Polite Conversations

Polite Conversations

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A podcast discussing, religion, politics, sexuali…


Episode 57: Spoooooky Conversations (High IQ Horror Stories)
Oct 31 • 45 min
Hello hello goblins and ghouls! Here’s a special episode of High IQ horror stories from the skeptosphere for you…. …stories of traditional gender roles, of allying with evangelicals to own the libs, of rehabilitating accused sexual predators, of having…
Episode 56 - Thoughts on Sam Harris’ ‘Thoughts on White Supremacy’
Sep 18 • 64 min
Sam’s recent episode on white supremacy was really something. And for him to have recorded this just after the Gilroy and El Paso shootings is truly obnoxious. It was just so shockingly bad….even by IDW standards - I had to share my thoughts on it. Of…
Panel 20 - The Rightwing Spin Machine Ft. The Serfs
Aug 19 • 68 min
Join me and popular LeftTubers The Serfs for a conversation about The Rightwing Spin Machine! We cover everything from Andy Ngo to the IDW. Find them on YT here: https://www.youtube.com/theserfstv Here’s a link to their video on Andy Ngo:…
Episode 55 - Rubinology 101 with Timbah on Toast
Jun 27 • 93 min
Timbah and I got together to chat about his excellent series on Dave Rubin. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3TPxQao3m0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3h9YyzqBxs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2LOvoDCPS8 You can check out my Rubin…
Panel 19: Quebec’s Proposed Religious Symbol Ban
May 8 • 63 min
This panel episode is a discussion on Quebec’s proposed Religious Symbol Ban, Bill 21, that would prohibit public servants in positions of authority from wearing any religious symbols. I’m joined by Ian Bushfield (@ibushfield), Executive Director of BC…
Panel 18: The Christchurch Attack & Online Radicalization
Apr 4 • 103 min
This episode i’m joined by Youtubers from New Zealand,Tim Blake @tomotamvotir and Nick Moa @MoaVideos , to discuss the tragic anti muslim terror attack in Christchurch. you can find Tim’s Youtube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/demotivatoropinion…
Episode 54 : Asifa Lahore - British Muslim Transgender Drag Queen
Mar 3 • 60 min
Join me and Asifa for an in-depth conversation about everything from… going to mosque as a trans woman to… sex, porn and erections! You can follow Asifa on Twitter @asifalahore Check out my previous episode with her here:…
PC Panel 17 (part 2) - Are Campus ‘SJWs’ destroying Western Civilization?
Jan 10 • 33 min
Here’s part two of Panel 17, if you haven’t heard the first part, you can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/politeconversations/pc-panel-17-part-1-are-campus-sjws-destroying-western-civilization If you enjoy the show pls consider supporting via…
PC Panel 17 (part 1) - Are Campus ‘SJWs’ destroying Western Civilization?
Jan 7 • 65 min
Join me for the first part of a fascinating discussion with a panel of Professors, lecturers & PhDs (@Katja_Thieme, @Matthewasears, @ETVPod) - all people who are immersed in present-day campus culture, much more than myself. We talk about the fears…
Episode 53 - Hindu Far Right
Dec 10, 2018 • 74 min
This episode, I’m joined by “Ravi”, he’s an Indian immigrant to the US, an atheist familiar with the horrendous directions online movement atheism has taken, and someone generally in the know about the western alt/far-right - All of which puts him in a…
PC Panel 16 (pt 2) - Is Sunlight the Best Disinfectant?
Nov 15, 2018 • 58 min
A continuation from last week’s panel episode with Youtuber Destiny and Guardian columnist @NesrineMalik - if you haven’t heard the first part yet, you can find that here: https://soundcloud.com/politeconversations/panel16 or on the Polite Conversations…
PC Panel 16 (pt 1) - Is Sunlight the Best Disinfectant?
