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Three friends talk about their first-generation experiences in America while navigating through the ups and downs of life. Growing up with immigrant parents can be difficult to comprehend, you may know the feeling. Come enjoy our commentary on the intersectionality of nationality, culture, and family. Twitter: @semiamericans IG: @semiamericanspodcastTikTok: @semiamericanspodcastFacebook: @semiamericanspodcasthttps://linktr.ee/semiamericanspodcast
 
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On the concluding episode of season 2, the cast reaches out to listeners to help them recap the journey so far. Listeners also share their thoughts on their favorite moments and what they hope to hear discussed in future episodes. Season 2 is a wrap. Check out all the content we've put out till now while we take this much needed break. Shout out to…
 
On this episode, the team starts by discussing their thoughts about weddings before moving on to the news of Elon Musk buying Twitter. What consequences can we expect on a platform with unmonitored free speech? How do we weigh free speech against purposeful misinformation? A complex matter. We then transition to this concept of “otherization.” Why …
 
What was supposed to be an in-depth discussion regarding legacy turns into the interrogation of "Manny Long Legs". Except this time, Amanuel has them a little shook when he starts firing back. While recording this episode, we didn't feel like we talked about much but on the playback we actually covered a lot of ground. Don't miss an episode that in…
 
In Season 2 Episode 13 the trio gets into a discussion about the etymology of names, first discussing the origin of "Korea" and then into the Korean naming convention and multiple tangents from there. Eddie talks about his family nickname and Manny earns a new one "Manny Long Legs". The guys then begin discussing dating taller women and that leads …
 
On part 2 of our episode with author/journalist/activist/insertothercooltitle Jeff Pearce, we discuss his upcoming book The Gifts of Africa releasing worldwide on April 15 (PREORDER tinyurl.com/393kxywx). He writes, “The West will begin to understand Africa when it realizes it’s not talking to a child—it’s talking to its mother.” Unfortunately, lit…
 
Another episode, another special guest graces us with their insight! Jeff Pearce (author, journalist, activist, ally for African progress) joins us to discuss his time in Ethiopia at the height of the war waged by the TPLF on Ethiopia (the war still continues...). Jeff was present on the ground in places such as Dessie, Lalibela, and Afar. He spent…
 
We have a special guest on this episode of the Semi-Americans Podcast…drum roll…Dr. Mark Spencer, MD. Mark joins us to discuss policing in the United States. This is one of our longer episodes but we honestly could have kept talking for longer (we definitely plan to have him on an episode again in the future). Mark provides great insight to the lac…
 
In Episode 10 Season 2, the trio tries out a new segment where we call our listeners to bring them on air for their outlook and opinions. Our special guest this week is Lorrane Kabert, M.D., please tune in to see what she has to say on the subjects of transparency, commitment, and certainty. This was certainly a very fun and brain-busting episode f…
 
Misunderstandings…the root of conflict. In episode 9 of season 2, we discuss the importance of perspective and tolerance. As the trio continues to discuss the current events of the world, we realize that we have a moral obligation to pursue understanding and knowledge from a point of view other than our own. Through open dialogue and conversation, …
 
This week, the trio discusses the current rise of conflicts in the world. Is there ever any justification for war? If so, what is something that you are so passionate about that you would be willing to die for or defend to the end of you? We question why war is normalized in society and whether the rationale of protecting American interests is a sh…
 
This week’s episode is our response to a social media comment on whether positions should be based solely on merit. Merit is not the topic that we should be focusing on, as most positions have a barrier of entry via education or licenses that individuals within that job already possess. We believe that it would be imprudent to dismiss that a divers…
 
As we take our talents internationally, please join us in this special episode where Eduardo joins us live from his mother country of El Salvador. We discuss some of the sentiments and changes that the past 13 years has reflected upon the country, as well as, Eduardo’s 2 cents for the future development of the nation. If you haven’t already, do a q…
 
With the world slowly figuring out a new standard of normalcy, the guys discuss their travel experiences and get an update from Daniel's recent vacation to Puerto Rico. As global citizens, we encourage everyone to practice safe travel measures as we bounce back from isolation and the pandemic. Stay tuned for the entire episode for a special surpris…
 
