Shuka Kalantari is a San Francisco Bay Area journalist whose reports have taken her to Turkey, Cambodia, Canada and across the US. She was born near the Caspian Sea in Iran and raised in Northern California. Shuka primarily reports on refugee and immigrant communities in California and internationally. When she's not doing interviews, she likes to be outdoors or go dancing. Also, one day she will write a magical realism children's book.
Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh is sharing her diary with us as she restarts life at a high school in Utah. It's not easy, when her family is 7,000 miles away.
Not having enough food to eat was normal for Sonita Alizadeh, an Afghan teen rapper who grew up as a refugee in Iran. Life at her new prestigious boarding school in Utah couldn't be any different.
A young girl from Afghanistan escaped being forced into marrying a man when she was 14 years old — by writing a rap song about it. The young rapper is now living and going to school in the US, and she’s still making music about social justice in Afghanistan.
Munching on pomegranates and nuts, listening to music and poetry: It's all part of a winter festival that's celebrated in Iran and by Iranians abroad.
Health & Medicine
Prenatal care consumes a big part of a pregnant woman's life. There are the monthly appointments, the tests — all on top of whatever is going on at home. And it can be overwhelming. But a new program, called Centering Pregnancy, tries to ease that burden by putting women in groups for their prenatal care.
Lifestyle & Belief
It's the New Year, or Nowruz, in Iran. And to kick it off, literally, friends and family gather in different parts of the world and build small bonfires. They leap over the flames to get rid of the old and bring in luck and health.
Arts, Culture & Media
Stories about Muslim American men in the media are more likely to be about terrorism threats than love or romance. But a new collection of stories by 22 Muslim American men sets out to change that narrative — by letting readers into their love lives.
Lifestyle & Belief
Who says you have to be Christian to celebrate Christmas in America? Since most everyone has the day off on December 25th, refugee communities often come together and create their own holiday traditions.
Conflict & Justice
A transgender woman flees persecution in Iran, only to experience it again in Turkey. Now, she hopes to start a new life, without persecution, in Canada.