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 […]

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 […]

UNRWA & IRUSA: A Partnership of Hope for #Palestinian #Refugees

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Misbah Sheikh from UNRWA in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week B.C. Dodge & Mordant welcome Misbah Sheikh, Chief of the Private Partnerships Division at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In her role, Misbah manages […]

Responding to a Global #Refugee Crisis

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Melanie Nezer from HIAS in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week, B.C. & Mordant welcome Melanie Nezer, the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). In her role, she is helping the cause of refugee resettlement in major ways. […]

Lifting Souls through Conscious Art

 B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon are joined by local musician and community activist Khalil Ismail for this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. At a time when hate and intolerance seem to be steadily rising, podcast guests like Khalil Ismail remind us of the power of positivity and the importance of promoting good works […]

Resettlement & The Resilience of Refugees

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon welcome Kristyn Peck from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week, B.C. & Mordant chat with Kristyn Peck. Kristyn is the Associate Director of Children’s Services for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services. If […]

Walking for Water in Dadaab

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Belkacem Nahi, IRUSA’s Mid-Atlantic manager, about his recent trip to Dadaab in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week, B.C. & Mordant welcome Belkacem Nahi to shed light on the water crisis in Africa as the annual Islamic Relief USA Walk for Water approaches. The […]

Behind the Music: Channeling Faith Through Art

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon chat with Alman Nusrat about his journey as a musician in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week, B.C. & Mordant welcome singer, songwriter, poet and writer Alman Nusrat. The Connecticut-born artist channels his faith through his music, and has been doing so since the age of 12. […]

Stories from the Field: Responding to the Louisiana Disaster

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Islamic Relief USA’s Disaster Response Team Manager Hani Hamwi in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week B.C. & Mordant welcome Islamic Relief USA’s Disaster Response Team Manager Hani Hamwi to talk about the Louisiana flood response. Partnering his team with the American Red Cross, […]

Fighting Hunger With Faith

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon chat with Reverend David Beckmann about ending hunger in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast. This week, B.C. & Mordant welcome President of Bread for the World David Beckmann — not to be confused with soccer legend David Beckham. “He’s the sexy football player, I’m the aging clergyman,” he […]