13 episodes

At every point in American history, immigrants, migrants and refugees have arrived here searching for a sense of belonging. In cities, towns and in rural areas alike, they’ve asked themselves an incredibly complex and ever-changing question: “How can I fit in to America?”

On our new podcast - "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.

How To Be American The Tenement Museum

    • Arts
    • 4.6, 93 Ratings

At every point in American history, immigrants, migrants and refugees have arrived here searching for a sense of belonging. In cities, towns and in rural areas alike, they’ve asked themselves an incredibly complex and ever-changing question: “How can I fit in to America?”

On our new podcast - "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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

vpsinsd ,

If you love the museum you'll really love the podcast

Only two episodes so far but what a terrific listen. If you've been on one of the museum's tours, you'll enjoy hearing them talk about the people who lived at or inthe neighborhood around 97 Orchard, the tenement building on the Lower East Side through which they tell the story of immigration in the late 1800's and early 1900's. If you don't know about the museum, this podcast is a little like the way they've set up the experience. You learn about new Americans through the experiences of new Americans. It is well researched and reaches back to the last centuries to connect us all across history, race and nationality. Census data and oral histories tell the stories of real people who have come to American seeking a better life.

pvk2006 ,

Legal immigration system

Would sincerely appreciate if there is an episode on legal immigration system

rmplanet ,

Great idea, but not well developed

First episode started so well. Two women, two stories. First one excellent with so many little known details. The second part a complete opposite no details just emotions. How did she legalize? What was her journey? Instead just emotions that every single immigrant legal or illegal goes through.

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