Nov 7, 2018 • 92 min
Join me, youtuber Destiny and Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik for a closer look at this question. Part 2 is out next week. Follow Nesrine: @nesrinemalik and Destiny can be found on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/destiny Nesrine’s articles…
Episode 52 - Orientalism (in Disney’s Aladdin) w Prof Matthew Sears
Oct 20, 2018 • 68 min
For this episode, I’ve got Matthew Sears @matthewasears, Professor of Classics at The University of NB joining me to discuss Orientalism in Disney’s Aladdin. Specific, I know, but it’s something i’ve thought about a lot. It was a wonderfully rich…
PC Panel 15 - Rape Culture
Oct 5, 2018 • 107 min
Join me, Feminist, social scientist Dr. Kristi Winters (@Kwintie) and Peterson fan, Jason @Liggi for a discussion on the term ‘Rape Culture’ - we discuss Kavanaugh, but pls bear in mind this was recorded on Tuesday so it may not cover the latest details.…
Episode 51 - Christopher Stroop, Exvangelical activist and writer
Sep 11, 2018 • 100 min
Here’s my chat with the wonderful Chris Stroop (@C_Stroop), Exvangelical activist and writer, creator of #EmptyThePews. We talk, Trump, Russia, Bannon, Exvangelical & Ex Muslim communities, and much more. You can find his blog here:…
Episode 50 - Celebrating 50 eps with a Patron Chat!
Aug 24, 2018 • 76 min
We talk Alex Jones being taken off fb/YT, Twitter’s Jack, the IDW, ‘are confrontational convos all that productive?’… and much more…. —- Shoutout to all the patrons who make this show possible, and than you to those who made it to the chat! Give em a…
Episode 49 - Michael Brooks
Jul 25, 2018 • 66 min
I hope you enjoy this episode with Michael Brooks (host of the Michael Brooks Show and co-host of Majority Report with Sam Seder), we had lots of laughs, his IDW impressions are on point. ;) His pronunciation of ‘Pakistan’ puts mine to shame. I promise…
Episode 48 - Christian Picciolini
Jul 12, 2018 • 70 min
This episode, join me and Christian Picciolini, former neo-nazi and founder of Life After Hate (an organization that helps people leave hate groups) for a wonderful discussion. Yes, we discuss the Sam Harris controversy, as well as a whole lot more. A…
Episode 46 - Sex, Booze, Ramadan & Eating Disorders
Jun 14, 2018 • 34 min
Sex, Booze, Ramadan & Eating Disorders…are not things u would usually see grouped together… But here on Polite Conversations, I do love exploring a weird intersection. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar, and considered one of the most…
Episode 45 - Misogyny & the Manosphere (Part 2)
May 23, 2018 • 63 min
Here’s part two of the episode about the Manosphere. If you haven’t listened to part one, you can find that here https://soundcloud.com/politeconversations/episode-44-misogyny-the-manosphere-part-1 Some other relevant links to what was discussed: Trump…
Episode 44 - Misogyny & the Manosphere (part 1)
May 15, 2018 • 73 min
This episode (part 1 of 2) I have Manosphere expert Kevin Logan @KFLogan and former MRA/MGTOW David Sherratt @4lternate_facts joining me to shed some light on what the ‘Manosphere’ is & how it intersects with the alt right and racism. We discuss various…
PC Panel 14 - Are too Many Atheists Veering Dangerously Towards the Alt Right?
Apr 19, 2018 • 93 min
This episode I have @ChrisDStedman who wrote the ‘controversial’ Vice piece with the same title…and James Croft (@JFLCroft) who wrote another piece delving deeper into the issue joining me to explore this question. You can read both their pieces here:…
Episode 43 - Alex Jones’ Ex Wife, Kelly Jones
Apr 10, 2018 • 54 min
A conversation with Alex Jones’ ex wife. Follow her on twitter @AlexJones_Ex
AMA 1 - Peterson, Movement Atheism, Modesty garb & More!
