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Kerning Cultures | كيرنينج كلتشرز

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Stories from the Middle East and North Africa, and the spaces in between. This is our summer-fall season with weekly episodes.

Kerning Cultures is produced by Kerning Cultures Network. Support this podcast on https://www.patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month.
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Jerusalem Calling

Jerusalem Calling

2020-10-0140:543

The Palestine Broadcasting Service started airing in 1936, from a brand new transmitter tower in Ramallah. It was a British station in three languages, aimed at promoting the message of the mandate government throughout the region. But over the following decades, as Palestine saw political upheavals, bloody conflicts and power shifts, the radio station found itself in the middle of it all... and became a unique capsule of the events that lead up to the Nakba. This episode was produced by Shahd Bani-Odeh, Alex Atack and Darah Ghanem, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Nadeen Shaker, Tamara Rasamny, Zeina Dowidar and Dina Salem. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar and Dina Salem. Sound design by Alex Atack and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
More Than A Buzz

More Than A Buzz

2020-09-2443:531

In our day-to-day lives, it’s a drink. But for some people, it is not as simple as that. It’s a Sufi’s spiritual companion, an Emirati’s keeper of tradition, and a Yemeni’s connection to his homeland. Today, we dive into three stories about coffee, exploring the tradition, culture, and spirituality of this simple bean. This episode was produced by Noon Salih, with editorial support from Alex Atack, Dana Ballout, Zeina Dowidar, Nadeen Shaker, and Dina Salem. Fact-checking by Dina Salem. Sound design by Alex Atack and mixing by Mohamad Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Little Syria

Little Syria

2020-09-1837:202

The lower west side of Manhattan used to be home to the biggest population of Arab immigrants in the US. In the early 20th century, streets were full of people speaking Arabic, with street vendors selling ka’ak, storefront baklava displays; this was New York’s “Little Syria”. Today though, it’s all gone. This week on Kerning Cultures, America’s first Arab neighbourhood, and the final attempts to save it. This episode was produced by Hager Eldaas, with editorial support from Tamara Rasamny, Dana Ballout, Zeina Dowidar, Alex Atack and Nadeen Shaker. Fact-checking by Dina Salem and Zeina Dowidar. Sound design and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Open Sesame Redux

Open Sesame Redux

2020-09-1042:484

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. But Ammar Al Sabban, a young boy growing up watching the show in Jeddah, never forgot the impact his favourite characters had on him. This week, a little boy’s dream to become his favourite Muppet, and the making of a show that revolutionised children’s television. This episode originally aired in September 2018. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Elephants in the Desert

Elephants in the Desert

2020-09-0330:151

Faysal Bibi and his team of palaeontologists have been captivated by this one particular moment that took place in the Abu Dhabi desert seven million years ago. This week, a journey back to a time before the desert was the desert... when elephants, crocodiles and monkeys reigned supreme in the UAE. This episode was produced by Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Nadeen Shaker, Tamara Rasamny and Zeina Dowidar. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar and Dina Salem. Sound design by Alex Atack and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Missing Archives

The Missing Archives

2020-08-2646:592

In 1968, a trio of Palestinian filmmakers began making films about life under Israeli occupation. Almost 15 years and over 90 films later, their film unit became a dominant force in the Arab film industry. But in 1982, their film reels disappeared. Overnight, decades of footage and thousands of hours of archives were gone. Today on Kerning Cultures, the search for the Palestinian Film Unit’s lost archives. For the list of films and other resources mentioned in this episode, visit our blog: https://kerningcultures.com/kerned-and-cultured/palestinian-film-unit This episode was produced by Zeina Dowidar, with editorial support from Alex Atack, Nadeen Shaker, Tamara Rasamny, Dana Ballout, and Hebah Fisher. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Sound design and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lebanon, USA 2.0

Lebanon, USA 2.0

2020-08-2150:281

This week, a special collaboration with one of our all time favourite podcasts: Radiolab. We produced the episode - Lebanon USA - last year, and Radiolab have taken that original story and elevated it to a whole new level. This is a story of a road trip. After a particularly traumatic Valentine's Day, Fadi Boukaram was surfing google maps and noticed that there was a town called Lebanon... in Oregon. Being Lebanese himself, he wondered, how many Lebanons exist in the US? The answer: 47. Thus began his journey to visit them all and find an America he'd never expected, and the homeland he'd been searching for all along. The original "Lebanon USA" story was produced by Alex Atack with editorial support from Bella Ibrahim, Dana Ballout, Zeina Dowidar and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Alex Atack. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. The new update of the story was produced and produced by Shima Oliaee and Jad Abumrad, with original music by Thomas Koner and Jad Atoui. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week on Kerning Cultures, two short stories. Producers Alex and Zeina uncover why Egyptians are so good at playing squash, and look at a businessman’s unlikely dream to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to the shores of the UAE. This episode was produced by Alex Atack and Zeina Dowidar, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Nadeen Shaker and Hebah Fisher. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar, and research help from Noha Fayed. Sound design by Alex Atack and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to help Beirut

