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Cross-Cultural Conversations


“Did you grow up cooking with your Mother and Grandmother?”
Oct 8 • 39 min
Preeti Mistry is the co-author of the Juhu Beach Club Cookbook based on her restaurant Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, CA. Her cooking was featured on CNN’s Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, and she was a contestant on Top Chef Season 6. Preeti Mistry is…
Dosa Man-A Quintessential American Story
Oct 1 • 22 min
An immigrant comes to New York City and makes it big with a simple idea. Known as Dosa man, Thiru Kumar has fans all over the world, from California to Japan. His name is listed on 42 countries guidebooks. His was the first vegan dosa cart in the World.…
“If you believe you’re American, then you’re American”
Sep 24 • 30 min
This week we speak with Farah Kathwari. Farah is a Kashmiri American who is strongly connected with her Kashmiri heritage while she maintains a strong sense of her American identity. Farah talks about her activism, the Kashmir crisis, and her father’s…
Inspired by 90s Bollywood
Sep 17 • 35 min
Today we’re going to be talking to Nisha Sharma. In 2018, Nisha released her first book; a novel called My So-Called Bollywood Life to great acclaim. She’s an active blogger, has a full-time job, and recently won the RITA award for Best Young Adult…
Matters of the Heart
Sep 10 • 35 min
Dr. Haider Warriach is a physician, writer, & clinical researcher. He is the author of Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the end of Life, and State of the Heart - Exploring the History, Science and Future of Cardiac Disease. His articles have featured in…
“We have been Vilified for so long”
Sep 3 • 44 min
Season four launches with our interview with Rowaida Abdelaziz. She is a New York-based reporter at the HuffPost where she focuses on Islamophobia and social justice issues within the Muslim community. We talk about Islamophobia, the role of diversity in…
The Alien Chronicles is changing its name to “Immigrantly”
Aug 30 • 2 min
This fall, the Alien Chronicles is changing its name to Immigrnatly. The name Immigrantly is more representative of our broader aspirations, to explore the intersectionality of racial identity, culture, and class through the lens of immigrant experiences.…
“I call myself a Cook”
Aug 27 • 26 min
Haya Emaan is one of the few professionally-trained chefs from Pakistan. She graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and trailed at some of the most prominent restaurants such as Morimoto, LeBernardin, Cosme, Per se and others. She is now part of…
“We are here now”
Aug 20 • 47 min
Sana Saeed is a host and producer at Al Jazeera. Prior to working at AJ+, Sana had pieces featured in publications such as the New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, Huffington Post, and others. Her work has tackled a wide range of topics, from foreign…
“We live in an age of shameful hate & shameless weakness”
Aug 13 • 23 min
Elad Nehorai has spent most of his adult life creating and nurturing communities. He is the founder of Hevria, an online platform for creative Jews. Elad cares about nothing more than connecting people who are desperately looking for a community that…
“I am an American-whatever that means”
Aug 6 • 43 min
Grace is a Professor at Tufts University in Boston, and the Body Papers is her first book. Grace’s story is one about overcoming abuse and trauma and coming to terms with her immigrant and Filipino-American identity. You can support our podcast by…
Keeping up with the times: Iran Edition
Jul 30 • 46 min
My today’s guest is Shiva Farrokhi. She is a designer, strategist, and social entrepreneur currently living in Portland, Oregon. She started in-it (it’s an online video platform to promote social issues). You can support our podcast by donating to the…
Love Thy Neighbor
Jul 23 • 45 min
Jon is also a preacher, which is a rather unconventional combination, in my opinion. As a second-generation Colombian-American and as a part of the Afro-Latinx community, Jon’s background allows him to offer a unique perspective when approaching design…
It’s just part of the Muslim Experience
Jul 16 • 53 min
Aymann Ismail is an award-winning podcast host, video editor, photographer, and writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion. He currently hosts “Man Up,” a weekly interview podcast about men, relationships, family, race, and sex. You can…
“I forgive you, my Cousin”
Jul 9 • 39 min
Yousef Bashir is the author of the memoir “The Words of My Father.” Yousef’s story is one that showcases the inherent complexities of what it means to be a Palestinian American, particularly one that grew up in the Gaza Strip. You can support our podcast…
A Story of Love and Hope
Jul 2 • 26 min
Jennifer Asif’s story was first reported by the Huffington Post. Her husband was recently deported by ICE due to an apparent error in their system. Jennifer is trying to reunite with her husband! You can support our podcast by donating to the gofundme.…
I didn’t know I had my own American Dream
Jun 25 • 25 min
Malaka Gharib is a journalist at National Public Radio. She reports on topics such as the humanitarian aid sector, gender equality, and innovation in the developing world. She is also the founder of Runcible spoon food zine, and She has written a graphic…
Are you Exactly like Me?
