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Kerning Cultures | كيرنينج كلتشرز

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Stories from the Middle East and the spaces in between. We release episodes twice monthly. Kerning Cultures is produced by the Kerning Cultures Network.
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While we're working on the upcoming season of Kerning Cultures, we wanted to share with you another show we've been making. It's called al empire, and it tells the stories of exceptional Arabs and their journeys to the top. The show is in its second season, and in this clip from a recent episode, a voice you might already recognise: Jad Abumrad, the host of the genre-defining radio show and podcast Radiolab. Hear the full episode and more stories like this on al empire wherever you get your podcasts.  Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Lockdown Diaries

Lockdown Diaries

2020-04-0839:53

All of our lives have changed. In this unprecedented time, we wanted to make something to reflect this moment. So today, our Kerning Cultures quarantine special: stories of staying at home, lockdowns from history, creative ways of escaping boredom... and for everybody’s sanity, a few things that have nothing to do with the coronavirus. You can hear Majd's radio show, Radio Al Hay, at yamakan.place/beirut. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month.   Support the show.
The Kerning Cultures Network has a new Arabic show we're excited to share with you. Listen to B'Hob here, or wherever you get your podcasts. B'Hob tells stories about the force that drives the universe. We explore love in all its forms through stories from across the region. Join us for a journey through the pain, happiness, inspiration, and sometimes ambiguity of love stories in all their intricacies and complexities.  Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
While we’re working on our summer season, we’re going to be dropping some bonus episodes into your feed over the next few months. Starting with this one: a special conversation featuring producer Alex Atack, who you’ve heard telling you all these stories, but you probably don’t know much about him. So this his backstory, and a sneak peek into what's coming up in Kerning Cultures' summer season. It comes to us from our friends at the Da Miri Podcast, which is a show hosted by Tariq Elmeri where he has these deep, honest conversations with what he calls “unique individuals." Support the show.
We're going seasonal

We're going seasonal

2020-01-2302:06

This year, we’ll be switching to a seasonal release schedule, rather than one episode every two weeks. Hebah explains why. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Update: Faraj

Update: Faraj

2019-12-3152:26

Today, an update on a story from the Kerning Cultures vault. The little-known, intertwining of history between Yemen and Vietnam, told through the lens of a single family. Then, a story of modern Arab migration. This story originally aired in December 2018. Thank you to Faraj and his family for being so open and warm with us despite us poking around in their family history. To Adam Sjoberg who directed the film Shake The Dust that features Faraj and other amazing breakdancers from around the world. And to all the Yemeni scholars and researchers who helped us unpack some of the complex history, especially Najwa Adra, Hasan Al Ansi, and Jon Swanson.  Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

2019-12-1828:271

In 1942, Lebanon’s National Museum opened in Beirut, celebrating the country’s golden age and inside, it housed some of the region’s most important artifacts. So when the Lebanese war started in 1975, the museum staff came up with a risky and elaborate scheme to save everything inside the museum. This week on Kerning Cultures, the story of how a small team of museum employees protected thousands of years’ worth of history. Thank you to Suzy Hakimian, Anne-Marie Afeiche and Dr. Reinhard G. Lehmann for speaking to us for this episode. This episode was produced by Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, and Hebah Fisher, with fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Update: To Oslo With Love

Update: To Oslo With Love

2019-12-0401:01:18

Today, an update on a story from the Kerning Cultures vault. 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 document the journey. He said yes. So commences their odyssey together... and the beginning of a journey neither could have anticipated. This story originally aired in May 2017. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Asmaa al-Ghoul was an ambitious young journalist when she started reporting on Gaza – her hometown – for the newspaper she’d dreamed of working for in high school. But through the trauma of uprisings, wars, and a failed marriage, she began to question how much journalism really matters. This week on Kerning Cultures, a special collaboration with Zahra Hankir as she reads Asmaa’s essay from her book Our Women on the Ground.  You can buy Our Women on the Ground on Amazon here. This episode was produced by Alex Atack, with editorial support by Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Thank you to Zahra Hankir for reading this essay, to Asmaa al-Ghoul, who wrote it, and to Mariam Antar, who translated it from Arabic. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
On October 17, people in Lebanon hit the streets to call for a new government. The revolution’s slogan, “all of them means all of them”, spares no political party that has been a part of the sectarian-based government. This week on Kerning Cultures: how the revolution is changing people's relationship with their country. This episode was produced by Tamara Rasamny and Alex Atack, with editorial support by Dana Ballout, Hannah Myrick and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
A special feature of Kerning Cultures Network's newest podcast, al empire. Episode 4 features comedian Bassem Youssef. Bassem reflects on the moments that inspired him to leave behind 19 years in medicine for political satire, a show that was watched by 40 million people every week. Now, he tells us about what it’s like reinventing a career for himself in the US, and about the time long ago when he raised baby chicks. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
His whole life, Walid Waked had been told that his great grandfather invented the Arabic typewriter. And then, one day, he learned that another family - the Haddads - believed they invented it. This week on Kerning Cultures: the contested history of the Arabic typewriter. Thank you to everybody we spoke to for this story: Ahmed Ellaithy - for everything, and taking us down the rabbit hole with you - Walid Waked, Anis Waked,  Alexandre Cordahi, Nagla Badran, Pascal Zoghbi and Titus Nemeth. This episode was produced by Ahmed Ellaithy, Hebah Fisher, Nadeen Shaker, and Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, and Zeina Dowidar. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
A special feature of Kerning Cultures Network's newest podcast, al empire. The season kicks off with Hamed Sinno, the lead singer/songwriter of Mashrou' Leila. Search for al empire wherever you get your podcasts to subscribe. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
In Case of Death

