Back To School with Maz Jobrani

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Maz Jobrani and his co-hosts Tehran and Kaitlin will be talking to professors and experts from all walks of life who will educate them on a plethora of subjects, from God to fashion to Russian politics and more. The show was inspired by Maz’s 10 year-old son who asked Maz a question that he didn’t have an answer for. Rather than facing the embarrassment of turning to Google to answer his son yet again, Maz decided it was time to bring in the experts to help expand his knowledge once and for all. Join Maz and his pals as they audit the classes of esteemed experts and try to learn something while also being funny. Don't spend thousands of dollars to get a graduate degree - just go back to school with Maz Jobrani!

Introducing Back to School with Maz Jobrani
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All Episodes

This week we’re joined by former federal prosecutor and MSNBC Analyst Glenn Kirschner who talks to us about the Kyle Rittenhouse case, the fate of Donald Trump and why it’s taking so long for the January 6th insurrectionists to be prosecuted! Listeners get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at BetterHelp.com/SCHOOL  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 23

59 min 17 sec

This week we’re joined by Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian who is here to talk to us about his new podcast, what life is like in a political prison in Iran, and why if you’re ever in a totalitarian country, you shouldn’t mention avocados! As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at BetterHelp.com/SCHOOL See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 16

1 hr 18 min

This week we’re joined by actress, musician and activist Ariana Delawari who is here to talk to us about the first time she performed her music in Afghanistan, her documentary ‘We Came Home’ and why the Taliban is just like Frankenstein!  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 9

1 hr 3 min

This week we’re joined by Professor Ramesh Srinivasan who is here to talk to us about the Facebook Papers, why it’s too late to leave social media and how any way you look at it, we're screwed! As a listener, you’ll get 10% off  your first month by visiting our sponsor at BetterHelp.com/SCHOOL See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2

52 min 42 sec

This week we’re joined by climate scientist and author, Katharine Hayhoe who tells us about how we can slow climate change, the relationship between religious people and climate change deniers and why everyone should be talking about climate change! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 26

50 min 8 sec

This week we’re joined by founder of Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, Meg Zucker, who talks to us about how she is helping kids embrace their differences through her non-profit program, why what makes you different is what makes you you and why what other people think of you is none of your business! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 19

49 min 35 sec

This week we're joined by CEO of Invest Diva, Kiana Danial, who is here to talk to us about what bitcoin is, why you need to start investing today and why proving someone wrong can be the ultimate motivator! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 12

57 min 35 sec

This week we’re joined by co-founder of the Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein, who’s here to tell us about his new book The American Experiment, how China is poised to overtake the US as a global superpower, and how if you invest all your money in cryptocurrency, you’re an idiot!  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 5

53 min 37 sec

This week we’re joined by co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise Mark Barden who is here to talk to us about what his organization is doing to prevent future massacres, how when in doubt, you should always speak up and why you should stay away from Missouri! Match with a licensed therapist when you go to talkspace.com and get $100 off your first month with the promo code SCHOOL. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 28

55 min 57 sec

This week we’re joined by filmmaker Nick Scown who is here to tell us about his new documentary Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11, the role that comedy had in healing the nation after 9/11 and how the name Nick helped him find success in the film industry! Go to GreenChef.com/SCHOOL100 and use code SCHOOL100 to get $100 off including free shipping!   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 21

1 hr 7 min

This week we’re joined by Wahidullah Asghary, who is here from Afghanistan on a Special Immigrant Visa and who is here to tell us about what life was like in Afghanistan before America went in, what life was like while America was there and why you should never drive in Afghanistan!  Match with a licensed therapist when you go to talkspace.com and get $100 off your first month with the promo code SCHOOL. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 14

49 min 43 sec

This week we’re joined by co-founder of Represent Us, Joshua Graham Lynn, who talks to us about how his organization helps to fix broken elections, why we all need to get involved to pass the For the People Act and how if you really want to make a difference, you should become a billionaire! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 7

55 min 1 sec

This week we’re joined by the director, Jimmy Goldblum, and subject, Mohamad Hafez, of the Oscar-nominated documentary, A Broken House, who are here to talk to us about the importance of understanding refugees coming to America, the key to making a good documentary, and how being a hoarder might actually mean you’re an artist. Watch "A Broken House" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gyDEcXLbOZs See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 31

1 hr

This week we’re joined by psychologist Dr. Katrin Malakuti, who is here to tell us what being a psychologist in a maximum security prison is like, why becoming a psychologist is hard work but worth it, and how the most difficult part of being a psychologist is having your inmate patients fall in love with you. Match with a licensed therapist when you go to talkspace.com and get $100 off your first month with the promo code SCHOOL. Go to GreenChef.com/SCHOOL100 and use code SCHOOL100 to get $100 off including free shipping! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 24

