27 episodes

My American Meltingpot is a biweekly podcast about the intersection of race and real life. From technology to travel, from music to motherhood, we have conversations and tell stories from a multicultural perspective. Is Black hair still political? Why is K-Pop so popular? How do I raise confident Mixed-Race kids? Can technology be racist? Hosted by award-winning author, journalist and mom of three, Lori L. Tharps, the MAMP podcast will give you the information and inspiration you need to better navigate America’s diverse society.

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My American Meltingpot is a biweekly podcast about the intersection of race and real life. From technology to travel, from music to motherhood, we have conversations and tell stories from a multicultural perspective. Is Black hair still political? Why is K-Pop so popular? How do I raise confident Mixed-Race kids? Can technology be racist? Hosted by award-winning author, journalist and mom of three, Lori L. Tharps, the MAMP podcast will give you the information and inspiration you need to better navigate America’s diverse society.

    Rewind: How to Raise Confident Mixed-Race Kids

    Rewind: How to Raise Confident Mixed-Race Kids

    On episode 26 of the My American Meltingpot podcast, we're talking about parenting confident Mixed-Race children with educators, Ridvan Foxhall and Sharon H. Chang. This is our second rewind episode and it's a good one. As parents of Mixed kids, Sharon, Ridvan, and I all share personal experiences and practical tips and resources for raising Mixed Race children who are confident in their multi-ethnic identity. We cover everything from colorism to traveling to ancestral homelands. We know this parenting journey isn't always easy. Hopefully this episode will help pave the way.
    Sharon H. Chang is an award-winning author, photographer and activist with a lens on racism, social justice and the Asian-American diaspora. She is the author of the critically acclaimed academic book, Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World.
    Ridvan Foxhall is an occupational therapist and certified Positive Discipline parent educator and coach. In 2006, Ridvan founded the Peekskill chapter of the Children’s Theatre Company which is dedicated to building character on stage by instilling in children a sense that they can be a voice of positive change in the world.
    For the full show notes from this episode, please visit My American Meltingpot.com.
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    • 57 min
    Rewind Episode: Can Technology be Racist?

    Rewind Episode: Can Technology be Racist?

    On Episode 25 of the My American Meltingpot podcast, we have the first of a series of rewind episodes. I am joined by author and journalist, Meredith Broussard to talk about the bias baked into our technology. Yes, we are talking about racist technology.
    From self-driving cars to soap dispensers, we discuss all of the different forms of technology that have been created without taking into consideration the diversity of the consumers using said technology. Meredith Broussard, the author of the award-winning book, Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, breaks down how and why most technology is racist (hint: part of the reason why is because the tech field is woefully white and homogenous), but she also gives us ideas about how we consumers can fight back against the bias.
    It's a fascinating deep dive into the world of tech and will leave you feeling a whole lot smarter than you did before tuning in, but this conversation might leave you feeling freaked out about self-driving cars too. 
    Check the show notes on My American Meltingpot.com for links to all of the books and references mentioned on the episode. 

    • 36 min
    Is Christmas for white people?

    Is Christmas for white people?

    Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? On episode 24, of My American Meltingpot, we’re talking all about Christmas. More specifically, we’re going to be interrogating the idea that Christmas is for white people! Now, I’m not white and I’ve been celebrating Christmas with my very Black family for more than 40 years, so clearly Christmas isn’t by definition a White People’s holiday, but there are plenty of people of color in America who do not deck the halls or jingle any bells on December 25th. On this episode we try to get to the bottom of why some people of color don’t feel like Christmas is their holiday, even if they are Christians. We also explore the immigrant experience with Christmas, the actual multicultural origins of Christmas, and some ethnic alternatives to a "white" Christmas.
    Joining me for this racial rehash of Christmas is Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of several books, including Nobody; Gentrifier; and Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life. A public intellectual and an award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Most recently Dr. Hill opened a bookstore and a community based education center in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. 
    This episode will have you rethinking the reason for the season in a totally Meltingpot way! For show notes and additional resources about the December holidays, please visit My American Meltingpot.com.

    • 40 min
    The Anniversary Episode!

    The Anniversary Episode!

    On episode 23, I'm celebrating the one year anniversary of the My American Meltingpot podcast! After one year, 22 episodes and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I've really learned a lot. Not just about launching a podcast, but about all of the ways race intersects with real life. Thanks to the fact that I've had really amazing guests on the show, I feel like I've learned just as much as all of you. So, listen in as I recap my top 10 meltingpot lessons learned after 22 exciting episodes. 
    Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode, when I announced a trivia question relating to the show. Whoever gets the answer correct will be added to a drawing for a My American Meltingpot gift bag o' goodies. 
    Thank you for listening and thank you for your support! And don't forget you can always find more Meltingpot content and all of the show notes at My American Meltingpot.com.

    • 23 min
    Alzheimer's Doesn't Discriminate

    Alzheimer's Doesn't Discriminate

    On episode 22 of My American Meltingpot, we’re going to be talking about the sixth leading cause of death in America, Alzheimer’s. After all, November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. And yes, we’re going to talk about statistics and studies, but because this is the Meltingpot, what we're really going to focus on is the impact Alzheimer’s has in communities of color, the toll of Alzheimer’s on families and caregivers, and what we can all do to help bring more attention to finding a cure for this tragic disease that kills our loved ones, not once, but twice. 
    Joining me for this important conversation is journalist, award-winning author and self-proclaimed Alzheimer’s activist, Marita Golden. Golden, a literary legend, is the author of 17 works of fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent books both deal with Alzheimer’s; The Wide Circumference of Love is a novel and Us Against Alzheimer’s is an anthology of essays and stories written by a multicultural collection of authors. Us Against Alzheimer's was just released in September of this year.
    There’s so much to learn about Alzheimer's and believe it or not, it’s not all bad news. I hope you listen to this important episode. 
    For show notes please visit MyAmericanMeltingpot.com.

    • 48 min
    Laila Lalami & The Other Americans

    Laila Lalami & The Other Americans

    On episode 21 of My American Meltingpot, listen in on my conversation with author, Laila Lalami. Laila is the author of the book, The Other Americans, our fall book club pick in the My American Meltingpot book club. She is also the author of three other award-winning novels including, The Moor's Account and Secret Son. A native of Morocco, Laila is a professor of creative writing at the University of California Riverside. 
    The Other Americans begins with the mysterious death of a Moroccan immigrant, but is so much more than a murder mystery or a thriller. A perfect fit for the MAMP book club, The Other Americans is a rumination on family, belonging, love and who gets to call America home. It is so good, and in this episode we get to hear what inspired Laila to write the book, how she got in the headspace of the rainbow coalition of characters that narrate the story, and why she had to decolonize her own language in order to find her true writing voice.  
    For the full show notes, with links to the resources mentioned in the episode, please visit the My American Meltingpot blog. 

    • 46 min

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