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AJ Marks and Megan Sola-Guinto are two American musicians living in England who host a biweekly podcast with a variety of local and international guests to discuss the cultural and linguistic differences between the U.S. and the U.K. From explaining slang to debunking various misconceptions, Americans and Britons alike can tune in to hear fresh perspectives on what the other countries are like. Email your questions, corrections and stereotypes to AIAhosts@gmail.com and follow AJ and Megan on ...
 
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Megan and AJ have yet another guest that straddles the Atlantic ocean, actor and podcaster Adam Unze, of Spark Parade! Today we cover all the classic words that have a different meaning in the US than in the UK, including fanny, casualty and rubber! You can follow Adam at @sparkparade, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all platfo…
 
Topics: Y2K Bug, Eminem, The Best Man, 90's TV (Bonus Artist: Rocky Mtn. Rhyme Posse) 1999 Notes Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton President 2. Jan – A snowstorm leaves 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 21 inches (53 cm) in Chicago, Illinois, killing 68. 3. Jan – The adult animated sitcom Family Guy debuts on the Fox network after Super…
 
Topics: Monica Lewinsky Scandal, Jay Z, Beloved (Film), 90's Tech (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound and Luck Pacheco) 1998 General Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton President 2. Jan - Paula Jones accuses U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. 3. Jan - Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants. 4. Jan - Super Bowl XXXII: The Denver Br…
 
The Idiots are back at it again, this time with two content creators for Buzzfeed UK, Jeff Thurm and Tom Alex Helm. This is the only podcast where you can learn all about Megan's disdain for AJ's taste in candy, Tom's love for digestives, and Jeff's war on sprinkles. You can follow Tom at @tomalexhelm, Jeff at @_jeffthurm_, Megan at @iamsolamusic a…
 
AJ and Sola sift through the biggest snubs and surprises from this year's Grammy nominations with r/popheads users Akane and Yetti. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 female rappers. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @popheadsreddit on…
 
Welcome to Main Pod Girl! In our first ever episode, we go over our predictions and hopes for the 2021 Grammy Nominations with r/popheads mods Carlie and Edrick. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Ariana Grande songs. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @pophea…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Disco in Black Country Disco, with our musical guide: Tom Aspaul, a songwriter whose credits include Kylie Minogue, MNEK, AlunaGeorge and more. What's the difference between British pop and Britpop? Who sings with their British accent? How do American approach songwriting differently? Only one way to find…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Black Country in Black Country Disco, with our tour guide: songwriter Tom Aspaul from Wolverhampton. Tom walks us through the geographical inspiration for his new album, Megan is jed with laughter, and AJ cor believe this is ayn made up. You can follow Tom at @tom_aspaul, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at…
 
Topics: Biggie death, Erykah Badu, Eve's Bayou, Miss Evers' Boys (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) Notes 1997 1. President: Bill Clinton 2. Feb -A Santa Monica jury finds former football legend O.J. Simpson is liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. 3. Feb - North Hollywood shootout: Two heavily armed bank robbers conflict with officers f…
 
We're back with Freddie Long to air out our British grievances and discuss MORE British slang (there is still so much)! You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. The song played in this episode is "The Nowhere Times" by Freddie Long. Send us your questions/comments…
 
The AIA crew are joined by faux slang expert Freddie Long to chat about British slang from a southern perspective. Megan shares a minging tale, AJ discovers the meaning of his nickname, and Freddie shells out bare jokes. You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played…
 
AJ and Megan team up with Matt Bankhurst for the first ever AIA Sportscast. Don't worry, it's a normal episode, but it's just about sports. Specifically, cricket, rugby, baseball, American football, and s****r. You can follow Matt's band at @primylvinyl and the hosts @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played in this epis…
 
Topics: Tupac death, Fugees, Set It Off, Moesha (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) http://afropopremix.com 1996 Snapshots 1. President: Bill Clinton 2. Jan - Whitewater scandal: U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton testifies before a grand jury. 3. Feb - Daniel Green is convicted of the murder of James Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan. …
 
Happy freshers! But since y'all can't go out this year due to the pandemic, Megan and AJ are bringing the party straight to you! It's a pub quiz, a drinking game, it's American Idiots Abroad! Your DJ and bartender for the night will be none other than AmyElle. You can find her socials using the handle @amyelleDJ, AJ by searching for @ajmarksofficia…
 
We're back with Guinness World Records Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday to discuss Scottish rhyming slang and dialect. You can follow Craig at @craigglenday, Guinness World Records at @GWR, and @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. Send us your questions/comments/Lorraine Kelly fanfic to AIAhosts@gmail.com, or DM us on our …
 
