Dare We Say

Crooked Media

Join Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual Peña, and Yasmine Hamady – three young actresses, disruptors, and best friends as they navigate the issues that affect their lives; from hookup culture and social media to structural racism and LGBTQ+ rights. Our fearless hosts won’t shy away from diving deep into controversial topics even turning to their elders (aka actors, activists, comedians, experts, politicians, 26 year olds) to try to understand the world their generation was handed. So grab your kombucha, your iced coffee, and your seventeen other beverages because things might get – dare we say – heated. New episodes drop every Thursday. read less

Our Editor's Take

The hosts of the podcast Dare We Say are best friends, and it shines through on the show. Their friendship also has a fun origin story. It all started when Josie Totah moved to Los Angeles to enter the film industry. When booking a movie called Moxie, she met Alycia Pascual Peña. The pair bonded right away. They met again when auditioning for Saved By The Bell. From that point on, they vowed to do everything together. Yasmine Hamady, Torah's roommate at the time (and sorority sister), then completed the trio. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the three shared a house. They supported each other through the rough time.

The idea to Dare We Say came from the conversations they used to have during lockdowns. They'd follow each other in the bathroom to be able to keep talking. They'd fall asleep holding hands after a five-hour-long exchange. In those chats, they talked about anything from systems of oppression and climate change to Dua Lipa's obsessions with her hair. In the podcast, the three hosts bring those intimate conversations to the listeners.

All three Dare We Say hosts are Gen Z women, but their backgrounds are rather different. Totah is a Lebanese transgender woman from Sacramento who moved to LA as a child. Pascual Peña is an Afro-Latina and Bronx native who says she's so straight it's embarrassing. Hamady is a Lebanese from Palo Alto, who struggles with having white privilege since her mom is white. All are actors, but had different paths to get there-the Disney Channel, modeling, and theater. Their opinions vary, so disagreements are inevitable on the podcast. That, however, is what makes it so compelling. Most Gen Z listeners and beyond can resonate with one of the podcast hosts. Listening to them debate may even challenge listeners' worldviews. The show ended in the spring of 2023, but fans can listen to these classic conversations anytime.

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