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

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The Mosque in America, A National Portrait (with Dr. Ihsan Bagby)

October 1st, 2021


We’re back from hiatus and to our regularly scheduled programming with an interview with Dr. Ihsan Bagby on his work polling American mosques for two …

"Saving the Seeds" (by the Self-Evident podcast)

June 15th, 2021


This week, we wanted to introduce you to one of our favorite podcast partners: Self-Evident: Asian American Stories. They do incredible work showcasing the wide-ranging stories of Asian Americans. And: we've picked up …

[BONUS] Pakistani Chicken Hutt (via America's Test Kitchen)

June 4th, 2021


Another bonus! We’re sharing with you Ahmed’s story for the PROOF podcast by America’s Test Kitchen. It's a personal essay about growing up a picky eater in a Pakistani family. Subscribe to PROOF and find more info on …

[BONUS] Introducing: "The Universal Title" Episode 2

May 5th, 2021


Here's episode 2 of the new podcast, "The Universal Title: Muhammad Ali's Spiritual Journey." Ahmed served as editor and co-writer of the series along with the team at America Abroad Media, PRX, and the Ali Center. …

[BONUS] Introducing: "The Universal Title" Podcast, Episode 1

April 30th, 2021


We're hard at work on the new season of SSSS, but in the meantime, we're excited to share episode 1 of the new podcast, "The Universal Title: Muhammad Ali's Spiritual Journey." Ahmed served as editor and co-writer of …

Announcement! + Patreon Jinn Zoom Call Preview

March 2nd, 2021


In this episode, an important announcement — we’re moving to a seasonal model! And stay tuned for the first 15 minutes of our Patreon bonus zoom call with our guests .

So this will be the last episode for a little bit — …


January 5th, 2021


Happy New Year! We’re BACK after a COVID19 hiatus.

Our most popular episode every year is our jinn episode. This year, we’re doing an anthology, a …

‘East of La Brea’ (with Sameer Gardezi and Margari Aziza)

October 28th, 2020


Welcome to part two of…. MUSLIMS ON TV!!!! (now featuring an echo effect, naturally). We’re focusing on a web-series made with an antiracist model …

Netflix’s “Connected” (ft. Latif Nasser) and Hulu’s “Ramy” (ft. Shamira Ibrahim)

September 17th, 2020


It’s time to talk about…. MUSLIMS ON TV!!! again. We’re joined by the host of the new Netflix science travel show, “Connected,” Latif Nasser. He’s …

Illogical Courage

August 1st, 2020


Eid Mubarak! M Train has wrapped (thanks to BRIC!) and we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. In this episode, Ahmed talks to poet to …

M Train: Protests & the Pandemic #BLM

July 3rd, 2020


CW: Police Violence

Abolitionists protests are sweeping the nation as the COVID19 pandemic continues to ravage Black communities. Black Muslims in …

M Train: Death & Grieving in Muslim New York

May 8th, 2020


Burying a loved one is never easy. But for Muslims New Yorkers, the price of land, gentrification, and ritual practices complicates an already …

M Train: Coronavirus & Chaabi

March 27th, 2020


Corona has thrown M Train (and all of society) for a bit of a loop. So we threw the script out for this episode and called up Dr. Ahmed Hozain, a surgical resident and researcher currently working in NYC, to talk about …

M Train: Roti & Sorrel in Brooklyn

March 13th, 2020


This episode, we head to Brooklyn to eat some Trinidadian food and talk about the dialogue between Black, Desi, Carribbean, and Muslim cultures …

M Train: Cyborgs, Activism, and the Muslim Vote (Live! from Brooklyn)

February 27th, 2020


We’re coming to you live! For the second episode of M-Train —the new six-part miniseries from See Something, Say Something and BRIC Radio — we hosted a panel discussion at the BRIC Ballroom centered on Muslims in …

