A PODvocative person is one who confronts the unconventional with courage. Each week, NYC-based millennials Farheen and Sheetal will host a “PODvocateur” to share their unique perspectives. Through this exchange, we hope to foster a sense of togetherness and understanding, acknowledging that each of us has something to learn from seemingly ordinary people, who share their extraordinary points of view. 

We spotlight Ismaili Muslim voices, those that bravely confront topics that may be traditionally taboo or unaddressed within the community. These Ismaili PODvocateurs are offering their unfiltered outlooks, with guests including LGBTQ+, nonpracticing, mid-thirties-and-single, and many other Ismailis. We hope you will hear and learn from their stories, and, in doing so, continue to be unapologetically PODvocative yourselves.


Aaron on Growing Up with his Deaf-Blind Brother
Show Details29min 10s
Aashna on Bullying & Body Acceptance
Show Details35min 31s
Noor on Serving in the Military & Surviving Abuse
Show Details44min 58s
Tazim on IVF and its Physical & Mental Challenges
Show Details37min 22s
Neelum on Delivering her Baby 5 Months Early
Show Details31min 17s
Aliya on Divorce & Single Motherhood
Show Details37min 21s
Fazila on Being an NYC Frontline Worker & Freezing her Eggs
Show Details27min 2s
Bonus Episode: Nadia from Indian Matchmaking
Show Details31min 52s
Sheetal & Farheen Reflect on Season 1
Show Details15min 22s
Nureen on her Partner's Conversion into Islam
Show Details33min 52s
Raeesa on her Hindu-Muslim Identity
Show Details30min 59s
Armina on Interfaith & Interracial Marriage
Show Details36min 59s
Sahar on Sexual Assault, Grooming, & Consent
Show Details35min 15s
Zain on Emigrating & Becoming Agnostic
Show Details29min 41s
Safiyya on Societal Expectations of Women
Show Details30min 26s
Sanan on Transitioning & Gender Affirmation
Show Details45min 29s
Mishaal and Zarek on Colorism & Cultural Appropriation
Show Details38min 11s
Imran on Coming Out
Show Details37min 43s
Inaara on her Mental Health Struggles & How Our Community Could Do Better
Show Details40min 42s
CMS on Modern Ismaili Dating
Show Details40min 16s
Episode 0: Introducing Podvocative
Show Details3min 56s