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Newcomer Nation gives you the lowdown on immigration in the U.S. Every month, our podcast will explore and explain how the system works, how we got here and how it's playing out. Hosted by Daniela Vidal Allee and Daniela Sirtori-Cortina. Contact: newcomernation@gmail.com/@newcomernation
 
Broken English is a mobile podcast hosted by me, Andrew Mahar in and around Chicago, Illinois. This first season is a mixture of interviews from people who have immigrated to the U.S. ranging from Mexico to South Africa to Turkey to Bolivia. With the Trump administration creating such a negative connotation around the word “Immigrant” now more than ever, immigrants need a voice to share their side of the story. Broken English is here to be that voice.
 
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This episode I sat down with Rusalina from Romania. She is an incredibly interesting woman, physician and performing arts enthusiast here in Chicago. Rusalina's journey has led her to opening her own conceptual preventative medical practice that focuses less on pumping people full of medicine and more about getting to the root cause patient's issue…
 
This episode was a blast to record. Izabela works as a social worker now here in Chicago but has bounced around professions throughout her life. She came here to visit in college and couldn't get enough so now she's back. I wouldn't be doing the conversation justice if I didn't mention her take on childbearing. She was great to talk to and I think …
 
This episode is a JAMMED full of information for people wanting to know more about the immigration process. Jake is a full time immigration attorney who has dedicated his life to helping people through the process. This conversation completely changed the way I look at the immigration process. With this episode, Broken English begins it's switch to…
 
This episode I sat down with Beata from Poland! She is an immigration attorney who touches on everything from her story of coming here when she was nine and missing a friend's birthday party to move to the US to a tad of immigration legal advice. You'll laugh, learn some things and you'll definitely enjoy yourself. Don't forget to subscribe!…
 
This episode I sit down with an incredibly interesting woman named Alicia (that I mispronounce like a dummy in the beginning) from the Dominican Republic. Her family has a rich heritage throughout D.R. including her grandfather being the very first veterinarian in the country and what it's like to live under a true dictator. It was an eye opening e…
 
This episode was flat out incredible. I sat down with Miriam, a 19 year old refugee from Myanmar. Her and her family's story is nothing short of unbelievable. Born into a civil war, Miriam's family fled to Malaysia and went into hiding. RefugeeOne helped orchestrate Miriam's refugee status and get her family here to Chicago. To this day, she still …
 
This week I sat down with a member of Northern Illinois Justice For Our Neighbors name Claudia and got her story of coming here from Mexico. It is a truly moving story that I am excited to share. We go over proper terminology for immigrants and where immigrants can seek legal help through Justice For Our Neighbors. I learned a lot and I hope will t…
 
This episode was recorded in Harman's apartment last fall while the show was transitioning from a stand alone podcast to a weekly radio show. Harman really opens up about his family's experience here in the U.S. and what changing schools as an indian immigrant was like. Parts of the story are sadly tragic yet full of life lessons. We dive into a mo…
 
Welcome back! Season 2 is under way and our first guest is Graciela from Venezuela. She is a good friend of mine and I loved recording this episode. Broken English is now being recorded as a live radio show! Que4 Radio here in Chicago has picked up the show and it's now recorded live every Wednesday at 6pm Central Time on Que4.org and then released…
 
If you’ve checked the news lately, you’ve probably realized everybody is talking about immigration. There's the wall, what to do with DACA, and broader conversations about overhauling our immigration system. But before we delve into the finer points of policies and laws, we wanted to give you something more, well, human. This debate, after all, is …
 
This is the 10th and final episode of Season 1 and I've got Hongming Liu from China on the show! This episode is all over the place and we cover everything from old Chinese stories to child labor factories and philosophy. He's a brilliant man who came to Chicago on a student visa and got his PhD and JD at DePaul University. He now works as a patten…
 
For our 9th episode I sit down with a woman from Argentina named Josefina! Her incredible story starts off in Buenos Aires and ends in Naperville, IL. While in Argentina she convinced her company to send her the U.S. and she learned English from a friend before moving here. It's an incredible story of innovation, hard work and failed bribery. I had…
 
I have another South African on the show this week! They just keep volunteering and I couldn't be happier. This was a fun interview with Beryl who is from Johannesburg, South Arica. She moved here after living in Europe for a few years and hasn't looked back since. She paid for her plane ticket here with money won gambling on horses and lived on a …
 
This week we've got an excellent interview where I sit down with Ramiro Lynch from Argentina. His parents where political activists and he found himself studying criminal law before moving to the US for his work. Immigrating to the Chicago suburbs and trusting strangers while learning the language was an everyday task for Ramiro in his path to beco…
 
I've got another insightful episode of Broken English for you! This time (actually a few months ago) I sit down with a couple from South Africa and get their immigration story about moving to Chicago from Johannesburg, South Africa. Their firsthand account of their move is a bit different from the others we've heard from so far and I get to learn a…
 
Adam Burke is a Stand Up Comedian and regular on NPR who was born in Australia, raised in Ireland during their civil war and lived in London to then immigrated to the US in his mid-twenties. It's a great episode full of soldiers, heartbreak and weird accents. We talk politics, border ideologies and immigration officers thinking Australia is French …
 
This episode I sit down with a woman who immigrated from South Africa named Alet and talk about her experience moving to Chicago as an Au Pair. She shares a little bit into the life of living in South Africa along with the hardships of living in the United States without any of her family. It's a tale of a little girl who grew up watching America o…
 
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