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Brought to you by VaynerMedia and Shopify Plus, this eCommerce-focused mini-series is rolling out just in time for the end-of-year shopping season, including Black Friday. As the brainchild of hosts Sabir Semerkant, the data-obsessed SVP of eCommerce at VaynerMedia, as well as Mac King, a growth hacking Partner Manager at Shopify Plus, “Hacking the Holidays” is driven by one simple goal: to help brands and entrepreneurs step up their eComm strategy. Each episode welcomes new guests from a br ...
 
Were Just Talking About It is an extension of the Introduction to Islam talks and courses that Jason Howk has been leading nationally since June 2015. This podcast does not aim to denigrate Islam or to spread a religion. Simply put this is an effort to get people talking more openly about religion and focused on finding common ground and understanding. Around the world the loudest voices that focus on Islam are usually on the far extremes of the topic. Either speakers love or hate Islam. Thi ...
 
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Welcome to Episode 9 of Season 3 of We're Just Talking About It This is our last episode of 2019 Wishing you all a wonderful 2020 #wjta Today we finish our discussion with Sabeeha. We will explore many of the misconceptions that people have about Muslims and some creative solutions to religious tolerance. Thanks for joining us. Jason and Hollie…
 
Welcome to Episode 8 of Season 3 of We're Just Talking About It #wjta Today we continue our discussion with Sabeeha. This week we learn about how September 11th affected her family and how that changed her purpose in life. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and the role Islam plays in her life. Thanks for joining us. Jason and Hollie…
 
Welcome to Episode 7 of Season 3 of We're Just Talking About It #wjta Today we start a 3 part journey to get to know Sabeeha. She arrived in America after an arranged marriage brought her from Pakistan. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and the role Islam plays in her life. You can tell we really had some laughs learning her story, an engaging s…
 
Welcome to Episode 6 of Season 3 of We're Just Talking About It #wjta Today we finish our 3-part journey to get to know Sabir. He grew up in Kabul Afghanistan and Pakistan and eventually came to the United States. Today we talk about how we conduct Interfaith communication and Why its so important. Thanks for joining us. Jason and Hollie…
 
Welcome to Episode 5 of Season 3 of We're Just Talking About It #wjta Today we continue our 3-part journey to get to know Sabir. He grew up in Kabul Afghanistan and Pakistan and eventually came to the United States. Today we talk about the separation between religion and government and ask Sabir what one question he would ask the Taliban movement. …
 
Welcome to Episode 4 of Season 3 of We're Just Talking About It #wjta Today we start a 3 part journey to get to know Sabir. He grew up in Kabul Afghanistan and Pakistan and eventually came to the United States. I hope you enjoy getting to know him and the role Islam plays in his life. Yet another perspective, you might not know about. Thanks for jo…
 
Welcome to our 3rd and final episode with Angie Gad, our first in-studio guest, on We're Just Talking About It! In this episode we talk about how Angie confronts people who use ISIS-like propaganda to recruit terrorists. We also discuss what it is like when conservative Egyptian culture clashes with American ways of life. A six hour commute explain…
 
Welcome to our 2nd episode with Angie Gad on We're Just Talking About It! We continue this week with our first in-studio guest. In this episode we learn about Angie's work in the Homeland Security field and discuss how she was received in the office. Find out who became her mentor and how they learned to combat stereotypes together. We also discuss…
 
Welcome to Season 3 of We're Just Talking About It! We kick off our 3rd season of the show with our first in-studio guest, Angie Gad. Angie was born in the U.S. but moved to Egypt with her family when she was 16. She describes what it was like being a Muslim in Egypt verse the U.S. Plus she explains how her unique upbringing ultimately led her to a…
 
We dive right in to episode S2 E15 to discuss the Islamic misconception that, "All Jihad is terrorism." Salma breaks down the difference between terrorists claiming to use Jihad and individuals who are "Jihadist." "Jihad is a noble struggle for God. It is a struggle that is pleasing to Allah." Another misconception we touch on is that "Islam permit…
 
Welcome back to Were Just Talking About It. This is Season 2 Episode 14. This week pick up right where we left off with our guest Salma, talking about common misconceptions of Islam. We dive right into the conversation—asking Salma to explain the misconception that the entire religion of Islam is oppressive to women—plus we discuss several other to…
 
In s2E13 of WJTA we interview a brand new guest, Salma. Salma was in the 1st grade when the Taliban took over in Afghanistan. She and her family went to Pakistan so she could continue school. After the Taliban collapse in 2002, they came back to Afghanistan Against her parents wishes, Salma decided she wanted to study Sharia Law. "When you inherit …
 
In S2 E12, we wrap up our conversation with Khalil. He talks about the night U.S. troops arrived in Afghanistan and what it meant to him and his fellow Afghans. We also talk about the current situation in Afghanistan and how the young Afghans are living. Finally, we discuss the transition from war to peace and what that looks like in Afghanistan.…
 
