Written by Theo Tran

Areeba Kaukab and Annie Joaquin

What is your major, and what do you like most about it?

Areeba: I am a human communications major, and I like how each class is very specific to a subject, the classes are applicable to analyzing and understanding things in popular culture. 

Annie: I am a Psych major. I like how broad it is and despite it being extremely diverse, I know that whatever path I choose to pursue with it, I can directly help someone through it.

What made you want to do Titan Radio? How did you hear about Titan Radio?

Areeba: I heard about it through a friend of a friend who was a DJ here, and wanted to do the show when I knew that I was transferring to Fullerton. Annie and I had been friends for a year, but I ran into her at a party before school started and decided to start hosting this show because we loved to talk to each other.  

Can you describe your experience DJing on Titan Radio so far?

Annie: It’s really great, I’ve been looking for a way to get involved in school, and coming in transferring from a different school, Titan Radio really helped me find a purpose, and way to connect with others. I have a platform to directly reflect myself through, and people who genuinely want to hear it.

Areeba: I have to agree. Transferring from a different school, you really feel the desire to find a place. Titan Radio has served as that platform to voice myself, and find people to connect with. Regardless of whether there’s only five people listening, those are your five people, and it means five people went out of their way to listen to what you have to say.

How would you describe your show to someone who’s never heard it?

Areeba: It’s a talk show about things we’ve been through, or encountered throughout our lives as a minority, and the things we’ve learned because of it. It is about how being a minority will continue shaping us.

Annie: It is about being in a first-generation family, and the things you encounter as a result. How being a minority bleeds into all the little aspects, and nuances in your life, and the identity that forms as a result of being a first-gen child. We discuss lots of things we’ve had to introspect on as a result.

What is one of your favorite songs of all time?

Areeba: How to Save a Life by The Fray. This was one of the first songs I ever listened to as a child where I genuinely felt something. It was one of the only songs played for me that evoked emotion growing up. American music was not big in our household, and a lot of the Pakistani and Indian songs that were played, I couldn’t linguistically relate to it yet, so there wasn’t as much significance as later on in life. 

Annie: I can’t say I have a favorite song because there are too many different individual songs. My dad, however, used to play a lot of classic rock for me growing up. When I was little, I remember just jamming out in the backseat and requesting Queen and the Beatles, and hearing them now just takes me back to that time.

How did you come up with your show concept?

Annie: We went through a couple names, the first one was Brown Girl Talk. I brought the idea up to my coworker, and she recommended the idea of naming it “Brownie Points.” I don’t think we were totally set on it until the show developed a little bit, and we grew into the name.

Areeba: In terms of format, we wanted to make it conversationalist, but carry a common theme or thread, or lesson that could be learned. That way, it could flow easily but still carry a structure to it. 

One interesting thing about you?

Areeba & Annie: I’d say it’s that we speak a second language. It is kind of common for people to speak English and a second dialect, but coming from the areas we came from, the languages we spoke were unique to those areas.

Annie: In L.A., a lot of people spoke Spanish and English, and that was the norm. Speaking Tagalog in those areas was pretty unique and unexpected.

Areeba: I agree with that, I think what made being bilingual significant for me was that I spoke Urdu instead of the traditional Hindi, which was pretty unconventional.

One interesting thing about your show?

Annie: I think our insight is really cool. We think in similar manners, but how we reach approach situations is entirely different. One example we have is that when I came somewhere new, feeling like I stood out, I wanted to do what I could to fit in and be a part of things. Areeba would acknowledge the difference in a new place and embrace her difference, but by the end of it, we would both reach comfort with who we are as individuals. So the endpoint is the same, but we reach it in entirely different ways. Additionally, I think we have complementary energies, and our dynamic just works really well together. 

Listen to “Brownie Points” every Thursday at 8 A.M.!

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