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In our country, Indian Americans are a group that defies being painted in one stroke, be it in political/ideological leanings, definition of identity, or perception of their place in society. So, why not then hear directly from a diverse group of Indian-Americans, or desis, their experience, through light-hearted, casual conversations, and see if we can find common threads, maybe shed some myths, and hear some interesting stories! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected and for ...
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The Mash-Up Americans

The Mash-Up Americans

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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. At The Mash-Up Americans we are celebrating and challenging the raucous, colorful, complicated country we live in by asking all the important, awkward questions: What does it mean to be an immigrant in America? What cultural baggage do we bring to sex and relationships? Why is Korean skincare s ...
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An American podcast, abroad in Japan. This is a show about two Americans living in Japan and trying to make sense of all the cultural differences, hopefully creating a lifestyle that is a mashup between the best aspects of both cultures.
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Copeland's Corner with Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland & Go-To Productions

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Think you know what happened this week? Think again. Hosted by the Bay Area's own Brian Copeland, a longtime Actor, Comedian, Author, Playwright, Television and Radio Personality. Copeland's Corner is a weekly mashup of news, interviews and comedy.
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RELEVANT News

RELEVANT Magazine

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Covering stories at the intersection of faith and culture, all in about 10 minutes. And be sure to check out the video edition of RELEVANT News at RELEVANTmagazine.com and the RELEVANT YouTube channel.
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Immigrantly

