Commuter’s Guide To Podcast

If you’re like me and you get sick of listening to music on repeat on your daily commute, then you’d appreciate the world of podcast. My obsession started with podcasts when I was introduced to them originally on Soundcloud. It was this talk about hair parting and how the reflection of the mirror shows the parting on the opposite side which changes the way we look and it had something to do with how we perceive ourselves. Yeah, it was a very random talk and apparently that guy reached out to the president, I don’t remember which one, advising him to change his hair parting and the president listened to him.

Podcast introduced me to different topics that I wouldn’t necessarily be interested in reading in depth about, yet I have slight curiosity to listen to a 45-minute episode that would scratch the surface. There’s so much information, not knowledge per se, that is presented through them and it’s very entertaining that it allows you to explore different worlds. So, I decided to make a list of some of my favorite podcasts or ones that I thought were different and entertaining enough. I bolded the ones that were my favorite and there are not in any intentional order. In addition, some of the podcasts I mentioned before I don’t necessarily agree with the opinion that is being presented but it’s a different perspective from what I have and they always open my eyes to consider things, maybe, slightly differently.

P.S. The podcasts and the episodes in bold are my personal favorite.


  • The Safina Society (Check them out in chronological order)

Safina Society airs from NBIC in New Jersey and it discusses various contemporary issues from an Islamic perspective with thoughtful insights including our local scholar Dr. Shadee El Masry


–  The Yin to the Yang

– The Traveling Imam

– Why Are We Always on Our Phones?


  • The Mad Mamluks 

The Mad Mamluks airs from Chicago, IL with few young muslims featuring prominent figures from the American Muslim community 


– … And Social Justice For All – Dawud Walid

– Silicon Valley Polygamist – Anonymous

– Activism for Truth and Justice – Omar Suleiman

– Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy – Hooman Keshavarzi


  • Revisionist History

Revisionist History is a new podcast hosted by the national bestseller, Malcolm Gladwell. He rehashes specific events that took place in history and sheds a new light on them. P.S. He’s my favorite.


– Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

How does School segregation and the Board vs. Board of Education ruling affects Black Americans till today

– State v Johnson

*Trigger Alert* This case is an example of the injustice and prejudice that African Americans faced through the 60’s in southern America

– Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That

This is a sequel to State vs Johnson which highlights the life of a lawyer who worked for the NAACP and his struggle fighting for justice everyday.

– Carlos Doesn’t Remember

This episode highlights the problems in our public schools and education system.


  • Serial

The first season of the podcasts which discusses the conviction of Adnan Syed (Google him) who claims that he is innocent of the accusations of murdering his then girlfriend.


  • The Moth

The Moth is a live show that is hosted in different cities throughout the year. It brings communities together when people share personal stories and anecdotes without scripts, notes, or accompaniment. These are sometimes happy, funny, or even tragic.


– 500th Episode Special

–  Radio: Where We Belong

– Radio Hour: Prison, Princes, and Playgrounds

– Andrew Forsthoefl


  • Tell Me Something I Don’t Know:

TMSIDK is an entertainment show that is hosted in different cities throughout the country where there are three judges and a fact checker. The show brings in 5 different people and they say a fact that is odd and not commonly known.

*P.S. start with season 1.


  • This American Life:

This American Life is a radio show that is more of a story telling and each episode discusses a theme that threads all the stories together.


– Switched at Birth

– This American Life: A Not-So-Simple Majority

– This American Life: No Coincidence, No Story


  • How I Built This

“A podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands”


– Airbnb: Joe Gebbia

– Spanx: Sara Blakely

– 1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Brian Scudamore


  • TED Radio Hour:

TED Radio Hour brings in influential speakers who talked about the same topic on the TEDx stage. Then, the host interviews them and discusses the topic more in depth.


– Giving it Away

– Rethinking School

– Playing with Perception


  • Other:
    • The Productive Muslim: How to Overcome Porn Addiction & Be Productive Again
    • The Productive Muslim: How to Read More Books with Kai Whiting
    • TEDTalks Kids + Family: What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection l Jia Jiang
    • Ear Hustle: The SHU
    • TED talks Business: Why Some of us don’t have one true calling l Emilie Wapnick
    • TEDTalks Education: How America’s Public School Keep Kids in Poverty


By Rehanna Said






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