15 episodes

Telling stories has helped humans evolve and build societies. Storytelling is still a very important part of all of our lives, and helps bring us closer together. A Story & A Chat is a space where different perspectives come together to create magic. In each episode you will explore everyday topics from different angles, helped along by insightful conversations between some amazing thinkers and doers.

Every conversation will start with a personal story from host Aishah Iqbal, a 40 something year old brown woman, who is a mother, highly accomplished digital marketing executive, published author and blogger, and life coach to purpose driven mothers. These stories will help give shape to the conversations you will hear.

So settle in, get cozy, and happy listening!

A Story & A Chat Aishah Iqbal

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Telling stories has helped humans evolve and build societies. Storytelling is still a very important part of all of our lives, and helps bring us closer together. A Story & A Chat is a space where different perspectives come together to create magic. In each episode you will explore everyday topics from different angles, helped along by insightful conversations between some amazing thinkers and doers.

Every conversation will start with a personal story from host Aishah Iqbal, a 40 something year old brown woman, who is a mother, highly accomplished digital marketing executive, published author and blogger, and life coach to purpose driven mothers. These stories will help give shape to the conversations you will hear.

So settle in, get cozy, and happy listening!

    Is the World Running Out of Food? Pt2

    Is the World Running Out of Food? Pt2

    In this episode of A Story & A Chat, fifth generation family farmer Zach Johnson, shares his perspective on food scarcity & wastage, & the power of the consumer to drive real change in the United States
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    02:37  Growing food for not just human consumption
    06:43  Potential for anyone to become a farmer & grow their own food
    15:43  Debunking a myth about soil depletion
    24:36  Is your local restaurant finding ways to reuse their food waste?
    27:02  Not all compost is created equal
     

    • 33 min
    Is the World Running Out of Food? Pt 1

    Is the World Running Out of Food? Pt 1

    Are we really running out of food?
    In this episode of A Story & A Chat, Founder & CEO of GreenPod Labs, Deepak Rajmohan, shares his perspective as a food technologist on food scarcity & wastage, & the power of the consumer to drive real change
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    03:16  Right now we're fine, but we need to think about 2050 & beyond
    08:48  Human behavior might be the real problem
    14:37  Using technology to preserve food to decrease waste
    23:07  The modern food consumer in India vs. USA
    26:53  The Indian wedding as an example of food wastage
     
     

    • 29 min
    Is Shaming Good for Society?

    Is Shaming Good for Society?

    Can public shaming be good for our society, for us?
    In this episode of A Story & A Chat, pharmacist & entrepreneur Rahi Bigdeli  shares his perspective on public & personal shaming, and how we can break through the trauma of shame to become better people
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    04:32  Tribal people share everything, from our happiness to our shame
    10:15  Generational healing from shame as an immigrant
    17:29  What used to be shameful is now an opportunity to come together
    21:17  What does a big Persian man feel shameful about?
    30:26  Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable but humans don’t like that!
     

    • 36 min
    Why Are Women Afraid of Owning Their Own Business?

    Why Are Women Afraid of Owning Their Own Business?

    Even with all the women-owned businesses in the US, why are there still so many women who are afraid of starting their own business?
    In this episode of A Story & A Chat, founder of women's clothing brand Bhav Designs, Bhavana Jain, shares stories from her journey from being a full time pharmacist to now a budding entrepreneur, and all the good & bad in between
    HIGHLIGHTS
    02:40  Fear of everything
    10:38  Lack of role models in unchartered territory
    13:56  Dating while running a business
    18:27  Average day of a Boss
    29:34  A message for all the brown girls with big dreams

    • 34 min
    What if the U.S. Capitol Protesters hadn't been White?

    What if the U.S. Capitol Protesters hadn't been White?

    How would the events of the protest at the US Capitol on January 6th have unfolded if the protesters had not been White?
    In this episode of A Story & A Chat, Law Enforcement professional Chris Cuff  shares his perspective on the most recent clashes with the police, and insights into the governing systems at play
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    08:32  Law enforcement response for BLM vs. US Capitol protest on Jan 6th
    15:11  "Law enforcement gets very local very quickly" in response to question of systemic racism
    27:24  Why defunding the police may not be the answer society is looking for
    32:01  Reaction to the George Floyd video
    35:49  Do the "good apples" protect the "bad apples" in police culture
     
     
    Also, make sure you check out the amazing designs on shopbhav.com and use the discount code AISHAH20 to save 20% on your entire Bhav order. You can find the "Rayna" top I spoke about in this episode there as well, and it's on sale! Happy shopping!

    • 43 min
    Is All News Fake?

    Is All News Fake?

    Can we really trust what we hear & read in the news today?
    In this episode of A Story & A Chat, Communications Strategist Sam Weston shares his perspective on the state of News, the impact it has on our lives, insights into how it’s made, and how we can co-create a world where there is less “fake news”
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    05:06  The current state of News is to make money
    13:48  Most journalists have good intentions
    17:57  People don’t know how news is made
    22:41  Our responsibility to understand what news we are sharing
    29:26  How to build Information Literacy

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

PharmD14 ,

Diverse and Uplifting Topics

This is such a great podcast to listen to. Makes you think about so many different topics in a different perspective and brings on interesting guests to shed their light on topics that are relevant to so many of us. Highly recommended if you are looking for something different :)

Tasvira ,

Inspiring!

I enjoy this podcast a lot and appreciate the topics you cover! I love how you start with your own life experience and then connect it with the topic of the day. As a woman I wear a lot of hats and I do the best I can at them to show my daughters it can be done as well! Looking forward to listening to more.

ShastyAli ,

Diverse experiences to learn from

Hearing a woman of color sprinkle in her experiences and perspectives while probing her diverse guests and nudging them into intimate dialogue is refreshing and so necessary. There’s so much to learn from each other! Definitely recommend.

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