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[114] Monica Maday: Trans, Christian and Happy

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Today we talk with Monica Maday — “just another Jesus loving, Christian trans woman trying to do her best each and every day.”

Monica, 47, has been gaining a lot of traction for her motivational posts on social media. She is transgender — having begun this part of her journey in August 2014 — and has shared many aspects of her transition to inspire others, and was recently one of five women featured in PinkNews for their beautiful transition stories (alongside Jenny Boylan and Andreja Pejic). You can find Monica on Twitter: @MonicaJeaninTN and on Instagram: @mjintn

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[113] Is It Too Soon To Talk Gun Control?

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The country is reeling from the most devastating mass shooting in recent times which occurred in Las Vegas, NV last week. And, once again, the topic of gun control has come up in local media and government. What are we going to do about the access to firearms? What needs to change?

And the answer that often results? “It’s too soon to discuss this.” Right now it’s time to mourn for those whose lives were lost. To help the grieving families. Only after that healing has occurred should we talk about this. Except then another shooting happens. And another one. And another one. And the conversation is not yet had.

Is it too soon to talk gun control now? And if not now — when?

On this episode we (eventually) get around to talking about this issue — what hasn’t been working? What happened this time that makes it any different from any of the other mass shootings? What can be done about it without infringing upon the rights of those who legally own firearms? The shooter used “bump stocks” to emulate the rapid fire of a fully-automatic rifle. Is that what killed people? Should devices like these be outlawed?

It’s a pretty serious topic, but we try our best to make it all entertaining and engaging in our own way. What do you think? Are we on the right track? Let us know — by leaving a comment on our Facebook Page or on Twitter at @thatsmyhummus.

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  • Man Bites DogPerfect One (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • spinningmerkabaI Dunno (Grapes of Wrath Mix) (CC BY 4.0)
  • TRG BanksAppalachian Mountains (CC0 1.0)


  • [112] Thrice Fiction Magazine’s RW Spryszak

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    We have another special guest! Author RW (Bob) Spryszak is the co-founder and fiction editor at Thrice Fiction Magazine. A native of Chicago, he started writing at an early age and fine-tuned it as member of a Marjorie Peters’ Southside Creative Writers Workshop and then as a student at Columbia College of Chicago. In the late 1980s he was writing in the pre-internet “alt-zine” realm and then managed The Fiction Review out of Chicago. He has some pretty incredible and powerful (and surprising!) life experiences (which we discover only a few minutes into our interview). Listen and find out!

    Thrice Fiction also has two books which they have published — written by two authors who have written for Thrice. Feel free to browse through our Amazon links below:

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  • Man Bites DogPerfect One (CC BY-SA 3.0)


  • [111] Surprise! What You Thought You Knew About Judaism and Islam (But Don’t)

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    We had a few technical difficulties with this episode, so if things towards the end sound a bit choppy and garbled — it’s not you; it’s us.

    This episode talks about, among other things, certain tidbits from our respective religions which may surprise you a bit! As members of the Jewish and Muslim communities, we think we know everything about our OWN groups, all of the stereotypes about us and more. But there are certainly deviations from what everyone thinks must be correct.

    The show stems from an article from the Forward called By The Numbers: 10 Surprising Demographic Facts About U.S. Jews. It takes a look at a recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) which surveyed participants in the USA who identified either with a specific religious group or registered as unaffiliated. The survey talks more about the trends of religious life and culture in the United States, but it has some interesting things to say about education levels, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and more. Were you surprised by the results? Please let us know!

    Of course feedback is always welcome: Please let us know: on our Facebook Page On Twitter: @thatsmyhummus.

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  • Man Bites DogPerfect One (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • Doctor TurtleRotisserie Graveyard (CC BY 4.0)
  • Andy G. CohenJust A Blip (CC BY 4.0)


  • [110] Holly Seibold of BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters)

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    Tonight it’s just Mike — Faiqa is taking the week off, but will return for our next episode!

    This episode brings us a special interview with Holly Seibold, the founder and executive director of BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters), a non-profit organization founded in 2015 which has been distributing women’s hygiene products and bras and underwear to women in shelters around the DC area. We talk about how she started the organization, the challenges of the ongoing stigma of menstruation, the battle against the “tampon tax” and more.

