Comedian Ali Sultan and his mother Mona explore their amazing journey as immigrants throughout the world and learn about one another.
#21 Poet Sagirah Shahid and special performance by Hassan Sagirah
Sagirah Shahid is a writer, and poet. An African American Muslim Feminist, Sagirah has utilized her spoken word and literary works to build community and to advocate for positive social change.
Her talented brother Hassan Shahid also joined us and shared a beautiful song dedicated to mothers.
#20 Fringe Festival Executive Director and Inspirational. Mother: Dawn Bentley
For our season two finale we are going out with a big bang with Fringe Executive Director Dawn Bentley. Dawn is also an award-winning body builder, marathon runner, biologist, and violin player. Dawn tells her incredible story of changing career paths at 40, her love for The Fringe Festival and the importance of paying attention to the now. Please enjoy share this meaningful and inspirational conversation.
#19 Mom gets the honor to be the voice of MN Fringe Festival
Mom talks about her long journey back to buying a home after losing her home to foreclosure and how she is honored to be selected as the voice for Mn Fringe Festival.
#18 Mother and Immigrant Zinet Abdella
This week we talked to Zinet Abdella and learned her incredible story of immigrating while pregnant to Minnesota when she won the DV lottery. She arrived with her husband with almost no network and managed to make it through and find success and happiness. Her persistent, work ethic, and positivity is something we all can learn from.
#17 Comedian and Mother Sally Johnson
This was one of two episodes recorded by Fox 9. Sally inspired the idea of having mothers on the show and it was a pleasure to have her share her perspective on motherhood and connect with my mom at a deep level. This episode was truly inspiring.
#16 We argue about mom's plans to go back to Yemen
This is one of our favorite episodes. We had a lot of laughs and meaningful conversations. We talk about how mom shows her concerns in terrifying ways, her favorite Ramadan food, her youngest going to college, and her inevitable plan to go back go Yemen.
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Like a Minnesota Muslim version of Story Corps🙂
While clearly Ali and his Mom don’t represent all Muslims ( nor do they claim too), I appreciate the glimpses I have gained into the thoughts and lives of people who have come to the US from other countries.
I work with adult students who are immigrants and have learned a lot from their stories but I am reluctant to ask things that would be seen as too personal.
Ali and his Mom seem to give thought to their topics so they can explain their viewpoints without offending other Muslims who may have a different views.
It is good for those of us who were born in the US to hear how the country appears to newer residents.
The warm relationship of Ali and his Mom and their humor makes these episodes very entertaining as well.
( I listen on Stitcher but do not see a way to write a review on that App)
Some of the raw material is endearing, but this is clearly a pod that is winging it with no clear narrative or interview structure. I’m surprised by this since Ali’s humor is so carefully curated. I’m also uncomfortable with the minimal effort to frame sensitive material about Ali’s father, who seems to have been injured in ways that justify more careful representation. I stopped listening to several episodes when the content turned self-indulgent and insular. Love the idea, but editing more purposefully would be a service to listeners.
I love love the authenticity of Ali and his jokes as well as his relationship and genuine love for his mom! Mona is such a charismatic and smart lady I absolutely love their interaction and the entire podcast. My husband and I always open the episodes on our commute to and after work and craving for more episodes. And who wouldn’t love that catchy intro songs du du du ok I will stop :)