WBEZ’s Podcast Passport presents The Mash-Up Americans, in partnership with Vocalo 91.1 FM. Join us for a live performance of The Mash-Up Americans with hosts Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer. The event will feature several “Mash-Up” segments including interviews with chefs Jennifer Kim and Diana Dávila, a set from stand-up comedian Alex Kumin, games, giveaways and great music.
The Mash-Up Americans' mission is to start conversations and build passionate communities centered on the hilarious, head-scratching and deeply personal experience of navigating hybrid cultures and identities in these richly textured United States. Former podcast guests include Hasan Minhaj, Lena Waithe, Soledad O’Brien, Rhea Suh, and Awkwafina. The Mash-Up Americans is independently distributed and owned; it is composed of a podcast and a weekly newsletter.
About Mash-Up Americans
We’re your guide to hyphen-America. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of mash-up identity as we figure it out ourselves. We live on the frontlines of this unique and wonderful multi-everything place, and we want to talk about it — all the things we love, struggle with, and need to understand.
This is what Mash-Up America looks like: a wedding with a mandap and a chuppah, a kitchen where heirloom chopsticks and grandma’s cornbread recipe sit side-by-side, a meeting of parents who don’t speak the same language, a baby whose name contains multitudes, a date where you find yourself explaining that what you look like is only part of who you are.
Amy S. Choi is the Co-founder and Editorial Director of The Mash-Up Americans. She has worked for 15 years as a journalist and editor in New York. Her work has appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Women’s Wear Daily, Inc., and TED, among other publications. She specializes in getting people to tell stories they never expected to share. As part of the work with The Mash-Up Americans creative studio, she has worked with companies like Google, McKinsey, Hello Sunshine, ad Automattic to elevate and center Mash-Up stories.
Rebecca Lehrer is the Co-founder and CEO of The Mash-Up Americans. She has worked for 15 years in media, arts and culture, particularly focusing on the shared cultural experiences that bring people together. As director of business development at New York Public Radio, Rebecca helped transform a leading radio station group into a multi-platform media company by engaging audiences where they live. As part of the work with The Mash-Up Americans Creative Studio, she has worked with companies like Google, McKinsey, Hello Sunshine, and Automattic to elevate and center Mash-Up stories.
Chef Diana Dávila Boldin is the Executive Chef and Owner of Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Davila grew up in kitchens and began working in her parent’s taqueria at the age of 10.
She began her professional career at her family’s upscale dining concept, Hacienda Jalapeños, where she received high praise in the form of a 2-star review from Phil Vettel at the Chicago Tribune and was called a “Mexican marvel” by the Chicago Sun-Times. Most recently Davila was featured as one of 21 Chicagoans in the Chicago Reader 2015 People Issue.
Jennifer Kim is the Chef and Owner of Passerotto in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Passerotto is the second restaurant and first solo venture for Kim who most recently was the co-owner of Snaggletooth in Lakeview. Prior to opening Snaggletooth, Kim held chef positions at the Michelin starred Bistrot des Saveurs in the South of France as well as with the prestigious One Off Hospitality Group at their Chicago restaurants; Nico Osteria, Avec and Blackbird.
A 2012 graduate of Chicago’s Kendall College, Kim has been the recipient of multiple culinary accolades and was awarded the 2017 Jean Banchet Rising Star Chef award while at Snaggletooth and was the winner of the 2012 San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition.
Alex Kumin's bold and socially conscious standup delights crowds across the city of Chicago and around the US. She is an alumni of the nation's longest running independent standup comedy showcase, The Lincoln Lodge, through which she also teaches Chicago's favorite all-female standup class, Feminine Comique. Her monthly showcase, Diamond Comedy Hour, takes place at the Chicago Laugh Factory on the first Friday of the month, featuring the premiere female comedians in the city and beyond.
She has opened for Tom Green, Rory Scovel, Nick Thune, Cameron Esposito, Aparna Nancherla, Jen Kirkman, Kyle Kinane, and Todd Barry, among others and was selected as one of eight comedians at Gilda's Laughfest - Best of the Midwest Competition 2017. She made her television debut on WCIU's "Chicago's One Night Standup" and has appeared in NBC Universal's Breakout Festival ('16, '17, ‘18), Limestone Comedy Festival, Orlando Indie Comedy Fest and The Chicago Comedy Exposition. In 2016 she was named a comic to watch by Timeout Chicago and was one of Chicago Reader's standout comedians of the year. She has been featured in Chicago Magazine as a comedian with "unapologetic honesty", as she tackles heavy hitting social issues like gender inequality and thigh chaffing.
Vocalo Radio is a Chicago’s Urban Alternative – the nation’s first 24/7 public radio station focusing on R&B, Hip Hop, Dance music and more. Chicago is at the epicenter of cultural and social movements not currently represented on commercial FM airwaves. Vocalo aspires to be the soundtrack that amplifies our city and makes you say and feel – this is what Chicago sounds like.