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Are you easily confused by terms like cultural appropriation, cisgender, toxic masculinity, twunk, queer, black girl magic, and woke? Or maybe you’re tired of explaining terms like these and you need a community that gets you! Welcome to Minority Korner, where we take an introspective look at the world. through an intersectional lens. Join James: a queer, political, comedian, self proclaimed, sexy blerd (that’s Black Nerd) and each week he's joined in the Korner by another fabulous minority ...
 
Why does the President of Belarus always imprison his political opponents? What does the UAE-Israel Deal mean for the Arab World? Comedians Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan turn comics stationed around the globe into embedded reporters so you can know what's really going on.
 
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We are getting in style with Robin Allen Style- taking it back to her glory days of the T Zone with Tyra. Speaking of Tyra have you seen her hosting Dancing With The Stars which is pushing boundaries with their first same sex dancing duo?! We unpack The Emmy’s in an era of amazing diverse television, and nominees the winners seem to be lacking in m…
 
9/11 20 Years later, and we unpack why it may be hard to reflect, or bear witness on the many documentaries surfacing right now on this look back of this traumatic event, amidst a current traumatic moment. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went to the Met Gala, and like anytime she does anything, she and her dress has everyone talking on both sides. It’s Hi…
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an election last month, two years ahead of schedule, because he was ahead in the polls and you can do stuff like that in Canada. Now with the election one week away there is a good chance he will lose to the conservative Erin O'Toole, thus ending his reign two years early, and by his own doing. Here…
 
Julia Hardy is back stepping in at the last minute, because the Rona is still messing things up! Netflix’s QForce is a queer spy animation dream, we didn’t know we needed or could have! Meanwhile Texas is proving to be quite a nightmare passing 666 new laws to make everyone’s life terrible. Do you have people in your life who trigger you and you do…
 
German comedian Sonja Pikart joins us from her home in Vienna, Austria to explain why all three major candidates in Germany's upcoming election are tragically flawed. From a painfully boring center-left dude, to the Green Party candidate who is a known plagiarist, to the heir apparent to Angela Merkel who laughs at tragedies on TV, nobody is lookin…
 
One of James’ ol High School Prom dates is back: Leah Edun and she’s been busy since the last time she was on the show: she had a baby and they talk about the realities of parental leave, or lack thereof in the US. But first... The R.Kelly trial.. It’s happening. And it is a lot. Flipping the script, HBO’s The White Lotus starts a really great conv…
 
We get back together with the World's Smartest Podcast Network gang of Andrew Heaton and Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy for another roundtable. This week we discuss the possibility of less traffic due to permanent remote working, the extension of the child tax credit, rich people islands and exploding Russian space dogs. Oh also, Kaplan is drunk and high du…
 
Guest Co-Host- Carissa Hatchel/Snaxx (she/her): Snaxx, otherwise known as Carissa, is a drag performer in the Bay Area. She also is the booking manager for Oasis, a drag and queer nightclub in SF. She loves pizza, Lizzo, and white claws. She’s at @eatmoresnaxx on all platforms. Check out her podcast Talkin’ Snacks with Snaxx, wherever you listen to…
 
After having multiple lockdowns, shutting off the country to foreigners and restricting travel between states, Australians have done everything possible to stop COVID and yet they are now experiencing their biggest outbreak ever. Faced with another winter of harsh lockdowns, Australians are beginning to protest and everyone in wondering if it's all…
 
Guest Co-Host: MacKenzie Green (she/her)- Vice President of Social Media for Who What Wear/Clique Brands. She previously served a social media director at BET+, and worked for Betches, Telemundo, Paramount, and NBCUNIVERSAL. She is a graduate of Columbia Business School and the University of Miami. Holds two SunCoast Emmys, served as the former vic…
 
The Malaysian Prime Minister has stepped down and comedian Kavin Jay joins us today from his home in Kuala Lumpur to tell us why it happened and who might take over next. Along the way he catches us up on the key figures in Malaysian politics including Najib Razak, a former Prime Minister who is currently facing 14 years in prison but is still a me…
 
Guest Co-Host: Julia Hardy (she/her)- a BIPOC (Black Indigenous Person of Color), writer, TV junkie, queer, loving human. Civil servant working in affordable housing for the City of Los Angeles. She's serving Blerd Girl Magic and wellness. - astrological sign Virgo.Twitter: @BonjourBabar Instagram: @jules.du.jour) Bye Cuomo Beyonce Interview... Ess…
 
