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Welcome to Immigrantly: a boundary-pushing, border-crossing podcast that gives diverse voices and stories home. Drawing on her own experiences as a rights activist and a first-generation Asian immigrant, creator & host, Saadia Khan tackles the big questions on race, identity & the immigrant experien… read more

273 Episodes | 2018 - 2024

The Food Mashup

February 20th, 2024


I'm excited to chat with the impressive Chef Jesus Diaz. From starting in a Florida sushi joint to becoming a household name on Despierta America, …

Cooking Up Love, One Recipe At a Time

February 13th, 2024


Join me as I uncover the heartwarming tale of Send Chinatown Love, a nonprofit born out of the unity of New York City's Chinatown during the pandemic. Elaine Mao and Christoph Grosse share insights into their mission …

I Must Belong Here

February 6th, 2024


In today's episode, I am joined by Supinder Wraich, a trailblazing Canadian writer and actress. You might recognize her from her standout performance as "Aqsa" in the Peabody award-winning series "Sort of," which is …

Feed Drop: The Mash-Up Americans Podcast - Lisa Ling

January 30th, 2024


In January 2023, I sat down with Amy Choi and Rebecca Lehrer, the cohosts of The Mash-Up Americans podcast. Our conversation centered on their series on grief. We discussed grief, how we can understand it without …

"Diversity Hire": Claudine Gay and Future of DEI

January 23rd, 2024


Harvard's first black president, Claudine Gay, resigned recently following several controversies over the past few months. But the real controversy, …

Love Comes In Many Shapes and Sizes

January 16th, 2024


Finding meaningful connections becomes crucial in a world where loneliness affects physical and mental well-being. Whether solidifying familial ties …

What's Your Heart Telling You

January 9th, 2024


Welcome back! Today's guest, Jane Wong, is a poet, a professor, and a restaurant kid - her new book, “Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City,” covers growing up in a Chinese-American restaurant and reckoning with her …

Holiday Special: Breaking Bread

December 26th, 2023


For the final Immigrantly episode of 2023, I decided to learn more about America’s most popular winter holiday—Christmas. Although I don’t celebrate …

Crafting Change Through Art

December 19th, 2023


Meet the incredible Siddharth Katragadda, a San Diego-based artist extraordinaire who's not just a painter, photographer, and award-winning filmmaker but a force for change. Born and raised in India, Siddharth weaves …

From Headlines to Chaat Dog: Pervaiz Shallwani's Flavorful Journey

December 12th, 2023


My today’s guest, Pervaiz Shallwani- From covering intense stories like the George Floyd protests to reporting on the Brooklyn subway shooting, Pervaiz is spicing things up in the food scene. Now, he's cooking up 'Chaat …

The Quiet Violence of Language

December 5th, 2023


Inspired by the ongoing suffering in Palestine, this episode explores language's power and potential harm. Words aren’t harmless and are often dangerous. Slight differences in word choice alter people’s perceptions. …

Taboos, Sex, and Feminism with Sangeeta Pillai

November 28th, 2023


Today's guest is the multi-award-winning podcaster and sex educator Sangeeta Pillai. Sangeeta hosts the Masala podcast that features interviews with …

Thanksgiving Special: Adapting Tradition

November 21st, 2023


We bring to you our annual Thanksgiving episode with interviews with our very own Immigrantly team members on what the day looks like in their …

Denied Entry: Navigating Identity with Atheer Yacoub

November 14th, 2023


Atheer Yacoub is a New York-based Palestinian-Muslim comedian, writer, and podcaster. Through her unique lens, she explores the complexities of her …

Comedy, Crime, and Creative Wonders

November 7th, 2023


Prepare for a rollercoaster of talent and intrigue as I welcome the incredibly versatile Alex Estrada to our show! As a prolific writer in TV and …

Navigating the Military-Immigration Landscape

October 31st, 2023


Our guest is Dr. Sofya Aptekar- As an Associate Professor of Urban Studies at the City University of New York, she uncovers society’s secrets, from gentrification in Astoria Queens to the complexities of immigration and …

Neighborly Bonds

October 24th, 2023


Join me for a wild ride through the fascinating world of human connection and empathy with an award-winning journalist, Andrea Smardon. We'll dive deep into the real deal of human bonds versus shallow gestures while …

