124: Welcome to America

124: Welcome to America

Mar 19, 1999
Stories of people moving to this country: what they see and hear about America that those of us who were born here don't necessarily see.
  • Ira goes to the courtroom of Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, who, at 93, presides over the ceremony to make people citizens. In this setting, it's hard to talk about America as it is. Instead, people talk about the America we wish we lived in. (4 minutes) GovernmentImmigrationLegal System

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  • Because of a shortage of math and science teachers, New York City decided to import instructors from Austria. Then the Austrians started to see things about this country that few Americans ever get to see. What they know that you don't know about life in America. David Rakoff reports. (31 minutes)CityEducationJobs/EmploymentJournalism
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    • "New York City", They Might Be Giants

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  • This is a story of a father and son—told by the son, Juan Zaldivar, who was born in Cuba. Juan has spent the past four years shooting a movie about his father, to try to reassure him that he did the right thing to leave Cuba with his family in the 1980s and come to America. His father, so far, is not reassured. (20 minutes) ChildhoodFathersFilm/Film MakingGovernmentImmigrationPoliticsTravel

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