 15th, 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 …

Staying Hopeful (Or At Least Trying)

August 1st, 2018


Mash-Up Wisdom is a short series of episodes featuring wisdom from our Mash-Up heroes.

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 …

Summer Travel Edition, with Aminatou Sow

July 9th, 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 …

Dear Mash-Up America: Parenting Edition

January 11th, 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 …

Reprise: What Is Your Bubbemeise?

January 3rd, 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 …

Time To Move On

December 28th, 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 …

Raising Generation Mash-Up

December 22nd, 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 …

Finding Our People

December 15th, 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 …

Enemy Territory

December 5th, 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. Visit for more!

Dear Mash-Up America: Holiday Etiquette Edition

November 28th, 2017


Holidays are here, bringing soooo many questions. This week, Amy and Rebecca play advice columnists with a special guest to answer your holiday …

What's for San Giving?

November 20th, 2017


Our Thanksgiving table? Banchan and mashed potatoes—from the box. Thanksgiving is a day for Mash-Ups to test out what being American tastes like to them. With brilliant foodie Francis Lam of The Splendid table and …

Live in New York: Let's Talk About Sex

November 14th, 2017


You know there's no Mash-Up without a little mashing up, right? We dive into some of our favorite topics: Sex! Dating! Relationships! And we did it live, onstage at WNYC's The Greene Space in New York. Scandalous. With …

Therapy Is Not a Dirty Word

November 7th, 2017


A signature quality of Mash-Ups? Our perseverance and our resilience. But we want more than to just survive. We want to thrive. Enter: Prioritizing our mental health. Guests this week: Nora McInerney of Terrible, Thanks …

The Secret Lives of Our Immigrant Parents

October 31st, 2017


New season, new sound. With more questions, more laughs, and more tears! We are so excited to share with you the very first episode of our new season. And today, we're talking about immigration. Specifically, our …

Live Show! Coming To New York!

October 25th, 2017


The Mash-Up Americans is celebrating the launch of their new season with a live show at The Greene Space in New York City on Monday, October 30.

Bubbes Know Best

October 10th, 2017


We. Are. Back. It's been a helluva few months. And Mash-Ups, we missed you! So. We're back for our usual blend of group therapy, belly laughs, tears, and side eye as we explore what makes us American today. And for this …

The Mash-up Americans: Summer Vacay Edition

August 1st, 2017


Amy & Rebecca head out on summer vacay—to prep for a new season and a new sound! But first, they spend some time flashing back to their favorite mashy interviews. Visit for more!

Mash-Up Live! Fueled By Mezcal And Immigrants

June 21st, 2017


Fam, we recorded a live show! KPCC In Person presented Mash-Up Live featuring the one-and-only Bricia Lopez. Bricia is a Mexican-American Mash-Up and the official mezcalera of LA! (We may have gotten drunk.) Bricia is …

Replay: Krista Tippett On Why The Wisest People Are Always Smiling

June 9th, 2017


Sometimes when this earthly world gets us down, it’s good to remember that there is more than our everyday grind — or our everyday bananas Senate hearing, as it were. Krista Tippett, creator of On Being and convener of …

Hillary And Jonathan Sitting In A Tree

May 24th, 2017


Hillary Frank of The Longest Shortest Time. Jonathan Menjivar of This American Life. You know their voices. You love their work. But did you know they are ALSO mash-up married? Hillary, a Russian-Jewish-American …

Replay: Hasan Minhaj On The American Dream Tax

May 19th, 2017


Hasan Minhaj drops his first Netflix comedy special, "Homecoming King, in just a few days, so we think it's an excellent time to revisit our awesome conversation with him. “Homecoming King" tells the story of New Brown …

Living In Sickness And In Health

May 10th, 2017


Suleika Jaouad, a first-generation Tunisian-Swiss-Muslim-American Mash-Up, battled cancer as a 22-year-old and kicked.its.ass. She also brought truth …

Are We All Immigrants? Nope

April 27th, 2017


Sarah Eagle Heart, of the Oglala Lakota tribe, is a Native American activist, educator, storyteller and all-around badass. She is also the first …

Ginger Is The Viagra Of The Olden Days

April 14th, 2017


Joan Nathan, the world's foremost expert on Jewish food, chats with Amy and Rebecca about herbal viagra, pho as a substitute for chicken noodle soup, and why all food is a mash-up. Visit for more!