A Cinematic Explorer

October 17th, 2023


Today's episode covers the extraordinary journey of Kuwaiti filmmaker Omar Al Dakheel, from his transformative scholarship days in Miami to crafting …

Special Feed Drop: Tiny Huge Decisions Episode 1

October 10th, 2023


I have a special episode for you today. I am sharing an episode of the new podcast from APM Studios and Chalk & Blade called Tiny Huge Decisions. This is a story about two best friends, Mohsin and Dalia, who make a …

EmpowerHER: Elevating Latine Voices and Stories

October 3rd, 2023


In this special episode, I am diving deep into the impact of storytelling and the incredible strength of collective action, and what better time to …

The Cost of Living in White Space (January 2023)

September 26th, 2023


Today, in honor of Latino Heritage Month, we're revisiting one of my all-time favorite episodes. The episode was first released in January 2023.

I chat with Carmen Rita Wong, a true superstar, in this episode. Carmen's …

From Algorithms to Emotions: Aizzah Fatima’s Journey to Romcom Stardom

September 19th, 2023


Aizzah Fatima is a Muslim-American actress and filmmaker. Her one-woman play, Dirty Paki Lingerie, about the stereotypes faced by Muslim American women, has toured around the world, including in Canada, Pakistan, and …

Real Talk: A Candid Conversation on Sexuality and Identity

September 12th, 2023


In this episode, I sit down with Sadia Azmat, a British Indian writer and comedian who unapologetically shares her experiences with sexuality and …

Against the Current: Decoding Love with Mansi Choksi

September 5th, 2023


Why does the concept of a love marriage remain taboo, especially within the South Asian community?

The struggle for the right to choose one's partner, the right to love freely, and the right to carve our destinies …

Championing Rights: Anisha Singh and the Sikh Coalition

August 29th, 2023


Today's episode features Anisha Singh, the Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition – the most prominent Sikh civil rights organization in the U.S. Wondering what Anisha does? She's been at the forefront of combatting …

Unraveling Class Identity: A Candid Conversation with Jonathan Menjivar

August 22nd, 2023


What does class identity mean to you? Is it confined to the digits on a financial statement, or does it weave a complex tapestry that intertwines with race, ethnicity, and immigration status?

Today I am joined by …

Missing Kids and The Media: Breaking the Biases

August 15th, 2023


In this second part of our two-episode series on kidnappings, media coverage, and the Latino community, I am finally dissecting the term "Missing White Girl Syndrome"---where did the phrase come from, why are white …

Missing Kids and The Media: The Story of Sofia Juarez

August 8th, 2023


Today's episode is about the disappearance of Sofia Juarez the day before her 5th birthday and the TikTok video 18 years later that reignited the search for her. This narrative-style story will slightly differ …

Unraveling Partition 1947: Untold Stories of Shared Humanity

August 1st, 2023


The 1947 Indian partition was one of the most colossal migrations in recorded history, leaving behind a devastating toll. Over 2 million …

Feed Drop: The Trail Ahead Podcast-Ahmad Hijazi on Thru-hiking, Feeling at Home in Nature, and Arab Representation in the Outdoors

July 25th, 2023


Today, we are shaking things up! Rather than releasing our usual episode, we have a special treat for you. Get ready to dive into an enlightening episode of "The Trail Ahead" podcast, where athletes and …

The Kaleidoscope of Cultural Creativity

July 18th, 2023


My today's guest is Smriti Mundhra, the founder of Meralta Films, a production company based in both Los Angeles and Mumbai. Her talent and …

Nature, Comedy, and Authenticity with Ivy Le

July 11th, 2023


On today's episode, I have the incredible Ivy Le, the creator of the podcast FOGO that explores nature through the eyes of the “most reluctant host” you've ever encountered. Join us as we unravel the secrets …

Stars, Stripes, and Stories: A Fourth of July Special

July 4th, 2023


As most of you know, I pose a thought-provoking question to my guests at the end of every episode: How would they define America in a single …

Reality TV, Comedy, and Cultural Adventures

June 27th, 2023


Today's guest is the extraordinary Anna Hossnieh, a comedy producer at iHeartRadio and co-host of the thought-provoking podcast Ethnically Ambiguous. Join me as we dive deep into Anna's world, exploring her …

