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Each week, Ahmed Ali Akbar covers everything that American Muslims are talking about right now — misrepresentation in the media, equality in the mosque, Ashad memes, and much more.


The Democratic Debates and Reclaiming The Narrative
Aug 6 • 26 min
The July 30th and 31st Democratic debates had 20 (TWENTY!) candidates on stage. So, what do Muslim folks working in PR think about how the candidates fared? We invited on Firdaus Arastu, political consultant and activist, to discuss her work, how…
Ramy
Jul 23 • 43 min
Ahmed talks to Ramy Youssef, the writer and creator behind the Hulu show “Ramy” and the HBO Comedy Special “Feelings.” They discuss representation, future Muslim TV shows they hope to see, and why it’s important to resist being “the…
Follow Me, Akhi
Jul 13 • 36 min
Journalist Hussein Kesvani’s new book, “Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims” covers the many ways British Muslims use the internet. So Ahmed invites Hussein on for a cross-Atlantic conversation on growing up online. They talk…
Eid and Aladdin Snacks
Jun 17 • 32 min
Ramadan and Eid zoomed by and in the meantime, Ahmed watched the new live-action Guy Ritchie Aladdin movie… and turns out kind of enjoyed it? Controversial, yes, but you have to speak your truth. So we’re joined this week by Nida Abbasi and…
The Honest Struggle
May 30 • 53 min
American Muslims have long participated in the struggle against mass incarceration, and this Ramadan, we speak to three people who can help us make sense of where things stand now. First, we talk to Sadiq Davis on his reentry journey through Muslim…
Brown Boy Syndrome
May 14 • 33 min
Ramadan Mubarak! We’re happily loopy from our first week of fasting. In this episode, Ahmed talks to New York Times best-selling novelist, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Her novel, “A Place For Us,” explores the relationships between the children and…
We’re Back and Just in Time for Ramadan
Apr 30 • 23 min
See Something Say Something is officially back, but we need your help! We’ve shifted to an independent, crowdfunding model; bear with us as we spend a few minutes discussing our new Patreon and how your donations will help us make the show. A big…
What exactly is Vogue Arabia, anyway?
Apr 9 • 22 min
Ahmed’s back for another short SSSS newsbrief! Salimah joins the podcast to talk about the three Somali models featured on April’s Vogue Arabia cover, the freshmen Muslim congresswomen, Jordan Peele’s “Us,” and the attacks on Mali. PLUS: we have a…
Processing Christchurch
Mar 22 • 25 min
Ahmed and Abu are back for a one-off episode processing the murder of 50 people in the Christchurch, New Zealand masjids by a white supremacist. Stay subscribed to the feed and our social feeds for more updates on the future of the show after BuzzFeed…
👀👋🏽
Nov 14, 2018 • 64 min
Ahmed and See Something Say Something are leaving BuzzFeed News — so we’re taking a moment to reflect with Bim Adewunmi, Tabir Akhter, and Sara Yasin. Ahmed talks candidly about what the show set out to do, the future of See Something Say Something, and…
The Power Of Anger (And Comedy) with Aamer Rahman
Sep 21, 2018 • 37 min
Comedian Aamer Rahman’s viral stand-up bit on “Reverse Racism” is a sharp, thoughtful, and hilarious take on a microaggression that has always been a struggle to respond to. Aamer joins us on the show this week to continue schooling us on political…
It’s My Party and I’ll Run if I Want To
Sep 14, 2018 • 26 min
This week, we’ve got an elections update! Ahead of midterm elections, we’re checking in with BuzzFeed News reporters on the Muslim candidates that ran for office this year. Talal Ansari gives us an update on everyone from Ilhan Omar to Rashida Tlaib and…
Mangoes & Memories Vol. 3: Preserving Culture Through Food
Sep 7, 2018 • 38 min
We’re back with the final installment of our food series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories explores food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode is about the Gullah/Geechee community and their fight to maintain their culture and…
Mangoes & Memories Vol 2: The Great Secret WhatsApp Mango Trade
Aug 31, 2018 • 36 min
Mangoes are one of the world’s most treasured fruit, but for Indian and Pakistani immigrants, it’s nearly impossible to get the beloved Alphonso and Chaunsa varietals in America. In this episode, we explore why some people are willing to pay nearly $9 a…