What Does America Sound Like Today?

March 29th, 2017


Comedian Maeve Higgins talks about the strange Irishness of Trump’s inner circle and Rebecca learns about Amy's favorite seasonal beverage: The Shamrock Shake. Visit for more!

Soledad O’Brien Sees All Sides

March 16th, 2017


Soledad O’Brien on why she counts the minorities in the room and how Mash-Ups have the power to change the conversation. Visit …

How To Save The World With Rhea Suh

March 1st, 2017


Rhea Suh, president of The National Resources Defense Council and first-generation-Korean-American Mash-Up, shares her favorite way to camp (with Korean BBQ); the importance of fighting every day for the American Dream; …

Replay: The Mash-Up Movie Spectacular

February 22nd, 2017


Rebecca and Amy host an awards show honoring the mashiest movies of all time. Who wins for best portrayal of a nerdy Latino? Best portrayal of an immigrant dad? Listen and find out!

Krista Tippett On Why The Wisest People Are Always Smiling

February 15th, 2017


Krista Tippett, creator of On Being and convener of the American conversation on spirituality, sits down with Amy and Rebecca to dig into the Big …

You’re Gonna Marry Who?

February 1st, 2017


Mash-Up relationships and marriages are always tricky (Two cultures! Two religions! Two ethnicities! We’re already dizzy) so we’re calling in the …

Lena Waithe On Being An Artist In The Time Of Trump

January 18th, 2017


Lena Waithe, aka the coolest girl in LA, sat down with Amy and Rebecca to chat about the role of the artist in turbulent times, what it was like …

What Year Is This Again?

January 3rd, 2017


Mash-Up HQ’s resolutions for 2017: Be with more people IRL! Don’t do shit we don’t want to do! And, with the guidance of our guest Dr. Mindy …

2016 In A Word: Surreal

December 20th, 2016


It’s finally over, kids. This monstrosity of a year is coming to a close! And to celebrate, Amy + Rebecca sit down with Kory Stamper, lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, to discuss the dictionary’s 2016 Word Of The Year: …

Eddie Huang Would Like A Word

December 6th, 2016


It’s our very first live show, Mash-Ups! And it features Rebecca and the very amazing Eddie Huang, founder of Baohaus restaurants, author of Fresh Off The Boat and Double Cup Love, and host of Huang’s World on Vice. …

Today, We're Grateful

November 22nd, 2016


This Thanksgiving, we remember that we stand on the shoulders of giants: Our immigrant parents, grandparents, and beyond. So how we live lives worthy …

Shaping Our Future With John Maeda, Design Legend

November 14th, 2016


We celebrate our podcast’s first birthday with John Maeda, design legend, technologist, artist, and the global head of design and inclusion of …

Hasan Minhaj On The American Dream Tax

October 25th, 2016


Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, our favorite Daily Show correspondent, and the creator and star of his one-man show, “Homecoming King,” which tells the story of New Brown America. He came to our studios to talk optimism, …

Sex, Relationships, And Asian Daters

October 10th, 2016


Esther Perel, Flemish-Belgian-Jewish-American Mash-Up and world-renowned expert on sex and relationships, sits down with Amy to discuss fetishes, why Americans are terrible at flirting and why we’re obsessed with …

Who Gets To Tell What Jokes?

September 26th, 2016


Michelle Collins, the Hungarian-Israeli-Jewish-American Mash-Up you know from After Paradise and The View, sits down with Amy and Rebecca to talk …

Somebody Say Something About A Race War?

September 13th, 2016


Anna Holmes, co-host of the About Race podcast, founder of Jezebel, and content queen at First Look Media, grew up with a Black dad and a white mom …

Maria Hinojosa: Become A Decider

August 29th, 2016


The executive producer "Latino USA" sits down with Amy and Rebecca to talk about who will determine this election, define objectivity, and shape the future. (Hint: It’s you, Mash-Ups!) Visit for …

How To Be A Lady Bawse

August 15th, 2016


Freya Estreller and Natasha Case, the married Mash-Up couple behind Coolhaus Ice Cream and Ludlows Cocktails, talk entrepreneurship, feeding Joe …

Olá Brasil!