Laughs, Characters, and Artistic Roots: Getting Real with Lucie Pohl

June 20th, 2023


Join me as I chat with the wonderfully funny Lucie Pohl, the voice actor behind Overwatch 2 hero Mercy. We explore her comedic background, …

Unveiling Media Storm: Boldly Amplifying Unheard Voices

June 13th, 2023


Join me on today's episode as we dive into the world of Helena Wadia, an accomplished journalist whose work has graced the pages of Evening Standard, NME, BBC, Channel 5 News, and London Live. If you need to …

Unmasking Our Emotional Identities

June 6th, 2023


In this episode, join me as I sit down with Raha Francis, a business and legal strategist turned consultant. But we're not diving into the …

Embrace the 'Good Enough' Job: Work, Life, and Finding Peace

May 30th, 2023


In today’s lively episode, prepare to challenge the conventional wisdom about work! I enjoyed chatting with the incredible Simone Stolzoff, …

Storytelling Unleashed: Unveiling the Power of Narrative

May 23rd, 2023


In this captivating episode, I invite you to join us as we delve into the extraordinary life and work of Eshe Lewis. As a researcher focusing on the experiences of Afro-descendant women in Peru, Eshe has …

“I Am Always Enough Just Being” (2021)

May 16th, 2023


Those who know me know that as someone who has always been open about my mental health journey, starting conversations about mental health is crucial. That's why, when Mental Health Awareness Month arrived, I …

Behind the Pages: A Deep Dive into Sri Lankan Politics & Family with V.V. Ganeshananthan

May 9th, 2023


I'm so excited to introduce today's guest, V.V. Ganeshananthan, who also goes by Sugi. She's a novelist whose work has appeared in many leading newspapers and journals, including Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, …

Ten Thousand Words: Exploring Creativity and Connection with Shin Yu Pai

May 2nd, 2023


I'm particularly excited to have Shin Yu Pai with me today. I've been a fan of her poetry for a while now, and it's truly an honor to have …

From Figure Skating to Podcasting: A Fun Chat with Media Entrepreneur Asad Butt

April 25th, 2023


I'm thrilled to have Asad Butt, my friend, and co-host of our other podcast Invisible Hate, on the show today. Asad has been in the business, entrepreneurial, and media world for a while now, and like me, his …

Movement and Music with Meklit Hadero: A Genre-Bending Journey

April 18th, 2023


My guest today is Meklit Hadero, the Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based artist. She is best known for her innovative Ethio-Jazz vocals and electric performance style. Even if you were to listen for a few …

Riding Along with Kareem Rahma: Creating 'Keep the Meter Running' and More

April 11th, 2023


In this episode, I sit down with Kareem Rahma, the creator of the popular series "Keep the Meter Running" on TikTok and YouTube. In each …

Whispers to God: Islam and Mental Health (2021)

April 4th, 2023


As Ramadan, the month of fasting, is underway, I find myself drawn to the deeper meaning of fasting and how it can fuel my spiritual connection. This led me to revisit one of my favorite podcast episodes from …

Mixing It Up: A Deep Dive into Cross-Cultural Relationships

March 28th, 2023


Welcome to Immigrantly, the podcast that shares immigrant stories and experiences through a nuanced lens. In this episode, I am joined by …

Uncovering the Dark Side of Labor: A Climate Activist's Fight for Justice

March 21st, 2023


Get ready to be inspired and informed in this podcast episode as I sit down with Saket Soni, a labor organizer and human rights activist making a significant impact in the fight for workers' rights. Originally …

Ice-Breaking: Immigrantly Goes Live with Sway Bhatia at NHL Event

March 15th, 2023


I am thrilled to present an exciting bonus episode to you. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a live podcast event on February 19th, …

Feed Drop: Coming Home

March 14th, 2023


 Here at Immigrantly, I believe in creating a safe space for authentic storytelling. Most stories are built on our platform but sometimes from other sources. And today, we are doing just that. We will share an …

The Journey of Becoming

March 7th, 2023


My today's guests are a fantastic duo. Lilliana Vazquez is a Puerto Rican and Mexican TV personality, style expert, and interviewer. You may recognize her as a former contributor on the Today show, the former …

Tracing the Roots of American Food (With Stephen Satterfield) 2022

February 28th, 2023


Today, In honor of Black History month and to pay homage to the African contribution to American food, I am re-releasing another gem from the …

