47 episodes

Many Roads to Here (MRH), a podcast produced entirely by volunteers, tells the story of our nation’s newcomers in their own words, bringing the voices of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to a national conversation about migration and identity. We advance the national dialogue around race and identity and dispel the myths, stereotypes and preconceptions that haunt immigrants. We aim not to preach, but to inform--and, better yet, empathize.



MRH is a production of The Immigrant Story (TIS), a trusted storytelling organization based in the Pacific Northwest. MRH is committed to centering the stories of immigrants and refugees of color, whose voices have been marginalized in the U.S. We strive to reflect the national discourse. In order to combat erasure of immigrants, our interviews are archived at the Oregon Historical Society. In this way, we put those voices into an institution that preserves their narratives for future researchers.



Our podcast illuminates the broader themes of human migration, persecution and refuge, and demonstrates that these storytellers are our neighbors. We believe the stories in Many Roads to Here invite listeners to take stock of their own life experiences, and to view newcomers to America with a new perspective and, we hope, respect.

Many Roads to Here The Immigrant Story

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Many Roads to Here (MRH), a podcast produced entirely by volunteers, tells the story of our nation’s newcomers in their own words, bringing the voices of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to a national conversation about migration and identity. We advance the national dialogue around race and identity and dispel the myths, stereotypes and preconceptions that haunt immigrants. We aim not to preach, but to inform--and, better yet, empathize.



MRH is a production of The Immigrant Story (TIS), a trusted storytelling organization based in the Pacific Northwest. MRH is committed to centering the stories of immigrants and refugees of color, whose voices have been marginalized in the U.S. We strive to reflect the national discourse. In order to combat erasure of immigrants, our interviews are archived at the Oregon Historical Society. In this way, we put those voices into an institution that preserves their narratives for future researchers.



Our podcast illuminates the broader themes of human migration, persecution and refuge, and demonstrates that these storytellers are our neighbors. We believe the stories in Many Roads to Here invite listeners to take stock of their own life experiences, and to view newcomers to America with a new perspective and, we hope, respect.

    Life is a Work in Progress

    Life is a Work in Progress

    What does a mental health journey look like? How can art, music, and therapy bring us to better self understanding and self love? In this episode, Portland Community



    College student Jose Perez Salazar interviews Joaquin Lopez, one of the creative laureates of Portland, Oregon. They discuss the healing power of art, what it means to listen to your parents’ music, and how Lopez found meaning in staging and singing Latino gay stories. This is our first conversation co-produced by a first-generation student.



    Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. Many thanks to Jose Perez Salazar for co-producing this episode with me. And huge thanks to Joaquin for this conversation, and for his beautiful music. This episode was recorded at Portland Community College and generously funded by the Zidell Family Foundation.



    Gregg Palmer did our post production. Music was composed and performed by Joaquin Lopez. Our executive producer is the undeniable Sankar Raman.



    For more stories, visit our website, listen live at prp.fm, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 34 min
    The Immigrant Story Live Podcast II

    The Immigrant Story Live Podcast II

    Welcome to The Immigrant Story Live, where we feature stories from the stage. In each episode of this new series we weave together three stories that were originallyperformed at an Immigrant Story Live Event.



    For episode two of this series, you’ll hear from three storytellers — Ghassan Bin Hammam, Rama Youssef, and Meghna Damani – who each found themselves trapped in situations they never could have expected. 



    A warning to our listening, this episode contains descriptions of violence and suicidal ideation, so please take care while listening. 



    Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Degen Larkin. Audio editing was done by Gregg Palmer. Music was sourced from Soundstripe. Graphics for this episode were designed by Jacqueline Pagano. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.



    Many thanks to Alton Takiyama-Chung and Nancy Dollahite for coaching our fabulous storytellers. This episode is made possible by a generous contribution by the Zidell Family Foundation.



    To view the films Meghna Damani discusses in today’s episode you can visit her website https://www.meghnadamani.com or follow her on instagram @megdamani 



    For more stories, visit theimmigrantstory.org/manyroads, listen live at prp.fm, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts. 

    • 48 min
    They Will be Free

    They Will be Free

    Veronika Levytska  and Ian Levytsky  grew up in Ukraine but dreamed of an easier life - away from the shadow of Russia - for themselves and their loved ones. In 2018, after years of waiting, they found freedom and opportunity here in the U.S. on the East Coast shores of a Connecticut town. But their loved ones remain in harms way. How do they hold both in their hands? Their own happiness and their desire for their family members to enjoy the same?



    Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Fran Silverman. Our audio editing was done by Greg Palmer. The original interview was conducted by Fran Silverman at the New Haven Public Library, which has graciously provided us space.



    This episode is made possible by a generous contribution from the Zidell Family Foundation.



    For more episodes, https://theimmigrantstory.org/category/episode/ or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.



    Many Roads to Here is expanding. We’re looking for radio producers, especially those from immigrant communities and communities of color, to join our team. We’re all-volunteer for now, but we’ve got dreams. Please email mrh@theimmigrantstory.org for more information.



