Breaking Pita With Zee

Breaking Pita With Zee

In Breaking Pita With Zee, host Zahra Huber talks about her personal experiences growing up in the United States as an Arab-American Muslim woman. She also brings on guests to discuss current events involving Muslims or Arab Americans, as well as other topics such as dating, immigrant family traditions, food and the similarities between different cultures.

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June 14, 2021 20 min

In this solo episode, host Zahra Huber gives a little more insight into how reputation/people's opinions in the Arab community really played a major role in her life's biggest decisions -- such as taking the hijab off. Learn how she has overcome (mostly) that constant worry about what other people think. 

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The ideal body image in America is usually affected by media and society...but in the Arab culture, that pressure tends to come from parents, siblings and other family members who can be extremely blunt. In this episode, body positive dietician Samantha Barash talks about how that bluntness in the culture creates a negative environment and mindset for youth, which can stick with them their entire lives.

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Creator of "Yes, I'm Hot in This", Huda Fahmy,  says serious issues and experiences inspired her to start and create her comics.  In this episode, Huda explains that she uses her art to display how  how universal people's everyday problems, worries, and joys actually are. 

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You've seen it on social media: The eviction of Palestinian families from their homes. The death and injuries of hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli airstrikes and attacks. In this special episode, host Zahra Huber is joined by Imad Refai, a young man who lives in the West Bank, in Palestine, to talk about the most recent developments as well as what it's like to live in a country that sees death and fighting almost daily. 

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Why is it that when Arab-Americans are involved in mass shootings, it's called terrorism? But when it's a white man, he has mental health issues? Host Zahra Huber is joined by Nadia Bryant as the two talk about the verbiage around mass shootings and attacks that draw different pictures depending on the skin color and ethnicity of the shooter.

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Author and body-positive activist Leah V joins host Zahra Huber to talk about her love-hate relationship with religion, weight and mental health, and where how she's come to find her voice and be comfortable with who she is.

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In this episode, host Zahra Huber and guest Shayma Ghaleb discuss the new hijab ban in France -- how frustrating and disappointing it is for Muslims all around the world.

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Hady Farhat has come a long way since he first started following his dream of being a male Arab makeup artist in the Dearborn community. In this episode, Hady discusses his struggles, the secrets, and the backlash he received throughout his journey. 

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April 12, 2021 45 min

What makes Dearborn, Dearborn? Home to the most concentrated Arab population outside of the Middle East, there are a number of things that stand out that make the city amazing and also a little... unique. 

Host Zahra Huber is joined by her friend Sasha to list all the "Dearborn Things" that make us laugh, roll our eyes, shake our head, and also appreciate and love this city. 

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December 7, 2020 45 min

In this final episode of season 2, host Zahra Huber along with guests Neda Mohiedeen and Nadia Bryant, answer 20 questions that were submitted by followers on social media. Questions include: "Do you shower with your hijab" and "Are all Arabs Muslim?" Learn more about things you may have always wondered in "20 Questions With an Arab."

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November 30, 2020 35 min

Meet Maya Hussein from London, Ontario. She's became a huge TikTok and Instagram personality through her funny videos imitating funny Arab traditions. She also posts videos that spotlight some of the differences between Arab and non-Arabs. 

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November 9, 2020 41 min

In this episode, Zahra is joined by Nadia Bryant and the two have a fun conversation about what it's like to date outside the Arab culture. The challenges, reactions from others, and of course the positive side to it. 

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November 2, 2020 34 min

Anthony Bryant, who is Mexican/Caucasian, married into a Lebanese family. In this episode, Anthony discusses a few traditions he was surprised by and had to get used to, plus some of the challenges that came along with it. He also talks about many of the similarities between the Arab and Mexican culture. 


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October 26, 2020 27 min

Masterchef contestant and baker Amanda Saab joins host Zahra Huber to talk about the one thing that unites us all -- FOOD -- specifically Arabic food! The two also discuss Amanda's journey into the baking/cooking world. Make sure not to listen on an empty stomach!

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October 19, 2020 50 min

A Yemeni, a Lebanese and an Iraqi record a podcast -- and the three of them talk about "Colorism" -- and how Arabs from different countries discriminate against one another. Host Zahra Huber is joined by Shayma Ghaleb and Nadia Bryant who talk about how we all are the same race (Arab), yet there's such a divide amongst us.

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October 12, 2020 39 min

Just weeks after finding out she's mostly Iranian, Zahra tries to understand her Persian roots. She hosts an episode with her high school Iranian friend, Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, to talk about traditions, music, and Persian food. Is Zahra fit to be an Iranian? Find out!

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October 5, 2020 18 min

What's it like to be an Arab-American comedian in the United States? Find out as Zahra is joined by Mike Eshaq. 

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September 28, 2020 36 min

In this episode, Zahra is joined by Sara Raad, a domestic violence survivor/advocate and poet. Sara tells her story about the abuse she endured in her marriage and some of the community backlash she receives for being outspoken about it. 

(WARNING: There are some details that may be tough to listen to)

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September 21, 2020 25 min

In this first episode of season 2, Zahra is joined by her sisters to discuss DNA results. It appears she's been living a lie!

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In this season finale, host Zahra Huber sits down with Abdul El-Sayed, a former health director for the Detroit Health Department, to talk about mental health -- or the lack of it -- in the Arab-American communities. The two talked about why there's such a stigma surrounding mental illness and getting help, as well as what we can do as a community to change that. 

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