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Stories from the Middle East and the spaces in between. We release episodes twice monthly. Kerning Cultures is produced by the Kerning Cultures Network. 

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Stories from the Middle East and the spaces in between. We release episodes twice monthly. Kerning Cultures is produced by the Kerning Cultures Network. 

    In Depth: Alex on the Da Miri Podcast

    In Depth: Alex on the Da Miri Podcast

    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 where he has these deep, honest conversations with what he calls “unique individuals."

    Never miss an episode by subscribing to Kerning Cultures. Episodes are released twice a month. If you enjoyed listening, please leave us a rating and review on your podcast app!

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    We're going seasonal

    We're going seasonal

    This year, we’ll be switching to a seasonal release schedule, rather than one episode every two weeks. Hebah explains why.

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    • 2 min
    Update: Faraj

    Update: Faraj

    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.

    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 break dancers from around the world. And to all the Yemeni scholars and researchers who helped us unpack some of the complex history, especially Najwa Adra, Hasan Al Ansi, and Jon Swanson.

    This story originally aired in December 2018.

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    • 51 min
    Collateral Damage

    Collateral Damage

    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. Lehmann for speaking to us for this episode.

    This episode was produced by Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny and Hebah Fisher, with fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Bella Ibrahim is our marketing manager and Tala Amhaz is our business development manager.

    Join our special AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Alex Atack about this episode until December 23. Check it out here.

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    Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production.

    Never miss an episode by subscribing to Kerning Cultures. Episodes are released twice a month. If you enjoyed listening, please leave us a rating and review on your podcast app! You can support this show on Patreon for as little as $1 a month.

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    • 28 min
    Update: To Oslo With Love

    Update: To Oslo With Love

    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.

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    • 1 hr
    Our Women on the Ground

    Our Women on the Ground

    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.

    Buy Our Women on the Ground on Amazon here.

    This episode was produced by Alex Atack, with editorial support by Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Thank you to Zahra Hankir for reading this essay, to Asmaa al-Ghoul, who wrote it, and to Mariam Antar, who translated it from Arabic.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

CairenaK ,

Insightful and accessible coverage of diverse and interesting topics

Suitable for those with a deep interest in middle eastern topics as well as those less familiar with the region who want to learn and understand a bit more about the region’s people, current events and history. Insightful and accessible podcast.

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I learned more listening to an episode about the refugee crisis in Europe than anything I’ve read in the mainstream newspapers, thank you.

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