279 episodes

Welcome to Immigrantly: a boundary-pushing, border-crossing podcast that gives diverse voices and stories home. Drawing on her own experiences as a rights activist and a first-generation Asian immigrant, creator & host, Saadia Khan tackles the big questions on race, identity & the immigrant experience while challenging mainstream narratives. Through Immigrantly, we are revolutionizing storytelling in America by offering a new kind of intellectual engagement that encourages listeners to learn and unlearn on their terms without fear of judgment.
Our vision is to normalize the immigrant identity within the American social discourse for a kinder, more humane world. Covering everything from love and dating to food and faith, each weekly episode explores a theme with inspiring guests such as Grammy-winning singer Arooj Aftab, bestselling author of 'The Kite Runner,' Khaled Hosseini, and comedians Hari Kondabolu and Aparna Nancherla.
It's a true celebration of what makes us unique – and a timely reminder of all that unites us. If you'd like to be part of this fun, thoughtful, and inclusive community, all you need to do is subscribe!

Producer & Host: Saadia Khan

Associate Producer: Shei Yu

Content Writers: Michaela Strauther, Bobak Afshari, Rainier Harris, & Saadia Khan

Sound Design & Content Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid, Paroma Chakravarty, Steve Martin

Theme Music: Simon Hutchinson

Other Music: Epidemic Sound


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Twitter @Immigrantly_pod
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    • 4.4 • 161 Ratings

Welcome to Immigrantly: a boundary-pushing, border-crossing podcast that gives diverse voices and stories home. Drawing on her own experiences as a rights activist and a first-generation Asian immigrant, creator & host, Saadia Khan tackles the big questions on race, identity & the immigrant experience while challenging mainstream narratives. Through Immigrantly, we are revolutionizing storytelling in America by offering a new kind of intellectual engagement that encourages listeners to learn and unlearn on their terms without fear of judgment.
Our vision is to normalize the immigrant identity within the American social discourse for a kinder, more humane world. Covering everything from love and dating to food and faith, each weekly episode explores a theme with inspiring guests such as Grammy-winning singer Arooj Aftab, bestselling author of 'The Kite Runner,' Khaled Hosseini, and comedians Hari Kondabolu and Aparna Nancherla.
It's a true celebration of what makes us unique – and a timely reminder of all that unites us. If you'd like to be part of this fun, thoughtful, and inclusive community, all you need to do is subscribe!

Producer & Host: Saadia Khan

Associate Producer: Shei Yu

Content Writers: Michaela Strauther, Bobak Afshari, Rainier Harris, & Saadia Khan

Sound Design & Content Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid, Paroma Chakravarty, Steve Martin

Theme Music: Simon Hutchinson

Other Music: Epidemic Sound


Follow us on IG @Immigrantlypod
Twitter @Immigrantly_pod
TikTok @Immigrantlypodcast
Subscribe to our Patreon

For advertising inquiries, please email at info@immigrantlypod.com

    When Is It Ok to Call Someone Resilient

    When Is It Ok to Call Someone Resilient

    Do you ever feel that the term 'resilience 'needs to capture the essence of our experiences? I sure do! Join me for a critical discussion on this topic.
    And guess what? I've got a special guest in the house—Vinita Srivastava, a seasoned multimedia producer, researcher, podcaster, and writer. She and I dive into her latest project, the 'Don't Call Me Resilient' podcast. Through our conversations, we challenge predominant perspectives on race, resilience, and inclusivity. You don't want to miss it.
    Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that celebrates the extraordinariness of immigrant life. We do this by providing our listeners with authentic, unvarnished insights into the immigrant identity in America. Immigrantly has garnered significant recognition and has been featured in renowned media outlets such as the Nieman Storyboard, The Guardian, The Slowdown, and CNN.
    Join us as we create new intellectual engagement for our audience. You can get more information at http://immigrantlypod.com
    Please share the love and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts & Spotify to help more people find us! 
    You can connect with Saadia on Twitter @swkkhan Email: saadia@immigrantlypod.com

    Host & Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Adiba Hussain and Saadia Khan I Editorial review: Shei Yu I Sound Designer & Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid I Immigrantly Theme Music: Simon Hutchinson | Other Music: Epidemic Sound
    Immigrantly podcast is an Immigrantly Media Production.
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    • 43 min
    What We Mean When We Talk About Genocide