Mangoes & Memories Vol. 1: The Lambs of Eid Al-Adha
Aug 24, 2018 • 30 min
It’s a new food mini-series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories will explore food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode is about Eid al Adha and how some American Muslims are taking a more ethical stance towards meat consumption.…
Mental Health in the Muslim Community
Aug 17, 2018 • 27 min
This week, we’re tackling a sensitive topic: suicide and mental health services in the American Muslim community. A few weeks ago, BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Allam published a piece on the rise of suicide rates in the community and what can be done in…
Brown Girls, with Fatimah Asghar
Aug 10, 2018 • 31 min
Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani-Kashmiri poet, writer, and co-creator of the web series ‘Brown Girls,’ which is currently in development with HBO. Her new book of poems, ‘If They Come For Us,’ released this week. Ahmed talks to her about the challenges and…
The Queer Type
Aug 3, 2018 • 44 min
It’s time for another pop culture round up! This time, we’re checking in with TV Guide’s Krutika Mallikarjuna and Condeé Nast’s Muna Mire about two queer Muslims currently on TV. First, we discuss *the character Adena El-Amin from the social…
Taking The Numb Out of Numbers
Jul 27, 2018 • 39 min
Have you ever wondered how many Americans are married to their cousin? How hairy the average woman of color is? Well! Data journalist Mona Chalabi has the answers to all your weirdest queries, often with whimsical and witty illustrations. Ahmed and Mona…
Good immigrants and The World Cup
Jul 20, 2018 • 36 min
In this week’s episode, special guest host Sara Yasin steps in to discuss the most burning questions we all have about the World Cup. Like: who do you root for when there’s only European nations left in the tourney? Can we use colonial injustices as a…
The Rise of Muslim Biker Gangs And Other Lies
Jul 13, 2018 • 38 min
In this week’s episode, Ahmed discusses how anti-Muslim propaganda makes its way from Europe to the U.S. with Ishmael Daro of the BuzzFeed News Debunking Team and BuzzFeed’s VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha Syed. They also go head-to-head in…
Banned Together: SCOTUS Edition
Jul 6, 2018 • 43 min
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you think our civil liberties have eroded this past month? These are the kind of things Ahmed worries about at night. So, he invited brother-in-law, ACLU lawyer, and real-life Supreme Court WINNER Nathan Freed Wessler and…
‘Terrorist #1’ in A Chuck Norris Movie
Jun 29, 2018 • 28 min
This week Ahmed talks with comedian Maz Jobrani about growing up in America with Iranian parents, turning down terrorist roles, and why he’s re-thinking using accents in his stand-up. Follow Maz at @MazJobraniFollow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow the show…
Fan Fav: Ghee Something Say Something
Jun 22, 2018 • 37 min
Ahmed is on vacation, so he wanted y’all to hear his favorite episode: Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt your fat away. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it. Whole Foods is selling it. And the marketing language…
Ramadan Mubarak, with Fatima Ali
Jun 15, 2018 • 28 min
Eid mubarak! Concluding our Ramadan series is a very special guest, ‘Top Chef’ contestant Fatima Ali. Join us for a ‘mental quickfire challenge’ where Fatima composes an Eid meal for 6 using Ahmed’s fridge leftovers. We chat about her time on the show,…
Ramadan Mubarak, with Oddisee
Jun 8, 2018 • 28 min
Growing up in the oasis of the DMV, rapper Oddisee, aka Amir Mohammad, was surrounded by other black, immigrant, and Muslim families. On the show, he chats about how this influenced his viewpoint as a rapper and the in-between space he occupies as a…
Ramadan Mubarak, with Halima Aden
Jun 1, 2018 • 26 min
From posing in Rihanna’s Fenty campaign to gracing the covers of magazines like British Vogue and Allure, supermodel Halima Aden is taking the fashion industry by storm. The 20-year-old Somali-American legend joins us to talk about her favorite parts…
Ramadan Mubarak, With Ayman Mohyeldin
May 25, 2018 • 32 min
In the second week of our Ramadan spotlight series, we talk with Ayman Mohyeldin, anchor and host at MSNBC. Ayman has spent years as a foreign correspondent and in front of a national audience, so Ahmed asks him about objectivity in media, covering the…
Ramadan Mubarak, With Ibtihaj Muhammad!