Apr 3, 2018 • 81 min
Here is AMA 1 - finally! —— Note: in the email I read from a person who is being attracted to Peterson’s work… I mention that we can have disagreements with the left and still be on the left..and how there shouldn’t be a strict orthodoxy - I want to…
PC Panel 13 (Part 2) - Lawrence Krauss: Allegations & Responses
Mar 22, 2018 • 62 min
This is a continuation from last week’s episode with @TheGodlessMama, @seriouspod (Thomas Smith) & @Chrisiousity. If you haven’t heard that yet - I recommend you check that out first. You can find it here:…
PC Panel 13 (Part 1) - Lawrence Krauss: Allegations & Responses
Mar 12, 2018 • 80 min
Join me, @Chrisiousity, @TheGodlessMama & Thomas Smith (@Seriouspod) for a discussion about the allegations against Krauss and the general responses in the atheist scene. In this panel, I have an email from Sam Harris to read out as well. Please bear in…
PC Panel 12 - The intersection of Religion & Tech
Feb 28, 2018 • 117 min
This episode, I’ve got two tech people @bobcaswell & @loremgibson who are also ex-religionists, joining me to discuss fun topics like Mormon Transhumanism, ‘what happens to nose jobs after resurrection’, practising Islam in space, ISIS debates on autotune…
PC Panel 11 - Contrapoints & Hbomberguy on ‘Engaging the Other Side’
Jan 24, 2018 • 104 min
We chat about Social media, Leftist Youtube, ‘engaging the other side’ and deflecting tactics that cause discourse in general to devolve into nothingness..Enjoy! ——- Re: Pinker I think it’s totally fair to be upset at anyone who misrepresented him as an…
PC Panel Discussion 10 - Fascist Feminism
Jan 3, 2018 • 66 min
You’ve heard the Fascist Fashion episodes, now its time for a deep dive into ‘Fascist Feminism’. Recently some Alt Right women have been speaking out against Alt Right men who mistreat them and tell them to basically fit the tradwife roles they’ve all…
Episode 42 - Christmas in Saudi
Dec 24, 2017 • 15 min
Hi all! Here’s a short Xmas msg from me, sharing some thoughts and memories from my experiences with Christmas in Saudi Arabia. Now of course not everyone living in Saudi had these experiences. There are many bubbles of existence there, I was fortunate to…
Episode 41 - David Pakman
Dec 14, 2017 • 43 min
Join me for a great discussion with talk show host and political commentator David Pakman (@dpakman). We discuss the controversial topic of race & IQ (which David had an excellent video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE9jiPyLYZA), engaging extremists…
PC Panel Discussion 9: Saudi Feminists & The Alt Right
Dec 4, 2017 • 85 min
Two young Saudi women (Jay and Sarah) join me for this Panel. We talk life in Saudi, what Saudi feminism is focusing on these days, how Saudi women’s voices and causes are often hijacked by the Western right and anti feminists, MRA’s, etc. They discuss…
Episode 40 Jon Ronson, The Butterfly Effect
Nov 1, 2017 • 57 min
Jon Ronson (@JonRonson) joins me this episode to chat about his latest project, The Butterfly Effect…A truly fascinating and moving audio documentary, about the ripple effects of the availability of free streamable pirated porn on Pornhub. You can find it…
Episode 39 Mythicist MilWhatHappened?
Oct 26, 2017 • 83 min
This Episode Thomas Smith joins me to discuss wth happened at Secular conference Mythicist Milwaukee, where he was invited to interview Youtuber Sargon of Akkad. If you’ve been following the drama, then you know how divisive and controversial it’s been.…
Episode 38 - Fascist Fashion w/Contrapoints pt. 2
Oct 12, 2017 • 113 min
Join me and the lovely Contra as we discuss the weird world of fashy fashion. If you haven’t heard part one yet, you can find that here: https://soundcloud.com/politeconversations/fascistfashion Do check out Contra’s excellent ‘Decrypting the Alt Right’…
The Rightward shift of Islam Critics - A speech for BC Humanist Association.
