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Pak-Cord: a Pakistani Podcast
51 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
#73 - Kennedy's Time in Pakistan
Watch this Episode on YouTube!https://youtu.be/AckWixGbzdQ Kennedy Horton was born in America, but from the ages of 7 to 15, he moved with his family to Sindh, Pakistan. Afterwards he moved across Thailand, China, and he now resides in Ireland. In this episode Kennedy shares a bit about his life in Pakistan, going to school and growing up there, and more. Any questions / feedback for us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgRemember to follow us on Instagram! - @pakcord Each episode of Pak-Cord takes several hours of editing, during which we carefully cut and tune-up the conversations for the best possible listening experience, and promotional content, images and videos. There are also various operating expenses: hosting fees, advertising fees, subscriptions, paid artwork, etc. We want you to be part of our journey to unite more young Pakistanis across the world - we really appreciate your help! Become a monthly patron of Pak-Cord, at patreon.com/pakcord
72 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
#72 - Religiosity
A fantastic conversation with Dr. Shabana Mir, from Chicago, U.S., who is here to unpack some of her knowledge and thoughts about various issues affecting Muslims and Muslim women today. Shabana Mir is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the American Islamic College, based in Chicago, IL. She teaches Islamic Studies, Gender Studies, Research Methods, Anthropology, Social Sciences, and Muslim American and Muslim World Literature. She is the author of the award-winning book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity, published by the University of North Carolina Press (2014). The book has received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies and the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association (2014).Follow Shabana on Twitter: @ShabanaMir1Any questions / feedback for us? Email us at email@example.comRemember to follow us on Instagram! - @pakcord If you enjoy listening to Pak-Cord, please consider supporting us on Patreon! patreon.com/pakcord
59 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
#71 - Resilience
A really thought provoking discussion about the most common challenges that affect our Pakistani youth today - lack of opportunities, fear of failure, family and parental pressure, anxiety, and more. Our guest, Mehmooda Shah from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, breaks this down with her own story, and shares her experience on dealing with obstacles, failure, and disadvantages in life. Email Mehmooda: firstname.lastname@example.org Any questions / feedback for us? Email us at email@example.comRemember to follow us on Instagram! - @pakcord If you enjoy listening to Pak-Cord, please consider supporting us on Patreon! patreon.com/pakcord Each episode of Pak-Cord takes between 4 to 7 hours of editing, during which we carefully cut and tune-up the conversations for the best possible listening experience, and promotional content, images and videos. There are also various operating expenses: hosting fees, advertising fees, subscriptions, paid artwork, etc. We want you to be part of our journey to unite more young Pakistanis across the world - we really appreciate your help! Become a monthly patron of Pak-Cord, at patreon.com/pakcord
43 minutes | Nov 21, 2020
#70 - Ko-Ko-Korea
Ayesha Wahidi was born and raised in the midwest, U.S. Earlier in 2020, she moved to Korea for a teaching-abroad program. She shares her experiences in and out of Korea and her perspectives on common life struggles. Feel free to reach out to Ayesha !Wahidi.firstname.lastname@example.org Any questions / feedback for us? Email us at email@example.comRemember to follow us on Instagram! - @pakcord If you enjoy listening to Pak-Cord, please consider supporting us on Patreon! Each episode of Pak-Cord takes between 4 to 7 hours of editing, during which we carefully cut and tune-up the conversations for the best possible listening experience, and promotional content, images and videos. There are also various operating expenses: hosting fees, advertising fees, subscriptions, paid artwork, etc. We want you to be part of our journey to unite more young Pakistanis across the world - we really appreciate your help! Become a monthly patron of Pak-Cord, at patreon.com/pakcord
66 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
#69 - Engaged at 12
Watch the video version of this podcast: https://youtu.be/5NSALKYBjz0 21 year old Noor-ul-Ain from Dubai went viral on TikTok after sharing her personal traumatic story of an ordinary wedding / shaadi visit to Pakistan gone wrong. Essentially , Noor and her family flew to Pakistan from dubai to attend her cousin's wedding, and unexpectedly, she found that she was getting engaged against her consent, at the age of 12, by her parents. Her TikTok video has over 1.5 million views as of this recording, and now, Noor is here to share her full story in detail with us, as well as her thoughts and learnings from this story of her life. Forced marriage of children (particularly girls) under the age of 18 is still a major issue in many countries, including Pakistan. Lawmakers and activists have made efforts over the last several years to alleviate this issue, with some (but not nearly complete) success. Noor's TikTok Username : @noor.ul.aiinNoor's Instagram: @noor.ul.aiinNoor's TikTok Part 1 : https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJAx7SuR/Part 2: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJAxxTSA/ Questions? Feedback? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! New - support Pak-Cord at Patreon. We are not generating revenue with this podcast currently, and would love to get your support to keep this show running and bring you more and more awesome episodes with interesting guests! Visit patreon.com/pakcord
37 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
#68 - Life in Southern Africa
Bilal Junejo was born in Pakistan, but grew up living in the southern region of Africa, namely the countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Bilal gives us a glimpse of his life over there, including the people, the food, and the places.
