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Looking to engage in difficult conversations on race, identity, multiculturalism, stereotypes, and the general messiness of being human? Hosted by Saadia Khan, Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that dares to ask guests what they think of America, and what they hope for America by calling upon history … read more

163 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Season 13 Trailer: "Love On The Brain"

January 4th, 2022


It's official: Immigrantly Podcast is on its 13th season! So for Season 13, LOVE is in the air. We're going to explore all things relationships. Our conversations are going to tackle the constructs we've built around …

A Future for Afghanistan: By Its People, For Its People.

December 21st, 2021


Today we are speaking with an Afghan journalist facing threats under a Taliban regime that is becoming more hostile towards the press every day.   To protect him, we have concealed all aspects of his identity, …

Hidden Stories In The Age Of Covid

December 14th, 2021


Today, Tanvi Misra, an award-winning independent journalist focused on migration, urban policy, and criminal justice, returns to talk about the …

"The More I Knew, The Less I Knew"

December 7th, 2021


Our today's guest Paula Wood is a multifaceted woman. She's an artist, a mother, a former editor, and an activist. This conversation brings charm and …

From Podcasts To TikTok: We Are Always Learning

November 30th, 2021


We are so excited to have Blair Imani join us today. Blair is an author, educator, and influencer living at the intersections of Black, Bisexual, and Muslim identity. She is the author of "Making Our Way Home: The Great …

Fun and Follies of Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2021


This Thanksgiving, Immigrantly colleagues are bringing you a fusion episode, largely reflection-oriented, on the fun and follies of Thanksgiving. …

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

November 23rd, 2021


It's a common narrative - for immigrants to compensate for positions below their training and education. The conundrum of being overqualified yet foreign was something Alexandra Mori experienced when she first moved to …

One is Not the Whole: Representing Afghanistan

November 16th, 2021


Today we are so excited to have Khaled Hosseini on Immigrantly. Khaled Hosseini is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "The Kite Runner," "A Thousand Splendid Suns," and "And the Mountains Echoed."  For this …

There Is No Problem A Book Can't Solve

November 9th, 2021


Ever made eye contact with someone reading on the subway? Uli Beutter Cohen has. As the creator of Subway Book Review, Uli shares *that* moment that ignited her quest to document people and books. Now her platform, …

American Liberals: A Culture of Complicity

November 2nd, 2021


Saadia sits down with recurring guest, Saira Rao and her publisher, Jessica Regel, for a very real conversation on the state of social justice issues. To put it simply: No, things have not gotten better. They break down …

"Intentional Disruption"

October 26th, 2021


Shahjehan Khan is a voice-over artist, actor, musician & podcaster. He is currently the host of the podcast, a seven-part podcast series about American-Muslim life post-9/11.  Special thanks to Noorjehan Khan for …

Once Upon An Abubakr In Hollywood

October 19th, 2021


Our today's guest  is an actor, writer, and singer.  He recently landed a significant role in the upcoming Netflix series as the anti-hero, Hunter …

Opening Up Nerd Culture

October 12th, 2021


Jamie Broadnax is the founder of an online community, , which she created in 2012 for self-identifying women nerds of color. Since then, Black Girl …

Where Are You Really From?

October 5th, 2021


Hari Kondobalu is our guest today. He is a comedian, writer, podcaster, & filmmaker who is best known for his outspoken 2017 documentary which calls out "The Simpsons" for its controversial portrayal of Indians in …

Lights On Broadway

September 28th, 2021


Today, on Immigrantly, we speak with Dharon E. Jones. He is a highly talented musical theatre performer from Brooklyn who played Riff in West Side …

Made in China

September 21st, 2021


Our guest today is Anna Qu. She writes to make sense of cultural diasporas and the immigrant experience, including her own. Anna grew up in New York, …

Representation in Media: A Look Back

September 14th, 2021


In Season 12 of Immigrantly, we explore the narratives that haven’t been widely covered across media. Why are we still coming up short in telling …

Hip Hop & Religion

August 31st, 2021


Today's guest is Professor Josef Sorett. He is an expert in Religious and African American studies at Columbia University. We talked about the …

Living Unapologetically Intersectional

August 24th, 2021


Marla Louissaint, whose performance credentials include “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr, Rosewater” sits …

