S3:E6 | 12.19.2019

Underground Aams Trade, Part 1

Pakistani-American communities all over the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted treasure: Pakistani mangoes. And they pay a premium for it. In part one of this two-part investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar searches for answers. Why are Pakistani mangoes so hard to find? And why is the Pakistani community resorting to shady deals on WhatsApp to procure them?

About this Episode

Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted treasure: Pakistani mangoes. And they pay a premium for it. In part one of this two-part investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar searches for answers. Why are Pakistani mangoes so hard to find? And why is the Pakistani community resorting to deals on WhatsApp to procure them?

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About the Reporter

Ahmed Ali Akbar is a NYC-based writer and the host of the award-winning “See Something Say Something” podcast. Previously, he was a teacher and graduate student in Islamic Studies; his work as a journalist can be seen on BuzzFeed News, Netflix, Pushkin, Thrillist, Catapult Magazine, and more. Follow Ahmed on Twitter @radbrowndads.

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