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Ethnically Ambiguous


A podcast about being brown in America hosted by two friends, an Iranian and a Syrian, telling you what's up.

A podcast about being brown in America hosted by two friends, an Iranian and a Syrian, telling you what's up.
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A podcast about being brown in America hosted by two friends, an Iranian and a Syrian, telling you what's up.




We Are Lightheaded

It's episode 78 and boy do the girls feel lightheaded (not really, just Anna) - anyway they talk about Trump's comments about "ISIS being defeated" (untrue), the harsh winter realities for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the feminist kitting circle in India challenging the patriarchal norms, and so much more! Also starting this week (the 23rd) our merch is on sale on Tee Public! Also send over any non-profit/charities/programs that we can donate t-shirt sales to!! WE LOVE YOU! FOOTNOTES: 1....


We Are Arab Spring Break

Our most packed bonus episode yet! This week Shereen is joined by the creators and hosts of the Arab Spring Break Comedy Show. Anna and Shereen both performed at the first Arab Spring Break show back in November and it was an inclusive and inspiring night; we can't wait for y'all to meet the amazing hosts behind it all! Shereen talks to Claude, Maya, and Winston about how they formed Arab Spring Break, their Middle-Eastern centered comedy show, and the importance of the show in our society....


We Are Insurgents

In episode 77, the girls get into how George HW Bush was indirectly the reason 9/11 happened, how Dick Cheney is behind ISIS, a metaphor about insurgency and Humboldt County's history with marijuana, and a man who plays cello at bomb sites around Iraq. They also tell a story about the time they went on a true 4th of July adventure! GREAT TIMES!! KEEP LISTENING! TELL A FRIEND!!! WE LOVE Y'ALL!! FOOTNOTES: 1. The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies 2. The Gulf...


I Am Sofiya Alexandra

In this bonus episode, Anna and Shereen are joined by comedian Sofiya Alexandra to talk about her immigration to America from Ukraine as a young child, her experience growing up in Los Angeles, that one time she was arrested at a protest in Washington DC, and so much more! It's a lovely episode with one of the girl's favorite people! Sofiya is a badass! Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @TheSofiya. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at...


We Are Strong Women

In episode 76 (probably one of the best ones yet!) the girls are joined by Kity Kattan, an Egyptian woman and the mother of former guest and comedian Tamer Kattan. She welcomed the girls into her home & made them Koshery (a delicious Egyptian dish)! They discuss her upbringing, how she ended up with her husband, and what brought them to America from Egypt. It's a truly amazing story of strength, love, family, independence, and more. We can’t wait for y’all to meet this phenomenal human. Do...


I Am Aristotle Athiras

In this bonus episode, Anna and Shereen are joined by comedian and Goatface member Aristotle Athiras. They get into his experiences growing up in Texas and then Los Angeles, his relationship with his mother, the work he does with Goatface comedy, and more! A lot of impressions of their parents - it's truly hilarious and it's a longer episode cause we just couldn't help it! Also buy our merch on Tee Public!! Happy New Years! Follow Aristotle on Twitter at @athiras and on Instagram at...


We Are Shereen Younes

In this very special New Year's Eve episode, Anna interviews Shereen in a rendition of Inside the Anna's Studio (it's a play off of Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton, duh) - they explore Shereen's filmmaking and her films Vanir, Fall, and Getting Old. They explore how her experience with mental illness and bullying helped inform her work. It's a fascinating episode that takes us on a wild ride of emotions, truth, and passion. Have a happy new year! Learn more about advertising on...


I Am Tamer Kattan

In this bonus episode we're so excited to introduce Tamer Kattan to our Ethnically Ambiguous fam! He's a hilarious comedian we both met while performing at the Arab Spring Break Comedy show and now we're all obsessed with each other. Tamer's life story is fascinating and inspiring; we talk about his upbringing as a mixed-race Egyptian immigrant, his tumultuous relationship with his father, and how he changed careers eight years ago in order to pursue comedy. And we're so glad he did, because...


We Are Anna Hossnieh

In this very special episode, Shereen interviews Anna for an intimate look at her experience with mental health and the often destructive ways she coped with it in her past. We talk very openly about her drug abuse and multiple turning points in her life that served as a wake-up call, telling her to take back control of her life. Normalizing the conversation about mental health is so important and Anna's story is one we're very grateful to share with you. Hope it helps. <3 Learn more about...


I Am Andrew Ti

In this special bonus episode, Anna is joined by Yo, Is This Racist's co-host Andrew Ti to chat it up! They get into Andrew's parent's immigration to America from China, the path he took to becoming a podcast host and comedy writer, how religious study groups work, and much more! Find Andrew on Twitter and Instagram at @AndrewTi. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts,...