A Holy Place to Rave, Eat, and Workout

August 17th, 2021


This week on Immigrantly, we explore the relationship between the environment and religion through a physical vessel that is the Church of Holy …

Reflecting On The Different Landscapes of Islam

August 10th, 2021


Today's guest Nouri Sardar is a Muslim poet, filmmaker, & co-host of the 786 Boulevard podcast. However, he stands as a change agent at the …

History of Religion & Violence

August 3rd, 2021


Our today's guest is Faisal Devji. Faisal is a historian who specializes in studies of Islam, globalization, violence, and ethics. He is a professor …

Tradition vs. Modernity

July 27th, 2021


Mira Sethi is an actor and a writer. Sethi has worked as a books editor at The Wall Street Journal. She has written op-eds for The New York Times, …

"Whispers to God": Islam and Mental Health

July 20th, 2021


In partnership with Indiana University's "Muslim Voices Project," the Immigrantly team explores the relationship between spirituality and mental health. One of the writers, Sarah, sat down with two practicing Muslims …

The Art of Storytelling

July 13th, 2021


Arij Mikati is the Managing Director of Leadership & Culture at the Pillars Fund. She works on creating & supporting opportunities that …

"See Humans As They Are”

July 6th, 2021


Today, we are speaking with the founder of South Bronx Mutual Aid, Ariadna Phillips. Ariadna is a bilingual educator and a seasoned community organizer based in the Bronx, NY. South Bronx Mutual Aid serves the Bronx …

Progressive Take On Christianity

June 29th, 2021


Season 11 premiers as we begin our exploration of spirituality & religion in the modern world. Today we unpack Christianity. As the long-standing dominant religion, it’s impossible to deny the Christian influences …

Finding Community in Digital Spaces

June 15th, 2021


The last episode of season 10 is with Khadjiah Johnson. She is a writer, animation enthusiast, & successful home cook. She writes for Black Nerd …

Veganism & Black Identity

June 8th, 2021


Lyana Blount is the founder of . It is a meal prep and delivery service which started in a homely kitchen in the Bronx during the pandemic. When Covid hit, Lyana decided to make such meals available to the masses. With …

White Women, Listen Up!

June 1st, 2021


Saira Rao is the co-founder of and is vocal about activism, especially when it comes to politics & speaking up against anti-Black racism. We …

Classics For a New Generation

May 25th, 2021


Leila Milki is an award-winning Lebanese-American singer, songwriter, and classical-pop pianist. She is the talented mastermind behind “Enjoy Your Meal, " a song from Disney Junior’s Emmy-nominated series, “The …

Mareya Shot Keetha Goal

May 18th, 2021


Today we’re continuing the conversation on AAPI representation in the National Hockey League (NHL). Our guests Harnarayan Singh & Amrit Gill, are the hosts of Hockey Night Canada Punjabi. After its launch in 2008, …

Purpose, Passion & APNA

May 11th, 2021


In honor of May being the Asian and Pacific Islander Month (API), the NHL and Immigrantly joined forces to bring you two exceptional episodes …

“We Are all Guests to Another Culture"

May 4th, 2021


Today's guest, Irisa Xiong, founder of Innermade and a yoga practitioner, sees mindfulness and self-created potential as powerful paths to healing …

Equal Hope for the Future

April 27th, 2021


Sweta Chakraborty is a renowned scientist, consultant, communicator, and activist. She has appeared on MSNBC, CBS, spoken at TedTalks, runs her own …

Making Hollywood More Diverse

April 20th, 2021


Serena Rasoul is a writer, actress, and founder of Muslim American Casting, who, in their own words, are “creating spaces and adding new …

British, Newlywed & Detained

April 13th, 2021


Craig Doble is British. He moved to the U.S. in 2015, fell in love with his wife, a U.S. citizen, and started to settle down. However, he mistakenly didn’t fill out a page in his visa renewal application, which led to …

Don't Have a Seat at the Table? Build Your Own Table

April 6th, 2021


Diya Khanna is the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager at Amazon in Seattle. Diya has a Bachelors in Journalism & a Masters of Education in …

From Cells & Microbes to Cookies & Masala

March 30th, 2021


Nik Sharma is a renowned food writer, recipe developer, and photographer with Bombay roots and currently resides in LA. His entry into the food scene was his hit blog, A Brown Table. Since then, he has published two …

