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.
Live from New York, it’s Maeve in America! Visa stats from Magic Mona, poetry from undocumented Mexican artist Yosimar Reyes, whip-smart Aminatou Sow talks about the asylum process. Plus, stand up from Naomi Ekperigin and music from Emmy the Great.
Thanks to her historian bestie Alexis Coe, Maeve discovers that George Washington had German indentured servants and never lived in the White House! Together, they suss out Obama’s immigration legacy and commiserate over Trump's stance on immigration.
Maeve enlists data queen Mona Chalabi in this Valentine’s Day special exploring the intersection of love and immigration. Beautiful vignettes of immigrant’s love stories are threaded through a date that goes from personal to political in a heartbeat.
New President, who dis? MIA is back to update listeners on the latest executive orders on immigration. Maeve visits the US-Mexico border to see the gigantic wall already there and talks to demonstrators at San Francisco airport about the travel ban.
The first person through the doors of Ellis Island on January 1, 1892 was Annie Moore, a 17 year-old Irish girl who left from Cobh. Which just so happens to be Maeve’s adorable hometown. Maeve retraces Annie’s steps and hears eerie echoes all around.
Amy Mihyang Ginther - Korean adoptee, assistant professor at UC Santa Cruz, speech coach, adoptee activist and performer - speaks with Maeve about coming to the United States as a baby and her journey back to Korea two decades later.
Maeve meets Rosalyn Koo: dynamic Grandma to a thousand girls, protest leader, terrible cook and finds out how to raise $250k in a night.