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The Beirut Banyan Ronnie Chatah

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Storytelling and conversations, from Beirut and beyond. Subscribe from your preferred podcast platform. Support us through Paypal or Patreon.

    Ep.169 (Video): "On the Move" - Educating Ourselves (#11)

    Ep.169 (Video): "On the Move" - Educating Ourselves (#11)

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    https://youtu.be/gI6_11krQKs

    Part 11 of "On the Move" with Elia Haber talks about independently educating ourselves and experiences with recommendations sent her way.

    Each episode of "On the Move" tackles a different subject impacting Lebanon that also plays a role in her life abroad.

    Elia is a recent Master's degree graduate in science journalism from Concordia University. She is the founder of Café Scientifique - Beirut and previously co-hosted this podcast for her "Voices from the Square' series, covering the initial months of the October 2019 uprising in Lebanon.

    Follow Elia on her Twitter handle: @EliaHaber
    and on Instagram: @elia.haber

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.

    • 4 min
    Ep.168 (Video): Revolution...Pandemic...Revolution with Lina Mounzer

    Ep.168 (Video): Revolution...Pandemic...Revolution with Lina Mounzer

    We're back with Lina Mounzer for Episode 168 of The Beirut Banyan.

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    https://youtu.be/gpfBdQlNPWY

    We compare Covid-19 experiences in Beirut and New York, and dive into her recent LitHub piece about growing up during the civil war and the euphoria following October 17 last year.

    We discuss the urgency for political reform in Lebanon, the economic pain we're going through and the serious threat of hunger on the horizon. We also reflect on current protests in the US and the connectivity of the moment.

    Lina Mounzer is a writer and translator. The LitHub piece and New York Times op-ed's mentioned in this episode are linked below:

    'Letter From Beirut: From Revolution to Pandemic'
    https://lithub.com/letter-from-beirut-from-revolution-to-pandemic/

    'In Lebanon, a Pandemic of Hunger'
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/opinion/lebanon-protests-coronavirus.html

    'The Great Lebanese Ponzi Scheme'
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/opinion/lebanon-protests.html

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep.167 (Video): Fifteen Years

    Ep.167 (Video): Fifteen Years

    I reflect on fifteen years since Samir Kassir's assassination.

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    https://youtu.be/Y9-Kk13wJOk

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    • 38 min
    Ep.166 (Video): "On the Move" - Celebrations (#10)

    Ep.166 (Video): "On the Move" - Celebrations (#10)

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    https://youtu.be/nj1wE79UlUE

    Part 10 of "On the Move" with Elia Haber talks about graduating from university in a time of physical distancing and the lack of any urge to celebrate. Elia also shares her reasons for leaving Lebanon and the need to keep positive memories alive.

    Each episode of "On the Move" tackles a different subject impacting Lebanon that also plays a role in her life abroad.

    Elia is a recent Master's degree graduate in science journalism from Concordia University. She is the founder of Café Scientifique - Beirut and previously co-hosted this podcast for her "Voices from the Square' series, covering the initial months of the October 2019 uprising in Lebanon.

    Follow Elia on her Twitter handle: @EliaHaber
    and on Instagram: @elia.haber

    Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut

    Or donating through our Patreon page:
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    www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan

    Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform.

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:
    @thebeirutbanyan

    And check out our website:
    www.beirutbanyan.com

    Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.

    • 6 min
    Ep.165 (Video): Compromised Agreements with Waël Atallah

    Ep.165 (Video): Compromised Agreements with Waël Atallah

    We're back with Waël Atallah for Episode 165 of The Beirut Banyan.

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    https://youtu.be/STtiMATCfho

    We discuss the 1969 Cairo Agreement and what that meant for Lebanese state sovereignty, in particular long-term consequences for repeated attempts at political reform.

    We also discuss the topic of decentralization within the Lebanese context, and look at local governance beyond communal divisions and sectarian power-sharing as it's understood in modern Lebanese history.

    Waël Atallah is an engineer and a regular contributor to the 'Finance 4 Lebanon' blog. He also has a YouTube channel that unpacks current financial problems and also explains the backdrop and aftermath of the Cairo Agreement (discussed in this episode):

    https://youtu.be/-TIU7or6k-0

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep.164 (Video): "On the Move" - Comparing Covid, Part 2 (#9)

    Ep.164 (Video): "On the Move" - Comparing Covid, Part 2 (#9)

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/9lth4m5rxf0

    Part 9 of "On the Move" with Elia Haber continues her conversation with Elie Fares, comparing Covid-19 in Lebanon and the US and discussing uncertainty, coping mechanisms and transitioning out of confinement.

    Each episode of "On the Move" tackles a different subject impacting Lebanon that also plays a role in her life abroad.

    Elia is a recent Master's degree graduate in science journalism from Concordia University. She is the founder of Café Scientifique - Beirut and previously co-hosted this podcast for her "Voices from the Square' series, covering the initial months of the October 2019 uprising in Lebanon.

    Follow Elia on her Twitter handle: @EliaHaber
    and on Instagram: @elia.haber

    Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut

    Or donating through our Patreon page:
    https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan

    Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel:
    www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan

    Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform.

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:
    @thebeirutbanyan

    And check out our website:
    www.beirutbanyan.com

    Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Rami Yashruti ,

Excellent - Lebanon needs this!

Something Lebanon (and the region) is missing - sober and unbiased discussions about politics, culture and society. Past and present. Old and new. Spoken by a diverse group of very interesting people. Ronnie and The Beirut Banyan team have done a wonderful job highlighting issues we sometimes forget about in Lebanese society. Highly recommended podcast!

Elsa Hach ,

Finally

A great way to learn more about Beirut’s history. Easy to follow, and the episodes link so well together. Thanks, Ronnie!

phantomsoul ,

An authentic voice on Lebanon

In an arena that features an abundance of view points from outsiders, Ronnie provides an open forum for local perspectives on Lebanon’s travails.

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