Accent Bias and the Myth of Comprehensibility

March 16th, 2021


Our guest today is sure to bring an expansive perspective on the topic of accent bias. Professor Rahul Chakraborty is a licensed Speech-Language …

The Invisible Issue: Understanding Statelessness

March 9th, 2021


Sharing today, we have Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough and Ekaterina, an alias used by our guest to protect her identity. What about their situation is so unique, you may ask. Well, Karina and Ekaterina have one crucial …

"My Art is Not Performing My Identity"

March 2nd, 2021


   Shazia Sikander is a self-proclaimed citizen of the world. She is a world-renowned multidisciplinary artist whose career spans over three decades. …

"Poking Holes in the Prevailing Ideas"

February 23rd, 2021


Tanvi Misra is a multimedia journalist primarily focused on immigration. Her work has been featured at The Fuller Project, Bloomberg CityLab, CQ Roll …

Vday Special: Dating Identity

February 14th, 2021


Dating is complicated. But what role does identity play in it? We sat down with Andrew and Ayesha to hear their experiences navigating the dating …

"I Am Always Enough Just Being"

February 9th, 2021


Sahaj Kohli is the brains and energy behind Brown Girl Therapy, a mental health platform that is the first and largest of its kind. What started as a passion project turned into a worldwide community for first and …

"What Would Hafez Say?"

February 2nd, 2021


Nilo Tabrizy is a video journalist for the New York Times. Before that, she produced for Vice News and wrote for Al Jazeera. From an interview with Iran’s Foreign Minister on the Nuclear Deal to reporting on family …

Hyphenated Identity

January 26th, 2021


Sabreet Kang Rajeev is the author of the bestselling memoir, She is a second-generation Indian American. Sabreet is also a full-time social science …

The Psychology of Power: Trump, the Public, & Media Reluctance

January 19th, 2021


Bandy X Lee is the President of the World Mental Health Coalition and a psychiatrist with Yale University. She has written Op-eds for outlets like …

"Brown Folks with Silly Names"

January 12th, 2021


Wajahat Ali is a Pakistani American journalist, author, public speaker, parent & someone who chooses change over disillusionment; his …

Queer and Trans Migration: Narrative Activism and the Politics of Likability.

January 5th, 2021


Season 9 launches with our interview with two fantastic guests. Eithne Luibheid & Karma Chavez are the editors of "Queer and Trans Migration: Dynamics of illegalization, Detention, and Deportation," a …

Season 9 Trailer

January 1st, 2021


With a new Season, Immigrantly is making a promise: we’re going to continue to shine a light on the nuances of this human experience. This time, …

Christmas Culture(s)

December 22nd, 2020


Immigrantly does an anecdotal dive on Christmas from the perspective of the American immigrant. Sit down with us as we hear three different …

"You Always Have to Stand Up for Yourself"

December 15th, 2020


Our today's guest is Moumita Ahmed. She is a movement organizer, community activist, civic leader, & a candidate for the New York City Council, District 24. Moumita’s campaign is built around ensuring that working …

Let's Talk Immigration Policy: The President & the Shadow System

December 8th, 2020


Our today's guests are Cristina Rodriguez and Adam Cox. Cristina is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She served as Deputy Assistant Attorney …

Immigrant Laborers: What They Don't Teach You in School

December 1st, 2020


History is fraught, no doubt. Today on Immigrantly, we seek to draw out its patterns and hold them against the present. In collaboration with Julia …

Let's Talk about Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2020


In collaboration with activist Naelyn Pike (San Carlos Apache Tribe), a spokesperson for Apache Stronghold, an organization that fights to protect …

Journalistic Integrity in the Age of Sensationalism

November 17th, 2020


Laila Al-Arian is a journalist and the Executive Producer of , a Peabody and Emmy award-winning documentary series covering the US and its role …

The Refugee Crisis: We Have To Do More

November 10th, 2020


Krish O Mara has spent decades in public service, including being a clerk for Chief Judge Michael Boudin, advisor for Secretaries of State Clinton …

A Life of Honesty: Being South Asian and Gay

October 27th, 2020


Today, we are sharing a conversation with Vaibhav Jain. Vaibhav is a dental surgeon and public health researcher who grew up in  Delhi, India. He …