May 18, 2018 • 27 min
RAMADAN MUBARAK!!! We’re so excited to kick off our annual, award-winning Ramadan series by speaking with Olympic bronze medalist, sabre fencer and future Barbie doll (!) Ibtihaj Muhammad. We talk to her about her conviction to fast while training,…
Ramadan Breath
May 11, 2018 • 22 min
It’s almost Ramadan! So Ahmed brings on nutritionist and dietician Nour Zibdeh to answer all the most pressing questions about how to prep for a month of fasting, focus, and fun. Plus: Nour answers listener submitted questions, like how to avoid Ramadan…
Pray For Zayn and Gigi
May 4, 2018 • 30 min
Is Thanos a thicc daddy? We get into the real issues facing our culture with all-star BuzzFeeders Bim Adewunmi and Tabir Akhter. From the internet ruining everything to why Muslims invented “orbiting,” it’s gonna be a pop-culture grab bag of an episode.…
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Apr 27, 2018 • 27 min
Iranian-American chef, author of “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” and bundle of joy Samin Nosrat joins us on the show this week. We chat about her theory behind cooking without recipes, gender and race in the kitchen and her super secret upcoming show.Follow Samin…
Episode 52: Clapback But Make It Fashion
Apr 20, 2018 • 35 min
This week we have two very different but equally exciting guests. First we speak with political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi about “sounding American,” how the East was gay until colonization, and her new book club. Then, we chat with Katie Couric,…
Episode 51: Everything Is Horrible It’s Getting Worse And We’re All Accepting It
Apr 13, 2018 • 26 min
BuzzFeed reporters Hannah Allam and Talal Ansari found dozens of instances where state and local Republican politicians publicly attacked Islam. We sit down with Hannah and Talal to unpack the state of Islamophobia in American politics, civil rights…
Episode 50: Stop Reading Bad Rumi Translations At Your Weddings
Apr 6, 2018 • 34 min
This week, we cut to the feeling with cultural critic and poet Hanif Abdurraqib, author of “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us”. Ahmed and Hanif play a game of ’Carly Rae or Sufi?” and then chat about being the only POC in punk spaces and growing up…
Episode 49: The White Terrorist Double Standard
Mar 30, 2018 • 35 min
What does calling white radicals ‘terrorists’ accomplish? Is it a pandering rhetoric used by white liberals? Joining us to unpack media semantics and government policing around these issues are BuzzFeed’s VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha Syed…
Episode 48: A Very Afghan New Year
Mar 23, 2018 • 27 min
Nowruz Mubarak! Whether you call it Persian New Year, the Spring Equinox, or something else, it’s a time for renewal and refresh celebrated by folks from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, and more. And so we decided to take a deeper look at how Afghan…
Episode 47: Break The Writer’s Room
Mar 16, 2018 • 27 min
Award-winning TV writer Sameer Asad Gardezi stops by the show to chat about his experiences writing for shows like Modern Family, being the only POC in white writer’s rooms, and his work with Muslim writer’s room projects. And then, stay tuned for a quick…
Episode 46: Why The Group Chat Is A Holy Space
Mar 9, 2018 • 34 min
Content warning: sexual harassment.Hajj is supposed to be one of the most spiritual, moving moments in a practicing Muslim’s life. But like all communities, Muslims are having a #MeToo moment, as women have started to share their experiences with sexual…
Episode 45: Let’s Talk About Sex, Habibi
Mar 2, 2018 • 23 min
Randa Jarrar is an essayist, professor, and writer of two books of fiction, “A Map Of Home” and “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali.” She stops by the show to talk to Ahmed about her work on sexuality, cultural appropriation, and the humor of human vulgarity. She…
Episode 44: “There’s Jojoba Oil in the Wind”
Feb 23, 2018 • 35 min
This week, we stan Ryan Coogler. Ahmed talks Black Panther with BuzzFeed culture writer/co-host of Thirst Aid Kit Bim Adewunmi and Senior Interactive Editor at Cosmopolitan Alexis Nedd. They explore the film’s representation of diaspora, queer erasure and…
Episode 43: 2/2 Mullahs Agree
Feb 16, 2018 • 33 min
We’re back for season 4! First amendment queen Nabiha Syed and gloom and doom DJ Sara Yasin join us for a good ol’ round of Halal or Not. Later, we talk about how the FBI meme is appropriating Muslim culture, Hoda Katebi’s legendary local news clapback…
