Kerning Cultures | Middle East

Kerning Cultures | Middle East

Capturing the depth of the Middle East
Kerning Cultures | Middle East

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A Middle East podcast dissecting the complex narratives of the region. Stories of culture, history, current affairs, science, and entrepreneurship produced by Alex Atack, Razan Alzayani, Dana Ballout, Ramzi Bashour, Lilly Crown, Hebah Fisher, Mohamad Khreizat, Jacqueline Sofia, and Ahmad Zeid.

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Society & Culture

Episodes

Presenting Al Empire: Bassem Youssef, Comedian

Oct 15, 2019 2887

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Special feature of the Kerning Cultures Network's newest podcast, Al Empire. Episode 4 features comedian Bassem Youssef. Bassem reflects on the moments that inspired him to leave behind 19 years in medicine for political satire, a show that was watched by 40 million people every week. Now, he tells us about what it’s like reinventing a career for himself in the US, and about the time long ago when he raised baby chicks.

Search for Al Empire wherever you get your podcasts to subscribe. A new episode every Thursday. 

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A Tale of Two Inventors

Oct 6, 2019 1785

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His whole life, Walid Waked had been told that his great grandfather invented the Arabic typewriter. And then, one day, he learned that another family - the Haddads - believed they invented it. This week on Kerning Cultures: the contested history of the Arabic typewriter.

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Presenting Al Empire: Hamed Sinno, Mashrou' Leila Singer/Songwriter

Sep 15, 2019 2673

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Special feature of the Kerning Cultures Network's newest podcast, Al Empire. The season kicks off with Hamed Sinno, the lead singer/songwriter of Mashrou' Leila. 

Search for Al Empire wherever you get your podcasts to subscribe. A new episode every Thursday. 

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In Case of Death

Sep 3, 2019 1864

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What happens when somebody dies in a country that’s not their home? This week on Kerning Cultures, stories about the group of volunteers who help repatriate the bodies of foreigners after they’ve died in the UAE.

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Trailer

Aug 19, 2019 198

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Stories from the Middle East, and the spaces in between. 

Subscribe to get notified of each new radio documentary, released twice monthly. 

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Mother Tongue

Aug 15, 2019 2147

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How do you preserve a language when your government is actively trying to erase it?

Abduweli Ayup is a Uyghur linguist who was trying to stop the Chinese government from replacing Uyghur with Mandarin. He had been studying the language’s history, teaching Uyghur to younger students and writing books in Uyghur. But recently, when the Chinese government began forcibly detaining Uyghurs in Xinjiang, his work got much more risky. Then, they came for Abduweli himself.

This week on Kerning Cultures, Abduweli’s fight to preserve his mother tongue.

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Bonus: Our new show

Jul 31, 2019 1138

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Stay tuned for our new show, Al Empire, which features exceptional Arabs, and their journeys to the top. In this bonus episode, our producers Dana, Alex, and Hebah, share the inspiration behind Al Empire along with some of their favourite moments with our guests.

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The Fishermen

Jul 16, 2019 1218

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Ramchandra Tendel arrived to Abu Dhabi from India in 1989, when he was 20. Since, he's been captain of a fishing boat. Last May, the nets he uses to fish were banned in the UAE; they were causing too much harm to fish stocks. But the ban also means Ramchandra and his crew can't fish anymore. This week on Kerning Cultures, Ramchandra and his crew’s last week in the UAE.

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This episode was supported by Frying Pan Adventures.

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الصوت الآخر للسودان

Jul 3, 2019 1672

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 ٣ شخصيات تروي كيف تأثرت من انفصال جنوب السودان عن الشمال، وتحدثنا عن المعاناة التي خلقت تساؤلات عن معنى الوطن والانتماء.

Three characters share the struggles of living in post-secession Sudan, and how the 2011 split influenced their understandings of identity, nationality, and home.

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The Baklava Challenge

Jun 15, 2019 2958

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We asked you, our listeners what you wanted to hear next, and you said, “Baklava!”. So our team competed against each other to find the best baklava story:

[03:55] Hebah’s Story: Harissat Al Halaby

[18:35] Alex’s Story: The World’s Largest Baklava

[33:50] Dana’s Story: Mama’s (Burnt) Baklava


After you listen, follow us on Instagram and vote for your favorite story. The winner gets a Nespresso machine courtesy of SceneEats, the go-to site for the latest food trends in Egypt.