Decolonizing Yoga

October 27th, 2020


Susanna Barkataki is a renowned yoga speaker, teacher, and therapist. Her mission is to explore and integrate yogic values into our every day and build awareness, equity, and diversity within the yoga community. Susanna …

Breaking From Negative Core Beliefs

October 20th, 2020


Imam Khalid Latif is University Chaplain at NYU.  He was the first Muslim chaplain at both NYU and Princeton. He was nominated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to be the youngest chaplain for the NYPD in history. Khalid has …

"Politics of Authenticity"

October 13th, 2020


In a time where the current events in America feel like they’re moving us closer to a dystopian reality, it’s hard not to feel frazzled by it all. Our guest today is someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about …

Comedy in the Age of Wokeness

October 6th, 2020


Shafi Hossain is a Bangladesh-born comedian who moved to the United States for college. Now, he calls New York City his home. He’s been navigating …

2020 Election: What's at Stake?

September 29th, 2020


Shariq Ahmad is the Chairman of the Edison Democratic Organization, the fifth-largest municipal Democratic party in NJ & representative of the group, South Asians, for Biden. Saadia & Shariq talk about why we …

Meeting Abortion with Compassion

September 22nd, 2020


Dr. Meera Shah is the Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, in New York. Meera is a tireless advocate for accessible, safe abortions. She has recently published a book called, “You’re The Only One …

"I Couldn't Just Create Art for Art's Sake"

September 15th, 2020


 Paola Mendoza is a critically acclaimed filmmaker, author, a human rights activist who carries her Colombian heritage and immigrant identity with …

"Are You Choosing it or are You Defaulting into it?"

September 8th, 2020


Season 8 launches with a great conversation with Majo Molfino. Majo is taking back the narrative that has been assigned to women for centuries. Her …

"One More Push: Defining Advocacy through Technology"

August 28th, 2020


Today we have a very special guest who is merging the vogue field of technological design with that of social impact. He is reimagining products so …

A Double-Edged Sword Existence

August 25th, 2020


When COVID hit the United States, and DACA decisions were in limbo, the Immigrantly team sought to learn how the two events were being felt by …

Let's Talk British Colonialism

August 14th, 2020


On the anniversary of Pakistan’s independence from British colonial rule, sit down with Immigrantly as we give you a brief history lesson on British …

A Perpetual State of Irony

August 11th, 2020


Shreya Tanisha is a multi-media artist and the founder of , a London-based film and theatre company promoting artists of color. We spoke about our …

"We're Different Chapters of the Same Book"

August 4th, 2020


Asifa Lahore is Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen. She is a proud British-Pakistani, Muslim, Transgender, Disabled artist, and performer. However, it’s important to understand that Asifa cannot be reduced to her …

Her Bold Sense of Purpose

July 28th, 2020


Maytha Alhassen is a multi-hyphenated career woman and activist. She is a staff writer on Hulu's show Ramy. She also teaches, she is a yogi and …

"Listen to What Your Kids Are Saying"

July 21st, 2020


Our today's guest is Maliha Abidi. She is an artist who uses her work to shed light on critical social issues and celebrate the women who are leading them. Last year, she compiled these portraits to honor 50 …

Outward and Inward Conversations

July 14th, 2020


 Zohran Kwame Mamdani is an Indian-Ugandan New Yorker, housing counselor, a democratic socialist, and a candidate to represent Astoria, NY in the State Assembly.  Zohran ran his campaign for the State Assembly on the …

“Decolonizing Self-Love”

July 7th, 2020


Today's guest, DJ Bembona is taking the New York music scene by storm. Her sets are known for their infectious Afro-diasporic tracks. At the core of her work, she is an activist. She uses her sounds to empower by …

"A Time for Reflection"

June 30th, 2020


Welcome back to Season 7 of Immigrantly. Our today’s guest is Shruti Ganguly. She is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been featured …

Season 7 Trailer

June 19th, 2020


81 Episodes later, we are gearing up to release our 7th Season of Immigrantly on June 30th.  81 conversations that have challenged the archaic stereotypes of what it means to be an immigrant, a child of immigrants, a …

Underrepresentation in Hollywood

June 16th, 2020


The focus of today’s episode is on the entertainment industry. Leading the battle from within for inclusion and accountability is Sue Obeidi, …

"How [are] you involved in White Supremacy?"