    For more stories, visit theimmigrantstory.org/manyroads, listen live at prp.fm, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 23 min
    Pioneering Pilot Breaks Barriers

    Pioneering Pilot Breaks Barriers

    As a young woman growing up in a conservative society, Safia Ferozi overcame intense expectations and restrictions placed on women  to become Afghanistan’s second female Air Force pilot. Before her country and her life were turned upside down, she was a trailblazing commander, leading an Air Force squadron of 200. Safia was forced to flee when the Taliban returned to power in 2021. Now she is one of 250 Afghan pilots grounded in the U.S., no longer able to fly.



    Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Elayna Yussen, with audio editing by Gregg Palmer and executive producer Sankar Raman.



    This episode was funded through a generous contribution from Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation. We'd like to thank Salem for Refugees for connecting us with Safia and letting us use their space to record this interview, which took place in March of 2023.



    For more episodes, https://theimmigrantstory.org/category/episode/ or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.



    Many Roads to Here is expanding. We’re looking for radio producers, especially those from immigrant communities and communities of color, to join our team. We’re all-volunteer for now, but we’ve got dreams. Please email mrh@theimmigrantstory.org for more information.



    For more stories, visit theimmigrantstory.org/manyroads, listen live at prp.fm, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 29 min
    Music that Lifts the Spirit

    Music that Lifts the Spirit

    When you think of courageous living, playing music is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But Dijana Ihas, a professional musician and refugee of war, learned how to transform her viola skills into a remarkable display of bravery. As bombs rained down over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s, Dijana and several other musicians risked their lives to host hundreds of concerts.



    Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Mae Ghylin, with audio editing by Gregg Palmer and executive producer Sankar Raman.



    The music used in this podcast episode were recorded live on stage at Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center, Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon, on Saturday, September 11, 2021 by Kapila Chandramouli of Kapshur Lab. The Immigrant Story Live recreated the music of the Sarajevo String Quartet, with Dijana Ihas playing the viola accompanied by local string players. 



    This episode was funded through a generous contribution from Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation.



    For more episodes, https://theimmigrantstory.org/category/episode/ or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.



    Many Roads to Here is expanding. We’re looking for radio producers, especially those from immigrant communities and communities of color, to join our team. We’re all-volunteer for now, but we’ve got dreams. Please email mrh@theimmigrantstory.org for more information.



    For more stories, visit theimmigrantstory.org/manyroads, listen live at prp.fm, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 42 min
    The Immigrant Story Live Podcast

    The Immigrant Story Live Podcast

    Introducing, The Immigrant Story Live, our new series that brings you voices from the stage. In 2019, the Immigrant Story began hosting live storytelling events in the Portland, Oregon area, bringing together musicians and storytellers from around the world for evenings of celebration and reflection. Every year, The Immigrant Story produces 2 new live events, and in the four years since its launch, has hosted 10 shows with 26 storytellers from 22 different countries. In our new series, we present selections from these events in themed, 45-minute episodes. 



    In our first episode, you’ll hear from three storytellers, Mariamou Abdoulaye, Hussein Al-Baiaty, and Bernal Cruz. Each unearthed surprising versions of themselves when they faced the unexpected. 



    Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Degen Larkin. Post production was done by Gregg Palmer. Original music was composed by Corey Larkin. Graphics for this episode were designed by Jacqueline Pagano. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.



    Thank you to the Beaverton Library and the St. Andrew Lutheran Church for letting us use your space for our live events. Many thanks to Alton Takiyama-Chung and Erin Briddick for coaching our fabulous storytellers. 



    This episode is made possible by a generous contribution by the Zidell Family Foundation and the City of Beaverton.



    For more stories, visit theimmigrantstory.org/manyroads, listen live at prp.fm, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts. Check out our instagram @theimmigrantstory to learn more about the storytellers and view bonus content for this episode.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Ga ga2 ,

Invaluable

This is an outstanding podcast series, bringing insight and awareness to the experiences of immigrants who face unimaginable challenges and often incredible danger to journey to the US. Here they become our neighbors, friends, and community leaders— they become our fellow Americans. In their own words, they bring their stories and their humanity. Thanks to
all the volunteers who work in the podcast to illuminate their invaluable stories.

Gary Larkin / Oct 3, 2021

Mrs. Fosse ,

Extraordinary and harrowing

Immigrants are the best of us. This podcast serves them so well. Courageous, inspiring stories that help you understand the strength of character it takes to uproot yourself and head towards a dream (but not a promise) of a better life. Highly recommend!

eecj_queen ,

Beautiful Human Stories

My grandfather believed that world peace could be achieved through travel — which would allow people to see the ways we are all connected and all special. This podcast has given me the opportunity to virtually meet some incredible people in my community who are from all over the world. We often talk about immigration in a collective sense, but these stories offer valuable richness and detail to that topic. I’m grateful to the interviewees and to The Immigrant Story for doing this work.

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