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Stories from the Middle East and North Africa, and the spaces in between. This is our summer-fall season with weekly episodes. Kerning Cultures is produced by Kerning Cultures Network. Support this podcast on https://www.patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month.

Stories from the Middle East and North Africa, and the spaces in between. This is our summer-fall season with weekly episodes. Kerning Cultures is produced by Kerning Cultures Network. Support this podcast on https://www.patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month.

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United Arab Emirates

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Stories from the Middle East and North Africa, and the spaces in between. This is our summer-fall season with weekly episodes. Kerning Cultures is produced by Kerning Cultures Network. Support this podcast on https://www.patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month.

Language:

English


Episodes

Misfits: Icebergs & Squash

8/12/2020
This week on Kerning Cultures, two short stories. Producers Alex and Zeina uncover why Egyptians are so good at playing squash, and look at a businessman’s unlikely dream to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to the shores of the UAE. This episode was produced by Alex Atack and Zeina Dowidar, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Nadeen Shaker and Hebah Fisher. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar, and research help from Noha Fayed. Sound design by Alex Atack and mixing by Mohamed...

Duration:00:30:44

How to help Beirut

8/7/2020
We’re heartbroken by what happened in Beirut on Tuesday, August 4. Many of us at the Kerning Cultures team are Lebanese, or have close ties to Beirut. So we’re taking a break from publishing our episode this week. Instead, we’d like to use this platform to ask you to consider donating what you can to relief efforts like the Lebanese Red Cross. You can find a more thorough list of resources on our blog by clicking here. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures

Duration:00:00:50

Rocket Man

7/30/2020
In the 1960s, a college professor and his group of students were determined to build and launch rockets into space. And so, they did. This week, on Kerning Cultures, a story about the first-ever rocket launched from the Arab world into space. This episode was produced by Tamara Rasamny with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Zeina Dowidar, Alex Atack, Nadeen Shaker, and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Bella Ibrahim is our marketing...

Duration:00:46:04

Zabelle

7/22/2020
In 1917, a musical prodigy called Zabelle Panosian recorded a song that captured the heartbreak of a generation of Armenian Americans in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. She toured the world, selling thousands of records. And then, she was almost completely forgotten. This is her story. This episode was produced by Alex Atack with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Nadeen Shaker, Zeina Dowidar, and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Alex Atack and Mohamed Khreizat, and...

Duration:00:53:35

Trancing with the Zars

7/17/2020
For centuries in Egypt, Zar was a music and dance ritual believed to heal women from unwanted spirits that possessed their bodies. But as time went on and ideologies changed, the practice became controversial and deeply feared. And now, it’s mostly gone. Today on Kerning Cultures, join producer Zeina Dowidar on a journey of music, spirits, and trance. This episode was produced by Zeina Dowidar with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Nadeen Shaker, Alex Atack, and Hebah...

Duration:00:35:10

Ugly Truth

7/9/2020
This is the ugly truth: racism and anti-Blackness in the Arab world is a common practice and a subject so taboo that many have convinced themselves that it doesn’t even exist. But for those of us who live in these societies, and who are caught at the intersection of Black and Arab identities, it is undeniable. Today on Kerning Cultures, producer Sara Elhassan on racism in the Arab world. This episode was produced by Sara Elhassan, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny,...

Duration:00:23:48

Outcast

7/3/2020
Our producer Nadeen Shaker takes us on her own personal journey in trying to discover why she felt excluded because of her hijab. In Egypt, things are more complex than they seem; history, politics, class, and money all played a hand in changing how people perceive veiled women. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story about what it’s like to feel like an outcast in your own country. This episode was produced by Nadeen Shaker, with editorial support from Dana Ballout. Tamara Rasamny, Zeina...

Duration:00:34:56

Unity High: Part 2

6/25/2020
Last year, our producer Darah Ghanem stumbled upon an obscure blog on a nearly forgotten corner of the internet. On it were hundreds of historic photographs of a Christian missionary school in Khartoum called Unity High School. But as she looked closer, she started to see something else: the blog’s writers were trying to tell the world about an alleged corruption scandal that they thought had taken place at the school nearly a decade ago. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story of loose ends,...

Duration:00:25:56

Unity High: Part 1

6/19/2020
Last year, our producer Darah Ghanem stumbled upon an obscure blog on a nearly forgotten corner of the internet. On it were hundreds of historic photographs of a Christian missionary school in Khartoum called Unity High School. But as she looked closer, she started to see something else: the blog’s writers were trying to tell the world about an alleged corruption scandal that they thought had taken place at the school nearly a decade ago. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story of loose ends,...

