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Conversations on immigration and refugees that go beyond the predictable soundbites. Join Alex Aleinikoff and guests for in-depth discussions on what's happening on the ground and how to understand current policy debates.

Oct 15, 2019

Tempest Tossed returns! Catalina Cruz, the first DREAMER in the New York State Assembly, joins Alex Aleinikoff to talk about immigration policy, differences between campaigning and governing, and how she advocates for her Queens, NY district and community.


Jul 9, 2019

Are we made to migrate? What makes us move and how do we do it? We answer these questions and more with an anatomist, an endurance athlete, and a forensic anthropologist, as we take a closer look at the US/Mexico border from a new perspective--one of basic human need and physical adaptation.


Jul 2, 2019

How did the Statue of Liberty become a symbol for immigration in the United States? What does it stand for today? In this episode we talk with Professor Mae Ngai about the Statue’s history, and how its meaning in the American public mind has changed over time. We also speak with activist Patricia Okoumou, who climbed...


Jun 4, 2019

The Democratic and Republican parties used to work together on passing immigration legislation. No more.  While a significant majority of Americans believes that immigration is a net plus for the nation, both parties are now playing to their base which pulls them away from the middle where immigration legislation can...


May 21, 2019

How can refugees be helped to enter the US job market? And what's food got to do with it? We talk with Kerry Brodie about Emma's Torch, a Brooklyn restaurant that offers culinary training to refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. We then visit with Thu Pham, an Emma's Torch graduate, at her new place of...