Saadia Khan| Immigrantly Media

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Welcome to Immigrantly: a boundary-pushing, border-crossing podcast that gives diverse voices and stories home. Drawing on her own experiences as a rights activist and a first-generation Asian immigrant, creator & host, Saadia Khan tackles the big questions on race, identity & the immigrant experience while challenging mainstream narratives. Through Immigrantly, we are revolutionizing storytelling in America by offering a new kind of intellectual engagement that encourages listeners to learn ...
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Chris Riggins, Carlos Alazraqui & Tom Sawyer. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopie Emai…
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Today's episode is a special treat for all you tech enthusiasts, Black Mirror binge-watchers, and fans of the Terminator franchise! I am delving deep into the realm of artificial intelligence, but with a twist – through the lens of feminist ethics. I sit down with the brilliant Dr. Kerry McInerney, a scholar and AI ethicist whose work sheds light o…
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My very accomplished guest, whose story is as much about her own success as about finding ways to help uplift others, candidly shares with me her motivations and convictions behind that aspiration, as well as, the journey that brought her to the successful place she is at currently. You might as well take notes as you listen because Rippi goes into…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Chris Riggins, Johnny Steele & Don Reed. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. Topics on tap include Brian heading to New Orleans to film This Is Spinal Tap 2, ageism in comedy, and the California Exodus phenomeno…
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Do you ever feel that the term 'resilience 'needs to capture the essence of our experiences? I sure do! Join me for a critical discussion on this topic. And guess what? I've got a special guest in the house—Vinita Srivastava, a seasoned multimedia producer, researcher, podcaster, and writer. She and I dive into her latest project, the 'Don't Call M…
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The use of 'Genocide' in discussions about Gaza has captured global attention, stirring a complex debate around its implications. In this episode, Ernesto Verdeja, a Professor of peace studies and global politics, joins me in dissecting the meaning and application of this term within the Israel-Palestine situation. We aim to understand the term, th…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Don Reed, Daymon Ferguson & Lauren Mayer. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopie Email: B…
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As you know, I am always looking for great stories that we can create in-house and share in this space. And when I heard this story, I knew I had to share it with all of you! This episode from the Rightnowish podcast delves into many familiar themes of belonging, assimilation, loss, and finding our whole selves in this society. I hope you enjoy it …
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Justin Lockwood, Kate Robards & Ronn Vigh. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. Topics on tap this weeek - parental responsibility amid a school shooting, socioeconomic disparities in American cities, dating norm…
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As we witness institutions like the University of Florida and major corporations like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan scaling back their DEI efforts due to political pressures, are we allowing divisive rhetoric to overshadow the importance of creating inclusive environments where everyone feels valued? My guest today, Netta Jenkins, is a leader in the …
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Lauren Mayer & Don Reed . Tune is as Brian and his guests welcome listeners back to Copeland's Corner after a hiatus due to illness. He discusses the prevalence of various viruses causing sickness and reflects on the necessity of masks amidst ongoing health concerns. - He mentions t…
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Today, I am diving deep into the multifaceted world of beauty – an intensely personal and profoundly public topic. The beauty landscape has undergone a seismic shift from societal perceptions to self-reflection in the age of social media and video calls. In a world where self-scrutiny is constant, have we become more conscious of our own uniqueness…
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Meet Ana Sheila Victorino – she's an amazing human being! Ana's all about well-being and empowerment. She co-founded "Bask & Being" for workplace wellness and hosted the Tamarindo Podcast. This podcast discusses politics, culture, and self-development and has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Latino USA, Latina Magazine, Variety Magazine's Entertain…
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Today’s episode features the remarkable Negin Farsad!, a brilliant writer and comedian known for her hilarious wit and astute commentary. You might recognize Negin as the host of the popular podcast "Fake the Nation," where she engages in lively discussions about culture, politics, and everything. With an impressive lineup of guests, including lumi…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Greg Proops, Maureen Langan & Tom Sawyer. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopie Email: B…
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I'm excited to chat with the impressive Chef Jesus Diaz. From starting in a Florida sushi joint to becoming a household name on Despierta America, his journey is remarkable. With a cookbook, cooking attire line, two Emmy wins, and even a dance show victory under his belt, Chef Jesus is a force to be reckoned with. In this episode, we unpack his inc…
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Oscar Wilde said “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.“ Even under the most ideal circumstances, parenting is at best a flawed act of trying to balance teaching our kids what we know, or what we think they should know, with making them independent and well-adjusted. Even with the b…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Kate Robards, Chris Riggins & Ngaio Bealum. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopie Email:…
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Join me as I uncover the heartwarming tale of Send Chinatown Love, a nonprofit born out of the unity of New York City's Chinatown during the pandemic. Elaine Mao and Christoph Grosse share insights into their mission beyond restaurants, tackling hate crimes, and supporting the elderly. We do a deep dive into their latest project, the "Made Here" co…
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This second mashup episode has been very engaging to listen to! It’s been revealing and fascinating to hear all at once the responses to a relatively cerebral couple of questions: What part of your value system do you identify as Indian? And, how much does your Indian heritage define your identity? My guests were honest, speaking from their persona…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Carlos Alazraqui, Lauren Mayer & Daymon Ferguson. . Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopi…
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In today's episode, I am joined by Supinder Wraich, a trailblazing Canadian writer and actress. You might recognize her from her standout performance as "Aqsa" in the Peabody award-winning series "Sort of," which is currently in its gripping third and final season on HBO. Supinder not only captivates audiences on screen but has also left an indelib…
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Enjoy in this episode excerpts of my guests who immigrated here answering my questions about what brought them here and then what the circumstances were when they came here and what they had to do to acculturate to the new environment. Hope this episode makes you nod a little, maybe laugh a little and learn a little! Follow me on Facebook and Insta…
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In January 2023, I sat down with Amy Choi and Rebecca Lehrer, the cohosts of The Mash-Up Americans podcast. Our conversation centered on their series on grief. We discussed grief, how we can understand it without over-pathologizing the sentiment, and why it’s both universal and personal. The most remarkable about the conversation is that we kept it…
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In January 2023, Saadia Khan sat down with Amy Choi and Rebecca Lehrer for her weekly podcast Immigrantly. The conversation centered on their series on grief. The interview focused on grief, how we can understand it without over-pathologizing the sentiment, and why it’s both universal and personal. What is most remarkable about the conversation is …