Want to hear more stories like this? You can support our work on Patreon.

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Loving Lynn

Jun 2, 2019 1534

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Lynn left behind her hometown village in the Philippines for a housekeeping job in Lebanon at the age of 23. It was only meant to be temporary… until she met Butros, her employer’s nephew, and they fell in love. But for Lynn, marrying Butros has meant choosing to settle down in a country where she’s treated as an outsider.

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Listen to Long Distance, a podcast which tells stories about the Filipino diaspora, here: https://www.longdistanceradio.com/ or wherever you get podcasts.

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We've got news!

May 1, 2019 299

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Kerning Cultures is now the first venture-funded podcast company in the Middle East. Which means we’ve got more shows coming, in both English and Arabic. Here, Hebah explains some of our future plans, plus a sneak peek of our next podcast show, Al Empire, which will be out this summer.

You can support our growing network of shows at patreon.com/kerningcultures.

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جوهرة الموصل

Apr 22, 2019 1006

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نور، ترى العالم بصوتها

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Misfits, Volume I

Apr 2, 2019 1118

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Two bite-sized stories from the Kerning Cultures vault. First, is there really Halal Cart drama in New York? And, we explore an ancient farming practice, modernised in Cairo.

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KC Short: Break the Cycle

Mar 17, 2019 00:12:54

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We asked women to tell us about their first periods and how that set a tone for how they view their bodies today. A tribute to International Women’s Day.

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Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like these: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures

The Perfect Renaissance Man

Mar 2, 2019 00:24:20

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In the 1930s, the architect Nasri Khattar tried to completely overhaul the Arabic script – singlehandedly. For the next 47 years, he worked day and night to implement his writing system, Unified Arabic. Ultimately, he failed. This is his story.

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This episode is supported by L'Hote Libanais. Find out more about them at www.hotelibanais.com.

Lebanon, USA

Feb 16, 2019 00:28:43

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In 2016, Fadi Boukaram planned to visit 47 American towns named Lebanon by road. Then, in Lebanon South Dakota, he discovered that all these other Lebanons have more in common with the country than anybody realised. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story about the surprising history that connects Lebanon, with a string of small towns in the USA.

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Our sponsor for this episode was L'Hote Libanais. Find out more about them at https://www.hotelibanais.com/

أسيرات محررات: ضجيج الشهرة

Jan 31, 2019 00:25:58

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لينا خطاب وعهد التميمي ٬أسيرتان  محررتان٬ ترويان لنا ظروف التحقيق والاعتقال القاسية٬ كما تحكيان لنا عن معاناة تجاوزت حدود السجن 

Lina Khattab and Ahed Tamimi were arrested as teenagers. Their stories are years apart, but at the time of their imprisonment, people around the world stood either in support of their freedom, or in favor of their confinement. As teenagers, they rose to fame – at the expense of their childhood.

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Reviving Hamra Street

Jan 15, 2019 00:17:31

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In the heart of Lebanon’s capital city, Beirut, Hamra Street once stood as one of the preeminent cultural, economic, and intellectual center of Arab world. Hamra Street housed journalists, politicians, and leaders who were exiled from other nations, and was the site of inception for opposition movements. But after the Lebanese Civil War, the district never quite recovered.

Yazan Halwani works to preserve the fading history of Hamra Street in his wall-sized street murals. His signature style combines Arabic calligraphy with portraits of Lebanese and other Arab figures – from world-famous recording artists to resident street urchins. While reflecting the storied histories of Beirut's streets onto themselves, Halwani hopes that he can bring back the spirit that once inhabited neighborhoods like Hamra Street.

This episode was originally aired in 2015.

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Not Just My Hijab

Dec 31, 2018 00:28:05

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Often the hijab is perceived as this static, monolithic thing. But of course, it's not that simple – every Muslim woman who chooses to wear, or not to wear the hijab has a different understanding and experience of it, and in these stories we're going to dig into some of that grey area. In this episode, we hear two women from different parts of the world share their relationships with their hijab. 

This story was originally broadcast in 2017.

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Faraj, Part II: The USA

Dec 14, 2018 00:28:01

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In part one of this series, we told the story of Faraj Al Baadani’s family, which unveiled a little-known history between Yemen and Vietnam. Now, over 40 years later, Faraj continues his family’s history of migration as he leaves his home in Yemen for the USA. In part two, we hear Faraj's experience as he navigates modern Arab migration, whilst watching his home country spiral into a violent war.

