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My Friend's Secret Obsession
98 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Harry Potter Hates: A Strongly Worded Email to an Ex
Snape, Snape, Severus Snape, Dumbledore! Who is unlikeable, and who's just plain problematic? Is retconning 'wokeness' ever acceptable? (No). Can we ever forgive J K Rowling? (No). Do we still love the magical world of Harry Potter? (Well, it's not that simple). Listen as we process what we call the hardest break up of our lives.
93 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Harry Potter Loves: A Love Letter to our Ex
How much has Harry Potter shaped who we are as people? Would Momina and Mariyam even be friends if it wasn't for S.P.E.W? (IT'S SPEW, ACTUALLY!). Listen as we put all the problematic stuff aside for a moment to talk about why we fell in love with Harry Potter in the first place. First of a two-parter where we celebrate everything we love about the magical world (the deep dig into the trauma comes in Part Two). Accio, the feels!
79 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Oprah's Favorite Things: That is a Lot of Billions
It's OPRAH'S FAVORITE THINGS. So who gets a car and who just gets schooled on their privilege? Is Oprah Winfrey truly a trailblazer or is she just a talk show host? Does she deserve her hero status or are we just starved for someone to look up to? Listen as Momina talks about why she is so obsessed with the Oprah Winfrey Show (and especially the Christmas shows that celebrate materialism). Happy Holidays, everyone!
79 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
911 Calls: My Chimp Killed My Friend & Other Strange Stories
This week, we're diving into 911 Calls - from the absurd and infuriating, to the creepy and heartbreaking. Are 911 Calls the soul of humanity condensed into bite-sized audio clips? Does Jon Benet Ramsay's mother sound guilty? Will the little boy ever find out what 2 plus 5 is? Listen and find out!
92 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Movie Tropes: Tsunderes, Bad Boys and Makeovers
Do actors not realize their coffee cups are obviously empty? Do people even answer calls with a 'hello' anymore? Dad, was it always my dream or yours? Listen as Mariyam unravels the tenuous thread that is Movie Tropes, and chooses some of her favorites. We're getting too old for this shit.
89 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
American Idol: Cher at the Dentist
Was there more to American Idol than Simon's finest insults? Why did Taylor Hicks win? More importantly, why was a brown girl (Mariyam) obsessed with a foreign singing competition she couldn't even vote for? Listen as Momina navigates through the surprisingly political minefield of American Idol. Seacrest, out!
87 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Fan Fiction: Y/N, SanSan and My Immortal Walk into a Bar
Were Draco and Harry basically canon? Are Sandor and Sansa the superior OTP? Are fanfiction writers actually writers? Listen as Mariyam discovers the world of fanfiction and ends up owning it more than Momena does, maybe?
95 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Moulin Rouge: Courtesans with Consumption
Windmills and love songs on giant elephants! Is there more to Mariyam's secret obsession than this? Listen to Momina begrudgingly admit THAT version of Your Song is superior, and that Horace Slughorn is actually a really convincing virgin? Is Moulin Rouge an overwrought, overproduced piece of crap, or is it a sweet, boisterous epic? Find out which side of the fence Momina favors.
38 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Dyatlov Pass Minisode: Parallel Parking Aliens
Here's our uncut conversation with our Alien Expert (AKA Brother). Follow us down the alien-theory rabbithole with Brother, who probably did more research on this than we did.
91 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Dyatlov Pass: Abominable Snowmen and Glow Orbs
This week, Mariyam dives into the Dyatlov Pass Mystery, one of Momina's secret obsessions. Listen as we go knee-deep in frigid theories of Abominable Snowpeople, glow orbs, or possibly... aliens?? (Cue History Channel Guy Meme). With a special appearance by our Alien Expert (AKA Brother).
71 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Gorillas: 2 Fast 2 Gorilla
For this week's episode, Momina disovers that Mariyam is obsessed with Gorillas - not the band, the actual animal! Listen to Momina talk about Primary Primates, dubbed Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla (by mad scientists, probably), and explore gorillas in pop culture - is King Kong a realistic representation of gorillas? How do gorillas stay so buff eating their body weight in leaves? Would you fight a gorilla in your weight class? Listen to find out more!
88 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Mughal Women: Literal Queens and Miscellaneous Fuckbois
In this episode, Mariyam delves into something Momina is secretly obsessed with--the women of the Mughal Empire. Listen as Mariyam tries to differentiate her Jehan Ara Begums from her Nur Jehans and discover that these women were actually the original boss bitches?
48 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
K-pop: Big Torn Sausages
For our first episode, Momina does a deep-dive on Mariyam's secret obsession: K-pop. Listen to her choose her bias group, borderline anger the ARMY, and struggle with an EXO-rbitant amount of K-pop band members.
17 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
My Friend's Secret Obsession: The Intro Episode
Hello! We are Mariyam and Momina. We’ve been friends since the seventh grade, and over the last 16 years, we’ve shared a mutual love of Harry Potter and a general apathy towards Steven Moffat. But like all things, our obsessions have changed. Momina’s into fantasy novels, video games, and songs that make her miserable. Mariyam has a love for pop music, fitness, and mindless internet content. In this podcast, we’ll do a deep-dive on something our friend loves. Maybe we’ll end up loving it too. Welcome to My Friend’s Secret Obsession.
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