Category: “A Better Life?”

“A Better Life?” explores how America’s failed response to COVID-19 has reshaped immigrants’ lives and their relationship to the United States. Each episode tells a different immigrant story and examines how the crisis has challenged or changed that person’s ideas of what it means to be American. The show also includes conversations with immigrant elders — grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles — to hear how they are coping during this time, and what they have learned over the years that can help the rest of us survive today’s challenges.
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Desi Voters, COVID-19, and the 2020 Election: Episode 10 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

New Jersey shows the potential of South Asian political power in the US, as well as the pitfalls.

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We’re Going to Be Okay: Episode 9 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

For “Call Your Elders,” Rosalind calls her Tita Margaret, a Filipina immigrant who lived through 9/11 in NYC.

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A Hug Halfway Around the World: Episode 7 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

A COVID era conversation between an aunt in India and her beloved niece in New York.

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A Letter to Italy: Episode 6 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

Two Italian women living in San Francisco strengthen their friendship during the pandemic.

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Rosa’s Story: Undocumented and Unemployed in the Pandemic: Episode 5 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

Undocumented hotel housekeepers are among some of the most vulnerable workers in the pandemic. In this episode, we hear their stories.

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Call Your Elders: Cooking with Philip and Niki: Episode 4 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

In Philip Zias’ words, “I never thought I can cook.” Hear how the pandemic changed that.

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The Home Clock: Episode 3 of Our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

The daughter of immigrants visits her parents during COVID-19, raising questions about the meaning of family.

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Introducing “Call Your Elders” – A New Feature of Our “A Better Life?” Podcast Series

Monique and Eric Barrau talk to their daughter about quarantine and their lives since leaving Haiti in the 1960s.