Oct 12, 2017 • 43 min
If you’re able to watch this on YouTube I’d recommend that, since with visual aids it’s so much better : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej-biPgGMzE But if not, the audio works too :) *** I did a speech via Skype over in BC a couple of weeks ago, a big…
Episode 37 - Antifa & The Far Right in Canada
Sep 17, 2017 • 96 min
I chat with Journalist Evan Balgord (@ebalgord) who covers the Canadian far-right and antifa. He’s been on the ground for a lot of the rallies and provides some very interesting insights. The rising far right in Canada is not covered enough in my opinion,…
Episode 36 - Mike Stuchbery, Historical Smackdowns: PJW edition
Sep 1, 2017 • 53 min
This episode, historian @MikeStuchbery_ joins me to discuss his epic factual-Twitter-smackdown of Paul Joseph Watson. You know PJW right? The guy from Infowars who got upset over a BBC short that depicted a black guy in Roman Britain. We talk about how…
Episode 35 - The Devolving Youtube Skeptic Scene - w Vadim Newquist of the Creationist Cat channel
Aug 22, 2017 • 89 min
Join me and @vadimnewquist from the popular Creationist Cat channel as we discuss the ins and outs of the Youtube skeptic/atheist scene. He breaks down the shifts in the community and discusses strange bedfellows. This is a pretty YouTube specific…
My thoughts on Charlottesville
Aug 14, 2017 • 17 min
My thoughts on Charlottesville by Eiynah
PC Panel Discussion 8: Linda Sarsour, Sharia & Feminism
Aug 9, 2017 • 75 min
Join me, Thomas Smith from the excellent Serious Inquiries Only Podcast (@seriouspod) , and @ShireenQudosi - Trump supporting, Sufi Reformist Muslim Director of Muslim Matters at America Matters - As we have a fiery discussion about Trump, Linda Sarsour,…
Episode 34 Fascist Fashion w/Contrapoints
Jul 20, 2017 • 96 min
I got together with my fave youtuber Contrapoints for a weirdly specific conversation about Fascist Fashion, Emoji Nazism and the frightening possibility of #LOLJihad. This convo was every bit as awesome/disturbing as it sounds :D —— Mother Jones…
Episode 33 - Masturbating while Muslim
Jul 6, 2017 • 62 min
This episode I chat with writer Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani) - He gives us a rare look into Muslim ‘NoFap’ reddit culture, and Muslim MRAs, ‘AlphaMuslims’, etc. As a journalist interested in these subjects he’s delved into these online subcultures quite a…
Episode 32 - Cathy Young: SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) vs. Anti-SJWs & Polarized Politics
Jun 15, 2017 • 147 min
This episode I speak with journalist Cathy Young, who sometimes refers to herself as a “dissident feminist” - She’s a former Milo ally, with some interesting insights into the anti social justice scene. We discuss the Social Justice Warrior (SJW) vs Anti…
Episode 31 - Saqib Tanveer: “The Blasphemy Law Should be upheld in Pakistan”
May 18, 2017 • 114 min
This episode I’m joined by Pakistani Journalist Saqib Tanveer (@saqibtanveer), who recently wrote a controversial piece, about the lynching of a Pakistani student over allegations of blasphemy. His piece was removed by the publication that published it…
Episode 30 - Raza Rumi: Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan, Surviving an Islamist Attack
May 8, 2017 • 73 min
This episode, I’ve got prominent Pakistani journalist and TV anchor Raza Rumi (@RazaRumi). He was attacked by gunmen in 2014 for being an outspoken critic of the Taliban and just islamism in general. https://www.dawn.com/news/1096198 Luckily he survived,…
Episode 29: Asifa Lahore - Muslim Drag Queen
Apr 26, 2017 • 60 min
This episode, hear me chat with the inspiring, gorgeous, eloquent Asifa Lahore. We talk about how she reconciles being gay and Muslim, doing drag while still adhering to religion. She’s a fascinating person! Asifa is creating change & pushing boundaries…
Ep 28 - Hina Husain: I Gave my Mom Shrooms so she would Open up About my Father’s Death
Apr 11, 2017 • 78 min
Join me, as I talk to Pakistani-Canadian Hina Husain (@HinaTweetsNow) about her experience giving her mom psychedelics to cope with emotional baggage. As Muslim kids, many of us **joke** about ‘spiking the Ramadan punch’, or serving magic brownies, just…
PC Panel Discussion 7: London Attack - Attitudes in the Aftermath
Mar 28, 2017 • 118 min
In the wake of the recent London attacks, my thoughts are with those who lost friends and loved ones, with the victims of this barbaric attack. I wish we could say that this type of thing could never happen again…but sadly we see many such attacks…
PC Panel Discussion 6: Free Speech - The Right vs. SJWs
Mar 24, 2017 • 85 min
Join Me and the legal podcast team from “Opening Arguments” (@Openargs) - which includes Harvard Lawyer Andrew Torrez and his Co-host Thomas Smith, as we discuss the “SJWs are the worst threat to freedom of speech even in the face of Trump” narrative.…
The Complexity of Critiquing Islam Under Trump: Distinguishing between liberals & illiberals
Mar 11, 2017 • 12 min
The Complexity of Critiquing Islam Under Trump: Distinguishing between liberals & illiberals by Eiynah
Episode 27 - Contrapoints: Islamophilia? Crossdressing…and Kink, oh my!