This is S2E10 of WJTA.This week we have a brand new guest for you, his name is Khalil. Khalil was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalil shares his remarkable stories of what it was like—the day the Taliban arrived in his city and how his walk to school would never be the same. Plus he shares the amazing work he did as a physician alongside …
 
In S2E9 we wrap up our conversation with Mina Sharif. We touch on a variety of topics, from how younger generations view religions and why it's important to have faith, especially in war-torn countries. Plus stereotypes Mina deals with being a Muslim woman who returned to Afghanistan after living in the West. Finally, we discuss a TV show Mina is w…
 
Welcome to S2E8 of WJTA. We are back with Mina Sharif, a muslim woman who left Afghanistan with her family at the age of one. Decades later, an unexpected family tragedy brought her back to Kabul, the city she left behind. Mina discusses what it was like rediscovering Afghanistan and its culture, plus we discuss if religion and its text are open to…
 
This is S2E7 of WJTA. This week we have a brand new guest on the show, Mina Sharif. Mina was born in Afghanistan but she and her family fled when she was just a year old. Decades later, Mina built a successful career in communications and filmmaking. She made the decision to return to Afghanistan as an adult and it was life-changing. In this episod…
 
Welcome to s2e6 of WJTA. Today we are wrapping up our 3-part conversation with Junaid. We are asking the deeper, philosophical questions like: -Should you be able to question your own religion? -What would a Muslim-majority government look like? -Are religious texts open to interpretation. Let us know what you think at wjtanc@gmail.com…
 
In this episode, we continue out conversation with American-Muslim, former U.S. Army solider, Junaid. We start with his life, after active-duty. Juanid talks about his responsibility as an American-Muslim to counter violent extremism and shares how he goes about his mission. We continue to learn and discuss how critical our words are in this conver…
 
In this week's episode we interview an American Muslim soldier who grew up in Bradford, PA, the son of Muslim South Asian immigrant physicians. Unlike his other siblings, Junaid diverged from the stereotypically favored medical career path by joining the United States Army in 2001. He finished basic training a few weeks before 9/11. Since then, Jun…
 
In this episode, we wrap up our conversation with ex-Muslim, Omayma. We begin by talking about the topic of the "guardianship program" in many Muslim cultures. Omayma likens it to a parent-child relationship that remains throughout a woman's entire life. Omayma talks about how the program impacted her childhood and how she felt trapped by her own r…
 
In S2 Ep2 of WJTA, we continue the conversation with ex-muslim, Omayma. In the first episode, Omayma shared stories of what it was like growing up in a strict, muslim home. Omayma now talks about what it was like leaving Islam, the transformation and finding her identity. Three years after leaving the religion, she admits it's a journey she is stil…
 
In this episode of WJTA, we chat with a woman that has left Islam and is living in Australia. Omayma was born in Egypt and moved to Australia when she was a 1-year old. She was raised as a conservative Sunni Muslim. In her teenage years Omayma started to have some serious questions and concerns with Islam as her family practiced it and the way she …
 
Happy New Year! Welcome to episode #17 of WJTA. Thank you for your continued support and interest. We open the new year by answering some of the toughest questions Jason gets asked after his lectures or speaking engagements. Questions like: Why do muslims us hate us (Americans)? What's with the 72 virgins in heaven? Why don't muslims assimilate in …
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode 16. This week is a short and quick episode with a valuable lesson about myths, stereotypes and keeping an open mind. Sometimes those who think they are open-minded are acting just like the intolerant people they think they hate... Tolerance in every direction is the only way to bring people of all faiths and beliefs …
 
Welcome to Episode #15! Jason had a busy November traveling to speak and teach in D.C., New Mexico, North Carolina, New Jersey, D.C. and back to NC. Today, Jason talks about being a guest host at the Associations of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America, in Virginia last month. The conversation turned to one major question from Jason's a…
 
Thanks for checking out Episode #14 of We're Just Talking About It! In this episode we tackle the topic of entertainment vs. news in America, in particular to Muslims in America. We discuss the common question: Where are all the muslims speaking out against terrorism? How the September 11th terrorist attacks got people more curious about Islam Why …
 
Welcome to Episode #13! We continue our enlightening conversation with Munim Deen, epidemiologist, writer, photographer. TOPICS WE COVER: Religion's power to unite and divide and how we go beyond it. The idea that the more time you spend with people that are different than you, the better. How social media plays a role in the Muslim/Non-Muslim rela…
 
Welcome to episode #12! This week we continue our candid conversation with Munim Deen. A young Muslim man who was born in Bangladesh and moved to Oklahoma when he was 8-years old. We talk about how his life and his families' were impacted by the September 11th terrorist attacks and what they dealt with in the days after.…
 
