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Foreign National explores the stories and sounds impacted by the globalization of culture. Tune in every Tuesday as your host, Erik Bruner-Yang, explores how people discover their own sense of self identity through the discovery of other worlds.

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    Jason Caddel of Dismemberment Plan

    Jason Caddel of indie-rock band Dismemberment Plan joins this weeks episode of Foreign National.

    This episode is supported by Compass, the future of real estate in the Metro DC Area and beyond. Discover it at compass.com.

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    Raymond Wong, Chinese lion dancer/trainer

    This week's guest on Foreign National is Raymond Wong, Chinese lion dancer/trainer. Raymond talks about cultural Chinese traditions and foods along with the history of DC's Chinatown.

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    Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

    This week's guest on Foreign National is Adriel Luis, a musician, poet, visual artist, curator and coder from the California Bay Area. Adriel is currently based in Washington, D.C. as the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where his team has been developing a series of “culture labs” as community-created alternatives to traditional museum exhibitions. He is also a founding member of the psychedelic spoken word collective iLL-Literacy, and moonlights on design projects with artists and non-profits. Adriel frequently travels, with particular interest in how digital space shapes global communities.

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    Coach Derrick McCrae

    This week's guest on Foreign National is Derrick McCrae, little league coach, community leader and former music industry manager.

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    Todd Thrasher, bartender, distiller and sommerlier

    Todd Thrasher, a DC bartender, distiller and sommelier who has received consistent recognition from the James Beard Foundation as one of the country’s “Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professionals.", joins the first episode of Foreign National to talk to hosts Erik Bruner-Yang and Seda Nak about the concept behind Brothers & Sisters, cocktails, identity, hospitality and more.