June 9th, 2020


How do we navigate spaces in which we can have access to some privileges but not others? How can anyone claim their identity without first recognizing their entitlement?  Today, We will do a deep dive on these topics …

Mother Nature is telling us Something

June 5th, 2020


Today on Immigrantly, we welcome an exceptional guest who is all about the environment and fighting for mother earth as our home. Gelareh Darabi is an environmental correspondent for the National Geographic Channel and …

Unapologetically Progressive

May 26th, 2020


A first-time candidate running for office to represent Queens in the House of Representatives, Sandra Choi joins a wave of progressive newcomers, hoping to ignite change at the most direct level. A lifelong Queens …

Unspoken Words

May 19th, 2020


Catherine Kapphahn’s mother, Marijana, died of ovarian cancer when Catherine was only 22. she found herself cut off from the past she never really knew. Born and raised in America, Catherine realized that she knew very …

Entry Point to Cultures

May 12th, 2020


Our guest for today's show is Yara Elmjouie. Yara’s production “In Real Life”  is structured in short documentaries on conversations around food, …

Our Tehzeeb

May 5th, 2020


Our guest for today's show is Iram Parveen Bilal. She is a creator. A Physics-Olympian-turned-filmmaker, she wears eight rings on her body and appreciates honesty. She is an enabler who focuses on thought-provoking …

Everyone Has A Voice

April 28th, 2020


Aysha Khan is an award-winning journalist whose work is rapidly changing the narrative around Muslims in America and around the world.  What’s most impressive about her work is its justice-oriented nature. Aysha has …

My Namesake

April 21st, 2020


Today we welcome a special guest, one who you might say shares a similar role as me, talking to people, researching stories, and broadcasting them to …

"Maybe We Need to Tell Fuller Stories"

April 14th, 2020


Our today’s guest is She is someone who has lived through some of history’s most defining moments. Her early childhood took place in the heels of …

"A Choice to Destroy Lives"

April 7th, 2020


We are kicking off April with a new season of Immigrantly. You probably noticed, we took a small hiatus in recognition that so much is happening around us and like you, we needed time to adjust, root down, and grapple …

"What Do Your Mom and Dad Call You?"

March 24th, 2020


is an acclaimed actress known for her provocative performances in a wide range of memorable roles on film and television. She has starred in over 20 …

"I Make My Own Choices."

March 17th, 2020


Saima Mir is a powerful writer who uses her personal stories to challenge notions surrounding patriarchy, Islam, and parenting. As a result, she has …

"Raise Your Hand If You're A Racist"

March 10th, 2020


Regina Jackson and Saira Rao are the co-founders of Race2Dinner, an organization that allows specifically white women to address their racism through a sit-down dinner they pay for. It’s innovative, and it pushes past …

"Inherent Love of Exploration"

March 3rd, 2020


Xiao Wang is the co-founder and CEO of the Seattle-based startup, Boundless. Boundless is an immigration company with a mission to “empower families to navigate the immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and …

“I Have Lived Both Sides"

February 25th, 2020


Wardah Khalid is a policy analyst, activist, and speaker on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, refugees/immigration, and Islam in America. She …

"We Keep Each Other Honest"

February 18th, 2020


Shamim Sarif is a British novelist and filmmaker. Her work often focuses on various aspects of identity; including gender, race, and sexuality. It …

Special Minisode- America's History of Family Separation

February 11th, 2020


This special minisode focuses on America’s immigration history in the context of family separation. It debunks the notion that the concept of family separation is new. The episode showcases how children have been …

It's Up to Us to Tell Our Stories

February 11th, 2020


Annie Tan is a Chinese American Special Education teacher, writer, activist, and storyteller from Chinatown, in New York. Annie has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and The Moth Radio Hour on …

"You See the Other Side"

February 4th, 2020


Nusrat Alam and Jo'rell Whitfield are changemakers. They are the co-founders of I am Perspective (IAP). IAP aims to create a united society by fostering empathy, awareness, growth, and genuine human connection through …

"That's the Cause of Your Problem"

January 28th, 2020


Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is a writer, a religious scholar, activist, and author. He regularly speaks on issues of diversity, equity, hate, violence, …

"We Want a Better Life for the Kids”

January 21st, 2020


We all have an idea of what an American dream is, but how would you define an American nightmare? Aarti and her family encountered every obstacle …

Can We All Just Get Along?

