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Let’s face it, the Arab world doesn’t have the best rep in town. Then again, neither does Appalachia. Sandstone chronicles the story of West Virginian native Clara Haizlett as she explores the nuance of the Arab world and encounters humans who are surprisingly… human. Tune into Clara’s peculiar pursuit of understanding and meet the individuals that rocked her West Virginia world.

Clara was a NSEP David L. Boren Scholar in Amman, Jordan and recipient of the U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship in Tangier, Morocco.

This podcast is sponsored in part by Honors College of West Virginia University and the Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Fund.


Follow Sandstone updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesandstonepodcast/

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Let’s face it, the Arab world doesn’t have the best rep in town. Then again, neither does Appalachia. Sandstone chronicles the story of West Virginian native Clara Haizlett as she explores the nuance of the Arab world and encounters humans who are surprisingly… human. Tune into Clara’s peculiar pursuit of understanding and meet the individuals that rocked her West Virginia world.

Clara was a NSEP David L. Boren Scholar in Amman, Jordan and recipient of the U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship in Tangier, Morocco.

This podcast is sponsored in part by Honors College of West Virginia University and the Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Fund.


Follow Sandstone updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesandstonepodcast/

    Episode 6: Stranger Danger!

    Episode 6: Stranger Danger!

    Stay alert. Lock the doors. Keep your eyes peeled, your phone on, and text me when you get home.

    Safety is important, but what happens when precaution is informed by prejudice? And when that prejudice is determined by color or culture?

    In Episode 6 of Sandstone, we'll hear real stories and real talk about prejudice and how it affects the world around us. Tune in!

    • 18 min
    Episode 5: A Really Bad Break Up: Parallel Journeys of Losing Faith

    Episode 5: A Really Bad Break Up: Parallel Journeys of Losing Faith

    Mohammed was devoutly Muslim. Emma was devoutly Christian. Yet after years of devotion to their respective religions, they are both confronted with doubts and questions. Ultimately, they must choose to either make-up or break-up with the religions that they knew to be true.

    Tune in to hear the full story!

    • 21 min
    Episode 4: From Alabama to Imam: A Convert's Journey

    Episode 4: From Alabama to Imam: A Convert's Journey

    In Episode 4 of Sandstone, we'll hear the story of Kip, a young Alabamian who converted to Islam and eventually became the religious leader of a Muslim community in West Virginia.

    • 21 min
    Episode 3: Brother from Another Mother: a Christian’s Theologian's Take on Islam

    Episode 3: Brother from Another Mother: a Christian’s Theologian's Take on Islam

    "Brother from Another Mother" is the first of a three part series on Islam, featuring three individuals and their distinct religious experiences. In this episode, Pastor Joseph Cumming joins us from Yale University to share his experience in the Muslim world and answer some of our questions about Islam.

    Why are we talking with an Evangelical Christian about Islam? Great question! Evangelical Christianity remains a prominent feature in the cultural fabric of Appalachia. So before we begin to understand Islam, we'll first reflect on our own religious identity. Islam and Christianity are brothers, and if we look closely, we might just find some brotherly resemblance.


    Music by:
    Bama Country Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    ZigZag Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    Windswept Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    Thinking Music Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    Unanswered Questions Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 18 min
    Episode 2: Love, Eggs, and John Cena

    Episode 2: Love, Eggs, and John Cena

    In Episode 2 of Sandstone, we meet Kafa, a Yemeni woman who spent a year studying abroad in West Virginia. During her time in West Virginia, she befriended a West Virginia gentleman, Andrew. But by the time Kafa and Andrew realized that they were falling for each other, it was too late. Kafa had already gone back to Yemen. Confronted with war, a travel ban, and an arranged marriage, will their love triumph? Listen to find out!

    • 26 min
    Episode 1: God, Family, Country

    Episode 1: God, Family, Country

    In this first episode of Sandstone, I'll give you a sneak peek into my West Virginia upbringing - a childhood guided by the values of God, family, and country. This patriotic trinity, however, was in danger.

    Across the ocean, men in turbans had waged war on my God, my family, and my country. And my middle-school self was determined to stop them. Inspired by an active imagination and a spoonful of spite, I resolved to join the FBI, take down Osama bin Laden, and save the world from evil.

    This plan was golden - until I met Kafa, a Yemeni woman and the kindest person I had ever met. As we sat pajama-clad in my bedroom and she tenderly decorated my hands with henna dye, my extravagant plan began to fall apart.


    Music:
    “Policy King” by Heftone Banjo Orchestra
    From the Free Music Archive
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    "Parisian" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    "Fife and Drum" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    NotDrunk-mix-full-band-no-vocal by The Joy Drops
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    "Semi-Funk” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    “Travel Light” by Jason Shaw
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    “Words” by Jason Shaw
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    "River Meditation” by Jason Shaw
    From the Free Music Archive
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

Ol Shoeless ,

A unique perspective, richly told

Clara’s a really great storyteller. You’ll probably laugh and learn something, too.

Rose1092 ,

Funny, engaging, and thought provoking

Sandstone provides an authentic and relatable narrative that is helping me better understand the Arab world. I’m excited for all the future episodes!

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