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See Something Say Something

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Religion & Spirituality
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Islam
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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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451 Ratings
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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.

Validating

By mtinthed - Sep 12 2018
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I also feel so seen and heard! Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

451 Ratings
Average Ratings
393
19
8
7
24

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.

Validating

By mtinthed - Sep 12 2018
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I also feel so seen and heard! Thank you!
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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.

Rank #1: 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
46 mins
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Rank #2: 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
50 mins
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Rank #3: Ramadan Mubarak, with Oddisee

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Growing up in the oasis of the DMV, rapper Oddisee, aka Amir Mohammad, was surrounded by other black, immigrant, and Muslim families. On the show, he chats about how this influenced his viewpoint as a rapper and the in-between space he occupies as a Sudanese-American. Plus: he talks about making music during Ramadan and how touring in Europe made him realize — wow, white people actually have culture! Follow Amir @oddisee. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads and the show @seesomething. 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
Jun 08 2018
28 mins
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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
27 mins
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Rank #5: 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
44 mins
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Rank #6: Banned Together — Part 3

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For the third episode in our Banned Together series, we sit down to process what it feels like to be a Muslim in America right now, or to hold a passport from one of the countries targeted by the President's immigration and travel ban. Ahmed talks with Moustafa Bayoumi, an author and associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, News Curation Editor at BuzzFeed. They talk about the history of the Asian Exclusion Act, the Quebec mosque shooting, and family abroad. Plus: Moustafa does a dramatic reading of the powerful/woke/badass/brilliant NY Taxi Worker Alliance statement on the #MuslimBan. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Moustafa at @BayoumiMoustafa, Follow Elamin at @elamin88, 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
Feb 02 2017
39 mins
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Rank #7: Banned Together — Part 2

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Can the courts overturn President Trump's executive order? This episode, Ahmed talks with law professor Muneer Ahmad, who filed a lawsuit over the weekend challenging the immigration and travel ban. They talk about the details of the lawsuit, why a federal judge issued a stay to halt deportations, and what the legal path forward is for overturning the ban. 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
Feb 01 2017
37 mins
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Rank #8: 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
31 mins
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Rank #9: 👀👋🏽

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Ahmed and See Something Say Something are leaving BuzzFeed News — so we’re taking a moment to reflect with Bim Adewunmi, Tabir Akhter, and Sara Yasin. Ahmed talks candidly about what the show set out to do, the future of See Something Say Something, and more. Plus, we read mail from our super smart and wonderful fans. Stay subscribed to the feed for future announcements or potential episodes of See Something Say Something. No promises, though! Keep in touch with Ahmed by emailing mailto:ahmed.a.akbar@gmail.com. Follow him @radbrowndads. Follow Bim @bimadew. Follow Tabir @tabir. Follow Sara @SaraYasin. Follow the show @seesomething on Twitter, https://www.instagram.com/buzzfeedseesomething/ on Instagram, and http://facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast on Facebook. Watch Ahmed on Netflix: netflix.com/followthis. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and http://kominas.bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 16: Of Minder And Meeting People

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Ahmed talks to three attractive, intelligent, and charming guests about the SINGLE life. Sara Farizan, Hady Barry, and Ahmed Hozain discuss Minder, dating, and how tedious it is to text people. Then, Ahmed calls up his dad to ask about his relationship history. Plus: Everyone plays a special, dating-themed edition of Halal or Not. Follow Ahmed Ali Akbar at @radbrowndads. Follow Sara @SaraFarizan. Listen to Hady’s podcast “Love in the Age of Minder” here. Follow the show at @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Find more episodes at buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Email us at saysomething@buzzfeed.com. And, subscribe to our NEW newsletter! Our music is by The Kominas. Follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16 2017
57 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 27: Prayers Over Here, Kidz Bop Over There

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In the second part of our Ramadan miniseries, Ahmed talks about the mosque and the challenges around building community. He’s joined by Hind Makki, creator of Side Entrance, and Margari Aziza, a writer and co-founder of The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, to talk about how the mosque can exclude women and black American Muslims, and why third spaces have popped up to serve communities. Then, Ahmed calls El-Farouk Khaki, the founder and Imam of the Toronto Unity Mosque, to hear about radical tawhid and creating inclusive spaces. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Margari at @Margari_Aziza and @MuslimARC, Follow Hind at @HindMakki and @SideEntrance, Follow El Farouk on FB at @El-Farouk-Khaki-61420577540. Read Randa’s essay 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
Jun 01 2017
41 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 51: Everything Is Horrible It’s Getting Worse And We’re All Accepting It

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BuzzFeed reporters Hannah Allam and Talal Ansari found dozens of instances where state and local Republican politicians publicly attacked Islam. We sit down with Hannah and Talal to unpack the state of Islamophobia in American politics, civil rights fatigue, and the chaos presidency. Plus, ‘The Simpsons’ finally  responded to Hari Kondabolu’s documentary ‘The Problem With Apu’ on a recent episode and we talk about how  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it was. Read Hannah and Talal’s piece at: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahallam/trump-republicans-bashing-muslims-without-repercussions Follow Hannah Allam @HannahAllam, Talal Ansari @TalalNAnsari and 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13 2018
26 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 50: Stop Reading Bad Rumi Translations At Your Weddings

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This week, we cut to the feeling with cultural critic and poet Hanif Abdurraqib, author of "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us".  Ahmed and Hanif play a game of ’Carly Rae or Sufi?” and then chat about being the only POC in punk spaces and growing up Muslim. Later we call up Layla Abdullah-Poulos from NbA Muslims to unpack tribalism in the Muslim community, state violence, and the role of Muslim voices in the conversation about the Stephon Clark shooting. Follow Hanif @NifMuhammad, you can find "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us" and other works by Hanif at http://www.abdurraqib.com/book/.  Read his BuzzFeed essay https://www.buzzfeed.com/hanifabdurraqib/before-911-muslims-were-a-curiosity-now-were-targets?utm_term=.oxNYGo26Y#.mfoMQqwRM.  Follow Layla @LaylaAPoulos and read her blog NbA Muslims at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nbamuslims/. 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06 2018
34 mins
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Rank #14: 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
30 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 3: Fandom

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BuzzFeed's Bim Adewunmi and Abid Anwar join Ahmed to talk about seeing yourself represented in pop culture, and to reflect on the power of cosplay at Comic Con. Plus: play along with a couple rounds of Halal or Not: Fandom Edition, and find out about Abid's future "space disco." Follow Bim at @bimadew. Follow Abid at @abid_ism. Here's a guide to all the pop culture references discussed in this episode. 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 04 2016
40 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 5: Parents

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Stories about the secrets we keep from our parents, featuring comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, and Ahmed's dad, Dr. Waheed Akbar. Plus: a plea for white people to talk to other white people about Trump. Listeners: We want to hear from young people and college students about how it feels to be Muslim right now, in the wake of the election. Send a voice memo to saysomething@buzzfeed.com, or leave a voicemail at (929) 265-2758. Follow Zahra Noorbakhsh at @zahracomedy. She is the host of the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. Read "Coming Out as Bi When You're Muslim and Married." You can find Zahra's essay "The Birds, the Bees, and My Hole" in the book Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. 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 18 2016
47 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 9: Zayn

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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
Dec 16 2016
45 mins
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Rank #18: 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
46 mins
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Rank #19: 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
39 mins
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Rank #20: 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
37 mins
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