Hey! That’s My Hummus!

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[95] What does the Trump Say?

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When we recorded this episode, we were in a different world. Donald Trump had been nominated as the GOP presidential candidate, but he had not yet accepted the nomination nor spoke in front of the Convention. This was this past Thursday evening, and if you’re listening to this now you know far more about what transpired than we did. We prognosticated as to what would happen during the speech, and you have the power to see if we were on track or completely off base.

We also spoke about the Republican National Convention in general — including some of the speakers, the scandal surrounding Melania Trump’s speech and its authorship, and the rocky start with delegates wanting to be “unbound” from their votes. This has been a fascinating election season so far, and it’s just the beginning!

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Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Let Me Clear My Throat (DJ Kool)

[94] Old Hummus: Check the Label…

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We have another “Best Of” episode! And a special guest host filling in as we introduce old clips! Janelle is a dear friend of both of ours and also lives in Tennessee (albeit the other side of the state). She’s been a big HTMH fan for five years now, and it was an honor having her help out. Janelle can also be heard on her podcast Clarksville Conversations.

The first segment comes from our Episode #1 (which is actually our second episode, since we started with episode 0. We’re absolute ordinal that way!). Recently we’ve heard statements from Newt Gingrich about “Sharia Law” and testing Muslim immigrants by asking if they believe in Sharia Law and using that answer to determine entry to the USA. This episode has Faiqa explaining a little more about what Sharia actually is and how it’s being misrepresented as an overshadowing of civil law. (From March 16, 2011)

Our next segment continues with a similar theme as Faiqa talks about the label of “Progressive Muslims” and what that stands for — especially in the United States. (From June 15, 2012)

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Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Law and Order Theme

[93] From the Back of the Fridge: Old Hummus

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This week we’re taking a look waaaay back into the depths of our collective HTMH refrigerator — to pull out some hummus that’s been sitting there for a looong time…

(Figuratively speaking, of course. Maybe.)

We took a pretty long hiatus after recording a good 74 episodes or so from 2011 through 2013. And some of these older episodes discuss some fascinating subjects which relate to what’s going on nowadays. For instance — we discussed the riots in Great Britain following the police shooting of a Black man which outraged a nation in our episode #22 recorded in August 2011. This was before the world had heard of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner or Tamir Rice. And with the latest episodes of African-American men being shot and killed by police officers as well as the tragic assassination of police officers in Dallas following a Black Lives Matter march, listening to what we discussed back then was rather interesting.

Hillary Clinton’s email investigation remains a hot topic in 2016. It stemmed from emails subpoenaed regarding the Benghazi attacks on the American Embassy to Libya in September of 2012 in which four Americans were killed — and where there was some initial confusion as to the nature of the events leading up to the attack. A parallel protest was occurring at the American Embassy in Cairo and it was thought that something similar was happening in Benghazi when initial assessments were made. In episode #58 we talk about “The Innocence of Muslims,” the inflammatory film which outraged Muslims in the Middle East and worldwide. You can listen to our analysis before we knew that this would become a talking point against Secretary Clinton for the next several years.

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Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  King of Pain – The Police

[92] 2016: A Mid-Year Review

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“Whoa… we’re halfway there…” — Bon Jovi

We recorded this episode on June 30 — just about exactly at the halfway point of 2016. So much has happened thus far, and there’s still a whole lot to look forward to! During this episode we take a look at an article which was published at the beginning of 2016 which forecasted many of the year’s big events. What was a hit? What simply wasn’t? What’s coming up next? Follow along with us as we talk TV, politics, sports, literature and astronomy.

What’s been your highlight so far during 2016? What will be coming in the back half of the year? Please tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter. Also? Make sure to check us out on iTunes and rate us. If you leave us a great review we might read it on-air!

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Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Peter Dinklage sung to the Game Of Thrones theme

[91] Brexit, Bregrets and Broken Bromises

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Everyone’s been talking about “Brexit,” the referendum set forth for the people of the United Kingdom to decide whether or not they want to continue as a member of the European Union. There’s been so much confusion, regret, mistruths and comparisons to the upcoming presidential election in the USA. How does this affect the rest of the world? What would happen if this occurred in the USA?

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Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  The Final Countdown (Europe)

[90] Remembering Pulse: Who Takes Responsibility?

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It’s been a week of mourning and remembering the tragedy in Orlando last week — and as we continue to find new information about the shooter, people are continuing to try to wrap their heads around how and why this happened and if future similar tragedies can be prevented. We take a look at this from several angles: from the prospect (and verbiage) of “Radical Islam” to the accessibility of firearms to the character and background of the shooter himself. Faiqa then talks about the issues within the American Muslim community in coming to terms with the homophobia which often goes unchallenged.

