49 episodes

Mae and Swara are two geeks of West Asian (IE Middle Eastern) descent who discuss all things Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) representation each month, along with other nerdy topics. Come join us as we highlight positive depictions of SWANA people in popular media, review the latest popular releases, and just have a fun time nerding out.

Follow us @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz

The Middle Geeks Hard NOC Media

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Mae and Swara are two geeks of West Asian (IE Middle Eastern) descent who discuss all things Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) representation each month, along with other nerdy topics. Come join us as we highlight positive depictions of SWANA people in popular media, review the latest popular releases, and just have a fun time nerding out.

Follow us @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz

    Episode 41: ‘Ms. Marvel’ Episodes 5-6 and Season Review

    Episode 41: ‘Ms. Marvel’ Episodes 5-6 and Season Review

    Isa and Maznah join us to discuss the final two episodes and the entire first season of the MCU's Ms. Marvel. How well did the show do at portraying Kamala's family, culture, and religion? What do we think of the Clandestines and the overall handling of them in the show? What do we make of *that* twist at the end, and what it means for Kamala Khan going forward in the MCU? We discuss all that and more in our wide-ranging discussion of the entire show, give our recommendations, and much more!
     

    Spoilers for all of Ms. Marvel Season 1 throughout.
     

    Follow Isa on Twitter @EvilCleverDog, on Instagram @EvilCleverDog and her YouTube channel EvilCleverDog.
     

    Follow Maznah on Twitter @MaznahShz, check out her Den of Geek interview with series director Shameen Obaid-Chinoy here, and her Spotify Playlist of Pakistani Hits.
     

    Swara's io9 review of the finale
     

    Our music is composed by Ashley Hefnawy. You can find more of her music here.
     

    We are a proud member of the Hard NOC podcast family.
     

    Follow us on Twitter: @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz
     

    Subscribe to The Middle Geeks on Hard NOC Media

    Please support us on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Episode 40: ‘Ms. Marvel’ Episodes 3-4 Review

    Episode 40: ‘Ms. Marvel’ Episodes 3-4 Review

    Ms. Marvel is ramping up in its plot, and we're joined by writer and longtime Ms. Marvel fan Maryam Ahmad to discuss episodes 3-4. How good is the series doing at portraying Pakistani, South Asian, and Muslim cultures? How good are the family scenes? What do we think of the villains and the constant twists and turns with them and Kamala's powers? Why was the wedding so amazing? What do we think the show could do better at this point with only two episodes left? We also give our recommendations and much more in this wide ranging conversation.
     

    Spoilers for the episodes 3 and 4 of Ms. Marvel throughout.
     

    Check out Maryam's coverage of Ms. Marvel and other topics for Nerdist here!
     

    Swara's explanation of Djinn for Polygon
     

    Our music is composed by Ashley Hefnawy. You can find more of her music here.
     

    We are a proud member of the Hard NOC podcast family.
     

    Follow us on Twitter: @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz
     

    Subscribe to The Middle Geeks on Hard NOC Media
     

    Please support us on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 39: ‘Ms. Marvel’ Episodes 1-2 Review

    Episode 39: ‘Ms. Marvel’ Episodes 1-2 Review

    Ms. Marvel is here! We discuss the first two episodes of the series, discussing how wonderful Iman Vellani is in the main role, how well the series does at portraying Kamala and her family and friends, how well it does on portraying Islam, and where it can do better in certain fronts. We also discuss the exciting news that Abubakr Ali is starring in Billy Porter's Anything's Possible for Amazon Prime, give our recommendations, and much more!
     

    Donate to our fundraiser for Palestine and join us June 25th on the Nerds of Color Twitch Channel for our all day livestream!
     

    Spoilers for the first two episodes of Ms. Marvel throughout.
     

    Mae's review of the first two episodes for ScreenRant
     

    Swara's review of the first episode for io9
     
    Swara's review of the second episode for io9
     

    Our music is composed by Ashley Hefnawy. You can find more of her music here.
     

