The Mideast Beast Podcast
Listen on Apple Podcasts

Dancing on Tables in Jerusalem (Episode 48)

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, Molly Livingstone sits down with Jerusalem City Council member and Head of the Yerushalmim (Jerusalemites) Party, Fleur Hassan Nahoum, to discuss the terrifying situation in Jerusalem. No, it has nothing to do with war or peace, it’s worse… politics and the upcoming mayoral elections. Find out her plan, her history of dancing on tables, and her future visions for the ever-so complicated city, Jerusalem.



The World Cup is Half Empty for Israel…Messi Messed it Up (Episode 47)

This week on the Mideast Beast podcast, host Alex Giles, a lightweight, sips his rosé wine, while Molly Livingstone could use something a bit harder (and that is what she said), and together the two discuss the football, the ladies, and the power. While it seems like Qatar Airlines doesn’t think a woman could run the company, Saudi Arabia has finally let women drive, even if only 10 have now received their licenses. Is it fair? Molly goes on a rant that involves planes, butts and obvious sexism – oh my. Alex tries to rile her up just a bit more with Argentina refusing to play their soccer match against Israel. So now what? You listen, and learn, or just listen.



Strike a Pose, The New Middle East Conflict, and Its Face lift (Episode 46)

Image is everything, and this week on the Mideast Beast Podcast hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss just how true that is when it comes to looking good in the Middle East conflict. The issues are not the standard ones, but more about gay couples, getting your face on for Ramadan, and how to cover up, so to speak. Is the peace talking finally being replaced by a picture that could say a thousand words?



Make Up Sexy Headline, Rinse, Lather, Repeat (Episode 45)

Reality is a lot like reality TV, the more fake it is, the more the truth sticks out. On this episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone has a deep conflicted conversation with Times of Israel Political Correspondent Haviv Rettig Gur. From his complicated name, to the complicated Middle East, to the complications of being a journalist when it comes to telling the story, the two battle it out to figure it out: reality. beliefs. emotions. And if Israel already supports gay marriage. Also, Iran. Gaza. Eurovision. There’s a lot to discuss. So start listening already.



Wag the Embassy… (Episode 44)

On this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone gives her firsthand account of the new US embassy, located in her remarkable neighborhood of Jerusalem (not unremarkable, as falsely reported by CNN). Host Alex Giles gets in a few words and speaks about the reaction to the embassy in Gaza, with the protest and death toll rising. Will it be an all out war between Israel and Gaza, or between Molly and Alex? Tune in.



From Stoned to Scotch: Sarah Tuttle-Singer Gets Real About Israel (Episode 43)

On this week’s Mideast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone digs in and deep (that’s what she said) with blogger and author of Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered, Sarah Tuttle-Singer. Sarah shares her intimate moments, struggles, scotch and thoughts on the complicated Middle East, Israel and her time spent as an interloper in the Old City of Jerusalem. Girlfriend doesn’t hold anything back. Legit, there’s even a moment of karaoke.



Dude, Where’s My Resort? (Episode 42)

There was a stabbing in Jerusalem, but don’t worry, it was only criminal. Yep, this is apparently life nowadays for host Molly Livingstone as she and host Alex Giles discuss the recent attack and why, if it’s not terrorism, it’s not scary – at least in the Middle East. And if modern day Israel wasn’t lame enough, listen in to find out how badass secret service agents of the Mossad set up a resort as a front in Sudan to rescue thousands of Ethiopian Jews. The hotel made beds by day, and once the tourists were tucked in at night, what may have seemed like a dream, was reality – undercover planes, and all – and all that on this week’s edition of The Mideast Beast Podcast.



Sisi’s Landslide, Kentucky’s Ark, & Saudi Princess Noura’s Catwalk: WTF (Episode 41)

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and a slightly tipsy (one cup of rose after a long day) Alex Giles discuss the most important matters in the entire world: Uber drivers who act Israeli, creationist museums with humans riding dinosaurs, dictators who force people to vote – and then win, and fashion week with no gays. Also, is there more than one Jerusalem? It’s not the alcohol talking… it’s Alex. Listen already to find out.



Broadcasting Fake News From Jail (Episode 40)

This week’s Mideast Beast Podcast is being broadcast from jail, as it is now a crime to broadcast fake news. Or is this fake news? It is… for now. Hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss the real news about fake news and how it is affecting the world, the media and the people. From Malaysia, where fake news legislation will make it a crime to broadcast fake news, punishable up to six years in jail, to the Middle East where the recent events in Gaza have been distorted by hashtags, how will we know what the truth is and who will get to decide it? All that, and some freaky sh*t from Turkish President Erdogan (try saying that name out loud) that you definitely want to know about.