    What We Mean When We Talk About Genocide

    The use of 'Genocide' in discussions about Gaza has captured global attention, stirring a complex debate around its implications. In this episode, Ernesto Verdeja, a Professor of peace studies and global politics, joins me in dissecting the meaning and application of this term within the Israel-Palestine situation. We aim to understand the term, the criteria for its use, and the divergent viewpoints on its relevance to current events in Gaza. This conversation offers a thoughtful exploration of a highly charged topic, clarifying a term that carries significant weight in international discourse. This is a nuanced analysis with hopes that it enriches our understanding of the language used to describe one of the most enduring conflicts of our time.
    Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that celebrates the extraordinariness of immigrant life. We do this by providing our listeners with authentic, unvarnished insights into the immigrant identity in America. Immigrantly has garnered significant recognition and has been featured in renowned media outlets such as the Nieman Storyboard, The Guardian, The Slowdown, and CNN.
    Join us as we create new intellectual engagement for our audience. You can get more information at http://immigrantlypod.com
    Please share the love and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts & Spotify to help more people find us! 
    You can connect with Saadia on Twitter @swkkhan Email: saadia@immigrantlypod.com
    Host & Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Michaela Strauther I Editorial review: Shei Yu I Sound Designer & Editor: Paroma Chakravarty I Immigrantly Theme Music: Simon Hutchinson | Other Music: Epidemic Sound
    Immigrantly podcast is an Immigrantly Media Production.
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    • 49 min
    Feed Drop: Pen's Pals: Putting on for Tehran in the Bay by Rightnowish

    Feed Drop: Pen's Pals: Putting on for Tehran in the Bay by Rightnowish

    As you know, I am always looking for great stories that we can create in-house and share in this space. And when I heard this story, I knew I had to share it with all of you! This episode from the Rightnowish podcast delves into many familiar themes of belonging, assimilation, loss, and finding our whole selves in this society. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Next week, I will be back with Immigrantly’s new episode. 
    This episode is part of the Rightnowish series Pen’s Pals. Journalist Pendarvis (Pen) Harshaw spent five weeks talking to people he knows from different areas of his life, who’ve all spent formative years in the Bay Area but now live outside the United States. In each episode, Pen talks to a guest about what caused them to move, how their perspective has changed, and what they’d say if they could write a letter to folks back home. This episode strays from that format because this guest was born outside the United States and immigrated here.
    Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that celebrates the extraordinariness of immigrant life. We do this by providing our listeners with authentic, unvarnished insights into the immigrant identity in America. Immigrantly has garnered significant recognition and has been featured in renowned media outlets such as the Nieman Storyboard, The Guardian, The Slowdown, and CNN.
    Join us as we create new intellectual engagement for our audience. You can get more information at http://immigrantlypod.com
    Please share the love and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts & Spotify to help more people find us! 
    You can connect with Saadia on Twitter @swkkhan Email: saadia@immigrantlypod.com
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    • 26 min
    Preserving Inclusion Amidst Political Backlash

    Preserving Inclusion Amidst Political Backlash

    As we witness institutions like the University of Florida and major corporations like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan scaling back their DEI efforts due to political pressures, are we allowing divisive rhetoric to overshadow the importance of creating inclusive environments where everyone feels valued?
    My guest today, Netta Jenkins, is a leader in the DEI space. She embodies the spirit of challenging norms and advocating for change. Raised by immigrant parents from Liberia and having grown up in Rhode Island, Netta talks about her childhood experiences that led her to choose a career in DEI. We discussed what will be lost if DEI programs are slashed, who the biggest recipients of DEI initiatives are, and how DEI can be improved. 
    Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that celebrates the extraordinariness of immigrant life. We do this by providing our listeners with authentic, unvarnished insights into the immigrant identity in America. Immigrantly has garnered significant recognition and has been featured in renowned media outlets such as the Nieman Storyboard, The Guardian, The Slowdown, and CNN.
    Join us as we create new intellectual engagement for our audience. You can get more information at http://immigrantlypod.com
    Please share the love and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts & Spotify to help more people find us! 
    You can connect with Saadia on Twitter @swkkhan Email: saadia@immigrantlypod.com
    Host & Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Bobak Afshari and Saadia Khan I Editorial review: Shei Yu I Sound Designer & Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid I Immigrantly Theme Music: Simon Hutchinson | Other Music: Epidemic Sound
    Immigrantly podcast is an Immigrantly Media Production.
    For advertising inquiries, you can contact us at info@immigrantlypod.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 46 min
    Beyond Skin Deep: Exploring the Complexities of Beauty

