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See Something Say Something

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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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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

475 Ratings
Average Ratings
418
19
9
6
23

❤️❤️❤️

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

Black, Non Muslim and I love...

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

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Rank #2: 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 #3: Episode 39: Halaloween

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We’re back with another jinn episode! This year, it’s all about taking the genie narrative beyond the lamp. First, a conversation with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about why jinn make for such compelling characters, her own experiences with jinn, and, of course, we talk a little Kamala Khan. Then, it’s a chill round of Do Better with Abid Anwar, where we tackle the jinn sex scene in “American Gods.” Plus, we bring you real life jinn stories from friends of the show. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow G. Willow Wilson @GWillowWilson Follow Abid @abid_ism Follow Elamin @elamin Follow Ikran @ikrandahir Follow Zainab @zainabshah 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

Oct 26 2017

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Rank #4: 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 #5: Episode 36: Every Day Is Ashura And Every Land Is Karbala

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This episode, we hear from Shias who are observing Muharram and Ashura — the commemoration of the death of the prophet’s grandson Hussein — and we talk about the power of grief to transform and empower. Plus: A conversation about what it’s like for Shia students to be in the minority in MSAs and other Muslim communities on college campuses. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow Zainab @zainabshah Follow Shereen @ShereenYousuf Follow Faiyaz @FaiyazJaffer Take the audience survey at survey.panoply.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 06 2017

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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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

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Rank #8: Episode 45: Let’s Talk About Sex, Habibi

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Randa Jarrar is an essayist, professor, and writer of two books of fiction, “A Map Of Home” and “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali.” She stops by the show to talk to Ahmed about her work on sexuality, cultural appropriation, and the humor of human vulgarity. She reads from her latest Bitch Media piece on the politics of consensual domination in sex and also chats about the “thousands of emails from Beckys” she’s received for her work and teaching her son about consent. You can follow her @randajarrar on Twitter and find her work at www.randajarrar.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 02 2018

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Rank #9: 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 #10: Episode 31: “Sorry I Ate You”

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Ahmed has a lot to process in this busy week of Eid Al-Adha and Hajj — he went to a halal butcher and zabiha slaughtered a lamb for the first time, so he calls up friend of the show (and Kominas singer) Basim Usmani to help digest his conflicting feelings. Before that, we catch up with Siraj Datoo, journalist and host of “The Pilgrimage” podcast, right before he rushes out the door for his flight to his first-ever pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. We’re making duah that Siraj’s ihram stays tightened! Plus an extra special audio postcard from the Kaaba. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow Basim @basiroti Follow Siraj @dats 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

Aug 31 2017

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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

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Rank #13: Brown Girls, with Fatimah Asghar

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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

Aug 10 2018

31mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Episode 33: A 91-Year-Old Imam Still Finds Joy In The Podcast Studio

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Abdurrahim Rashada has seen a lot in his life.  He served in the Navy during World War II. He survived and escaped the Jim Crow South. He worked in the GM factories of Michigan and saw their rise and fall. And then, he joined the Nation of Islam, attracted by their message of freedom, justice, and equality for black folks. And later, when the community moved towards Sunnism, he learned to adapt  to a broader community of immigrant Muslims. In 1988, he met Ahmed when he had his first aqiqah (first haircut) at the mosque in Saginaw. In this episode, Ahmed takes a step back and Khalila Rashada interviews her grandfather in the Saginaw house she grew up in. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads 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 14 2017

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Rank #16: 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 #17: 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

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Rank #18: 👀👋🏽

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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

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Rank #19: Introducing: Thirst Aid Kit

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We're thrilled to introduce a new podcast hosted by friends-of-the-show Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins. In this inaugural episode, they examine the charms of Southern men. With a little help from Nichole’s friend Cynthia Harris, they jumpstart the conversation looking at the very juicy André 3000 before sifting through portrayals of the South in film and TV. Plus: a battle for fanfiction supremacy in Fanfic Wars—vote early and vote often for your favorite. Find show notes, fanfic, and more on our Tumblr. Follow us on Twitter for thirsty GIFs. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. Send your drabbles to thirstaidkit@buzzfeed.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 03 2017

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Rank #20: Ramadan Mubarak, with Fatima Ali

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Eid mubarak! Concluding our Ramadan series is a very special guest, ‘Top Chef’ contestant Fatima Ali. Join us for a ‘mental quickfire challenge’ where Fatima composes an Eid meal for 6 using Ahmed’s fridge leftovers. We chat about her time on the show, how her Pakistani heritage influences her work and her recent battle with cancer. Read Ahmed's essay on dhabas and diaspora: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ahmedaliakbar/tikka-masala-is-a-scam-and-other-lessons-from-pakistani?utm_term=.qwJ8OD12WW Follow Fatima on Twitter and Instagram @cheffati. 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 15 2018

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