Episode 42: The Best (?) Of 2017
Nov 16, 2017 • 31 min
2017 has been a unmitigated trash fire, and it’s our last episode of the season (and year!) so we’re sharing the (few) things that brought us joy this year. We talk to Krutika Malikarjuna about the year’s best new comedy, The Good Place. Then, we talk to…
Episode 41: Running, Not Hiding
Nov 9, 2017 • 27 min
It’s election season in America and Muslims all around the country are turning up to run for public office, from big (Michigan governor) to small (local city council). But even though the candidates are running on local issues like housing rights and…
Introducing: Thirst Aid Kit
Nov 3, 2017 • 40 min
We’re thrilled to introduce a new podcast hosted by friends-of-the-show Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins. In this inaugural episode, they examine the charms of Southern men. With a little help from Nichole’s friend Cynthia Harris, they jumpstart the…
Episode 40: The Problem With Celebrity Sheikh Culture
Nov 2, 2017 • 37 min
There’s an important conversation about sexual harassment and assault happening across the United States. Things are no different for American Muslims. This fall, at least two major Muslim figures have been accused of abuse of power against women — the…
Episode 39: Halaloween
Oct 26, 2017 • 42 min
We’re back with another jinn episode! This year, it’s all about taking the genie narrative beyond the lamp. First, a conversation with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about why jinn make for such compelling characters, her own experiences with jinn,…
Episode 38: Beauty Is The Splendor Of Truth, With Brother Ali
Oct 19, 2017 • 37 min
Brother Ali’s been on a break from making music — in the five years since his last album, he’s travelled the world, studying up with traditional Islamic scholars and deciding whether hip-hop was still his purpose in life. The end product of that was his…
Episode 37: Happy Birthday From All The Aunties
Oct 12, 2017 • 36 min
The show turns one year old this month! We have a lil’ party in the stude with all our fave BuzzFeed big sister types — Nabiha Syed, badass lawyer extraordinaire, Bim Adewunmi, thirst queen and BuzzFeed culture writer, and Tracy Clayton, host of Another…
Episode 36: Every Day Is Ashura And Every Land Is Karbala
Oct 5, 2017 • 40 min
This episode, we hear from Shias who are observing Muharram and Ashura — the commemoration of the death of the prophet’s grandson Hussein — and we talk about the power of grief to transform and empower. Plus: A conversation about what it’s like for Shia…
Episode 35: Banned Again
Sep 28, 2017 • 29 min
Trump’s immigration policies have mucked up a lot of lives. In this episode, SSSS producer Megan Detrie shares some stories from her reporting in Michigan with the Iraqi Christian community. Specifically, the Chaldean Christian immigrants and community…
Episode 34: Ghee Something Say Something
Sep 21, 2017 • 37 min
Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt your fat away. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it. Whole Foods is selling it. And the marketing language always comes back to how “ancient,” “pure” and “authentic” it is. And…
Episode 33: A 91-Year-Old Imam Still Finds Joy In The Podcast Studio
Sep 14, 2017 • 28 min
Abdurrahim Rashada has seen a lot in his life. He served in the Navy during World War II. He survived and escaped the Jim Crow South. He worked in the GM factories of Michigan and saw their rise and fall. And then, he joined the Nation of Islam, attracted…
Episode 32: “A Dope Lyric Over A Tight Beat? That’s Like An Ayah”
Sep 7, 2017 • 36 min
Umi says shine your light on the world, so in this episode, we explore why for so many Black American Muslims, hip-hop feels like home. Ahmed invites Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer and musician Salima Ra, into the studio to share one album, one song, and one…
Episode 31: “Sorry I Ate You”
Aug 31, 2017 • 40 min
Ahmed has a lot to process in this busy week of Eid Al-Adha and Hajj — he went to a halal butcher and zabiha slaughtered a lamb for the first time, so he calls up friend of the show (and Kominas singer) Basim Usmani to help digest his conflicting…
Everyday People and Everyday Psychopaths (The Live Show)
Aug 25, 2017 • 58 min
Season 3 of See Something Say Something debuts next week, but before that, a little taste of what we’ve been doing during our summer break — we recently brought all your favorite things to the stage in Dearborn, Michigan: comics, advice to Hollywood…
We’re Coming To Michigan!
