Status - Immigration & People

Status - Immigration & People
Status tells the human stories that immigration impacts.

Jul 10, 2018 • 30 min
Over 2 seasons, Status told you the stories of how immigration policy really affects the lives of immigrants. In the past few weeks, you saw the worst of those realities in horrifying images of separated families and detained children in the news. In this…
Black Kiss of Death
Jun 26, 2018 • 47 min
Eddie entered the US through customs at 14, and he doesn’t remember much about it. He was more interested in seeing his mom who was being treated for cancer. Then he met Tyler, and all of a sudden it was on him to prove exactly what he didn’t say on a…
Us (Jonatan, Part 5)
May 29, 2018 • 68 min
Jonatan was the impetus for Status. This is the final part of his story. Hear how he and I met, fell for each other, and worked to maintain that love. And we learn once again that even in the most straightforward of cases, immigration gets messy. See…
Re-entry (Jonatan, Part 4)
May 8, 2018 • 33 min
Jonatan found a new home and a new family in the United States. Then he was told he had to return to Colombia. But it wasn’t as easy as showing up and starting to work. He had to rebuild a life there. See for privacy and opt-out…
Letters (Jonatan, Part 3)
Apr 24, 2018 • 27 min
By the time he was in college, Jonatan was living what could be considered a picturesque American life. There were just two things that might take it away from him. His big secret and what came in the mail. Listen to Part 3 of the story that inspired…
Family (Jonatan, Part 2)
Apr 10, 2018 • 52 min
This week, we’re continuing the story of Jonatan, the man who inspired the creation of Status. This week, hear the story of how Lori & David became Mom & Dad. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Colombia (Jonatan, Part 1)
Mar 27, 2018 • 35 min
For as long as I’ve known him, Jonatan has been talking about writing a book. He says he could never write it himself, but he wants to find someone to interview him and write down his life story. I don’t write books. That’s not my game. But I make…
Every Waking Moment
Feb 27, 2018 • 26 min
Every Waking Moment Diana is a Dreamer, but not every immigrant’s story is a story about immigration. Listen to the incredible story of a girl and her mother overcoming and making a life in their new home. Music by Ben Michel & Breakmaster Cylinder This…
Feb 13, 2018 • 21 min
Hustle Yaa doesn’t have the typical DACA story, and she’s not super confident that Congress will clear things up anytime soon. But she’s gonna hustle for herself, her family, and her city anyway. Music by Ben Michel & Breakmaster Cylinder Sign up for the…
The Talk
Jan 30, 2018 • 35 min
The Talk Status returns with the story of Sandra, a recipient of DACA who didn’t know she was undocumented until she was a teenager. Music by Ben Michel & Breakmaster Cylinder Sign up for the newsletter Visit for a (rough) transcript See…
What Is DACA?
Jan 25, 2018 • 6 min
Status returns for season 2 on January 30th. Until then, here’s a refresher on what DACA is and who the Dreamers are. Music by Breakmaster Cylinder. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Season 2 - January 30th
Jan 16, 2018 • 0 min
Status returns on January 30th with the stories of 3 Dreamers whose lives are impacted by the President’s decision to end DACA and the political games that have followed. - Will Congress Actually Grapple With…
People Power
Jul 24, 2017 • 23 min
In the last episode of Season 1 of Status, Michael and Daniel share how dictatorship affected the way that they bonded and became the lens through which they see many parts of the world. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Best Little Boy in the World
Jul 10, 2017 • 38 min
Michael and Daniel have had to navigate being gay in 4 different countries. It’s one of the many reasons they fell in love. Michael was born in the Philippines, but he grew up in Sydney, Australia before his family moved to the US. Daniel spent his…
Something I Live With
May 26, 2017 • 24 min
Gali’s parents are undocumented, and that means she has to live with a lot. Here’s that wonderful piece from The Establishment that I talked about. You should check it out. Jenn captures a lot of what I’m trying to do with the stories on Status while…
Parallel Story
Apr 25, 2017 • 8 min
Juan is a Ph.D. student at Stanford, and early on in life, his academic success was at odds with what was expected of a Latino, immigrant student. In this mini episode, Juan breaks down how he and his mother, Patricia, worked through those expectations.…
Windows and Doors
Apr 12, 2017 • 28 min
Patricia moved with her son, Juan, to Kansas City from Colombia in 1992. When Patricia left an abusive partner, she and Juan had to figure out a new plan for their future. Website iTunes Pocket Casts/Other See for privacy and opt-out…
Mar 28, 2017 • 1 min
No new episode this week, but you should check out these episodes on sanctuary, from one of my favorite shows, 99% Invisible. Church (Sanctuary, Part 1) State (Sanctuary, Part 2) See for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 16, 2017 • 17 min
Edward, his parents, and his younger brother moved to the US almost 14 years ago. About 4 years ago, his parents moved back to Mexico. Now Edward is graduating college and trying to figure out what’s next. Website iTunes Pocket Casts See…
Relatively Local
Mar 2, 2017 • 30 min
Ariha is a writer from Mumbai and New York, depending on the day you ask her. Clark is an engineer from Menlo Park, CA. They met on a snowboarding trip, and within a couple of weeks, immigration had already impacted their relationship. Don’t forget to…
That’s Not How It Works!
Feb 15, 2017 • 8 min
When the US Embassy in Sweden has a massive computer glitch, Nathan travels to Canada to figure out his options by himself. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 1, 2017 • 15 min
President Trump signed an executive order that bans entry into the US for citizens of 7 majority-muslim countries, even if travelers have valid US visas or green cards. Protest have sprung up all over the US, starting at JFK and Dulles airports. In this…
Nicer Place to Be
Jan 18, 2017 • 21 min
Kate and Nathan have lived all over the world. It’s how they met. But when graduate school finally brings the both of them back to the States, they want to stick around for a while. Of course it’s never quite that easy. Status is a show about immigration…
Welcome to Status
Jan 12, 2017 • 0 min
Status is a show about immigration and relationships. First episode launches this week. Subscribe! -Matt See for privacy and opt-out information.