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Become a Paid Subscriber: https://anchor.fmeric-huang10/subscribe Saints are all around us from names of people we know to song lyrics, names of cities, titles of films, and more! Saint Podcast explores the roots of saints' legends and how they've changed through time. If you like Medieval legends, Gothic tales, art history, pagan lore, feminist stories, queer stories, and multicultural traditions from around the world, you'll love Saint Podcast. Subscribe via Spotify/Anchor for bonus episod ...
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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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Outside the White Box

Kara Loewentheil and Simone Seol

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Outside the White Box is a podcast for life coaches, thought work devotees, and anyone else interested in how the self-development industry can uplevel its teaching to meet the demands of a complicated multicultural world. Brought to you by the creators of the UnF*ck Your Brain podcast and the Joyful Marketing podcast, Outside the White Box will weave together unofficial expertise in history, sociology, anthropology and thought work to challenge the "white box" of mainstream self-development ...
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This is I Am Milk, a special episode inspired by an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London entitled, Milk. It explores our relationship with milk and its place in politics, society, and culture. Judaeo-Christian legends are filled to the brim with stories about milk from lactating saints to a promised land of milk and honey and a Christian…
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Episode two of Saint Podcast's Martyr series is about Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of pandemics, athletes, archers, and outcasts. He's one of the most well-known saints. No other saint has as many works of art dedicated to them from paintings to films to books and pop songs. Tune in to learn more about this 3rd-century Roman warrior from Gaul …
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Since this is the debut episode of Saint Podcast, it seems only appropriate to begin with the story of Saint Stephen, the protomartyr - or first martyr. Saint Stephen is one of the few saints whose story has a Biblical source, but his tale continues beyond the Bible in medieval legends, traditional celebrations, and even a French football club. Dis…
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Episode six is about a saint whose name means little bear. She’s a British saint, a princess from Britannia, the name of the British Isles when England and Wales were part of the Roman Empire. Her legend is based around a pilgrimage that included an entourage of 11,000 virgins as well as an additional 15,000 hangers on. They met their end in modern…
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Episode 3 of Saint Podcast's Martyrs series is about Saint Margaret. She's one of the most popular saints globally, despite having been declared fictional by the Catholic Church in the 5th century. Nevertheless, her legend as a vanquisher of dragons has made her a perennial favourite. Tune in to hear the story of this gender-bending saint, known as…
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The second episode in Saint Podcast's Mystics series is about a 13th-century Dominican friar and inquisitor. His rulings against Cathar heretics made him many enemies, including a cabal of nobles in Milan who sent an assassin to kill him. Although not strictly speaking a mystic, many miracles are attributed to this saint. He’s a divine healer of si…
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Episode eight in Saint Podcast's Martyrs season is about a saint who was a monstrous giant, standing over 12 feet/3.5 metres tall! He’s the patron saint of athletics, travellers, journeys and transportation in general, epilepsy, the city of Havana in Cuba, and of bachelors. His legend inspired a fashion craze in the late 1950s, and he's famously kn…
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Episode 4 is about Saint Barbara, a maiden who was locked in a tower by her father - and one of the many legendary inspirations behind the fairytale Rapunzel. She's the patron saint of firefighters, Lebanon, lightning, mathematicians, and numerous military artillery units. Find out why Saint Barbara is the patron of explosions. Discover the pre-hol…
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Episode seven is about an Egyptian queen. She’s noted for being the brightest mind of her generation and is therefore the patron saint of scholars, students, lawyers, educators, librarians, philosophers, and theologians. This saint’s icon is a spiked wheel, the implement of torture her tormentor, the Roman Emperor, attempted - unsuccessfully - to i…
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In celebration of Pride Month is a special episode inspired by an exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery entitled, Derek Jarman Protest! – a major retrospective of the work created by one of the most influential figures in 20th-century British culture. This episode features artist Jez Dolan and curator Fiona Corridan from the Manchester Art Galle…
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In Part I of our Saint Francis Mystics episode, Francis turned his back on youthful pursuits of status and glory. In Part II, his movement and message gain momentum. Their success, however, heralds the end of a golden age. As the number of Francis' followers swell, conflict with the Papacy in Rome seems inevitable. Join Francis as he meets Pope Inn…
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Episode four in the Mystics series is about a saint who was born in the year 1181. He was a middle-class party boy who aspired to the upper-class sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle of an aristocrat until a chance encounter with a leper changed him. His love for nature is commonly referenced, as are the bloody stigmata he bore on his body. The …
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Episode five of Saint Podcast's Martyrs series is about Saint Lawrence, the son of wealthy Christians living in the Roman province Hispania, modern day Spain. He's an extremely popular saint whose story is relatively unknown yet it intersects with one of the most well-known legends in the world: the legend of the Holy Grail. He was famously roasted…