Jul 28, 2017 • 2 min
Hey Michiganders, we’re headed your way with a great live show — co-presented with the Arab American National Museum — featuring stories and conversation about politics and pop culture. Not in Michigan? Well, listen anyway for a sneak peek at Season 3.
What Time Is It? Summertime…
Jun 29, 2017 • 2 min
See Something Say Something is going on a little break to get ready for season 3. We’ll be working on new episodes, lots of videos, and even a Michigan live show. We’ll miss you on the podcast, but we’ll still be out here on Facebook, on twitter at…
Episode 30: What Do You Think A Soul Is?
Jun 22, 2017 • 45 min
In this last episode of our Ramadan series, we hear from friends of the show about the Night of Power and what it’s like to pray all night. Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed’s Nabiha Syed and Zainab Shah about imagining God when they were kids, counting prayers,…
Episode 29: God Giveth Biryani And God Taketh Away Pernil
Jun 15, 2017 • 44 min
In the fourth episode of the Ramadan series, Ahmed talks to converts about the struggles and joys of finding community in immigrant Muslim masjids. First, we listen to some of the thoughts Chris St. Louis and Cassandra Villarreal recorded throughout the…
Episode 28: #BlackMuslimRamadan
Jun 8, 2017 • 39 min
For the third episode in our Ramadan series, we focus on a community that isn’t often centered during Ramadan — black Muslims. First up, Ahmed talks with Sarah Hagi, who writes for Vice, about the glory of #BlackMuslimRamadan and #BlackoutEid. Then, a…
Episode 27: Prayers Over Here, Kidz Bop Over There
Jun 1, 2017 • 41 min
In the second part of our Ramadan miniseries, Ahmed talks about the mosque and the challenges around building community. He’s joined by Hind Makki, creator of Side Entrance, and Margari Aziza, a writer and co-founder of The Muslim Anti-Racism…
Episode 26: The Fast And The Furious
May 30, 2017 • 46 min
Ramadan Mubarak folks! It’s that magical 30 days where we’re all hungry and sleepy and trying to be a better person. See Something Say Something is celebrating this Ramadan with a mini-series. And this first episode is all about fasting. Ahmed talks to…
“It Was Cheese Stick Day”
May 25, 2017 • 3 min
Here’s a sneak peek at the first episode in our Ramadan series — it’s all about fasting, and it’s coming out on Monday. In the meantime, we want to know how you’re feeling about and getting ready for Ramadan. Let us know at [email protected] And,…
Episode 25: From Zero To Pork
May 18, 2017 • 45 min
[Spoiler Alert] Master of None: Season 2 is out, and we’re just as excited as you are. From the romance between Dev and Francesca, to confronting racist Tinder dates (post-sex), the season takes on a lot. So, we wanted to talk about it! Ahmed is joined by…
Episode 24: PROM?
