Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes: Uncovering Stories of Inspiration and Action

We all have stories. In this podast, we aim to showcase ordinary people driven by pivotal moments to do extraordinary things. From grassroots activism,
serving others, building alliances and leadership. I hope to uncover the complexities of identity and life experiences that have inspired change in some
amazing individuals. We want to have conversations and open dialogue so that we may know and be inspired by each others journeys.

Dr. Saba Maroof is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who sees patients of all ages in the Metro Detroit area.
She is a second generation Muslim American of Indian and Pakistani heritage and attended an International School when her family
moved to the Middle East during her formative years. Her multicultural upbringing informs her work with patients and in teaching. She discusses issues such
as acculturation, bullying in minority students and spirituality in mental health with psychiatry residents training in Detroit.
She has been an active in her local community in organizing lectures, workshops and seminars on a wide array of topics such as women in leadership,
mental health awareness, and parenting. She is married to her amazing husband of 15 years and has four children, ages 10, 8, 5 and 2.

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All Episodes

Unsung Heroes – Episode 44 – Feet in 2 Worlds: Detroit Edition

I sit down with four local journalists and fellows of WDET Feet in 2 Worlds: Serena Daniels (@tostadamagazine, tostadamagazine.com), Brittney Hutson ( fedandbougie.com, @fedandbougie) Dorothy Hernandez (@sarapdetroit, @dorothyh) and...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 43 – Interview with Flint Water Crisis Hero Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha

Today we talked to Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha, pediatrician, activist, educator and now writer about her life and pivotal role in exposing the public health crisis of elevated lead...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 42 – She’s Got You Covered – Melanie Elturk of Haute Hijab

We sit down with Melanie Elturk, founder and CEO of the leading US hijab brand, Haute Hijab. An industry expert and thought leader in modest fashion, she is a...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 41 – Geetha Murali and Room to Read

Join us in an inspirational conversation with Geetha Murali, CEO of Room to Read, a global organization focusing on literacy and gender equality. We talk about what has inspired...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 40 – Bangladesh Coming to America

We have a full studio with Bill Meyer, a founder of OneHamtramck and Farha Hanif, Farhan Huq, and Bushrah Rahman, who are all instrumental in working on the first...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 39 – Healing with Dignity Shaista Kazmi

We talk to Shaista Kazmi, founder of Apna Ghar (“Our Home”), a home health care agency aimed towards meeting the needs of ethnic minorities in South East Michigan. We...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 38 – Documenting Diversity: Razi Jafri

We talk to Razi Jafri, Detroit based documentary photographer, contributor, filmmaker, educator and entrepreneur about changing life trajectories in following your life’s passion. Razi has contributed to National Geographic...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 37 – Inclusivity into Action: Hind Makki

We talk to Chicago based interfaith activist and educator Hind Makki about her experiences growing up as a Muslim American, her work in building bridges of understanding, making mosques...

Unsung Heroes – Episode 36 – Inside the Muslim Mind

Calvin and I talk to Senior Lecturer Saeed Khan about his experiences teaching college students, a life of academia as a Muslim and the line between belief and knowledge.  We...