Hey! That’s My Hummus!

We’re the only hummus-themed podcast which is not a cooking show.

[103] Death, Mourning, and … that’s pretty much it.

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Another episode! And it was recorded right as Faiqa and Mike were getting over nasty colds that make our voices sound all throaty and our throats sound all voicey. (No, I don’t know what that means either. But there’s a good deal of Sudafed in my system right now making me a bit loopy, so let’s just go with it.

Our condolences go to Faiqa’s father-in-law who passed away last week. Our thoughts are with her family. Faiqa opens up about the experience — explaining what happens when someone Muslim dies. And Mike recalls the passing of his mother years before, and how a Jewish family experiences the funeral and mourning periods. These are the types of things many people don’t learn about growing up in traditional households or educational institutions. So both of our discoveries and stories were quite powerful.

We’d love to hear about your experiences and traditions surrounding death and mourning. Please let us know your thoughts on our Facebook Page or on Twitter: @thatsmyhummus. Also be sure to get on iTunes and rate and review us!

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Oh — and a heads up to Zencastr, a new recording platform we’ve started using which makes remote podcasting and post-producing much easier. Hopefully it sounds just as good (if not better!)

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Durood Shareef (Yusuf Islam)

[102] Interfaith Relationships: Not Really a Controversial Episode

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I really should write a script which says “Sorry for the delay in posting; ________ got in the way.” Because that’s what happened this time. This podcast was recorded on February 15 — the day after Valentine’s Day! The day after the day celebrating love (which technically is also a day to celebrate love. Like the other 363 days of the year. But anyway…)

So: We finally get around to talking about interfaith relationships and what our respective communities think about them. And why. Are attitudes changing? Are there certain challenges when a relationship or marriage crosses cultural or religious boundaries? We take a look at some of the relationships of those close to us and discuss.

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And, naturally, you can reach us at the usual places: https://www.facebook.com/HeyThatsMyHummus/ and @ThatsMyHummus on Twitter. And our iTunes page is searchable. And begging for your five star reviews.

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Invisible Light (Instrumental Version) (Josh Woodward) CC BY 3.0

[101] DON’T CALL IT A BAN!

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It’s been a while! We recorded this one on February 3 — after both of us were incapacitated due to bad colds. These things happen…

But when we recorded, we had been doing quite a few things. The “Muslim Ban” had been enacted by our President, and Mike went to Dulles Airport to protest and spread a message that immigrants and refugees are welcome here. Faiqa and her family marched in Memphis to the National Civil Rights Museum. And so much other stuff happened in the aftermath — like the Bowling Green Massacre (not real) and the kinship between protesters of different faiths and cultures. Like, for instance, here:

Photo Credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo, 2017
Photo Credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo, 2017

Mike mentions that he was a guest on ParshaCast, a video podcast which delves into the weekly Torah portion read that Shabbat. You can check out his episode here.

Comments? Questions? Best way is to get us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeyThatsMyHummus/. Or if you prefer 140 characters or fewer, we’re at @ThatsMyHummus. And once you’ve done that? Go directly to iTunes and give us 5 stars. And a review. And check out our Amazon jumpstart page, fer cryin’ out loud.

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Ebb and Flow (Fabian Measures) CC BY 4.0

[100] #WhyIMarch

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Both Faiqa and Mike went to Saturday’s Women’s March — in Memphis and Washington, DC! It was an amazing experience for both of us! Listen as we talk about what we got ourselves into, what we expected, what we didn’t expect, and what funny/clever signs we happened to see.

Did you attend one of the 616 Sister Marches which took place on Saturday the 21st? Have any stories you’d like to share? Let us know! Best way is to get us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeyThatsMyHummus/. Or if you’re succinct enough to Tweet it, we’re at @ThatsMyHummus. And once you’ve done that? Go directly to iTunes and give us 5 stars if you had a life-changing experience at the March. Or a life-changing experience listening to this podcast.

I'm With All the Hers! Faiqa and Family!

A few announcements (encore announcements from last week!):

(1) Buying stuff through our Amazon page? Still helps. Just go here and click the banner.
(2) We have a NEW sponsor! ZipCar is a car-sharing service which is changing the way we think about transportation. And if you sign up through our link, you can get $25 of credit towards your next Zipcar rental! Just go to http://www.joinzipcar.com/hummus .
(3) Our next episode An upcoming episode will be about intermarriage and interdating — whether between different races, religions or cultures. And we want to hear from you! What are your thoughts about the way your group (whatever that may be) sees committed relationships with those “on the outside?” Is it shunned? Welcomed? Do you have any stories to share? Let us know via social media — or email shiny@heythatsmyhummus.com if you’d like to share something without your name being attached. We may read some of these on air during our next episode.