M Train: Redefining Sex & Coming Out Muslim

February 13th, 2020


Welcome aboard the M Train! A new six-part miniseries from See Something, Say Something and BRIC Radio– a Brooklyn-based audio network that amplifies community with podcasts ranging from LGBTQ stories and radio plays to …

Underground Aams Trade Part 2 (via America's Test Kitchen)

January 8th, 2020


This month, we’re sharing with you  part two Ahmed’s reporting for America’s Test Kitchen where he followed the Pakistani mango trade in the United …

Underground Aams Trade, Part 1 (via America's Test Kitchen)

December 31st, 2019


This month, we’re sharing with you Ahmed’s reporting for America’s Test Kitchen where he followed the Pakistani mango trade in the United States. The …

Jack Ryan and Terrorism on TV

November 19th, 2019


Jack Ryan, Amazon’s TV show based on the Tom Clancy character of the same name, features drone strikes, a Black American “good Muslim” character, and many of the tropes that have been around since Homeland and 24. So …

The Tribes of the Jinn

October 19th, 2019


Happy Halloween! Jinn, those mischievous beings made of smokeless fire, are one of three races featured in the Qur’an (humans and angels being the …

Long-Term Recovery

September 24th, 2019



You know that catchy jingle that starts our show? That’s by The Kominas, a punk band that’s been influential in South Asian and Muslim scenes. One of the guitarists, Shahjehan Khan, is a longtime friend of the show …

Teaching Uyghur in America

September 1st, 2019


Over the past few years, China has increased its internment and surveillance of the Uyghur people for expressing their culture and Muslim religion. …

The Democratic Debates and Reclaiming The Narrative

August 6th, 2019


The July 30th and 31st Democratic debates had 20 (TWENTY!) candidates on stage. So, what do Muslim folks working in PR think about how the candidates …


July 23rd, 2019


Ahmed talks to Ramy Youssef, the writer and creator behind the Hulu show “Ramy” and the HBO Comedy Special “Feelings.” They discuss representation, …

Follow Me, Akhi

July 13th, 2019


Journalist Hussein Kesvani’s new book, “Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims” covers the many ways British Muslims use the internet. …

Eid and Aladdin Snacks

June 17th, 2019


Ramadan and Eid zoomed by and in the meantime, Ahmed watched the new live-action Guy Ritchie Aladdin movie… and turns out kind of enjoyed it?  Controversial, yes, but you have to speak your truth. So we’re joined this …

The Honest Struggle

May 30th, 2019


American Muslims have long participated in the struggle against mass incarceration, and this Ramadan, we speak to three people who can help us make sense of where things stand now. First, we talk to Sadiq Davis on his …

Brown Boy Syndrome

May 14th, 2019


Ramadan Mubarak! We're happily loopy from our first week of fasting. In this episode, Ahmed talks to New York Times best-selling novelist, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Her novel, “A Place For Us,” explores the relationships …

We're Back and Just in Time for Ramadan

April 30th, 2019


See Something Say Something is officially back, but we need your help! We’ve shifted to an independent, crowdfunding model; bear with us as we spend a few minutes discussing our new Patreon and how your donations will …

What exactly is Vogue Arabia, anyway?

April 9th, 2019


Ahmed's back for another short SSSS newsbrief! Salimah joins the podcast to talk about the three Somali models featured on April's Vogue Arabia cover, the freshmen Muslim congresswomen, Jordan Peele's "Us," and the …

Processing Christchurch

March 22nd, 2019


Ahmed and Abu are back for a one-off episode processing the murder of 50 people in the Christchurch, New Zealand masjids by a white supremacist. Stay subscribed to the feed and our social feeds for more updates on the …


November 14th, 2018


Ahmed and See Something Say Something are leaving BuzzFeed News — so we’re taking a moment to reflect with Bim Adewunmi, Tabir Akhter, and Sara Yasin. Ahmed talks candidly about what the show set out to do, the future …

