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Broken English

Broken English is a mobile podcast hosted by me, Andrew Mahar in and around Chicago, Illinois. This first season is a mixture of interviews from people who have immigrated to the U.S. ranging from Mexico to South Africa to Turkey to Bolivia. With the Trump administration creating such a negative connotation around the word “Immigrant” now more than ever, immigrants need a voice to share their side of the story. Broken English is here to be that voice.

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Please listen to, share and spread Broken English to anyone who will listen to these incredible immigration stories. If you live in the Chicagoland area and either are or know an immigrant who would like to share their story please to don’t hesitate to contact me at brokenenglishpodcast@gmail.com. Being a mobile operation, we can record an episode just about anywhere that we can get a quiet room. Libraries, houses, colleges, anywhere that works best for you, I’ll be there.

If for any reason you’d like to remain anonymous, we can make that happen. Legal or illegal, it doesn’t matter. I want to record every story I can!

Enjoy!

-Andrew Mahar

Jun 19, 2019

This episode was recorded in Harman's apartment last fall while the show was transitioning from a stand alone podcast to a weekly radio show. Harman really opens up about his family's experience here in the U.S. and what changing schools as an indian immigrant was like. 

Parts of the story are sadly tragic yet full of...


Jun 12, 2019

Noe is a stand up comedian here in Chicago that moved all the way from rural Mexico to Atlanta and made his way to Chicago to pursue comedy.

From following another Spanish speaking student around to translate for him to hiding his acting/comedy career from his family, Noe has had quite the journey. 

I had a blast with...


Apr 24, 2019

Welcome back! Season 2 is under way and our first guest is Graciela from Venezuela. She is a good friend of mine and I loved recording this episode. Broken English is now being recorded as a live radio show! Que4 Radio here in Chicago has picked up the show and it's now recorded live every Wednesday at 6pm Central Time...


Jun 12, 2017

This is the 10th and final episode of Season 1 and I've got Hongming Liu from China on the show! This episode is all over the place and we cover everything from old Chinese stories to child labor factories and philosophy. He's a brilliant man who came to Chicago on a student visa and got his PhD and JD at DePaul...


Jun 5, 2017

For our 9th episode I sit down with a woman from Argentina named Josefina! Her incredible story starts off in Buenos Aires and ends in Naperville, IL. While in Argentina she convinced her company to send her the U.S. and she learned English from a friend before moving here. It's an incredible story of innovation, hard...