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Dissecting the complex narratives of the Middle East through stories.

Dissecting the complex narratives of the Middle East through stories.
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Dissecting the complex narratives of the Middle East through stories.

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The Fishermen

7/16/2019
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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. -- This episode was supported by Frying Pan Adventures. Support the show.

Duration:00:20:18

الصوت الآخر للسودان

7/3/2019
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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. Support the show.

Duration:00:27:52

The Baklava Challenge

6/15/2019
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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...

Duration:00:49:17

Loving Lynn

6/2/2019
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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. -- Listen to Long Distance, a podcast which tells stories about the Filipino diaspora. -- To help support Kerning Cultures, visit our Patreon. Support the show.

Duration:00:25:33

We've got news!

5/1/2019
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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. Support the show.

Duration:00:04:59

جوهرة الموصل

4/22/2019
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نور، ترى العالم بصوتها -- To help support Kerning Cultures, visit our Patreon at patreon.com/kerningcultures. Support the show.

Duration:00:16:45

Misfits, Volume I

4/2/2019
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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. -- To help support Kerning Cultures, visit our Patreon at patreon.com/kerningcultures. Support the show.

Duration:00:18:37

KC Short: Break the Cycle

3/17/2019
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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. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like these: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures Support the show.

Duration:00:12:54

The Perfect Renaissance Man

3/2/2019
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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. -- This episode is supported by L'Hote Libanais. Find out more about them at www.hotelibanais.com. Support the show.

Duration:00:24:20

Lebanon, USA

2/16/2019
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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. -- Our sponsor for this episode was L'Hote Libanais. Find out more about them at https://www.hotelibanais.com/ Support the show.

Duration:00:28:42

أسيرات محررات: ضجيج الشهرة

1/31/2019
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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. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like...

Duration:00:25:58

Reviving Hamra Street

1/15/2019
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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...

Duration:00:17:37

Not Just My Hijab

12/31/2018
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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. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the...

Duration:00:28:05

Faraj, Part II: The USA

12/14/2018
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In part one, we told the story of Faraj Al Baadani’s family, which unveiled a little-known history between Yemen and Vietnam. Nearly 40 years later, Faraj continues his family’s migration, this time farther West as he moves from Yemen to the USA. In Part Two, a story of modern Arab migration that is different from our parents'. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like these: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures Support the show.

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

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

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. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the...

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

Duration:00:19:24