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Ahmed Ali Akbar

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Each week, BuzzFeed News’ 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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The Democratic Debates and Reclaiming The Narrative

26:41 | Aug 6th

The July 30th and 31st Democratic debates had 20 (TWENTY!) candidates on stage. So, what do Muslim folks working in PR think about how the candidates fared? We invited on Firdaus Arastu, political consultant and activist, to discuss her work, how Ame...Show More
Ramy

43:54 | Jul 23rd

Ahmed talks to Ramy Youssef, the writer and creator behind the Hulu show “Ramy” and the HBO Comedy Special “Feelings.” They discuss representation, future Muslim TV shows they hope to see, and why it’s important to resist being “the first.”   Donate ...Show More
Follow Me, Akhi

36:21 | Jul 13th

Journalist Hussein Kesvani’s new book, “Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims” covers the many ways British Muslims use the internet. So Ahmed invites Hussein on for a cross-Atlantic conversation on growing up online. They talk about c...Show More
Eid and Aladdin Snacks

32:47 | Jun 17th

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 A...Show More
The Honest Struggle

53:36 | May 30th

American Muslims have long participated in the struggle against mass incarceration, and this Ramadan, we speak to three people who can help us make sense of where things stand now. First, we talk to Sadiq Davis on his reentry journey through Muslim c...Show More
Brown Boy Syndrome

33:48 | May 14th

Ramadan Mubarak! We're happily loopy from our first week of fasting. In this episode, Ahmed talks to New York Times best-selling novelist, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Her novel, “A Place For Us,” explores the relationships between the children and parents ...Show More
We're Back and Just in Time for Ramadan

23:54 | Apr 30th

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 tha...Show More
What exactly is Vogue Arabia, anyway?

22:41 | Apr 9th

Ahmed's back for another short SSSS newsbrief! Salimah joins the podcast to talk about the three Somali models featured on April's Vogue Arabia cover, the freshmen Muslim congresswomen, Jordan Peele's "Us," and the attacks on Mali. PLUS: we have a Pa...Show More
Processing Christchurch

25:52 | Mar 22nd

Ahmed and Abu are back for a one-off episode processing the murder of 50 people in the Christchurch, New Zealand masjids by a white supremacist. Stay subscribed to the feed and our social feeds for more updates on the future of the show after BuzzFee...Show More
👀👋🏽

1:04:21 | Nov 14th, 2018

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, ...Show More
The Power Of Anger (And Comedy) with Aamer Rahman

40:24 | Sep 21st, 2018

Comedian Aamer Rahman’s viral stand-up bit on “Reverse Racism” is a sharp, thoughtful, and hilarious take on a microaggression that has always been a struggle to respond to. Aamer joins us on the show this week to continue schooling us on political c...Show More
It’s My Party and I’ll Run if I Want To

30:17 | Sep 14th, 2018

This week, we've got an elections update! Ahead of midterm elections, we're checking in with BuzzFeed News reporters on the Muslim candidates that ran for office this year. Talal Ansari gives us an update on everyone from Ilhan Omar to Rashida Tlaib ...Show More
Mangoes & Memories Vol. 3: Preserving Culture Through Food

43:10 | Sep 7th, 2018

We're back with the final installment of our food series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories explores food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode is about the Gullah/Geechee community and their fight to maintain their culture a...Show More
Mangoes & Memories Vol 2: The Great Secret WhatsApp Mango Trade

41:20 | Aug 31st, 2018

Mangoes are one of the world’s most treasured fruit, but for Indian and Pakistani immigrants, it’s nearly impossible to get the beloved Alphonso and Chaunsa varietals in America. In this episode, we explore why some people are willing to pay nearly $...Show More
Mangoes & Memories Vol. 1: The Lambs of Eid Al-Adha

35:38 | Aug 24th, 2018

It’s a new food mini-series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories will explore food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode is about Eid al Adha and how some American Muslims are taking a more ethical stance towards meat consumpti...Show More
Mental Health in the Muslim Community

31:46 | Aug 17th, 2018

This week, we’re tackling a sensitive topic: suicide and mental health services in the American Muslim community. A few weeks ago, BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Allam published a piece on the rise of suicide rates in the community and what can be don...Show More
Brown Girls, with Fatimah Asghar

36:26 | Aug 10th, 2018

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...Show More
The Queer Type

49:24 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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-ob...Show More
Taking The Numb Out of Numbers