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This is a special episode created in collaboration with the York Art Gallery. It’s inspired by an exhibition curated by Dr Joost Joustra called Sin, organised by the National Gallery, London with York Museums Trust. The exhibition explores the theme of sin through a collection of artworks spanning a Medieval depiction of demons consuming the soul o…
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This is a special episode inspired by an exhibition at the National Gallery in London entitled, Saint Francis of Assisi, featuring a special guest, curator Dr Joost Joustra. Presenting the art and imagery of Saint Francis from the 13th century to today, the exhibition looks at why this saint is a figure of enormous relevance to our time due to his …
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Episode five in the Mystics series is about a saint who was devoted to Saint Francis’ rule to live in absolute poverty. She defied her aristocratic family, powerfulbishops, and several popes to do just this. This saint is the first female founder of a monastic order. She was a celebrity in life and played a role indefining 13th-century European pol…
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Episode 9 in Saint Podcast's Martyrs season is about a very popular virgin saint. She’s unusual in that she was married – yet still died a virgin. Despite having no artistic skills whatsoever, she’s the patron saint of poetry, creativity, and music and has inspired musicians from Brahms to Simon and Garfunkel and the Foo Fighters! The name of the s…
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Episode three in the Mystics series is about one of the most influential figures in Medieval Europe, She was a 12th-century author composer, theologian, author, naturalist, visionary, and exorcist. She began life as an oblate, a child who was donated irrevocably to the church by her wealthy parents, sealed up in a cell for life. How she emerged to …
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Saint Podcast season 2 is all about mystics, saints who had transcendental experiences with the divine. Over ten episodes we'll meet the founder of a religious order who suffered from stigmata, the bloody wounds of Christ's crucifixion. We'll explore the legend of a nun who had fits of ecstatic joy - and could levitate. And we'll learn about saints…
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This is a preview of the bonus episode, created for Patreon and Spotify subscribers, about a saint who, according to Pope Benedict XVI, ‘exercised a fundamental influence on the development of European civilisation and culture’. Indeed, the rule for religious men this saint wrote in the 6th century has been the template for nearly every monastic or…
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This is part two of a special Saint Podcast episode for the festive holiday season, an exploration of how Saint Nicholas morphed into Santa Claus. In Part I, we met Saint Nicholas, a bishop that wasn’t a historic figure but has nevertheless had a tremendous impact. His feast day falls right at the beginning of pre-Christian Midwinter festivals. As …
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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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This is a special Saint Podcast episode for the holiday season. It’s a two-part exploration of how Saint Nicholas evolved into Santa Claus. The story isn’t a straightforward one at all – and involves a truly motley crew of gift-givers, demons, humanoid helpers, witches, pagan legends, goddesses, gods, and animal sidekicks. The story begins with the…
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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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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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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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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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If San Giving, aka Thanksgiving, isn’t the mashiest American holiday of all, we’d be pressed to think of anything else that even comes close. It’s when American culinary traditions (turkey, stuffing) combine with those of our families (kimchi, tortillas) to be that rare holiday that seems to belong to everyone. So as a nod to Thanksgiving and all t…
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Millennials will never know a world without hip hop, and frankly, we’re all better for it. Author, journalist, scholar, and all-around visionary Jeff Chang joins Amy and Rebecca to share about his first introduction to hip hop, how it serves as a guide to liberation and how it’s just a part of who we all are now. He also weighs in on which album is…
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Where there are boundaries, there’s also healing, love, grief, and acceptance, explains Dr. Pooja Lakshmin — but getting there is often a painful, awkward journey. The board-certified psychiatrist and bestselling author joins Amy and Rebecca to talk about boundary-setting as self-liberation, fake vs. real self-care, and the endless mash-up guilt th…
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Does having money make you a classhole? And what does that even mean? Producer, reporter, and Classy podcast host Jonathan Menjivar joins Amy and Rebecca as they tackle the awkward topic of class, how it butts into the many facets of our lives and our identities, and how we can come to terms with our status — especially when it changes how we perce…
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We are all on a spiritual path, according to Rainn Wilson — and he’s not talking about self-care spa days and meditation apps. The actor, author, and devout Bahá'í joins Amy and Rebecca to share what he’s learned about the purpose of life, the beauty of Star Trek, and redefining what’s sacred. There may also be a spoiler about The Meg in there too.…
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Healing is a b*tch. How do we break the cycle of generational trauma? Lisa Ling’s got some answers (and, yes, it might involve plant medicine). The celebrated journalist, executive producer, TV host,author and mother sits with Rebecca and Amy to share about her journey to heal her familial bonds, her compassion for her mom, and her hard-won friends…
