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Kerning Cultures | Middle East

Kerning Cultures | Middle East

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Middle East radio documentaries. Stories of culture, history, current affairs, science, and entrepreneurship produced by Alex Atack, Razan Alzayani, Dana Ballout, Ramzi Bashour, Alexandra Chaves, Lilly Crown, Hebah Fisher, Mohamed Khreizat, Jacqueli...Show More
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Bonus: Our new show

18:58 | Jul 31st

Stay tuned for our new show, Al Empire, which features exceptional Arabs, and their journeys to the top. In this bonus episode, our producers Dana, Alex, and Hebah, share the inspiration behind Al Empire along with some of their favourite moments wit...Show More
The Fishermen

20:18 | Jul 16th

Ramchandra Tendel arrived to Abu Dhabi from India in 1989, when he was 20. Since, he's been captain of a fishing boat. Last May, the nets he uses to fish were banned in the UAE; they were causing too much harm to fish stocks. But the ban also means R...Show More
الصوت الآخر للسودان

27:52 | Jul 3rd

٣ شخصيات تروي كيف تأثرت من انفصال جنوب السودان عن الشمال، وتحدثنا عن المعاناة التي خلقت تساؤلات عن معنى الوطن والانتماء. Three characters share the struggles of living in post-secession Sudan, and how the 2011 split influenced their understandings...Show More
The Baklava Challenge

49:18 | Jun 15th

We asked you, our listeners what you wanted to hear next, and you said, “Baklava!”. So our team competed against each other to find the best baklava story: [03:55] Hebah’s Story: Harissat Al Halaby [18:35] Alex’s Story: The World’s Largest Bakl...Show More
Loving Lynn

25:34 | Jun 2nd

Lynn left behind her hometown village in the Philippines for a housekeeping job in Lebanon at the age of 23. It was only meant to be temporary… until she met Butros, her employer’s nephew, and they fell in love. But for Lynn, marrying Butros has mean...Show More
We've got news!

04:59 | May 1st

Kerning Cultures is now the first venture-funded podcast company in the Middle East. Which means we’ve got more shows coming, in both English and Arabic. Here, Hebah explains some of our future plans, plus a sneak peek of our next podcast show, Al Em...Show More
جوهرة الموصل

16:46 | Apr 22nd

نور، ترى العالم بصوتها -- To help support Kerning Cultures, visit our Patreon at patreon.com/kerningcultures.
Misfits, Volume I

19:07 | Apr 2nd

Two bite-sized stories from the Kerning Cultures vault. First, is there really Halal Cart drama in New York? And, we explore an ancient farming practice, modernised in Cairo. -- To help support Kerning Cultures, visit our Patreon at patreon.com...Show More
KC Short: Break the Cycle

12:54 | Mar 17th

We asked women to tell us about their first periods and how that set a tone for how they view their bodies today. A tribute to International Women’s Day. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like these: https://patre...Show More
The Perfect Renaissance Man

24:20 | Mar 2nd

In the 1930s, the architect Nasri Khattar tried to completely overhaul the Arabic script – singlehandedly. For the next 47 years, he worked day and night to implement his writing system, Unified Arabic. Ultimately, he failed. This is his story. --...Show More
Lebanon, USA

28:43 | Feb 16th

In 2016, Fadi Boukaram planned to visit 47 American towns named Lebanon by road. Then, in Lebanon South Dakota, he discovered that all these other Lebanons have more in common with the country than anybody realised. This week on Kerning Cultures, a s...Show More
أسيرات محررات: ضجيج الشهرة

25:59 | Jan 31st

لينا خطاب وعهد التميمي ٬أسيرتان  محررتان٬ ترويان لنا ظروف التحقيق والاعتقال القاسية٬ كما تحكيان لنا عن معاناة تجاوزت حدود السجن  Lina Khattab and Ahed Tamimi were arrested as teenagers. Their stories are years apart, but at the time of their impri...Show More
Reviving Hamra Street

