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Welcome to "We’re Just Talking About It" (WJTA)

Islam 101: for non-Muslims...

This is an informal conversation about Islam and Muslim cultures.  It's the conversation America should have started on 12 September 2001.  

We talk about everything.  Send us your questions:

The host of “We’re Just Talking About It” is Major retired Jason Criss Howk. He is the author of an award winning Modern English Qur'an interpretation and speaks nationally about Islam. He holds a masters in Middle East studies, studied Dari and Arabic, and teaches introduction to Islam courses at numerous institutions.

Your producer and co-host is Hollie Fleck owner of Candid Light Films. She has a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is an Emmy-award winning television news reporter and now runs her own video company. Hollie is curious by nature and always asking questions in hopes of learning and understanding the world we live in. 


May 10, 2019

Welcome to S2E8 of WJTA. We are back with Mina Sharif, a muslim woman who left Afghanistan with her family at the age of one. Decades later, an unexpected family tragedy brought her back to Kabul, the city she left behind. Mina discusses what it was like rediscovering Afghanistan and its culture, plus we discuss...

Apr 26, 2019

This is S2E7 of WJTA. This week we have a brand new guest on the show, Mina Sharif. Mina was born in Afghanistan but she and her family fled when she was just a year old. Decades later, Mina built a successful career in communications and filmmaking. She made the decision to return to Afghanistan as an adult and it...

Apr 12, 2019

Welcome to s2e6 of WJTA. Today we are wrapping up our 3-part conversation with Junaid. We are asking the deeper, philosophical questions like:

-Should you be able to question your own religion?

-What would a Muslim-majority government look like?

-Are religious texts open to interpretation.


Let us know what you think...

Mar 29, 2019

In this episode, we continue out conversation with American-Muslim, former U.S. Army solider, Junaid. 

We start with his life, after active-duty. Juanid talks about his responsibility as an American-Muslim to counter violent extremism and shares how he goes about his mission.

We continue to learn and discuss how...

Mar 15, 2019

In this week's episode we interview an American Muslim soldier who grew up in Bradford, PA, the son of Muslim South Asian immigrant physicians. Unlike his other siblings, Junaid diverged from the stereotypically favored medical career path by joining the United States Army in 2001. He finished basic training a few...