What is Pakcord?
Pakcord is a podcast (modern radio show) focused on the young Pakistani community across the world (the Pakistani diaspora). Our format: each episode, we invite a new guest (or multiple guests) to discuss a topic or tell a story that relates our shared connection to Pakistan!
Topics can be as serious as discussing potential medical risks of cousin marriage, or as light-hearted as “why do Pakistanis love Ludo so much?”
An average episode is about 40 minutes to 60 minutes in length – perfect for listening while you drive, take the bus, work out, or play video games. Most episodes are primarily in English since our listeners are worldwide, but we often throw in a lot of Urdu!
Where can I listen?
You can listen to the podcast right on the website, of course, but we recommend using the following podcast listening apps:
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Also note: We are regularly releasing new episodes, so make sure to subscribe to the podcast on these apps to be notified and stay up to date!
#73 – Kennedy’s Time in Pakistan
Kennedy Horton was born in America, but from the ages of 7 to 15, he moved with his family to Sindh, Pakistan. Afterwards he moved across Thailand, China, and...
#72 – Religiosity
A fantastic conversation with Dr. Shabana Mir, from Chicago, U.S., who is here to unpack some of her knowledge and thoughts about various issues affecting Muslims and Muslim women...
#71 – Resilience
A really thought provoking discussion about the most common challenges that affect our Pakistani youth today – lack of opportunities, fear of failure, family and parental pressure, anxiety, and...
#70 – Ko-Ko-Korea!
Ayesha Wahidi was born and raised in the midwest, U.S. Earlier in 2020, she moved to Korea for a teaching-abroad program. She shares her experiences in and out of...
#69 – Engaged at 12
21 year old Noor-ul-Ain from Dubai went viral on TikTok after sharing her personal traumatic story of an ordinary wedding / shaadi visit to Pakistan gone wrong. Essentially ,...
#68 – Life in Southern Africa
Bilal Junejo was born in Pakistan, but grew up living in the southern region of Africa, namely the countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Bilal gives us a...
Watch our special Video Podcasts on YouTube!
In late 2020 we introduced video podcasts to supplement our usual audio podcasts. From time to time, we release certain episodes in both video and audio form. Definitely check out the videos to see more visually interactive discussions!
Meet the Founders
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Habib and his family moved to the U.S. in 1996. He grew up primarily in New York and Connecticut. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems in 2012, he moved to California for a full-time job, and lived in San Diego and San Jose for a few years. He then moved to Dallas, Texas and lived there for 4 years. Habib married his wife Shereen in 2018.
As of 2019, Habib and his wife both live in Boston. Habib has a day job working in Data Analytics & Strategy in the healthcare industry.
Fatima was born and raised in the U.S. to Pakistani immigrant parents.
The idea of the Pakcord podcast came across Fatima around July 2018 – and was subsequently followed by the release of the first episode in September, 2018. Fatima wanted to promote more voices from the global Pakistani community and bring together the Pakistani diaspora.
Fatima manages the Pakcord brand and creative work, and also has appeared in a few episodes.
Join Thousands of Listeners Worldwide
In every episode, we bring a different guest from the previous. One of our goals is to illustrate the sheer diversity within the Pakistani diaspora — our lifestyles, thoughts, and opinions are not homogeneous! We don’t all talk about just religion and politics all the time, there’s so much more to be discussed around our communities!
Have questions? Comments? Feedback? Don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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