Holy haggis! It's a new episode of American Idiots Abroad, hosted by aforementioned American idiots Megan and AJ. But there's a Scottish twist! Editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday is here to make the podcast less sucky with his Scottish wisdom and that! On this episode, we talk about dinosaur vomit, giggle at the word bahoochie,…
 
Topics: Million Man March, TLC, Friday, UPN (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) http://afropopremix.com 1995 Notes 1. Snapshots 2. President: Bill Clinton 3. Jan - The WB Television Network and The United Paramount Network (UPN) launches. 4. Mar - Yahoo! was incorporated and soon became the first popular online directory and search engine on the World Wid…
 
Everyone spray "cheese!" It's another episode about food, with special guest Izzy Engler. Americans can learn all about the grape of the UK while Britons need some education on corndogs and PopTarts. You can follow Izzy at @izzy_millie and your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. The song played in this episode is "Sugar Honey Spice" by Wi…
 
Once again, we tackle the art of American slang with our friend and fellow idiot abroad Nigel Sand! In this episode, AJ discovers that his quesadillas are "hard" and "cold", Megan advocates for "legitly", the origin of "dude" is unearthed, and more! You can follow Nigel at @sensei_sand and retweet your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. T…
 
Topics: OJ Simpson, R. Kelly & Aaliyah, Samuel Jackson, Black TV Cancellation (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) http://afropopremix.com Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton is President 2. Jan - In Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband. Tonya later pleads …
 
Topics: OJ Simpson, R. Kelly & Aaliyah, Samuel Jackson, Black TV Cancellation (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) http://afropopremix.com Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton is President 2. Jan - In Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband. Tonya later pleads …
 
Megan and AJ finally sit down with videographers James Amos and Freddy Williams of Casa to debate the word pavement, the right side of the road vs. the correct side, what your car says about you, and more. Listen to AJ get worked up over the price of British vehicles and Megan audibly shiver upon the mere mention of a roundabout. You can follow Cas…
 
In the most tangent-filled episode yet, a pro-clockwise Megan and her rotting bread of a co-host (also known as AJ) discuss alternates. Joined by fan favorite guest MildaMay, we learn what squirty cream is, Mathilda's least favorite song, and why a northern biff is different from a southern biff. You can follow MildaMay at @mildamaymusic and your h…
 
Topics: WTC Bombing, Urban Fashion, Dr. Dre, Menace II Society, Living Single (Bonus Artist: Luck) http://afropopremix.com/ https://www.vibe.com/2016/01/1993-the-year-hip-hop-and-rb-conquered-the-world "1993: The Year Hip-Hop And R&B Conquered The World" 1993 was a historically transformative period for hip-hop and rhythm and blues. When VIBE Magaz…
 
We're back with Season 2! In this episode, Megan and AJ pick apart the differences in American and British phrasing, sentence structure and grammar, with a little help from quarantined guests Wes "Not Like The Other Brits" Russell and Jack "And Here's the Thing" McGaughey of the jazz fusion band DADDY. You can follow DADDY at @we_are_daddy to watch…
 
Topics: L.A. Riots, Mary J. Blige, White Men Can't Jump, Def Comdey Jam (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) 1992 Snapshots 1. President: George H. W. Bush 2. Feb - In Indianapolis, Indiana, boxer Mike Tyson is convicted of raping Desiree Washington. 3. Mar - H. Ross Perot announces that he will run for U.S. President. 4. Apr - Mafia boss John Gotti is …
 
Questions: 1. Scared yet: CV19 what we know 2. Health: How you be? personally, family, and friends 3. Quarantine life: stir crazy yet? How is technology helping? What’s up with Work/Exercise/Entertainment/Education? 4. Government response: local state federal 5. Future behavior: keep social distancing, hand washing, gloves masks wipes (Bonus Artist…
 
Topics: Rodney King, Boyz II Men / Jodeci, Boyz In the Hood, Roc - Sitcom (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) 1991 General Snapshots 1. President: George H. W. Bush 2. January - Gulf War: The Congress of the United States passes a resolution authorizing the use of military force to liberate Kuwait. 5 days later, Operation Desert Storm begins with airstrik…
 
Topics: Rodney King, Boyz II Men / Jodeci, Boyz In the Hood, Roc - Sitcom (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) 1991 General Snapshots 1. President: George H. W. Bush 2. January - Gulf War: The Congress of the United States passes a resolution authorizing the use of military force to liberate Kuwait. 5 days later, Operation Desert Storm begins with airstrik…
 