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My guest Dr. Maneesha Ahluwalia is a Life Coach, specializing in coaching Indian-Americans. She talks and writes openly about marriage and in-law stress, infertility stress, divorce and love after divorce, and more. Her social media posts are inspiring, drawing on her courage and willingness to be vulnerable about topics usually considered taboo in…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Ngaio Bealum, Kate Robards and Chris Riggins. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopie Emai…
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Harvard's first black president, Claudine Gay, resigned recently following several controversies over the past few months. But the real controversy, at least for this episode of Immigrantly, is the fact that regarding her resignation, conservatives (from billionaires to politicians) have been denouncing Gay as a "diversity hire." If you're unfamili…
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Viren embarked on his journey to the US about 35 years back, leaving India to do MBA here. In his ensuing career he played a pivotal role in the world of International Business. He is recently retired from his corporate career but remains an influential figure in the business and financial landscape. Reena came here in 1990 to join Viren after they…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Paco Romane, Don Reed & Daymon Ferguson. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopie Email: Br…
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Finding meaningful connections becomes crucial in a world where loneliness affects physical and mental well-being. Whether solidifying familial ties or seeking companions who offer stability, love, and tranquility, the pursuit is universal. However, reality often reminds us that finding the perfect companion is difficult. How does this quest transf…
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My guests Alka and Amit, a power couple from San Jose, California, both grew up in India: Alka in Bombay, and Amit in and around Punjab. Alka is a clinical psychologist by training and Amit is VP of Software Engineering at Applied Materials. They have two grown up sons. Alka loves old movies and music, and writes poetry in her free time. She probab…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Maureen Langan, Lauren Mayer & Ronn Vigh. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. -- For more from Brian... Visit his website: www.BrianCopeland.com Follow on Social Media: Twitter & Instagram - @BrianCopie Email: B…
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Welcome back! Today's guest, Jane Wong, is a poet, a professor, and a restaurant kid - her new book, “Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City,” covers growing up in a Chinese-American restaurant and reckoning with her ancestral past and present. In her book, you can expect passages as specific as ‘How to fall asleep so your mom picks you up” or earlier in…
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Seema Chetal came to the US about three decades back in her 20s. She is currently Managing Director at JP Morgan Wealth and Asset Management and is married with three adult children. Seema’s soft-spokenness belies her principled ambition, a wide bandwidth to live a multi-dimensional life, and captures well her humility and calm thoughtfulness. Havi…
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For the final Immigrantly episode of 2023, I decided to learn more about America’s most popular winter holiday—Christmas. Although I don’t celebrate it, this podcast is all about cross-cultural connections, regardless of our differences. And what better way to learn about a different culture than through its food? So, join me and the Immigrantly te…
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Meet the incredible Siddharth Katragadda, a San Diego-based artist extraordinaire who's not just a painter, photographer, and award-winning filmmaker but a force for change. Born and raised in India, Siddharth weaves captivating narratives through his art, tackling social justice issues head-on. Join us for a lively conversation as we uncover the m…
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Dr. Jyoti Sinha exemplifies a contemporary outlook while honoring tradition. Having come to the US at a tough age that she aptly characterizes as tender yet resilient, and after weathering a rough start, Jyoti steadfastly kept her focus on her goal to be a doctor and achieved it on her own terms. Jyoti’s attitude toward parenting and being a wife i…
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My today’s guest, Pervaiz Shallwani- From covering intense stories like the George Floyd protests to reporting on the Brooklyn subway shooting, Pervaiz is spicing things up in the food scene. Now, he's cooking up 'Chaat Dog'—a mashup of his Chicago background and Pakistani roots. It's not just hot dogs; it's a tasty journey blending cultures and st…
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It’s our last episode of the season(!) and we’re talking hospitality — what it looks like, what it means, what it does for our souls — and we can think of no better expert to turn to than Pierre Thiam, the trailblazing chef, author, and activist. He talks about how sharing food is a literal blessing, how it can transcend borders, and he also reveal…
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Ashish Shah’s is a story of having taken with grace what life put on his plate and making of it the most - balancing his sense of duty and his heritage with his interests and inclinations in an organic, spontaneous way. From being the only student of Indian descent throughout school, to the difficult schedule during his physician training, he took …
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with Jung-Ho Pak of the Bay Philharmonic, and featured Headliners Ronn Vigh, Justin Lockwood & Carlos Alazraqui. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest in local events, hot talk topics, and life in general. For tickets and info on the Bay Philharmonic Holiday Spectacular, visit BayPhil.org. F…
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Inspired by the ongoing suffering in Palestine, this episode explores language's power and potential harm. Words aren’t harmless and are often dangerous. Slight differences in word choice alter people’s perceptions. Minor differences can turn humans into “animals.” There’s no guest today; instead, I investigate the subtle nuances in our words throu…
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As people who care deeply about many things in this world (inequity, climate change, diversity, you get the idea), we could definitely learn to give less of a sh*t about other stuff — like whether or not people get offended by what we say and do. Enter: Liza Treyger. The hilarious comedian, unapologetic straight talker, and abider of many a bubbe m…
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And she is doing it all with unabashed passion; from appreciating the city she was raised in, to loving the small town in Ohio that was her introduction to practicing medicine in America, to serving on the front lines of Covid with all her might, to crediting her adopted country with the values of generosity and selflessness. Seema fondly and proud…
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This week's edition of Copeland's Corner, with featured Headliners Don Reed, Lauren Mayer & Kate Robards. Tune is as Brian and his guests talk about the latest hot talk topics, current events, and life in general. For more from Lauren, check out her website: LaurenMayer.com For more from Kate, visit her website: KateRobards.com Check out Don's "Eas…
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Today's guest is the multi-award-winning podcaster and sex educator Sangeeta Pillai. Sangeeta hosts the Masala podcast that features interviews with South Asian women about taboo topics and their narratives. Sangeeta is also the founder of the South Asian feminist platform Soul Sutras. Her work extends from the world of podcasting into the Masala M…
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Never meet your heroes? Fie, we say. The magnificent author, editor, and queen of Queens Min Jin Lee joined Rebecca and Amy on stage at The Greene Space to kick off The Mash-Up Americans residency, and lucky for us she’s even more generous and staggeringly brilliant than we imagined. From discussing the power of authorship to sharing how being plea…
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My guest Ketan migrated to the US at the age of 20, completed his undergraduate studies and MBA here, and is now recently retired after an over 30-year long career in the M&A field. In his free time, Ketan enjoys photography, digital art, music, reading, and physical fitness. Ketan shares his influences that led to his decisions to come here for hi…
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To know us at The Mash-Up Americans is to know we love to be told how to do things well — how to be less racist, how to make a killer apple strudel, and so on. So it’s fitting that this week, our pal Zak Rosen invited both Rebecca and Amy on his show, The Best Advice Show, to share a few words of wisdom about small, delightful, maybe unusual ways t…
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