The Power Of Anger (And Comedy) with Aamer Rahman

September 21st, 2018


Comedian Aamer Rahman’s viral stand-up bit on “Reverse Racism” is a sharp, thoughtful, and hilarious take on a microaggression that has always been a …

It’s My Party and I’ll Run if I Want To

September 14th, 2018


This week, we've got an elections update! Ahead of midterm elections, we're checking in with BuzzFeed News reporters on the Muslim candidates that ran for office this year. Talal Ansari gives us an update on everyone …

Mangoes & Memories Vol. 3: Preserving Culture Through Food

September 7th, 2018


We're back with the final installment of our food series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories explores food through the lens of culture and …

Mangoes & Memories Vol 2: The Great Secret WhatsApp Mango Trade

August 31st, 2018


Mangoes are one of the world’s most treasured fruit, but for Indian and Pakistani immigrants, it’s nearly impossible to get the beloved Alphonso and Chaunsa varietals in America. In this episode, we explore why some …

Mangoes & Memories Vol. 1: The Lambs of Eid Al-Adha

August 24th, 2018


It’s a new food mini-series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories will explore food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode …

Mental Health in the Muslim Community

August 17th, 2018


This week, we’re tackling a sensitive topic: suicide and mental health services in the American Muslim community. A few weeks ago, BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Allam published a piece on the rise of suicide rates in …

Brown Girls, with Fatimah Asghar

August 10th, 2018


Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani-Kashmiri poet, writer, and co-creator of the web series ‘Brown Girls,’ which is currently in development with HBO. Her new book of poems, ‘If They Come For Us,’ released this week. Ahmed …

The Queer Type

August 3rd, 2018


It’s time for another pop culture round up! This time, we’re checking in with TV Guide’s Krutika Mallikarjuna and Condeé Nast's Muna Mire about two …

Taking The Numb Out of Numbers

July 27th, 2018


Have you ever wondered how many Americans are married to their cousin? How hairy the average woman of color is? Well! Data journalist Mona Chalabi …

Good immigrants and The World Cup

July 20th, 2018


In this week’s episode, special guest host Sara Yasin steps in to discuss the most burning questions we all have about the World Cup. Like: who do you root for when there’s only European nations left in the tourney? Can …

The Rise of Muslim Biker Gangs And Other Lies

July 13th, 2018


In this week's episode, Ahmed discusses how anti-Muslim propaganda makes its way from Europe to the U.S. with Ishmael Daro of the BuzzFeed News Debunking Team and BuzzFeed's VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha …

Banned Together: SCOTUS Edition

July 6th, 2018


On a scale of 1-10, how much do you think our civil liberties have eroded this past month? These are the kind of things Ahmed worries about at night. So, he invited  brother-in-law, ACLU lawyer, and real-life Supreme …

'Terrorist #1' in A Chuck Norris Movie

June 29th, 2018


This week Ahmed talks with comedian Maz Jobrani about growing up in America with Iranian parents, turning down terrorist roles, and why he’s …

Fan Fav: Ghee Something Say Something

June 22nd, 2018


Ahmed is on vacation, so he wanted y’all to hear his favorite episode: Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt …

Ramadan Mubarak, with Fatima Ali

June 15th, 2018


Eid mubarak! Concluding our Ramadan series is a very special guest, ‘Top Chef’ contestant Fatima Ali. Join us for a ‘mental quickfire challenge’ where Fatima composes an Eid meal for 6 using Ahmed’s fridge leftovers. We …

Ramadan Mubarak, with Oddisee

June 8th, 2018


Growing up in the oasis of the DMV, rapper Oddisee, aka Amir Mohammad, was surrounded by other black, immigrant, and Muslim families. On the show, he chats about how this influenced his viewpoint as a rapper and the …

Ramadan Mubarak, with Halima Aden

June 1st, 2018


From posing in Rihanna’s Fenty campaign to gracing the covers of magazines like British Vogue and Allure, supermodel Halima Aden is taking the …

Ramadan Mubarak, With Ayman Mohyeldin

May 25th, 2018


In the second week of our Ramadan spotlight series, we talk with Ayman Mohyeldin, anchor and host at MSNBC. Ayman has spent years as a foreign correspondent and in front of a national audience, so Ahmed asks him about …

Ramadan Mubarak, With Ibtihaj Muhammad!