53 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
#67 - Life in Japan
Meet Fareeha, living in Japan. She hasn't spent a lot of time in Pakistan, grew up in Saudi Arabia, and then moved to Japan for her studies to a city called Sendai, and has been living there for 9 years, currently working at a lab while pursuing her PhD. Fareeha is an avid listener of the podcast herself, and is here to tell us all about her life in Japan. A very fun discussion with jokes and insights! Feel free to follow Fareeha on Instagram - @farri1002.
35 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
#66 - To Sacrifice My OWN Life for Pakistan
Note: this podcast episode exists in video form on our YouTube channel. We strongly recommend watching the video version, as it has more visual context around this topic. Find the video version on our YouTube channel or use the following link:https://youtu.be/D4cL62ulDDc Recently TikTok and other social platforms have exploded with viral memes of Pakistani kids taking pledges on stage at a school event. Popular lines include: "To sacrifice my own life for Pakistan!" "I pledge to be a pilot, and help everyone!" These videos have been traced to an event that took place at PISJES (Pakistan International School Jeddah English Section), in 2011. The school has many events that are often meant to promote Pakistani pride. For better or worse, after going viral this particular event has gained international meme spotlight, as well as criticism due to some of the messages. In this podcast episode we talk to Areej Khalid, who was one of the students at this school and also was present at this event. Areej answers many of the questions on our minds and offers her perspective on the controversy. Areej's TikTok Username: areeju.kIG: jeejskhalid
34 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
#65 - The NewsRun
Meet Anam Khan, a Pakistani American currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. She has moved back and forth between Pakistan and U.S. and spent a significant time living in both countries. Anam is here to talk about her startup effort, called The NewsRun, which is a free daily newsletter providing short and simple summaries of all the top news in Pakistan. In the episode Anam discusses how she came up with idea, her daily work process, managing work-life balance, and working in Pakistan vs. U.S. You can sign up for free emails from The NewsRun via their website, thenewsrun.com ! You can also follow them on Instagram, where they also share tidbits of news: @thenewsrun
48 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
#64 - The History Buff
Warning: this episode contains a few sexual jokes / mature conversations at certain points. Please listen with caution.Satir Ahmed is a 22 year old history buff (fan) currently living in Newfoundland, Canada, for his studies. He has also lived the majority of his life in Qatar. Newfoundland is an island off the east coast of the North American mainland. The capital of Newfoundland is St. John's. The island got global coverage earlier in 2020 when a historic blizzard pounded the city with 30+ inches of snow (dubbed "snowmageddon"). In the episode Satir talks about life in Newfoundland, and shares his perspectives on history and modern issues, challenging some mainstream opinions.To see the pictures from Satir's phone of the 2020 winter storm in Newfoundland, visit pakcord.com/historybuff
54 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
BONUS - a video discussion
Here's our first discussion captured in video form and uploaded to our YouTube channel (search for Pak-Cord). Mostly discussed in Urdu, in this episode we (guest: Hamza Farooq from Miami, FL) explain the pros and cons of an audio podcast and a video podcast, and why Pak-Cord is primarily an audio-only podcast. We discuss current events including the flood situation in Karachi and some relief causes that you can donate to; we also share tips on pursuing education and careers. YouTube link for the video form of this episode: https://youtu.be/Je1BMdSNNxc
100 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
#63 - The Ertugrul Conundrum
We bring back our old "Do Takkay" squad from episodes 48 and 49 - Myrah Shafiq, Manahill Shafiq, and Hamza Farooq, to discuss the great Elephant surrounding Pakistan's entertainment industry: Ertugrul. Ertugrul is a popular Turkish show based on the rise of the Ottoman Empire. After PM Imran Khan promoted the show to Pakistanis, the government-owned PTV channel started airing episodes of the show in Urdu dubbing. The show became instantly popular, and extremely well-received by the majority of watchers. Needless to say, the show's quick rise to fame in Pakistan also attracted critcisim. In this discussion, our guests share their feedback on the show and address much of the controversy around it. The Episode widely switches between Urdu and English; but if that's no issue and you are up to date on Ertugrul and Pakistani pop culture, this will be a very entertaining listen.
41 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
#62 - Love Letters to Pakistan
Several old and new guests come together to share monologues ("love letters") to Pakistan, to celebrate August 14, 2020. Celebrate with us by tuning in !