Faraj, Part I: Saigon to Sana'a

Dec 1, 2018 00:21:19

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The little-known, intertwining of history between Yemen and Vietnam, told through the lens of a single family. Part one of a story told in two parts.

78 Degrees North

Nov 16, 2018 00:18:31

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Short stories about passports, visas, and making “home”. And, the KC team challenge themselves to find a place in the world where visas don’t matter.

A Cinema, Demolished

Oct 30, 2018 00:24:30

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When demolition began on the Plaza Cinema in 2015, something unusual happened; Dubai residents began visiting the site to collect mementos from the building’s rubble. The cinema was almost as old as the UAE itself – a place which many people held an emotional connection to. In this episode, a story about a cinema that was much more than just a cinema.

Find out more about the Plaza Cinema here: https://kerningcultures.com/a-cinema-demolished

Featuring Eib: إعتناق ديانة أخرى من أجل الحب

Oct 16, 2018 00:16:40

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From Arabic podcast Eib, the story of a boy who falls in love with a girl... and then, they realise, they're from different religions. From Season 1, Episode 5 of Eib, by the Sowt podcast network. 

Original episode description:

القانون في الاردن يحرم زواج المرأة المسلمة من الرجل غير المسلم كما انه يعتبر غير مقبول إجتماعياً. ضيف هذه الحلقة شاب مسيحي أراد أن يتزوج مسلمة أحبها وكان خياره الوحيد أن يعتنق الاسلام وهو قرار دفع ثمنه غاليا

Eib just launched its third season, so be sure to listen wherever you get your podcasts. http://sowt.com 

Open Sesame

Sep 30, 2018 00:44:25

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In 1979, Iftah Ya Simsim - the Arabic version of Sesame Street - aired for the first time. Over the next ten years, the show was loved by children across the Arab world, until 1990, when the show was pulled off the air as a result of the Gulf War.

But Ammar Al Sabban, a young boy growing up watching the show in Jeddah, never forgot the impact his favourite characters had on him.

In this episode, a little boy’s dream to become his favourite Muppet, and the making of a show that revolutionised children’s television.

The Descent

Sep 17, 2018 00:19:24

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“I still believe this is the scariest moment of my entire life. My face is white, I’m shaking and I'm terrified. I'm frozen––I can't do anything.”

In July 2016, Toufic Abou Nader set off on a journey to the bottom of the Krubera cave––the deepest cave in the world.

To see photos of his adventure, visit our website at kerningcultures.com/the-descent.

The Things That Can't Speak

Aug 31, 2018 00:20:01

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Ronnie Chatah started giving his walking tours of Beirut in 2008, during a period of stability for the city. He would guide tourists through the city, telling stories of Phoenician ruins, French architecture and Ottoman houses. He’d also talk about Lebanon’s civil war, and the political unrest that came to follow it. But these were stories about other people, other eras and other lives. Until December of 2013, when Ronnie’s personal life was sucked into the tapestry of Beirut’s history.

Update: Love in 56KB

Aug 16, 2018 00:29:44

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It’s been two years since our story about Rami and Marinka, the Dutch-Lebanese couple who fell in love over MSN Messenger during the Lebanon-Israel war. Not once, but twice, chance brought them together online, sparking an epic modern love story. Since we last spoke, a lot has changed for them. In this episode, we check back in to see where their lives are now.

Her Side of the Story

Jul 30, 2018 00:27:37

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Ghada and Ranyah don’t know each other, but their stories have a lot in common. When they each married their husbands, everybody around them assumed they’d live happily ever after. But it didn’t turn out that way, for either of them. They were both left to rebuild new identities as single women in the Middle East as they raised their families alone. In this episode, we hear their stories of divorce, and what came next.

The Curse of the Pharaohs

Jul 11, 2018 00:27:44

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This year, the Egyptian national football team ended a 28-year streak of bad luck when they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But their road to the tournament wasn’t an easy one. It’s a story of heroism, revolution and disappointment. This week on Kerning Cultures, how the Pharaohs ended their curse.

None of the Above

Jun 30, 2018 00:22:04

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Every 10 years, the United States Census counts and categorises every person living in America. But for Middle Easterners in America, there has never been a category option. And now, for the first time, there might be.