In Case of Death

2019-09-0332:122

What happens when somebody dies in a country that’s not their home? This week on Kerning Cultures, stories about the group of volunteers who help repatriate the bodies of foreigners after they’ve died in the UAE. Special thanks to Zaki, Max, Ashraf Thamaraserry, Vidhyadharan, Amal Mathew, Ambika and Renji. The people at the Indian Association; CM Bashir, Sajad Saheer, Mohamed Mohideen and Baiju G. Sunil at the Hindu Crematorium and Mr. Johnson at Holy Trinity Church. This episode was produced by Noha Fayed and Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Hebah Fisher, Shahd Bani Odeh and Tamara Rasamny. Translation by Ashfana Hameed. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Fact checking by Zeina Dowidar. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Trailer

Trailer

2019-08-1903:18

Stories from the Middle East, and the spaces in between.  Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue

2019-08-1537:08

How do you preserve a language when your government is actively trying to erase it? Abduweli Ayup is a Uyghur linguist who was trying to stop the Chinese government from replacing Uyghur with Mandarin. He had been studying the language’s history, teaching Uyghur to younger students and writing books in Uyghur. But recently, when the Chinese government began forcibly detaining Uyghurs in Xinjiang, his work got much riskier. Then, they came for Abduweli himself. This week on Kerning Cultures, Abduweli’s fight to preserve his mother tongue. Special thanks to Abduweli Ayup and his family for sharing their story, and to Arienne Dwyer and Timothy Grose. This episode was produced by Durrie Bouscaren and Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
Bonus: Our new show

Bonus: Our new show

2019-07-3118:58

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 with our guests. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
The Fishermen

The Fishermen

2019-07-1619:42

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 Ramchandra and his crew can't fish anymore. This week on Kerning Cultures, Ramchandra and his crew’s last week in the UAE. Special thanks to Vipruta Vagadiya, Ramchandra Tendel and his crew, and Fatma Al Sayegh. This episode was produced by Noon Salih, with editorial support from Alex Atack, Dana Ballout, and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Fact checking by Zeina Dowidar. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production.  Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
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 of identity, nationality, and home. Thanks to Salah Eldeen ElNour, Ahmed Mahjoub Hassan, Alaa Bint Hashim, Moez, Abdel azim, Noon Salih, Mohammad ElMeshad, Husam Abu Hilal, Mohammad Anas, Mrs Norma Maolouf, Mr Goerge, Sarah El Hasan, Ghaith Khouri, Alaa Shamaa, Lumumba Di-Aping, Zeina Dowidar, and Larissa Nour for making this episode possible. This episode was produced by Shahd Bani Odeh and Darah Ghanem, with editorial support from Dana Ballout. Music by Sammany Hajo and Musab MR. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
The Baklava Challenge

The Baklava Challenge

2019-06-1548:04

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 Baklava [33:50] Dana’s Story: Mama’s (Burnt) Baklava Thanks to SceneEats for gifting this episode's winner with a Nespresso Machine. Thank you to Yahia El Halaby, Nihal, Muharrem Tuna, Fatih Akpinar, Dana’s lovely mom, Ghada, and to Hallie Davison, our listener and friend who suggested the baklava theme for this competition in the first place. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher, Dana Ballout and Alex Atack. Alex had production and translation support in Turkey from Dilara Çelik. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show.
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ardalan hadjirahim

you guys have a great show. I think it's time you interview these guys again.

Jan 8th
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Mariam Ismail

I love the format you used, all the interviews were great, and you really were able to capture the essence of what's happening. Great job 👌👌

Nov 21st
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Nicola Hodges

one of my favourite podcasts! Thanks for creating great content!

Nov 17th
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Thomas McCall

Excellent episode! Keep up the great work!

Nov 13th
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Dave Lee

Wow. Incredible stories.

Nov 4th
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Hebah Fisher

Thanks Abdelrahman!!

Sep 5th
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Abdelrahman Magdy

great work, KC!

Sep 5th
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