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Desi Voters, COVID-19, and the 2020 Election: Episode 10 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

Republican Rik Mehta is challenging incumbent Cory Booker for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey this November. (Courtesy, Rik Mehta)

In New Jersey, the number of voters with roots in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other Asian countries is growing six times faster than the general voting population. Yet, despite the potential for more power at the ballot box, longtime divisions are surfacing over religion, economic status and country of origin.

In the latest episode of A Better Life?, journalist Sabeena Singhani – Feet in 2 Worlds’ 2020 Election Fellow – examines the increasingly complex political landscape in her home state, just days before Election Day 2020.

A Better Life? is a ten-part series about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on immigrants across the U.S. Read more about the series here.


Fi2W is supported by The Ford Foundation, the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Listening Post Collective, an anonymous donor and readers like you.

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Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.