I’m a Pakistani-American podcast host and producer. My most recent show “Tell Them, I Am,” was called “quietly revolutionary” by the LA Times, “hypnotic listening” by the New York Times, and is one of TIME’s 10 best podcasts of 2019. It’s about the small defining moments in our lives— the voices are all Muslim; the stories are universal. You can learn more about the podcast from this interview on All Things Considered.
Just a couple months before “Tell Them, I Am,” I produced The Big One: Your Survival Guide, called “riveting” and “strangely reassuring” by The New Yorker. The LA Times called it “sugary,” in a good way. It also convinced some famous people to get their earthquake kits together.
All this podcasting started with Beginner, my autobiographical series about learning to belong as an immigrant in America. It was featured on NPR and WIRED. The Guardian’s Rowan Slaney said it brought her week “oodles of joy.”
When I wanna give my ears and voice a break, I make jokes on McSweeney’s and write serious things for the Wall Street Journal. Sometimes, I nap. But that’s not featured anywhere.
I got my Masters in Journalism at Northwestern University.
If you want to make podcasts, read How To Make a Podcast, which I wrote for you. Los Angeles Times’ Podcast Review has an excerpt. I’ve taught podcasting at Transom and am an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg.
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