As you listen to Season 2 Episode 4, we hope you can relate to some of the funny stories that the squad shares from their perspectives while growing up in an immigrant household. As they navigate through their experiences, they touch on the effects of deportation and share their personal experiences with the subject. Lastly, on a lighter note, they…
 
On this episode of the Semi-Americans Podcast, the squad reflects on what they learned from our guest in the last episode, along with their takes on the effects of American/European imperialism. Does leadership have a price? At what point are difficult decisions necessary to lead a country out of dependence? Join us as we discuss these topics. As a…
 
On this episode of the Semi-Americans Podcast, we are joined by special guest Dr. Khaled Kabbara. Khaled gives us a glimpse into his interesting background and life experiences. Originally born in Lebanon, and having spent time in the US and Saudi Arabia, Khaled carries various perspectives and drops knowledge along the way. He also gives us his th…
 
Another bonus episode! A conversation with composer Matthew Aucoin, whose opera Euridice had a run at the Met last month, and who just wrote a new book about the history and culture of opera, The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera. More over at soundexpertise.org! Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation…
 
On Season 2 Episode 1 of the Semi-Americans Podcast, the trio kicks off with a remote recording session by turning up the spice meter. We discuss our gradients of Americanism to try and understand where we fit on this fluid spectrum, while exploring our cultural and national identities. Through the conversation, we learned that our experiences are …
 
With the starting lineup back in action, the trio has an honest discussion about emotional development through maturation. During this episode, they give their thoughts on masculinity, opinions on whether big boys can cry, and even touch on complex such as unconditional love. Hopefully this episode will bring a smile as you spend time with your fam…
 
On this collaborative episode with GetFact ET, the Semi-Americans Podcast interviews Dr. Simon Tesfamariam. Simon is one of the founders of the #NoMore movement, a global movement to counteract the biased reporting and attempted unjust foreign interventions in Africa. During this conversation, Amanuel B and Simon T discuss the importance of unity n…
 
On this episode of The Semi American's Podcast, Amanuel B and Daniel Y light a flame and take a leap of faith by having an honest discussion on 5 lessons/observations that they learned within the past year. As we reflect on our decisions and insights, let us know your thoughts on the topics that we cover and message us with your opinions!…
 
On our holiday edition of Bootleg Therapy, we explore the seasons of our lives. As we experience changes in our physical world, we also discuss the fluid dynamics of our relationships, hearts, and minds. Take a seat, relax, grab a cup of hot chocolate and peep into our minds! Twitter: @SemiAmericans IG: @semiamericanspodcast…
 
Check out this episode of the great podcast Phantom Power, on the life and work of composer R. Murray Schafer. You can check out more info on the episode here, and its second part here. We'll have another bonus episode up before the end of the year, and Season 3 will happen at some point in 2022! More over at soundexpertise.org! Questions? Thoughts…
 
On this second part of the professional development episodes of the Semi-Americans Podcast, Amanuel B gives an honest glimpse into what it means to be a doctor. His doctoring career is young but he's seen a lot in a short time. He discusses everything from the highs related to the art of healing to the lows of emotionally draining situations. Black…
 
On episode 2 of the Semi-Americans Podcast collaboration with GetFact ET, we include speeches from powerful Black women voices that shared their thoughts during the global day of #NoMore protests. The speeches include topics related to unity, empathy, the importance of African independence, the human rights injustices being committed by the terrori…
 
The Semi-Americans Podcast is delighted to present a collaboration with GetFact ET. We will be starting a new series dedicated to the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia. Episode 1 of the series includes a speech performed by a GetFact ET member at the Nov 8th, 2021, protests in Washington DC. Over 5,000 Ethiopians and Eritreans gathered to protest agains…
 
On this episode Eduardo R gets into what he does as a profession. As a project manager in the Construction industry, he describes how he entered his career with unsure footing and how he had to learn to properly manage his foundations. As he works on designing his career to fit his life goals, he discusses his plans for a bright future for majority…
 
On this episode of the Semi-Americans Podcast, a special guest and one of our most loyal supporters joins Amanuel B and Eduardo R — drum roll — it’s Daniel Yoo. Daniel shares his experiences as a Korean-American, navigating the world of little Korea in Northern Virginia while also identifying with his Korean roots at home. Shout out to Koreans worl…
 
