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The Brown Burndown: An Indian American Pop Culture Pod
40 minutes | a month ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 25: Wonder Woman
Happy 2021, dudes! New year...same problems. We're kicking off the year with a little bit of everything: Hilaria Baldwin, mask-less Nickyanka, and the jaggery of GBBO. We'll then dive into the new Wonder Woman film, which is just...yikes. Tl;dr racism is still out! Our apologies for the time lag in releasing this ep, but tune in for our LIVE reactions to the January 6th attack on the US Capitol (smh), which now feels like a solid 5 years ago. Is it still only January?
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Throwback Tofurkey Surprise
You guys, it's finally here. Our much anticipated, high quality Thanksgiving special that only took us one full year to edit is out today! Tune in to be transported to the days of glorious, mask-free living (not a 2020 White House event but...just 2019 lol). And while 2019 may seem like a different era, we still appreciate the constants in our lives: #nickyanka, contemplating bangs, and laughing from pure JOY. Thanks for listening these past 2 years -- we're so grateful for all of you!
38 minutes | 3 months ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 24: VICTORY* episode!
We've been waiting two long years of podcasting to say this...THIS IS OUR VICTORY EPISODE! And it's...surprisingly depressing? This slightly ramble-y episode has everything: Jake Tapper, Secret Societies, and 14,000 "like"s...oh wait, those are the parts we cut. Instead we give you: investigative journalism concerning Priyanka's bangs, Kennedy school gossip, and the small wins we took out of this election (plus one very big win). We did it guys! Here's hoping the next four years are easier. PS Apologies for the audio issues. Tars is fixing her mic for next time. PPS this episode is dedicated to Krisha
39 minutes | 4 months ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 23: South Asians for Biden
We're back for a very special election episode! First, we check in with all our usual favs: Patriot Act was cancelled, Djok still sucks, Mindy had a baby, #nickyanka are still #nickyankaing. Also, we rank American Girl Dolls and take another swipe at colonialism (and non mask wearers SMH). tl;dr: GO VOTE! Your voice matters! Some ways to get involved: https://joebiden.com/take-action/ https://swingleft.org/take-action?s=u https://www.powerthepolls.org/
40 minutes | 6 months ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 22: Emergency KAMALA Episode + Indian Matchmaking
We paused the editing of 2(!) other episodes to bring you: THE EMERGENCY KAMALA EPISODE! Where we discuss: the new DOJ case against Yale (ick), Priyanka's new crocs ad (lol), somehow Chris Pratt (it kinda made sense in context) and most importantly KAMALA HARRIS, Joe Biden's recently announced running mate. Also, we spend half the episode talking about Indian Matchmaking, so there you go. Note: to make this emergency episode we recorded early Tars time, for extra fun note how much more awake she sounds starting at the midpoint mark. As always, email us at email@example.com. Articles referenced: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/opinion/sunday/indian-matchmaking-netflix.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/indian-americans-want-to-claim-kamala-harris-as-ours-its-a-trap/2020/08/14/74865cb0-dd88-11ea-8051-d5f887d73381_story.html
38 minutes | 9 months ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 21: #BlackLivesMatter & Anti-Blackness in South Asian Culture
Taking a break from fluffy celebrity stuff to talk about what really matters. This week, we discuss the model minority myth and how much it harms Black communities, how Bollywood celebrities are #hypocrites for promoting #BlackLivesMatter while also endorsing whitening creams, and how South Asians owe so much to MLK who "cced" them on the Civil Rights movement in 1965. Real talk, it's been a rough few weeks and we're here for anyone who wants to reach out. Sending
38 minutes | 10 months ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 20: Never Have I Ever
You asked, and we delivered. We're back, discussing Mindy Kaling's new Netflix show Never Have I Ever (!!!). First, we do a quick check in with #nickyankawatch2020 and refuse to encourage their "subtle" seltzer promotion, update you on our quarantine life (spoiler: there are no bangs), and then get right down to the most important Indian-american TV show thus far! We are nothing if not haters, but around 28:40 we get into what we really loved, how much we sobbed, and why we're so glad this show exists. Follow us on insta @thebrownburndown, twitter @brownburndown and email your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org And if you've made it this far, DM Rabs "Happy Birthday"!!
32 minutes | 10 months ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 19 - Friendship in the Time of Coronavirus
We're back! This week, we're delivering a (hopefully) 31 min distraction from the dumpster fire that is life right now. Tune in to hear what we're watching, what we're wearing (spoiler: it's PJs), and what we might do to our hair (!!!). Objections are welcome. As always, in both the rough times and the good ones, we're here for you guys
42 minutes | a year ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 18 Part 2 - Celebs Have Thoughts with Trisha Sakhuja-Walia
And we're back! This week in Part 2, we're finishing our lingering thoughts from a month ago (oops, our b) about the Oscars, Aladdin part deux, and whether Crocs will ever be in (spoiler: no). And finally, we're so excited to feature a very special guest, Trisha Sakhuja-Walia, CEO and Co-Founder of Brown Girl Magazine (!!!). For more on all the amazing things she's doing, check out www.browngirlmagazine.com.
