28 episodes

In August 2021, the Taliban regained control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The takeover sent shockwaves throughout the country. It forced thousands of Afghans to leave their old lives behind and embark on a hellish journey for survival.

In this gripping, eight-episode podcast, Afghans themselves will tell you how it happened. You’ll hear stories about big risks, close calls, and unexpected moments of kindness — or luck — that changed everything. You’ll meet Afghan women and men from different walks of life, and even a young man who chose to fight with the Taliban — in his eyes, to protect the country he loves.

This is the story of a home ripped apart — and of a courageous new beginning.

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Project Brazen is a global journalism studio based in London and Singapore investigating some of the biggest scandals and stories of our time, told without fear or favor. Stay subscribed.

Learn more: https://www.projectbrazen.com

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Previous Project Brazen Series:

“RESISTANCE: Stories from Ukraine” — a harrowing and inspirational journey across Ukraine in the first weeks of Russia’s invasion. While the military wages war on the frontlines, everyday citizens are picking up whatever weapons they can, including their smartphones, computers, sewing needles, and guitars. Photojournalist Laurel Chor travels to cities across the country during the Russia-Ukraine war, finding extraordinary stories that go beyond the headlines.

For more news, visit: http://www.projectbrazen.com/resistance

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“FAT LEONARD” — Under arrest and battling cancer, Leonard Francis, aka FAT LEONARD, is angry, and he’s talking for the first time. His explosive story will change the way you look at the U.S. Navy forever.

For more news, visit: http://www.fatleonardpodcast.com

Kabul Falling Project Brazen Originals

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 250 Ratings

In August 2021, the Taliban regained control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The takeover sent shockwaves throughout the country. It forced thousands of Afghans to leave their old lives behind and embark on a hellish journey for survival.

In this gripping, eight-episode podcast, Afghans themselves will tell you how it happened. You’ll hear stories about big risks, close calls, and unexpected moments of kindness — or luck — that changed everything. You’ll meet Afghan women and men from different walks of life, and even a young man who chose to fight with the Taliban — in his eyes, to protect the country he loves.

This is the story of a home ripped apart — and of a courageous new beginning.

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Project Brazen is a global journalism studio based in London and Singapore investigating some of the biggest scandals and stories of our time, told without fear or favor. Stay subscribed.

Learn more: https://www.projectbrazen.com

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Previous Project Brazen Series:

“RESISTANCE: Stories from Ukraine” — a harrowing and inspirational journey across Ukraine in the first weeks of Russia’s invasion. While the military wages war on the frontlines, everyday citizens are picking up whatever weapons they can, including their smartphones, computers, sewing needles, and guitars. Photojournalist Laurel Chor travels to cities across the country during the Russia-Ukraine war, finding extraordinary stories that go beyond the headlines.

For more news, visit: http://www.projectbrazen.com/resistance

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“FAT LEONARD” — Under arrest and battling cancer, Leonard Francis, aka FAT LEONARD, is angry, and he’s talking for the first time. His explosive story will change the way you look at the U.S. Navy forever.

For more news, visit: http://www.fatleonardpodcast.com

    The Fall: Escape from Afghanistan Begins

    The Fall: Escape from Afghanistan Begins

    On August 15, 2021, the Taliban regained control of Kabul, nearly 20 years after the US Army and Coalition Forces  had cast them out of power. To many Afghans and observers watching from abroad, the fall of Kabul came as a shock. The news thrust thousands of Afghans into a terrifying journey to flee the country, leaving their old lives behind. In this episode, you’ll hear from Ogai Wardak, a young journalist at a women’s TV station, and Abdul, a former CIA interpreter and father of four, describing how they began planning their escape as Taliban fighters patrolled the streets.

    We want to hear from you. Please get in touch via our website, kabulfalling.com, where you can send a voice message, or tweet using hashtag #kabulfalling.

    For a transcript of this episode and additional material, visit: https://www.kabulfalling.com

    • 30 min
    A Knock at the Door: The Taliban’s Revenge in Afghanistan

    A Knock at the Door: The Taliban’s Revenge in Afghanistan

    With the Taliban back in power, Kabul’s streets were mobbed with traffic as thousands rushed to escape, many heading towards the capital’s airport. At particular risk of retribution were Afghans who had worked with the US Army or the international community, those who'd served in Afghanistan’s government and women who had pursued full lives outside the home. In this episode, you’ll hear how quick thinking — and chance — helps former CIA interpreter Abdul and TV journalist Ogai Wardak evade Taliban fighters and pass through checkpoints towards Kabul airport. Amidst the chaos, Tariq, a young father and former US contractor, walks for 8 hours across the blisteringly hot city to get his son from kindergarten and then tries to take his family to the airport. But with huge crowds of desperate Afghans surrounding the gates, there is no easy way in.

