The Mideast Beast Podcast
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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.

 

 

Gloves that Don’t Fit and Metal Detectors that Don’t Quit (Episode 8)

Is there a link between OJ Simpson and the Middle East peace process? Leave it to hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles to make that leap as they discuss renewed tensions, terror, and moral high ground. Spoiler alert: Molly has a hardcore rant (that’s also weirdly inappropriate).

 

 

Who You Be Calling A Holy Site? (Episode 7)

On this episode of the The Mideast Beast Podcast, Molly and Alex explore the controversy of UNESCO’s seemingly innocent task of choosing holy sites. What the f*ck does it matter and who is so damn angry? More importantly, what the hell is UNESCO? It’s time to get educated.

 

 

Let’s Pop Saudi’s Ass Pimple (Episode 6)

This week on The Mideast Beast Podcast you’ll get all the info on Qatar, why they imported 4000 cows (no, it’s not beastility), and why they’re getting the boot from other major players in the Middle East.

 

 

Griffin’s ISIS and the Gays’ Israel (Episode 2)

Co-hosts Alex Giles and Molly Livingstone discuss comedian Kathy Griffin’s ISIS beheading shot of President Trump and other Trumptire (Trump satire) that is only too real. And what makes Tel Aviv one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world? Find out in a fascinating interview with Israeli Gay Rights Activist Sarah Weil.