Basimah's father Fakhir Bishara volunteered to fight in the Blood Space War and left home when she was only six. She receives a letter from him every year, but can't write back, so he doesn't know anything about the person she is actually growing up to be. Basimah resents this fact.
Basimah later decided to leave Night Vale and move to California for college. 
The Bisharas are implied to be Muslim, and Basimah is stated to wear a hijab sometimes. She also has a girlfriend.
- Episode 79 (vocal appearance) "Lost in the Mail"
- Episode 100 (vocal appearance) "Toast"
- Episode 147 (vocal appearance) "The Protester"
- Episode 149 "The General"
- Episode 150 (vocal appearance) "The Birthday of Lee Marvin"