May 18th, 2018


RAMADAN MUBARAK!!! We’re so excited to kick off our annual, award-winning Ramadan series by speaking with Olympic bronze medalist, sabre fencer and …

Ramadan Breath

May 11th, 2018


It’s almost Ramadan! So Ahmed brings on nutritionist and dietician Nour Zibdeh to answer all the most pressing questions about how to prep for a month of fasting, focus, and fun. Plus: Nour answers listener submitted …

Pray For Zayn and Gigi

May 4th, 2018


Is Thanos a thicc daddy? We get into the real issues facing our culture with all-star BuzzFeeders Bim Adewunmi and Tabir Akhter. From the internet …

Salt Fat Acid Heat

April 27th, 2018


Iranian-American chef, author of “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” and bundle of joy Samin Nosrat joins us on the show this week. We chat about her theory behind cooking without recipes, gender and race in the kitchen and her super …

Episode 52: Clapback But Make It Fashion

April 20th, 2018


This week we have two very different but equally exciting guests. First we speak with political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi about “sounding …

Episode 51: Everything Is Horrible It’s Getting Worse And We’re All Accepting It

April 13th, 2018


BuzzFeed reporters Hannah Allam and Talal Ansari found dozens of instances where state and local Republican politicians publicly attacked Islam. We …

Episode 50: Stop Reading Bad Rumi Translations At Your Weddings

April 6th, 2018


This week, we cut to the feeling with cultural critic and poet Hanif Abdurraqib, author of "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us".  Ahmed and Hanif …

Episode 49: The White Terrorist Double Standard

March 30th, 2018


What does calling white radicals ‘terrorists’ accomplish? Is it a pandering rhetoric used by white liberals? Joining us to unpack media semantics and …

Episode 48: A Very Afghan New Year

March 23rd, 2018


Nowruz Mubarak! Whether you call it Persian New Year, the Spring Equinox, or something else, it’s a time for renewal and refresh celebrated by folks …

Episode 47: Break The Writer’s Room

March 16th, 2018


Award-winning TV writer Sameer Asad Gardezi stops by the show to chat about his experiences writing for shows like Modern Family, being the only POC in white writer’s rooms, and his work with Muslim writer’s room …

Episode 46: Why The Group Chat Is A Holy Space

March 9th, 2018


Content warning: sexual harassment. Hajj is supposed to be one of the most spiritual, moving moments in a practicing Muslim’s life. But like all communities, Muslims are having a #MeToo moment, as women have started to …

Episode 45: Let’s Talk About Sex, Habibi

March 2nd, 2018


Randa Jarrar is an essayist, professor, and writer of two books of fiction, “A Map Of Home” and “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali.” She stops by the show to …

Episode 44: “There’s Jojoba Oil in the Wind”

February 23rd, 2018


This week, we stan Ryan Coogler. Ahmed talks Black Panther with BuzzFeed culture writer/co-host of Thirst Aid Kit Bim Adewunmi and Senior Interactive …

Episode 43: 2/2 Mullahs Agree

February 16th, 2018


We’re back for season 4! First amendment queen Nabiha Syed and gloom and doom DJ Sara Yasin join us for a good ol' round of Halal or Not. Later, we …

Episode 42: The Best (?) Of 2017

November 16th, 2017


2017 has been a unmitigated trash fire, and it’s our last episode of the season (and year!) so we’re sharing the (few) things that brought us joy this year. We talk to Krutika Malikarjuna about the year’s best new …

Episode 41: Running, Not Hiding

November 9th, 2017


It’s election season in America and Muslims all around the country are turning up to run for public office, from big (Michigan governor) to small (local city council). But even though the candidates are running on local …

