Meet the New Host
Hi, I’m Amanda Adler Brennan! As a New York native, and descendant of late 19th century Lower East Side Immigrants, I was excited when I first joined the Museum back in 2010. After a brief relocation to Miami, I have now happily returned to New York and to the Tenement Museum. With former host Brendan Murphy’s departure, I have had the good fortune to step in as the new host of the How To Be American podcast (HTBA), and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Brendan and I had a great time when we sat down recently to reflect on the last season, and talk about all of the exciting things to come. We’ve put together a little bit of bonus content from our conversation which I hope you’ll enjoy. And don’t forget to stay tuned for an all new season of How To Be American, coming soon! In the meantime, for an inside look at what we’re working on, follow my podcast journey on Twitter @amandalistens.
Episode 1: I Would Cross a Million Borders
Join our host Brendan Murphy as he explores how two women, one during 20s and one just a few years ago, navigated the American immigration system and all its pitfalls.
Episode 2: Flat Dough With Stuff on Top
Ever wonder how pizza became New York City’s quintessential street food? Get ready to find out as we unveil pizza’s very own immigration story.
Episode 3: She Galvanized a Movement
In this episode we explored how immigrant women fought to gain the right to vote and are still fighting to get seats at the table.
Episode 4: Sing Like An American
Hundreds of sewing machines rattle and hiss—explore the industrial soundscape that shaped the American identities of young factory workers in 1911 with composer Julia Wolfe.
Episode 5: Why Can’t I Be Both?
Explore the idea of the “immigrant monolith” and uncover the diversity that exists within two distinct immigrant communities on the Lower East Side.
Episode 6: The Avatar for America
Dive deep with host Brendan Murphy into the history of comic books! Not only do we explore the origin story of the medium, we also talk about what superheroes can teach us about American society. We speak with historian Jonathan Gray and freelance writer Alex Simmons, as well as Kevin Wong, a former resident of 103 Orchard for whom comics were an incredibly formative part of his childhood.
On the Tenement Museum’s first ever podcast series — “How to Be American” — the Tenement Museum explores how the notion of “being American” has evolved, in leaps and bounds and glacially-slow shifts, over the course of our nation’s history. We’ll dig deep into the past to learn about the struggles, triumphs and oft-colliding cultures of immigrants to New York City’s fabled Lower East Side, and chat with preeminent historians, chefs and more to help connect the dots to the present day.
For some of us, asking how we fit in to America is part of a daily struggle to survive. For others, it’s a nearly non-existent question. But no matter whether your family has lived in America for six generations or six weeks, “How to be American” will make you reconsider what it means to be American.
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