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Faraj, Part II: The USA

12/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:28:01

Faraj, Part I: Saigon to Sana'a

12/1/2018
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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.

Duration:00:21:18

78 Degrees North

11/15/2018
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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.

Duration:00:18:30

A Cinema, Demolished

10/29/2018
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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

Duration:00:24:30

Featuring Eib: إعتناق ديانة أخرى من أجل الحب

10/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:16:40

Open Sesame

9/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:44:25

The Descent

9/17/2018
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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.

Duration:00:19:24

The Things That Can't Speak

8/30/2018
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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.

Duration:00:20:01

Update: Love in 56KB

8/15/2018
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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.

Duration:00:29:43

Her Side of the Story

7/30/2018
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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.

Duration:00:27:37

The Curse of the Pharaohs

7/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:27:44

None of the Above

6/30/2018
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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/

Duration:00:22:04

To Oslo, With Love

5/30/2018
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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/

Duration:00:54:10

Resettled (English)

4/30/2018
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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)

Duration:00:28:05

Resettled

4/30/2018
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From Iraq to Texas: a doctor’s chronicle of rebuilding life from the ground up as a refugee. (Original, Arabic).

Duration:00:27:34

Where the Heart Is

3/28/2018
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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:...

Duration:00:49:23

KC Listener Mashup: What's in Your Name?

3/20/2018
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A mashup from our listening community exploring the literal meanings and experiences of your Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew names.

Duration:00:06:27

The Mountain

2/28/2018
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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.

Duration:00:38:54

At the Feet of the Mother

12/30/2017
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"How would you like to remember your son?" Ch 1 in a mini-series on women and deradicalisation.

Duration:00:29:45

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

11/27/2017
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Ask a Palestinian, ask an Israeli

Duration:00:27:40