Today’s episode is brought to you by Aqeed, insurance made simple in the UAE. http://aqeed.com/

 

To Oslo, With Love

May 30, 2018 00:54:11

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Elie was a journalist looking for her next story when she met Ziad at a party in Istanbul. Ziad was a Syrian refugee hoping to travel to Europe and apply for asylum. Elie asked Ziad if she could follow him to Norway, his final destination, and document the journey. He said yes. So commences their odyssey together... and the beginning of a journey neither could have anticipated.

Today’s episode is brought to you by Aqeed, insurance made simple in the UAE. http://aqeed.com/

Resettled

Apr 30, 2018 00:27:34

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From Iraq to Texas: a doctor’s chronicle of rebuilding life from the ground up as a refugee. (Original, Arabic). 

 

 

Resettled (English)

Apr 30, 2018 00:28:05

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From Iraq to Texas: a doctor’s chronicle of rebuilding life from the ground up as a refugee. (English, dubbed version) 

 

 

Where the Heart Is

Mar 28, 2018 00:49:23

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(Censored) A story of where we're from - when it's not straightforward.

For his entire life, Maysam has lived in Dubai. His parents are from Syria, a place  he hasn’t visited since he was a young child. If you ask him, the UAE is his home. But on paper it isn’t, and likely never will be. So what happens when the only place you know as home in your heart can’t be your home forever?

To listen to the uncensored version of this episode, visit our website: http://kerningcultures.com/where-the-heart-is

KC Listener Mashup: What's in Your Name?

Mar 20, 2018 00:06:28

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A mashup from our listening community exploring the literal meanings and experiences of your Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew names. 

The Mountain

Feb 28, 2018 00:38:54

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"Without the female building block, there will be no security." Ch 2 in our mini-series on women and deradicalisation efforts, in partnership with Women’s Advancement Deeply.

At the Feet of the Mother

Dec 30, 2017 00:29:46

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"How would you like to remember your son?" Ch 1 in a mini-series on women and deradicalisation. 

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Nov 27, 2017 00:27:44

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Ask a Palestinian, ask an Israeli

What's in a Name?

Oct 20, 2017 00:28:09

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'Yasir?' That's too difficult. I'll just call you Tony. 

Startup Series: Tunis

Sep 6, 2017 00:41:15

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6 years after a revolution, what is it like starting a business in the new Tunisia? 

These Two Lanes Could Take Us Anywhere

Jul 29, 2017 00:38:56

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4,000 miles, a bike trip, an Armenian, a Turk, and a history that doesn't match up. ​​​​​​​

Not Just My Hijab (Ch 2)

Jun 8, 2017 00:21:04

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4 women, and their hijabs. Chapter 2 of a 2-part series. 

 

Not Just My Hijab (Ch 1)

Jun 2, 2017 00:24:45

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4 women. And their hijabs. Chapter 1 in a 2-part series, Not Just My Hijab. 

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KC Soundboard: We're Listening to You

May 2, 2017 00:16:32

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Behind the scenes of our startup Kerning Cultures. 

Serious Jolt

Mar 29, 2017 00:27:11

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One man's mission to revive Yemeni coffee for global markets. 

Where Do We Go From Here?

Feb 8, 2017 00:24:13

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A look at (the first) Trump travel ban and its effects. 

Fight or Flight

Jan 23, 2017 00:30:19

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When you're forced to leave your home, what traditions do you take with you? A journey with an Afghani kite fighting master. 

Credit to The Kite Runner film, a 2007 production by Dreamworks Pictures and Paramount Classics, for some of the audio we used. 

Birthplace of the UAE

Dec 4, 2016 00:26:31

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The year is 1959, and 1 in every 2 babies are dying in childbirth in the United Arab Emirates.

KC Short: Mid East for Trump

Oct 11, 2016 00:14:04

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A US election special: meet the Americans of Middle Eastern descent supporting Trump. 

 

For more, visit our episode page. Produced by Hebah Fisher, Razan Alzayani, Fact Checking by Lilly Crown, with sound design by Mohamed Khreizat.

Reconciliation, a Tale of Two Seas

Aug 28, 2016 00:42:12

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It's 2011, and Bahrain is a divided society. Can they reconcile?  

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For more, visit this episode's page. Produced by Hebah Fisher, Razan Alzayani, and Lilly Crown, with sound design by Ramzi Bashour.  

