The Mstdfr Show

Mstdfr (Arabic: مستدفر) is a Middle Eastern geeky podcast spoken in "Arablish". Every week, Ammar and Rami host different regional guests to talk about various topics including: current affairs, culture, technology, media, challenges facing the new Arab generation, and everything in between.

Hosted by المسثضيف Ammar Sabban
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We geek Star Wars today! We discuss the best order to watch the movies, the infamous Darth Vader misquote, why did Luke kiss his sister, how sci-fi feeds into technological advancement, The Force Awakens Trailer, and much more. Of course: SPOILERS ALERT!


We host Majid Al-Reefi a sports fan and an american football die-hard. We discuss what makes sports exciting, the role it played in former Yugoslavia politics, the rules and history of american football, refereeing in soccer, american football, and tennis, injuries and concussions, sports in Saudi Arabia, and a lot more.


Nour Fetyani, Jeddah’s pre-eminent tree hugger, joins us on MSTDFR to talk to us about Mother Earth. We talk about the journey toward, and the struggle for, environmentalism in Saudi Arabia. We appreciate the balance of nature and talk about the need to protect that balance. And we discuss the the quality of our food and where it comes from.


In this episode we explore the interesting success story of Lomar thobes with it’s founder Loai Nasseem. No success story is complete without failures. Loai tells us his failures that led to the success of Lomar.


In this episode we host Abdullah Sabban. Listen to this episode to find out how Abdullah was involved in a major international political incident. We then talk about corporate life, self-help books & self-improvement, discipline in the Saudi workforce, and realizing dreams.


For the month of Movember, we decided to shed light on prostate cancer. We host Dr. Abdulhakeem Jomah and start talking about working out, supplements, and nutrition. We also talk about the medical industry in Saudi Arabia from Hakeem’s experience in Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies to his adventures in practicing medicine in the ‘Karantena’ district in Jeddah.


We start talking about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which is a test designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. We then geek out on our very own show; MSTDFR! We talk about how the show came to be, our listeners, our stats so far, and our plans.


This week we host Dr. Sari Sabban (No relation to Ammar) a molecular biologist and biotechnologist. Sari tells us how he got into science and the interesting journey on how he ended up as a molecular biology. We discuss DNA, the human genome project, and protein folding. Then Sari proceeds to blow our minds with amazing biological facts: Gros Michel bananas, fecal transplantation, crowdsourcing technologies in science, anti-vaxxers, vitamin C and much more!


Today we start with reminiscing about our online personas 15 years ago. We then talk about privacy or the lack thereof in today’s world. We also discuss ridiculous resumes we encountered. Unprofessional resumes for some reason grind Ammar’s gears. Oh well. Khayra then tells us about her struggle with learning the Arabic language. Fun times!

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