The Alien Chronicles: Immigrant Stories

41 EpisodesProduced by Saadia KhanWebsite

Immigrants today are treated as a single defined block, where every immigrant is thought to be the same. The Alien Chronicles by Saadia Khan seeks to challenge this belief by reclaiming and redefining the immigrant narrative.

41 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

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

August 13th, 2019


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

"I am an American-whatever that means"

August 6th, 2019


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 In 2017, the yet unpublished manuscript of the …

Keeping up with the times: Iran Edition

July 30th, 2019


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

Love Thy Neighbor

July 23rd, 2019


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

It's just part of the Muslim Experience

July 16th, 2019


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

"I forgive you, my Cousin"

July 9th, 2019


Yousef Bashir is the author of the memoir “The Words of My Father.” Yousef’s story is one that showcases the inherent complexities of what it means …

A Story of Love and Hope

July 2nd, 2019


Jennifer Asif's story was first reported by the Huffington Post. Her husband was recently deported by ICE due to an apparent error in their system. Jennifer is trying to reunite with her husband! You can support our …

I didn't know I had my own American Dream

June 25th, 2019


Malaka Gharib is a journalist at National Public Radio. She reports on topics such as the humanitarian aid sector, gender equality, and innovation in the developing world. She is also the founder of Runcible spoon food …

Are you Exactly like Me?

June 18th, 2019


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

One Story at a time

June 11th, 2019


Saadia Khan talks to Saadia Faruqi. Saadia is a Pakistani American author, essay writer, and interfaith activist. She writes children's early reader series "Yasmin" published by Capstone.  She has also written "Brick …

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

June 4th, 2019


Today's guest Nevsah Fidan is a spiritual healer committed to personal enlightenment.  Her focus is optimal breathing for improving health and performance. She is an internationally renowned breath expert, a meditation …

A White DACA Recipient

May 28th, 2019


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

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

May 21st, 2019


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

What's in a Name

May 15th, 2019


"What's in Name" is a special edition of The Alien Chronicles Podcast. It centers on the discussion around how some people who migrate to America change their names to more mainstream American names. 

The one who rebels

May 8th, 2019


In this episode, Saadia Khan talks to a Syrian refugee living in Berlin. Thair Orfahli grew up in Syria, in a middle-class family. His childhood was relatively normal, and he was studying law in Lebanon when the Syrian …

Is the American Dream a myth?

May 1st, 2019


Saadia interviews Jade Chang. Jade is the author of The Wangs vs. the World. The book has been named a New York Times Editors Choice as well as best Book of the Year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, NPR, and others. Jade has …

Our journey is never complete

April 24th, 2019


Priya Minhas is a writer and producer from London. Her writing explores South Asian immigrant identity. Priya is a contributing writer to The Good Immigrant USA, an American edition of an award-winning best-selling …

First comes Marriage, then comes Love

April 17th, 2019


Huda Al-Marashi is the Iraqi-American author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a book the Washington Post called "a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey …

Am I a good Immigrant?

April 10th, 2019


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

"A brave friendship"

April 3rd, 2019


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

Three Immigrant stories

March 27th, 2019


 Saadia Khan changes the format for this episode. She introduces three immigrant stories. Each immigrant shares their experiences in the US in their own words from a different vantage point. You will hear from them what …

America is a Salad

March 20th, 2019


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

My Immigrant Mother

March 13th, 2019


Saadia Khan talks Susan Muaddi Darraj, a Palestinian American. Susan talks about her experiences as a child of immigrants and how her dual identity has shaped her life. Susan is an Associate Professor of English at …

Let's get to know each other

March 6th, 2019


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

Because I sucked at it...

February 27th, 2019


Saadia Khan talks to Suzie Afridi. She is a Palestinian American stand up comedian. She was born and raised in Jericho, in the West Bank.  Her dad was a Welder, and her mom was a farmer. When she was fourteen, her …

Immigrants make America great

February 20th, 2019


Saadia Khan talks to Tahmina Watson about pressing immigration issues. Tahmina is a nationally acclaimed immigration attorney and the founder of Watson Immigration Law, in Seattle, Washington. She was a barrister in …

Where the East and the West meet

February 13th, 2019


Saadia Khan reminisces about her trip to Turkey as she interviews Melike Ayan. Melike is originally from Turkey. She is the New York Correspondent for Bloomberg HT Television where she provides in-depth coverage and …

My Grandmother's legacy

February 6th, 2019


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

I am a Bridge

January 30th, 2019


Saadia Khan talks to Edafe Okporo, an LGBTQ refugee from Nigeria.  He is a fierce advocate for Human rights specifically those of LGBTQ community in NY and around the globe including West Africa. His passion to help …

I am a Survivor

January 23rd, 2019


Saadia Khan talks to Reshad Ahmedi, an immigrant from Afghanistan. Reshad worked for ten years on U.S.-funded re-construction projects in Afghanistan, until insurgents targeted him for his affiliation with the United …

My Ancestors' Land

January 16th, 2019


In this first episode of Season 2, Saadia Khan talks to Alyssa Mosley. Alyssa was born and raised in the homeland of Lenape people, also known as …

We are more similar than different

December 26th, 2018


Saadia talks to Alessia Valfredini, an Italian American. Alessia is also a Professor at Fordham University in NY. She teaches modern languages and literature, and she is rarely taken for an immigrant, In this episode, …

Home is Elusive

December 19th, 2018


In this Special Edition of The Alien Chronicles, Saadia Khan talks to Eric Maddox, a fellow podcaster and founder of the Virtual Dinner Guest Project and a US citizen living as an immigrant in Valencia Spain. They talk …

From Kashmir to America: A Muslim Feminist's Journey

December 12th, 2018


In this episode, Saadia Khan talks to Daisy Khan about her personal journey to America and her perspective as a modern religious scholar in America. …

Guess what? I am not an Engineer

December 5th, 2018


Saadia interviews Ali Yarkhan, a branding executive, who has worked for internationally renowned brands like Prada and Giorgio Armani. He is also a director who wants to create documentaries that highlight social …

Oh sweet I love thee!

November 28th, 2018


Saadia talks to Nadine Ali, a Pakistani American, about her journey to the US, her life as a baker and her rather unconventional path to sweetness. …

I have Faith

November 21st, 2018


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

A tale of a taxpaying DREAMER

November 14th, 2018


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

I am home

November 6th, 2018


In this episode of "The Alien Chronicles", host Saadia Khan talks to Kelly Yzique, a former DACA recipient and now US permanent resident, about immigration and other issues that affect the migrant community. They talk …

What's with the accent?

October 31st, 2018


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

The Alien Chronicles: Trailer

October 26th, 2018


Welcome to The Alien Chronicles! Be sure to subscribe our podcast and episode one is coming soon. Email: Instagram: @thealienchronicles Twitter: @chroniclesalien Become a supporter of this …

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