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A podcast featuring people trying to make Beirut (and Lebanon) a better place to live, now and for the future. New episode every other Monday. Co-hosts: Samir Ballouz & Farrah Berrou

A podcast featuring people trying to make Beirut (and Lebanon) a better place to live, now and for the future. New episode every other Monday. Co-hosts: Samir Ballouz & Farrah Berrou
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Location:

Lebanon

Description:

A podcast featuring people trying to make Beirut (and Lebanon) a better place to live, now and for the future. New episode every other Monday. Co-hosts: Samir Ballouz & Farrah Berrou

Language:

English

Contact:

0096170425152


Episodes

Episode 10 - Business - Gin is the month of Jun

5/10/2019
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Maya Khattar is the co-founder of Rechmaya Distillery, she talks about how they started: their story, struggles and vision for the future. We find out what makes a gin good, how to taste it and drink it. For more info: http://www.rechmayadistillery.com/

Duration:00:11:11

EPISODE 9 - Politics - Without hope we die

3/26/2019
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Samir interviews Nizar, host of The Lebanese Political podcast. They discuss the challenges of creating a podcast and the vision they have for the future. The Lebanese Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/lebpoliticspodcast

Duration:00:25:32

EPISODE 8 - Entertainment - Kill dragons with peanut butter

2/13/2019
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Mabsout opened Multiverse, a place for people to meet and play boardgames. He tells us more about this unique store dedicated to games, models and stories.

Duration:00:33:06

EPISODE 7 - Heritage - Walking & Talking Beirut with Ronnie

2/5/2019
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Ronnie Chatah, the ponytailed dude behind Walk Beirut, the first walking tour of Beirut. Now based between Beirut and New York, Ronnie tells us how the tours started, how they’ve fluctuated over the years, and the new narrative they’ve taken on after his personal life became part of the story. www.walkbeirut.com https://kerningcultures.com/the-things-that-cant-speak Beirut in the 1920s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JZoIlKE8pw

Duration:00:45:42

Episode 6 - Politics - Woman's Rights and Beirut Madinati

1/8/2019
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Right before we said goodbye to 2018, we spoke to Rana Khoury, founder of Phenomenal Women and founding member of Beirut Madinati, the independent party that ran for Beirut Municipality in 2016. In this episode, Rana talks to us about the fight for women’s rights, her own journey in politics, and the idea of choice in the life of an activist. https://www.facebook.com/PhenomenalWomenOnline/ #ShameonWho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c93hSKth548 Shame on Who Graffiti Stunt:...

Duration:00:14:35

EPISODE 5 - Mental Health - Call 1564 to talk to someone

12/14/2018
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On a more serious note, Samir & Farrah talk about mental health with Mia Atwi of Embrace, the NGO that launched the Lebanese National Suicide Prevention Hotline. https://www.embracefund.org/ Introduction to Embrace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HACEZz6ZRM

Duration:00:11:18

EPISODE 4 - Heritage - If you complain, get on a plane

11/23/2018
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We have a chat with Habib Battah, investigative journalist of Beirut Report, about Beirut’s heritage sites that are on the verge of extinction and why he feels Lebanon is a place worth writing about. http://beirutreport.com instagram.com/habib_b

Duration:00:38:11

EPISODE 3 - Culture - Our music looks a lot like our city

11/12/2018
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Anthony Khoury, lead singer of Adonis the band, joins us to discuss the music scene in Lebanon and the thought process behind some of Adonis’ hits including, “Min Shou Bteshki Beirut?” http://adonisband.com https://play.anghami.com/artist/40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN7zkdoNTUw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kptTV21D0-k

Duration:00:34:16

EPISODE 2 - Environment - There’s no such thing as waste in nature

10/30/2018
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The garbage guru, Ziad Abi Chaker, talks to us about the various environmental projects being carried out in Lebanon through Cedar Environmental, from slaughterhouse waste to plastics to ecoboards. A Zero Waste Lebanon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC-k7aj2Ip0 An Incinerator for Beirut? A Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee88DvyvXQY Ziad’s talk for TEDxBeirut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C-E-lPqTdA

Duration:00:46:07

EPISODE 1 - Food Culture - The common denominator for fatteh is the bread

10/30/2018
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Samir & Farrah talk with Bethany Kehdy (of Taste Lebanon) about the food of the Levant, her bespoke tours across the country, and her new supper club, Swinging Mawsam. Taste Lebanon: http://www.tastelebanon.co.uk/ YouTube Short on Taste Lebanon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgwRWGNgD0Q Swinging Mawsam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgwRWGNgD0Q Bethany’s Cookbooks: A Jewelled Kitchen & A Jewelled Table

Duration:00:35:14