59 min 23 sec

This week we’re joined by Cirque du Soleil performer and world class contortionist Gula Karaeva who tells us about what it takes to become a contortionist, what life is like as part of a circus and how the best way to end a show is with an orgy! Go to breinfuel.com and use code SCHOOL at checkout for 15% off your order.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 17

59 min 39 sec

This week we’re joined by the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian who’s here to tell us how fun it is it to be a mechanical engineer, why smart cars are actually stupid and how we’re not that far away from having flying cars. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 10

58 min 12 sec

This week we’re joined by professor and author Susan Paterno who is here to talk to us about her new book Game On, why college admissions in the U.S. is so messed up, and how if you really want to get your kid into a top school, buy a horse!  Go to breinfuel.com and use code SCHOOL at checkout for 15% off. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 3

1 hr 7 min

This week we’re joined by oncologist and author Dr. Ken Vuu who talks to us about how to begin leading a healthy life, why it’s good to be the black sheep in the family and why wine is actually good for you! Go to GreenChef.com/SCHOOL100 and use code SCHOOL100 to get $100 off including free shipping! Get $100 off your first month​ with code SCHOOL at talkspace.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 27

58 min 14 sec

This week we're joined by Fox San Diego morning news anchor and beauty pageant winner Shally Zomorodi who talks to us about what it takes to make it in TV news, why you have to embrace your roots and why your parents shouldn’t let you shave your legs! Get $100 off your first month​ with code SCHOOL at talkspace.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 13

57 min 20 sec

This week we’re joined by O.J. Simpson’s former Defense Attorney, Carl E. Douglas, who talks to us about why O.J. was found not guilty, systemic racism in America and how if you want to build a pool, you should just sue General Motors! Get $100 off your first month​ with code SCHOOL at talkspace.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 6

1 hr 1 min

This week we’re joined by professional poker player and winner of Miss Iran, Melika Razavi, who teaches us about what it takes to be a professional poker player, why you should never play the victim in your own story and how the key to winning a poker tournament is not drinking too many margaritas! Get $100 off your first month​ with code SCHOOL at talkspace.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 29

54 min 49 sec

This week we're joined by actor Kato Kaelin who is here to talk to us about life after testifying as a witness in the OJ Simpson murder trial, his new role as host of Wizard World and the foolproof way to remember a billionaire's name! Go to hellofresh.com/12school and use code “12school” for 12 free meals, including free shipping! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 22

55 min 14 sec

This week we’re joined by former federal prosecutor and MSNBC Analyst Glenn Kirschner who teaches us about what a federal prosecutor does, the time he was followed by the world’s lousiest hitman and how Donald Trump is quite possibly the head of a criminal organization! Go to hellofresh.com/12school and use code “12school” for 12 free meals, including free shipping! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 15

1 hr 16 min

This week we’re joined by Heisman trophy winner, NFL superstar, and podcast host Ricky Williams who teaches us how to find our purpose in life, the moment he discovered how life-changing Cannabis is, and how he knew Maz was born to be a comedian. Go to hellofresh.com/12school and use code “12school” for 12 free meals, including free shipping! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 8

58 min 39 sec

This week we’re joined by journalist, author and humanitarian Tara Kangarlou who talks to us about her new book The Heartbeat of Iran, how to channel anger into impact, and the role that’s going to get Tehran his first Oscar! Go to hellofresh.com/12school and use code “12school” for 12 free meals, including free shipping! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 1

1 hr

This week we’re joined by Comedy Legend Lizz Winstead who talks to us about what it was like to co-create The Daily Show, her new comedy special Corona Borealis, and how Republicans should be vac-seened not HEARD! Go to hellofresh.com/12school and use code “12school” for 12 free meals, including free shipping! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 25

1 hr 13 min

This week we're joined by author of Jackpot and senior editor at Mother Jones, Michael Mechanic who is here to tell us about why rich people are so miserable, how we can close the wealth gap in the US and why it's too late to invest in bitcoin! Go to hellofresh.com/12school and use code “12school” for 12 free meals, including free shipping! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 18

1 hr 3 min

This week we’re joined by talk show host, podcaster and comedian, Adam Carolla, who is here to talk to us about cancel culture, racism in America and why your neighbors are probably not racist, they’re just dickheads! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 11

58 min 22 sec

This week we’re joined by Twitter comedian Jojo from Jerz who teaches us how to increase your social media following, why it’s important to use your voice no matter who you are and why she has beef with Scott Baio! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 5

