27 episodes

Conversations with biculturals from all walks of life, looking at context and perspectives on living in the intersection of culture, language, and history.

the Extra Half Natania Hoffman

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Conversations with biculturals from all walks of life, looking at context and perspectives on living in the intersection of culture, language, and history.

    25: work in progress

    25: work in progress

    Some of the thoughts that host Natania Hoffman has gathered throughout the process of creating the Extra Half.


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    • 37 min
    24: this leaf belongs to sassafras

    24: this leaf belongs to sassafras

    A conversation with Alexis Nelson, social media manager at BARK and creator of Black Forager. We talk about the relationship between the origins of her family (Cape Verdean, Black American and Native American) and the history of race in the United States, and about what happens when tracing genealogy is not possible. Alexis also talks about the process of becoming Black Forager and how foraging, for her, is a synthesis of her parents’ cultural heritage.

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    23: a flag on every cucumber

    23: a flag on every cucumber

    A conversation with Simen Fegran, German-Norwegian horn player and member of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. We talk about the importance of understanding the past as a nation and about how patriotism is perceived in Germany, Norway, and the United States. We also talk about his experiences living in Western and Eastern Germany, his time on tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth orchestra, and about the role that the Gewandhausorchester played in the Leipzig community during the pandemic.


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    22: storytellers

    22: storytellers

    A conversation with Rosalind Chao and Yi-Mei Templeman, mother and daughter, who were both born in the United States. Rosalind is an actress known for her roles in the Joy Luck Club, Mulan (2020), Star Trek, The Laundromat, Freaky Friday, among others; Yi-Mei is a cellist and founding member of Trio Gaia who additionally explores dimensions of music making such as singing, playing, strumming, composing, arranging, and improvising. We talk about their cultural ties to the USA, China, and England and about the importance of the performing arts as a means of connecting people, genres, stories, and experiences.


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    21: you’re meant to be in music

    21: you’re meant to be in music

    A conversation with Harriet Langley, violinist. Harriet is Korean and Australian, and lived in several other countries including Belgium and the United States. We talk about the role musicians can play in the world, about learning violin in different languages and contexts, navigating race and gender across cultures, and about learning to fit in - or not - in her countries of heritage. And at the end we enter a topic that, while tangential, is important to both of us: pescetarianism, vegetarianism, and the influence of what we eat on the world.

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    • 52 min
    20: a Wednesday homecoming

    20: a Wednesday homecoming

    a conversation with Luisa Weiss, creator of the Wednesday Chef. An Italian-American who lives in Berlin, Luisa is a writer, home cook, editor, translator, and the author of one of the most well-known food blogs today. We have a fascinating conversation about how food can be a powerful constant in a life characterized by change, about her intercontinental “commute” as a child, and about her realization as an adult that Berlin was truly home. We also talk about the quality of produce in different countries, the position that American expats held in post-war West Berlin, and about the culinary challenge she faces as a parent: striking a balance between her desire for stability and her perpetual curiosity.


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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

ZachE24 ,

Fantastic podcast

Fantastic stories that explore so many interesting topics. Natania does a fantastic job of exploring the nuance of culture with her guests.

Bightwing ,

Fantastic Idea!

Thank you for sharing! I think what you have to say is important and meaningful and I hope many others get a chance to listen too!

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