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Another week, another flavor - a little less stranger. Co-Hosted by: Faras, Shah-Ameer & Amber On the Strange Flavors podcast, we listen to the stories and perspectives of "strangers" in hopes to either grow or challenge our own understandings of society and culture. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strangeflavors/support
 
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Before he was making fans on TikTok drool over his delicious food and good looks, he was a hungry kid himself with a passion for cooking, culture, and creativity. Our stranger this week is Alif Cafe owner MUHAMMAD SAUD aka CHAIGUYY. We talk to Saud about the struggles and failures of a young kid attempting to run his own restaurant, the extents he …
 
Maybe we’ve all dreamed of marrying Joe Jonas as kids, but how many of us have played with the idea of non-monogomy and get bonus Jonas’s? That would be our stranger this week, NICOLE SOL, who is a body-hair-positive, queer, mixed Indo-Caribbean & Irish-Cherokee, astrology loving, yoga teaching, dog-moming, vegan-ish chick who does NOT fux with Chi…
 
“My diabetes is chronic after you made jalebis so iconic” - a very proud manager of a viral star. On this Strange Exchange, DIVYA JETHWANI aka DIVY DUBAI returns to Strange Flavors to talk about how she worked with artist, Tesher, to make “Jalebi Baby” one of the summer’s biggest moments in music and culture. We also have some fun with “1 Gotta Go,…
 
Muslim kids playing a shooting game could look sketchy to Americans, but even worse to Mosque leaders when they find out where these games take place. Jokes aside, our stranger this week is the very entertaining Twitch streamer on the rise, HASSAN HAQ aka @thehashaq. We talk to Hassan about his desi parents reaction to dropping pre-med for video ga…
 
On a very theatrical episode of Strange Flavors, fittingly, our strangers this week are twins, MAX & CHARLIE DUCEY. They were once simultaneously valedictorians of their school, and it really shows as Max presents an intellectual perspective on why Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild” bars are more relevant than ever. We also talk their individual love …
 
Imagine getting pulled over by the police and getting a reward instead of a violation. Our stranger this week, PAPERBOY LOVE PRINCE, hopes to accomplish this during his run for New York City’s next mayor. We talk about pronouns like “God/Goddess,” getting sued by Andrew Yang, their 13-year-old manager, diss tracks against other candidates, and weed…
 
What feels like a catfish but isn’t? Our good friend, RILEY BATTAGLIA, returns to Strange Flavors after some crazy experiences during his pandemic travels. We talk about relocating for a girlfriend who breaks up right after the life move, being a white American in the Arab world, getting scammed and detained, assisting a risky flight passenger, and…
 
You didn’t know this was a crime podcast did you? Well brace yourself for a Strange Exchange with a creepy true story, Tesla cows, and a whole lot of paranoia from Faras’ past. The Strange Squad also talks about Malala’s apparently controversial statement on marriage in her recent Vogue feature, an adult reboot of iCarly, iOS updates pulling us apa…
 
It seems everybody is getting in on the fight game these days. That includes little people, Hasbullah and Abdu Rozik, who you’ve probably seen all over your social media feeds. We’re breaking down everything we know about those internet sensations so far, Walmart emails addressing people as the n-word, Maryland giving away over $2 million in a vacc…
 
The man with many experiences and even more opinions, Poloman, joins the Strange Squad on their brand new set to talk about the FRIENDS reunion special, an Indian woman who was almost cremated alive, a virtual Muslim hajj app, women proposing to men in viral videos, and Hadi’s Hotline for all dating related services. This is the 153rd episode of St…
 
A ninja-dressing bodybuilder can be quite intimidating and acquire some enemies along the way. Our stranger this week, DEMETRIUS HOLT aka Hellspawned Cosplay, is a prominent figure in the cosplay community who has had quite the origin story himself to figure out his role through bodybuilding, fatherhood as a single parent, and stacking haters. We a…
 