Mar 8, 2017 • 111 min
Joining me this episode is YouTuber @contrapoints. His videos are full of wit, humour, cross-dressing and takedowns of terrible alt-right arguments. Things that have resurfaced recently, but the left doesn’t engage with effectively. He answers questions…
PC Panel Discussion 5 - Trans 101
Feb 26, 2017 • 109 min
Join me, Trans activist Callie Wright (@gaytheistcallie) and Jason Liggi (@liggi - our cis-het white male perspective) for a Panel discussion on Trans issues. —— Cisgender: denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender…
Dan Savage on Milo
Feb 20, 2017 • 9 min
A few weeks ago, before Milo’s Real Time Appearance, and before his pedophilia-defending stuff surface in the mainstream. I had a wonderful conversation with Dan Savage - one of the topics we touched upon was Milo Yiannopolous. Dan rightly describes him…
Episode 26 - Life in Saudi w/Ali Rizvi “The Atheist Muslim”
Feb 17, 2017 • 90 min
Join me and my good friend Ali Rizvi for a conversation about Life in Saudi Arabia. Ali and I share a very similar geographical background. We both grew up as Pakistani expats in Saudi in fairly liberal Muslim families. It’s always fun to compare notes……
Episode 25 - Life in Saudi Arabia: Burqas & Bras
Feb 6, 2017 • 41 min
Join me for the second interview in my ‘life in Saudi Arabia’ series. I chat with a Saudi feminist now based in the UK, about her life growing up, the first time she put an a’abaya (modesty cloak thing) on, the strange contradictions of living in a…
Hijab Glorification: Thoughts on the Shepard Fairey Poster
Jan 29, 2017 • 9 min
Here are some thought’s to accompany my latest series of illustrations on my blog: http://nicemangos.blogspot.ca/2017/01/hijab-glorification-thoughts-on-shepard.html?zx=7de05f8fb0b125d1 They are meant as a response to the Shepard Fairey poster. Here is…
Episode 24 - Dan Savage
Jan 24, 2017 • 44 min
(This Episode was recorded before the inauguration) Join me and Dan Savage for an honest conversation about the Left’s response to minorities within minorities like ex muslims, even muslims who are critical of things like homophobia, misogyny within their…
Episode 23: Life in Saudi Arabia - #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen
Jan 18, 2017 • 50 min
Join me and Saudi Activist Moudhi (@Moudhi90) as we talk about life in Saudi Arabia. She studied Sharia Law, so she has some pretty shocking insights about the Saudi legal system. I mean, I knew it was bad, but its still shocking to hear it all the same.…
Episode 22 - Irshad Manji
Jan 4, 2017 • 57 min
Join me and Irshad for a wonderful conversation, where we both nudge and challenge each other. Despite some pretty fundamental differences (belief vs. disbelief), Irshad has always been an inspiration to me. She is someone I admire a great deal, even if…
12 Days of Haraam-mas
Dec 23, 2016 • 3 min
Written, sang, created, coordinated & produced by godless heathens. Tis the season, Sing along now: On the first day of Haraam-mas, Shaitaan gave to me… An apostate in a free country! On the 2nd day of Haraam-mas, Shaitaan gave to me… 2 nice mangos and an…
Episode 21 - Non Offending Pedophile
Dec 16, 2016 • 68 min
A conversation with a non offending pedophile. A very difficult subject to navigate through, possibly one of the hardest conversations i’ve ever had. So many mixed feelings. Here are some of the articles referenced: My original email interview with other…
Episode 20 - Nick Cohen : Crisis in Conservatism
Dec 8, 2016 • 60 min
Here’s my chat with British Journalist and Author Nick Cohen. Nick is really such a gem of a person. Consistent and principled in calling out bad ideas on all sides…like almost no one else. A much needed sensible voice in today’s political climate. Join…
Episode 19 - Robert Spencer
Nov 27, 2016 • 118 min
