Ethnically Ambiguous

Ethnically Ambiguous

A podcast about being Middle Eastern and immigrants in America, hosted by two friends, an Iranian and a Syrian, telling you what's up.

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June 14, 2021 58 min

In episode 203, the girls are joined by writer and podcaster Aaron Thorpe to talk about his upbringing in New York, finding a place to talk about politics within his podcasts, the dirtbag left, moving to Atlanta, and so much more! Follow him on Twitter at @thotteusstevens and check out this writing on his Substack. Also listen to his podcasts: Trillbilly Worker's Party and A Time Of Monsters. So much shit talking was cut ou...

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In episode 202, the girls are joined by writer and Editor-in-Chief of RaceBaitr Hari Ziyad to discuss their upbringing, growing up with a Hindu Hare Kṛṣṇa mother and a Muslim father, being one of nineteen children, coming out to their family, their new book Black Boy Out Of Time, and so much more! Follow Hari on Twitter and Instagram at @HariZiyad to keep up with their work. And go get their book! It's truly a lovely read.

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May 31, 2021 72 min

In episode 201, the girls are joined by television writer and podcaster Jessica Gao! They talk about her upbringing, how her parents sent her back to China to live with family at a young age, how she got started in writing, her immigrant parents not being impressed by Rick & Morty, and more! Follow Jessica at @ChairmanGao on Instagram and Twitter. #PickleRick (for good measure!!) Also check out Jessica's new show She-Hu...

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May 24, 2021 60 min

In episode 200, the girls are joined by Iraqi novelist, filmmaker, and visual artist Mortada Gzar. They talk about his upbringing in Iraq, his experience as a gay man in Iraq, his immigration to Seattle, and so much more. And, of course they discuss his new memoir I'm in Seattle, Where Are You? which is a story about love and his journey to the US. It's a beautiful read and we recommend! Follow Mortada on Twitter at @Gz...

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May 17, 2021 107 min

In episode 199, the girls are joined by rapper/poet/author/Hood Politics podcast host Prop to discuss the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, his upbringing and how hip hop got him interested in culture and politics, plus the importance of speaking up for Arab lives, and so much more! Follow Prop on Instagram and Twitter at @prophiphop. #FREEPALESTINE #GazaUnderAttack #SaveSheikhJarrah

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    May 10, 2021 63 min

    In episode 198, the girls are joined by podcaster and documentary filmmaker Sharilyn Vera. They talk about her upbringing in Florida, how she took an internship across the country with only a few days notice, making a documentary in Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria, and so much more! Check out her documentary Boricua here and also check out her podcast We Live In A (Film) Society. Follow Sharilyn on Instagram at @sharilyn_vera ...

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    May 3, 2021 74 min

    In episode 197, the girls are joined by comedian and writer Eric Owusu. They get into his upbringing in Maryland and how he ended up in Ghana, how he got into writing and performing comedy, how he got his first writing gig on Raven's Home, and more! Follow Eric on Twitter at @owusukid and on Instagram at @eric.kay.owusu.

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    April 26, 2021 64 min

    In episode 196, the girls are joined by Peabody Award-winning Portuguese journalist Mariana van Zeller. They get into her upbringing, her determination to get into the Columbia University's Graduate School Of Journalism, how her career took off after 9/11, her experience in Syria, her current show Trafficked on National Geographic, and so much more! Follow Mariana on Twitter and Instagram at @MarianaVZ.

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    April 19, 2021 74 min

    In episode 195, the girls are joined by chef, activist, and entrepreneur Reem Assil to discuss her upbringing, her experience traveling through Syria and Lebanon and how that lead to her being a chef, her activism within the community, the colonization of food, and so much more! Follow Reem on Instagram at @reem.assil and on Twitter at @assil_reem. And then follow Reems California on Instagram at @reemscalifornia and on...

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    April 12, 2021 81 min

    In episode 194, the girls are joined by investigative journalist Cerise Castle to talk about her upbringing, how she got into journalism, her experiencing working at KCRW, her recent investigative report on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's departments deputy gang, and more! Follow Cerise on twitter at @cerisecastle and on Instagram at @yourmajestcee. Please read her 15 part piece about the LASD Deputy gangs here: A Trad...

