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See Something Say Something

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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Ramy

Ahmed talks to Ramy Youssef, the writer and creator behind the Hulu show “Ramy” and the HBO Comedy Special “Feelings.” They discuss representation, future Muslim TV shows they hope to see, and why it’s important to resist being “the first.” Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server. Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. 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. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.

43mins

23 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 25: From Zero To Pork

[Spoiler Alert] Master of None: Season 2 is out, and we’re just as excited as you are. From the romance between Dev and Francesca, to confronting racist Tinder dates (post-sex), the season takes on a lot. So, we wanted to talk about it! Ahmed is joined by BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Bim Adewunmi and ‎Senior Social Media Editor Abid Anwar to dissect one of the most talked-about episodes in the series, “Religion.” They dig into why Navid's sudden pork addiction isn't believable, moments that remind them of their own family, and whether Dev knows he’s an asshole. And be warned: There are a ton of spoilers for this one episode, and light spoilers for the rest of the season. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads,  Follow Bim at @bimadew,  Don't follow Abid.  Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast,  Subscribe to our newsletter buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething/newsletter,  Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething,  Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com.  Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

18 May 2017

Rank #2

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The Queer Type

It’s time for another pop culture round up! This time, we’re checking in with TV Guide’s Krutika Mallikarjuna and Condeé Nast's Muna Mire about two queer Muslims currently on TV. First, we discuss *the character Adena El-Amin from the social media-obsessed, openly feminist dramedy, "The Bold Type".* Then, we discuss the *phenomenon* of "Queer Eye" and *the highs and lows of the show's fashion expert, Tan France.* Plus: we take a BuzzFeed quiz and discuss what else is good to watch right now. Follow Krutika @krutika. Follow Muna @Muna_Mire Follow the show on Twitter (@seesomething), Facebook (facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast), and Instagram (instagram.com/buzzfeedseesomething). Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com Our music is by The Kominas, follow them @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

3 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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We're Back and Just in Time for Ramadan

See Something Say Something is officially back, but we need your help! We’ve shifted to an independent, crowdfunding model; bear with us as we spend a few minutes discussing our new Patreon and how your donations will help us make the show. A big thank you to the all the Patrons who’ve already donated and help us keep the show going. But also: remember, we’re committed to providing this space for free and it is totally okay if you can’t support. After that, join us as Ahmed and Salimah discuss how they’re preparing for Ramadan this year. Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads. Follow Salimah (on Instagram) @salimahfm. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com

23mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 29: God Giveth Biryani And God Taketh Away Pernil

In the fourth episode of the Ramadan series, Ahmed talks to converts about the struggles and joys of finding community in immigrant Muslim masjids. First, we listen to some of the thoughts Chris St. Louis and Cassandra Villarreal recorded throughout the first few weeks of Ramadan. Then, we check in with them about cultural authenticity, losing pork but gaining biryani, and why it’s frustrating to be introduced as a convert. Then, Ahmed talks to poet Kima Jones about converting when she was full of wild teenage hormones, living in a mixed religious family, and anti-blackness in the masjid. Plus! Kima reads from her piece, The Aqiqa. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow Kima at @kima_jones Follow the show at @seesomething and watch our new videos at facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com. Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com Subscribe to our newsletter at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething/newsletter Read Kima’s essay here: http://midnightbreakfast.com/aqiqah Read Pacinthe Mattar’s essay “How The Internet Made Ramadan Feel Like Home Again” here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/pacinthemattar/misfits-and-in-betweeners Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

15 Jun 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 7: Wookies Are Muslim

Reza Aslan no longer wants to go on cable news and have to answer questions like "Does Islam promote violence?" Instead, he wants to focus on making a new sitcom for ABC, among other things. Hear why he thinks pop culture and storytelling is the real key to helping change American minds about Muslims. Follow Reza at @rezaaslan. Check out Secret Life of Muslims here. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com. Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

2 Dec 2016

Rank #6

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M Train: Death & Grieving in Muslim New York

