We are a nation of immigrants! Some of us got here yesterday, some of us centuries ago, and some of us move about from state to state. Hosted by Jeremy Rishe, a New York based actor/writer, American Journey is an oral history of the people who inhabit the United States, and how they or their families came here. It is in our nature to explore and make better lives for ourselves. For many generations now the United States has been a place where people come from all over the world to do just that, either achieving their dreams or not. Our goal is to captures those stories.


  • Harvey  Sharon (Jews of Utah)

    Harvey & Sharon (Jews of Utah)

    31/12/2017 Duração: 01h12min

    Dr. Harvey & Sharon Rishe live in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. They are recently retired from the mental health profession. Together, they helped run a private practice in West Valley City, for over 20 years, where Harvey was a partner and Sharon was a clinical social worker. They met in California, and share a deep appreciation for an outdoor lifestyle, which is how a couple of Jews wound up in Utah. They are my parents, and their roots trace back to various parts of Europe. Their ancestors arrived in North America separated by hundreds of years, and from very different sub cultures, but as the forces of nature do turn, they found each other.

  • Tim Thomas (Heading South to North Dakota)

    Tim Thomas (Heading South to North Dakota)

    11/12/2017 Duração: 57min

    Tim's ancestors hail from Ireland. They entered the United States through Canada, several generations ago, to find warmer climes, eventually settling in the Dakotas. Tim is a long-time resident of New York City and has traveled extensively in Africa, South Asia and Europe. He pursues a lifelong goal of fluency in French and Italian, and studies classical singing. Tim’s professional global health training ground was the Population Council, a premier international non-profit, non-governmental institution that conducts biomedical, public health, and social science research, helping to build research capacities in developing countries. He joined the Council in 1991, and was promoted to play a leading role in external relations, public affairs, and fundraising. During his tenure, the Council’s unrestricted funding from foreign governments increased by 132%, and new funding schemes were established with the Governments of Japan, New Zealand, and the U.K. He also served as the primary point of contact with the inter

  • Hannah Scott (Kickin Ass in the Free World)

    Hannah Scott (Kickin' Ass in the Free World)

    22/11/2017 Duração: 01h11min

    Hannah D. Scott moved to the US in 2009 on a student visa, and lives here now with a valid work visa. She is an actress and stunt performer, and is based in New York City. Originally from the UK, Hannah trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (3yr BA Acting). She is a proud member of British and American Actor's Equity, and SAG/AFTRA.

  • Nedra McClyde (Slavery really F*$ked things up in America)

    Nedra McClyde (Slavery really F*$&ked things up in America)

    10/08/2017 Duração: 56min

    Nedra McClyde is New York based actor born in Maryland. She is a descendant of American Slaves, and this episode focuses on that lineage.  She moved to New York to pursue the arts. Her professional credits include Mr. Burns at Playwrights Horizons, Headstrong at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Macbeth at Classical Theatre of Harlem. Nedra is a recipient of New Dramatists' Charles Bowden Award, two-time AUDELCO Award nominee, NYIT Best Leading Actress nominee, Associate Artist with The Civilians, MFA graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School, Assistant Professor of Acting at the New School for Drama, and Adjunct at Pace School of Performing Arts. Favorite regional theater includes Good People at The Old Globe and Fairfield at Cleveland Play House. Nedra has made television appearances on new Netlfix/Marvel series "Jessica Jones," "Blue Bloods," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "30 Rock," "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live." Please visit her website.

  • Gail Frydkowski (F* the Nazis)

    Gail Frydkowski (F* the Nazis)

    08/07/2017 Duração: 01h18min

    Gail Frydkowski is the child of holocaust survivors. She has been a high school special education teacher since 2005. As an educator, she has used humane materials to help students prepare for New York State English Regents exams and for college research work. She had students sponsor orphaned chimps with In Defense of Animals. She was previously a New York Humane Education Ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society and has held their ‘I Read to Animals’ programs in venues across the city. She has been a volunteer for Best Friends, Animal Haven and Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers, helping to carry out the Caring Kids program held weekly at Animal Haven. She has run a teen animal lovers club in her school and in 2015 she will be a certified humane education specialist through the Humane Society She is currently teaching the kids of the Animal Lovers YAP Club in Manhattan about Humane Education and animal welfare issues.  She is the UFT Co-Chair of the Humane Education Committee; which provided wor