Introducing: Thirst Aid Kit

November 3rd, 2017


We're thrilled to introduce a new podcast hosted by friends-of-the-show Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins. In this inaugural episode, they examine the …

Episode 40: The Problem With Celebrity Sheikh Culture

November 2nd, 2017


There’s an important conversation about sexual harassment and assault happening across the United States. Things are no different for American …

Episode 39: Halaloween

October 26th, 2017


We’re back with another jinn episode! This year, it’s all about taking the genie narrative beyond the lamp. First, a conversation with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about why jinn make for such compelling …

Episode 38: Beauty Is The Splendor Of Truth, With Brother Ali

October 19th, 2017


Brother Ali’s been on a break from making music — in the five years since his last album, he’s travelled the world, studying up with traditional …

Episode 37: Happy Birthday From All The Aunties

October 12th, 2017


The show turns one year old this month! We have a lil’ party in the stude with all our fave BuzzFeed big sister types — Nabiha Syed, badass lawyer …

Episode 36: Every Day Is Ashura And Every Land Is Karbala

October 6th, 2017


This episode, we hear from Shias who are observing Muharram and Ashura — the commemoration of the death of the prophet’s grandson Hussein — and we talk about the power of grief to transform and empower. Plus: A …

Episode 35: Banned Again

September 28th, 2017


Trump’s immigration policies have mucked up a lot of lives. In this episode, SSSS producer Megan Detrie shares some stories from her reporting in …

Episode 34: Ghee Something Say Something

September 21st, 2017


Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt your fat away. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it. Whole Foods is selling …

Episode 33: A 91-Year-Old Imam Still Finds Joy In The Podcast Studio

September 14th, 2017


Abdurrahim Rashada has seen a lot in his life.  He served in the Navy during World War II. He survived and escaped the Jim Crow South. He worked in the GM factories of Michigan and saw their rise and fall. And then, he …

Episode 32: "A Dope Lyric Over A Tight Beat? That’s Like An Ayah”

September 7th, 2017


Umi says shine your light on the world, so in this episode, we explore why for so many Black American Muslims, hip-hop feels like home. Ahmed invites …

Episode 31: “Sorry I Ate You”

August 31st, 2017


Ahmed has a lot to process in this busy week of Eid Al-Adha and Hajj — he went to a halal butcher and zabiha slaughtered a lamb for the first time, so he calls up friend of the show (and Kominas singer) Basim Usmani to …

Everyday People and Everyday Psychopaths (The Live Show)

August 25th, 2017


Season 3 of See Something Say Something debuts next week, but before that, a little taste of what we've been doing during our summer break — we recently brought all your favorite things to the stage in Dearborn, …

We're Coming To Michigan!

July 28th, 2017


Hey Michiganders, we’re headed your way with a great live show — co-presented with the Arab American National Museum — featuring stories and …

What Time Is It? Summertime…

June 29th, 2017


See Something Say Something is going on a little break to get ready for season 3. We’ll be working on new episodes, lots of videos, and even a Michigan live show.  We’ll miss you on the podcast, but we’ll still be out …

Episode 30: What Do You Think A Soul Is?

June 22nd, 2017


In this last episode of our Ramadan series, we hear from friends of the show about the Night of Power and what it’s like to pray all night. Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed’s Nabiha Syed and Zainab Shah about imagining God …

Episode 29: God Giveth Biryani And God Taketh Away Pernil

June 15th, 2017


In the fourth episode of the Ramadan series, Ahmed talks to converts about the struggles and joys of finding community in immigrant Muslim masjids. First, we listen to some of the thoughts Chris St. Louis and Cassandra …

Episode 28: #BlackMuslimRamadan

June 8th, 2017


For the third episode in our Ramadan series, we focus on a community that isn’t often centered during Ramadan — black Muslims. First up, Ahmed talks with Sarah Hagi, who writes for Vice, about the glory of  …