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She’s beauty, she’s grace, she's a reader of the galaxy, Chani Nicholas. The internet’s favorite astrologer and activist joins Amy and Rebecca to drop some knowledge about what the new moon means, how astrology is a predictive tool that can guide our decisions, and what any of it has to do with celebrity breakups (TLDR: A LOT). Chani also reminds u…
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Not everything we do is everything we will ever do, Randall Park reminds us. To kick off the season, Amy and Rebecca are joined by one of their favorite actors who also happens to be one of the kindest, most generous, most delightful friends and raconteurs around. Randall talks about the challenges of being like-able and making art that’s not for e…
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What’s the recipe for your best hyphen life? Starting October 3, join us for a season exploring the Ultimate Guide to a Mash-Up Life. This is a season of conversations with Mash-Up dignitaries including Randall Park, Lisa Ling, Chani Nicholas and Rainn Wilson filled with the essential tips for a rich, vibrant, boundless life. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry…
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Ana and Jaesun have the heart to heart they’ve been waiting months to have. And we find ourselves back where it all started — the noraebang. This is Episode 10 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Los Angeles / Randall Park Ana / Francia Raisa Federica / Ana Gonzalez Bel…
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Chloe shows the girls around Seoul, and Ana gains a deeper understanding of the man she loves while Valentina lives her kpop fantasies. Jaesun returns home from the army to the biggest surprise of his life. This is Episode 9 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Los Angel…
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Ana, Valentina, and Mark say goodbye to Don Dago’s, and Mark says goodbye to Ana. Sookmin reveals the villain that has been masterminding things all along. Chloe presents the sisters with an opportunity of a lifetime — and the Campos sisters head to Seoul. This is Episode 8 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your…
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Ana attempts to clear the air with Chloe, who learns something that may change everything for the future of Don Dago’s — and the future of Ana and Jaesun. This is Episode 7 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Los Angeles / Randall Park Ana / Francia Raisa Federica / Ana…
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Mark confesses his lifelong love for Ana. Chloe shares what she’s seen with Jaesun. Jaesun confronts Ana, and all the truths they’ve been holding back tumble out. This is Episode 6 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Los Angeles / Randall Park Ana / Francia Raisa Federi…
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Ana finally faces up to the devastating news that Don D**o’s is closing down and breaks the news to her restaurant family. Later, Chloe sees Ana and Mark … in a kiss. This is Episode 5 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams. Link to Script Cast: Los Angeles / Randall Park Ana / Francia Raisa Fe…
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Jaesun struggles to escape his rich kid reputation in the military. Ana struggles with business debts piling up at home. Neither of them communicate, and the tension threatens to unravel their long distance romance. This is Episode 4 of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams, Link to Script Cast: …
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Jaesun reunites with his billionaire business magnate father, Sookmin, who reminds him that their enemies are always watching, especially after his big victory in LA. Meanwhile, Ana gets some confusing and disturbing news about her own business, but she, Valentina and Mark resolve to figure it out together, as they always have. This is Episode 3 of…
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Jaesun and Ana’s whirlwind romance takes them across all the most delicious spots in LA and Mexico City, and Ana finds herself, despite her best efforts, falling in love. Unfortunately, Jaesun’s time in LA is up, and it’s time for him to return to Korea for his military service. Ana leans on her sister, Valentina, and her bestie, Mark, for comfort.…
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You are listening to the first episode of Love and Noraebang from The Mash-Up Americans, the Kdrama RomCom of your California Dreams, Jaesun Choi, heir to a Korean chaebol, celebrates a huge work win with his cousin Chloe and his besties at Don Dago’s, his favorite Mexican restaurant in LA, where he fancies the cocktails, the mole, AND the owner, t…
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It's summer and we're listening to reggaeton and going to the noraebang to sing Alanis Morissette. And we're watching romcoms! The Mash-Up Americans turns 10 this fall, and so we are doing all sorts of celebrating. In honor of bringing some joy to our Mash-Ups, over the next 10 days we're sharing our chart topping podcast Love & Noraebang! It's the…
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In the last episode of the season, we are focused on building the future with one of the wisest people of our time, adrienne maree brown. If grief is transformative, what are we creating in its wake? This conversation is about emerging from our collective grief and about creating our future together. It’s about our interconnectedness and what it me…
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Welcome to the fourth meditation of our Grief, Collected series, which come out every Friday. Today is a literary meditation with the esteemed author Alexander Chee. Alexander is the bestselling author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and a beautiful essayist making meaning of the world around us and helping us imagine new ones. In today’s …
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Collective grief! What does it mean to grieve as a community? As a country? We’re thinking about what it means to face our losses and our grief head on — together — in order to repair our society. What does it mean to lose a future that we might have imagined? Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg joins us to talk about some of the roots of our grief culture here…
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