In Part 2 of 2 of the college experience episodes the guys reflect on college highlights and lowlights. They discuss going to college towns coming from metropolitan areas and point out the shock that others might face coming from small country towns. Eddie brings up the ebbs and flow of diversity in these college towns and Manny questions why code …
 
On this special episode of the Semi-Americans Podcast, Simo Parviainen (International Affairs Expert) joins Eduardo and Amanuel to discuss the ongoing events in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. A truthful discussion addressing the disinformation being disseminated by larger media streams and the contradictory message by the West are at the forefron…
 
In this part 1 of 2, the Semi-Americans Podcast discussed college. Fears of getting in, fears of fitting in. Amanuel and Eduardo reminisce on entering college as first gen students, on one end trying to stay connected to family and on the other hand dodging calls. Getting through the process while learning about the process. IG: @semiamericanspodca…
 
We thought we were going in for a lighter episode and then ended up discussing peace within self and being at peace with the world. Or peace within self and being at war with the world. Or war within self and being at peace with the world. You get the picture haha. Off the cuff. No prior preparation. Just two childhood friend pondering and pontific…
 
On Episode 6 of the Semi-Americans podcast, we're joined by a special guest. Lily R shares some of her perspectives on growing up as a Salvadoran in America. She discusses her expectations and impressions of traveling to El Salvador for the first time at the age of 13 and how she remains strongly connected to her roots. Her passion regarding giving…
 
On Episode 5 of the Semi-Americans Podcast, Eduardo R. and Amanuel B. discuss how this week's episode almost didn't happen. They also discuss expectations related to marriage, dating outside of one's culture and love at first vibe. Amanuel shares his thoughts on the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia and a thoughtful discussion follows. Cover Image from …
 
On a continuation from the previous episode, Amanuel B shares his thoughts on his experiences being Black in America. As an African immigrant immersed in American culture, the discussion encompasses everything from the label "African-American" to the importance of Black Americans' contributions to America. A heavy conversation indeed, but a necessa…
 
For our Season 2 finale, a wide-ranging conversation with the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin. We talk about his trajectory, from playing early music and studying Russian opera to writing the Oxford History of Western Music and penning polemics in the New York Times; his deep-set belief that musicologists should be skeptics and contrarians; w…
 
How did Cold War money shape the musical avant-garde? What were the roles of experts, elites, and the Rockefeller Foundation in shaping the cultural politics of new music––in the era of serial tyranny and Milton Babbitt's "Who Cares If You Listen?" An interview with musicologists Michael Uy and Eduardo Herrera about their research on funding new mu…
 
How does one come to study a topic that is on the margins of an academic discipline? What does it mean to do ethnographic fieldwork amidst the intimacies of the dance floor––and what are the challenges of doing so in queer spaces? A wide-ranging conversation with ethnomusicologist Luis-Manuel Garcia, on his scholarly journey from early music to rav…
 
Algorithms run our lives these days, from Netflix binges to predictive policing. And that includes algorithmic recommenders––like Spotify's Discover Weekly and Pandora––that shape how we consume music. How does algorithmic music recommendation work and, perhaps more importantly, who makes it work? After all, algorithms are made and tweaked by peopl…
 
When a modern opera debuts, normally the stakes aren't very high. But when it's composed by Benjamin Britten and premieres in England after World War II, that's a different story. Britten's high-profile operas––whose performances were attended by Queen Elizabeth II––were seen as a reflection of British postwar identity. An interview with musicologi…
 
Since pretty much the beginnings of our field, musicologists have gone digging for lost music, bringing old pieces back into the world after centuries of neglect. But it's not just about finding some new scores: it's also about building an understanding of the culture that created and preserved them. When we find music in Renaissance manuscripts, w…
 
In 2013, the music librarian David Hunter found the name George Frideric Handel in a printed list of investors in one of Britain's official slave trading companies. Since then, Dr. Hunter has researched Handel and his patrons' investments in the slave trade, as well as the broader relationship between slavery and the history of classical music. Wha…
 
Way back in 2011, Rebecca Black's music video "Friday" went viral because it was widely considered to be one of the worst songs of all time. But what does that actually mean––for music to "go viral," and for music to be so widely criticized as "bad"? A conversation about gender, genre, and musical virality in the 2010s with musicologist Paula Clare…
 
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