May 11, 2017 • 35 min
The studio is decorated. The corsages are fastened. Someone even came to the episode taping in their high school prom dress. That’s right, it’s the See Something Say Something senior prom. Prom committee co-chairs Ahmed Ali Akbar and Tabir Akhter read our…
Episode 23: Muslim Girls Hoop Too
May 4, 2017 • 48 min
In 2014, things were looking up for Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. She held scoring records in Massachusetts for basketball and had a successful run in the NCAA which she hoped to turn into a professional career. Then, her dreams were put on hold when she realized…
Episode 22: The Third-Act Nuke
Apr 27, 2017 • 36 min
Ahmed reveals his nerdy side in this special video game themed episode. In Level 1, Ahmed talks to his cousins, siblings Nyle and Basim (of the Kominas!) Usmani, about how video games bring them together and why killing brown folks in Call of Duty makes…
Lost In The Sauce — Part 2
Apr 23, 2017 • 29 min
Ahmed talks with Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura—an analyst, organizer, and author of Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath—about drinking culture in Bosnian Muslim communities. They talk about that one uncle who would always let you try his…
Episode 21: Lost In The Sauce
Apr 20, 2017 • 28 min
“Muslims don’t drink” — how many times have you heard that before? In the first of a series of episodes about intoxicants, Ahmed invites Barnard Professor of Religion, Najam Haider, to provide some context about the role of alcohol in Islam. They talk…
Episode 20: In Conclusion…
Apr 13, 2017 • 44 min
Colonialism! Hip-hop! Appropriation! It’s a bit of all of the above in this episode. Ahmed talks to Mona Haydar about the video for her song Hijabi, what it means for a Syrian-American to rap, and dealing with microaggressions. Then, Ahmed plays a game of…
Episode 19: Do Better
Apr 6, 2017 • 38 min
Do you ever wish you could reimagine badly-written Muslim characters on TV and in movies? This week, Ahmed and BuzzFeed’s Abid Anwar come up with some corrective fan fiction for an episode of a beloved 90s sitcom with a problematic character. Then,…
Episode 18: Wallah Bros And A Staff Gorilla
Mar 30, 2017 • 41 min
Arabic is a part of pretty much every Muslim’s life, whether it’s in the salaams they share with their family, in their name, or it’s the language they speak at home. In this episode, Ahmed talks with Kamelya Omayma Youssef and Amy D. about what it’s like…
Episode 17: What About The Revolution, Baby?
Mar 23, 2017 • 39 min
Remember the Arab Spring? Bassem Youssef does! Ahmed talks to “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” to see what lessons Americans can learn from his time in revolution. They talk about the Trump administration’s electronics ban, the differences between American and Arab…
Episode 16: Of Minder And Meeting People
Mar 16, 2017 • 57 min
Ahmed talks to three attractive, intelligent, and charming guests about the SINGLE life. Sara Farizan, Hady Barry, and Ahmed Hozain discuss Minder, dating, and how tedious it is to text people. Then, Ahmed calls up his dad to ask about his relationship…
Episode 15: What Did We Miss?
Mar 9, 2017 • 47 min
Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed News’ legal genius Nabiha Syed about what to do if a Customs and Border Protection officer asks for your phone—and other ways to legally resist at the border. Plus, Nabiha gives us advice about talking to white men and mixing…
Banned Together — Part 3
Feb 2, 2017 • 39 min
For the third episode in our Banned Together series, we sit down to process what it feels like to be a Muslim in America right now, or to hold a passport from one of the countries targeted by the President’s immigration and travel ban. Ahmed talks with…
Banned Together — Part 2
Feb 1, 2017 • 37 min
Can the courts overturn President Trump’s executive order? This episode, Ahmed talks with law professor Muneer Ahmad, who filed a lawsuit over the weekend challenging the immigration and travel ban. They talk about the details of the lawsuit, why a…
Banned Together — Part 1
Jan 31, 2017 • 39 min
Annnd we’re back! The previous episode (our live show) was supposed to be the end of Season 1. Then, President Trump issued an executive order blocking refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen,…
Episode 14: Banned In NYC (The Live Show)
Jan 27, 2017 • 78 min
With Trump’s Muslim ban looming, we throw all your favorite things into one episode: Halal or Not! Khutbahs! Politics! Memes! Thirst! Ahmed’s Abu! All this and more for See Something Say Something’s first ever Facebook live show at WNYC’s The Greene…
Episode 13: Self-Care And Salt Bae