    Holly is the winner of the 2016 Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Emerging Influential Leader of the Year Award and Nominee for the Heroines of Washington 2017 award. Holly is a fierce advocate for women’s rights, testifying in Washington, DC and in Richmond, VA in favor of the repeal of the tampon tax and an increased access to menstrual supplies for all girls and women . Most recently, she participated in Congresswoman Grace Meng’s panel, “The Case for Menstrual Equity: How Policies Surrounding Menstruation Affect Outcomes for Women” and was featured on the cover of the Washington Post in the article, “The Once-Whispered Topic of Women’s Menstruation Now Has Political Cachet.” Holly has been featured on NBC4 Washington, ABC 7 News, Good Morning Washington, Northern Virginia Magazine, Fairfax Public Access, StreetSense.org, NPR, The GW Hatchet and the cover of the Connection Newspaper.

    You can reach BRAWS on Facebook, Twitter (@BRAWSorg) and Instagram (also @BRAWSorg).

    We’d love to hear your feedback regarding the episode! Please let us know: on our Facebook Page? On Twitter: @thatsmyhummus.

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    [109] You Get What You Get and You Don’t Get Upset

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    Another recap of our zany lives! We delve into a random story about McDonalds character glasses that we all seemed to have in our kitchen cabinets in the late 70s / early 80s. And we also discuss the observance of Eid al-Adha which was this past weekend, as well as what it symbolizes. There’s a bit in there about watching the solar eclipse a few weeks back as well!

    And we discuss this article in the Forward: “When My Daughter’s Teacher Erased Her Judaism For A Class Project.” What do we do when our own children’s heritage isn’t the origin story of pride that others might have? How do we remain sensitive to students who come to the table with different backgrounds and different ways of embracing their own history?

    As always — looking for your input! But also — looking for new guests to the show! Are you interested? Are you interesting? Do you know someone who is both? Please let us know: on our Facebook Page? On Twitter: @thatsmyhummus? And have you reviewed us on iTunes? You really should.

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    [108] Charlottesville

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    We talk about the frightening events that transpired this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. Sad story. Sad time for our nation.

    What are your thoughts on what we talked about? Tell us! Not only that, but tell us what you want us to talk about! Or who you want us to bring on as a guest! We’re standing by for your suggestions…

    On our Facebook Page? On Twitter: @thatsmyhummus? And have you reviewed us on iTunes?

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    [107] Vacations, Oceans and Long Walks in the City

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    We’re back after a long break! What prompted it this time? (Meaning — what’s our excuse this time?)

    Well. Faiqa was travelling all around the world, having wonderful adventures in places where we couldn’t connect and do the podcast. But that’s okay. Because here we are…

    We talk about Faiqa’s trip around the world on four continents and over three of the five oceans of the world! And we talk about some of the stuff Mike’s been doing as well — including his “Overnight” walk for Suicide Prevention Resources.

    And we also have fun with Siri, asking it questions, demonstrating its shortcomings, and having it sing for us.

    What are your thoughts on what we talked about? Tell us! Not only that, but tell us what you want us to talk about! Or who you want us to bring on as a guest! We’re standing by for your suggestions…

    On our Facebook Page? On Twitter: @thatsmyhummus? And have you reviewed us on iTunes?

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    [106] Power Trips / Random Quips

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    We really would have brought you an episode at the beginning of last week. Honest. But the weather had other plans. Memphis was hit by a storm which knocked down power lines — leaving Faiqa with power for a week! Fortunately all is right with the electrical lines now, and we bring you this episode today.

    And today we wax organically. Faiqa was a bit cut off from the world over the past week — an interesting experience in itself. We recap how we manage when power is out. We also talk about London, our president’s latest tweets and the two films which are currently taking America by storm — namely Wonder Woman and Boss Baby.

    What are your thoughts on what we talked about? Tell us! On our Facebook Page? On Twitter: @thatsmyhummus? And have you reviewed us on iTunes?

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    [105] Dear “Dear White People” People…

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    Yes. It’s been several weeks. We’ll get back on track soon. You trust us, right?

    We both have watched the new Netflix series “Dear White People,” a 10-part sorta-comedy about students at the fictional Westminster College where, in 2017, the student body realizes that, even on a progressive campus as theirs, racism still exists. How do the characters interact? Does this show get white people defensive? In fact — what have some of the reactions been to the show itself?

    We also talk about the different sub-groups within our own cultures and how they compare and contrast.

    What do you think? Have you seen it yet? Have you commented? To us? On our Facebook Page? On Twitter: @thatsmyhummus? And have you reviewed us on iTunes?

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