Our Stories Redefined

February 21st, 2023


My guest is Micha Cooper Edwards. She is the founder and CEO of Soleil Space and Soleil Entertainment. At her core, Micha is a visionary …

Valentine's Day Special: Swipe Left, Swipe Right

February 14th, 2023


Between “ghosting,” “Icks,” and the question of whether or not to swipe right, the dating world isn’t the same as it used to be. Forty-eight …

"You Are Valid"

February 7th, 2023


Immigrantly family, today I’ll be chatting with Mari Uchida. She is a photographer, director, a fiercely creative artist whose work has been …

All of Us Are Unwell

January 31st, 2023


Today's guest, Dr. Mimi Khuc, is a writer, teacher, and scholar of things unwell, a pedagogy that examines humans' relationship to the world …

Written In The Stars

January 24th, 2023


Today's guest is Mangesh Hattikudur. He is a podcaster and co-founder of Kaleidoscope, a podcast production company. He’s also the co-host of the podcast Part-Time Genius, the former senior vice president of …

The Cost of Living In White Space

January 17th, 2023


Carmen Rita Wong is a journalist, entrepreneur, and personal finance expert. Once the host of a TV program called On The Money, Carmen has …

Mashing up the Conversation on Grief

January 10th, 2023


Today I’m joined by Amy S Choi and Rebecca Lehrer, co-founders and co-hosts of The Mash-Up American podcast, which features stories and interviews on …

Special Feed Drop: Before Me

January 3rd, 2023


Welcome listeners. As some of you may know, our team is taking a much-needed break to rest and recuperate so that we can come back on January 10th, reinvigorated to share some awesome Immigrantly content with …

Special: Holiday Hot-Takes

December 27th, 2022


There is nothing Immigrantly loves more than switching up the narrative--and that's why today, we're sharing some controversial opinions, or …

Expressing Kinship and Self Through Art

December 20th, 2022


What does following your passion look like? How many aspiring actresses, dancers, writers, podcasters and artists have been told that their …

Tap Dancing As A Way to Communicate

December 13th, 2022


My today's guest is Gerson Lanza. Born and raised in Honduras, Gerson is a tap dancer and an educator. He is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Maryland. And earlier this year, he …

Hip Hop Into Your Raw Self

December 6th, 2022


Music has been an integral part of my life; from classical and popular music to rock, you will find an entire gamut on my Spotify playlist. …

Reporting the Human in All of Us

November 29th, 2022


How do we harness the power of authentic storytelling to recreate narratives about immigrants? I sat down with Liz Robbins, the director of journalism partnerships at "Define American," to discuss this and other …

Thanksgiving Special: The Not So Sweet History of Candied Yams

November 22nd, 2022


Before turning off your phone for a Thanksgiving digital detox or because the turkey requires your undivided intention, spend a moment with the Immigrantly team and me. Today's episode is on the history of yams …

What is Sexuality Anyways?

November 15th, 2022


 Why is it that we stumble when we discuss sexuality? It should be a joyous topic rather than one fraught with shame, confusion, and …

Election Special: Want to be an ally? Vote!

November 8th, 2022


Today's episode addresses why voting is not just a right that individuals should exercise; it is also a democratic measure of collective …

Living Unapologetically Intersectional (2021)

November 1st, 2022


Hey Immigrantly family! As we are working hard to get you some excellent content in the coming days, I also recognize we have some new listeners. Therefore, I thought, why not share something incredible from the …

"It Begins with a Line"

October 25th, 2022


Ruby Jaffrey is a talented, contemporary calligraphy artist who has exhibited her artwork worldwide, including in London, LA, New York, and Karachi. Like many of us who rely on art for expression and play, Ruby …

Are Humans and Nature Separate?

October 18th, 2022


Our guest, Vanessa Chavarriaga Posada, is a Colombian-American athlete, activist, and environmental sociologist who is always on the move. …

Loving Through Boundaries

October 11th, 2022


Our guest is Israa Nasir, a psychotherapist, and mental health educator. She is the founder of Well. Guide, a digital mental wellness brand …

Lipstick, Runways, and Microaggressions

October 4th, 2022


Our guest today is an expert on self-expression-Taiwanese-born Romana Lai, a renowned editorial makeup artist who has worked with many of the fashion industry’s leading names and publications, including Vogue …

"She is Being Very Asian"

September 27th, 2022


Today's guest Michelle Li is a broadcaster, founder of the "Very Asian Movement" &  Foundation and author of the upcoming book ‘A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food’. The "Very Asian movement" initially …

How Privilege Changes the Lens I Wear

September 20th, 2022


Our Today's guest is Mathangi Subramanian. She is an award-winning writer of adult, young adult, and children's stories. But, just as she …

"Oh You Came On A Boat?"