    Beyond Skin Deep: Exploring the Complexities of Beauty

    Today, I am diving deep into the multifaceted world of beauty – an intensely personal and profoundly public topic. The beauty landscape has undergone a seismic shift from societal perceptions to self-reflection in the age of social media and video calls. In a world where self-scrutiny is constant, have we become more conscious of our own uniqueness? Are we conditioned to view ourselves through an augmented lens, even in reality? Today, we will unpack these questions and try to gain insights into the complex interplay of beauty, technology, and societal norms.  
    My guest, Dr. John Mesa, MD, answers some of these questions. He is a Colombian plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery for the face, neck, and breasts. He is known as the “king of buccal fat removal” within the plastic surgery community. Dr. Mesa also serves as a member of countless societies specializing in plastic surgery. He has taught at universities as a Clinical Instructor, authored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and published his book, Atlas of Operative Craniofacial Surgery.
    Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that celebrates the extraordinariness of immigrant life. We do this by providing our listeners with authentic, unvarnished insights into the immigrant identity in America. Immigrantly has garnered significant recognition and has been featured in renowned media outlets such as the Nieman Storyboard, The Guardian, The Slowdown, and CNN.
    Join us as we create new intellectual engagement for our audience. You can get more information at http://immigrantlypod.com
    Please share the love and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts & Spotify to help more people find us! 
    You can connect with Saadia on Twitter @swkkhan Email: saadia@immigrantlypod.com
    Host & Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Adiba Hussain and Saadia Khan I Editorial review: Shei Yu I Sound Designer & Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid I Immigrantly Theme Music: Simon Hutchinson | Other Music: Epidemic Sound
    Immigrantly podcast is an Immigrantly Media Production.
    For advertising inquiries, you can contact us at info@immigrantlypod.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 35 min
    “I Am Not From Here, Not From There”

    “I Am Not From Here, Not From There”

    Meet Ana Sheila Victorino – she's an amazing human being! Ana's all about well-being and empowerment. She co-founded "Bask & Being" for workplace wellness and hosted the Tamarindo Podcast. This podcast discusses politics, culture, and self-development and has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Latino USA, Latina Magazine, Variety Magazine's Entertainment and Tech Summit, and Hip Latina. Today, Ana shares her journey back to Mexico, how speaking Spanish more fluently shaped her identity, and how invested she feels in American society given her dual nation status.
    Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that celebrates the extraordinariness of immigrant life. We do this by providing our listeners with authentic, unvarnished insights into the immigrant identity in America. Immigrantly has garnered significant recognition and has been featured in renowned media outlets such as the Nieman Storyboard, The Guardian, The Slowdown, and CNN.
    Join us as we create new intellectual engagement for our audience. You can get more information at http://immigrantlypod.com
    Please share the love and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts & Spotify to help more people find us! 
    You can connect with Saadia on Twitter @swkkhan Email: saadia@immigrantlypod.com
    Host & Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Adiba Hussain and Saadia Khan I Editorial review: Shei Yu I Sound Designer & Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid I Immigrantly Theme Music: Simon Hutchinson | Other Music: Epidemic Sound
    Immigrantly podcast is an Immigrantly Media Production.
    For advertising inquiries, you can contact us at info@immigrantlypod.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Andreea94 ,

An absolute classic

I mean, what else is there to say? This podcast is an absolute classic and an inspiration. The graciously shared stories in this show are SO important and Immigrantly does an amazing job at shedding light on them.

mspassell ,

8642467 stars!!!

Saadia uses her powerful interview skills to tell beautiful stories. I just heard someone on her show today say that immigrant stories are love stories. These are love stories.

disillusionedhuman ,

Powerful intimacy

A podcast that centers immigrant stories without putting immigrants into a box! I’m so impressed by the diverse range of topics that Immigrantly has covered in the past. Saadia has great chemistry with her guests to the point where it feels like I’m overhearing a conversation between friends. Many of my favorite episodes stay with me long after I power off my headphones!

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