August 1st, 2016


It’s Olympics time, and at Mash-Up HQ that always means a little tug-of-war. Who do we root for? Team USA all the way, but other countries ALSO have our allegiance. Featuring our very first Olympian, Phillip Chew, star …

Rebroadcast: Donald Trump's Mash-Up Life

July 25th, 2016


A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, the Republican Nominee for President was not Donald Trump. Today, it is. So we're resharing the very first …

Nina Garcia Is Not Judging You

July 17th, 2016


Nina Garcia, Colombian-American star of Project Runway, fashion icon, and creative director of Marie Claire, dishes on the best place to eat …

Becoming American

June 29th, 2016


Rebecca + Amy visit a naturalization ceremony in LA; take a citizenship test on air to see if they could become American; and get deep on what it …

White House Woman

June 13th, 2016


…Is a great woman. And that woman is Tina Tchen, chief of staff to the First Lady, assistant to President Obama, and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls. She is also majorly mashy, a lifelong advocate …

Say My Name, Say My Name

June 7th, 2016


Why do we obsess over our names? Well, it’s because they have to represent our past, and our hopes for the future, all our multiple identities, and, …

Who Gets to Make Black Music?

May 23rd, 2016


Dexter Thomas, culture writer for the LA Times and almost-phD in Japanese hip hop, joins us to talk barbershops in Tokyo, who has the right to make …

A Tribe Called Mash-Up

May 10th, 2016


Amy and Rebecca get reeeeaal personal on this episode, talking about tribes, belonging, and collective responsibility. Who do we claim as our own? …

The Best of the Mash-Up Speed Round

April 25th, 2016


Rebecca and Amy celebrate their podcast quinceañera and get real personal with their guests with the Mash-Up Speed Round. Featuring Padma Lakshmi, Margaret Cho, Alan Yang, Kasia Bryc from 23andMe and more!

¡La Puerta Está Abierta!

April 14th, 2016


Our Puerto Rican Mash-Up Laia Garcia, deputy editor of Lenny Letter, loves Seinfeld, avocados, and the melting pot that is America, not necessarily in that order. Say no kimonos! Say yes to sofrito!

Alan Yang, Master of Lots

March 24th, 2016


The co-creator of "Master of None" hangs with us to talk immigrant parents, his BFF Shonda Rhimes, and writing the real ish. Visit for more

Padma Lakshmi Stops Being Polite

March 6th, 2016


… and starts getting real. The Top Chef host, model, and memoirist talks sex, food, and dating advice from her mom. Visit for more!

The Appeal of 'Kung Fu Panda'

March 2nd, 2016


Ni hao! 1 in 10 moviegoers in the U.S. chose to watch Kung Fu Panda 3 in Mandarin. What does that MEAN?

The Mash-Up Movie Spectacular

February 24th, 2016


Rebecca and Amy host an awards show honoring the mashiest movies of all time. Who wins for best portrayal of a nerdy Latino? Listen and find out! Visit for more

A Rapper & Her Grandma Tawk Love

February 13th, 2016


We're talking luv, race and representation with Awkwafina, Korean-Chinese-American rapper and entertainer. Plus live love advice from her grandma, married 58 years. for more

Super Bowl So White

January 31st, 2016


Mash-Up America will be watching the big game and the even bigger media blitz. But the ads are aimed at yesterday's America. Ken Wheaton, editor of Ad Age, tells us why.

Clickear Here

January 17th, 2016


One in 10 people in the U.S. speaks Spanish at home. What happens when they mash with the rest of America? Una conversacion con Ilan Stavans, …

It's Spelled A-m-i-n-a-t-o-u

January 3rd, 2016


Aminatou Sow, co-host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, tells us about seeking political asylum in the U.S. and why Justin Bieber is her Mash-Up …

Getting Down With Our Genome

December 18th, 2015


We send our spit to 23andMe and talk to a geneticist about Neanderthal grandmothers, Japanese-Korean-ness and our very mash-y world.

The Best Non-Jew at the Hanukkah Party

December 7th, 2015


Nervous about looking like a putz at the Hanukkah party? Don’t worry! We got you covered.

To Margaret Cho We Go

November 24th, 2015


The mash-up queen dishes on making fun of her mom, Asian-American comedians, and her upcoming emojihad.

The Mash-Up Life of Donald Trump

November 8th, 2015


The Donald may have built a whole presidential campaign on being anti-immigration, but in truth, his whole life has been filled with new arrivals to …

Get to know yourself, America

November 5th, 2015


Hi, we're Amy and Rebecca, the co-founders of The Mash-Up Americans. On our new podcast, we get into all the issues.

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