How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration

How To Be American: The History of Immigration and Migration

Latest Episodes

Burial Grounds
March 12, 2020

We'll uncover a Pre-Harlem World thats been buried for more than 156 years.

Relics Left Behind
February 27, 2020

Imagine that someone came to your house 150 years later: what would they find, what would those found objects say about you; about your way of life? Sometimes its the every-day things you leave behin

Our Game
February 13, 2020

Baseball has always had a special place in our nations history. But did you know that beyond the ballpark there is a grittier version of the game, played mostly in immigrant neighborhoods in cities b

Introducing How To Be American Season 2
January 30, 2020

How To Be American is the Tenement Museums podcast series. In its second season, eight new episodes will tell eight new stories that dig deeper into the tapestry of American immigration, stories of p

BONUS: A New Voice
November 20, 2019

How To Be American has some exciting news! Host Brendan takes a stroll down memory lane for season 1 and introduces who will continue the journey moving forward... Want to follow our new host? Find her on Twitter here @AmandaListens. 

The Avatar for America
May 29, 2019

There’s nothing more American than Coca-Cola, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and comic books. In the final episode of season 1 of How To Be American, we’ll uncover the history of diversity and representation in the panels, and discuss what comics tell us...

BONUS: A truly American art form
May 22, 2019

Listen to the teaser for our sixth and final episode of the first season of How To Be American—all about comics! Whose your favorite superhero? And why are comics considered a truly American art form?

Why Can't I Be Both?
May 15, 2019

Take a look inside the complicated diversity within the heart of two immigrant communities. We’ll begin with Kleindeutschland in the mid-19th century, and then head to Brooklyn, where we’ll get an inside look at Flatbush and an organization called...

BONUS: A walking tour of Flatbush
May 08, 2019

In this teaser, host Brendan Murphy visits Flatbush, Brooklyn, to explore its Caribbean immigrant culture for How To Be American's fifth episode, all about how immigrant groups have carved out communities for themselves throughout U.S. history.

'Sing Like An American'
April 17, 2019

Hundreds of sewing machines rattle and hissexplore the industrial soundscape that shaped the American identities of young factory workersin 1911 with composer Julia Wolfe.