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Immigrantly

Author: Saadia Khan

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Immigrants today are treated as a single defined block, where every immigrant is thought to be the same. Immigrantly by Saadia Khan explores the intersectionality of racial identity, culture, and class through the lens of immigrant experiences.
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Can We All  Just Get Along?

Can We All Just Get Along?

2020-01-1400:36:17

Mairav Zonszein is a second-generation Israeli American journalist and editor who writes about Israel-Palestine conflict and its role in U.S. politics. She was born and raised in NY., but she has spent most of her adult life in Israel. Saadia talks to Mairav about her experiences as an American Immigrant in Israel. Her publications include The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, The Intercept, VICE News, Foreign Policy, and many more. She is a changemaker who is fighting for equal rights for everyone.
Saks Afridi is a New York-based Pakistani American artist who explores the dichotomy of being an insider/outsider. Through his work, he recreates the historical and cultural narratives to highlight social issues. Saks collaborates with weavers, painters, and food vendors to address the problems around identity, Islamophobia, drone warfare, and social justice.
A Leap of Faith

A Leap of Faith

2019-12-2400:34:55

Qinza Najm is a Pakistani-American visual artist whose interdisciplinary artistic practice explores gendered violence and female subjectivity. Her work has been featured in Artnet News, the Huffington Post, N.Y. Daily News, International Business Week, Buzzfeed, and Herald. Saadia spoke to Qinza about her evolution from a psychologist and a professor at a prestigious University to a freelance artist in NY.
Immigration-A Love Story

Immigration-A Love Story

2019-12-1700:48:03

This week's episode is centered around an incredible immigration love story. An Italian-born Designer/Media Advertiser, Francesco Bertocci, meets his future wife, Lucy Harris, an American who went to Rome to teach English after college. They fall in love, get married, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Thanksgiving Special

Thanksgiving Special

2019-12-1000:52:37

A little late, but we’re still excited to share a Thanksgiving Special. Come and reflect with us on this year’s Thanksgiving and make plans with us to celebrate next year’s Thanksgiving in a more honest and inclusive way. In this episode, Lisa Genn and Saadia Khan talk about their Thanksgiving day and looking forward how they can celebrate this day while acknowledging its history and honoring Native Americans.
Wanna Eat Some Ice cream?

Wanna Eat Some Ice cream?

2019-12-0300:44:34

Ahmed Ali Akbar is a writer, journalist, and the host of "See Something, Say Something", an incredible podcast where Ahmed talks to Muslims from across different industries and talks about culture, current events, and being Muslim in America. Ahmed talks about the things that "American Muslims are talking about right now," which can range from mass incarceration to memes. I am very excited to have him on my show.
Let me be Honest

Let me be Honest

2019-11-1900:39:49

Asad Dandia is a young Brooklynite who is reinventing the way people approach religion esp, Islam. Asad was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from New York University (NYU) with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 2016; his focus was on community organizing. He is currently a graduate student at Columbia University's Middle East Institute, pursuing an MA in Islamic Studies. We spoke about nexus between Islamic Theology and Asad's work as a podcaster and blogger affecting change.
Let's talk about Patriarchy

Let's talk about Patriarchy

2019-11-1200:57:21

Kim Yi Dionne is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of California–Riverside. She is also an editor of the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, a blog devoted to making political science findings more accessible to the public, allowing us to have thorough conversations with integrity to the facts. At work, Kim teaches courses on African politics and ethnic politics and recently wrote a book called Doomed Interventions, on the failure of global responses to AIDS in Africa.
Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

2019-11-0500:42:56

Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose work combines observations on hip hop, fine art, and popular culture. He takes on such complicated topics as black masculinity, stereotypes, and potential in his work with a deft touch that leaves a profound impact.
Breaking Gender Stereotypes

Breaking Gender Stereotypes

2019-10-2900:37:06

Kulsoom Abdullah is a Data Scientist. She has a Masters and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and if this wasn't enough, she is also a Pakistani American Weightlifter who competed in the 2011 World Championship. Kulsoom represents Pakistan for the world and the U.S. for national-level tournaments. She made history by being the first fully covered Muslim woman contestant. We talk about her work and her passion for weightlifting.
A kid in a Candy Store

A kid in a Candy Store

2019-10-2200:38:27

Donny Khan is the Senior Marketing Director at National Hockey League (NHL). Donny immigrated to America from Pakistan as a young teen and has been National Hockey League Senior Director of Marketing for eleven years. Donny helped create NHL’s national and international brand from the ground up. He won the Sports Emmy award in 2009 and 2011, created NHL’s most successful marketing campaign for 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and has been recognized by major media outlets like the Today Show and the Washington Post. I sat down with Donny to talk about his American Dream.
"Posturing Gratitude"