Episode 27: Prayers Over Here, Kidz Bop Over There

June 1st, 2017


In the second part of our Ramadan miniseries, Ahmed talks about the mosque and the challenges around building community. He’s joined by Hind Makki, creator of Side Entrance, and Margari Aziza, a writer and co-founder of …

Episode 26: The Fast And The Furious

May 30th, 2017


Ramadan Mubarak folks! It’s that magical 30 days where we’re all hungry and sleepy and trying to be a better person. See Something Say Something is …

“It Was Cheese Stick Day”

May 25th, 2017


Here’s a sneak peek at the first episode in our Ramadan series — it’s all about fasting, and it’s coming out on Monday. In the meantime, we want to know how you’re feeling about and getting ready for Ramadan. Let us …

Episode 25: From Zero To Pork

May 18th, 2017


[Spoiler Alert] Master of None: Season 2 is out, and we’re just as excited as you are. From the romance between Dev and Francesca, to confronting racist Tinder dates (post-sex), the season takes on a lot. So, we wanted …

Episode 24: PROM?

May 11th, 2017


The studio is decorated. The corsages are fastened. Someone even came to the episode taping in their high school prom dress. That’s right, it’s the

Episode 23: Muslim Girls Hoop Too

May 4th, 2017


In 2014, things were looking up for Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. She held scoring records in Massachusetts for basketball and had a successful run in the …

Episode 22: The Third-Act Nuke

April 27th, 2017


Ahmed reveals his nerdy side in this special video game themed episode. In Level 1, Ahmed talks to his cousins, siblings Nyle and Basim (of the Kominas!) Usmani, about how video games bring them together and why killing …

Lost In The Sauce — Part 2

April 23rd, 2017


Ahmed talks with Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura—an analyst, organizer, and author of Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath—about drinking …

Episode 21: Lost In The Sauce

April 20th, 2017


“Muslims don’t drink” — how many times have you heard that before? In the first of a series of episodes about intoxicants, Ahmed invites Barnard Professor of Religion, Najam Haider, to provide some context about the …

Episode 20: In Conclusion...

April 13th, 2017


Colonialism! Hip-hop! Appropriation! It’s a bit of all of the above in this episode. Ahmed talks to Mona Haydar about the video for her song Hijabi, …

Episode 19: Do Better

April 6th, 2017


Do you ever wish you could reimagine badly-written Muslim characters on TV and in movies? This week, Ahmed and BuzzFeed's Abid Anwar come up with …

Episode 18: Wallah Bros And A Staff Gorilla

March 30th, 2017


Arabic is a part of pretty much every Muslim's life, whether it’s in the salaams they share with their family, in their name, or it’s the language they speak at home. In this episode, Ahmed talks with Kamelya Omayma …

Episode 17: What About The Revolution, Baby?

March 23rd, 2017


Remember the Arab Spring? Bassem Youssef does! Ahmed talks to “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” to see what lessons Americans can learn from his time in …

Episode 16: Of Minder And Meeting People

March 16th, 2017


Ahmed talks to three attractive, intelligent, and charming guests about the SINGLE life. Sara Farizan, Hady Barry, and Ahmed Hozain discuss Minder, dating, and how tedious it is to text people. Then, Ahmed calls up his …

Episode 15: What Did We Miss?

March 9th, 2017


Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed News' legal genius Nabiha Syed about what to do if a Customs and Border Protection officer asks for your phone—and other ways to legally resist at the border. Plus, Nabiha gives us advice about …

Banned Together — Part 3

February 2nd, 2017


For the third episode in our Banned Together series, we sit down to process what it feels like to be a Muslim in America right now, or to hold a …

Banned Together — Part 2

February 1st, 2017


Can the courts overturn President Trump's executive order? This episode, Ahmed talks with law professor Muneer Ahmad, who filed a lawsuit over the weekend challenging the immigration and travel ban. They talk about the …