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Grethel (Lamprey) CC BY 4.0

[99] Was Streep’s Leap Steep Enough?

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We talk about all sorts of things: The Women’s March which Mike is attending this weekend (and of which Faiqa is attending one of 600+ sister marches), Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech for the Cecile B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, and what happens when parents cut off a daughter financially due to her interracial relationship — and she initiates a GoFundMe campaign. What is the responsibility of those with privelege? Are we going far enough?

Get in touch with us and let us know what you think! via Twitter: @ThatsMyHummus. Or via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeyThatsMyHummus/. And come to think of it? Subscribe on iTunes and give us 5 stars. It will make you feel so much better about yourselves.

A few announcements:

(1) Buying stuff through our Amazon page? Still helps. Just go here and click the banner.
(2) We have a NEW sponsor! ZipCar is a car-sharing service which is changing the way we think about transportation. And if you sign up through our link, you can get $25 of credit towards your next Zipcar rental! Just go to http://www.joinzipcar.com/hummus .
(3) Our next episode will be about intermarriage and interdating — whether between different races, religions or cultures. And we want to hear from you! What are your thoughts about the way your group (whatever that may be) sees committed relationships with those “on the outside?” Is it shunned? Welcomed? Do you have any stories to share? Let us know via social media — or email shiny@heythatsmyhummus.com if you’d like to share something without your name being attached. We may read some of these on air during our next episode.

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Particle Theory (Westy Reflector) CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

[98] What Happens Now?

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Remember how the last episode was all like “Wow! It’s been a long time?”

This break between shows was just a bit longer. 🙂

You see — we recorded a show on the eve of the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Our show was our impressions of the first debate between the two. We were talking about all of the outrageous, unprecedented things that were happening during this presidential race. Things that we simply couldn’t fathom happening.

Until the next day when something even more outrageous happened. And then the next day. And then the next. Things got busy, things got intense, and we decided that we would resume our podcast right after the presidential election and the obvious victory of Hillary Clinton, the first female president elect of the United States.

Things turned out a bit differently.

The election results threw us for a loop. Both Faiqa and Mike had very strong concerns (we still do!) about the direction that our country was taking and has continued to take. What does it mean when we saw that so many people voted for a candidate who has said disparaging things about women, Muslims, immigrants and many other people? How do we process a nation which is so utterly divided and needs something or someone to bring us together? What happens when there is a void in the position to do exactly that?

What do we do as we begin 2017 with a new administration? What are the next steps?

That’s what we talk about in this episode — which we recorded on Sunday, January 8, 2017 — mere hours before Faiqa’s birthday. It’s longer than usual. And emotional. It took a long while for us to be back at a point where we felt we could do this. But we’re so grateful that we are back. And that you’re back, too. If you’re listening, that is…

What also makes us happy is when you get in touch with us via Twitter: @ThatsMyHummus. Or via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeyThatsMyHummus/. And when you subscribe on iTunes. And rate us real good.

Buying stuff through our Amazon page? Still helps. Just go here and click the banner.

Thank you for welcoming us back.

Music Credits:

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

Interstitial Music:  Halfway To Infinity (The Invasion) CC BY-NC 3.0

[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!

How did we do? Feel free to comment or simply poke fun at our predictions by reaching us 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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Music Credits:

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)

As always, 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!

We have two new, exciting opportunites to help support our podcast:

(1) Explore the newest was to try on new glasses! Warby Parker will send you up to five pairs for you to try on. Once you make your decision, send back the pairs you don’t want. It’s that easy! Click the banner below for a trial offer:

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Music Credits:

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.

As always, 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!

We have two new, exciting opportunites to help support our podcast:

(1) Explore the newest was to try on new glasses! Warby Parker will send you up to five pairs for you to try on. Once you make your decision, send back the pairs you don’t want. It’s that easy! Click the banner below for a trial offer:

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Music Credits:

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!

You may notice that we have a new exciting opportunity to help support our podcast: Explore the newest was to try on new glasses! Warby Parker will send you up to five pairs for you to try on. Once you make your decision, send back the pairs you don’t want. It’s that easy! Click the banner below for a trial offer:

Music Credits:

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

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