34 minutes | a year ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 18 Part 1 - Jameela
Well, we did it. Our rambling has finally gotten the better of us and we had to turn this episode into two parts. In Part 1, we introduce our exciting celeb guest (but never get around to her interview...#ourbad), walk you through the DRAMA that has been Jameela Jamil's twitter this week, go through a long illuminating journey with James Blake, and manage to sneak in a Priyanka comment in even though #nickyanakwatch2020 is in Part 2. Stay tuned for the sequel!
43 minutes | a year ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 17 - Megxit and the Commonwealth
Meghan and Harry decided to peace out, and we're here to break it ALL down. This week, we dive into #Megxit and try to understand what exactly the Commonwealth is/does (spoiler: it's shady, and we don't understand it). We'll also cover a Golden Globes recap, #nickyankawatch2020, and a SHOCKING discovery that we made live while recording. It's a doozy! As always, email us with thoughts, comments, and critiques at email@example.com, and follow us on Twitter (!!!) @brownburndown.
46 minutes | a year ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 16 - The Citizenship Amendment Act
Happy New Year! The year is 2020, and things are, well, not so great. This week, we're filling you in on the dangerous laws and scary events that have been happening in India over the past couple months. Our thoughts are with all of the people affected by these laws and the brave protesters who are risking their lives for what is right. If you have thoughts to add, reading to improve our knowledge, or ways to help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. On a lighter note, it's also our anniversary episode! So, in true TBBD fashion, we'll give ya the update on #nickyankawatch2020 (!!!), Kumail's thirst trap, and the dirt on which celeb is a huge diva from a first-hand source. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners for tuning in for over a year!
44 minutes | a year ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 15 - The Royals Part 2
We're back and here to spread holiday cheer by taking down the monarchy, part deux. Of course, we'll first fill you in on #nickyanka2k19 shenanigans, NYT Cooking fails, and how we mastered the art of inception (lit not kidding). And while our hot take may be a little tardy, our point still stands! Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating, and many many thanks to all our loyal listeners. We are so grateful for you!
39 minutes | a year ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 14 - White Saviors
WE BAAAAAACK!!!!! Sincere apologies for the extended hiatus but...we did warn you. This week we bask in the joy of being BACK and skip over the "how was your summer?" niceties (if you wanna know, email us) to get to the MEAT. This week we tackle all that #nickyanka have been up to (spoiler: a lot and also nothing), gush about Fed for another few hours (we edited it, don't worry), and spend a serious portion of the episode discussing mission trips, the white savior complex, and why it's still so prevalent in western media. Don't forget to rate, review, subscribe, and EMAIL US @ email@example.com
32 minutes | 2 years ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 13 - Our Friends Have Thoughts
It's our season finale, featuring only the coolest, greatest, most intelligent people on the planet...our loyal listeners! We're dedicating this episode to YOU by sharing allll of the thoughts you've shared with us. And obvs, it wouldn't be a true Burndown episode without updates on #nickyankawatch2k19 , so tune in for the goss, the laughs, and (of course) the shade. Much love and thanks to all our listeners this year -- we'll be back with season 2 very soon! And as always, to have your thoughts included in a future ep, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
36 minutes | 2 years ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 12 - Late Night
Anddddd, we're back! This week, we're talking about Mindy Kaling's new film "Late Night" (a.k.a. Another Tale of Mindy + Her Exclusively White BFs lol). We also share some VERY hot takes from our most dedicated listeners and fill you in on some shocking celebrity wedding news. As a special bonus, Rabs reveals her secret childhood crush, and it's #embarrassing. Tune in now!
38 minutes | 2 years ago
Celebs Have Thoughts: Kiran Rai aka KayRay
This week we have a very special episode where we chat with model/actress/director/YouTuber (say that 5 times fast) Kiran Rai, covering everything from tokenism, South Asian mental health stigmas, and how cute we may or may not be. But first, we reflect on Aladdin's life-changing impact on the South Asian Halloween costume industry, remind you that #kevinruinseverything, and stress that you should EMAIL us at email@example.com. Kiran's interview starts at 16:04!
37 minutes | 2 years ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 11 - Aladdin
A musical fantasy entirely about brown peeps set in a vaguely Middle Eastern city that's now a blockbuster hit? You bet we have thoughts! This week, we explore the whole new world of Aladdin -- come join us for the ride (lol). We also update you on our soon-to-be trending #nickyankawatch2k19 and finally reveal the winner of our super amazing, really awesome prize ;)
34 minutes | 2 years ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 10 - Coachella & Avengers
We did it!! It's EPISODE TEN!!! Here's to many many more and a far more expensive SoundCloud subscription 🙄. This week we gift you with a DOUBLE FEATURE and discuss both cultural appropriation in festival wear (#coachella) and tokenism in superhero movies (#avengers). We also give love to our fav publication of all time and try to cover up the fact that Tars's audio bowed out for half the episode. Plus: we seem just despo enough and beg you to EMAIL us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your #hottakes.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
The Brown Burndown Episode 9 - Game of Thrones
Hold onto your hats, dudes! Winter is coming...and it's really, really white. This week, we delve deep into the world of fantasy and discuss brown representation (or lack thereof...surprise, surprise) in the genre. And we only spend 2 minutes talking about the Jonas Brothers! A miracle! #notajobropodcast Also, we reveal a really cool, very fun prize that we're offering to our favorite listener (spoiler: it's super awesome).
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