    We want to hear from you. Please get in touch via our website, kabulfalling.com, where you can send a voice message, or tweet using hashtag #kabulfalling. 

    For a transcript of this episode and additional material, visit: https://www.kabulfalling.com

    • 33 min
    The Fortress: Life or Death in Afghanistan via Whatsapp

    The Fortress: Life or Death in Afghanistan via Whatsapp

    As the US and NATO prepare to withdraw all forces from Afghanistan by the deadline of August 31, the evacuation of Afghan allies and partners quickly spins out of the control of Western governments. There is chaos as desperate crowds try to enter the airport in Kabul, where final evacuation flights are departing. Those lucky enough to make it over the high cement walls wait for hours on the tarmac under the hot sun with no food or water. This includes Fatima Faizi, an Afghan journalist working for the New York Times. Informal networks of foreign volunteers quickly spring up to help their Afghan friends and colleagues navigate the chaos and evacuate the country. Ultimately, for many Afghans, getting out comes down to who is in their WhatsApp contacts list.

    We want to hear from you. Please get in touch via our website, kabulfalling.com, where you can send a voice message, or tweet using hashtag #kabulfalling.

    For a transcript of this episode and additional material, visit: https://www.kabulfalling.com

    • 37 min
    Introducing Kabul Falling, Coming Soon

    Introducing Kabul Falling, Coming Soon

    In August 2021, the Taliban regained control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The takeover sent shockwaves throughout the country. It forced thousands of Afghans to leave their old lives behind and embark on a hellish journey for survival. In this eight-episode podcast, Afghans themselves will tell you how it happened. You’ll hear stories about big risks, close calls, and unexpected moments of kindness — or luck — that changed everything. You’ll meet Afghan women and men from different walks of life, and even a young man who chose to fight with the Taliban — in his eyes, to protect the country he loves.

    This is the story of a home ripped apart — and of a courageous new beginning. KABUL FALLING, coming August 1.

    • 2 min
    ORIGINALS: Afghan-British journalist Nelufar Hedayat on upcoming series Kabul Falling

    ORIGINALS: Afghan-British journalist Nelufar Hedayat on upcoming series Kabul Falling

    Bradley Hope sits down with host Nelufar Hedayat to chat about Project Brazen’s upcoming podcast, Kabul Falling.

    In this exclusive audio interview, Nelufar talks about what it’s been like working on Kabul Falling, an eight-part series on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year, and what makes her connection to it — as an Afghan-born journalist—so personal and important. 

    She shares her own experiences of leaving Afghanistan with her family as a young child, and how the Taliban’s takeover has affected Afghans in the country and around the world.

    Stay tuned for KABUL FALLING, coming 1st August. And, as always, you can follow our latest reporting in our newsletter, Whale Hunting. Thank you for listening.

    • 11 min
    RESISTANCE Stories from Ukraine: "I Am A Soldier Now"

    RESISTANCE Stories from Ukraine: "I Am A Soldier Now"

    Photojournalist Laurel Chor travels to the suburbs of Kyiv to meet ordinary Ukrainians who have joined the war effort by becoming soldiers. Journalist Artem and lawyer Oleksandr guard a military checkpoint. PE teacher and two-time war vet Vladimir finds his farm completely destroyed by Russian forces as payback. Ecologist, beekeeper and drag queen Arthur recalls being stationed in Bucha and witnesses the horrific aftermath of senseless killings.

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    “RESISTANCE: Stories from Ukraine” is a harrowing and inspirational journey across Ukraine in the first weeks of Russia’s invasion. While the military wages war on the frontlines, everyday citizens are picking up whatever weapons they can, including their smartphones, computers, sewing needles, and guitars. Photojournalist Laurel Chor travels to cities across the country, finding extraordinary stories that go beyond the headlines.

    For more reporting, and a complete transcript of this episode, please visit: https://projectbrazen.com/resistance

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
250 Ratings

250 Ratings

friendxo ,

Excellent reporting

I don’t know how I started following Laura on Instagram. My interest into insights on Hong Kong. I feel that she has been my prime source of on the ground information there through her photography and prose. Now she is taking me to Ukraine with sounds and glimpses into everyday people’s lives. Just listened to episode 1, looking forward to the next. Thank you.

deanandtweetwee ,

Well Done

Fascinating story and hard to believe it’s basically been covered up. Well investigated and reported.

dentalO ,

Hits close to home

Interesting interviews with Fat Leonard. I served on the USS George Washington, which was under Leonard’s spell back in 2011-2013. I’m sure many if not all of my port calls were arranged by GDMA. One of my former CO’s, although not mentioned in this podcast, was one of the senior level officers indicted in this case and is still awaiting his trial. Overall, a sad story that will take the Navy years of not decades to reconcile with in terms of its ethical and moral implications.

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