9 episodes

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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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

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 11: Beity, My Home

    Episode 11: Beity, My Home

    In 2012, Bana and her family bought round trip tickets to the United States, planning to return to Syria once the war ended. But things didn’t get better, and they didn’t go home. With time, they made a new home in West Virginia, opening a restaurant called Beity, the Arabic word for “my home.”

    I had the pleasure to work at Beity with Bana and her husband. Every shift I would come in smiling and go out smiling. If you’ve ever worked in a service job, you know that’s rare. Meet Bana, hear her story, and enjoy the last full episode of Sandstone!

    • 17 min
    Episode 10: Chronicles from Gaza

    Episode 10: Chronicles from Gaza

    Air strikes. Denied permits. Restricted freedoms. This is Gaza. Gaza is a Palestinian territory occupied by the state of Israel. In Episode 10, we’ll meet a Palestinian family from Gaza who will tell us what life is really like on the ground.

    • 12 min
    Episode 7: A Man Named Solidarity

    Episode 7: A Man Named Solidarity

    Ted is Syrian, a refugee from a war torn country. But that’s just one of his stories, and it’s not the story you’ll hear today. Ted might be a refugee, but he’s an engineer, too. He’s a musician, an Uber Driver, and a Wendy’s Manager. He’s a friend and a fellow mountaineer. Tune in to meet the man named Solidarity!

    • 21 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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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