Media Roundup: Bring on 2016

We can't believe that it's only been a year since we started the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast - and what a ride it's been! Check out some of our wonderful media hits from the second half of 2015. Thank you for spreading that #GoodMuslimBadMuslim love! Keep using that hashtag and sending us your questions& topics! And if you are in the media, do hit us up - we'd LOVE to talk to you! 

We've Been Writing

In the aftermath of the #SanBernardino shooting, we've both been thinking and writing. Be sure to check out our pieces:

As a host on the show #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, I often get asked the question: What it’s like to be Muslim in today’s political climate? Our monthly podcast has only been out a year, and when interviewed, reporters will often cite a recent Islamophobic hate incident, state what an anomaly it is and make a loose statement of what a coincidence it is that our podcast exists at this time. The truth is over the course of 12 shows, we haven’t been able to go one month without having a hate incident to report on or anti-Muslim micro-aggressions to reflect on. As Muslim Americans, this is a part of our lived experience and if anything, access to social media by this community is only serving to uplift the narratives that had in the past been internalized.
So how do I trump the Trump fatigue? As a writer and a comedian, I feel trapped. Writing about him gives him more attention. Joking about him fuels the naive idea that he’s nothing more than a one-dimensional source of outlandish click-bait entertainment. The truth is, he is far more dangerous than that, and he’s not going away anytime soon. So, how do we take care of ourselves and stay energized in the meantime?
Posted on January 4, 2016 and filed under Projects.

Homework: Links for Episode #12

Can you believe it has been a year of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim-ing? Thanks to the SF Grotto for hosting us for this recording! Check out the following links to follow along to Episode #12: Muslim Christmas:


010 - Muslim-ish

The one where Taz tries dating a White guy and Dartmouth's Millennial Muslims dare Zahra to prove her pepperoni-eating habits. Both women decide that they are smarter than neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Posted on October 19, 2015 and filed under podcast.

Homework: Links for Episode 7

We recorded this Episode 7 of our podcast in front of a live studio audience in New York City! To follow along, check out the links below. 

This month, our Good Muslim award went to The Kominas for this awesome holiday song. 

Posted on August 6, 2015 and filed under Links.

Zahra's Muslim Funny

This past week the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim team was on the road for the Muslim Funny Fest in New York City. The festival was great - there were some amazing comedians that had us laughing and cringing. Our very own Zahra did an awesome set on the second day of the festival - and you can check it out right here. Watch, laugh, enjoy! Thanks to the organizers of the event for creating a much needed space.

And stay tuned for our New YorK City podcast which will be uploaded very very soon!

Posted on August 4, 2015 and filed under Projects.

Zahra and Taz Take on the Big Apple

Zahra and Taz are coming to New York City, and we need you to LAUGH! 

Join us at the Asian American Writers Workshop on Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm to be a part of the studio audience for the recording of Episode #7 of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast! 

RSVP for FREE right here!

Facebook Event Page right here!

You are promised an evening of conversation and laughter as the quirky yet controversial duo of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast record a live show for their next episode from the heart of the Big Apple. Stay tuned as co-hosts Zahra Noorbakhsh and Taz Ahmed declare fatwas, creep Sharia and hand out Good Muslim awards. The show will be recorded. As is all of their conversations. Stick around for the Q&A Aftershow, moderated by Deepa Crash of the Good Cha Podcast. Co-sponsored by the Mipsterz - Muslim HipstersMuslim Writers CollectiveBrown Girl Magazine, & South Asian Women's Creative Collective - SAWCC.

BONUS - if you want to laugh even MORE, catch Zahra doing standup at the Muslim Funny Fest on July 22nd! You can get tickets for the show right here at this link. 

Posted on July 19, 2015 and filed under Projects.

We Tell Everything to John Fugelsang

Back in May, Zahra and Taz had an awesome time getting interviewed by John Fugelsang and Frank Conniff for the SirusXM show Tell Me Everything. We weren't able to share the link - so instead, we're going to share the audio directly! Listen to the audio from the show right here - and thanks to the Tell Me Everything team for inviting us on! 

Posted on July 19, 2015 and filed under Press.

Media Roundup: Summertime 2015

We've had an exciting time this summer! And an exciting time with media. Thank you so much to everyone that's been listening to our podcast, sharing it, covering it, and giving us some love. We read all of your emails and tweets, even if we don't respond. We love you, we really do. 

Here's a summary of some of our funnest media hits this summer. We love talking to media. So if you are in the media, do hit us up! We would love to talk to you! And to follow the conversation, please be sure to use the hashtag #GoodMuslimBadMuslim!

Homework: Links for Episode 6






Ramadan Mubarak! We know how slow everything can get when it's hot outside and you are fasting long hours - so we're here to make it easy for you. Follow along to our latest episode with the following links!

Guest host Saqib Keval of The People's Kitchen

Homework: Links for Episode #5

We have been shamed! And we talk about it in this podcast. Here's the list of links so you can follow along.

Animated Awkward Ask A Muslim

This has got to be one of our most favorite forms of flattery - having a story from our podcast turned into an animation. This cartoon was sent to us by Kulsum, a Pomona College student who had to create a piece of animation for a class project. The story is Taz's Awkward Ask a Muslim moment from episode #4. For the record, the guy that approached Taz was not White, but it is an interesting conversation on how to interpret race in a narrative when race isn't explicit - though Taz can guarantee the story would have gone a lot differently if he was white.  And thank you so much to the animator for making Taz looks skinny. 

We like fan mail of all kinds - especially with words! Please continue to tweet us using the hashtag #GoodMuslimBadMuslim and send us emails! We are reading them and using them to shape our podcast. Thank you for listening! 

Posted on May 22, 2015 and filed under Press, FanMail.

Code Switching Muslim w/ Arun Rath

Wow, what an incredible month - we are super excited to have been invited to the All Things Considered Weekend Edition with Arun Rath. We had a great conversation which you can listen to at the audio below and be sure to read the article too (excerpt below!).