Yup, you read it correctly and it had to be said that way. To start off, the Strange Squad talks about J. Cole scoring on and off the court with his new album “The Off-Season” while making his professional basketball debut with the Rwanda Patriots. Drake, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj reunite as Young Money on Nicki’s rereleased mixtape, “Beam Me Up S…
 
We’ve lost 2 tonsils and a whole lot of Doge money but we’re back for another Strange Exchange to talk Elon Musk’s SNL appearance, a guy who snuck into an NBA game to give Kyrie Irving a Quran, cicadas making a comeback in 2021, and a whole lot more! This is the 150th episode of Strange Flavors, brought to you by Alif Theory. ______________________…
 
It’s okay, none of us are perfect! On this Strange Exchange we’re talking about DJ Khaled getting judged for praying on his latest album cover, T-Pain missing 2-years-worth of DM’s, a wife who inherited $800k and shared nothing with her husband, and a whole lot more! This is the 149th episode of Strange Flavors, brought to you by Alif Theory. _____…
 
Touring the world after a traumatic life experience can be a lot to handle while still discovering yourself at a young age. Our stranger this week, ALMAN NUSRAT, is a singer/songwriter who’s been exploring spirituality through his artistry for the last decade. We talk about the tragedy that changed his life, handling fame and attention at a young a…
 
Time could not be passed better during our Ramadan fast than talking about the bizarre things we do here on Strange Flavors while putting up with Amber’s roza breath. We’re telling jinn stories from an ancient monster house we’re using as a mosque, a couple who asks Shah-Ameer for his sperm, Khloé Kardashian having to keep up with beauty standards …
 
Being known and respected in your city can come with unexpected encounters, but a fight scene in a Creed movie has to top it all. Our stranger this week, TONE TRUMP, is a rapper, trapper, author, and paper chaser who’s known around Philly as an unapologetic thinker and Muslim D.O.N. We talk to him about his journey through Islam and struggles with …
 
It may just be better to live off of the internet for you own good sometimes. On this Strange Exchange, we’re talking about Lil Nas X’s obsession with the devil while promoting his latest single, “Montero” (Call Me By Your Name). We also discuss a man selling his farts as NFT’s and the biggest buzzkills during a workout. Hold tight and clench your …
 
Can you imagine a community of people who had significant roles in a country’s culture being heinously relabeled? This week’s stranger, KHAULA MALIK, is a filmmaker who has been exploring the stories of the khwaja-sera (also known as hijra) community in Pakistan for the last few years. She talks to us about her experience of following 3 particular …
 
Early Warning: this is a very weird and maybe uncomfortable episode for our listeners. If your strict desi parent listens to this podcast, tell them to skip this one for your own good. On this Strange Exchange, we welcome you to health class all over again. We’re talking about things we just figured out women’s bodies do, a catfish story with a biz…
 
Being a successful independent woman is not something everyone is ready to handle when it turns to reality. Our stranger this week, MONICA AHUJA, wanted to be a housewife in India before finding a ladder of opportunities in dance, business, education, and social media. We talk to her about the struggles of fighting against traditional stereotypes a…
 
The world of fast fashion is surprisingly more complex and problematic than we thought. Our stranger this week, NIHA ELETY, is a creative artist and sustainability advocate who breaks down some of the main concerns with how clothing is made and moves around the world. We talk big brands behind the issues, fashion sustainability in India, YouTube me…
 
What’s most important when forgiving yourself and those around you? Our stranger this week, REHMA, whose name literally translates to “mercy,” is a singer/songwriter who shares how this word has played a valuable role in her growth and identity. She talks to us about the challenges of moving around the country as a kid and trying to find belonging,…
 
Nowadays, all you hear is crypto this and stonks that. But where do these exchanges even exist and how are people making so much money off of them? Lucky for us, our good friend and stranger this week, SUHAN JUNAID, is here to help us understand the world of digital financing and why we should start paying attention immediately. Suhan is a real est…
 
