WNYC Podcasts Examine Immigration and Race on L.I.


A new podcast series from WNYC called The United States of Anxiety examines issues of race and immigration on Long Island. The United States of Anxiety is an in-depth look at the human stories underlying this year’s presidential election,” according to WNYC. The podcasts are still being produced by WNYC, so I will put up links to new episodes as they are posted.

Here is the nine minute welcome for the series set on Long Island.

Episode 1 asks “How did we get here and where are we going?” It introduces Long Island immigrants and some white Long Islanders who fear them.

Episode 2 asks “Who owns the American Dream?” Why are some Long Islanders afraid of people because of their race or national origin? Our friend Larry Levy of Hofstra University is one of the experts in the podcast.

Episode 3 is titled “This land is my land, that land is your land.” Myths about immigration underpin much of the current discussion about immigration policy.

Episode 4 “Down the Rabbit Hole” looks at how right-wing rhetoric has increased divisions. It ends with an examination of how that rhetoric led to the killing of Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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