Jun 18 • 42 min
On this episode of the pod, Saadia Khan is speaking with Basim Usmani, one of the founders of the punk band The Kominas, that was born out of Massachusetts in the early 2000s. Since their inception, the Kominas were lauded for breaking cultural boundaries…
One Story at a time
Jun 11 • 32 min
Saadia Khan talks to Saadia Faruqi. Saadia is a Pakistani American author, essay writer, and interfaith activist. She writes children’s early reader series “Yasmin” published by Capstone. She has also written “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from…
“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation”
Jun 4 • 32 min
Today’s guest Nevsah Fidan is a spiritual healer committed to personal enlightenment. Her focus is optimal breathing for improving health and performance. She is an internationally renowned breath expert, a meditation teacher, a well-known author of 9…
A White DACA Recipient
May 28 • 38 min
Gosia Łabno is a DACA recipient, but she is rarely taken for one because she does not match the American narrative of what a DACA recipient should look like, she is a blonde blue eyed immigrant from Poland. She is also a communications specialist at a…
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses”
May 21 • 25 min
Saadia talks to Jorge Valencia about the situation at the Southern Border. Jorge is the Mexico correspondent from KJZZ Phoenix. He joined KJZZ in August 2016 as the station’s first senior field correspondent based in Mexico City. Jorge has seen first-hand…
What’s in a Name
May 15 • 39 min
“What’s in Name” is a Special Edition of The Alien Chronicles Podcast. It centers on the discussion around how some people who migrate to America change their names to more mainstream American names. Saadia talks about why she decided to keep her name and…
The one who rebels
May 8 • 35 min
Saadia Khan talks to a Syrian refugee living in Berlin. Thair Orfahli grew up in Syria, in a middle-class family. His childhood was relatively normal, and he was studying law in Lebanon when the Syrian war broke out, what ensued was a series of fateful…
Is the American Dream a myth?
May 1 • 40 min
Saadia interviews Jade Chang. Jade is the author of The Wangs vs. the World. The book has been named a New York Times Editors Choice as well as best Book of the Year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, NPR, and others. Jade has appeared on national programs and she has…
Our journey is never complete
Apr 24 • 28 min
Priya Minhas is a writer and producer from London. Her writing explores South Asian immigrant identity. Priya is a contributing writer to The Good Immigrant USA, an American edition of an award-winning best-selling anthology exploring race. Her writing is…
First comes Marriage, then comes Love
Apr 17 • 44 min
Huda Al-Marashi is the Iraqi-American author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a book the Washington Post called “a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love. If Jane Austen had grown up…
Am I a good Immigrant?
Apr 10 • 35 min
In this episode, Saadia talks to Chimene Suleyman. Chimene is the editor of The Good Immigrant USA, and a contributing writer to the original best-selling award-winning British anthology The Good Immigrant (Unbound, 2016). Chimene’s work has also appeared…
“A brave friendship”
Apr 3 • 51 min
Beth Schuman and Nizar Farsakh are part of an organization called Combatants for Peace.The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join…
Three Immigrant stories
Mar 27 • 28 min
Saadia Khan changes the format for this episode. She introduces three immigrant stories. Each immigrant shares their experiences in the US in their own words from a different vantage point. You will hear from them what it’s like to be an immigrant in the…
America is a Salad
Mar 20 • 33 min
Sanjana Bhatnagar and Stephanie Munn are high school students and Students for Refugees (SFR) representatives. S.F.R. is working to raise funds to support educational facilities and individual student programs in affected countries as well as supporting…
My Immigrant Mother
Mar 13 • 33 min
Saadia Khan talks Susan Muaddi Darraj, a Palestinian American. Susan talks about her experiences as a child of immigrants and how her dual identity has shaped her life. Susan is an Associate Professor of English at Hartford Community College in Bel Air,…
Let’s get to know each other
Mar 6 • 33 min
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based Bangladeshi journalist and poet focusing on migration, the refugee crisis, gender and mental health. She completed her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. Samira began her journalism career in…
Because I sucked at it…
Feb 27 • 43 min
Saadia Khan talks to Suzie Afridi. She is a Palestinian American stand up comedian. She was born and raised in Jericho, in the West Bank. Her dad was a Welder and her mom was a farmer. When she was fourteen her family immigrated to San Jose, California.…
