When Misha Euceph was growing up in Pakistan, being Muslim was not a defining aspect of her identity. Then she moved to the United States, post-9/11 — and it suddenly became the only thing that mattered.
"I saw this over and over again, where Muslims were limited to just being one-dimensional, rather than multidimensional, multifaceted human beings," she said. So she created a podcast, "Tell Them, I Am" — a collection of stories from American Muslims that might not actually have anything to do with their religion. Instead, they are universal stories of the small moments that define us — who we are and who we aren't.
The limited-series podcast is releasing a new episode every weekday during the month of Ramadan. So far, episodes have featured Tan France, star of Netflix's "Queer Eye," Deana Haggag, the CEO of United States Artists — and Euceph herself.
MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke to Misha about how growing up Muslim inspired her to create a place where Muslims get to define themselves.
Misha Euceph, producer of the podcast "Tell Them, I Am"
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