Francisco Ramos from Last Comic Standing, the animated film Rio and SHAMELESS on Netflix joins us to talk about his home country of Venezuela. After two decades of Hugo Chavez and now eight years of President/ Dictator Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela is beaten down economically and socially, and desperate for some kind of change. We talk about how to cou…
 
Samantha Nzessi is back - which is good because we need to break down all this sexism that is raging in our faces. From the outfits they make women wear in sports, to letting Simone Biles take care of her mental health to do what she needs to do, and in the entertainment world Scar Jo vs. Disney. In the main korner it is a news story that is the bl…
 
On July 7th the President of Haiti was assassinated by a group of 20+ mercenaries while sleeping inside his home. The killers managed to get into his gated community, past his bodyguards and into his home without any resistance, and curiously none of his bodyguards were injured. Who were these men? Who was behind the killing? Who is in charge of th…
 
Bruce is Back! But before the fun, the Pon De Replay is still raging- and at this point 1 of 3 things will happen to everyone when all is said and done. We saw a Quiet Place II which is great, except for one specific group of people. We gush about Black Widow and a theory we have about the character. DCEU is pumping out so much Black superheroness …
 
Like Loki, MacKenzie Green is BACK! We talk Loki, the MCU, and why does James’ friends keep spoiling these shows for him!? We love our new generation of teen dramas from HBO Max’s Gossip Girl reboot, to Never Have I Ever, and Genera+ion but as Refiniery 29 points out, do all of these groundbreaking shows have a colorism issue? In the main Korner we…
 
On July 11 Cubans took to the streets in over 50 towns and cities to protest their oppressive government. Fed up with a lack of food, poor health care, a growing Covid pandemic and more, people are risking their lives to speak up in the hopes that something will change. Almost immediately protestors were beaten, arrested and made to disappear while…
 
For their week off Kap and Turner release a recent episode from their full-throttle comedy podcast "Live From the Bunker", available at www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica. In this episode, Turner gets lost in Brooklyn's Hasidic Jewish neighborhood and Kaplan happily answers every question that came out of Turner's adventure. Lost In America is hosted by…
 
Ten churches in Canada were burned down on July 1 of this year, purposefully coinciding with the yearly celebration of Canada Day. The arson was meant to call attention to the thousands of unmarked graves of First Nations (Canada's Native Americans) children that have been found outside of Canada's notorious residential schools for indigenous child…
 
Editor Sarah Brown hops from behind the mic to in front, as she and James debrief the harrowing Britney Spears testimony. In summer fashion it's time to rewind to some of our best korners relevant for post Pride month, and as we head into summer. First up, James leads us through an exploration of the history of the Pink Triangle, which takes us to …
 
Japanese comedian Saku Yanagawa joins Lost In America to explain to us why 80% of Japanese people don't want the Olympics to happen in their country this summer, and the fifteen billion reasons why they are going to happen anyway. Saku Yanagawa was named Comedian of the Year in Japan for 2017 and 2018. He is now based in Chicago, Illinois. Check hi…
 
Minority Korner turns 6, and Nnekay is here to dish on the latest! James shares what it means to be out and proud at work, how far we’ve come, while still so much more to go. It may be Black Music Month, but the music industry’s report card is in on diversity and surprise: it’s not great. Nnekay did her homework and is bringing you the perfect Korn…
 
Two years ago Ukraine elected comedian Volodymyr Zelensky to be President of their country. With zero experience in politics Zelensky immediately had to deal with war threats from Putin in Russia, oligarchs in his own country vying for his attention and of course the infamous call with Trump. Today we check in with another Ukrainian comedian, Anton…
 
We kick things off celebrating Juneteenth! Gossip Girl is jumping on the representational reboot train with a diverse cast- but is it too little too late? In the Heights is caught up in a colorism scandal- we weigh in. In the main Korner James helps us celebrate Afro Latino’s since In The Heights ignored them, with 8 legends who’ve made impacts fro…
 
Benjamin Netanyahu is out, a new coalition government of moderates, far right wing types and Arab Israelis is in. What does this mean for the Arab world? How do these factions work together? How long will it last? Daniel Pomerantz from Honest Reporting in Tel Aviv, Israel joins us this week with all of the answers. Follow Daniel on Twitter: https:/…
 
