Hey! That's My Hummus!

Blowing Things Up and Jacking Up Prices. Also? Not a cooking show.

Been a while…

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Hi! Did you miss us? We missed you. Honest.  (Although it probably doesn’t seem like it — in that we haven’t posted a new episode for nearly a year…)

So — let’s address that first, shall we?

Faiqa and I (this is Mike/Shiny) absolutely loved what we did on a regular basis — developing and presenting Hey! That’s My Hummus!  After a while, however, both of us became quite busy with other responsibilities which were taking up more time, and we simply didn’t have the resources available to continue on a regular basis.  There wasn’t a “falling out;”  we still talk to each other every so often on Facebook.  Our podcast series didn’t get canceled or sold to a media content company (we wish!), nor did we get sued by the hummus lobby.

Recently both of us have been thinking about our partnership — a lot of this has to do with the escalating events occurring in Palestine and Israel over the past several weeks. This is a war for which one of the battlegrounds has been social media:  each of us has been experiencing a wide range of posts, videos and articles on our Facebook feeds from all over the spectrum.  It has become tense. And when tensions rise, it’s usually an excuse to separate oneself from “the other folks” — making it more difficult for solid communication and understanding to occur between people who share different beliefs.

And that’s one of the things we loved about Hey! That’s My Hummus!  We obviously didn’t agree on every single issue. But we could discuss it. Not as emissaries of the Jewish and Muslim communities, but rather as two, multi-faceted individuals seeing this from different vantage points.  With that discussion often came different possibilities and understandings rather than the expected party lines.

We truly value what we have.  And we look forward to collaborating again in the future. We don’t know when, but we both share an interest in it. It could be weeks. Months. Years. We don’t know.  (If someone would like to contribute $250,000 to a Kickstarter fund in our names, I’m sure we could move the schedule up a bit…)

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Today our paths crossed in a way which was a bit of an unexpected intersection:  Faiqa wrote a powerful blog post discussing what she has been observing this past month — stressing that we need to make a connection to those affected by this tragedy on a human level rather than one of ideals or factions. Read it.  I certainly didn’t do it justice in the previous sentence.  Within the hour, I had a selection of mine posted to The Listserve, a once-a-day email sent to aboout 24,500 people.  I wrote about our personal connection as individuals which stemmed from this podcast. (Hi to those of you who are reading this because of my post.)

The message is clear:  now, more than ever, we need to connect. Not as groups. Not as “us vs. them.”  As individuals. As humans.

I’m posting my Listserve email here for those of you not on the list.  (More after the break…)

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Order in the Court! #DOMA #PaulaDeen #TrayvonMartin

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Order in the court! Order in the court!
I’l have a hummus on rye, Your Honor… You know we had to go there.
We are all over the place this week, but the one place that’s common to our topics is the courtroom. We’re discussing the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and some of the language brought up in both the pending litigation against Paula Dean and George Zimmerman.

For clips and articles related to this week’s episode, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and weigh in.

If you’ve got comments, questionable flattery and show ideas, you can also let us know on Facebook or tweet us @thatsmyhummus.

 

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music: Dead Bodies (Taigerbery) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

 

We Talk About Boston…

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The bombings at the Boston Marathon occurred two weeks ago.  But law enforcement is continuing to put the pieces together — as is the public.  This episode of HTMH has us discussing our impressions and our feelings of what happened.

As always — feel free to comment at our Facebook page or Tweet us @ThatsMyHummus.

We usually use this space to ask you to support us by shopping on Amazon by clicking on one of the banners on this site.   And you can certainly do so. However, if you have some disposable income, we’d like to encourage you to look at helping the folks in Boston and other tragedies which have occurred over the past few weeks.  If you’re looking to help those affected by the tragedy in Boston, you can contribute at http://www.onefundboston.org.   During the episode we discuss the fertilizer plant explosion in Western Texas as well; you can help that community through The American Red Cross.

 

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  the spaniard that blighted my life  (Crown the Invisble) / CC0 1.0 Universal

 

This Year’s Passover Episode…

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Hi! We’ve been away for a long while.  Why is that? You’ll just have to listen to find out…

We’re in the midst of the Jewish holiday of Passover — a holiday of springtime, slavery, freedom, multimedia events and education. And, of course, of eating matzah. And, for some, quinoa.

Join us for more details as to how one of our co-hosts has observed Passover in the past — and how it’s going down this year!

If you’ve got comments, questionable flattery and show ideas, stop by our Facebook community page or tweet us @thatsmyhummus.

 

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Pesach Shop (Six13)

 

The Christmas Episode! {LISTEN}

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We wish you a Merry Christmas / we wish you a Merry Christmas / we wish you a Merry Christmas and a …  wait, whaaaat?

