Creator Sharon Mashihi discusses her new podcast: a one-woman show that straddles the line between fiction and truth

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There’s the family you grew up with: your mom, your dad, your siblings. And then, there’s the family you carry around in your head for the rest of your life. “Appearances” is about that second family, the one that lives within you.

From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia, “Appearances” brings to life an Iranian American family and community through the real and fantastical mental machinations of main character Melanie Barzadeh. The show touches on themes of motherhood, relationships, and what it’s like to be a first-generation immigrant in the United States.

We spoke to the show’s creator, Sharon Mashihi, about how this project came to be, what it was like to do most of the voice acting herself (!), how the show reflects her past experiences, and influences who she is today. …


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