Nationwide protests broke out in Colombia on April 28, 2021 and still have not stopped. A combination of the government's bad pandemic response, a poor healthcare system and an untimely tax hike sent opponents of President Ivan Duque Marquez to the streets. Here to explain why the protests are still happening and what might happen next is Colombian…
 
Ben Randle is back to help us celebrate and reflect on Pride month! But first the transition to post pandemy life seems to have it’s own set of challenges. Apparently there will be no Gay Love Island because we are a ‘logistical difficulty’... really?!?! We set out to solve immigration... or at least debate Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Gua…
 
Pride month is here, Avi (they/them) is here to snatch crowns and take names! HBO’s Genera+ion has rocked our world with authentic queer youth televsion, and Avi has the inside scoop through their connection to the series and how this groundbreaking work was created. The Hulu documentary The Orange Years about the history of Nickelodeon has us feel…
 
South Africa's legendary comedian David Kau joins the guy to explain the corruption charges against former South African President Jacob Zuma, and along the way catch them up on his country's history since apartheid ended in 1994. David Kau was a pioneering black comedian in South Africa when he started his career in the mid-1990s and is listed as …
 
Moury Minhaz (she/her) is back to save the day. Our original live stream episode with Nnekaky FitzClarke- lost to the ether so at the last minute, to do a re-record Thursday night before we launch Moury has graciously agreed to jump in the co-host seat. First up we talk about Barry Jenkins Underground Railroad series, must see TV. Anna Paquin calls…
 
Belarusian comedian Misha Kalhin joins the show from his possible new home of Yerevan, Armenia to update the guys on the latest madness coming out of his home country. On May 23, Belarus' government sent a MIG Fighter Jet into the air to intercept a Ryanair commercial flight that was passing through Belarus' airspace on its way from Greece to Lithu…
 
Michael Ira Kaplan and Turner Sparks get together for their monthly World's Smartest Podcast Network roundtable with Andrew Heaton and Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy to discuss the 2021 divorce rate drop in China, the unlikely popularity of Vermont's Republican governor, the amount of space dust on earth and new US app that let's you hire a private security…
 
James Arthur M. and Guest Co-Host MacKenzie Green try to get to the bottom of why best girl group of the last decade, Little Mix, hasn't taken off in the US yet!? Plus highly melanated member of the group Leigh-Anne Pinnock just released her groundbreaking documentary ‘Race, Power, and Pop’ exploring racism in the UK and in the music industry. As i…
 
It's a family affair this week as we celebrate the last week of the MaxFun Drive with a crossover episode with FANTI's Tre'vell Anderson (they/them). Pose Season 3 has started, is this landmark series ending too soon with nothing to replace it? The Republicans are up to more foolishness this time making it illegal to protest and raising a stink abo…
 
The Mongolian People's Party recently ruled, through congressional vote, to change the term limits for Mongolian President from two terms to one. In response, sitting President Battulga, who comes from the opposition Democratic Party, called for the Mongolian People's Party to be dissolved. As both sides wrestle for absolute power, the question bec…
 
It’s just a big ol love fest because the love James' life, and your life too is here: Renee Colvert from MaxFun’s Can I Pet Your Dog is here to help celebrate the Max Fun Drive! James the Culty that he is finally saw Netflix doc Wild Wild Country- and boy does it live up to it's name- but is it a cult? It's the summer of musicals with West Side Sto…
 
Since we last talked to Russian comedian Oleg Denisov (just eleven weeks ago), Vladimir Putin has done the following: Threatened to invade Ukraine with 100,000 troops Continued to imprison his political opposition Alexi Navalny, even with Navalny on a hunger strike and near death. Been sanctioned by the US for cyber attacks. Formally signed law to …
 
It's our 300th episode LIVE streamed from Oasis TV! Nnekay is back to celebrate this moment, we reminisce about the genesis of this podcast 6 years ago on the heels of Michael Brown, and with the verdict of the murder of George Floyd, how much has changed? Don Lemon had a questionable response to the killing of 16 year old Ma'Khia Bryant, and we he…
 
Peru's presidential race has narrowed down to two candidates, and Peruvian comedian Jaime Ferraro is back to tell us why neither is a great choice. On one side there is Keiko Fujimori, an authoritarian leaning daughter of Peru's former dictator Alberto Fujimori. Her father is currently in prison for murder, robbery and corruption. She just got out …
 
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