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Welcome to Yalla Bye Podcast, where we'll be discussing all things Arab related (sometimes non-Arab related). Hear us go on and on about dating, growing up in the west, 3ozoomas, why the word "3o2balek" is so triggering.
 
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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Wesley and Willy

Wissam Charafeddine and Walid Marmar

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Wissam Charafeddine (Wesley) and Walid Marmal (Willy) are two personalities that are rich with human experience. Surviving Middle East wars, living before and after the internet, citizens of the East and the West, adapters of spiritual religions and secular values .. there are much to talk about, and you will are a part of the conversation.
 
AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, an NYC literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our current and past events, as well as occasional original episodes. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, and d ...
 
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on today's episode, we have a fulfilling conversation with rotana about something we rarely openly talk about: women's sexual pleasue! rotana is a saudi-born, la-based singer and songwriter, and host of the show, f*d + blessed. with her, we go into the misconceptions taught to us about sexuality and eroticism, what makes us feel most loved by ourse…
 
on this episode, we talk about tattoos and about the friendship faults and fails that happen when your friend has a partner that you really don't get along with. we discuss our own fallouts with friends we've lost and about how our understanding of how to deal with these situations has evolved throughout the years. but we mainly talk about tattoos.…
 
on this episode, we finally make a comeback! it's been an emotional few months; new jobs, new addresses, new ambitions, but more importantly we've been focusing on what we hope is a global awakening to the injustices that Palestinians have seen for decades. we miss you all and can't wait to get talking again. OUR SA2AFOLOS: mna's sa2afolo: episode …
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
A conversation about immigration, culture, belonging and tackling a new reality with Bassem Youssef. Bassem is an Egyptian comedian, writer, producer, surgeon, doctor, media critic, and television host, who hosted El-Bernameg, a satirical news program, from 2011 to 2014. Hosts: Anwar Jebran & Malek Abdulsamad. Website: www.communiteainarabic.com…
 
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 wh…
 
We have a special interview with author Matthew Salesses, conducted by writer and anthropologist May Ngo back in February. Together, they dissect Matthew’s book Craft in the Real World, and have deep conversations about making writing workshops more equally accessible and how to think about one’s audience. They question the concept of agency, and h…
 
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.…
 
AAWW and indie bookstore Books Are Magic partned together to celebrate musician Michelle Zauner’s debut memoir, Crying In H Mart. Best known for her work as the musician Japanese Breakfast, Zauner’s memoir is an astonishing debut: a rich, intimate, and lyrical story about finding yourself, and the enduring power of food and family. Zauner is joined…
 
AAWW celebrates the paperback launch of C Pam Zhang’s debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold, which was longlisted for The Booker Prize, among other accolades. Since its publication last spring, this haunting, spare, and achingly beautiful novel has been widely praised for turning its unflinching gaze on the people and legends of the American …
 
We're featuring audio from our recent event Anti-Asian Violence and Black-Asian Solidarity Today presented by Tamara K. Nopper. This lecture examines the merging of fighting “anti-Asian violence” with the promotion of “Black-Asian solidarity” in the context of COVID-19, and considers the work these narratives are doing and if they challenge or prom…
 
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 appr…
 
on this episode, it's just mna. i talk about a book that broke my heart and stayed with me for months. i also answer your questions about dating outside of my religion and vent about breakups and the aftermath of long relationships. OUR SA2AFOLOS: mna's sa2afolo: friends from college - netflix FOLLOW US ON IG: @yallabyepod @themeemshop @hagereldaas…
 
In time for the Association of Asian American Studies Conference that kicks off this week, we’re reposting an episode from the newly launched Journal of Asian American Studies podcast! We discuss a unique special issue of The Journal of Asian American Studies: #WeToo, a reader of Art, Poetry, Fiction, and Memoir, that seeks to answer the question, …
 
We're celebrating Priyanka Champaneri’s debut novel, The City of Good Death. Priyanka will be in conversation with special guest Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop. Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, The City of Good Death is an immersive family saga exploring death, rebirth, and redemption set in India’s holy c…
 
on this episode, we tackle the big elephant in the room: superiority complex in the arab world! we talk about times when we've encountered people making others feel inferior, whether based on financial status, beauty standards, color of skin, social "class" or the many, many other factors that play into this problem. we talk about the times it's be…
 
Acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist Kazim Ali joins the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Milkweed Editions to launch his new memoir, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. Northern Light, a sensitive and elegantly structured exploration of land and power, is told through Ali’s recollections of his childhood in Manitoba, and th…
 
Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as we celebrate award-winning writer Chang-rae Lee’s electrifying new novel, My Year Abroad. A surprising, tender, and humorous work, My Year Abroad is a story unique to Chang-rae Lee’s immense talents as a writer, and explores the division between East and West, capitalism, mental health, mentorship, and m…
 
on this episode, we tackle the question: is "fake it till you make it" good advice? when does it work? when does it come back to bite you in the ass? is it better to reveal your "shortcomings" with confidence than to lie about them? we talk about moments when we've faked it, moments when we've been brutally honest and all the other moments in betwe…
 