We Are Evolving

In episode 73, the girls talk about their experiences with mental illness. Shereen talks about actor and host Jameela Jamil and her upbringing and activism. Anna talks about the darker side of her relationship with her father and more. Should they talk about their past with drugs? Let us know! Buy our merch! FOOTNOTES: 1. Jameela Jamil 2. WATCH: Jameela Jamil on banning airbrushing, the Kardashians and her traumatic teens 3. Jameela Jamil Now Wants You to Unfollow Celebrities Selling...


I Am Caitlin Stasy

On this week's bonus episode, Shereen is joined by the one and only Caitlin Stasey. After Shereen finishes gushing about how much she respects Caitlin and the work she does, we talk about her work as a feminist, actor, and creative, and how she utilizes her social media platforms to speak out and lift others up, including being the founder of We also get real and personal, talking about queerness, sexuality, our (often critical) relationships with our bodies, and ultimately...


We Are Free Women

In episode 72, the girls catch up about what it means to be "extremely hot." They also get into the women's commune in Syria, Freddie Mercury's background and the film Bohemian Rhapsody, and more! Keep listening to our bonus episodes - also tweet at us if y'all think the girls should interview each other! FOOTNOTES: 1. Women in Syria Have Created a Feminist Commune Free of Patriarchy and Capitalism 2. Welcome to Jinwar, a women-only village in Syria that wants to smash the patriarchy 3....


I Am Asif Ali

In this bonus episode, Anna is joined by comedian and actor Asif Ali of Goatface comedy. They talk about the Goatface special that just dropped on Comedy Central. Then they get into his experiences working on the show, how his family felt about his comedy, his collaboration with his brothers, the current White House administration, and much more! Follow Asif on twitter and Instagram at @AliComedy. Also go watch the Goatface comedy special on Comedy Central now! Learn more about advertising...


We Are Descendants Of Hamsters

In episode 71, the girls get into their Thanksgiving experiences, how most of the hamsters in America descend from Syria, the ancient Syrian history in the Roman Empire that no one knows about, and more! They also read some reviews and emails! Is Mohammad Morsi actually Eugene Levy?? We don't know and need you to email us back and explain, Noura. FOOTNOTES: 1. Golden hamster 2. Domestication of the Syrian hamster 3. Julia Domna 4. Julia Domna 2 5. Septimius Severus 6. Septimius...


I Am Charlene deGuzman

Introducing our first bonus episode! Shereen is joined by the very loveable writer and actor Charlene deGuzman! We talk about how she made her inspiring and intimate debut feature film, Unlovable, as well as her relationship with herself, the emotional detachment of immigrant families, and overcoming sex and love addiction. We’re so excited to introduce her to our Ethnically Ambiguous fam! Make sure to follow her in everything she does, including hilarious tweets at @charstarlene! Learn...


We Are Hungry

In episode 70, the girls get into FOOD! That's right, food! They break down all the different Persian food stew, rice and kabob dishes and then all the different types of Syrian food dishes! And they didn't eat before recording so everyone is out of their mind and very hungry! It's a yummy, yummy time! FOOTNOTES: 1. Iranian cuisine 2. Ethnically Ambiguous Merch on Tee Public Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at And to learn...


We Are Kareem

In episode 69, (hehehehehehe) the girls talk about Kareem Abdul Jabbar's career and an essay he wrote on why he decided to convert to Islam and then they get into information about how sanctions are hurting every day Iranian citizens. They also read some reviews from fans! WE LOVE YOU FANS!! Buy our new merch designs! FOOTNOTES: 1. Iranians Fear Medicine Shortages as U.S. Tightens Sanctions 2. U.S. not concerned by Europe's idea for Iran trade as companies moving out 3. Tomato squeeze:...


We Are Other

In episode 68, the girls are joined by their friend Lloyd Galbraith to break down all the midterm election results, the wonderful women of color who won in the elections, read an email from a listener and give some advice on white friends fetishizing your culture, body dysmorphia, and so much more! Buy our new merch on the Tee Public site! FOOTNOTES: 1. Proposition 10: California’s proposal to strengthen rent control defeated at the polls 2. Senate Election Results: Republicans Keep...


We Are Spy Lords

In episode 67, the girls talk about Shereen's sister's engagement party, the Saudi official and more sketchy figures who met with the Trump administration over a year ago do discuss taking down the regime in Iran, Lena Dunham's uninformed decisions to take on the Syrian refugee story, and more! Buy our new "I'm With The Banned" merch! Woohoo! FOOTNOTES: 1. Saudi Spy Met With Team Trump About Taking Down Iran 2. Khashoggi case: All previous updates 3. Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With...