44:41 | Jul 27th, 2018

Have you ever wondered how many Americans are married to their cousin? How hairy the average woman of color is? Well! Data journalist Mona Chalabi has the answers to all your weirdest queries, often with whimsical and witty illustrations. Ahmed and M...Show More
Good immigrants and The World Cup

40:54 | Jul 20th, 2018

In this week’s episode, special guest host Sara Yasin steps in to discuss the most burning questions we all have about the World Cup. Like: who do you root for when there’s only European nations left in the tourney? Can we use colonial injustices as ...Show More
The Rise of Muslim Biker Gangs And Other Lies

43:40 | Jul 13th, 2018

In this week's episode, Ahmed discusses how anti-Muslim propaganda makes its way from Europe to the U.S. with Ishmael Daro of the BuzzFeed News Debunking Team and BuzzFeed's VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha Syed. They also go head-to-hea...Show More
Banned Together: SCOTUS Edition

48:03 | Jul 6th, 2018

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you think our civil liberties have eroded this past month? These are the kind of things Ahmed worries about at night. So, he invited  brother-in-law, ACLU lawyer, and real-life Supreme Court WINNER Nathan Freed Wessler...Show More
'Terrorist #1' in A Chuck Norris Movie

33:08 | Jun 29th, 2018

This week Ahmed talks with comedian Maz Jobrani about growing up in America with Iranian parents, turning down terrorist roles, and why he’s re-thinking using accents in his stand-up. Follow Maz at @MazJobraniFollow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow the...Show More
Fan Fav: Ghee Something Say Something

42:14 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Ahmed is on vacation, so he wanted y’all to hear his favorite episode: 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 languag...Show More
Ramadan Mubarak, with Fatima Ali

33:23 | Jun 15th, 2018

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 sho...Show More
Ramadan Mubarak, with Oddisee

33:05 | Jun 8th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ramadan Mubarak, with Halima Aden

31:35 | Jun 1st, 2018

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...Show More
Ramadan Mubarak, With Ayman Mohyeldin

37:30 | May 25th, 2018

In the second week of our Ramadan spotlight series, we talk with Ayman Mohyeldin, anchor and host at MSNBC. Ayman has spent years as a foreign correspondent and in front of a national audience, so Ahmed asks him about objectivity in media, covering t...Show More
Ramadan Mubarak, With Ibtihaj Muhammad!

32:22 | May 18th, 2018

RAMADAN MUBARAK!!! We’re so excited to kick off our annual, award-winning Ramadan series by speaking with Olympic bronze medalist, sabre fencer and future Barbie doll (!) Ibtihaj Muhammad. We talk to her about her conviction to fast while training, n...Show More
Ramadan Breath

27:32 | May 11th, 2018

It’s almost Ramadan! So Ahmed brings on nutritionist and dietician Nour Zibdeh to answer all the most pressing questions about how to prep for a month of fasting, focus, and fun. Plus: Nour answers listener submitted questions, like how to avoid Rama...Show More
Pray For Zayn and Gigi

34:52 | May 4th, 2018

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 episo...Show More
Salt Fat Acid Heat

32:23 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 Sa...Show More
Episode 52: Clapback But Make It Fashion

40:32 | Apr 20th, 2018

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, A...Show More
Episode 51: Everything Is Horrible It’s Getting Worse And We’re All Accepting It

30:49 | Apr 13th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 50: Stop Reading Bad Rumi Translations At Your Weddings

39:14 | Apr 6th, 2018

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...Show More
Episode 49: The White Terrorist Double Standard

40:33 | Mar 30th, 2018

What does calling white radicals ‘terrorists’ accomplish? Is it a pandering rhetoric used by white liberals? Joining us to unpack media semantics and government policing around these issues are BuzzFeed’s VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha...Show More
Episode 48: A Very Afghan New Year

32:39 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Nowruz Mubarak! Whether you call it Persian New Year, the Spring Equinox, or something else, it’s a time for renewal and refresh celebrated by folks from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, and more. And so we decided to take a deeper look at how Af...Show More
Episode 47: Break The Writer’s Room

31:47 | Mar 16th, 2018

Award-winning TV writer Sameer Asad Gardezi stops by the show to chat about his experiences writing for shows like Modern Family, being the only POC in white writer’s rooms, and his work with Muslim writer’s room projects. And then, stay tuned for a ...Show More
Episode 46: Why The Group Chat Is A Holy Space