January 14th, 2020


Mairav Zonszein is a second-generation Israeli American journalist and editor who writes about Israel-Palestine conflict and its role in U.S. …

An Insider-Outsider Perspective

January 7th, 2020


Saks Afridi is a New York-based Pakistani American artist who explores the dichotomy of being an insider/outsider. Through his work, he recreates the …

A Leap of Faith

December 24th, 2019


Qinza Najm is a Pakistani-American visual artist whose interdisciplinary artistic practice explores gendered violence and female subjectivity. Her …

Immigration-A Love Story

December 17th, 2019


This week's episode is centered around an incredible immigration love story. An Italian-born Designer/Media Advertiser, Francesco Bertocci, meets his future wife, Lucy Harris, an American who went to Rome to teach …

Thanksgiving Special

December 10th, 2019


A little late, but we’re still excited to share a Thanksgiving Special. Come and reflect with us on this year’s Thanksgiving and make plans with us to celebrate next year’s Thanksgiving in a more honest and inclusive …

Wanna Eat Some Ice cream?

December 3rd, 2019


Ahmed Ali Akbar is a writer, journalist, and the host of "See Something, Say Something", an incredible podcast where Ahmed talks to Muslims from …

Let me be Honest

November 19th, 2019


Asad Dandia is a young Brooklynite who is reinventing the way people approach religion esp, Islam. Asad was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from New York University (NYU) with a Bachelor of Science in Social …

Let's talk about Patriarchy

November 12th, 2019


Kim Yi Dionne is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of California–Riverside. She is also an editor of the …

Defying Gravity

November 5th, 2019


Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose work combines observations on hip hop, fine art, and popular culture. He takes on such …

Breaking Gender Stereotypes

October 29th, 2019


Kulsoom Abdullah is a Data Scientist. She has a Masters and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and if this wasn't enough, she is also a …

A kid in a Candy Store

October 22nd, 2019


Donny Khan is the Senior Marketing Director at National Hockey League (NHL). Donny immigrated to America from Pakistan as a young teen and has been National Hockey League Senior Director of Marketing for eleven years. …

"Posturing Gratitude"

October 15th, 2019


Our today's guest is Dina Nayeri. She is the author of The "Ungrateful Refugee," Dina's first nonfiction book. Her essay of the same name was one of …

"Did you grow up cooking with your Mother and Grandmother?"

October 8th, 2019


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 …

Dosa Man-A Quintessential American Story

October 1st, 2019


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 …

"If you believe you’re American, then you’re American"

September 24th, 2019


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. Her career has spanned different …

Inspired by 90s Bollywood

September 17th, 2019


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 …

Matters of the Heart

September 10th, 2019


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 …

"We have been Vilified for so long"

September 3rd, 2019


Season 4 starts 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 …

The Alien Chronicles is changing its name to "Immigrantly”

August 30th, 2019


This fall, the Alien Chronicles is changing its name to Immigrantly. The name Immigrantly is more representative of our broader aspirations, to …

"I call myself a Cook"

August 27th, 2019


Haya Emaan is one of the few professionally-trained chefs from Pakistan. She started her career at a renowned Hotel, Avari towers in Karachi and …

"We are here now"

August 20th, 2019


Sana Saeed is a host and producer at Al Jazeera. Prior to working at AJ+, Al Jazeera’s online channel, Sana had pieces featured in publications such as the New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, Huffington Post, and Elle, …

"We live in an age of shameful hate & shameless weakness"

August 13th, 2019


Elad Nehorai has spent most of his adult life creating and nurturing communities. From the time he started a small online arts magazine (before such …

"I am an American-whatever that means"

August 6th, 2019


Today, I’m speaking with Grace Talusan, the author of the memoir The Body Papers. Grace is a professor at Tufts University in Boston, and the Body Papers is her first book. In 2017, the yet unpublished manuscript of the …

