Continuing to Uphold American Ideals

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Scott Cooper and Joe Jenkins from Veterans for American Ideals in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. In this episode, B.C. & Mordant welcome two special guests: Scott Cooper and Joe Jenkins from Veterans for American Ideals. They were introduced to the show when IRUSA was […]

Raw #Islam #Podcast 4: Beyond #Haram, What is Better?

Imam Azhar opens this episode of Raw Islam podcast with the question “A man in white suit falls in a hole, what do you do?” Do you help that person? Do you just call 911? Do you offer to clean them up? If we accept that we are in this hole in our nice white […]

Aww! One Year Old!

IRUSA staff member Lina Hashem turns the tables on hosts B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon and interviews them for the first birthday of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. Can you believe it? It’s been one year now since hosts B.C. Dodge and R. Mordant Mahon got this thing started—one year since they interviewed their first […]

Raw #Islam #Podcast 2: The Ummah – Victims of the Kneejerk Reaction

Imam Azhar opens this podcast with the comment that “we are not here to debate what was said, we are here to open a dialogue,” which is what Raw Islam is all about. When we hear that someone said something about Black Live Matter or another topic, we tend to go back and watch the […]

Islam in Spanish – Empowering an Underserved Community

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Jaime Mujahid Fletcher in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. In this episode, B.C. & Mordant welcome Jaime Mujahid Fletcher from Islam in Spanish to share his groundbreaking efforts in making Islam accessible to the Spanish-speaking community. The idea was sparked when Mujahid became Muslim and […]

Addressing MENA’s Youth Employment Crisis

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon to Taleb Salhab and Saro Nakashian in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. In this episode, B.C. & Mordant chat with Taleb Salhab and Saro Nakashian from Education for Employment. The organization started in 2006 in Gaza and now spans eight countries with a mission of creating job […]

…In Which We Interview Our First Unicorn

B.C. Dodge & guest co-host Chancey Gannett talk to author Susan Dennard in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. Susan Dennard is an author who writes young adult novels that have nothing to do with humanitarian aid. But when she came across an article about Islamic Relief USA last fall, she decided to use […]

More Than Numbers: #PayingAttention to #Syria

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Tamir from Syria in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week, B.C. and Mordant host a special episode of the podcast. This episode was not scheduled, but was pulled together at a moment’s notice when Tamir showed up to volunteer at the Islamic Relief USA […]

Muslim Youth and the Religious Literacy Gap

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Hadia Mubarak in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week B.C. & Mordant welcome Hadia Mubarak. Hadia is a lecturer on religion and gender at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and works with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). She joins […]

Empowering Young Changemakers

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Layan Okkeh and Vera Murad from TechGirls in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. Today’s podcast welcomes its youngest guests to date. And yet, what the two international students lack in years, they make up for in determination, talent and heart. Layan Okkeh and Vera Murad, […]