36 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
#61 - PUBG Ban and Teen Mental Health
In this episode we want to shine a light on teen mental health. 3 teenager suicides took place around June of this year, one after another. All of these suicides were linked by authorities to a popular video game called Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) responded by putting a temproary bank on the game on July 1st, calling it "addictive, and waste of time". The ban was lifted a few weeks later, but it had already started a flurry of discussions and feedback on the internet. This episode's guest: Aisha Sanober. Aisha is a child psychiatrist in Pakistan, and one of very few people in the country to have completed a fellowship in adolescent psychiatry. She is a much-needed expert in a starving field that doesn't get enough focus in Pakistan - the mental health of our youth. The focus of this discussion is to answer the question : are video games the actual problem here, or is it something else ? And what can we, both parents and children, do to mitigate this issue? Follow / Contact Aisha- Email: email@example.com- Instagram: aishasc87- Twitter: @AishaSChachar- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-aisha-sanober-chachar/ Gulf News Article:https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/playerunknowns-battlegrounds-banned-in-pakistan-following-spate-of-suicides-1.72382025
50 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
#60 - A Story of Religion and Love
A love story from Canada, featuring married couple Sana and Will Saleh. Sana is of Pakistani background, born and raised British Columbia, Canada. Her husbad Will is a born and raised Canadian and a convert/revert to Islam. In this 50-minute episode, Will and Sana share the story of how they met each other, how Will decided to convert from Atheism to Islam, getting her traditional Pakistani parents on-board with the idea of the mariage, and how they got to where they are; happily married with two kids ! They also answer many frequently asked questions along the way.Sana and Will have a very strong following on TikTok (username: salehfamily), and also make YouTube videos (channel: Sana Saleh Beauty). You can also follow them on Instagram (@sanasalehbeauty). They have decided to use their story to inspire and help other people and create original content from their angle. Feel free to DM them!
50 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
#59 - Stop Wasting Time!
20 year old Myda Baig from Lahore is a Psychology student, and she's here tell us to stop wasting time ! Too many people are spending their days binging one movie after another, or lazing around, or not having any kind of short-term plan for success. Myda believes in having a properly structured day, with time allocated for productive work, family, reflection, sleep, and fun. "I practice what I preach," she says - she sleeps at 9 pm and wakes up around 4 AM, and that early-morning schedule is key for her routine of productive days. Later in the episode, Myda also discusses common misconceptions that people around her have about psychology and mental illness. You can follow Myda on Instagram at @mydology_or contact her by email at Mydabaig123@gmail.com
73 minutes | Jun 21, 2020
#58 - A Muslim-Hindu Marriage Story
Meet Hina Husain, 32 year old living in Canada, here to tell us her life story, especially a major part of her life that involves marriage. Hina had a very nontraditional marriage, because she did not get married to a Pakistani man, or a Muslim man, as most Pakistani girls do. She married an Indian Hindu man, named Sai, who she met nearly 10 years ago. In the rest of this episode Hina tells us the story of how she met Sai, how they began dating and the relationship progressed, how her family reacted to her decisions, what it's like to be in an inter-faith marriage and many other side topics along the way. Disclaimer: This episode contains strong adult themes compared to the majority of our episodes, as well as strong language / swearing which has not been censored in order to preserve the story. Some of the content may be offensive from an Islamic or religious standpoint. Our intent by airing this episode is not to support or promote any actions taken by the characters in the story, though we do recognize their rights to make those choices safely, but to continue our goal of sharing as many Pakistani voices and stories from around the world as possible. Real voices, real stories.Follow Hina- Blog: https://hinah.contently.com/- Twitter: @HinaTweetsNow- Instagram: @hina_exploresOn her blog you can also find the VICE article which she reffered to during the episode.
44 minutes | Jun 14, 2020
#57 - Dana Wang Visits
We speak to someone not actually from Pakistan. She's not of Pakistani descent either, yet she has built a connection to the country. Our guest is Dana Wang. Dana is a travel enthusiast, photographer, and food addict from Australia. She also studied Law and recently graduated and got her first full-time job in Sydney. She's visited Pakistan twice and made several friends there. A lot of her posts and stories on Instagram are related to her experiences in Pakistan. We get to know Dana a little more as a person. We ask her questions including: how she got into traveling, what lead her to Pakistan, what was her favorite city in Pakistan, her favorite food, does she prefer tea or coffee, how much urdu has she picked up so far, how does she budget for her travels, etc. Dana's Instagram: @bydanawangYouTube channel: Search "Dana Wang" or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9gOI8JdFZGfLaxLMZfvGg
66 minutes | May 31, 2020
#56 - The Foodie
Meet Arifah, 22 year old from England. She's here to talk to us about various things, but mostly about her most passionate subject: Food. She even wrote her dissertation on food! Arifah was born in England, moved to Saudi Arabia at a young age, then Italy, and then back to England. Although she's never lived in Pakistan, she says she has a 'very desi family', and is very well connected with her desi roots.Got feedback? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on instagram (@pakcord)!
33 minutes | May 18, 2020
#55 - Can you count in Urdu?
We speak to a number of Pakistani youngsters from Islamabad, Karachi, U.K., and U.A.E. to ask them : can you count to 100, in Urdu? Turns out, it's not so easy, and as we collectively become more efficient with English, it seems we are losing the edge on our native tongues (Urdu, Punjabi, etc.) overall.
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