Tell Them, I Am

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Anousheh Ansari grows up looking up at the moon and the stars, never expecting to one day float among them.
Imam Khalil Abdur Rashid’s father gifts him a family heirloom at his college graduation -- a watch that ends up putting its new owner’s life at stake.
Alex Fox grows up glued to her mom, and unsure of her relationship to her dad. But after a difficult childhood, she tries to change that dynamic.
French athlete, Tariq Abdul-Wahad is thrilled to get invited to a prestigious college basketball camp in the United States... Then he gets stranded at the airport.
Wai Wai Nu bonds with her dad by listening to the radio together, but in 1990’s Burma, this is considered a crime.
Away at college, Amrou Al-Kadhi find themselves without supervision for the first time and decides to step out onto the stage as a drag performer. They never expect to be confronted with their own biases, though.
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but her early success as an activist placed her in a world of serious (and much older) professionals. Which is why, when Malala gets into college, she is determined to make friends her own age and show them a new side of her.
Sumayya Usmani rebels against her parents by getting a boyfriend, but ends up finding a freedom within her own family.
Enes Kanter recounts a game of one-on-one from when he was a kid that would determine his entire future as an athlete.
Imagine the legendary tabla virtuoso and composer, Zakir Hussain, getting boo-ed off stage. Well, it happened, and it made him into the artist he is today
Halima Aden’s “the new kid” in a small, Midwestern elementary school. After years of bullying, she finally snaps, leading to a moment that changes the trajectory of her life.
Eight-year-old Sophia Mohammad is excited about her little sister being born, until it actually happens and she realizes her mom’s attentions are elsewhere. 
As an English Literature professor during the Iranian Revolution, Azar Nafisi forms a close friendship with a student. Years later, she receives some painful news that puts this friendship into a whole new context. 
Alsarah wants desperately to be a musician but suffers from debilitating stage fright. Then, she meets a man named Haig who takes her under his wing.
Fawzia Mirza and Sonal are best friends, and it seems like nothing can tear them apart. But when Sonal leaves the country for med school, Fawzia makes a huge mistake that could jeopardize their relationship. 
After a devastating breakup, Yuna Zara'ai — a gigantic pop star — meets a local dance instructor who teaches her more than just a few hip hop moves.
In high school, Latif Nasser thinks science is boring. But all his notions are challenged during a scuba diving excursion with his high school classmates.
Jewher Ilham is close to her dad, an Uyghur professor and human rights advocate. But her dismissal of his concerns about the Chinese government is challenged after a terrifying incident at the Beijing International Airport. 
As the stress of career goals and inter-family turmoil compounds, Ever-The-Rule-Follower Salma Hindy needs a way to get out of her head. The solution? Shrooms.
Moving to the U.S. from Iran as a kid is hard, so Arya Ghavamian tries to relate to his new American friends by playing them some Iranian pop music. But they don’t get it, and Arya determines that Iranian music is “lame”...until one special night at a bar in NYC. 
Growing up in a “sweary” household, Nadiya Hussain learns how to drop F-bombs -- in private, of course -- from the best. But the day she swears in front of her dad, she learns a lesson that will stick with her for decades.
Rapper Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin finds out his partner is pregnant, and decides to prepare himself for fatherhood with a new routine. The routine grounds him, until its power is tested one morning.
Welcome to the second season of Tell Them, I Am. Celebrate Ramadan 2021 with host Misha Euceph as she features stories from 22 special guests, including Enes Kanter, Halima Aden, Yuna, Malala Yousafzai and Zakir Hussain. The voices are all Muslim, the stories are universal.
Akbar Ahmed is an academic, poet, former diplomat, and all-around renaissance man. In Tell Them, I Am’s final story of the season, Ahmed recounts how a single train ride when he was 4 years old changed his life’s direction forever.
G. Willow Wilson is a novelist and comic book writer, known for her run on the Ms. Marvel series. When 9/11 happened, the world seemed chaotic to say the least — but Willow found that sometimes all you need is a little Neil Gaiman to put you back on track.
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Podcast Details

Created by
LAist Studios
Podcast Status
Apr 10th, 2019
Latest Episode
May 11th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
16 minutes

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