The Black Card

As Black History Month comes to end we wanted to revisit a 2018 conversation from YouTube around Afghans and Black Culture. Nura and Omar start with a brief discussion of her chishm-nazaar on Duke basketball, Oscars, and the Afghan connection to Black culture then move on to the YouTube panel.

The N-word. "Black music." Malcolm X t-shirts. You've seen this on the streets of the Bay Area, or homes in the DMV. Black American culture has become intricately tied to Afghan-American culture. It's part of how we talk, walk, and sometimes even think about each other. But is this "cultural appropriation"? Or is it cultural survival? Does this relationship with Black America shape how we view what it means to be Afghan-American?

*YouTube Panel Audio

"How Dare You Google Me!" -Nelufar Hedayat

Journalist Nelufar Hedayat joins TSN to discuss Afghans in the UK, being a woman of color in media, what her mom thinks of some of the dangerous situations she's been in, and her dark and magical past.  We also talk about some of her fascinating projects, and her role in the new Doha Debates.  Finally, we premiere a new trivia game.  How did Nelufar do?  Tune in and find out!



The Gender Knot

Host of The Gender Knot podcast and BBC Journalist Nastaran Tavakoli-Far joins The Samovar Network to discuss #MeToo, Male "feminists", and why she doesn't think women should be too helpful to men right now. How do you apologize? What is men's role in the #MeToo era? How does her identity as an Iranian-Brit influence conversations around gender? Tune in to hear our discussion on all these topics and more. The Gender Knot was named one of Time Magazines '50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now'.

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"Smashing the Stigma"

In this interview we chat with Murtaza Aliyar aka Afghanima aka Mookz aka Mookie aka some other interesting names. We talk about cultural stigma regarding addiction, family members’ reactions, and how he continues to help community members with their own struggles. On the way, we learn a little more about tattoos, poop-brown suits, and helicopter dancing. And of course we ask about the shared Afghan experience of returning clothes.



Burqas & Beer

In this interview we talk to Madinah Wardak, the woman behind Burqas & Beer, and one of our newest TSN members. We try to find out, is online Madinah the real Madinah? She talks about her conflicted feelings towards the blog name, the negative and positive reactions to it, and what it’s like to be an outspoken Afghan woman on social media. Most importantly, we hear about the shared traumatic experience amongst many Afghan children: returning clothes with your mom. 

Special guest appearance: barking dog in the background

Motherland Reports

Madinah and Omar sat down with journalist Ali Latifi to discuss the Afghan parliamentary elections, the killing of one of the most prominent commanders in the country, and the 7th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. We learned how voting is an act of heroism and resistance, and gained insight into what’s happening in the country from a journalist reporting directly on the ground in Kabul.

*Facebook Live audio

Fresh Off the Pitch

Melees, Melas, Matches, and Mantu. It’s all part of the Afghan-American soccer fabric. In this episode, Nura & Omar interview Kamran Faizi of the Afghan Football Support Organization (AFSO). He was one of the founding members of the Afghan Soccer League in 1995 and an instrumental figure to the growth of Afghan-American soccer since the 1980s. Kamran jaan gives us his take on women’s soccer, the recent fight at a soccer tournament in VA, the World Cup, and what makes Afghan soccer unique. 

WTSN: Performing Womanhood

This episode is the audio from an online panel of our most recent Women of TSN (WTSN) discussion on Performing Womanhood. In this conversation the panelists talk about Wedding Season. Engagements. Handling Ramadan Politics. And...new to the series, sharing who their women crushes are. You also get to listen to them handle some dude trolling online as the conversation is happening live. 

Look at Those Hijabis!

In this episode recorded after Nowroz, Nura shares her experience speaking at the Afghan-American Conference about wearing hijab in the Afghan community. We move on to discuss a little TSN history on our third anniversary. Then we discuss our most recent TSN panel, "The Black Card" about Afghan-Americans and their connection to Black culture. And of course, we end with a little bit of Yeezus.