Welcome to episode #11. This week we have our 2nd guest on the show! Munim was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Oklahoma, where his parents still live. He is finishing a doctoral degree in epidemiology, and is a published researcher and photographer. Munim spends way too much time on Wikipedia. It's a laid-back and enlightening conversation that s…
 
Welcome to episode #10 of WJTA. In this episode, Muslim-American writer and activist Shireen Qudosi shares her thoughts and ideas on what Muslim reform looks like in our country. She also brings us into the world of #hateImams which is part of her campaign to stop using the religion of Islam as a means of hate.…
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode No. 9 of WJTA. We continue our conversation with Muslim American writer, Shireen Qudosi. In this 20 minute episode we talk about what it's like for her, raising her son in a post 9-11 world and how she lets her son explore his own identity and beliefs. Shireen talks about "breaking the conveyor belt" and questioning …
 
Welcome to Episode No. 8. We have our first guest on the podcast! Shireen Qudosi is a Muslim American writer on faith, identity, and belonging. She comes from a family of refugees and has hopscotched across the world from Pakistan to Iran, Germany, and finally the United States. She's now known as a top 10 Muslim Reformer, a role in which she advoc…
 
Welcome to episode 7 of We're Just Talking About. We figured after six episodes, it was time to explain how our host got started talking about Islam in America and why he continues to travel and educate non-muslims about Islam. It's interesting to note that host, Jason, is a white-male, raised in the South and grew up in the Baptist church. He says…
 
In episode #6 of WJTA, we take a deep dive in to observations that host, Jason, has made while living and spending time in Muslim majority countries. A few observations we discuss are: The kindness between strangers The high regard for cleanliness You can be sober but still joyful Prayer should be humble Education is valuable Other religions should…
 
In episode #4 of We're Just Talking About It (20 min) we wanted to take a look at some of the news headlines we saw in June. More specifically, the stories pertaining to Muslim society and culture. We talk about 3 top stories and break down "what it means": Afghanistan President orders a ceasefire with Taliban during Ramadan UK suffers most terrori…
 
Thanks for checking out Episode #3 of We're Just Talking About It. In episode #1 we discussed the terms you should know to help you better understand Islam. In this episode, we put those terms to use and learn how to get the conversation started. As non-muslims, Americans may be uncomfortable or scared to get the conversation started with Muslims. …
 
In episode #2 of We're Just Talking About It, hosts Jason and Hollie discuss one of Jason's most popular lecture questions: What does it say in the Qur'an? In this 25-minute episode we talk about: What's in the Qur'an and what's not How it can be misinterpreted by groups like ISIS What passages terrorist groups use to recruit people Qur'an + the Bi…
 
What do cool kicks, cricket protein and eCommerce have in common? Props from serial entrepreneur and CEO/Co-Founder of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk. In this special episode (shot on Gary’s birthday), VaynerMedia’s SVP of eCommerce, Sabir Semerkant, and Partner Manager for Shopify Plus, Mac King, learn how the launch of Gary Vee’s KSwiss Signature S…
 
Online shoppers have high expectations when they place an order, especially during Black Friday and the holiday season. In this episode, Nicole Gardner (Chief Operating Officer of Dormify) and JD Woods (CXO/Chief Experience Officer of third-party logistics provider, Dotcom Distribution) share their insights and ways to improve the checkout and deli…
 
As viral marketing has proven, building your brand around a trending topic can propel you into the spotlight. While the path to success is different for every business, this episode follows Matt Fiano’s journey as co-founder and CDO of the clothing and fashion company, Ivory Ella. Alongside hosts Sabir Semerkant (SVP of eCommerce at VaynerMedia) an…
 
It’s no surprise that Amazon has become more than an eCommerce powerhouse, and in this episode, you’ll hear proof points from co-founder of Thursday Boots Company, Nolan Walsh, and Vice President of Digital Media at VaynerMedia, Lee Elliott. Speaking with VaynerMedia’s SVP of eCommerce, Sabir Semerkant, and Partner Manager for Shopify Plus, Mac Kin…
 
To pay, or not to pay. Or both? That’s the “driving” question in this episode about generating traffic in your media ecosystem with Director of Revenue Acceleration at Shopify Plus, Marc Weisinger. Alongside hosts Sabir Semerkant (SVP of eCommerce at VaynerMedia) and Mac King (Partner Manager for Shopify Plus), the group compares an organic versus …
 
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, eCommerce is once again poised to be one of biggest (and most effective) ways for brands to cash in during occasions like Thanksgiving and Black Friday. In the first episode of a 6-part mini-series podcast, VaynerMedia’s SVP of eCommerce, Sabir Semerkant, and Partner Manager for Shopify Plus, Mac King…
 
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