ROLL CALL: GUESTS, EXPERTS, & STORYTELLERS
Mir Tamim Ansary
Tamim Ansary was born in Afghanistan and moved to America when he was 16. He joins us from San Francisco. His books include West of Kabul, East of New York, which was San Francisco’s “One City One Book” selection for 2008, and Destiny Disrupted, A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, which won the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction. His memoir Road Trips tells the story of arriving in America in the sixties and dropping out of a society he wasn’t part of in the first place. In fall 2019, Public Affairs will publish Tamim’s world history The Invention of Yesterday, exploring how humans got to be so interconnected over the course of the last 50,000 years, and why we’re still fighting.
Hear how road trips, national crisis, and story created this American — and the stages we all travel on this trip of life.
Bonus Episode: The Miracle is the Community
Gavin Conner joins us from the mountain valley of Asheville, North Carolina. This talented singer-songwriter is also the co-creator and host of the one of a kind, all Cure podcast, The Holy Hour. We talk grief and creativity moving us through. You don't want to miss the music—or what family, songs, appreciation, Disintegration, and time travel can do.
Whatever your journey through, take a listen.
photo by Katelyn Avots
Dr. Scott Fisher is the Chief Conservation Officer at the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Growing up on Maui, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. He later focused his graduate work on peace studies, with a concentration in native Hawaiian strategies of peacemaking and reconciliation, and the dynamics of post-conflict recovery in a civil war on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. He explored how communities make wise decisions about conflicts over natural resources and continues that work today.
Hear how the world’s past and climate future intersect off coastal dunes in the North Pacific.
Bonus episodes: Aloha ‘aina (love of the land) | Ready When the Waters Rise? Climate Change Resiliency from the Hawai’ian Islands | The Land Bears The Brunt - Moving Through Wars | Visiting Hawai’i? An Invitation
Dr. Josh Lepawsky joins us from St John's off the Atlantic. Author of Reassembling Rubbish: Worlding Electronic Waste, Josh's recent Medium piece "Our Tech Addiction is Creating a 'Toxic Soup'" tells how the "world in our pocket"--our phones--have a migration story of their own.
With a more profound environmental impact than we can imagine.
Listen in to what the "cloud" is leaving behind.
Suman Mallick is afflicted with permanent wanderlust, and currently lives in Austin with his daughter and his dog. He has a BS, a MBA, a MFA, and several PhD (“parts highly defective”). His debut novel was a finalist for Dzanc Books Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize, and is currently in submission.
This June, we talk with this writer/investment banker about acting in good faith and love that defies expectations. STAY TUNED!
Maile Spencer Napolean
Maile Spencer Napolean (Aunty Maile) is a 13th generation Hawai’ian from the Big Island, Hawai’i. She joins us from her Mainland travels. Maile taught Hawai’ian studies, served as a nurse, and performs wedding ceremonies. This Hawai’ian master teaches and practices many arts and skills, including lomilomi. We talk story on how not to give half-assed hugs, the lessons of nature, how to flee our mothers’ slippahs, and the history of her gone village.
Sandra Razieli joins us from the slopes of Haleakala. As a movement educator, Sandra approaches movement from a neurobiomechanical model that is shaped by years of teaching yoga-based practices as well as her work as a cultural anthropologist, teen educator, and Jewish spiritual leader. She shares how illness and movement changed her life—and the joys of finding humanity, starting from the very bodies we inhabit.
Listen to our episode on movement, connection, and pleasure as our birthright.
Bonus episodes: Kiss My Asana | Flipping THE Origin Story: Rethinking Adam & Eve | Moving through Invisible Illness: When You’re a Canary in the Coal Mine | What if it’s Cold (or Hot) Outside? When You DON’T Want to Move Your Body - Weathering the Weather
Clarisse Baleja Saïdi
Award-winning writer Clarisse Baleja Saïdi joins us from an artist residency in Memphis. She has received recognition for her fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama. Baleja is the recipient of fellowships and grant support from The Macdowell Colony, Hedgebrook, LaNapoule Foundation, Crosstown Arts, and more. She earned her MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program and is at work on her first novel.
We talk about her work not to be free but to recognize she already is free; her quest to observe this world; and the truth in adjectives.
photo by Jairo Alvarez
OTHER PODCASTS ON THE MIGRANT STORY
"There is something that emerges when we confront what it means to be here. If we are tuned in, with enough precision, we might emerge with something that can help us and that can help other people." - Teju Cole
MAEVE IN AMERICA: IMMIGRATION IRL “With all this talk about wall building, bad hombres and refugees as Skittles, comedian Maeve Higgins is beyond ready to change the conversation around immigration. She's traveled all the way here from Ireland to bring you funny, beautiful and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.”
MIGRATION NATION “American migration is different. Even today, Americans move more than people in almost any other country on earth. Our goal is simple: help us all follow our national “Origin Trail,” and see how we became the nation we are today.”
IMMIGRATION NATION “Host Kara Lynum tackles myths and misconceptions about immigrants and provides listeners with the reality of immigration policy in the United States.”
THE ALIEN CHRONICLES “Every week, the podcast invites people who are unique in their own right, global citizens of sorts. People who have come to call America home, despite where they are from, who carry the legacy of their ancestors while being as American as can be. Guests talk food, fashion, politics etc. in the context of different cultures and ethnicities. Our goal is to create empathy for “the other” through relatable narratives.”
IMMIGRANT LIFE: THE CANADIAN NARRATIVE “The act of immigrating to Canada is simple but the reality of integration after arrival is a complex experience. Unfortunately, you can’t really grasp what I am talking about unless you are also a first generation Canadian immigrant. This is why we are in the best position to share our own stories — what worked, what didn’t work, what we could have done better and what it cost us.”
MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE PODCAST “MPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide.”
RADIO AMBULANTE “Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast, distributed by NPR, that tells Latin American stories from anywhere Spanish is spoken, including the United States. We work with a talented community of storytellers and radio producers from different corners of the continent, while taking advantage of technology to produce, distribute and exchange stories.”