Update 29 August 2016: The episode erroneously claims Yacoub is a current member of the Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse; he is only a supporter of their efforts.

Border(less)

Jul 21, 2016 01:01:01

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How do you lose a family member in Europe's elusive borders? And as a refugee how do you navigate the world of smugglers when crossing the English Channel? At a time when nations are sealing off their borders, we explore the nuances of migration, border ambiguity and smuggling in this episode of Kerning Cultures.

Love in 56KB

Jun 1, 2016 00:22:24

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An epic modern love story. He was in Beirut during the Lebanon-Israel war; she was in a small village outside of Rotterdam. They met on MSN Messenger.

Produced by Alex Atack, Razan Alzayani, and Hebah Fisher, with sound design by Ramzi Bashour.

My Mother's Country, Mother Of The World (Ch 2)

Mar 24, 2016 00:22:20

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"No one believed I was moving back to Cairo; it's a jungle there."
Chapter 2 finalises our exploration into Egyptian brain drain.

Featuring guests Sylvia, Alaa Shaker, and Tarek Hosny. Produced by Razan Alzayani and Hebah Fisher, with editorial support and sound design by Ramzi Bashour.

My Mother's Country, Mother Of The World (Ch 1)

Mar 17, 2016 00:29:45

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What do we owe the places that raised us?
Egypt has the highest rate of voluntary emigration in MENA, and we wanted to know why. Chapter 1 in a two-part series on emigration from Egypt.
Featuring guests Ahmed Yossef, Abdelrahman Erlebach, and Iman Dawood. Produced by Hebah Fisher, Razan Alzayani, and Lilly Crown, with editorial support and sound design by Ramzi Bashour. Images and supplementary article on our website.

Poetry, Deconstructed.

Dec 17, 2015 00:19:35

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The creative process, deconstructed. This episode we take you behind the scenes to capture raw human talent: the intimate brainstorming, trials, and experimentation of 3 musicians and a poet preparing for a spoken word performance. What's more, is this is the first time the group has ever come together to play. Listen as they find their groove and harmonise in a beautiful ascension you never typically are privy to. Featuring Maruan Betawi, Farah Chamma, Ahmad Molham Makki, and Eleftheria Togia.

Finding Center

Dec 2, 2015 00:27:10

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Finding center: physical, spiritual, mentally.

Story I: [0:00-6:57] Finding Yourself in the Reflection of a Horse
Story II: [6:58-13:36] Finding Peace in a Hula Hoop
Story III: [13:37-26:37] Reconciling Islam and Astronomy

Featuring Kelly Eide, Teeba Alkhudairi, and Nidhal Guessum

Reviving Hamra Street

Oct 27, 2015 00:15:55

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Painting Beirut's diaries on its walls. 

Featuring Yazan Halwani and Maria Abunnasr.
Produced by Dana Ballout with editorial support by Hebah Fisher.

Startup Series: UAE

Oct 19, 2015 00:27:54

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Is Dubai the next Silicon Valley of the Middle East? Startup stories from the United Arab Emirates.

Featuring Alborz Toofani of Snappcard, Elissa Freiha of WOMENA, and Baher Alhakim of Cloudappers. Brought to you by Impact Hub Dubai.

Produced by Hebah Fisher.

Startup Series: Egypt

Oct 12, 2015 00:25:48

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Egyptian startups: a different kind of revolution.

This episode features Mahmoud Abdelfattah, founder of bkam.com, Con O'Donnell, co-founder and BizDev Lead at Rise Up Summit, Gamal Sadek, co-founder of Bey2ollak, and Dina Sherif, co-founder of Ahead of the Curve. Special thanks to distribution partner, egyptianstreets.com. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Supplementary article and graphics can be found on our website

Startup Series: Lebanon

Sep 24, 2015 00:20:47

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Water and electricity cut daily, and yet $400M for startups.

Our first episode of Kerning Cultures! Today's show describes what it's like starting a company in Lebanon, through the lens of a startup that graduated from Lebanon's first accelerator and was the first to receive funding from the Central Bank Circular 331 funds.

Featuring: Walid Singer, founder of Presella.com, Samer Karam, founder of Seeqnce and Startup Megaphone, and Marianne Hoayek, Executive Director of the Executive Office the Central Bank of Lebanon.

Supplementary article and images on our website.
This episode was produced in partnership with egyptianstreets.com