1 hr 5 min

This week we’re joined by Iran-expert and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Karim Sadjadpour, who is here to tell us about how Iran-US relations are changing under the Biden Administration, why there's hope for a democratic society in Iran and why all Iranians suffer from PTSD! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 27

1 hr 19 min

This week we’re joined by actress and influencer Brittany Furlan who teaches us how she found success on social media and how you can too, how to manage anxiety using natural remedies and how hanging out in a cemetery led to her meeting Jim Carrey! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 20

1 hr 15 min

This week we’re joined by author, journalist and director of Middle East studies at UPenn John Ghazvinian who is here to talk to us about the history between the US and Iran, what we can do to make peace happen, and why the British are to blame for everything! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 13

1 hr

This week we’re joined by CEO of Emgage, Middle East expert and former state department employee Wa'el Alzayat who is here to teach us about the conflict in Syria, why there’s hope for democracy in the Middle East and lastly, where to get the best Syrian food in America! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 6

59 min 12 sec

This week we’re joined by professor, author and Washington Post columnist Dr. Brian Klaas who tells us why democracy is dying, whether Donald Trump was good or bad for democracy and why Starbucks is the best place to meet if you’re worried about the KGB spying on you! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 30

1 hr 4 min

This week we're joined by comedy writer and director Payman Benz who teaches us about how to get started with a career in comedy, what it takes to be a successful Film & TV director and why working for free can ultimately pay off in the end! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 23

1 hr 3 min

This week we're joined by author and professor Doctor Ian Jenkins who is here to tell us about his new book Three Dads and a Baby, how to be the best parent you can be regardless of your family structure and the right way to apologize! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 16

51 min 54 sec

This week we're joined by former Secretary of Labor and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich who teaches us why the middle class is disappearing, why we need to get big corporations out of politics and what tulips have to do with the rise in GameStop stock! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 9

54 min 44 sec

This week we're joined by scientist, engineer and human rights activist Firouz Naderi who talks to us about the latest Mars landing, why everyone needs to be involved in politics no matter what field they’re in and whether Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos or NASA will be the first to get humans to Mars. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2

58 min

This week we're joined by sports journalist and fellow Iranian-American, Arash Markazi, who talks to us about how you can find success pursuing your passion no matter what it is, what it's like to cover sports during a pandemic and the role Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kobe Bryant played in his weight loss journey! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 23

1 hr 6 min

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Feb 18

7 min 45 sec

This week author, cultural critic and podcaster Touré stops by to talk to us about Black history month, how we can fix the race problem in America and how when you learn a foreign language from a male friend, they usually teach you how to cuss! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 16

1 hr 10 min

This week, we’re joined by therapist and relationship expert Amanda E. White who is here to tell us about the difference between guilt and shame, what you should do for your pandemic Valentine’s Day and how if you’re looking to get married you should lower your expectations. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 12

53 min 48 sec

This week we're joined by author and parenting expert Jordan Shapiro, who teaches us why it's okay for your children to be on screens, tells us that you can be the hero of your own story, while also being the villain in someone else's and how you should try to become the voice in your kids' head. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 8

1 hr 5 min

In this episode we learn from marketing genius and weed connoisseur, Jared Mirsky who teaches us how to tell the difference between indica and setiva, what age is the right age to try weed, how to market your business no matter what industry you’re in plus more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 1

1 hr 15 min

This week we’re joined by documentary filmmakers Marcia Ross and Jeff Kaufman who talk to us about their new film Nasrin, which centers on the riveting story of Nasrin Soutoudeh, a human rights lawyer imprisoned in Iran. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 25

1 hr 2 min

This week, we’re joined by comedian Sammy Obeid who tells us about how his 2020 was crazier than your 2020, the importance of sharing your feelings, and why you should never go to a doctor with a one star rating! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 18

1 hr 20 min

This week, we're joined by comedian Liz Miele who talks to us about her new comedy special, Self Help Me, about the difficulty of being a female comedian in the male-dominated world of comedy, and how audiences treat female comedians the same way that immigrant parents treat their kids who are comedians - they tell them they suck!  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 11

1 hr 6 min

This week, we're joined by Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics from USC, who tells us why it's never too late to learn a language, why it's Farsi, not Persian, and that if you really want to learn a language, you should take a shot of Jack Daniels first! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 4

57 min 2 sec

This week, we're joined by Matchmakers Daniella Bloom and Jessica Fass who teach us how to find our soulmates during a global pandemic, why the lockdown is actually the best and cheapest time to date, and the importance of taking a bath before a Zoom date! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

1 hr 8 min

This week, Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and author of the book Disloyal, talks to us about prison reform, why Trumpism is a cult, and how you should always listen to your grandmother, but sometimes it will land you in jail!  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 16 min