Yes.  Christmas.  I’m Jewish, she’s Muslim. And this is a Christmas episode. Why? Just because. :)

We do, however, talk about a couple of other things:  Faiqa (the one who isn’t Jewish) wrote an article about the winter holiday of Hanukkah (the one that is Jewish) — and got some flack about it.   And the recent shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT was on our minds as well.

But we end it by celebrating Christmas — yes, Christmas — through a way both of us could connect.  How? You’ll see…

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Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Slow Burn (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0

 

No Wire Hangers! With Special Guest Neil Kramer {LISTEN}

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It’s a very special episode of Hey! That’s My Hummus!  Why is that? Because Shiny isn’t a part of it!

This past week was The Aiming Low Non-Conference in Atlanta, GA. And Faiqa not only was there, but she was also a roundtable leader at the (non) conference!  While at the conference she spent time with yet another roundtable leader, Neil Kramer (@Neilochka), who is known for his blog Citizen of the Month.  This was an opportunity to talk about many fascinating things — as happens when two great minds meet.

Listen as Neil discusses rubbing famous elbows on his visit to Memphis and Graceland!  About his writing career! About ironing shirts! And so much more!

Speaking of irons and shirts — did you know that Amazon.com sells both?  Click through our link to shop at Amazon while helping us out!

 

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Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  B-Side (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Rama-Dance the Night Away!

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Hey! It’s us.  We’ve missed you. Have you missed us? Yes? Good.

It’s been a bit of time since our last podcast as we’ve been busy during these final few weeks of summer (summer trips to California and NYC to be a panelist at BlogHer ’12, *ahem*). But we’re still thinking about you (honest!), and we’ll be back soon enough to deliver you some of the best new content you can find on a Jewish/Muslim podcast.

But first — did you know that we’re heading towards the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan?  It’s one of the reasons Faiqa’s evenings have been busy — as she fasts all day and observes a feast after sundown.  And this weekend begins Eid al-Fitr!  Which, in English, means the “Holiday of Fitr!”  (As you can sense, Shiny wrote this paragraph.)

As we wish Faiqa an Eid Mubarak,  let’s go back into our archives and listen to an episode from last year where she and I discuss our two very different (yet simultaneous) fasts which we observed. Two religions, one joint craving for pizza.

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Best of Hey! That’s My Hummus! – Vol. 2

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We’ve hit the 50 show mark! Woo hoo!

And since we’ve made it to that point, we’re taking a quick break this week — no new show. However, we’re re-packaging an old show. Well, two, actually.  We’ve taken segments from two of our earlier shows (from all the way back in 2011) and repackaged them. Why? Because it’s a great way to hear us talk about topics which fascinated us back then (and still do now.)

Our first segment is from April 2011 — we talked about “Whitewashing Hollywood,” which is what happens when a white actor plays the part of an ethnic character.  It’s one of the best kinds of segments — which are the ones where Faiqa and Shiny vehemently disagree.

And then we move to the end of last summer — when we had a story about a woman who was in the middle of a controversy when she was denied access to an amusement park ride because she was wearing a hijab.  We talked about our own outward religious/cultural identities — as well as our own theme park experiences.

Even if you’ve heard these before — listen again! Nostalgia is cool. :)

And after you’ve finished with this episode? Listen to our last episode featuring Rachel Reynolds again. It’s one of the best we’ve done.

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Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  We’re in a Cloud, I’m Sure of It (Father Sleep) / CC BY 3.0

(If you’re interested in having your music featured on our podcast, please let us know!)

This Week’s Tragic School Shooting… {{LISTEN}}

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On this episode, we’ll be talking about this week’s tragic shooting at a high school in Ohio which left 3 students dead, some more with injuries, and a community severely affected trying to figure out what went wrong. What were the factors which led up to this act of violence? Was it the shooter’s access to a gun? Was it his upbringing?

It’s a somber topic, and there are certainly many questions left unanswered.  Please let us know what you think — by posting to our Facebook Wall or by tweeting us.

Hitler’s G.I. Death Camps and Pulling Ads from All-American Muslim {{LISTEN}}

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Here comes a Faiqa-less episode — her son was under the weather (and we hope he feels better!).  Fortunately, Shiny’s wife, Kyra, fills in on this episode of HTMH.  Kyra was involved with a National Geographic Channel special called Hitler’s G.I. Death Camp, chronicling the happenings in the Berga concentration camp where 350 American P.O.W.’s were subjected to forced labor and inhumane conditions.  You can find out more about it and see a clip here.  The program debuts on Sunday, December 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

We also switch gears and discuss Lowe’s home improvement’s decision to stop advertising on TLC’s series All-American Muslim.  Faiqa writes a powerful blog entry about it here.

… and that’s it for 2011! Thanks for listening and participating — we’ll see you in 2012!

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