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Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes: Uncovering Stories of Inspiration and ActionWe all have stories. In this podast, we aim to showcase ordinary people driven by pivotal moments to do extraordinary things. From grassroots activism,serving others, building alliances and leadership. I hope to uncover the complexities of identity and life experiences that have inspired change in someamazing individuals. We want to have conversations and open dialogue so that we may know and be inspired by each others journeys.Dr. Saba Maroof is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who sees patients of all ages in the Metro Detroit area.She is a second generation Muslim American of Indian and Pakistani heritage and attended an International School when her familymoved to the Middle East during her formative years. Her multicultural upbringing informs her work with patients and in teaching. She discusses issues suchas acculturation, bullying in minority students and spirituality in mental health with psychiatry residents

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 39 – Healing with Dignity Shaista Kazmi

We talk to Shaista Kazmi, founder of Apna Ghar (“Our Home”), a home health care agency aimed towards meeting the needs of ethnic minorities in South East Michigan. We discuss the challenges that the aging and sick face across the country and community and the specific ways Shaista helps so many families across this region.The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 39 – Healing with Dignity Shaista Kazmi first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

53mins

23 May 2018

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 38 – Documenting Diversity: Razi Jafri

We talk to Razi Jafri, Detroit based documentary photographer, contributor, filmmaker, educator and entrepreneur about changing life trajectories in following your life’s passion. Razi has contributed to National Geographic and is currently working on a documentary about municipal elections in Hamtrack. He was recently awarded a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant to produce an art...The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 38 – Documenting Diversity: Razi Jafri first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

54mins

15 May 2018

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 36 – Inside the Muslim Mind

Calvin and I talk to Senior Lecturer Saeed Khan about his experiences teaching college students, a life of academia as a Muslim and the line between belief and knowledge.  We talk about the transformative nature of critical thinking and education in the world today.The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 36 – Inside the Muslim Mind first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

54mins

9 Apr 2018

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 35

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51mins

25 Mar 2018

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 33: Resist and Persist

We talk to attorney and activist Palak Sheth, co-founder of San Francisco based PMS — Post March Salon- as a means to providing a space for education, empowerment and healing for women of diverse backgrounds.The post Unsung Heroes, Ep 33: Resist and Persist first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

51mins

29 Jan 2018

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 32 – WISE Up

We talk to Rana Abdelhamid, community activist, martial artist and founder of WISE – Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment – about her journey and mission. WISE is a movement for women, by women, that focuses on empowering them physically and emotionally, with a presence in several major cities in the US and now even internationally....The post Unsung Heroes, Ep 32 – WISE Up first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

36mins

21 Jan 2018

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 29 – Women in STEM and more

Unsung Heroes, Ep 29 – Women in STEM and moreThe post Unsung Heroes, Ep 29 – Women in STEM and more first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

49mins

11 Dec 2017

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 25 One Story at a Time

Calvin and I sit down with community activist Agnes Fischer, native of Dearborn and founder and creator of The Solidarity 365 Project as a way of saying thank you to the Muslim friends and neighbors who helped raise her and her way of combating Islamophobia. Agnes hopes her work helps to break down barriers. She...The post Unsung Heroes, Ep 25 One Story at a Time first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

39mins

22 Oct 2017

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 22 – Cancer and The Power of Story

Calvin and I are humbled and honored to share the voice of Dr. Uzma Yunus, mother, wife, and psychiatrist and metastatic breast cancer warrior. While fighting for her life, Dr. Yunus writes candidly about her experience, her grief and her fears in her blog that has been featured in The Huffington Post and other publications...The post Unsung Heroes, Ep 22 – Cancer and The Power of Story first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

46mins

18 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 18 – Color of Faith Pt I

Unsung Heroes, Ep 18 – Color of Faith Pt I We delve into part one of a series of conversations on the intersection of faith and race. Todays conversation features psychologist Dr. Halim Naeem, program director and co-founder of Muslim Anti Racism Collaborative Margari Aziza Hill and visual artist Bobby Rogers. We talk about the...The post Unsung Heroes, Ep 18 – Color of Faith Pt I first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

51mins

18 Jul 2017

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 17 – Being Brave Enough

Unsung Heroes, Ep 17 – Being Brave Enough We have the conversation with Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, cardiac anesthsiologist, wife, mother of four, national educator and now blogger, writer, and speaker. Dr. Shillcutt speaks to executives and professionals on work life integration, resilience, and raising above self doubt. We talk about imposter syndrome, embracing our whole...The post Unsung Heroes, Ep 17 – Being Brave Enough first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

