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Episode 22: The Third-Act Nuke
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 makes them feel nauseous. In Level 2, Ahmed calls up Rami Ismail, co-founder of Dutch indie game studio Vlambeer, to get an insider’s take on the cultural insensitivity of first-person shooter games set in the Middle East and how being Muslim affects the way he designs his games. Level 3 is not in the podcast at all — IT’S AN ESSAY. Ahmed writes about playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for the first time. Find that later this week on buzzfeed dot com. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Nyle at @RBDTheNZA, Follow Basim at @BasiRoti, Follow Rami Ismail at @tha_rami and find his games at .
Lost In The Sauce — Part 2
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 his beer, the double standard for men and women who drink, and Alcoholism and PTSD. Plus, all of the social pressure to drink or not drink as you get older. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Arnesa at @Rrrrnessa, You can pick up a copy of Letters from Diaspora: Stories of War and its Aftermath at
Episode 21: Lost In The Sauce
“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 talk about intoxicated Sufi mystics, coffee addiction, and why tiramisu can tear a relationship apart. And be sure to stay tuned for more episodes on American Muslims' relationship to alcohol and weed! Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads Follow the show at
Episode 20: In Conclusion...
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 game of “Did the English Steal This Word From Your People?” with real-life meme, college freshman, and artist of bitterness Kiren Rizvi. Follow Mona @mona_haydar Follow Kiren @gothistani Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads Watch Mona's video here: .
Episode 19: Do Better
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, BuzzFeed UK writer and DJ Khaled expert Gena-mour Barrett joins Ahmed to discuss their favorite Asahd memes. Follow Ahmed at .