Jan 20, 2017 • 51 min
Donald Trump’s inAGGHHHHHguration is this Friday, so Ahmed invites guests to talk about coping strategies. We check in with BuzzFeed’s Zainab Shah and Reeda Saleem, talk therapy and self-care with mental health professionals Kameelah Rashad and Bisma…
Episode 12: Heems
Jan 13, 2017 • 45 min
Rapper and activist Heems stops by the BuzzFeed offices to talk about movies, identity, and Swet Shop Boys, his collaboration with Riz Ahmed and Redinho. Ahmed and Heems ask important questions like: What does it mean for a non-Muslim brown man to write…
Episode 11: RAD BROWN DADS
Jan 6, 2017 • 32 min
This week, Ahmed talks immigration, work, and movies with two Rad Brown Dads: Jamil Ali, who has worked in the taxi industry since the ‘80s, and Dr. Waheed Akbar, Ahmed’s dad. Plus: Ahmed tries to speak Urdu and it is very bad. Please do not drag him on…
Meme Squad
Dec 30, 2016 • 20 min
Happy New Year! On this mini episode, Ahmed invites a real-life meme into the studio. You’ve probably seen Daniya Sayed’s hilarious photo from prom on your Tumblr or Twitter dashboard. Ahmed talks to Daniya about her rise to virality, how memes can change…
Episode 10: Jingle Bells Mubarak
Dec 23, 2016 • 42 min
It’s the most hegemonic time of the year and Ahmed wants to complain about it. But Christmas deserves a fair shake too, so he brings Eid Elfs Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed and Salimah Fatimah Mohamed to explain why they love the holiday season. They play some…
Episode 9: Zayn
Dec 16, 2016 • 45 min
This week Ahmed brings on BuzzFeed news editor Sara Yasin as cohost to talk about Zayn Malik, pop icon. They’re joined by Zayn Malik scholar Fariha Roisin and twitter badass Farwa Zaidi to talk about Zayn’s zolo career, what it means to them to have a…
Episode 8: Why Are Samosas In Every Single Book?
Dec 9, 2016 • 50 min
Youth Lit authors Hena Khan and Sara Farizan talk about writing young Pakistani and Iranian characters, and wonder why every single book set in South Asia includes samosas. Plus, they give Ahmed some writing advice and read from their own work. Hena…
Episode 7: Wookies Are Muslim
Dec 2, 2016 • 42 min
Reza Aslan no longer wants to go on cable news and have to answer questions like “Does Islam promote violence?” Instead, he wants to focus on making a new sitcom for ABC, among other things. Hear why he thinks pop culture and storytelling is the real key…
Episode 6: College
Nov 25, 2016 • 37 min
NYU freshmen Romaissaa Benzizoune and Zainab Babikir talk about what it feels like for them to be visibly Muslim on a college campus right now. Plus, Tabir really wants to know what cool things teens like. Follow Tabir at @tabir. Follow Zainab at…
Episode 5: Parents
Nov 18, 2016 • 47 min
Stories about the secrets we keep from our parents, featuring comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, and Ahmed’s dad, Dr. Waheed Akbar. Plus: a plea for white people to talk to other white people about Trump. Listeners: We want to hear from young people and college…
How Michigan Muslims Voted
Nov 11, 2016 • 17 min
Michigan just went red for first time since 1988. Ahmed calls up BuzzFeed reporter Talal Ansari, who has been following the organizing efforts of Arab Americans to get out the vote in the Michigan cities of Dearborn and Hamtramck, to reflect on how people…
Episode 4: Where Do We Go
Nov 10, 2016 • 50 min
We share our thoughts and feelings on the outcome of the election, the role of the internet, and what we think we can do next. Follow Sara Yasin and her fire tweets at @missyasin. Follow Hind Makki at @hindmakki and sideentrance.tumblr.com. Follow Donna…
Episode 3: Fandom
Nov 4, 2016 • 40 min
BuzzFeed’s Bim Adewunmi and Abid Anwar join Ahmed to talk about seeing yourself represented in pop culture, and to reflect on the power of cosplay at Comic Con. Plus: play along with a couple rounds of Halal or Not: Fandom Edition, and find out about…
Episode 2: Jinn
Oct 28, 2016 • 46 min
Ahmed is joined by spooky experts Basim Usmani, Tabir Akhter, and Deonna Kelli Sayed to talk about folklore and fear. They’ll swap Jinn stories and get goth. Follow Basim at @BasiRoti. Follow Deonna at @deonnakelli. Follow Tabir at @tabir. Find more jinn…
Saying ‘Nah’
Oct 28, 2016 • 45 min
On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. Nabiha Syed and Johana Bhuiyan join to talk about being asked to speak on behalf of Muslims. Plus: chai, a few rounds of…
Preview
Oct 25, 2016 • 7 min
On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar will gather folks together to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. In this preview, Ahmed talks about why it’s so hard for Muslims to represent themselves, and plays a game…