Immigrants make America great
Feb 20 • 52 min
Saadia Khan talks to Tahmina Watson about pressing immigration issues. Tahmina is a nationally acclaimed immigration attorney and the founder of Watson Immigration Law, in Seattle, Washington. She was a barrister in London before immigrating to America.…
Where the East and the West meet
Feb 13 • 40 min
Saadia Khan reminisces about her trip to Turkey as she interviews Melike Ayan. Melike is originally from Turkey. She is the New York Correspondent for Bloomberg HT Television where she provides in-depth coverage and analysis of major economic and business…
My Grandmother’s legacy
Feb 6 • 41 min
Saadia Khan talks to Lisa Genn. Lisa was born in Russia, her parents and she left Moscow in December 1989 on the verge of the collapse of the Soviet Union in hopes of resettling in America under a program for bringing Soviet Jews to the United States as…
I am a Bridge
Jan 30 • 40 min
Saadia Khan talks to Edafe Okporo, an LGBTQ refugee from Nigeria. He is a fierce advocate for Human rights specifically those of LGBTQ community in NY and around the globe including West Africa. His passion to help others like him stems from his own…
I am a Survivor
Jan 23 • 41 min
Saadia Khan talks to Reshad Ahmedi, an immigrant from Afghanistan. Reshad worked for ten years on U.S.-funded re-construction projects in Afghanistan, until insurgents targeted him for his affiliation with the United States. Reshad is in the US on a…
My Ancestors’ Land
Jan 16 • 29 min
In this first episode of Season 2, Saadia Khan talks to Alyssa Mosley. Alyssa was born and raised in the homeland of Lenape people, also known as Bridgeton NJ. She is the enrolled member of Nanticoke Lenni- Lenape tribe, it’s the largest Indian tribe in…
We are more similar than different
Dec 26, 2018 • 38 min
Saadia talks to Alessia Valfredini, an Italian American. Alessia is also a Professor at Fordham University in NY. She teaches modern languages and literature and she is almost never taken for an immigrant, . In this episode, we take a glimpse into her…
Home is Elusive
Dec 19, 2018 • 50 min
In this Special Edition of The Alien Chronicles, Saadia Khan talks to Eric Maddox, a fellow podcaster and founder of the Virtual Dinner Guest Project and a US citizen living as an immigrant in Valencia Spain. They talk about the nuances of being an…
From Kashmir to America: A Muslim Feminist’s Journey
Dec 12, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode, Saadia Khan talks to Daisy Khan about her personal journey to America and her perspective as a modern religious scholar in America. Daisy Khan is one of the most prominent female Muslim leaders in the United States. She is also the…
Guess what? I am not an Engineer
Dec 5, 2018 • 43 min
Saadia interviews Ali Yarkhan, a branding executive, who has worked for internationally renowned brands like Prada and Giorgio Armani. He is also a director who wants to create documentaries that highlight social issues. On a personal level, he continues…
Oh sweet diversity..how I love thee!
Nov 28, 2018 • 25 min
Saadia talks to Nadine Ali, a Pakistani American, about her journey to the US, her life as a baker and her rather unconventional path to sweetness. Currently Nadine owns a successful business as a baker in NYC, she is also a mom and loves to dance! Become…
I have Faith
Nov 21, 2018 • 27 min
Saadia talks to Nicole Duran, Dominican Republic native. Nicole is currently working as a hairstylist and is also a student focusing on psychology and public speaking. With faith, she is trying to bring her community together. She believes that where you…
A tale of a taxpaying DREAMER
Nov 14, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode, Saadia talks to Juan Escalante, a renowned digital strategist and nationally recognized immigration advocate about his experiences as an immigrant in US and his role in spearheading the immigrant rights movement for the last 10 years.…
I am home
Nov 6, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode of “The Alien Chronicles”, host Saadia Khan talks to Kelly Yzique, a former DACA recipient and now US permanent resident, about immigration and other issues that affect the migrant community. They talk about the immigrant caravan,…
What’s with the accent?
Oct 31, 2018 • 39 min
Saadia khan talks to Sahar Saleem, an American Pakistani who immigrated to US when she was 7 years old. A creative through and through, she is Marketing Manager at PepsiCo by day and an artist, musician, and writer by night. They talk culture, food,…
The Alien Chronicles: Trailer
Oct 25, 2018 • 1 min
Welcome to The Alien Chronicles! Be sure to subscribe our podcast and episode one is coming soon. Email: [email protected] Instagram: @thealienchronicles Twitter: @chroniclesalien Become a supporter of this podcast:…