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Episode 168 [in English]: InsecuriTEA, Revisted

This week we have an unfiltered, unedited personal episode with Nadia, Alia, and Ellie in the spirit of last year’s InsecuriTEA series. We discuss our thoughts on the label “activist,” the need for psychological realism in leftist organizing, and our feelings of political, personal, professional, and podcast burnout. We also discuss our respective job instabilities and new directions (Alia’s starting a coding bootcamp!), Nadia’s recent trip to Lebanon, post(?)-pandemic dating struggles, and finding the balance between spending time with aging family members and living our messiest lives.

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Episode 167 [in English]: Play a Video Game

This week Ellie, Alia, and Nadia discuss some of the lesser-known dealings of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, such as his massive investment in the video game company SNK. Why does this matter? These “soft-power” moves ensure that international corporations will pressure their governments not to sanction Saudi Arabia – despite the state’s human rights violations and destruction in Yemen. We also discuss MBS’s serpentine rise to power and his history of associations with American celebrities. Listen for the political analysis – stay for some sleep-deprived tangents.

Photo from The Verge, edited by Nadia 😉

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Episode 166 [in English]: Angie Assal

This week we’re catching up with Angie Assal (who you might remember from previous episodes) Lebanese-American artist, dancer, aspiring musician, and creator of Sound of Mazzika, a line of jewelry and more inspired by Arabic music and culture. 

Angie explains why she got started studying Arabic percussion, and how it also led her to practice the martial art Bagua.  She also talks about recovering from injuries and COVID hospitalization, and dream collaborations for her jewelry business (Haifa Wehbe, please listen). We also discuss how hypermobility is confusing, why we like showing up to parties when no one is there, and the possibility of taking over the world with earrings.

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