48mins

3 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Unsung Heroes, Ep 13 – Life is a Rough Draft Part I

Unsung Heroes, Ep 13 – Life is a Rough Draft Part I The first in our series highlighting Muslim American authors, Saba talks to writer Hena Khan about diversifying the American literary landscape with her children’s books including Its Ramadan Curious George and her newest chapter book Amina’s Voice.The post Unsung Heroes, Ep 13 – Life is a Rough Draft Part I first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

46mins

7 Jun 2017

Rank #12

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Unsung Heroes, Episode 11 – Re-Creating Family

Unsung Heroes, Episode 11 – Re-Creating Family We talk to Ranya Shbeib and Chantal Wentworth Mullin about supporting families through the fostering and adoption process and the non profits they have helped establish: Mimi’s Kids and Muslim Foster Care Association.The post Unsung Heroes, Episode 11 – Re-Creating Family first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

53mins

25 May 2017

Rank #13

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Unsung Heroes, Episode 6 – Give me your tired, your poor, Reflections of an Immigration Attorney

Unsung Heroes, Episode 6 – Give me your tired, your poor, Reflections of an Immigration AttorneyThe post Unsung Heroes, Episode 6 – Give me your tired, your poor, Reflections of an Immigration Attorney first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

1hr 4mins

19 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 44 – Feet in 2 Worlds: Detroit Edition

I sit down with four local journalists and fellows of WDET Feet in 2 Worlds: Serena Daniels (@tostadamagazine, tostadamagazine.com), Brittney Hutson ( fedandbougie.com, @fedandbougie) Dorothy Hernandez (@sarapdetroit, @dorothyh) and Nargis Rahman (nargisrahman.com, @nargisthewriter). These four women of color break bread in an effort to break barriers and build connections. We talk about the field of...The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 44 – Feet in 2 Worlds: Detroit Edition first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

50mins

21 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 43 – Interview with Flint Water Crisis Hero Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha

Today we talked to Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha, pediatrician, activist, educator and now writer about her life and pivotal role in exposing the public health crisis of elevated lead levels in Flint’s water. She talks about melding her passion for helping kids with education, public policy and advocacy. We delve into the difficulties of speaking...The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 43 – Interview with Flint Water Crisis Hero Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

38mins

26 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 42 – She’s Got You Covered – Melanie Elturk of Haute Hijab

We sit down with Melanie Elturk, founder and CEO of the leading US hijab brand, Haute Hijab. An industry expert and thought leader in modest fashion, she is a true entreprenuer who melds her passion of social justice and fashion in supporting and empowering Muslim women of all ages. Tune in for an eye-opening and...The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 42 – She’s Got You Covered – Melanie Elturk of Haute Hijab first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

47mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #17

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 41 – Geetha Murali and Room to Read

Join us in an inspirational conversation with Geetha Murali, CEO of Room to Read, a global organization focusing on literacy and gender equality. We talk about what has inspired Geetha, her passion for this work, the impact of Room to Read and her heroes! Learn more at www.roomtoread.org.The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 41 – Geetha Murali and Room to Read first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

26mins

13 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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Unsung Heroes – Episode 40 – Bangladesh Coming to America

We have a full studio with Bill Meyer, a founder of OneHamtramck and Farha Hanif, Farhan Huq, and Bushrah Rahman, who are all instrumental in working on the first ever large scale mural depicting the experience of Bangladeshi’s in America. We talk about Bangladesh as an often misunderstood and marginalized community and how this project...The post Unsung Heroes – Episode 40 – Bangladesh Coming to America first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

56mins

27 May 2018

Rank #19

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Unsung Heroes, Episode 2 – Turning Tragedy into Purpose

Unsung Heroes, Episode 2 – Turning Tragedy into Purpose Guest co host, Calvin Moore, and I sit down with Nicole Bedi to talk about her journey. A dietician who was active in academic medicine, ripples of tragedy struck when her friend, a cardiac surgeon, was gunned down by a patient. Since then, she has been...The post Unsung Heroes, Episode 2 – Turning Tragedy into Purpose first appeared on PodcastDetroit.com.

38mins

27 Mar 2017

Rank #20