Banned Together — Part 1

January 31st, 2017


Annnd we’re back! The previous episode (our live show) was supposed to be the end of Season 1. Then, President Trump issued an executive order blocking refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority …

Episode 14: Banned In NYC (The Live Show)

January 27th, 2017


With Trump's Muslim ban looming, we throw all your favorite things into one episode: Halal or Not! Khutbahs! Politics! Memes! Thirst! Ahmed’s Abu! …

Episode 13: Self-Care And Salt Bae

January 20th, 2017


Donald Trump’s inAGGHHHHHguration is this Friday, so Ahmed invites guests to talk about coping strategies. We check in with BuzzFeed’s Zainab Shah and Reeda Saleem, talk therapy and self-care with mental health …

Episode 12: Heems

January 13th, 2017


Rapper and activist Heems stops by the BuzzFeed offices to talk about movies, identity, and Swet Shop Boys, his collaboration with Riz Ahmed and …

Episode 11: RAD BROWN DADS

January 6th, 2017


This week, Ahmed talks immigration, work, and movies with two Rad Brown Dads: Jamil Ali, who has worked in the taxi industry since the ‘80s, and Dr. Waheed Akbar, Ahmed’s dad. Plus: Ahmed tries to speak Urdu and it is …

Meme Squad

December 30th, 2016


Happy New Year! On this mini episode, Ahmed invites a real-life meme into the studio. You’ve probably seen Daniya Sayed's hilarious photo from prom on your Tumblr or Twitter dashboard. Ahmed talks to Daniya about her …

Episode 10: Jingle Bells Mubarak

December 23rd, 2016


It’s the most hegemonic time of the year and Ahmed wants to complain about it. But Christmas deserves a fair shake too, so he brings Eid Elfs Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed and Salimah Fatimah Mohamed to explain why they love the …

Episode 9: Zayn

December 16th, 2016


This week Ahmed brings on BuzzFeed news editor Sara Yasin as cohost to talk about Zayn Malik, pop icon. They’re joined by Zayn Malik scholar Fariha …

Episode 8: Why Are Samosas In Every Single Book?

December 9th, 2016


Youth Lit authors Hena Khan and Sara Farizan talk about writing young Pakistani and Iranian characters, and wonder why every single book set in South Asia includes samosas. Plus, they give Ahmed some writing advice and …

Episode 7: Wookies Are Muslim

December 2nd, 2016


Reza Aslan no longer wants to go on cable news and have to answer questions like "Does Islam promote violence?" Instead, he wants to focus on making …

Episode 6: College

November 25th, 2016


NYU freshmen Romaissaa Benzizoune and Zainab Babikir talk about what it feels like for them to be visibly Muslim on a college campus right now. Plus, …

Episode 5: Parents

November 18th, 2016


Stories about the secrets we keep from our parents, featuring comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, and Ahmed's dad, Dr. Waheed Akbar. Plus: a plea for white people to talk to other white people about Trump. Listeners: We want to …

How Michigan Muslims Voted

November 11th, 2016


Michigan just went red for first time since 1988. Ahmed calls up BuzzFeed reporter Talal Ansari, who has been following the organizing efforts of …

Episode 4: Where Do We Go

November 10th, 2016


We share our thoughts and feelings on the outcome of the election, the role of the internet, and what we think we can do next. Follow Sara Yasin and …

Episode 3: Fandom

November 4th, 2016


BuzzFeed's Bim Adewunmi and Abid Anwar join Ahmed to talk about seeing yourself represented in pop culture, and to reflect on the power of cosplay at …

Episode 2: Jinn

October 28th, 2016


Ahmed is joined by spooky experts Basim Usmani, Tabir Akhter, and Deonna Kelli Sayed to talk about folklore and fear. They’ll swap Jinn stories and …

Saying 'Nah'

October 28th, 2016


On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. Nabiha Syed …


October 26th, 2016


On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar will gather folks together to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. …

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