The Middle East is ripe for new ways of thinking and doing things. TMR is a Western perspective on the East, including conversations with open-minded thought leaders with innovative ideas. Writer and journalist Nadia Michel invites a diverse roster of friends and guests that include the most inspired CEOs, chefs, adventurers, entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, artists, and beyond.
U.S. Facing Challenges Over Israel-Palestine Policy
Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and co-author of 'Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo' at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank in Washington, DC. She talks about shifting US policy, growing support for Palestine among the population and the ongoing evictions in Sheikh Jarrah.
VoIP and Tech Bans in the Middle East
Damian Radcliffe is a journalist and a Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He is also a regular contributor to major media outlets such as the BBC, Huffington Post and ZDNet. He talks about social media and VoIP bans in the Middle East, the development of proprietary apps, TikTok, and Israel's bombing of the media tower in Gaza.
Fact or fiction: the Dystopian Future of ‘Alephia 2053’
Rabi' Sweidan is the creator and executive producer of award-winning animated film ‘Alephia 2053’. He talks about this dystopian vision of the future set in an fictitious Arab city and producing the film in Beirut.
A Nostalgic Reality Check with the Confused Arab
Sofiane Si Merabet is an Algerian-French creative known for his platform, The Confused Arab. He talks about false nostalgia, the future of Arab culture and how the Arab world should leverage its talent while letting go of destructive social phenomenons, including racism.
The Disruptors (Ep.3): Sofia Guellaty's Narrative Changing Mille World
Sofia Guellaty is the founder and editor-in-chief of MilleWorld.com, a platform that highlights the latest in fashion, culture, beauty and travel from the boundary-breaking Arab youth culture. She talks about the media's ongoing practice of hiring Western editors and her own platform's commitment to working with Arab writers and directors. She addresses mental health relative to regulating social media through disclaimers and discusses stereotypes and the rebranding of Arab culture for global consumption. This includes producing localised content for luxury brands, like a recent Ramadan series of short films with Gucci, inspired by 'musalsalat', Arab soap operas similar in style to Hispanic telenovelas.
The Disruptors (Ep. 2): Joe Arida's Creative Message in a Mad World
Joe Arida is a Beirut-based multidisciplinary designer, art director and editorial stylist and the founder of fashion brand La Terre est Folle and a new furniture brand, Unintentional Functional Objects. A self-described humanitarian, he talks about sexual taboos and diversity in the Middle East, the shift in consumer behavior when it comes to fashion, the uselessness of stereotypes and the possibility of extraterrestrial-life.
A variety of brilliant contents, beyond the American-dominated realm of podcasting!
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve discovered the realm of podcasting and the variety of the content produced in this form which was really interesting to me as a person who always preferred written content such as books, magazines, blogs, etc over any other type of media, when it came to educating myself or even as a means of entertainment!
After following a couple of famous and popular shows (which were definitely full of new information and insights for me) I came to realize or at least felt like that the realm of podcast production (just like many other fields of content production; prints, movies, music, ..) is too American dominated! Not meaning that it’s a bad thing, but honestly I think the world is much bigger than the USA and there are hundreds of other cultures and countries we can discover and learn about!
And even issues! I wonder why the biggest problem of the world/the most mentioned topic in every single show in previous months should be the USA election?!!! isn’t there anything else to talk about?!
I mean I was just tired of seeing every highly rated show with definitely good contents, excessively revolved around the USA, its events, its issues,...
Actually I was looking for more internationally oriented sort of contents, I also am highly interested in any Middle East related topic! these led me to go for Arabic podcasts (I’m a native Persian speaker who’s somehow familiar with the Levantine Arabic but I still got many difficulties 😅 to fully understand this language, thus Arabic podcast wasn’t a good choice either)!
Until I found about this show! It was like the combination of everything I was looking for 🤩😎: covering a wide range of topics (not necessarily about the USA), presented in English and talking a lot about the Middle East in various aspects!
Keep up the great work! 👍🏼
Listen for the amazing guests or the host!
Nadia Michel’s amazing personality shines in this podcast. She clearly has a solid foundation in journalism and isn’t afraid to dig deep into the topics being discussed. She has beautiful and fun personality that allows the people she is interviewing to feel at ease allowing them to share amazing ideas with the listeners. I LOVE this podcast. I listen for Nadia as much as I do for whomever she is interviewing.