Episode 14 - Where the East and the West meet
Saadia Khan reminisces about her trip to Turkey as she interviews Melike Ayan. Melike is originally from Turkey. She is the New York Correspondent for Bloomberg HT Television where she provides in-depth coverage and analysis of major economic and business trends, including in-depth reporting on global corporations. Additionally, Ayan established her own company, Mel Strategies, which specializes in media relations and crisis communications.
Episode 13 - My Grandmother's legacy
Saadia Khan talks to Lisa Genn. Lisa was born in Russia, her parents and she left Moscow in December 1989 on the verge of the collapse of the Soviet Union in hopes of resettling in America under a program for bringing Soviet Jews to the United States as refugees. Lisa is a lawyer by profession, but has worked on human rights issues throughout her career. she is a city girl who spend most of her time in Manhattan but now lives in Westchester county in NY with her husband and two young children.
Episode 12 - I am a Bridge
Saadia Khan talks to Edafe Okporo, an LGBTQ refugee from Nigeria. He is a fierce advocate for Human rights specifically those of LGBTQ community in NY and around the globe including West Africa. His passion to help others like him stems from his own struggle which propels him to stand up for the defenseless. Currently Edafe is the Director of RDJ Refugee Shelter. He is the author of BED 26: A Memoir of an African Man's Asylum in United States. He also serves as a Board Member of First Friends of New Jersey and New York
Episode 11 - I am a Survivor
Saadia Khan talks to Reshad Ahmedi, an immigrant from Afghanistan. Reshad worked for ten years on U.S.-funded re-construction projects in Afghanistan, until insurgents targeted him for his affiliation with the United States. Reshad is in the US on a Special Immigration Visa (SIV) to the United States. He is now an Assistant Project Manager at a local Tectonic Engineering & Surveying. Reshad is also an Ambassador of the Westchester Refugee Initiative, helping to spread the word about refugees.
Episode 10 - My Ancestors' Land
Saadia talks to Alyssa Mosley. Alyssa was born and raised in the homeland of Lenape people, also known as Bridgeton, NJ. She is the enrolled member of Nanticoke Lenni- Lenape tribe, it’s the largest Indian tribe in NJ. We get her perspective on immigration debate in the US and her life as an indigenous princess.
Episode 9 - We are more similar than different
Saadia talks to Alessia Valfredini, an Italian American. Alessia is also a Professor at Fordham University in NY. She teaches modern languages and literature and she is almost never taken for an immigrant. We get her perspective as a European immigrant
Episode 8 - Home is elusive
In this Special Edition of The Alien Chronicles, Saadia Khan talks to Eric Maddox, a fellow podcaster and founder of the Virtual Dinner Guest Project and a US citizen living as an immigrant in Valencia Spain. They talk about the nuances of being an immigrant in the EU, racism in America and much more
Episode 7 - From Kashmir to America: A Muslim Feminist's Journey
In this episode, Saadia Khan talks to Daisy Khan about her personal journey to America and her perspective as a modern religious scholar in America. Daisy Khan is one of the most prominent female Muslim leaders in the United States. She is also the Executive Director of the Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) and Author of Born with Wings
Episode 6 -Guess what? I am not an engineer
Saadia interviews Ali Yarkhan, a branding executive, who has worked for internationally renowned brands like Prada and Giorgio Armani. He is also a director who wants to create documentaries that highlight social issues. On a personal level, he continues to explore and practice Sufism’s diverse cultural legacies in an attempt to achieve inner peace. In this episode, Ali talks about different facets of his life, from being a fashion guru to a filmmaker and a Sufi.