16 episodes

What is The Sham? A happy hour podcast talking about those things that society tells us we love, but we just can’t. Think about us like society’s Yelp review — open, honest, and to be taken with a grain of salt. We’re here to laugh, cry, and unabashedly love the things we love, or don’t.Wait, what? Have you ever done that thing, and been entirely let down by that thing (looking @ you Times Square), but enjoyed parts of it anyway? Welcome to the Sham Podcast. Because sometimes, life is a total f*cking sham.

The Sham Podcast Erin Mikail, Momina Mindeel, Mayuri Mei Lin

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

What is The Sham? A happy hour podcast talking about those things that society tells us we love, but we just can’t. Think about us like society’s Yelp review — open, honest, and to be taken with a grain of salt. We’re here to laugh, cry, and unabashedly love the things we love, or don’t.Wait, what? Have you ever done that thing, and been entirely let down by that thing (looking @ you Times Square), but enjoyed parts of it anyway? Welcome to the Sham Podcast. Because sometimes, life is a total f*cking sham.

    Ep #8: We ask people about code switching (it's our last episode of the season!)

    Ep #8: We ask people about code switching (it's our last episode of the season!)

    Yup, Mayuri, Erin and Momina are talking code switching again partly because the last time they discussed it, they realized the topic deserved more voices and more opinions. But also because they were blown away by what people told them, how often they do it and the heartbreaking reasons why. Spoiler alert - we just all want to fit in sometimes.

    Also, your eyes do not deceive you! This is the final episode of season 2 (sadface). But fret not for our hosts are all over social media should you need your dose of hot takes and dark stories. And if you'd like season 3, let it be known! Social handles are down below.

    Love and hugs, everyone. And remember, life's a sham so do whatever the f*ck you want to anyways!

    This week on Underrated:
    Momina begs landlords near and far to make sure all houses and apartments have a working doorbell! She's awaiting a very important package, you see. Contents of which cannot be discussed.
    Erin plugs in-person classes and reminisces about seeing people in person in the same room, all learning the same thing.
    Mayuri plugs the Mellow Beats playlist on Spotify which she uses to trick herself into thinking she's working out of a cool cafe and not from her apartment which she hasn't left in 6 days. 

    Follow the Sham:
    Instagram: @thesham.pod
    Twitter: @thesham_pod

    • 45 min
    Ep #7: Cliques

    Ep #7: Cliques

    We all know that on Wednesdays we wear pink but really, cliques were always such an absolute sham. This week Mayuri, Momina and Erin talk about high school, adult friend groups and also venture into the murky waters of online communication during a pandemic (spoiler alert: it's not as easy as it seems).

    This week on Underrated:
    Momina plugs the Long Island Railroad and the many day trips just waiting to be had.
    Mayuri plugs sweetened condensed milk. Try it with your coffee, tea, and as an extra special treat, on toast!
    Erin plugs online reading groups! Find other people reading the same books you are and gush with one another. Try looking around on Reddit or using the hashtags #readingclub and #bookclubs on Instagram.

    Follow the Sham:
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    Twitter: @thesham_pod

    • 40 min
    Ep #6: Having to code switch

    Ep #6: Having to code switch

    Many of us do it, we change the way we present ourselves, the way we speak, depending on who is around us in order to assimilate. But maybe we shouldn't have to? Mayuri, Momina and Erin discuss instances when they've had to code switch, the changing of their accents and how it's all a sham. But this topic is vast and incredibly nuanced so if you would like to join the hosts of The Sham to discuss race and society for an upcoming episode, please do get in touch on Twitter or on Instagram.

    This week on Underrated:
    Erin plugs NPR's Code Switch podcast which discussed the very many nuances around race.
    Momina plugs finding a (secret) spot in whatever city you're in as a means of escape.
    Mayuri plugs reading and her attempt to return to the age-old habit.

    Follow the Sham:
    Instagram: @thesham.pod
    Twitter: @thesham_pod

    • 30 min
    Ep #5: The idea of a "bikini" body

    Ep #5: The idea of a "bikini" body

    All bodies are bikini bodies! This week, Erin, Momina and Mayuri talk about the sham behind the "skinny = beautiful" beauty ideal. They touch on the body positivity movement, how implicit bias against fat people affect their health and job prospects as well as their own struggles with body image.

    In the episode, Momina heavily references, and highly recommends, Roxanne Gay's memoir Hungry which delves into her struggles with her body and food. Mayuri also raves about "Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong", an article written by Michael Hobbs which, as the title eludes, points out the many fallacies we've had about overweight people and the danger of such misconceptions.

    This week on Underrated:
    Mayuri plugs the podcast You're Wrong About, hosted by journalists Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbs who each week discuss a topic from the past that has been misrepresented or misunderstood.
    Momina plugs oversized clothing and wearing them despite the fashion blogs' saying only skinny women are allowed.
    Erin plugs the United States Postal Service and writing people handwritten notes. She also recommends buying cool postcards and getting a penpal. Please consider supporting the USPS by purchasing stamps, calling your representative to ask them to support relief funds for the postal service (find your senators here and members of the House of Representatives here) or by texting USPS to 50409.

    Follow the Sham:
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    Twitter: @thesham_pod

    • 38 min
    Ep #4: Standardized Testing

    Ep #4: Standardized Testing

    This week, Momina, Mayuri and Erin discuss the absolute sham behind measuring everyone by the exact same yardstick through standardized tests. Our hosts share their own personal stories of agony and commiserate over the many tests they've had to take all their lives.

    This week on Underrated:
    Erin plugs Dinnerly, an app that has helped her start cooking at home.
    Momina plugs Redhook Pier in Brooklyn, NY which has the best view of the city.
    Mayuri plugs Badass Brooklyn, an animal rescue organization based in New York, or any local animal shelter that may need some assistance.

    Follow the Sham:
    Instagram: @thesham.pod
    Twitter: @thesham_pod

    • 43 min
    Ep #3: Weddings

    Ep #3: Weddings

    Zoom weddings, month-long weddings, weddings that put couples in debt! This week, Momina, Erin and Mayuri discuss how a lot of the extravagance around nuptials might not be necessarily and how it took a global pandemic to make us realize that.

    This week on Underrated:
    Momina plugs shopping for spices to add to your cooking repertoire and drops her top five spices for any cook, whether you entry-level or an expert.
    Erin plugs digital library checkouts in place of doomscrollings and recommends the New York Public Library as well as Open Library.
    Mayuri plugs spending time outdoors and talking walks, all while maintaining social distance.

    Follow the Sham:
    Instagram: @thesham.pod
    Twitter: @thesham_pod

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

jimborockon ,

Honest. Funny. Authentic.

Really enjoying this podcast. Not overly produced, or corny. Feels like a fun conversation with a few close friends. Love the domestic and international prospectives, from two women who can give insightful commentary, but also don’t take themselves too seriously. Definitely not “a sham.”

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