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See Something Say Something

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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.

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By itcouldbewho - Sep 13 2019
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So glad to have this thoughtful charming podcast back in rotation!

Black, Non Muslim and I love...

By Entrepreneur1977 - Dec 01 2018
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This podcast. I listened and learned so much. THANK YOU- Peace and Love.

iTunes Ratings

493 Ratings
Average Ratings
434
19
9
6
25

❤️❤️❤️

By itcouldbewho - Sep 13 2019
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So glad to have this thoughtful charming podcast back in rotation!

Black, Non Muslim and I love...

By Entrepreneur1977 - Dec 01 2018
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This podcast. I listened and learned so much. THANK YOU- Peace and Love.
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See Something Say Something

Latest release on May 08, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Queer Type

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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

Aug 03 2018

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Rank #2: Episode 2: Jinn

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Ahmed is joined by spooky experts Basim Usmani, Tabir Akhter, and Deonna Kelli Sayed to talk about folklore and fear. They’ll swap Jinn stories and get goth. Follow Basim at @BasiRoti. Follow Deonna at @deonnakelli. Follow Tabir at @tabir. Find more jinn stories — 16 incredibly unsettling ones, in fact — 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

Oct 28 2016

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Rank #3: Episode 25: From Zero To Pork

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[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

May 18 2017

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Rank #4: Salt Fat Acid Heat

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Iranian-American chef, author of “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” and bundle of joy Samin Nosrat joins us on the show this week. We chat about her theory behind cooking without recipes, gender and race in the kitchen and her super secret upcoming show. Follow Samin @CiaoSamin and purchase her cookbook “Salt Fat Acid Heat” at https://www.saltfatacidheat.com/.  Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads.  Follow the show @seesomething and watch our 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 27 2018

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Rank #5: Jack Ryan and Terrorism on TV

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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/.

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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.

Nov 19 2019

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Rank #6: Episode 4: Where Do We Go

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We share our thoughts and feelings on the outcome of the election, the role of the internet, and what we think we can do next. Follow Sara Yasin and her fire tweets at @missyasin. Follow Hind Makki at @hindmakki and sideentrance.tumblr.com. Follow Donna Auston at @TinyMuslimah and #BlackMuslimRamadan. 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

Nov 10 2016

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Rank #7: Episode 28: #BlackMuslimRamadan

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For the third episode in our Ramadan series, we focus on a community that isn’t often centered during Ramadan — black Muslims. First up, Ahmed talks with Sarah Hagi, who writes for Vice, about the glory of  #BlackMuslimRamadan and #BlackoutEid. Then, a longer conversation with Ikhlas Saleem, who co-hosts the Identity Politics podcast, about moving away from, and back to, the black Muslim community she grew up in. Plus — why she joined the international students association in college despite being 100% American. Finally, Ikhlas calls her mom to ask her a few questions about her first Ramadan. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Sarah at @geekylonglegs, Follow Ikhlas at @i_saleem, and check out her podcast Identity Politics, Read Ikhlas’s essay here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ikhlassaleem/the-hybrid?utm_term=.uyegP0K3Dg#.yew067vR30 Follow all our Ramadan posts here: buzzfeed.com/ramadan Watch the video “Why I Converted To Islam” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCVlytKoMLE, 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

Jun 08 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 52: Clapback But Make It Fashion

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This week we have two very different but equally exciting guests. First we speak with political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi about “sounding American,” how the East was gay until  colonization, and her new book club. Then, we chat with Katie Couric, American journalist and host of new Nat Geo series "American Inside Out", about "The Muslim Next Door," her exploration into stereotyping, representation, and conflict in the American Muslim community. Follow Hoda Katebi @hodakatebi and read her blog at www.joojooazad.com, join her book club @becauseweveread on Instagram and Twitter. Follow Katie Couric @katiecouric on Twitter and watch America Inside Out on the National Geographic channel and Hulu. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads. Follow the show @seesomething and watch our 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 20 2018

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Rank #9: Episode 40: The Problem With Celebrity Sheikh Culture

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There’s an important conversation about sexual harassment and assault happening across the United States. Things are no different for American Muslims. This fall, at least two major Muslim figures have been accused of abuse of power against women — the response has shown how difficult it can be for women to speak openly about abuse, and that many communities have a long way to go when it comes to supporting victims and survivors. So, we talk to BuzzFeed’s Hannah Allam about her reporting on Nouman Ali Khan and the women who are calling him out. Then, we have a frank conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud about how men can take on a bigger share of the work of fighting back against abuse. Read Hannah’s piece here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahallam/nouman-ali-khan-misconduct-allegations-and-backlash Read Elamin’s piece here: http://www.chatelaine.com/opinion/rape-culture-for-dummies-how-to-be-an-ally/ Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow Hannah @HannahAllam Follow Elamin @elamin Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast,  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

Nov 02 2017

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Rank #10: Episode 26: The Fast And The Furious

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Ramadan Mubarak folks! It’s that magical 30 days where we’re all hungry and sleepy and trying to be a better person. See Something Say Something is celebrating this Ramadan with a mini-series. And this first episode is all about fasting. Ahmed talks to Kamelya Omayma Youssef, who grew up in Dearborn, MI, with parents who didn’t fast. At a certain point as a teenager, she had to figure out what she wanted to do. Then, Ahmed is joined by comedian Aman Ali to talk about how he drove across the country six years ago, breaking his fast in a new state and a new mosque every night. And finally, we hear from former competitive Olympic weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah, about how professional athletes train during Ramadan.  Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads,  Follow Kamelya on instagram at @kamelya.omayma,  Follow Aman at @amanali, Follow Kulsoom at @liftingcovered.  Find more Sally's articles and more at buzzfeed.com/ramadan 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. For tickets and info about the Northside Festival, visit northsidereport2017.eventbrite.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 30 2017

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Rank #11: Episode 20: In Conclusion...

