243 episodes

A critical lens on the history of the present on West Asia and North Africa. Interviews with experts and archival mashups.

Created by Sina Rahmani (twitter: @urorientalist)

The East is a Podcast Sina Rahmani (@urorientalist)

    • Politics
    • 4.8 • 131 Ratings

A critical lens on the history of the present on West Asia and North Africa. Interviews with experts and archival mashups.

Created by Sina Rahmani (twitter: @urorientalist)

    The Bruce Lee Mixtape

    The Bruce Lee Mixtape

    Bruce Lee gave relatively few interviews in English during his lifetime. I've compiled a few of them into an episode.

    Please consider supporting the show and help me hit my goal of $1500 a month. I have a Patreon and Gofundme.

    You can also donate directly with Venmo or Paypal. Links on the homepage, eastpodcast.com

    • 44 min
    [Preview] Fascism, Spectacle, and Politics with Maximillian Alvarez and Sina Rahmani

    [Preview] Fascism, Spectacle, and Politics with Maximillian Alvarez and Sina Rahmani

    I went on The End of Sport (@EndofSportPo) to talk about the American election, sports, and fascism.  This is the first half (!) of the conversation.

    To listen to the entire episode, subscribe to The End of Sport on your podcatcher! 



     

    • 45 min
    Yemen can't wait w/ Shireen Al-Adeimi

    Yemen can't wait w/ Shireen Al-Adeimi

    Shireen Al-Adeimi (@shireen818) is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University 

    Donate here to Yemen's reconstruction
    https://yemenfoundation.org/

    • 44 min
    Sanctions against liberation: a conversation on Zimbabwe today

    Sanctions against liberation: a conversation on Zimbabwe today

    Guest hosted by Paris Yeros (@parisyeros)

    Featuring Grasian Mkodzongi (@Hondo1973)/
    Richard Runyararo (@VaMahomva)
    Freedom Mawzi @FreedomMazwi

    • 1 hr 42 min
    A user's guide to Monopsony Capitalism w/ Ashok Kumar

    A user's guide to Monopsony Capitalism w/ Ashok Kumar

    Ashok Kumar is Lecturer in International Political at Birkbeck and author of Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in Twilight of the Sweatshop Age (2020) 

    Please consider supporting the show and help me hit my goal of $1500 a month. I have a Patreon and Gofundme.

    You can also donate directly with Venmo or Paypal.  Links on the homepage, eastpodcast.com 

    • 53 min
    Michael Parenti: Reflections on the Overthrow of Communism (2009)

    Michael Parenti: Reflections on the Overthrow of Communism (2009)

    Source

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05tz0V9IBi0&ab_channel=TheNewAnticapitalistFilmGallery

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Ethan Azad ,

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to

I recently discovered The East is a Podcast and listened to it last weekend for about 6-7 hours straight. I rarely rate anything but this is honestly one of the realest podcasts out there and I hope the episodes keep on coming. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the world and all the **** that goes on it.

Britmusicfan ,

Insightful and refreshing

This is an essential podcast for anyone that wants a more holistic view of Middle Eastern politics. Sina does a fantastic job of elucidating the subtle, and often times, not so subtle ways that discourse around political events in the region are often discursively orientalist in nature. Western media bias is quite pervasive and it requires amplifying voices in the region to help balance it. Guest lectures are often engaging and worth spending time to hear. Anyone looking to get a more complete view of MENA politics should take a serious listen to this podcast.

SYazdanyar ,

Edward Said Would Be Proud

The East is a Podcast is truly a wonderful listening experience. Sina does an impeccable job of subverting the mainstream (imperialist/neoliberal) narrative and exposing it for what it often truly is — modern Orientalism.

Personally, as someone born and raised in the Core to Iranian parents, I find many of these episodes to be a cathartic release. Additionally, as a graduate student, this podcast keeps me grounded and reminds me not only what I’m working toward but also that there is much more work to be done.

My only gripe...what is with the intro/outro music and why is it so long?! Joking aside, I cannot recommend this podcast highly enough!

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