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S01E02 | Slovenia | Gregor Strakl | July 10, 2018
On this this fun, philosophical and intoxicating episode, we talk with Gregor Strakl about his upbringing in Slovenia, the Swedish Space Program, Fresh Prince of Bel Air English language lessons, the Iraq War, 9/11, the far east, the sometimes odd complexities of English, martial arts and the sport of grappling, the unique education and perspective that travel can afford, breaking the pattern of typical American life, his path to U.S. citizenship, lots of history, the corporate world, leadership and much more.
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S01E01 | Mexico| Santiago Sanchez | July 03, 2018
On this episode of Whiskey & Immigrants, we meet Santiago, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mazatlan, Mexico with his mother when he was a young child. We find out how Santiago and his family immigrated to the United States and how they became U.S. citizens. We’ll learn about his families’ humble beginnings in the states, talk about the current climate for Latinos–immigrant or otherwise–in Trump’s America. We ask Santiago about life in Mexico as well as what perceptions are there regarding what life is like here, and how that squares with reality. We talk Barack Obama, deportation fears, the wall, racism as well as faith and hope. We learn all about Santiago’s mom and so, so much more. Come meet Santiago with us!
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Whiskey & Immigrants is a weekly podcast which invites regular, everyday immigrants to sit down with a glass of whiskey to share their stories and perspectives. We aim to learn as much as we can about and from our guest about their country of origin, their culture and how they’ve assimilated into their lives here in the U.S. We want to know how our guests got here and why they came, cultural adjustment and how their perceptions or expectations of America from afar contrasts with the reality of their lives now that they’re here, and if it has all been worth it.
While the show is primarily focused on the guests’ individual immigration story, it doesn’t limit itself to that. We want you to come away feeling like you’ve gotten to know our guests, or that you’ve at least heard a fresh perspective, and part of that is to hear from them on a myriad of topics like politics, race, criminal justice, the human condition, knitting — whatever it is that is pertinent to the larger conversation we should all be having about American society and how to improve it.
Some shows will be warm, fuzzy and friendly, or joyful and celebratory, and some may just be terribly depressing or rife with disagreement and conflict because like all humans our guests come from every corner of the world and of varying backgrounds and experiences. Host Matt Hinds engages with a single guest for each episode, the conversations are one-on-one and in-person, sometimes interspersed with news clips, speeches or other relevant media, and paired with some decent whiskey.
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IF THE ELECTIONS WERE HELD TODAY
DEMOCRATS 47.3% ↑
REPUBLICANS 37.8% ↓
UPDATED: JUNE 29, 2018
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