Dear listeners, My apologies for the delayed release. This past week I have lost a childhood friend as well as a close relative. So I’ve been traveling, and things have been up in the air for a while. Robert has tweeted about this as some sort of plot to…
Episode 18 - Election rant with Eli Bosnick
Nov 18, 2016 • 113 min
Join me and regressive cuck @EliBosnick from Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies & SkepticRat for a chat about the US election, America wtf have you done?! In this battle of alt right vs. regressive left, I feel some proprtionality has been lost, and…
Episode 17 - Sam Harris
Nov 6, 2016 • 177 min
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Sam Harris! We had an excellent, robust discussion on a variety of topics. We didn’t necessarily agree on everything, but even in disagreement Sam is an absolute pleasure to speak with. I admire his…
Episode 16 - Halloween Special with Lucien Greaves of The Satanic Temple
Oct 30, 2016 • 94 min
For this episode, the co founder of The Satanic Temple returns to the show for a discussion about offensive halloween costumes, cultural appropriation, whether pumpkins have anything to do with white privilege…Satanic cultural identity, conspiracy theory…
PC Panel Discussion 4 - Australian Hate Speech Laws (Part 2)
Oct 8, 2016 • 72 min
A continuation of last week’s episode on Australian hate speech laws. In this part we discuss the Cronulla Riots, and how our backgrounds shape our views on this subject. My guest Ben (@Atticus_Amber) is a lawyer who works in the building where the Lindt…
PC Panel Discussion 4 - Australian Hate Speech Laws (Part 1)
Sep 30, 2016 • 63 min
I have to say this was a heavy subject to discuss as an outsider, but tremendously educational. Even looking up some of the stuff later, that came up in conversation like the Cronulla riots, definitely provided me with more context to the level of…
Episode 15 - Michael Sherlock: opposing tribes & “befriending bigots”
Sep 23, 2016 • 74 min
[Sorry for all the sound effects. Michael’s neighbours were drilling and hammering, I was recording in my basement for the first (and last) time..where it turns out the mic picks up the sound of water going through the pipes] **** Here’s my chat with…
Justin Trudeau : Feminism & Mosque Visits
Sep 14, 2016 • 12 min
A short 12 minute mini-episode/rant on Justin’s recent visit to a mosque where women were not permitted on the main floor and had to watch from the balcony. Tweets referenced : https://twitter.com/davidakin/status/775329687614722048…
PC Panel Discssion 3 - The Burkini/hijab/niqab debate
Sep 1, 2016 • 111 min
What happens when four women of Muslim background with varied opinions discuss Islamic modesty clothing? Fireworks! Join Me, Sarah Haider (co-founder of Ex Muslims of North America), Hoda Katebi (Muslim Iranian fashion blogger), Hala Arafa (former…
Non Conference Speech - Reclaiming the Left : The space between Terror & Trump
Aug 14, 2016 • 15 min
I spoke via skype at the non conference on Saturday Aug 13th. The audio was a bit unclear so I re-recorded it on my end, for those who wanted to hear.
Episode 14 - Ex Zoroastrian Priest
Aug 8, 2016 • 61 min
“Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. It was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago.” (BBC) Join me as I speak to a former member, Zubin Madon, of a rarely heard about religion. In…
PC Panel Discussion 2 - Freedom of Speech & Social Media Bans
Jul 26, 2016 • 124 min
A panel discussion with @westerspace and @elibosnick regarding the recent Milo ban from Twitter. Just heading out, will add to the podcast notes later. Pls consider supporting the show via Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/nicemangos…
Episode 13 - Lucien Greaves Cofounder & spokesperson for The Satanic Temple
Jul 25, 2016 • 69 min
After the last couple of episodes being stressful and debate-y, what could be better than a cute, fluffy episode on Satanism?
