You can listen to the conversation below, on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever your bad self gets your podcasts.
Pierre, a I'll call him, was born and raised in France, moving to the United States with his family at age 12. His father, disenchanted with the state of French politics and what he viewed as their less than industrious approach to work, moved to the United States in what is quite literally the textbook American story - coming here with nothing and working to build a life for himself and his family.
Pierre's dad, who was active in right-wing French politics prior to leaving, found a new political home in the Republican Party.
In this episode, we touched on immigration, Islam, and the foreign-born experience in the US. The following episodes offer some additional perspective on these issues:
- Episode 2 - "I'm Not Supposed to Be Here": In this episode, I speak with David, who came here with his mother from Colombia when he was 8 years old, and lived as an undocumented immigrant for 10 years, before becoming a full citizen. You can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or below.
- Episode 19 - Growing Up Muslim in America: Anum Hussain, co-founder of Acciyo, discusses the experience of growing up Muslim in Southern New Hampshire, and the plight of women of color in tech. You can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or below.
- Episode 10 - Paddy O'Gun Nut: I speak with another David, this time an Irish immigrant, who developed a fondness for AR-15s after moving to Oklahoma. In this, we discuss the anxiety of the American experience, and how this has more to do with violence in America than anything else. You can read a write up on mental health and gun violence here, listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or below.