"Posturing Gratitude"

2019-10-1500:39:27

Our today's guest is Dina Nayeri. She is the author of The "Ungrateful Refugee," Dina's first nonfiction book. Her essay of the same name was one of the most widely shared 2017 Long Reads in The Guardian. Dina is a former refugee who fled Iran with her family in the 80s. The book is a part memoir and also chronicles the lives of other refugees. Dina holds a BA from Princeton, an MBA from Harvard, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Preeti Mistry is the co-author of the Juhu Beach Club Cookbook based on her restaurant Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, CA. Her cooking was featured on CNN's Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, and she was a contestant on Top Chef Season 6. Preeti Mistry is outspoken, bold, and she proudly accepts all the different layers of her identity. She identifies as a brown queer immigrant woman chef who challenges the historically male white dominance of the culinary industry.
An immigrant comes to New York City and makes it big with a simple idea. Known as Dosa man, Thiru Kumar has fans all over the world, from California to Japan. His name is listed on 42 countries guidebooks. His was the first vegan dosa cart in the World. Thiru Kumar's cart is situated at the southwest corner of Washington Square Park in New York. I sat down with Thiru Kumar to talk about his life as a small business owner and an immigrant in the US.
This week we speak with Farah Kathwari. Farah is a Kashmiri American who is strongly connected with her Kashmiri heritage while she maintains a strong sense of her American identity. Her career has spanned different industries, including interior design, retail, merchandising, marketing, and philanthropy. Currently, she serves as a board member of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, Steering committee member of Indivisible Westchester, NY, committee member of Human Rights Watch, NY, and a board member of Refugees international.  She is a fellow Podcaster. Farah talks about her activism, the Kashmir crisis, and her father's legacy. We recorded this episode a couple of weeks ago, and therefore there are references to the Democratic Presidential Debate held on Sept 12th.
Inspired by 90s Bollywood

Inspired by 90s Bollywood

2019-09-1700:35:40

Today we’re going to be talking to Nisha Sharma. In 2018, Nisha released her first book; a novel called My So-Called Bollywood Life to great acclaim.  Nisha excellently draws upon traditional Bollywood themes to tell you the story of Indian-American teen Winnie Mehta as she deals with heartbreak and new love, and her passion for film. Nisha just recently released the first book of her new series, The Singh Trilogy. She’s an active blogger, has a full-time job, and recently won the RITA award for Best Young Adult Romance this year. You can support us by donating to our gofundme  Our music is composed by Basim Usmani, one of the lead vocalists on the band The Kominas
Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

2019-09-1000:35:10

Dr. Haider Warriach is a physician, writer, & clinical researcher. He is the author of Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the end of Life, and State of the Heart - Exploring the History, Science and Future of Cardiac Disease. His articles have  featured in NYtimes, The Guardian, Vox and many more. Dr. Warraich recently sat down with Terry Gross to discuss breakthroughs in heart health. We are very excited to talk to him about his work and his experiences as an immigrant living in the US.    You can support us by donating to our gofundme   Our music is composed by Basim Usmani, one of the lead vocalists on the band The Kominas
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 Islamophobia, the role of diversity in journalism and much more. You can support the podcast by donating to our gofundme. Music for Immigrantly is composed by Basim Usmani, one of the lead vocalists of the punk band "The Kominas."
This fall, the Alien Chronicles is changing its name to Immigrantly. The name Immigrantly is more representative of our broader aspirations, to explore the intersectionality of racial identity, culture, and class through the lens of immigrant experiences. Our new name marks the beginning of a new journey, and I’m excited to embark on it together.
"I call myself a Cook"

"I call myself a Cook"

2019-08-2700:26:21

Haya Emaan is one of the few professionally-trained chefs from Pakistan. She started her career at a renowned Hotel, Avari towers in Karachi and proceeded to graduate from The Culinary Institute of America. She graduated top of her class and trailed at some of the most prominent restaurants such as Morimoto, Joel Robuchon, LeBernardin, Cosme, Per se, Restaurant Ramsay and Zuma before joining the Michelin starred Jean Georges. Haya took a sabbatical year to travel in 2018 during which she studied food and culture throughout Europe and Asia. She is now part of the world-renowned team at Eleven Madison Park.   You can support our podcast by donating to the gofundme. Here's the link Our music is composed by Basim Usmani, one of the lead vocalists of the punk band "The Kominas."
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