The Mideast Beast Podcast
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I Selfie You to Death! (Episode 28)

When did beauty pageants become about checkmate, and chess tournaments become a fashion show? If a picture is worth a thousand words, the selfie of Miss Iraq and Miss Israel, would be death, fatwa die, repeat. With Miss Iraq’s family fleeing their home after the controversial picture, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles ask if Miss Iraq is brave, naive, or just living under a rock. They also discuss a controversy that hasn’t made the headlines, about the current chess champion losing her medals because she won’t play by the rules… the rules, that is, of Saudi Arabia, where this year’s contest is being held. Is the reigning champion brave, naive, or living under the same rock?

 

 

There Are Arabs in the Mall and They Are… Shopping (Episode 27)

First came the Trump declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, then came war, bloodshed, and even a tsunami. At least that’s what the headlines wanted us to believe. What’s really happening in the city? On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone gives her first-hand account of life after declaration. You probably won’t hear this anywhere else, so you’ll want to listen in. Host Alex Giles also shares his thoughts on the news and a bit of reality, while trying to figure out the point of Trump’s declaration at all.

 

 

Jew vs. Jew, Who Woulda Thunk It? (Episode 26)

On this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone speaks with a secular Jew living in Jerusalem about the recent outbreak of fights between the religious and nonreligious communities. Forget “two Jews, three opinions”; this is an all-out battle, with fighting in the streets, protests, and breaking the law. Listen in to hear a completely different view of the Middle East in which peace has nothing to do with Israelis and Palestinians, but rather just trying to figure out how to get along when you’re supposed to be on the same side.

 

 

No # For Egypt (Episode 25)

If there’s no hashtag, then did it really happen? Hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss the recent terrorist attack in Egypt that killed over 300 worshipers, asking what the attack means for the region and what it means if no one is tweeting about it. Does the world care more about a royal wedding, or are Alex and Molly just being pessimists? Listen and share your thoughts, or at least a hashtag.

 

 

Whip It Out, Part II: That’s Not What She Said (Episode 24)

In this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles continue the discussion of sexual assault and rape, unfortunately, as more men are accused of doing just that. And while the Middle East is normally used to war, how is the explosion of #MeToo, unwanted advances, and general deviant behavior affecting the male population? It’s not Iran’s nuclear threat, yet from generals to TV exec prowlers, are any of us safe? Take Cover and Keep Listening.

 

 

Whip It Out – Hollywood Rules and Sharia Law (Episode 23)

Can we justify sexual misconduct and rape? In Hollywood, if you ask to whip it out, does it make it OK? And in the Middle East, does Sharia law give men the power to rape? They may be worlds apart (or at least different countries), but how similar are we when it comes to the treatment of women and harassment? On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss the rules, the rapes, and the revolution of women’s rights… it’s revolting.

 

 

Maybe We Should Just Sex It Out… (Episode 22)

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone speaks with matchmaker Jessica Fass of Fass Pass To Love, to find out if the Middle East countries are really a match. Perhaps the politicians have it all wrong, and it’s more about rules of dating, wooing, and even a little sexting that will give peace a chance. From first base to pulling out, here are the dating tips that might just win a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

 

Sportsmanshipping Molly Makes Up a New Word for an Old Problem (Episode 21)

Does everyone really need a present to show appreciation? And does everyone really need to be present at a sports arena? On this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles present (pun intended) you with the many dilemmas of the Middle East. Together they discuss the UNESCO swag snub, Saudi Arabia’s latest liberal move to allow women at sporting events, and the behind the scenes look at Molly’s candid interview with Palestinian refugee, Ali.

 

 

So A Palestinian Refugee and a Terrorist Survivor Walk Through The Door… (Episode 20)

If you survived a vicious terrorist attack, would you befriend the enemy? Would you let him into your house, your thoughts, and your vision for the future? Survivor Kay Wilson is on a mission to bring together human beings, so yeah, she does that. Host Molly Livingstone has a very intimate interview with Kay and one of her frenemies, “Ali,” a Palestinian refugee. Together they talk about hate, victims, martyrs, and awkward moments (or does Molly just create awkward moments?) on this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast.

 

 

Verbal Diarrhea – Trying to Understand the Iran Plan (Episode 19)

With Trump dumping the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” signed by Obama in 2015, hosts Alex Giles and Molly Livingstone try to figure out what exactly is comprehensive about it. Will Iran build a nuke? Are we watching the biggest reality show starring realist world leaders? Is it worth a Nobel Peace Prize, or is it nothing more than a deal with the Devil? Get out your biggest bottle of Pepto-Bismol ’cause we are about to give you a big tummy ache in this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast. (Disclaimer: if you shit your pants it’s not on us… literally and figuratively speaking.)