How to help Beirut

2020-08-0700:502

We’re heartbroken by what happened in Beirut on Tuesday, August 4. Many of us at the Kerning Cultures team are Lebanese, or have close ties to Beirut. So we’re taking a break from publishing our episode this week. Instead, we’d like to use this platform to ask you to consider donating what you can to relief efforts like the Lebanese Red Cross. You can find a more thorough list of resources on our blog by clicking here. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rocket Man

Rocket Man

2020-07-3045:452

In the 1960s, a college professor and his group of students were determined to build and launch rockets into space. And so, they did. This week, on Kerning Cultures, a story about the first-ever rocket launched from the Arab world into space. This episode was produced by Tamara Rasamny with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Zeina Dowidar, Alex Atack, Nadeen Shaker, and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Mohamed Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Bella Ibrahim is our marketing manager. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Zabelle

Zabelle

2020-07-2353:432

In 1917, a musical prodigy called Zabelle Panosian recorded a song that captured the heartbreak of a generation of Armenian Americans in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. She toured the world, selling thousands of records. And then, she was almost completely forgotten. This is her story.  This episode was produced by Alex Atack with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Nadeen Shaker, Zeina Dowidar, and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Alex Atack and Mohamed 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: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Trancing with the Zars

Trancing with the Zars

2020-07-1735:531

For centuries in Egypt, Zar was a music and dance ritual believed to heal women from unwanted spirits that possessed their bodies.  But as time went on and ideologies changed, the practice became controversial and deeply feared. And now, it’s mostly gone. Today on Kerning Cultures, join producer Zeina Dowidar on a journey of music, spirits, and trance.  This episode was produced by Zeina Dowidar with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Nadeen Shaker, Alex Atack, and Hebah Fisher. Sound design by Tamara Rasamny and Mohamed Khreizat, and fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ugly Truth

Ugly Truth

2020-07-1024:354

This is the ugly truth: racism and anti-Blackness in the Arab world is a common practice and a subject so taboo that many have convinced themselves that it doesn’t even exist. But for those of us who live in these societies, and who are caught at the intersection of Black and Arab identities, it is undeniable. Today on Kerning Cultures, producer Sara Elhassan on racism in the Arab world. This episode was produced by Sara Elhassan, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Zeina Dowidar, Alex Atack, and Hebah Fisher. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar and sound design by Mohamed Khreizat. Episode artwork is illustrated by Enas Satir. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Outcast

Outcast

2020-07-0334:001

Our producer Nadeen Shaker takes us on her own personal journey in trying to discover why she felt excluded because of her hijab. In Egypt, things are more complex than they seem; history, politics, class, and money all played a hand in changing how people perceive veiled women. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story about what it’s like to feel like an outcast in your own country. This episode was produced by Nadeen Shaker, with editorial support from Dana Ballout. Tamara Rasamny, Zeina Dowidar, Alex Atack, and Hebah Fisher. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar. Sound design by Alex Atack and Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Unity High: Part 2

Unity High: Part 2

2020-06-2625:57

Last year, our producer Darah Ghanem stumbled upon an obscure blog on a nearly forgotten corner of the internet. On it were hundreds of historic photographs of a Christian missionary school in Khartoum called Unity High School. But as she looked closer, she started to see something else: the blog’s writers were trying to tell the world about an alleged corruption scandal that they thought had taken place at the school nearly a decade ago. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story of loose ends, conflicting sources, and half-truths. Part 2 of 2. This episode was produced by Darah Ghanem and Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout and Hebah Fisher. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar, sound design by Alex Atack and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Unity High: Part 1

Unity High: Part 1

2020-06-2032:551

Last year, our producer Darah Ghanem stumbled upon an obscure blog on a nearly forgotten corner of the internet. On it were hundreds of historic photographs of a Christian missionary school in Khartoum called Unity High School. But as she looked closer, she started to see something else: the blog’s writers were trying to tell the world about an alleged corruption scandal that they thought had taken place at the school nearly a decade ago. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story of loose ends, conflicting sources, and half-truths. Part 1 of 2. This episode was produced by Darah Ghanem and Alex Atack, with editorial support from Dana Ballout and Hebah Fisher. Fact-checking by Zeina Dowidar, sound design by Alex Atack and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Summer Season Trailer

Summer Season Trailer

2020-06-1217:20

We're back! We'll be here with a new episode of Kerning Cultures every Friday this summer. Here's a quick taste of what's to come. Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Support this podcast on patreon.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lockdown Diaries

Lockdown Diaries

2020-04-0840:10

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.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month.   Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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.com/kerningcultures for as little as $1 a month. Support the show: https://patreon.com/kerningcultures See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Maria Ray

What a greatat episode!!! Hamed seems like a genuinely lovely person!!!

Sep 14th
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Euphoria

WHAT IS THIS BEAUTYY

Jul 28th
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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!

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