39:40 | Mar 9th, 2018

Content warning: sexual harassment.Hajj is supposed to be one of the most spiritual, moving moments in a practicing Muslim’s life. But like all communities, Muslims are having a #MeToo moment, as women have started to share their experiences with sex...Show More
Episode 45: Let’s Talk About Sex, Habibi

28:04 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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...Show More
Episode 44: “There’s Jojoba Oil in the Wind”

40:38 | Feb 23rd, 2018

This week, we stan Ryan Coogler. Ahmed talks Black Panther with BuzzFeed culture writer/co-host of Thirst Aid Kit Bim Adewunmi and Senior Interactive Editor at Cosmopolitan Alexis Nedd. They explore the film’s representation of diaspora, queer erasur...Show More
Episode 43: 2/2 Mullahs Agree

38:39 | Feb 16th, 2018

We’re back for season 4! First amendment queen Nabiha Syed and gloom and doom DJ Sara Yasin join us for a good ol' round of Halal or Not. Later, we talk about how the FBI meme is appropriating Muslim culture, Hoda Katebi’s legendary local news clapba...Show More
Episode 42: The Best (?) Of 2017

36:15 | Nov 16th, 2017

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 tal...Show More
Episode 41: Running, Not Hiding

32:11 | Nov 9th, 2017

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...Show More
Introducing: Thirst Aid Kit

40:13 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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 ...Show More
Episode 40: The Problem With Celebrity Sheikh Culture

42:24 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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 — t...Show More
Episode 39: Halaloween

46:55 | Oct 26th, 2017

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 jin...Show More
Episode 38: Beauty Is The Splendor Of Truth, With Brother Ali

42:30 | Oct 19th, 2017

Brother Ali’s been on a break from making music — in the five years since his last album, he’s travelled the world, studying up with traditional Islamic scholars and deciding whether hip-hop was still his purpose in life. The end product of that was ...Show More
Episode 37: Happy Birthday From All The Aunties

41:26 | Oct 12th, 2017

The show turns one year old this month! We have a lil’ party in the stude with all our fave BuzzFeed big sister types — Nabiha Syed, badass lawyer extraordinaire, Bim Adewunmi, thirst queen and BuzzFeed culture writer, and Tracy Clayton, host of Anot...Show More
Episode 36: Every Day Is Ashura And Every Land Is Karbala

45:36 | Oct 6th, 2017

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 S...Show More
Episode 35: Banned Again

34:23 | Sep 28th, 2017

Trump’s immigration policies have mucked up a lot of lives. In this episode, SSSS producer Megan Detrie shares some stories from her reporting in Michigan with the Iraqi Christian community. Specifically, the Chaldean Christian immigrants and communi...Show More
Episode 34: Ghee Something Say Something

41:55 | Sep 21st, 2017

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...Show More
Episode 33: A 91-Year-Old Imam Still Finds Joy In The Podcast Studio

33:42 | Sep 14th, 2017

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, att...Show More
"A Dope Lyric Over A Tight Beat? That’s Like An Ayah”

36:14 | Sep 7th, 2017

Umi says shine your light on the world, so in this episode, we explore why for so many Black American Muslims, hip-hop feels like home. Ahmed invites Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer and musician Salima Ra, into the studio to share one album, one song, and on...Show More
Episode 31: “Sorry I Ate You”

40:50 | Aug 31st, 2017

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 fee...Show More
Everyday People and Everyday Psychopaths (The Live Show)

58:41 | Aug 25th, 2017

Season 3 of See Something Say Something debuts next week, but before that, a little taste of what we've been doing during our summer break — we recently brought all your favorite things to the stage in Dearborn, Michigan: comics, advice to Hollywood ...Show More
We're Coming To Michigan!

02:38 | Jul 28th, 2017

Hey Michiganders, we’re headed your way with a great live show — co-presented with the Arab American National Museum — featuring stories and conversation about politics and pop culture. Not in Michigan? Well, listen anyway for a sneak peek at Season ...Show More
What Time Is It? Summertime…

02:18 | Jun 29th, 2017

See Something Say Something is going on a little break to get ready for season 3. We’ll be working on new episodes, lots of videos, and even a Michigan live show. We’ll miss you on the podcast, but we’ll still be out here on Facebook, on twitter at @...Show More
Episode 30: What Do You Think A Soul Is?