What does it mean to “duct tape your issues?” On this Valentine’s weekend-special Strange Exchange, we’re talking about some messy love scenarios, including the gift informant friend between a couple, going on a date with your bully, and falling in love with an AI. The Strange Squad is also giving our takes on all things Super Bowl LV, Gorilla Glue…
 
Lonely, broke, expelled from school, and spiraling out of control is a place you never forget if you somehow manage to rise out of it. Our stranger this week, NEIL HARMAN, shares his inspiring story of overcoming addiction and hitting rock bottom during the most developmental years of his life to being accepted at NYU and working in the city to giv…
 
The right place at the right time is cool and all, but being prepared for the moment is how the real magic happens. Our stranger this week is LIYA THACHIL, whose unique upbringing prepared her for the moment she’d casually pitch an offer to a creative director at one of the world’s biggest fashion brands. Liya has worked for brands like Gucci, Chan…
 
Would it be weird if your boyfriend had the same name as your guy best friend? On this Strange Exchange, the Strange Squad is getting inside the toxic mind of Amber to learn about this question as well as secretly crushing on your date’s older brother. We’re also wondering if a change of presidents comes with a change of political culture, friends …
 
Why make a “brown version” of Friends when you could just make a show about friends starring brown people? That’s exactly what our stranger this week, KARAN SUNIL, set out to accomplish with his popular series “Code-Switched.” He talks to us about telling diverse stories of South Asian-Americans from different regions and religions, the current cli…
 
2021 is starting off with a rise in Bitcoin value as well as the number of “flat-Earthers.” Our stranger this week, DAVID WEISS, is among those people who claim that we don’t actually have any real proof that we are living on a spinning globe. We talk to him about his concept of how the world works, the flat-Earth community, government lies, and th…
 
Let’s cut the BS, there’s really no making sense of 2020. But on this Strange Exchange and the last episode of Strange Flavors for the year, we talk about what we accomplished, what we can do without next year, and what we look forward to from what we’ve learned. Stay tuned to hear us reveal a secret RwnlPwnl project, go over a list of all the thin…
 
Faith can be a funny thing to have to balance when life is being shot up and down at the exact same time in life. This week’s stranger, EMMA KLEIN, had a viral moment after her American Idol audition caught the ears and hearts of people across the nation. She talks to us about what happens behind the scenes of these reality competition shows, her b…
 
…and here we are trying our best to cover it in 2 hours lol! Our stranger this week is none other than travel enthusiast, SAL LAVALLO. Sal is one of the youngest people in the world to ever travel to every country, but what does that mean? On this episode he shares his incredible experiences, recalls fun stories, and of course breaks down all the l…
 
When you’re one of the biggest art accounts in your community, let alone one the first people to ever be on instagram, you just may find some bizarre targets on your back along the way. The stranger this week, Hafsa Khan, better known as, HAFANDHAF, is an artist from the midwest who shares her journey to finding success in art from her cultural ide…
 
Gaining attention in any field is the “same pizza with different toppings.” Our stranger this week, RUMMI KHAN aka Guru G, dabbles in politics, music management, and cultural curation while growing his brand, illMuslims. We talk about his role in Andrew Yang’s political run, stories of artists he helped breakthrough including getting RwnlPwnl a sho…
 
He may be one of YouTube’s biggest troublemakers, but he’s still that same guy ranting in the same room that made him famous. Our stranger this week, Amandeep Kang or AKakaAMAZING, is a popular South-Asian YouTuber from Toronto, Canada most famously known for his comedy series - Living in a Brown Fam. AK talks to us about beef with YouTuber’s JusRe…
 
Reality hits some of us right around the end of our teen years, but if you’re Amber, life could get real as soon as you find out the tooth fairy is a hoax. On this Strange Exchange, Faras talks about making friends with a white nationalist, we talk about the toxic parts of our culture along with the toxic reactions that come from the food in our cu…
 
