In episode 58, the girls are joined by Jewish-American comedian Alison Stevenson to talk about her experience growing up with an Israeli mother and going on to Israel to visit her family, why she avoids talking about politics in her comedy, how the evil eye has been a very prominent symbol in her life, and more! Also the three of them talk about Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's comments about the choices of Iranians, how France wants to boycott a Gap ad because of a girl in a hijab, a Muslim women being forced to show bloody pad to TSA, and more!
In episode 57, the girls are joined by comedian Mitra Jouhari to talk about her upbringing in Ohio, how her father came to America, her experience finding her way to New York and starting to do comedy, her time spent in Iran, projects she is currently working on, and more! Great times! Very fun! Enjoyable! Big laughs! Heehee!
In episode 56, the girls get into the history of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nassar and how he started the coup d'état trend in the Middle East, then the stories of Reza Aslan and Peter Beinart's interrogations by Shin Bet while trying to enter Israel. Plus they call Shereen's mama and hear some fascinating stories about her experience coming to America, meeting her husband, and trying to find where she belonged in this country.
In episode 55, the girls break down all the drama that is going on with Saudi Arabia and Canada. Anna then talks about how she should be allowed to talk about being full psycho and not be made to feel any sort of way about it. Shereen talks about how people question her queerness. We're all dealing with stuff out here folks! Also they call Anna's mom and bug her to answer their questions. Woohoo! Footnotes are officially below.
In episode 54, the girls talk about Shereen's experience in New York screening her short film at MOMA! They they get into all the different casualties of the Syrian regime, the different religions that exist in the Middle East, and more. Then they talk about their mothers and how they're influenced by them and their personalities. Please rate and review if you love us!! Also merch is now available at https://www.teepublic.com/stores/ethnicallyambiguous.
In episode 53, the girls are in a hotel room in Philadelphia! Pardon any poor sound quality because of that! They talk about their time at Podcast Movement along with inviting their friend Sarah Nguyen on to talk a little about a project she is currently working on for archiving podcasts. Then they get into the Trump tweet tirade against Iran and what would happen if the US goes to war with Iran. They also get in to the senseless murder of Nia Wilson in Oakland, California and then end with a recap on some of the topics they touched on during their panel at podcast movement including the experience of being a minority voice in podcasting, and more!
In episode 52, the girls talk about the Russia /US situation and Anna's intent on solving it with some red string, the hell hole that is Bari Weiss, the NY Times op-ed columnist and unapologetic spreader of Islamophobia, plus the numerous laws in Israel that blatantly discriminate against Palestinians, plus the girls call Shereen's dad, who has a lot to say - he also explains why he chose not to be an engineer in the United States. Thanks for listening and for all the nice reviews and emails!
In episode 51, the girls start the show by discussing some things that have been bothering them lately, then Shereen tells the story of how her father and mother ended up in America and the routes they took to get here. Anna forgot to ask her dad about exact details of his arrival in America so instead she calls her dad to ask him to tell the story himself - it's got some twists and turns! His birthday was on the 11th so Happy Birthday Seyfollah! It's a fun time - next week they will call Shereen's dad! Thanks for all the love for the last episode!
In episode 50 the girls get into a bunch of stuff including talking about suicide to destigmatize it, their fourth of July activities, if Israel is on Bashar Al-Assad's side or not and how Russia is involved, how proud they are of Prince William for calling Jerusalem 'occupied territory,' the Swedish activist who walked to Palestine and then was denied entry, how the US wants other countries to stop importing Iranian oil, protests in Iran over lack of water and the failing economy, the Iran vs Portugal game in the World Cup, and more! They even read some reviews from the fans! Good times!
In episode 49, the girls are joined by comedian and Syrian Ismael Loutfi. They talk about Ismael's upbringing as a devout Muslim in Florida, his entrance into comedy and the acts he looked up to most, his current relationship with religion, fasting for ramadan, what his parents are like, the correct pronunciation of 'Ismael,' and so much more! It's a great episode with a great guest and we aren't just saying that!! Follow Ismael on Twitter at @Ismaelian and on Instagram at @ismaelyloutfi.
In episode 48, the girls talk about foreign ideas that they couldn't translate into English for the longest times. They talk Middle Eastern spices like Sumac and Iranian dishes like Ghormeh Sabzi! Then Shereen gets into the situation in the US with the Trump administration separating immigrant parents from their kids along with his transparent executive order he signed. Anna then talks about Team Melli, the Iranian soccer team, competing in the World Cup and the lack of ability to get any sponsored equipment from Nike and more due to sanctions imposed on the country. They play some sound clips! Whoa!
In episode 47, the girls talk about the deceased Palestinian medic who is being slandered by Israel, a break down of the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, the work Anthony Bourdain did to humanize Middle Easterners and Palestinians on his television shows, traditional Syrian food, plus they go over five star reviews left by great fans! Also check out their article in Subvrt Magazine. Link in our footnotes, twitter, and Instagram bio!
In episode 46, the girls start with catching up on some news (like a certain Saudi Arabian fashion show involving drones) then they get into their ancestry DNA results! The show starts off a little slow as they try and figure out how the website works - stick with us! They reveal all their origins to their listeners and then discuss their paternal and material extended families and how mental illness has into their blood through genetics. It's an interesting discussion about suicide, lack of mental illness awareness in the Middle East, and how it's always brushed under the table as something else. It gets deep! We're all related!