45:20 | Jun 22nd, 2017

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 pray...Show More
Episode 29: God Giveth Biryani And God Taketh Away Pernil

44:29 | Jun 15th, 2017

In the fourth episode of the Ramadan series, Ahmed talks to converts about the struggles and joys of finding community in immigrant Muslim masjids. First, we listen to some of the thoughts Chris St. Louis and Cassandra Villarreal recorded throughout ...Show More
Episode 28: #BlackMuslimRamadan

39:22 | Jun 8th, 2017

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,...Show More
Episode 27: Prayers Over Here, Kidz Bop Over There

41:06 | Jun 1st, 2017

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 Collabo...Show More
Episode 26: The Fast And The Furious

46:21 | May 30th, 2017

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 ...Show More
“It Was Cheese Stick Day”

03:26 | May 25th, 2017

Here’s a sneak peek at the first episode in our Ramadan series — it’s all about fasting, and it’s coming out on Monday. In the meantime, we want to know how you’re feeling about and getting ready for Ramadan. Let us know at saysomething@buzzfeed.com....Show More
Episode 25: From Zero To Pork

45:21 | May 18th, 2017

[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 join...Show More
Episode 24: PROM?

35:47 | May 11th, 2017

The studio is decorated. The corsages are fastened. Someone even came to the episode taping in their high school prom dress. That’s right, it’s the See Something Say Something senior prom. Prom committee co-chairs Ahmed Ali Akbar and Tabir Akhter rea...Show More
Episode 23: Muslim Girls Hoop Too

48:16 | May 4th, 2017

In 2014, things were looking up for Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. She held scoring records in Massachusetts for basketball and had a successful run in the NCAA which she hoped to turn into a professional career. Then, her dreams were put on hold when she real...Show More
Episode 22: The Third-Act Nuke

36:44 | Apr 27th, 2017

Ahmed reveals his nerdy side in this special video game themed episode. In Level 1, Ahmed talks to his cousins, siblings Nyle and Basim (of the Kominas!) Usmani, about how video games bring them together and why killing brown folks in Call of Duty ma...Show More
Lost In The Sauce — Part 2

29:19 | Apr 23rd, 2017

Ahmed talks with Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura—an analyst, organizer, and author of Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath—about drinking culture in Bosnian Muslim communities. They talk about that one uncle who would always let you try h...Show More
Episode 21: Lost In The Sauce

28:55 | Apr 20th, 2017

“Muslims don’t drink” — how many times have you heard that before? In the first of a series of episodes about intoxicants, Ahmed invites Barnard Professor of Religion, Najam Haider, to provide some context about the role of alcohol in Islam. They tal...Show More
Episode 20: In Conclusion...

44:43 | Apr 13th, 2017

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 ga...Show More
Episode 19: Do Better

38:27 | Apr 6th, 2017

Do you ever wish you could reimagine badly-written Muslim characters on TV and in movies? This week, Ahmed and BuzzFeed's Abid Anwar come up with some corrective fan fiction for an episode of a beloved 90s sitcom with a problematic character. Then, B...Show More
Episode 18: Wallah Bros And A Staff Gorilla

41:45 | Mar 30th, 2017

Arabic is a part of pretty much every Muslim's life, whether it’s in the salaams they share with their family, in their name, or it’s the language they speak at home. In this episode, Ahmed talks with Kamelya Omayma Youssef and Amy D. about what it’s...Show More
Episode 17: What About The Revolution, Baby?

39:44 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Remember the Arab Spring? Bassem Youssef does! Ahmed talks to “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” to see what lessons Americans can learn from his time in revolution. They talk about the Trump administration's electronics ban, the differences between American and ...Show More
Episode 16: Of Minder And Meeting People

57:05 | Mar 16th, 2017

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 relationsh...Show More
Episode 15: What Did We Miss?

