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The Ramadan Podcast Where Muslims Take It Up A Notch From 'Islam 101'

In the KPCC podcast "Tell Them, I Am," host and producer Misha Euceph aims to give Muslims a space to define their identities outside of stereotypes and broad generalizations.
Illustration of Misha Euceph, host of KPCC's "Tell Them I Am," and Tan France from "Queer Eye." Source: Emmen Ahmed

In a media landscape that can still be pretty awful for Muslims, Tell Them, I Am, a new podcast from KPCC, aims to give Muslims a space to define their own identities outside of stereotypes and broad generalizations.

Over the course of the series, host and producer Misha Euceph interviewed 22 people, all Muslims, about the defining moments of their lives. While the show dropped episodes every weekday of Ramadan, "Tell Them, I Am" doesn't really have anything to do with the holiday. "If somebody released something during Christmas time or during Hanukkah," Euceph says, "they wouldn't necessarily be asked about like, what are important aspects of Christmas or Hanukkah."

It's in each guest's hands how much they want to talk about culture or religion; for some it's a central part of their story, for others it's mostly incidental. Tan France of Queer Eye his first big "I told you so," which involved his older brother and a metal fan. Ramy Youssef, creator of the Hulu show , the medical condition that catalyzed his acting career. Alia Shawkat the extremes of her stoner-y teenage rebellion, including borrowing urine to cheat a drug test (Spoiler: It didn't work).

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