It’s a heavy episode, we know. But we do mention that this is Mike’s first on-location remote recording from his son’s school. And we talk about preferred snack foods of the new cast of Ghostbusters. If you have anything to add, please tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter. Also? Make sure to check us out on iTunes and rate us. If you leave us a great review we might read it on-air!

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Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Pulse (Melissa Etheridge)

Orlando…

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Hi. Mike (or Shiny) here. It’s Monday evening, June 13 and I wanted to write a quick note.

Yesterday morning our nation endured yet another mass shooting tragedy — the worst of its kind in modern history. Over 100 patrons at a gay nightclub were shot by an individual, and 49 (at this writing) are dead. The shooter had a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun. During the assault he allegedly made a call to 911 and pledged his allegiance to ISIS. This has been on everyone’s mind over the past 48 hours.

On Saturday evening, prior to this awful occurrence, Faiqa and I recorded a show where we paid tribute to the late and great Muhammad Ali. While he was provocative early on in his career, he was ultimately seen as a unifier. As someone who embraced people of all walks of life – not being afraid to stand up for what he believed in, and not afraid to seek justice for his community and that of others. At a time like this one when we’re seeing a massive amount of finger pointing, blame shifting and polarizing viewpoints, it’s important to think of Ali’s example.

Yesterday’s events hit many of us hard. Faiqa has ties to Orlando and the Muslim community there, and is also a strong ally of the LGBT community (as we both are). It didn’t feel right to post an episode right away in the shadow of everything which has occurred. I’ll be releasing the episode later this week for everyone to enjoy.

In the meantime, I’d like to share something powerful which Faiqa shared on her Facebook page. (Many others have shared her words as well.)

Our thoughts are with all who are affected by this tragedy – especially the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives for celebrating being themselves.

I’d like to end with the words used by each of our communities when we comfort those grieving a loss:

“Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return” (Qur’an 2:156)

“May the One whose Presence is felt here grant you consolation.” (Midrash)

[89] Zoos, Weather Patterns and Bad Parenting

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Hey! That’s My Hummus! has a few new features you should be aware of:

  • We now have a direct gateway to our “Shop Amazon” page — which you can reach at the top navigation of our website or, alternatively, at http://www.heythatsmyhummus.com/amazon

  • We also began a new feature on today’s show where we went over the weather for listeners in certain areas. But we’re not sure if this is going to become a regular occurrence or not…



    Our main story is one that has been in the news over the past several days: A child fell into the Silverback gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, prompting the zoo’s response team to shoot and kill the 17 year-old gorilla. And the entire internet has gone wild with reactions and responses.

    We talk a bit about these responses as well as about zoos in general: are we at a point where they should finally be retired? We also discuss the strong reactions people are having towards the mother of the child who was in the enclosure. And we end up talking about our own parental mistakes which have cost us those coveted “parent of the year” awards.

    How about you? How have you demonstrated that you’re not the perfect parent? Tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter. Also? Make sure to check us out on iTunes and rate us. If you leave us a great review we might read it on-air!

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    Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Interstitial Music:  Gorilla (Bruno Mars)

  • [88] Stuff and Things and Sex and Objectification

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    This week’s show was a mix of a few random stories that came up in the news. You might find it interesting to know that they all had a common thread even if unintended: sex and objectification.

    But that wasn’t what we found interesting.

    We found it fascinating, in fact, that this show was specifically not about music. Yet in the first segment we happen to mention the names of numerous bands in context — including Bon Jovi, the Cult, Another Bad Creation, Kriss Kross, Tone Lōc, Jewish Sensation the Miami Boys Choir, and Muslim superstars N2K.

    We also talk a bit about dress codes, the evolution of sexual harassment awareness, and dumb things politicians say when they think they’re helping but they’re really not.

    Any thoughts? Any comments? Let us know! Tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter. Also? Make sure to check us out on iTunes and rate us. If you leave us a great review we might read it on-air!

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    Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Interstitial Music:  Funky Cold Medina (Tone Lōc)

    [87] Throwing Candy: The Bar Mitzvah Episode

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    We have a special guest in studio this week — a 13 year-old named Avi who also happens to be closely related to one of our hosts!

    And since he just turned 13 a matter of months ago, as a Jewish kid coming of age he just became a bar mitzvah this past January. Learn a bit about his journey, his preparation, the type of candy he prefers people pelt at him, and how his bar mitzvah party was truly on fire!

    Any questions about having a bar/bat mitzvah? Any traditions of your own you’d like to share? Let us know! Tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

    Music Credits:

    Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Interstitial Music:  I Want Candy (Bow Wow Wow)

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