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Episode 11: Mel A

Mel A., who identifies as a female Latina who is loud and a Slytherin, talks to us about experience growing up and living in the Southwest of the United States of America. My favorite part of our wonderful conversation is when she talks about being a doorstop for other people of color.  A great listen. Show Notes: Fan Pals Podcast…

Episode 10: Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

A New Yorker first, Marisol Rosa-Shapiro is Jewish Puerto Rican woman.  Her city and multiple layers of identity have shaped her; she discussed her experience with us. She shares her story of her recent visit to the Island (Puerto Rico); a visit accelerated due to to fear that the culture and essence will be lost due to climate change and…

Episode 9: Casey Wong

This is the last episode of 2019! I talk with Casey Wong, an Asian – Irish – German – American., who identifies as Asian American. Casey share the stories that made him, about his family, himself and the world. He discusses his name, mama (嫲嫲) paternal grandmother on his father’s side and more. He is thoughtful, eloquent and a joy…

Episode 7: Emma Braun

In this episode we discuss how Emma Braun has navigated being Native and White from San Diego to St. Louis. She tells us about her family planning activism and how she is actively inviting people to the table. Learn more: Burke Museum Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People By Maria P.P. Root Maria P. P. Root, PhD, is author…

Episode 7: Rihaan Puri and Lies-giving

Extra special guest – Rihaan Puri (my 4 year old son) – talks with me about being Punjabi, Tsimshian and American. He also serenades us with one of his recordings (future rock star on our hands). I also talk about things I love – swearing – and things I hate – Thanksgiving. Learn more: The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is…

Episode 5: Tim Norris

Episode 5 features Tim Norris (pronouns: he/him) who shares many parts of his identity; Japanese-American, white, gay, cis-gendered, first-gen high school grad, and more. Learn more: Rainbow City Band Concert: Let It Shine – November 9th My Seattle listeners, get your tickets today to RBC’s first concert of the season. Tim our guest is artistic director of this great ensemble.…

Episode 4: Sandra McKinnie Biehl

My mom is my fourth guest. She shares the story of how her parents – a FBI (Full Blooded Indian) Tsimshian woman from Alaska and an Iowa farmer from no-where Iowa – met. She discusses her experience as a math teacher, meeting my father (in the 6th grade), living in South Korea and more. Learn More from the Episode A…

Episode 3: Aaron Biehl

Episode number 3 features my youngest brother, Aaron Biehl. He is the youngest of us all by far – about 10 years younger than the rest of the larger group. His experience as white-passing Alaska Native man is very interesting (aren’t they all). He discusses his first experience of being identified as not white, his desire for a motorcycle trip…

Episode 2: Paul Biehl

Paul Biehl, my younger brother, is our second guest. He identifies as Paul, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, Native and White. Listen to his grappling with his religion and his understanding of the Tsimshian oral history and more. Paul is an avid (some might say rabid) college football fan, insurance adjuster, father and…