17:31 | Jan 15th

In the heart of Lebanon’s capital city, Beirut, Hamra Street once stood as one of the preeminent cultural, economic, and intellectual center of Arab world. Hamra Street housed journalists, politicians, and leaders who were exiled from other nations, ...Show More
Not Just My Hijab

28:06 | Dec 31st, 2018

Often the hijab is perceived as this static, monolithic thing. But of course, it's not that simple – every Muslim woman who chooses to wear, or not to wear the hijab has a different understanding and experience of it, and in these stories we're going...Show More
Faraj, Part II: The USA

28:02 | Dec 14th, 2018

In Part One of this series, we told the story of Faraj Al Baadani’s family, which unveiled a little-known history between Yemen and Vietnam. Nearly 40 years later, Faraj continues his family’s migration, this time farther West as he moves from Yemen ...Show More
Faraj, Part I: Saigon to Sana'a

21:19 | Dec 1st, 2018

The little-known, intertwining of history between Yemen and Vietnam, told through the lens of a single family. Part one of a story told in two parts. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like these: https://patreon.c...Show More
78 Degrees North

18:31 | Nov 16th, 2018

Short stories about passports, visas, and making “home”. And, the KC team challenge themselves to find a place in the world where visas don’t matter. -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like these: https://patreon.c...Show More
A Cinema, Demolished

24:30 | Oct 30th, 2018

When demolition began on the Plaza Cinema in 2015, something unusual happened; Dubai residents began visiting the site to collect mementos from the building’s rubble. The cinema was almost as old as the UAE itself – a place which many people held an ...Show More
Featuring Eib: إعتناق ديانة أخرى من أجل الحب

16:40 | Oct 16th, 2018

From Arabic podcast Eib, the story of a boy who falls in love with a girl... and then, they realise, they're from different religions. From Season 1, Episode 5 of Eib, by the Sowt podcast network.  Original episode description: القانون في الارد...Show More
Open Sesame

44:26 | Sep 30th, 2018

In 1979, Iftah Ya Simsim - the Arabic version of Sesame Street - aired for the first time. Over the next ten years, the show was loved by children across the Arab world, until 1990, when the show was pulled off the air as a result of the Gulf War. ...Show More
The Descent

19:24 | Sep 17th, 2018

“I still believe this is the scariest moment of my entire life. My face is white, I’m shaking and I'm terrified. I'm frozen––I can't do anything.” In July 2016, Toufic Abou Nader set off on a journey to the bottom of the Krubera cave––the deepest ...Show More
The Things That Can't Speak

20:02 | Aug 31st, 2018

Ronnie Chatah started giving his walking tours of Beirut in 2008, during a period of stability for the city. He would guide tourists through the city, telling stories of Phoenician ruins, French architecture and Ottoman houses. He’d also talk about L...Show More
Update: Love in 56KB

29:44 | Aug 16th, 2018

It’s been two years since our story about Rami and Marinka, the Dutch-Lebanese couple who fell in love over MSN Messenger during the Lebanon-Israel war. Not once, but twice, chance brought them together online, sparking an epic modern love story. Sin...Show More
Her Side of the Story

27:37 | Jul 30th, 2018

Ghada and Ranyah don’t know each other, but their stories have a lot in common. When they each married their husbands, everybody around them assumed they’d live happily ever after. But it didn’t turn out that way, for either of them. They were both l...Show More
The Curse of the Pharaohs

27:45 | Jul 11th, 2018

This year, the Egyptian national football team ended a 28-year streak of bad luck when they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But their road to the tournament wasn’t an easy one. It’s a story of heroism, revolution and disappointment. This ...Show More
None of the Above

22:04 | Jun 30th, 2018

Every 10 years, the United States Census counts and categorises every person living in America. But for Middle Easterners in America, there has never been a category option. And now, for the first time, there might be.
To Oslo, With Love