Burying a loved one is never easy. But for Muslims New Yorkers, the price of land, gentrification, and ritual practices complicates an already difficult process. As a result, most Muslims in the 5 boroughs tend to be buried hours away from their homes, at cemeteries in Long Island or New Jersey. With the death rate in NYC soaring due to COVID-19, Muslim funeral homes have borne the burden of a crisis that developed long before quarantine. How does one grapple with saying goodbye to our loved ones when burial is less than ideal? To answer these questions, we speak to housing policy expert Lena Afridi about losing and burying her father over a year ago. Then, Imam Khalid Latif of ICNYU shares some of the pressures that funeral homes in New York are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. M Train releases bi-weekly and each episode focuses on New York City metro area and the stories of American Muslims that can be found on and off the subway.  Donate to ICNYU’s Coronavirus Financial Hardship Grants: https://www.launchgood.com/project/coronavirus_emergency_response_financial_hardship_grants#!/ Read Lena’s Article: “Death and Life in Great American Cities”: https://thenewinquiry.com/death-and-life-in-great-american-cities/ Find ICNYU’s Virtual Ramadan Programming here: https://icnyu.org/ Please consider signing up with the National Bone Marrow Registry, especially if you are from an underrepresented group. Sign up here: https://bethematch.org/ Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads.  Follow Imam Khalid Latif @KLatif  Follow Lena @lpafridi 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 on Twitter @BRICTV Watch BRIC’s videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/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.

45mins

8 May 2020

Rank #7

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Episode 9: Zayn

This week Ahmed brings on BuzzFeed news editor Sara Yasin as cohost to talk about Zayn Malik, pop icon. They’re joined by Zayn Malik scholar Fariha Roisin and twitter badass Farwa Zaidi to talk about Zayn’s zolo career, what it means to them to have a brown Muslim sex symbol, and the significance of power couple Zayn and Gigi. Plus, Sara brings Ahmed a special surprise. Follow Sara at @missyasin Follow Fariha at @fariharoisin Follow Farwa at @farwzz Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com. Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

16 Dec 2016

Rank #8

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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.

53mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Everyday People and Everyday Psychopaths (The Live Show)

Season 3 of See Something Say Something debuts next week, but before that, a little taste of what we've been doing during our summer break — we recently brought all your favorite things to the stage in Dearborn, Michigan: comics, advice to Hollywood execs, and the true beauty of Dearborn restaurants (Hint: always order the platter). Co-presented with the Arab American National Museum, the show features poet, Hugo-nominated author of Throne of the Crescent Moon and writer for Marvel’s Black Bolt series Saladin Ahmed, Asha Noor from CAIR-MI, Evelyn Alsultany an associate professor at U-Mich; and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) Namira Islam. Plus: Live music by BigOMuziq Follow Ahmed @RadBrownDads Follow Asha @RajooWeyn Follow Namira @namirari Follow Saladin @saladinahmed Follow BigOMuziq @bigOmuziq Follow AANM @ArabAmericanMus Check out Evelyn @ http://evelynalsultany.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

58mins

25 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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The Honest Struggle

American Muslims have long participated in the struggle against mass incarceration, and this Ramadan, we speak to three people who can help us make sense of where things stand now. First, we talk to Sadiq Davis on his reentry journey through Muslim communities in Chicago and L.A. after 25 years in prison. Then, Justin Mashouf, the filmmaker who captured Sadiq’s story in the documentary “The Honest Struggle,” talks to us about prison reform and telling Sadiq's story with mercy and compassion. Finally, we talk to Dr. Suad Abdul-Khabeer about Believer’s Bailout, a community-led effort to bail out Muslims in pretrial incarceration and ICE custody as a form of zakat. Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server. Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Follow Justin @Mashouf. Follow Dr. Suad @DrSuad. Watch The Honest Struggle here: http://honeststruggle.co/watch-now/ Read more about Believer’s Bailout here: https://believersbailout.org/ and donate to their LaunchGood: https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/believers_bail_out_3#!/. Read Sapelo Square’s Black Muslims Reflect on the Qur’an series here: https://sapelosquare.com/religion/. 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. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.

53mins

30 May 2019

Rank #11

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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.

41mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 42: The Best (?) Of 2017

2017 has been a unmitigated trash fire, and it’s our last episode of the season (and year!) so we’re sharing the (few) things that brought us joy this year. We talk to Krutika Malikarjuna about the year’s best new comedy, The Good Place. Then, we talk to Sara Yasin about the best so-bad-they’re-good headlines she’s collected in her newsletter, Please Kill Me. And then Ahmed calls up his dad to talk about why he thinks Victoria & Abdul was a must-watch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

16 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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Brown Girls, with Fatimah Asghar

Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani-Kashmiri poet, writer, and co-creator of the web series ‘Brown Girls,’ which is currently in development with HBO. Her new book of poems, ‘If They Come For Us,’ released this week. Ahmed talks to her about the challenges and joy of creating for your own community, depicting queer love on screen, and what so many people get wrong about being an orphan. Buy Fatimah’s new book, “If They Come For Us”: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/565781/if-they-come-for-us-by-fatimah-asghar/9780525509783/ Watch “Brown Girls” here: http://www.browngirlswebseries.com/episodes/ Follow Fatimah @asgharthegrouch Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow the show on Twitter (@seesomething), Facebook (facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast), and Instagram (instagram.com/buzzfeedseesomething). Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com Our music is by The Kominas, follow them @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 34: Ghee Something Say Something

Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt your fat away. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it. Whole Foods is selling it. And the marketing language always comes back to how “ancient,” “pure” and “authentic” it is. And Ahmed can’t stop thinking about it. So this week, we’re spending the whole episode tackling one question: Why is this happening to ghee? We do a taste test with the brain trust, chat with BuzzFeed Health editor Sally Tamarkin, NYU Food Studies Department chair Krishnendu Ray, and Ahmed’s aunt Naheed Usmani to chew on it. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow Zainab @zainabshah Follow Neena @neenpathak Follow Sally @sallyt Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast, Subscribe to our newsletter buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething/newsletter, Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething, Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com. Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

21 Sep 2017

Rank #15

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Banned Together — Part 1

Annnd we’re back! The previous episode (our live show) was supposed to be the end of Season 1. Then, President Trump issued an executive order blocking refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. We have to talk about this, and we’ll be posting a few short episodes to keep you up-to-date this week. First up, Ahmed talks with Zahra Billoo and Ramzi Kassem about what to do if you or someone you know is detained at an airport—whether you’re an immigrant, visa holder, or a Muslim citizen. Billoo is a civil rights lawyer and community organizer who leads the California chapter of  the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Follow her at @ZahraBilloo. Kassem is a professor of Law at CUNY School of Law, where he directs the CLEAR project, which stands for “creating law enforcement accountability and responsibility.” Follow his work at @CUNY_CLEAR. Here's the infographic Ahmed mentions: CLEAR's Guidance on the Executive Order. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com. Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

31 Jan 2017

Rank #16

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The Power Of Anger (And Comedy) with Aamer Rahman

Comedian Aamer Rahman’s viral stand-up bit on “Reverse Racism” is a sharp, thoughtful, and hilarious take on a microaggression that has always been a struggle to respond to. Aamer joins us on the show this week to continue schooling us on political change, why Muslims have a right to feel angry, and why Desi food and Coke go oh-so-well together. And, some sad news. See Something Say Something will soon be ending its run at BuzzFeed News. Over the next couple of weeks,  we will be preparing a finale of some sort. In the meantime, share some of your favorite memories with us on Twitter and via email, we'd love to hear from you. Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this show. Watch Aamer’s new series, “Can We Kick It?” on IST’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL_-ZpLklew&list=PLGxN3JVgPDgP4EserlrbJIcp2tf6wvusV Follow Aamer: https://twitter.com/aamer_rahman Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow the show on Twitter (@seesomething), Facebook (facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast), and Instagram (instagram.com/buzzfeedseesomething). Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com Our music is by The Kominas, follow them @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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Processing Christchurch

Ahmed and Abu are back for a one-off episode processing the murder of 50 people in the Christchurch, New Zealand masjids by a white supremacist. Stay subscribed to the feed and our social feeds for more updates on the future of the show after BuzzFeed News. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads. Follow the show @seesomething on Twitter and http:/facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast on Facebook. 

25mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 10: Jingle Bells Mubarak

It’s the most hegemonic time of the year and Ahmed wants to complain about it. But Christmas deserves a fair shake too, so he brings Eid Elfs Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed and Salimah Fatimah Mohamed to explain why they love the holiday season. They play some games, discuss the differences between Christmas and Eid, and talk about Christmas music. Plus: we’re gonna have a liveshow! Follow Salimah at @salimahfm Follow Taz at @TazzyStar. Get Taz’s Christmas mixtape here. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads. Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com. Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

23 Dec 2016

Rank #19

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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.

35mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #20