Maeve in America: Immigration IRL

With all this talk about wall building, bad hombres and refugees as Skittles, comedian Maeve Higgins is beyond ready to change the conversation around immigration. She's traveled all the way here from Ireland to bring you funny, beautiful and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.

Society & Culture
A Surgeon, a Comedian and an Astrophysicist Wal...
Maeve meets Bassem Youssef, Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-satirist, she chats to right-on comedian W. Kamau Bell about the role of comedy in politics. Oh! And Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us on a trip to Mars.
34 min
Children of Immigrants: Listen to Your Parents
A wonderful cast explores the two worlds inhabited by the children of immigrants. Comedian co-host Aparna Nancherla and writer/director Alex Karpovsky add their magical insight to this moving episode. And we meet Mona’s mum!
31 min
Moving Stories: Creativity and Immigration
Comedy, poetry, music and acting are on today's playbill. We hear from actor Chris O’Dowd, social justice comedian Negin Farsad, Iranian poet Majid Naficy, and the Vietnamese Madonna Lynda Trang Dai, as they figure out how to use art to speak their truth.
29 min
The Live Episode: Feeling All the Feels
Live from New York, it’s Maeve in America! Visa stats from Magic Mona, poetry from undocumented Mexican artist Yosimar Reyes, whip-smart Aminatou Sow talks about the asylum process. Plus, stand up from Naomi Ekperigin and music from Emmy the Great.
42 min
The Zaza Episode: Home Away From Homs
Mohamed Zaza is 6”1 and tons of fun. He’s a doting father, the manager of an upmarket luggage store in Manhattan, a serious chocolate addict, oh, and an asylum seeker from Syria.
27 min
Not My President's Day
Thanks to her historian bestie Alexis Coe, Maeve discovers that George Washington had German indentured servants and never lived in the White House! Together, they suss out Obama’s immigration legacy and commiserate over Trump's stance on immigration.
23 min
Love On Top: The Valentines Special
Maeve enlists data queen Mona Chalabi in this Valentine’s Day special exploring the intersection of love and immigration. Beautiful vignettes of immigrant’s love stories are threaded through a date that goes from personal to political in a heartbeat.
31 min
New President, who dis? MIA is back to update listeners on the latest executive orders on immigration. Maeve visits the US-Mexico border to see the gigantic wall already there and talks to demonstrators at San Francisco airport about the travel ban.
19 min
The Dan-el Episode - Odyssey of the Undocumented
From Santo Domingo to a homeless shelter in the Bronx, on to Oxford University, and finally...New Jersey? Maeve tracks the complex journey of Dan-el Padilla Peralta's life without papeles.
36 min
The Annie Episode: Annie Moore Room?
The first person through the doors of Ellis Island on January 1, 1892 was Annie Moore, a 17 year-old Irish girl who left from Cobh. Which just so happens to be Maeve’s adorable hometown. Maeve retraces Annie’s steps and hears eerie echoes all around.
31 min
The Yemi Episode: Coming to America
Maeve faces her ridiculous fear of fish and meets Yemi Amu, an aquaponics farmer in Brooklyn who grew up in Nigeria, to talk healing, happiness and hopeless misconceptions about Africa.
38 min
The Holiday Special: Here Is New York
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be glad you’re not a carp! This holiday special is a beautiful, bittersweet and breathless tour of our iconic city of immigrants.
35 min
The Comedy Special: Raise the Roof
Maeve hosts a stand up comedy show featuring Eugene Mirman, Mehran Khaghani, Josie Long, Todd Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Joel Kim Booster and more!
35 min
The Amy Episode: Seoul Searching
Amy Mihyang Ginther - Korean adoptee, assistant professor at UC Santa Cruz, speech coach, adoptee activist and performer - speaks with Maeve about coming to the United States as a baby and her journey back to Korea two decades later.
41 min
The Nayyef Episode: Sleepless in Seattle
Maeve meets Nayyef Hrebid: Madonna fan, devoted boyfriend, former wartime translator for US troops in Iraq, now living his best life in the Pacific Northwest.
39 min
Thanksgiving Special: What even IS this holiday?
Maeve’s mission is twofold: to discover the true meaning of this most American holiday, and to add as much sugar as possible to her vegetables.
24 min
The Roz Episode: 37 round trips from Shanghai t...
Maeve meets Rosalyn Koo: dynamic Grandma to a thousand girls, protest leader, terrible cook and finds out how to raise $250k in a night.
39 min
Introducing Maeve in America
Get a sneak peek of the new podcast hosted by comedian Maeve Higgins.
2 min