Keeping up with the times: Iran Edition

July 30th, 2019


Born and raised in Iran, and having attended the University of Tehran where she received a BS in Industrial Design, Shiva is an entrepreneur.  She later moved to the US, where she received her Masters in Industrial …

Love Thy Neighbor

July 23rd, 2019


Jon Aragón is an entrepreneur who specializes in multidisciplinary design and branding. Intriguingly, Jon is also a preacher, which is a rather …

It's just part of the Muslim Experience

July 16th, 2019


Aymann Ismail is an award-winning podcast host, video editor, photographer, and writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion. As a kid of Egyptian Immigrants, Ayman's early childhood experiences reflect …

"I forgive you, my Cousin"

July 9th, 2019


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 …

A Story of Love and Hope

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

I didn't know I had my own American Dream

June 25th, 2019


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 …

Are you Exactly like Me?

June 18th, 2019


Basim Usmani is one of the founders of the punk band "The Kominas" that was born out of Massachusetts in the early 2000s. Since their inception, the …

One Story at a time

June 11th, 2019


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 …

"Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation"

June 4th, 2019


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 …

A White DACA Recipient

May 28th, 2019


  I recorded my interview with Gosia Labno, a couple of months ago, but I am releasing it today because of its relevance to the current discourse on immigration. When I spoke to Gosia, The Dream and American Promise ACT …

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses"

May 21st, 2019


Immigration has been a contentious topic in the United States for a few years now. However, the dialogue has, for some time, focused on legal vs. illegal immigration. In very recent years, the focus has shifted not only …

What's in a Name

May 15th, 2019


"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. 

The one who rebels

May 8th, 2019


In this episode, 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 …

Is the American Dream a myth?

May 1st, 2019


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 …

Our journey is never complete

April 24th, 2019


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 …

First comes Marriage, then comes Love

April 17th, 2019


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 …

Am I a good Immigrant?

April 10th, 2019


In this episode, Saadia talks to Chimene Suleyman. Chimene is the editor of The Good Immigrant USA, and a contributing writer to the original …

"A brave friendship"

April 3rd, 2019


Beth Schuman and Nizar Farsakh are part of an organization called Combatants for Peace.The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was …

Three Immigrant stories

March 27th, 2019


 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 …

America is a Salad

March 20th, 2019


Sanjana Bhatnagar and Stephanie Munn are high school students and Students for Refugees (SFR) representatives. S.F.R. is working to raise funds to …

My Immigrant Mother

March 13th, 2019


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 …

Let's get to know each other

March 6th, 2019


Samira Sadeque is a New York-based Bangladeshi journalist and poet focusing on migration, the refugee crisis, gender, and mental health. She …

Because I sucked at it...

February 27th, 2019


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 …

Immigrants make America great

February 20th, 2019


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 …

Where the East and the West meet

February 13th, 2019


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 …

My Grandmother's legacy

February 6th, 2019


Saadia Khan talks to Lisa Genn. Lisa was born in Russia, she and her parents left Moscow in December 1989 on the verge of the collapse of the Soviet …

I am a Bridge

January 30th, 2019


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 …

I am a Survivor

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

My Ancestors' Land

January 16th, 2019


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 …

We are more similar than different

December 26th, 2018


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 rarely taken for an immigrant, In this episode, …

Home is Elusive

December 19th, 2018


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 …

From Kashmir to America: A Muslim Feminist's Journey

December 12th, 2018


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. …

Guess what? I am not an Engineer

December 5th, 2018


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 …

Oh sweet I love thee!

November 28th, 2018


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. …

I have Faith

November 21st, 2018


Saadia talks to Nicole Duran, Dominican Republic native. Nicole is currently working as a hairstylist and is also a student focusing on psychology …

A tale of a taxpaying DREAMER

November 14th, 2018


In this episode, Saadia talks to Juan Escalante, a renowned digital strategist and nationally recognized immigration advocate about his experiences …

I am home

November 6th, 2018


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 …

What's with the accent?

October 31st, 2018


Saadia Khan talks to Sahar Saleem, an American Pakistani who immigrated to the US when she was 7 years old. A creative through and through, she is …

Immigrantly Trailer

October 26th, 2018


Do you know what's funny to me? It seems like humans are obsessed with defining themselves. Identities have quickly become labels and vice versa. But …

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