Warning: Cultural norms may vary based on location. This week, our stranger, IHSAAN SINGLETON, talks to us about growing up biracial as a member of many different communities. He shares his difficult journey of converting to Islam as well as talk vaping culture, a serious football documentary he’s working on, and much more! The Strange Squad talks …
 
If you thought Tinder was full of bizarre and interesting interactions, wait ‘till you hear about what goes on “the Muslim Tinder” - Minder. Amber shares her recent dating stories and the boys weigh in on the complexity of modern relationships. On this Strange Exchange, we also talk about drugs, the path to being cool, and a whole lot more! This is…
 
Imagine being asked if you’re ok with kissing someone or willing to get nude on the spot during a filming. Our stranger this week, RIA PATEL, is an Indian-Australian actress who experiences these types of questions along with being asked to switch between multiple accents regularly. We talk to Ria about being South-Asian in Australia, her parents r…
 
Can being the only black guy in the room come with more perks than drawbacks? Maybe it just depends what country you’re in. For our stranger this week, ABDULLAH MAROOF, growing up as a Nigerian in Pakistan led to finding confidence in self-identity along with ambitious life and career goals. We talk about him going viral with his perspective on “Be…
 
After being shouted out by big-time Pakistani YouTuber, Irfan Junejo, this simple desi girl was in for a huge following all of a sudden while trying to balance school and family complexities. This week’s stranger is the self-described creative bundle of awkwardness, HAYA ZAMIN! We talk to Haya about growing up as a Pakistani in Belgium, making rela…
 
When you invite a comedian to a wedding party, you should probably understand their humor before getting offended. This is one of many hilarious stories from this week’s stranger, DANISH MAQBOOL. Danish is a professional gamer turned professional comedian slowly making his name with recent features in Hulu’s hit show - “Ramy,” coming off of his cro…
 
Imagine being in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language and having to deal with a pandemic while the government tracks your every move. That is exactly what our stranger today, KEVIN SHEA aka Mr. Shea, had to deal with as an American international teacher in China. We talk to him about what the government was and wasn’t telling them, …
 
Incase you decided to do yourself a favor and stay off of social media the last week, Will and Jada Smith have popularized the word “entanglement” from a sticky situation. And speaking of sticky, apparently everything around us is made of cake! In this Strange Exchange, we kick back to answer some of your submitted questions and catch you up about …
 
Many people wait for opportunity to come to them but few march straight into the admissions office at their dream school and take it. That may be very specific but that’s exactly what our stranger today, WAJEEH WEST (Wajeeh Mahmood) did when he “flipped the switch” to manifest his goal. Wajeeh has created quite the following for himself on YouTube,…
 
Fame is not as rare to acquire anymore with more and more social media apps letting anyone have their shot to shine. The rare part is finding someone who knows how to handle it. Our stranger this week, IMRANYE, is a TikTok star especially popular amongst the Muslim community for his hilarious videos as a “relatable imam.” He talks to us about navig…
 
Many people live for the weekend, few think about going hard on Monday. Our stranger this week, ATIF ATEEQ, may have had his business come to a temporary halt during the coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t stop him from innovating and adapting to the climate every day. Atif is the founder and creative director of a content production studio called…
 
Immigrant stories are becoming much more popularized in America all thanks to a group of people who started a cultural revolution in music and arts. Our stranger this week, HASEEB, talks to us about the impact that African-American artists had on finding his own passion for music and writing. We also talk about growing up as a desi in Southern Cali…
 
As a “Bollywood fanatic, tandoori chicken connoisseur, king of trivial matters, and self proclaimed love doctor,” he may be a popular face in the South-Asian social media sphere, but that doesn’t mean he gets any passes from Bollywood big-shots or Twitter itself. We sit down with our creative friend SALMAN AKA CHAI PAPI to talk about his not so pol…
 
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