Duration:00:33:05

Summer Season Trailer

6/11/2020
We're back! We'll be here with a new episode of Kerning Cultures every Friday this summer. Here's a quick taste of what's to come. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures

Duration:00:03:27

Presenting al empire: Jad Abumrad, Radio Host

4/23/2020
While we're working on the upcoming season of Kerning Cultures, we wanted to share with you another show we've been making. It's called al empire, and it tells the stories of exceptional Arabs and their journeys to the top. The show is in its second season, and in this clip from a recent episode, a voice you might already recognise: Jad Abumrad, the host of the genre-defining radio show and podcast Radiolab. Hear the full episode and more stories like this on al empire wherever you get your...

Duration:00:16:30

Lockdown Diaries

4/8/2020
All of our lives have changed. In this unprecedented time, we wanted to make something to reflect this moment. So today, our Kerning Cultures quarantine special: stories of staying at home, lockdowns from history, creative ways of escaping boredom... and for everybody’s sanity, a few things that have nothing to do with the coronavirus. You can hear Majd's radio show, Radio Al Hay, at yamakan.place/beirut. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on...

Duration:00:38:35

Introducing: B'Hob | بِحُبْ

3/12/2020
The Kerning Cultures Network has a new Arabic show we're excited to share with you. Listen to B'Hob here, or wherever you get your podcasts. B'Hob tells stories about the force that drives the universe. We explore love in all its forms through stories from across the region. Join us for a journey through the pain, happiness, inspiration, and sometimes ambiguity of love stories in all their intricacies and complexities. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a...

Duration:00:02:24

In Depth: Alex on the Da Miri Podcast

2/13/2020
While we’re working on our summer season, we’re going to be dropping some bonus episodes into your feed over the next few months. Starting with this one: a special conversation featuring producer Alex Atack, who you’ve heard telling you all these stories, but you probably don’t know much about him. So this his backstory, and a sneak peek into what's coming up in Kerning Cultures' summer season. It comes to us from our friends at the Da Miri Podcast, which is a show hosted by Tariq Elmeri...

Duration:01:04:15

We're going seasonal

1/23/2020
This year, we’ll be switching to a seasonal release schedule, rather than one episode every two weeks. Hebah explains why. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures

Duration:00:02:06

Update: Faraj

12/31/2019
Today, an update on a story from the Kerning Cultures vault. The little-known, intertwining of history between Yemen and Vietnam, told through the lens of a single family. Then, a story of modern Arab migration. This story originally aired in December 2018. Thank you to Faraj and his family for being so open and warm with us despite us poking around in their family history. To Adam Sjoberg who directed the film Shake The Dust that features Faraj and other amazing breakdancers from around the...

Duration:00:51:35

Collateral Damage

12/18/2019
In 1942, Lebanon’s National Museum opened in Beirut, celebrating the country’s golden age and inside, it housed some of the region’s most important artifacts. So when the Lebanese war started in 1975, the museum staff came up with a risky and elaborate scheme to save everything inside the museum. This week on Kerning Cultures, the story of how a small team of museum employees protected thousands of years’ worth of history. Thank you to Suzy Hakimian, Anne-Marie Afeiche and Dr. Reinhard G....

Duration:00:28:40

Update: To Oslo With Love

12/4/2019
Today, an update on a story from the Kerning Cultures vault. 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. This story originally aired in May 2017. Support this...

Duration:01:00:25

Our Women on the Ground

11/24/2019
Asmaa al-Ghoul was an ambitious young journalist when she started reporting on Gaza – her hometown – for the newspaper she’d dreamed of working for in high school. But through the trauma of uprisings, wars, and a failed marriage, she began to question how much journalism really matters. This week on Kerning Cultures, a special collaboration with Zahra Hankir as she reads Asmaa’s essay from her book Our Women on the Ground. You can buy Our Women on the Ground on Amazon here. This episode was...

Duration:00:36:17

All of Them Means All of Them

11/9/2019
On October 17, people in Lebanon hit the streets to call for a new government. The revolution’s slogan, “all of them means all of them”, spares no political party that has been a part of the sectarian-based government. This week on Kerning Cultures: how the revolution is changing people's relationship with their country. This episode was produced by Tamara Rasamny and Alex Atack, with editorial support by Dana Ballout, Hannah Myrick and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and...

Duration:00:44:45