54:11 | May 30th, 2018

Elie was a journalist looking for her next story when she met Ziad at a party in Istanbul. Ziad was a Syrian refugee hoping to travel to Europe and apply for asylum. Elie asked Ziad if she could follow him to Norway, his final destination, and docume...Show More
Resettled

27:34 | Apr 30th, 2018

From Iraq to Texas: a doctor’s chronicle of rebuilding life from the ground up as a refugee. (Original, Arabic)
Resettled (English)

28:06 | Apr 30th, 2018

From Iraq to Texas: a doctor’s chronicle of rebuilding life from the ground up as a refugee. (English, dubbed version)
Where the Heart Is

49:23 | Mar 28th, 2018

(Censored) A story of where we're from - when it's not straightforward. For his entire life, Maysam has lived in Dubai. His parents are from Syria, a place he hasn’t visited since he was a young child. If you ask him, the UAE is his home. But on p...Show More
KC Listener Mashup: What's in Your Name?

06:28 | Mar 20th, 2018

A mashup from our listening community exploring the literal meanings and experiences of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew names.
The Mountain

38:55 | Feb 28th, 2018

"Without the female building block, there will be no security." Ch 2 in our mini-series on women and deradicalisation efforts, in partnership with Women’s Advancement Deeply.
At the Feet of the Mother

29:46 | Dec 30th, 2017

"How would you like to remember your son?" Ch 1 in a mini-series on women and deradicalisation.  -- Help us keep KC going by supporting the production of stories like these: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures
What's in a Name?

28:09 | Oct 19th, 2017

'Yasir?' That's too difficult. I'll just call you Tony.
Startup Series: Tunis

41:15 | Sep 5th, 2017

6 years after a revolution, what is it like starting a business in the new Tunisia?
These Two Lanes Could Take Us Anywhere

38:56 | Jul 28th, 2017

4,000 miles, a bike trip, an Armenian, a Turk, and a history that doesn't match up. ​​​​​​​
Not Just My Hijab (Ch 2)

21:04 | Jun 7th, 2017

4 women, and their hijabs. Chapter 2 of a 2-part series.
Not Just My Hijab (Ch 1)

24:45 | Jun 1st, 2017

4 women's relationships with their hijab
KC Soundboard: We're Listening to You

16:32 | May 1st, 2017

Behind the scenes of our startup Kerning Cultures
Serious Jolt

27:12 | Mar 29th, 2017

One man's mission to revive Yemeni coffee for global markets
Where Do We Go From Here?

24:14 | Feb 8th, 2017

A look at Trump's US travel ban and its effects.
Fight or Flight

30:19 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Lost and preserved heritage, leaving home and building anew, and the whimsical world of kite flying.
Birthplace of the UAE

26:32 | Dec 3rd, 2016

The year is 1959, and 1 in every 2 babies are dying in childbirth in the United Arab Emirates.
KC Short: Mid East for Trump

14:04 | Oct 10th, 2016

Meet the Middle Eastern Americans supporting Trump.
Reconciliation, a Tale of Two Seas

42:13 | Aug 27th, 2016

It's 2011, and Bahrain is a divided society.
Border(less)

1:01:02 | Jul 21st, 2016

Navigating Europe's elusive borders as refugees.
Love in 56KB

22:25 | May 31st, 2016

An epic modern love story. He was in Beirut during the Israel-Lebanon war...
My Mother's Country, Mother Of The World (Ch 2)

22:20 | Mar 23rd, 2016

"No one believed I was moving back to Cairo; it's a jungle there."
Poetry, Deconstructed.

19:35 | Dec 17th, 2015

The creative process, deconstructed.
Finding Center

27:10 | Dec 1st, 2015

Horse whisperers, Muslim astronomers, hula hoopers...
Reviving Hamra Street

15:55 | Oct 26th, 2015

Painting Beirut's diaries on its walls
Startup Series: Egypt

25:49 | Oct 11th, 2015

Egyptian startups: a different kind of revolution.
Startup Series: Lebanon

20:48 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Water and electricity cut daily, and yet $400M for Lebanese startups.