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stories of belonging


🌳 notions of home — with Baharak

Nov. 15, 2022

Have you ever asked yourself what ‘home’ means to you? And did you ever stop to wonder how the words we use matter? From a young age, Baharak Bashmani, has had to navigate many worlds, each time moving for different reasons:…


🌶️ the diversity that brings us together — with Aakshi

Oct. 12, 2022

What is the strongest tie you have to your home country? How does your schooling inform your own identity? On this episode, I chat with Aakshi Sinha about her upbringing, growing up all over India, and then going away for co…

Guest: Aakshi Sinha

🍋 we never really discussed it — with Nora

June 7, 2022

Have you ever tried to fit in so badly you changed your appearance? Were you aware of the subconscious reasons that may have lead to this decision? Nora S. is a close friend and in this episode we dive deep into her roots an…


🎹 a man is synonymous with describing a soldier — with Axel [Part II]

Feb. 25, 2022

What are the known unknowns in your life? How about the unknown unknowns? It’s a scary thought isn’t it? All the things we have internalized and deeply ingrained in us from childhood, from our families, from society, from cu…


🎹 it is not with bones and skin, it’s all with feeling — with Axel [Part I]

Feb. 2, 2022

Who are you to yourself, when no one is around? Axel Kacoutié is not afraid to explore uncomfortable territory. We tread, not so lightly, on topics around their cultural identity, from Ivorian roots to British citizenship. W…


✌🏽  the checklist we grew up with — with Nora G. [Part II]

Jan. 11, 2022

Growing up did you feel like you had to adhere to a certain checklist; be it your parent's, society's, or your religion's checklist? This is part II of a two-part episode with my high school friend Nora Gharib. She is a full…

Guest: Nora Gharib

✌🏽 no but where are you really from? — with Nora G. [Part I]

Dec. 24, 2021

Do you hate being asked “no, but where are you really from?” This is the first of a two-part episode with my high school friend Nora Gharib. Nora is a full-time architect, interior designer, and content creator! This week we…

Guest: Nora Gharib

🍄 being an "other" in a white majority — with Khairat

Dec. 16, 2021

Have you ever felt "othered"? On this episode, I speak with my old friend Mohamed Khairat, a lawyer, journalist and founder of Egyptian Streets . We discuss his upbringing growing up between Australia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan,…


🍃 but you're fun even though you're foreign — with Hedvig

Dec. 8, 2021

Do you remember the first time you were called a foreigner? On this episode I speak with Hedvig Sandbu, a language and learning coach, as she reflects on her upbringing between two countries, her sense of belonging compared …

Guest: Hedvig Sandu

🐘 identity crisis: who am I? — about your host

Dec. 3, 2021

A little different than the rest, this episode is where I introduce myself and reveal a little bit about me by answering three questions: Who am I? Why am I here? And why is it important to talk about identity? I dive into s…