EP36: Eating Big Macs in Qatar (with Omar El Akkad)

Photo Credit Michael Lionstar

Photo Credit Michael Lionstar

Zahir interviews Omar El Akkad, author of the critically acclaimed novel "American War," at an Egyptian shawarma stand in Portland, Oregon where they talk about sci-fi literature, what Ramadan means in a time of Islamophobia, and why McDonald's was such a huge hit in Doha. They also touch on what it is like to be a person of color in Portland and why writers of color should work against the impulse (and pressure) to write only for white readers.

This episode was made possible by our guest producer by Eric Klein