Topics: Gangs, Keith Sweat, Al. B. Sure!, Bobby Brown, Coming to America, A Different World (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) Snapshots 1. Ronald Reagan President (Last Year!) 2. Jan - Doug Williams super bowl [Two weeks earlier, CBS commentator Jimmy the Greek had been fired for remarking that blacks were better at sports because of slave plantation…
 
Topics: Crack Epidemic, Michael Jackson - Bad, Hollywood Shuffle, Eyes on the Prize (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) Snapshots 1. Ronald Reagan President – (Should have been impeached) 2. January 3. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, became the very first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 4. March 5. U.S. President Ronald Reagan addres…
 
In the Season 1 finale of American Idiots Abroad, Megan and AJ invite legendary bassist Mo Pleasure to help them describe the differences in a British household. Mo has worked with everyone from Janet and Michael Jackson to Earth, Wind & Fire to Bette Midler to Christina Aguilera (to Sola) and many, many mo! Find out what's literally blowing up his…
 
Topics: Chicago Bears, Janet Jackson, Anita Baker, She's Gotta Have It, 227-(TV Sitcom)(Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) General Snapshots 1. Ronald Reagan is President 2. Jan - The first federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring Martin Luther King Jr., is observed. 3. Jan - The first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll HOF, included Elvis Pre…
 
AJ Marks and Yo Girl Megan are pleased to welcome YouTuber, absolute legend and self-confessed naughty boy Korean Billy to the Idiots Abroad family! With accents for days, Billy describes his transition from learning American English to British English and joins AJ in guessing some cockney rhyming slang! Go check out Korean Billy's videos on YouTub…
 
Topics: Air Jordans, Whitney Houston, Sade, The Color Purple, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) 1985 Notes General Snapshots 1. President: Ronald Reagan 2. Jan – In Hollywood, California, the charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by USA for Africa. The single raises money to combat the ongoing fami…
 
Topics: Air Jordans, Whitney Houston, Sade, The Color Purple, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) 1985 Notes General Snapshots 1. President: Ronald Reagan 2. Jan – In Hollywood, California, the charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by USA for Africa. The single raises money to combat the ongoing fami…
 
In this episode, Megan and AJ interview Lauren Amour, fresh off the the plane from her trip to America, about her misconceptions of the US. Tune in for a discussion about everything from prolific songwriter Dr. Who to Chili's to vegan corn dogs. Find out how much Megan paid for a vodka cranberry, who the members of the illuminati are, and if AJ own…
 
This week, Megan and AJ are joined by two fellow American Idiots Abroad, former Disney Channel star Meaghan Martin and theatre director Lydia Parker, to discuss their initial misconceptions of the UK before they moved to London. Featuring the most mid-Atlantic accents you've ever heard on a podcast, find out about the Steve Buschemi test, what Meag…
 
Topics: 1984 Olympics, Prince, Purple Rain (LP/Film), Cosby Show. (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) 1984 Notes General Snapshots 1. President: Ronald Reagan 2. Jan - US Bell System is broken up Bell System divestiture breaks AT&T into 24 independent units. 3. Jan - Wendy's "Fluffy Bun" advertisement is first broadcast, which gains Clara Peller and he…
 
Fashion icon, Hollyoaks actress and podcast host Jess Ellis joins Megan and AJ to discuss how the hairstyles, makeup and clothes of Americans and Britons sets them apart. Listen to find out what a ket wig is, why Jess likes being on "Worst Dressed" lists and what three colours AJ always wears. You can listen to more of our guest on her podcast, Dil…
 
In our most educational episode yet, we discuss... education. With the help of pop/punk singer Bronnie, we breakdown the school system of the US and the UK (surprisingly one of the first questions Americans are asked overseas). We have college; they have university. We have the common app; they have UCAS. We have schoolbus; they do not have schoolb…
 
Topics: The Cold War, Run-DMC, New Edition, Bill Cosby (Himself), Eddie Murphy (Delirious). (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) 1983 Notes 1. Ronald Reagan President 2. Feb - The final episode of M*A*S*H airs, setting a record for most-watched television broadcast in American history. 3. Mar - Strategic Defense Initiative: U.S. President Ronald Reagan mak…
 
Let the debates begin as Megan and AJ cover things that the US and UK both have different words for. Together, with Cameron and Connor Cockbain of The Post Romantics and special guest, Liv the mathematics expert, they explore which words are better suited for the thing that they're describing. Starjumps vs. Jumping Jacks, Queue vs. Line, Hair Tie v…
 
Megan and AJ are excited to have self-described avid listener MildaMay (personally known as Mathilda Riley) as the guest for this special birthday episode of the podcast. In honor of Megan's special day, we discuss the quintessential British birthday and other country-exclusive holidays. Our American listeners will find out why the innocent-soundin…
 
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