    We are a proud member of the Hard NOC podcast family.
     

    Follow us on Twitter: @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz
     

    Subscribe to The Middle Geeks on Hard NOC Media
     

    Please support us on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Interview: Chelsea Abdullah, Author of 'The Stardust Thief'

    Interview: Chelsea Abdullah, Author of 'The Stardust Thief'

    We are delighted to welcome on Kuwaiti-American author Chelsea Abdullah who has just made her debut with the mesmerizing Arab fantasy novel The Stardust Thief! Chelsea tells us all on the origin of her debut novel and how she put herself into these wonderful characters and story. We also discuss the landscape for Arab and SWANA authors and creators, what more can happen, and delve into what stories Chelsea loves as well!
     

    Buy The Stardust Thief from your local bookstore!
     

    Follow Chelsea on Twitter @chelsabdullah
     

    Our music is composed by Ashley Hefnawy. You can find more of her music here.
     

    We are a proud member of the Hard NOC podcast family.
     

    Follow us on Twitter: @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz
     

    Subscribe to The Middle Geeks on Hard NOC Media
     

    Please support us on Patreon!

    • 45 min
    Episode 38: ‘Moon Knight’ Episodes 5-6

    Episode 38: ‘Moon Knight’ Episodes 5-6

    We're at the end of our Moon Knight discussion! Hanna Flint joins us once again to talk about the breakthroughs in SWANA representation with this series, how we've enjoyed the show overall, and how the landscape for representation is changing across popular media. We also compare Moon Knight with other Marvel and DC properties, give our recommendations, and much more!
     

    Spoilers for Moon Knight and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness throughout.
     
    Jason's article on Jewish representation in Moon Knight
     

    Follow Hanna on Twitter @HannaFlint.
     

    Our music is composed by Ashley Hefnawy. You can find more of her music here.
     

    We are a proud member of the Hard NOC podcast family.
     

    Follow us on Twitter: @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz
     

    Subscribe to The Middle Geeks on Hard NOC Media
     

    Please support us on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 37: ‘Moon Knight’ Episodes 3-4

    Episode 37: ‘Moon Knight’ Episodes 3-4

    We discuss episodes 3-4 of the new MCU Disney+ series Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac, May Calamawy, and Ethan Hawke, joined by Egyptian writer and podcaster, Nadia Osman!

    After we dive into Nadia's career, we dive into the latest two episodes of Moon Knight! How well is this series doing at portraying Egypt and its people? Is there anything we'd like to see more of? Why is May Calamawy so amazing as Layla? How well is Oscar Isaac doing at portraying someone with multiple personalities, and how is the portrayal of mental health? Why do we insist that Marvel and Disney #KeepMoonKnightWeird going into the finale? We also give our recommendations and much more!
     

    Follow Nadia on Twitter @msnadiaosman.
     

    Our music is composed by Ashley Hefnawy. You can find more of her music here.
     

    We are a proud member of the Hard NOC podcast family.
     

    Follow us on Twitter: @TheMiddleGeeks, @MaeAbdu, @spiderswarz
     

    Subscribe to The Middle Geeks on Hard NOC Media
     

    Please support us on Patreon!

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

WriteAllDay0410 ,

Entertaining, Informative, Worth A Listen

Perhaps one of the most entertaining and engaging podcasts I’ve listened to-AND an educational one as well since it tackles all aspects of MENA culture in film and television. Give it a listen!

sendtherain ,

Informative & Entertaining

I love the casual and friendly dynamic between the hosts, which is paired perfectly with genuinely scintillating discussions that never fail to teach me something or give me a new perspective on a topic I was already familiar with. The latest episode on Dune was particularly enlightening, and I respect their commitment to elevating MENA voices in art and the industry. Can’t wait for more episodes! 💜

Scouseypoo ,

Brilliant Critical Opinions and Lots of Fun!

Awesome podcast with some fantastic topics, and fresh perspectives!

Keep up the great work 🙂

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