47:21 | Mar 9th, 2017

Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed News' legal genius Nabiha Syed about what to do if a Customs and Border Protection officer asks for your phone—and other ways to legally resist at the border. Plus, Nabiha gives us advice about talking to white men and mixin...Show More
Banned Together — Part 3

39:12 | Feb 2nd, 2017

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 wi...Show More
Banned Together — Part 2

37:33 | Feb 1st, 2017

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 f...Show More
Banned Together — Part 1

39:46 | Jan 31st, 2017

Annnd we’re back! The previous episode (our live show) was supposed to be the end of Season 1. Then, President Trump issued an executive order blocking refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Ye...Show More
Episode 14: Banned In NYC (The Live Show)

1:18:33 | Jan 27th, 2017

With Trump's Muslim ban looming, we throw all your favorite things into one episode: Halal or Not! Khutbahs! Politics! Memes! Thirst! Ahmed’s Abu! All this and more for See Something Say Something's first ever Facebook live show at WNYC’s The Greene ...Show More
Episode 13: Self-Care And Salt Bae

51:26 | Jan 20th, 2017

Donald Trump’s inAGGHHHHHguration is this Friday, so Ahmed invites guests to talk about coping strategies. We check in with BuzzFeed’s Zainab Shah and Reeda Saleem, talk therapy and self-care with mental health professionals Kameelah Rashad and Bisma...Show More
Episode 12: Heems

45:03 | Jan 13th, 2017

Rapper and activist Heems stops by the BuzzFeed offices to talk about movies, identity, and Swet Shop Boys, his collaboration with Riz Ahmed and Redinho. Ahmed and Heems ask important questions like: What does it mean for a non-Muslim brown man to wr...Show More
Episode 11: RAD BROWN DADS

32:53 | Jan 6th, 2017

This week, Ahmed talks immigration, work, and movies with two Rad Brown Dads: Jamil Ali, who has worked in the taxi industry since the ‘80s, and Dr. Waheed Akbar, Ahmed’s dad. Plus: Ahmed tries to speak Urdu and it is very bad. Please do not drag him...Show More
Meme Squad

20:27 | Dec 30th, 2016

Happy New Year! On this mini episode, Ahmed invites a real-life meme into the studio. You’ve probably seen Daniya Sayed's hilarious photo from prom on your Tumblr or Twitter dashboard. Ahmed talks to Daniya about her rise to virality, how memes can c...Show More
Episode 10: Jingle Bells Mubarak

42:49 | Dec 23rd, 2016

It’s the most hegemonic time of the year and Ahmed wants to complain about it. But Christmas deserves a fair shake too, so he brings Eid Elfs Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed and Salimah Fatimah Mohamed to explain why they love the holiday season. They play some ...Show More
Episode 9: Zayn

45:30 | Dec 16th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Episode 8: Why Are Samosas In Every Single Book?

50:18 | Dec 9th, 2016

Youth Lit authors Hena Khan and Sara Farizan talk about writing young Pakistani and Iranian characters, and wonder why every single book set in South Asia includes samosas. Plus, they give Ahmed some writing advice and read from their own work. Hena ...Show More
Episode 7: Wookies Are Muslim

41:59 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Reza Aslan no longer wants to go on cable news and have to answer questions like "Does Islam promote violence?" Instead, he wants to focus on making a new sitcom for ABC, among other things. Hear why he thinks pop culture and storytelling is the real...Show More
Episode 6: College

37:56 | Nov 25th, 2016

NYU freshmen Romaissaa Benzizoune and Zainab Babikir talk about what it feels like for them to be visibly Muslim on a college campus right now. Plus, Tabir really wants to know what cool things teens like. Follow Tabir at @tabir. Follow Zainab at @fr...Show More
Episode 5: Parents

47:49 | Nov 18th, 2016

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 coll...Show More
How Michigan Muslims Voted

17:46 | Nov 11th, 2016

Michigan just went red for first time since 1988. Ahmed calls up BuzzFeed reporter Talal Ansari, who has been following the organizing efforts of Arab Americans to get out the vote in the Michigan cities of Dearborn and Hamtramck, to reflect on how p...Show More
Episode 4: Where Do We Go

50:54 | Nov 10th, 2016

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 Do...Show More
Episode 3: Fandom

40:06 | Nov 4th, 2016

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...Show More
Episode 2: Jinn

46:37 | Oct 28th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Episode 1: Saying 'Nah'

45:30 | Oct 28th, 2016

On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. Nabiha Syed and Johana Bhuiyan join to talk about being asked to speak on behalf of Muslims. Plus: chai, a few roun...Show More
Preview

07:51 | Oct 26th, 2016

On the new BuzzFeed podcast, Ahmed Ali Akbar will gather folks together to get personal about what it feels like to be Muslim in America right now. In this preview, Ahmed talks about why it’s so hard for Muslims to represent themselves, and plays ...Show More