In episode 45, the girls break down the Israel's nuclear program - that's right, it exists! But the United States government doesn't want you to know they know about it. Does that make sense? No! It's the mother of all double standards. They also get in to the world of Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli whistleblower who sure wanted us to know about the Israeli nuclear program! It's a crazy story that deserves to be its own movie. They girls also get personal at the end and talk about how they've dealt with their own mental health issues in the past and present. Get to it!
In episode 44, the girls are joined by student and Palestinian poet Summer Farah to discuss her experiences growing up as a Palestinian-American in the USA. They also discuss her poetry and use of Arabic words in her work and how it has contributed to her art. A lot more is discussed and we really recommend you listen NOW! Find Summer Farah on Twitter at @summabis and on Instagram at @bordersbookstore. Yay!
In episode 43, the girls discuss Gaza a little, then get in to the Middle East fatigue they have been experiencing from everything going on, then they go on to talk about how they met and how the podcast came to be. Anna wants to know which Wild Wild Country character listeners think the are so tweet that in! It's a personal episode about personal things with discussions about Shereen's upcoming microblading appointment, their 23 and me results, and much more. Check out the twitter @ethnicallyamb to see the links the girls were referencing from the past week. Ramadan Mubarak!
In episode 42, the girls are joined by comedian and television writer Raj Desai to talk about his upbringing, what got him into comedy, his law school years, his first writing gig, working with Sarah Silverman on 'I Love You, America,' his comedy influences, his experience writing for the White House Correspondents Dinner, and much, much more! Find him on Twitter at @_rajdesai and find more info at www.rajdesai.tumblr.com.
In episode 41, the girls break down what they've learned about the Gaza Strip protests in Palestine/Israel. They start by discussing Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents Dinner jokes, Netanyahu's new evidence that Iran is secretly building nuclear weapons, and then get in to the Great March of Return protests happening. They talk about what it stands for, who is involved, and why it's happening. It's all very complicated - who knew? Rate, review, and tell a friend!
In episode 40, the girls discuss their past week's and then get in to their topics. Anna attempts to break down the Iran Nuclear Deal aka the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It's a confusing one cause science is hard to explain for her. What's new? Shereen then talks about the history of the Syrian Joan of Arc: Naziq al-Abid who fought heavily for women's right's in the Middle East. She's a real bad-ass! They then discuss their experiences traveling with their families to their respective home countries, Shereen to Syria, and Anna to Iran. As we always say: it's a fun episode!
In episode 39, the girls decide to dedicate the entire show to Syria. Why? Because they felt it's necessary to break down why the airstrikes on chemical weapon facilities by the US, UK, and France happened and why it's important. It's an emotional episode as usual and they go through Theresa May's speech about what happened and break it down. They also get into how the West may not be able to solve the problems of the Middle East and why. A lot is covered so feel free to pause, take a breath, and continue at your own pace. Also Shereen finally sheds her first tear while recording an episode! A momentous moment!
In episode 38, the girls are joined by comedian Dani Fernandez to talk about her early life and how she got to LA, her experience auditioning in Los Angeles and getting hosting gigs as a woman of color, representation of minorities in media, a leak of some problematic comments from an acting teacher in Los Angeles, immigrant families lack of discussion of mental illness, her new podcast on How Stuff Works called 'Nerdificent,' and much more. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @MsDaniFernandez.
In episode 37, Anna & Shereen get spicy. Anna wants to talk about yodeling boy meme but Shereen isn't having it. Oh well! They start by talking a little about the Iranian woman who injured some people at YouTube headquarters and then turned the gun on herself. Then they get into rapper Vic Mensa's essay on his trip to Palestine and Muslim artists who represent from where they came from like SZA, K A R Y Y N, & more. Anna then breaks down Iranian New Year aka Nowruz and all that comes with it. She also explains a little more why she's feeling so spicy. It's a good time! Don't forget to rate + review!
In episode 36, the girls talk about that immigrant parent cleaning lifestyle - do not leave a mess! Then they get into their stories - Anna talks about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and why the war originally started and what would possibly be keeping it going. Shereen then discusses Syrian New Year and how it happens to fall on her birthday as well as April Fool's Day. It's not a joke! The girls then shout out some folk who sent in nice emails. Please rate & review!!
In episode 35, the girls are joined by comedian Fahim Anwar to discuss his immigrant parents and their reaction to him leaving his full time job as a engineer at Boeing to becoming a full time comedian, career choices he made and why, the roles he chooses to audition for, his origins in comedy with his sketch group GoatFace, how his name got the part in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, & more. It's a fun episode that we don't recommend missing! Also find Fahim on Twitter & Instagram at @fahimanwar and check out all his old videos on YouTube under his past alias 'Slezdog2000.'
In episode 34, the girls get into a mysterious disappearance of some almonds at Anna's place, the Austin bombings, the runaway daughter of a Dubai ruler, the Armenian genocide, Gina Haspel & the torture of Abu Zubaydah at a CIA black site, & more.