September 13th, 2022


Today's episode is in collaboration with the Oyate Group, a community-driven foundation dedicated to empowering youth and small businesses …

What Do Books Really Teach Us?

September 6th, 2022


Our guest, Elaine Castillo, is the author of the newly released book "How to Read Now: Essays," which attempts to observe American books and movies through a BIPOC lens. Elaine takes a close look at TV shows …

Human Rights be Damned-Part Two

August 30th, 2022


Today's episode is the second part of our two-part series. If you are tuning in now, please be sure to listen to the first part of this series titled "Human Rights be Damned-Part One." In the episode, I had a …

Human Rights be Damned-Part One

August 23rd, 2022


Welcome to Immigrantly's fall guest lineup. In part one of a two-episode series, my  Rana Ayyub, an Indian journalist and opinion columnist …

Special: Define the United States in a Word or a Phrase

August 16th, 2022


Dear Immigrantly family, as you know, we are not releasing any new episodes this week; our fall lineup starts next week, August 23rd, with our conversation with Rana Ayyub. Nevertheless, I have exciting and fun …

My Parents, TikTok & I

August 9th, 2022


Today's guest, Thea Pham, shares her journey in discovering and defining what mental health means to her, how it fits in the complicated puzzle of her upbringing, and why she has felt immense emotional and …

Before They Were Your Parents

August 2nd, 2022


For Neda Toloui-Semnani, our today's guest, understanding who her parents were and what motivated them to participate in the 1979 Iranian …

Once Upon An Abubakr in Hollywood (2021)

July 26th, 2022


Today I am sharing another gem from the Immigrantly vault. It’s our conversation with Abubakr Ali. He is an actor, writer, and singer. Last …

Who Gets To Be a Citizen of the United States? (with Ramtin Arablouei)

July 19th, 2022


Today we have a fellow podcaster in our midst. Ramtin Arablouei is the co-host and co-producer of NPR's podcast Throughline. This show explores history through creative, immersive storytelling designed to …

Meeting Abortion with Compassion (2020)

July 12th, 2022


The first time I introduced today's episode was in September 2020, when we recorded the interview on abortion access with Dr. Meera Shah. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in …

We're Not Doing Reproductive Justice Right (Yet)

July 5th, 2022


On June 24th, 2022, the hyper-conservative Supreme Court overturned Roe Vs. Wade and took away a woman's constitutional right to abortion. Thirteen states with trigger laws will ban abortion instantly. As a …

What Happened to Haitian Migrants in Del Rio, Texas?

June 28th, 2022


In September 2021, when the images of border patrol agents whipping a group of Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas, came to light, national …

The Elephant in the Room: Climate Change

June 21st, 2022


Thimali Kodikara is the series producer of "Mothers of Invention," hosted by former Irish president Mary Robinson and comedian-writer Maeve Higgins. Their platform uncovers stories of climate justice heroes, …

"To Be Brown & Gay" (with Dr. Anthony Ocampo)

June 14th, 2022


Today's guest, Dr. Anthony Ocampo, was raised in Los Angeles as the only son of two Filipino immigrants. He attended Stanford University for Comparative Race and Ethnicity and later received his master's in …

Tracing the Roots of American Food (with Stephen Satterfield)

June 7th, 2022


Our guest, Stephen Satterfield, has dedicated his career to organizing, activating, and educating people about the origins and cultures of …

On the Ice with LA Kings’ Defenseman Jordan Spence

May 31st, 2022


In honor of May being the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (API), the National Hockey League (NHL) and Immigrantly joined forces to …

Behind NHL Bench (with Aisha Visram)

May 24th, 2022


In honor of May being the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (API), the National Hockey League (NHL) and Immigrantly joined forces to …

Special Drop: How Indian Food Became Frustratingly Hip

May 17th, 2022


Today we are sharing an episode from "Bad Table Manners," a podcast that pushes the boundaries of food storytelling in South Asia, produced …