  • Malcolm Gets

    Malcolm Gets

    04/07/2017 Duração: 47min

    I met Malcolm in 2002. He was a guest artist in a singing class I was taking at NYU with Deb Lapidus. I worked with him on the Scarecrow's song from The Wiz, and he said, "You're just great! Let's sing that again." I'll take that one with me all the way! Wikipedia tells us: Malcolm Gets is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Richard in the American television sitcom Caroline in the City. Gets is also a dancer, singer, composer, classically trained pianist, vocal director, and choreographer. He played Gould in the 2009 film Grey Gardens opposite Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore and his first solo album came out in 2009 from PS Classics. Gets was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003 (Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical, Amour), and was awarded the Obie Award in 1995.[2] Gets was born in Waukegan, Illinois, the son of Lispbeth, an educator, and Terence Gets, a college textbook salesman.[3] Both parents grew up in London, England. He moved with his family to New Jersey. He lived there unti

  • Miranda (a Pseudonym)

    Miranda (a Pseudonym)

    21/06/2017 Duração: 01h31s

    Due to the sensitive and personal nature of our guest's story, they have requested that we use a pseudonym in the title and description, to mask their search-ability. Miranda is a gentile from Utah (aka non-Mormon; we make the distinction because that is always the next question) who now lives in New York City. Miranda's father immigrated as a young boy from Mexico, and their mother was born in Indiana. Miranda and Jeremy have known each other for over a decade, and, in that time, walked a few artistic paths together. In 2009 they co-produced and starred in Creditors at Studio T. Miranda's acting credits include: Off-Broadway Credits: "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd" (Mint Theatre Company), and "As You Like It" (Harold Clurman Theatre Lab).  Selected New York Credits: "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" (Metropolitan Opera) "Creditors" (Studio Tisch). Selected Regional Credits: "Lombardi" (The Milwaukee Rep), "Man of La Mancha" (National Tour), "Guys and Dolls" (National Tour), "Coriolanus" (Oregon Shakespeare Festival),

  • Ruy Iskandar

    Ruy Iskandar

    07/06/2017 Duração: 49min

    This episode contains graphic language that may not be suitable for young children; ironically, Ruy was an adolescent when these events occurred (go figure). Ruy Iskandar is an actor and director, known for Benders (2015), Eluscid (2007) and Rex (2016). He appeared on Broadway in Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater). His off-Broadway credits include The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre); Measure for Measure (Public Theater); The Hunters (Cherry Lane Theatre); Purim Play (Classic Stage Company); You for Me for You (Ma-Yi Theater Company) and Hamlet, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Storm and The Hot L Baltimore (NYU). Mr. Iskandar’s regional work includes American Night: Ballad of Juan José (Denver Center Theatre Company) and Twelfth Night and King Lear (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). His TV credits include The Blacklist (NBC) and the upcoming Gotham (FOX). He attended NYU’s graduate acting program.  

  • Olga Ermishikina

    Olga Ermishikina

    17/05/2017 Duração: 51min

    Olga is a linguist who teaches Russian around the world, all from her home in Brooklyn NY, where she now lives with her husband and son. Her website states: "My main field of interest is language learning. I studied Linguistics at the University and during that time I was really impressed by language diversity in the world. Now I teach Russian, study foreign languages and constantly research and try teaching methods and self-study solutions (web services and applications). Distant learning is my second field of interest. I moved to Brooklyn, New York and I am now looking for a local job in E-learning." For lessons visit,  

  • Angel Desai

    Angel Desai

    10/05/2017 Duração: 01h12min

    Desai was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but grew up in Binghamton, New York. Her parents are physicians; her father is Indian and her mother is Filipina. Desai is a professional actress. She has performed in many Off-Broadway productions, including The Winter’s Tale (2003), playing opposite David Strathairn, and The Tempest (2008), starring Mandy Patinkin. Her Broadway debut was playing Marta in the Tony Award winning 2006 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, in which her rendition of the show-stopping “Another Hundred People” met with critical praise. Other stage performances include David Schulner's An Infinite Ache in New Haven, Connecticut, and as part of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan, a benefit production performing "Four Black Dragons" and "Next" from Pacific Overtures by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. The 2001 comedy feature film Black Knight starring Martin Lawrence was Desai’s cinema debut. She has since had supporting roles in such films as Heights and The War Within. Desai's television cre

  • Lucius Albert Salisbury III

    Lucius Albert Salisbury III

    02/05/2017 Duração: 36min

    This episode travels back to the 1600's, and as our guest points out, to a time when all "the late troubles in America [the Revolutionary War] began." Lucius Albert Salisbury III, who goes by Luke, is a retired professor. He was born in New York, and now lives in Massachusetts. He has written a number of novels inspired by his families history, which dates back to the Great Migration of English nobleman to the "New World." He is very knowledgable in regard to his family's migration story, part of which encompasses the wars that England fought with the Native Americans.