It's bonus episode time again! We had comedian and #GoodMuslimBadMuslim co-host Zahra Noorbakhsh joining Shereen and Anna! They get into her upbringing with her parents in the Bay Area, her experiences coming up in comedy, and much, much more! It's a fun time and her pup Wookie is also in-studio with us! Great times with a super interesting person who you need to follow on Instagram and twitter: @ZahraComedy. Also check out her website www.zahranoorbakhsh.com.
It's episode 94, and the girls are back in studio again!! They start by catching up and talking about a children's book they received from a listener (The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed - purchase link below!!) and then get into the situation with Iran and the nuclear deal, Egyptian footballer Mo Salah, and much more! LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN and give us a 5 star review!
In this bonus episode, the girls are joined by the hilarious comedian and actor Dhruv Uday Singh! They get into his upbringing in India, common misconceptions about growing up there (they don't pay for stuff with jewels!), his experience coming to America, how he got into comedy, how all teen shows are topical yet horny, and so much more! It's a real laugh riot and y'all will really enjoy it. Check out his podcast I'm Too Effing High (Anna & Shereen were on it!) and watch him on Good Trouble (the teen drama he is on!) Also follow him on Instagram at @dhruvudaysingh. AND check out his short film Beauty And The East!
In episode 93, we travel with Shereen to West Virginia to visit some of her mother's family. She sits down with some of her younger cousins to talk about their recent immigration stories, what they miss about Syria, the trauma of living through war, their experiences in America, making new friends (not to mention new lives), and so much more. In addition to being teenage immigrants, each cousin has their own hopes and dreams; they speak to Shereen in their second language of English in order to share their stories with us! We hope y'all appreciate this episode and the strength of Shereen's cousins, who, like so many just like them, immigrated to this country in search of a better world.
Today's bonus episode is with special guest Giancarlo Volpe! Shereen met Giancarlo through her younger sister and she instantly became a fan. In addition to being a phenomenally talented animator, producer, writer, and comic creator, he's also a truly wonderful human being! We're so excited to have him in our EA fam; we talk to Giancarlo about his Italian-American upbringing, being raised in an immigrant family, his love of art, how he paved his own way in the animation industry, and so much more! Follow Giancarlo on Twitter @Giancarlo_Volpeto keep up with him and his upcoming projects!
In episode 92, the girls try something different. This episode is a soundscape that is also accompanied by interviews with Anna's family and family friends. The interviews took place in San Rafael, California at a Bay Area Iranian Sizdah Be-dar celebration. Sizdah Be-dar, also known as Nature's Day, is an Iranian festival held annually on the thirteenth day of Farvardin (the first month of the spring season), during which people spend time picnicking outdoors. It marks the end of the Nowruz holidays in Iran. Enjoy!
In this bonus episode, the girls are joined by the great Avital Ash! She is a performer, comedian, actor, writer, and director! And a wonderful person! They get into her upbringing in Miami in a Jewish Orthodox family, her need to get out, her history with her biological mother, what brought her to LA, and so much more! Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @avitalash.
In episode 91, the girls are on vacation so this one is a little different. They spend the entire episode answering myspace-style questionnaires. They answer some random questions, then do some never have I ever, plus some this or that, and then even would some would you rather's! It's a fun, random episode that will show you more than you ever thought about Anna and Shereen!! WE HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!!!
In this bonus episode, the girls are joined by comedian Lisa Chanoux to discuss her upbringing as an Arab-American in El Paso, Texas. They get into her family's immigration to Texas through Mexico, what brought her to Los Angeles, her comedy, growing up Arab in Texas, and so much more! Check out her podcast What's Your Sign? and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @asilnoux.
In episode 90 the girls from for the Kushner family. They spend the time together breaking down how Jared Kushner was able to get Qatar to pay off 666 Fifth Avenue for his families real estate company. How you ask? Well a lot of shady stuff happened SO LISTEN TO FIND OUT MORE!! WE'RE COMING FOR YA KUSHNERS!!
In this bonus episode, the girls are joined by comedian Eli Olsberg to hear the wildest tale from his life. They get into his upbringing in Florida, his trips visiting his family in Argentina, and most importantly the story of his father. It's a truly amazing episode with some serious ~*vibes*~ that will get ya thinking! Check out Eli's podcasts Closure: The Podcast That Never Ends and Pod Is A Woman. Find him on Twitter at @EliOlsberg and on Instagram.
In episode 89, Anna and Shereen are joined by the one and only REZA ASLAN!! It finally happened! We got our one true GOD on the show. Haha, see what we did there? Anyway we get into religion, his book GOD, Reza's upbringing, how he is raising his children when it comes to religion, and so much more! Buy his paperback version of GOD on 4/9! Also follow him on Twitter at @rezaaslan and check out his website at rezaaslan.com!
In this great bonus episode the girls are joined by New York comedian Sydnee Washington! They get into her upbringing in the Bay Area in California and New York City, her experience with college, deciding to come out, coming up in the comedy scene in New York, her partner and their cats, and much more! Check out her podcast Unofficial Expert and follow her on Twitter at @Justsydnyc (it's work in progress) and on Instagram at @justsydbw!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHEREEN!!!! It's episode 88 and it is Shereen's birthday! The girls talk about physical therapy and then get into Saudi Arabia deciding to temporarily release a few female activists who were abused during interrogation, plus Trump deciding that Syria's Golan Height's is an Israeli territory - WRONG! Anyway, April fools! JK, no fools here! HAHAHHAHA!
In this bonus episode the ladies are joined by the one and only comedian Teresa Lee! They talk about her upbringing in the Bay Area with her Taiwanese parents, deciding to go to the east coast for college, getting into comedy, her relationship with her twin and younger brother, struggles with mental illness, and more! Check out her new short film I Think She Likes You which is coming to the Tribeca Film Festival! Listen to her podcasts Pod Is A Woman and You Can Tell Me Anything! Follow her Instagram and Twitter at @leresatee! Whoop!
In episode 87, the girls get heavy. They read the name of every human being who died in the Mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand and give some background on them. They also get into the rise of ISIL in the Iraq/Syria region and how they still maintain some power. It's a heavy one. We recommend a box of tissues if you're sensitive to such topics.
In this bonus episode, Anna and Shereen are joined by comedy writer and improviser Moujan Zolfaghari to talk all about her upbringing in the Bay Area of California, coming to America from Iran, deciding to pursue comedy, moving to New York, deciding on whether to go to graduate school, and so much more! It's a fun, funny, fun episode! Enjoy and follow Moujan on Instagram at @moujanz.
In episode 86, the girls are at it again! They get into Israel militarizing children, how Saudi Arabia claims they're going to get rid of their male guardianship laws, and some personal talk about intimacy and relationships. Anna is wearing a velour tracksuit! Ace Biscuits is wearing a Hawaiian shirt! Shereen is losing her mind!
This week Shereen is joined by her amazing friend, producer, and writer Melisa D. Monts! They discuss her growing up and going to school in Arkansas, how she got her start as a producer of both film and podcasts, and the importance of inclusion and racial diversity. Melisa inspires us endlessly; the episode was such a great and much needed conversation and we're so happy to introduce her to our EA family! Listen to the awesome podcasts that she produces and keep up with her on Instagram and Twitter @SheIsNotMelissa!
In episode 85, the girls spend the entire episode breaking down why we must stand with Ilhan Omar and how the United States has been ignoring the blatant murder of Palestinians. We stand by Ilhan Omar and you should too!