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    April 5, 2021 72 min

    In episode 193, the girls are joined by filmmaker Jibrael Younes to talk about his upbringing in small town Nebraska as a Palestinian-American, the lack of representation around him, pursuing filmmaking and photography, his current job at Headspace directing audio, and so much more! Follow Jibrael on Instagram at @jibraelyounes and check out his website www.jibraelyounes.com to see more of his work!

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    March 29, 2021 71 min

    In episode 192, the girls are joined by the Chief Information Security Officer for North Dakota and cyber security expert Kevin Ford to talk about Anna's twitter hacking at the beginning of this new year. They also give tips on how to protect yourself online! Use 2-Factor Authenticator! Get an authenticator app! Be safe! Be aware! Don't re-use passwords! Follow Kevin on Twitter at @KFHax to learn more about cyber securi...

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    March 22, 2021 67 min

    In episode 191, the girls are joined by comedian Dalia Malek! They talk about Dalia's upbringing, how and why her parents immigrated to America, why she decided to get a Ph.D, living abroad, how she discovered stand up comedy, and more! Follow Dalia on Instagram on @DaliaMalek and Twitter at @DALIA and check out her website www.daliamalek.com to follow her work.

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    March 15, 2021 72 min

    In episode 190, the girls are joined by comedian Orlando Leyba. They talk about his upbringing in Florida, his mother's immigration from the Dominican Republic, how he discovered his love for comedy, how he got his first special on HBO, and so much more! Plus they spend some time talking about what they're grateful for that day. Follow Orlando on Twitter and Instagram at @HeyLando and check out his website www.HeyLando....

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    March 8, 2021 64 min

    In episode 189, the girls are joined by filmmaker Justin Mashouf to discuss his upbringing in a biracial family, how his family immigrated to America, finding Islam, why and how he became a filmmaker, and so much more. Check out Justin's recent documentary The Honest Struggle and find more of his work, like Warring Factions, on his website Mashouf.tv. Also follow Justin on Twitter at @Mashouf and on Instagram at @jmash...

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    March 1, 2021 70 min

    In episode 188, we are joined by farmer and herbalist Samaria Marley to talk about her upbringing and adoption, how she found her way to farming, music, her work with Dreaming Out Loud and the DC Mutual Aid Apothecary, the farm she works with (Farm At Kelly Miller), and so much more! Plus a special appearance from Juniper! Follow Samaria on Instagram at @cosmicfarmer_ to keep up with her work!!

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    February 22, 2021 66 min

    In episode 187, the girls are joined by Ayumi Shinozaki, who is based in Japan, to talk about being raised in a mixed race family, feeling isolated as a child, how her parents met, the cultural differences she noticed between the US and Japan, and much more! Follow Ayumi on Twitter and Instagram at @ayusheknows and check out her podcast Sparkleside Chats with Magical Girl Ayu.


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    February 15, 2021 66 min

    In episode 186, the girls are joined by writer, performer, and Crush Fictionally co-host Kimberly Truong to discuss her upbringing in Florida, how her mother immigrated to America from Vietnam, her family dynamics, finding her way to Los Angeles and comedy, and so much more! Check out her podcast Crush Fictionally and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kimtrutrutru.

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    February 8, 2021 66 min

    In episode 185, the girls are joined by Crush Fictionally podcast co-host Michelle Viray to talk about her father's experience immigrating to America from the Philippines, her family dynamics in America, her career, looking like her aunts, how she met her podcast co-host, and so much more! Go listen to Crush Fictionally and follow them on Instagram at @crushfictionally to hear about new eps and follow Michelle on Instagram ...

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    February 1, 2021 61 min

    In episode 184, the ladies are joined by writer and podcaster Jabari Ali Davis. They talk about meeting him on Twitter, how upbringing in Los Angeles, how he got into writing about sports, his current career, the NBA, and so much more! Check out his podcast Dunks and Discourse and follow him on Twitter at @JabariDavisNBA and on Instagram at @jabariadavis.

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