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Colonialism! Hip-hop! Appropriation! It’s a bit of all of the above in this episode. Ahmed talks to Mona Haydar about the video for her song Hijabi, what it means for a Syrian-American to rap, and dealing with microaggressions. Then, Ahmed plays a game of “Did the English Steal This Word From Your People?” with real-life meme, college freshman, and artist of bitterness Kiren Rizvi. Follow Mona @mona_haydar Follow Kiren @gothistani Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads Watch Mona's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOX9O_kVPeo Learn why Kiren is so bitter here: https://twitter.com/gothistani/status/692686175602151424?lang=en Play "Did The English Steal This Word" yourself here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ahmedaliakbar/jungli 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 Find the audience survey at survey.panoply.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 13 2017

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Rank #12: Episode 41: Running, Not Hiding

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It’s election season in America and Muslims all around the country are turning up to run for public office, from big (Michigan governor) to small (local city council). But even though the candidates are running on local issues like housing rights and minimum wage, the national conversation about Muslims, national security, and terrorism have trickled down into their campaigns. We talk to BuzzFeed News’ own Talal Ansari about his reporting on these candidates with Hannah Allam. We also call up Abdul El-Sayed, who’s running for governor of Michigan, and Zainab Baloch, who recently ran for Raleigh City Council.  Read Talal and Hannah’s piece here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/talalansari/trumps-anti-islam-rhetoric-convinced-these-muslims-they?utm_term=.rwEJ20yoxJ#.xxgKPjpemK Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow Talal @TalalNAnsari Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast,  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

Nov 09 2017

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Rank #13: Ramadan Mubarak, with Halima Aden

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From posing in Rihanna’s Fenty campaign to gracing the covers of magazines like British Vogue and Allure, supermodel Halima Aden is taking the fashion industry by storm. The 20-year-old Somali-American legend joins us to talk about her favorite parts about Ramadan, being elected homecoming queen in high school and teaches Ahmed how to take the perfect selfie. Follow Halima on Twitter @Kinglimaa and Instagram @halima. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads. Follow the show @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 (edited) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 01 2018

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Rank #14: We're Back and Just in Time for Ramadan

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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.

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Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads.

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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

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 30: What Do You Think A Soul Is?

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In this last episode of our Ramadan series, we hear from friends of the show about the Night of Power and what it’s like to pray all night. Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed’s Nabiha Syed and Zainab Shah about imagining God when they were kids, counting prayers, heaven and hell, and what souls are like. Then, Ahmed calls up a special guest. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads,  Follow Nabiha at @nabihasyed,   Follow Zainab at @zainabshah 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 Farihas essay at https://www.buzzfeed.com/fariharoisin/i-have-the-audacity-to-be-both-things-at-once (edited) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 22 2017

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Rank #16: Episode 34: Ghee Something Say Something

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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

Sep 21 2017

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Rank #17: Episode 42: The Best (?) Of 2017

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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

Nov 16 2017

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Rank #18: Eid and Aladdin Snacks

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Ramadan and Eid zoomed by and in the meantime, Ahmed watched the new live-action Guy Ritchie Aladdin movie… and turns out kind of enjoyed it?  Controversial, yes, but you have to speak your truth. So we’re joined this week by Nida Abbasi and Maryam Adamu to discuss Eid traditions and why we had fun in Aladdin despite how flawed the movie is. Also making an appearance:  jinn-human romances, Heba Hasan’s love for Eid’s morning coffee, Salimah’s mishap with a mosque bounce house, and The Komina’s song, “Eid Mubarak.”

Also, we were limited in our mic setup this week and only had access to one, so the show will sound a little bit different this week.

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.

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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.

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #19: Long-Term Recovery

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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.

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Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com.

Sep 24 2019

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Rank #20: Pray For Zayn and Gigi

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Is Thanos a thicc daddy? We get into the real issues facing our culture with all-star BuzzFeeders Bim Adewunmi and Tabir Akhter. From the internet ruining everything to why Muslims invented “orbiting,” it’s gonna be a pop-culture grab bag of an episode. Boy band savant Sara Yasin also stops by to help unpack the status of Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid (ZIGI!!!) and explain why we should WhatsApp our moms to pray for them. Plus: Bim and Ahmed will be on Netflix coming this Summer! Read more about that here:  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-plans-buzzfeed-set-docuseries-follow-1105586 Follow Bim @bimadew and @thirstaidkit — Tabir @tabir — Sara @sarayasin — Ahmed @radbrowndads and @seesomething. Read Bim's essay on romance novels here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/bimadewunmi/meet-the-black-women-upending-the-romance-novel-industryRead Sara's essay on Zayn and Gigi here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarayasin/gigi-zayn-power-couple-breakup Watch our 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  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 04 2018

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