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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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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.

    M Train: Redefining Sex & Coming Out Muslim

    M Train: Redefining Sex & Coming Out Muslim

    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 a monthly audiovisual magazine celebrating our beloved #Brooklyn.
    Each of the six episodes of M-Train focuses on New York City metro area and the stories of American Muslims that can be found on and off the subway.
    Our debut focuses on the work of two sex educators redefining the place of sex and intimacy in Islam. 
    For our first stop, we head to Brooklyn to speak to Sid Azmi about her journey from radiation therapy to business woman and sex educator, running a “educated pleasure shop” in Park Slope..
    Here’s where to find it, in case you want to visit: https://www.pleasenyc.com/
    Then, we speak to Wazina Zondon about navigating queerness, sex, and Islam. Wazina is a sex-ed teacher and co-creator of the storytelling performance Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of love. Check it out here https://comingoutmuslim.com and follow her @wazinazondon. If you have any questions, going through a hard time, and just want to talk to someone, get in touch with http://www.muslimalliance.org/ and remember these wise words from Wazina: “You're fine. You're great. You’re normal. No version of your Islam is wrong, nor is any version of your sexual identity. You don't have to apologize or fix or adapt to somebody else's version. Just be patient with the people around you.”
    Follow Ahmed on twitter @radbrowndads. 
    Follow our producer Shirin @Shebe86. 
    Follow our editor Myra @MBasilRahim, and follow our Executive Producer Sachar Mathias @sacharmathias. 
    Follow SSSS on Twitter and Facebook @seesomething.
    Follow BRIC Radio on Twitter @BRICRadio and BRIC TV @BRICTV
     
    This miniseries was made with the generous help of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts Building Bridges Program. You can learn about their mission here: https://www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges/
    This episode featured music composed by Myra Al-Rahim and from Freesound. 
    For more information on this and all BRIC Radio podcasts, visit www.bricartsmedia.org/radio.
    SSSS is on Patreon. Find us at patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Thanks to our patrons for supporting the show.

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

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

    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 States. The story first started on SSSS and eventually moved to ATK’s PROOF podcast.  Find more info on PROOF here: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/proof.
    “In part two of this investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar explores the underbelly of the secretive mango distribution industry. He uncovers the historical and economic reasons that importing mangoes from Pakistan has been so difficult — from regulation to irradiation. And he finally traces product to supplier.”
    Our show is crowdfunded and made possible by our beloved listeners. Subscribe our Patreon for as little as $1 a month to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. At $10, you get access to behind the scenes content like a newsletter and bonus episodes. You can find other ways to support here: https://moneyyy.me/$ahmedaliakbar Your support means the world to us.
    Plus, we’re doing a live-show in collaboration with BRIC! Find info on the show and RSVP at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/m-train-live-podcast-recording-brooklyn-podcast-festival-tickets-84651961295
    Follow Ahmed on Twitter: @radbrowndads.
    Find the show’s website at seesomethingpodcast.com.
    Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email the show at info@seesomethingpodcast.com.
    Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
     
     

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

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

    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 story first started on SSSS and eventually moved to ATK’s PROOF podcast.  Find more info on PROOF here: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/proof.
    “Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted treasure: Pakistani mangoes. And they pay a premium for it. In part one of this two-part investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar searches for answers. Why are Pakistani mangoes so hard to find? And why is the Pakistani community resorting to deals on WhatsApp to procure them?”
    Our show is crowdfunded and made possible by our beloved listeners. Subscribe our Patreon for as little as $1 a month to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. At $10, you get access to behind the scenes content like a newsletter and bonus episodes. You can find other ways to support here: https://moneyyy.me/$ahmedaliakbar Your support means the world to us.
    Plus, we’re doing a live-show in collaboration with BRIC! Find info on the show or the following link: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/m-train-live-podcast-recording
    Follow Ahmed on Twitter: @radbrowndads.
    Find the show’s website at seesomethingpodcast.com.
    Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email the show at info@seesomethingpodcast.com.
    Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.

    • 35 min
    Jack Ryan and Terrorism on TV

    Jack Ryan and Terrorism on TV

    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 Ahmed decided to swallow his pride and try to watch it to see what he could learn. First, we talk to Salimah about the appeal of the show for your average Muslim TV binge watcher. Then, we speak with Professor Evelyn Alsultany, author of "Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11," to help give historical context to the depiction of Muslims in Terrorism TV. Also featured:  the return of Halal or Not!
     
    Our show is crowdfunded and made possible by our beloved listeners. Subscribe our Patreon for as little as $1 a month to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. At $10, you get access to behind the scenes content like a newsletter and bonus episodes. Last month, we released a bonus jinn episode. You can find other ways to support here: https://moneyyy.me/$ahmedaliakbar Your support means the world to us.
    Find Professor Alsultany on her website: https://evelynalsultany.com/.
    Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads.
    Find the show’s website at seesomethingpodcast.com.
    Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email the show at info@seesomethingpodcast.com.
    Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
     
     

    • 53 min
    The Tribes of the Jinn

    The Tribes of the Jinn

    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 others). They’re important figures in folklore too and a common indicator of the religion’s adaption to local culture. Assistant Professor of History Ali A. Olomi joins the podcast to tell some spooky stories and to help us understand what the jinn really are.
     
    Our show is crowdfunded and made possible by our beloved listeners. Subscribe our Patreon for as little as $1 a month to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. You can find other ways to support here: https://moneyyy.me/$ahmedaliakbar Your support means the world to us.
     
    Follow Ali @aliaolomi. Read one of his viral threads on jinn here:https://twitter.com/aaolomi/status/1161724366456905728?lang=en.
    Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads.
    Follow the show on Twitter @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email the show at info@seesomethingpodcast.com.
    Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
     
     

    • 49 min
    Long-Term Recovery

    Long-Term Recovery

     
    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 who has been open about his issues with mental health and addiction. There's a new Kominas album too this month, "The Systems Are Down," so we bring on Shahj to discuss about his struggles with addiction, how he’s turned around his life, and releasing the album on September 11th. Warning: we discuss include depression, suicidal ideation, addiction, and related topics.
    Also--We’re bringing “Halal Or Not?” back, but this time we’re helping our listeners make halal not decisions. Call (646) 50-HALAL and tell us what you need help figuring out--we may call you back to figure it out live on the show. 
    Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads.
    Buy the new Kominas album here: https://kominas.bandcamp.com/album/the-systems-are-down
    Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas.
    Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething.
    Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com.

    • 41 min

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