Episode 12 (part 2): Tarek Fatah
Jul 16, 2016 • 51 min
At the end of the podcast there are a few Urdu words, loose translation: Tarek: Go find your (future) kids a ‘white school’ - oh but all schools here (in Canada) are white Me: Oh yeah … all schools here are white… whatever should i do now (sarcasm) Him:…
Episode 12 (part 1): Tarek Fatah
Jul 6, 2016 • 65 min
Tarek and I may agree on the basic fact that Islamism is a huge problem, that isn’t adequately being addressed….you’ll quickly see we disagree on many things as well. Starting from the weather :P But in more seriousness, I am a harsh critic of Islam, who…
Saudi Attacks : The Nothing to do with Islam Phenomenon
Jul 5, 2016 • 15 min
Some quick thoughts on Saudi Arabia and yesterday’s multiple attacks…and how people are using attacks near a holy site as some sort of proof of ISIS’ non-muslim status. Saudi is a place i have so many different feelings for. Read more about the Conquest…
PC Panel Discussion 1 : Haramadan Edition ft. Ali Rizvi, Faisal Al Mutar
Jul 1, 2016 • 102 min
Join me, Ali Rizvi, and Faisal Al Mutar for a fun and *polite* conversation. We discuss the Ex-Muslim/Muslim identity, the necessity of labels, Ramadan of course, US presidential candidates, Justin Timberlake and much much more. :D Follow Ali Rizvi…
Episode 10 - Bina Shah
Jun 15, 2016 • 94 min
Join me and New York Times Columnist Bina Shah for a Polite Conversation about Feminism (Islamic and intersectional) , Religion, Cultural appropriation, Sam Harris and Dawkins. Here is a link to the poll i mention:…
Orlando - caught between denialists and bigots
Jun 13, 2016 • 17 min
My thoughts on Sunday’s deadly terror attack in Orlando and on what we should be doing to combat homophobia in all communities. An appeal to Western liberals. Here’s a link to My Chacha is Gay:…
Episode 9 - Saba Ahmed: Trump supporting Muslim
Jun 7, 2016 • 50 min
I’ve got quite the episode for you today. Sorry it took so long to release. After I finished recording it a couple of weeks ago, I had a cold.. *again* - and needed to record some postscript comments to insert, so I waited around to sound a bit better.…
Episode 8 - Sohail Ahmed, Ex Salafi extremist turned gay activist
May 10, 2016 • 64 min
I chat with @SohailPakBrit about his incredible journey from being a former extremist who at one point considered carrying out attacks…to a secular gay activist. We discuss our different experiences growing up Muslim, him in Britain and me in Saudi…
Episode 7 - Passover
Apr 29, 2016 • 79 min
An ex-Muslim and an ex-orthodox Jew walk into a Skype conversation… Join us as we talk about Passover, Spiritual impurity in women during menstruation, post-wedding consummation rituals, ritual baths, animal sacrifice, chicken whirling, and all sorts of…
Snippets from a previous #PoliteConversation - Mansplaining
Apr 19, 2016 • 0 min
A 25 second bit from my conversation with Conner Habib, about how easily people get upset with Richard Dawkins for saying the simplest things…because he’s a man… however seem totally fine with the pages and pages of mansplaining contained within the holy…
Episode 6 - Charlie Hebdo Editorial: How Did We End Up Here?
Apr 6, 2016 • 21 min
So a bit of a practice episode, many of you asked for my thoughts on the recent “controversial” Charlie Hebdo editorial, so here you go! https://charliehebdo.fr/en/edito/how-did-we-end-up-here/ I mention Teju Cole’s article too, you can read that here:…
Episode 5 - Ali Rizvi: The Hostage Episode
Mar 26, 2016 • 58 min
It’s been quite a wild ride to have this episode of Polite Conversations returned to me. It was returned butchered, with some really nasty messages about me, inserted into it. Some random ads were placed in as well. So, the quality/flow of sound is not…
Episode 3 - Conner Habib - Twitter battles, Atheism, Dawkins
Feb 25, 2016 • 67 min
Conner Habib is a writer, lecturer, and sex worker advocate.He has appeared in nearly 200 adult scenes and is the Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, which works to improve the experiences, safety, and health of porn performers. He…
Episode 2 - Aliyah Saleem - Seduced by Extremism
Feb 25, 2016 • 90 min
In this Episode we chat with the excellent Aliyah Saleem. Ex-Muslim activist, and co-founder of http://faithtofaithless.com/ . We talk to her about being seduced by the extremist ideology of Islamic school Al Huda, bizarre notions of women’s empowerment…
Episode 1 - Maryam Namazie
Feb 22, 2016 • 76 min
We kick off our the first episode of our show with activist Maryam Namazie. Yes, it’s *that* episode that got us banned from YouTube twice.
Episode 4 - John Semley - Is Charlie Hebdo Racist?
Feb 17, 2016 • 63 min
YouTube link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBve1K6u2X8&feature=youtu.be Books Columnist John Semley (@johnsemley3000) from Canadian paper The Globe & Mail joins us to discuss his review of Charb’s posthumous book called Open Letter. Do check out his…