A pod space for discussions on the South Asian diaspora, both as topic and lens through which to view our world. Hosted & Produced by Maryyum Mehmood and Aditya Desai.
info_outline Queerness and Mental Health during Ramadan w/ Maz Halima 04/12/2021
Queerness and Mental Health during Ramadan w/ Maz Halima As Ramadan 2021 begins, writer Maz Halima joins us to discuss how to create conversations around celebrating and observing the holiday when our identities, lifestyles, or health concerns pose challenges and set us on the fringes of what is "traditional".
info_outline Ambedkarite Futurists w/ Sharmin Hossain 03/29/2021
Ambedkarite Futurists w/ Sharmin Hossain Sharmin Hossain, Political Director of Equality Labs, joins us to talk about uprooting and resisting casteism, religious intolerance, gender-based violence, and other oppressions through organizing, digital security, and (possibly), K-Pop stans.
info_outline BAME Experiences Under COVID w/ Halima Begum 03/22/2021
BAME Experiences Under COVID w/ Halima Begum Halima Begum, Chief Executive of the Runnymede Trust, joins us to mark one-year of the pandemic quarantine in the UK and how it has affected the BAME population in distinct, particular ways.
info_outline Muslim Women In These Times w/ Wardah Abbas 03/08/2021
Muslim Women In These Times w/ Wardah Abbas Wardah Abbas, co-founder and editor of The Muslim Women Times zooms in from Nigeria to talk about her media project and why it is important for modern Muslimahs to take control of their narratives, both past and present.
info_outline This Zameen Is Your Zameen w/ Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Dharna Noor 02/22/2021
This Zameen Is Your Zameen w/ Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Dharna Noor We examine the Punjab Farmer's Protest with a duo of interviews.
info_outline Decolonization Is Not Just A Metaphor w/ Manu Chander 02/15/2021
Decolonization Is Not Just A Metaphor w/ Manu Chander Manu Chander, Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark and author of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century, joins us to talk about Brownness and its expressions through political & poetic forms.
info_outline Khidr Collective w/ Warda Khokhar 02/08/2021
Khidr Collective w/ Warda Khokhar We're back for Season 2! Kicking off with Warda Khokhar, nonfiction editor of the Khidr Collective Zine, a print and digital publication aimed at voicing the needs of young British Muslims. Their latest, Issue 4 "Water," is coming soon.
info_outline SAALT Tacts w/ Lakshmi Sridaran 12/14/2020
SAALT Tacts w/ Lakshmi Sridaran Lakshmi Sridaran, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), joins us to talk about her career, SAALT's work, as well as the broader outlook for South Asian American political identity and engagement.
info_outline Making Film Your Home w/ Rishi Gandhi 12/07/2020
Making Film Your Home w/ Rishi Gandhi Filmmaker Rishi Gandhi tells us about his journey to becoming editor, cinematographer, producer, and director of his many projects that use genre, theme, and style to tell stories of nostalgia, loss, and the finding one's self on the big screen.
info_outline Wonk Credibility w/ Bilal Baloch 11/30/2020
Wonk Credibility w/ Bilal Baloch Co-Founder and COO of Global Wonks Bilal Baloch joins us to talk about his career in academia, global policy, and changing the conversation around how field experts apply their knowledge and trade to today's important global conversations.
info_outline You Can Write It, Saadia! w/ Saadia Faruqi 11/23/2020
You Can Write It, Saadia! w/ Saadia Faruqi Pakistani American author Saadia Faruqi joins us to talk about her career, writing for young brown and Muslim girls, representation in literature, the Yasmin series, and her new book, A Thousand Questions!
info_outline It's All Halal w/ Owais Siddiqui 10/19/2020
It's All Halal w/ Owais Siddiqui New York based Pakistani home cook extraordinaire Owais Siddiqui (aka of the viral doodh-patti-ice-cream-paratha-cone) joins us to talk about everyone's favorite subject - food! We discuss the trends, adaptations, politics, and influences of khana & pakana.
info_outline Speculative Fiction and its Dissent w/ Nur Nasreen Ibrahim 10/13/2020
Speculative Fiction and its Dissent w/ Nur Nasreen Ibrahim Journalist and fiction writer Nur Nasreen Ibrahim joins us to talk about dissent in Pakistan, the motorway incident, the Salam Awards, sci-fi lit, borders, and all manner of reality that feels unreal.
info_outline Colour Me Adjunct w/ Dr Fauzia Ahmad 10/01/2020
Colour Me Adjunct w/ Dr Fauzia Ahmad We talk to Dr. Fauzia Ahmad of Goldsmith's University of London, about sustaining a career as a South Asian Muslim in precarious faculty positions through personal upheavals, department politics, and most recently, a redundancy that was rescinded after advocacy from colleagues and unions.