Buzzer Beaters & Desi Hoop Dreams

May 10th, 2022


Sports are undoubtedly one of the most prominent cultural phenomena in the US. They enjoy tremendous popularity and are considered a means to …

Thou Shalt Not Redistrict

May 3rd, 2022


Our guest is Josefa Velasquez, a senior reporter for The City, a digital publication focused on the New York area. Josefa has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, Business Insider, New York …

Immigration & the Politics of Reconciliation (with Ali Noorani)

April 26th, 2022


Season 14 of Immigrantly, titled “People’s Choice,” launches today. Our first guest of the season is Ali Noorani, the president and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. Prior, he was the director of the …

Music that Transcends Boundaries (with Arooj Aftab)

April 12th, 2022


For season 13 finale, our guest is someone who defies the conventional boundaries of musical expression. Arooj Aftab, is a Grammy-winning Pakistani singer, composer, producer, and editor whose music has gained …

Divorce Done Right

April 5th, 2022


Our guest today is Maria Akopyan. Maria is a family lawyer, divorce coach, and the founder of Dignified Divorce Coaching. Born in Armenia and …

Let’s Talk About Sex Cleanup (with Frances Tang)

March 29th, 2022


Our guest today is Frances Tang, the founder, CEO, of Awkward Essentials, an innovative personal hygiene company. Their most well-known …

The Uncommon Narratives About Dating

March 22nd, 2022


Dating can be a rocky ride at the best of times, especially in this day and age when narratives and how-tos are thrust upon us by the media, …

Combatting Intimate Partner Violence in Relationships

March 18th, 2022


Today's guest, Dr. Bushra Sabri, teaches at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing & is a recognized expert in exposure to violence …

Arranged Vs. Love Marriage

March 15th, 2022


Today's guest is family in all senses of the word. Tina Khan (A.K.A Shahjehan khan's mom) describes her journey into marriage and how love is nurtured in her life. Tina shares stories of heartbreak, love …

Breaking Down Polyamory with Jessica Fern

March 8th, 2022


Our guest today is trailblazing a unique approach towards navigating relationships. Jessica Fern is the author of The book takes its readers into an exploration of the relationship between attachment theory and …

I’m (Sex) Positive: Disrupting Health Education with Justine Ang Fonte

March 1st, 2022


Did you attend a sex-ed class in middle or high school? If the answer is no, you're not alone. In the United States, only twenty-four states …

Sibling Love & Immigrant Identity in Hollywood with Sujata Day

February 22nd, 2022


Sujata Day, the producer of Definition Please and actress on Insecure and Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, joins us in the studio to discuss her work, a product of what is personal and public. Influenced by …

To All The Ones I Loved Before

February 15th, 2022


Dear Listener, have you ever had your heart broken? Whether by an ex or a friend, every one of us has felt our stomach drop and our heart …

Self-Love on Valentine's Day

February 8th, 2022


Today we tackle self-love through a cultural lens. Our guest Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed, is a political strategist, storyteller, and artist based in …

Pleasure Through The Personal Lens

February 1st, 2022


We explore self-love through sexual empowerment. Our today's guest is Anna Lee. Anna is the owner of the wellness company Lioness. Lioness is the first and only intelligent vibrator on the market. But beyond its …

The Comedic Anxieties of Dating (with Aparna Nancherla)

January 25th, 2022


Today, joining us to speak on dating, comedy, finding, and being the source of inspiration is the oh-so wondrous, deeply hilarious, and …

Hybrid Dating?

January 18th, 2022


Saadia & Shahjehan sit down for a completely unscripted, unfiltered conversation to test their chemistry as co-hosts for season 13. In short, it is there. They exchange their own dating stories, including …

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 …

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 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 …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

From Cells & Microbes to Cookies & Masala (with Nik Sharma)

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

"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, …

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 …

"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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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. …

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. …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

"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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 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 …

"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 …

“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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

"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 …

"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 …

"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, …

"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 …

"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, …

“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 …

"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 often draws upon her own personal experience with …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

"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, …

"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 …

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 …

A Leap of Faith

December 24th, 2019


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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

"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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

"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, …

"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 …

"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, …

"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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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, …

Immigrantly Podcast Trailer

October 26th, 2018


Looking to engage in deeply personal conversations on race, multiculturalism, politics, and the general messiness of being human? Hosted by …

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