 

 

Muslims Building Kosher Sukkahs, and a Hurricane Refugee in Israel – WTF?! (Episode 18)

It’s not a sitcom yet, but how’s this for a podcast topic: a couple of Muslims build a sukkah (that’s for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot) to welcome a bit of coexistence, food, and just plain old good conversation. Where will it lead? Well, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles have their own ideas and overshare them in this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast. Later in the show, Molly interviews Hurricane Irma survivor Kenny Whitmire about his choice to seek refuge in Israel. How is Israel the calm after the storm and how does any of this make sense? Listen in and find out.

 

 

What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Stay in Vegas After All (Episode 17)

With the continued violent attacks throughout the world, this week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas finally forces host Alex Giles into a ranting rage (British style, still calm and polite). Will you agree with his claim that America should adopt Israeli gun laws? Host Molly Livingstone adds her two shekels on the matter, from the American crime she knows from growing up in Los Angeles, to teenagers accessorized with guns in Jerusalem where she now raises her own children.

 

 

Is the Middle East Out of Control? Saudi Women Behind the Wheel (Episode 16)

With the new law allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia (set to take effect in June, 2018), will the Saudi Kingdom finally let women hold phallic fruits and vegetables (yep, that’s not allowed, either)? On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss the many no-nos in Saudi society, extreme religious nutters all over the world, and if this is really a step forward or two steps back.

 

 

Spies Like David Zucker, The Hollywood Jew (Episode 15)

On this episode of the Mideast Beast podcast, Molly Livingstone interviews producer of the iconic movie “Airplane,” David Zucker, and finds out if he is on a secret mission to the Middle East. What was he doing in Beirut with the Lebanese army?What does he think about Israel’s booming (no pun intended) entertainment industry? And can he bring about Middle East peace with an epic comedy?

 

 

Hashtag Snowflakes (Episode 14)

On this episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro calls the new wave of anarchists, known as Antifa, just a bunch of #snowflakes. And while it may not be a natural disaster, it will naturally be a disaster when the commentator comes to UC Berkeley’s campus to speak on September 14th. The school is offering free counseling, but will that be enough when it comes to free speech in today’s political climate? Hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss fascism, freedom, and the fancy new labeled groups blurring the lines. How blurry? Listen in and play a round of “Who Tweeted It?” to find out.

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From Westboro Church to Hollywood – Hate. Twitter. Love. How? (Episode 13)

From an online raging twitter battle to the red carpets of Hollywood, check out this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast with David Abitbol, a Jewish blogger whose tweets went from fighting with Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, to real life friendship and now the big screen. How did Abitbol change her mind 140 characters at a time? And does he have the simple social media answer to Mideast Peace? (Probably not, but now you have to listen to find out.) Host Molly Livingstone goes to Abitbol’s house and goes deep (that’s what she said).

 

 

Trump and the Nazis (Episode 12)

On this week’s The Mideast Beast podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles take on the Nazis. It’s not a question of win or lose, but rather the battle of ‘fake news’. Together, the two discuss the role of ‘fake news’ when it comes to Trump, the Middle East, and new Neo-Nazis, that seem to be everywhere. So are they, what’s the lie, and will we ever get to the truth?

 

 

Are All Journalists Just Fake News Homosexuals? (Episode 11)

We provide the satirical news, but are the real journalists giving you fake news? Host Molly Livingstone gets to the bottom of this burning question with Times of Israel Knesset Correspondent Raoul Wootliff. Find out why he was called a “fake journalist homo” while covering a recent right wing rally. Is it true? Fake? Satire? Or are we living in a world where it’s all of the above (deep)?

 

 

What Does Trump Hate Now? Who Said It? By God There’s A New Commandment? (Episode 10)

Hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles aren’t just playing mind games with satirical news stories, but actual fun guessing games, too. Join the fun, and even learn some random trivia, in this week’s podcast. Listen in and find out if Alex wins his pride back, if Trump hates generals or just generally everything, and the plea for a 2.0 on the Ten Commandments thing.

 

 

Burkini’s Back, Bitch (Episode 9)

What’s actually offensive these days? Burkinis, speedos, terrorism, or Trump’s White House roulette? From sexy to sweary, and of course a little bit of gay in Jerusalem (that’s inclusion for you), hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles are beasting it up when it comes to the Middle East in all her glory.