AAWW is delighted to celebrate the launch of writer Nikesh Shukla’s new memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family, and Home. An intimate look at love, grief, and fatherhood, Shukla’s memoir “bears witness to our turbulent times” (Bernardine Evaristo) with humor, honesty, and hope. Shukla is joined in conversation by Mira Jacob, author of Good Ta…
 
this week, we talk about our unpopular opinions. is beyonce really a genius? are gen z worse than millennials? can anyone and everyone be an artist? we also talk about how people really need to stop making women feel like they need to be wives and mothers and why your life can and should be fulfilling all on your own. oh, and we also count how many…
 
In the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism!, Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman have collected a bold group of emerging writers whose prescient and intimate writing paints an expansive portrait of the experience of being women and femmes of color. The first edition of the anthology became an instant classic in 2002, and…
 
on this episode, we talk about the ridiculous and shallow requirements that we all have when dating. they're silly, they're vain, they usually don't even make any logical sense. but they exist and we all have some. we also talk about the fantastical scenarios we all make up when thinking about how we'll end up meeting "the one" and we tell an embar…
 
Our series Radical Thinkers places radical academics directly in conversation with trailblazing writers, poets, and artists, creating and nurturing two-way dialogues that will interrogate some of the most pressing issues facing Asian and Asian diasporic communities today. Featuring an interdisciplinary lineup of scholars and creatives, these unexpe…
 
on this episode, we talk about how your late twenties and early thirties are a good time to unlearn all the toxic shit you learned in your childhood and teen years. we discuss what it is we each feel we need to unlearn, how we're planning on doing it and what made us come to the realization that we need to change in the first place. we also tell em…
 
We're celebrating the release of Lee Isaac Chung's critically acclaimed film Minari, a tender portrait of a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Today’s podcast features audio from our pre-release screening talkback with director Lee Isaac Chung and novelist Min Jin Lee.…
 
Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for the official launch of Te-Ping Chen’s extraordinary debut short story collection, Land of Big Numbers. Assured and immersive, the stories in Land of Big Numbers move confidently between the United States and China, shifting from realism to magical realism, and forming intimate portraits that draw from C…
 
What are the radical possibilities of catalyzing cross-racial feminist solidarities, imaginations, and substantive realities? What revolutions must we create within ourselves to dismantle our prejudices, discrimination, and silences to create the world we want to see? Today’s podcast features audio from our recent event Siblings in Liberation, Blac…
 
on this episode, we talk about how we go about setting long term goals, our changed views on 7asad, being life-long learners and the advantages of having a secret instagram account. we also bicker a little, chat about the late 60s era in music, and talk about some classic movies. OUR SA2AFOLOS: mna's sa2afolo: making a secret instagram hager's sa2a…
 
AAWW and London-based writer April Yee present a reading with two of the UK’s leading poets: Will Harris (RENDANG) and Romalyn Ante (Antiemetic for Homesickness). Following their reading, Will and Romalyn examine how Asian identity is constructed outside of the United States and discuss the ways British colonialism and capitalism continue to shape …
 
on this episode, we talk about the boundaries we've been working on implementing with ourselves and in our relationships. we also talk about the boundaries we know we need to set but still haven't figured out how to. we go in detail about why it's important to set boundaries, how to do it, when we've been successful in doing it in the past and why …
 
Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for our first event of the new year: a joint paperback launch of Gish Jen’s The Resisters and Meng Jin’s Little Gods. These two novels, released in early 2020, sketch out a dystopian near future that takes aim at several current catastrophes, and examine history, absence, and the passage of time as filtered…
 
on this episode, we talk about if it's worth it to make resolutions this year, the difference between resolutions and intentions, our own goals for our personal and professional lives and the what we've learned about goal setting in the past. OUR SA2AFOLOS: mna's sa2afolo: pretend it's a city - netflix hager's sa2afolo: bullet journaling FOLLOW US …
 
In November 2020 we co-hosted a screening with Film Forum of the documentary AGGIE, on the life of philanthropist Agnes Gund, founder of the Art For Justice Fund. Following the screening, we co-hosted a talkback with activists and Art For Justice grantees Adnan Khan and Mahogany Browne, and producer Tanya Selvaratnam, moderated by Rachel Kuo. Today…
 
Author Kavita Das joins Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in conversation about her book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar. Shankar, who was Grammy-nominated, was the most prominent Indian female musician in the movement that brought Indian music to the West in the late 1960’s. This event,…
 
on this episode, we talk about cancel culture and we ask the questions: should certain people be canceled? what happens after a genuine apology? should we separate the art from the artist? we discuss our developing opinions and try to have a nuanced conversation about an issue that's often overly simplified. we also talk about movies we've watched …
 
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