Saudi Arabia’s “It” Prince, D-Bag Bureaucrats, and La La Land’s Polite People (Episode 39)

With Prince Mohammed of Saudi Arabia and host Molly Livingstone both in the US on tour, it’s only a matter of time before their paths cross. Until then, the podcast covers the prince’s visit to the White House, his weird mommy issues, and co-host Alex Giles’s not-boy crush. The two also discuss the red tape around the red ribbon ceremony for the new impending Jerusalem US embassy (slated to open in May), polite Americans, and their desire to know what Israelis actually think about Trump.



The Prince and the Prime Minister (Episode 38)

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, we learn about host Alex Giles’s new bromance with the Saudi prince (listen to find out exactly which one it is). While Alex plans his future, host Molly Livingstone brings us into the present with a live siren drill preparing Israel for war. Is it fake news, or a bit too real?



Bibi’s Off-Broadway Show Comes to AIPAC and Also There’s An Octopus (Episode 37)

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles pack it in on AIPAC, that friendly Israel loving lobby. It’s all about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s off-Broadway (way off Broadway) one man show. What will Bibi say, and will it be another chorus of Iran, bombs, and BDS? Well, if Alex can stop ranting about his first world problems, and Molly can stop chastising him for whining about his first world problems, we may find out. Also, there’s an Octopus and the Koran. Just listen.



Bibi’s Indictments for Dummies: Lowball Bribes, Germans, and So Far No Naked Ladies (Episode 36)

If all the world’s a stage, then all the world leaders are on a big reality show to see who plays the worst (meaning best) villain. On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone sits down and tears down Times of Israel journalist Raoul Wootliff, to find out what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did to become our latest villain. With the looming indictments, Wootliff explains the cases, alleged bribes, and supposed crimes. Will this be the PM’s final act? Listen, learn, and judge for yourself.



Iran Goes Nuclear Over Olympic Size Goodie Bag Mishap… At The Olympics (Episode 35)

Sanction, s’manction… Aren’t rules just made to be broken, especially when it comes to the Olympics, the Middle East, and goodie bags? On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles gossip about the Iranian Olympic team, who, as it turns out, didn’t get their Samsung goodie bags (that’s what adult male Alex calls them)due to some UN sanctions. And just like the Olympics, which never seem to end, the two discuss yet another tragic school shooting in the US, and continued murders in Syria, while Molly goes on a rant.



Israel Takes Home Gold for Drone Hunting in Middle East Winter Olympic Games (Episode 34)

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles talk war games, as in, is Israel at war or is this just a politically savvy game to change the headlines? More importantly, is anyone actually watching the Olympics? Is there an Israeli team that could take home the gold in such sports as curling, or should Israel stick to shooting drones in the Middle East? Or, better yet, is that once again another politically savvy game to change the headlines?



Goldielocks and the Three Risky Bears (Episode 33)

On this week’s edition of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles challenge the audience on what they really know about the headlines, terrorism, and Africa’s being a country. And find out if you’re a Goldielocks. Yep, a Goldielocks.



Somewhere Over the Armageddon Rainbow… #FierceFierce (Episode 32)

In this week’s Mideast Beast podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles break down Vice President Pence’s recent visit to Israel, and almost have their own breakdown as they uncover the truth behind Evangelical Christians, peace plans, and streets named Penis. Alex tries to come up with his own plans, but is so fearful of what’s to come (and his Christmas Cake addiction frankly doesn’t help), he is actually at a loss for words and can only manage to shout out, “Fierce fierce.” Listen in and hastag #FierceFierce to support him through this difficult and #FierceFierce time.



Uber Cool: Women Drivers in Saudi Arabia (Episode 31)

How’s this for some good news in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia will allow women to take the front seat and become shared-ride drivers (never mind that they can’t drive at night, can’t take men, and make almost no money). In this week’s episode, hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss this whole new world, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (you need to listen to understand why), and a bit of a chat on the #MeToo Movement’s destroying journalism everywhere.



The Rebel Rabbi & The Long Awaited Israeli Spring (Episode 30)

On this week’s edition of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone is joined by the Rebel Rabbi Chuck Davidson, who continues his controversial battle against the Israeli Chief Rabbinate dictating Jewish law when it comes to birth, marriage, divorce, and death. This Orthodox rabbi discusses his intent to destroy the rabbinical courts’ monopoly, perform illegal marriages, and his hope to finally be arrested for his crimes. His message is clear and in this episode he is talking to you, in the hopes of creating an uprising to take down the system, separate religion and state, and maybe even get you married (he’ll do it for free, and you might just end up in jail, adding a whole new meaning to “ball and chain.”) Say I do, and listen in.



Alternative Facts Might Just Be The Veil Of Truth For 2018 (Episode 29)

With protests in Iran, fighting in Pakistan, and the usual failure of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, maybe Trump’s bizarre tweets are the “simple solution.” Hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss how tweets make headlines, headlines sound fake, and fake is now killing satire. After all, if the headlines sound like a joke, then what material do we have to work with? It’s a conversation you’ll want to be a part of, even if it means you may fall apart. Listen in!