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Podcast: Yemeni Coffee During the War

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Podcast: Yemeni Coffee During the War

One man’s mission to revive Yemeni coffee for global markets during the war. By: Kerning Cultures  Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the 28-year-old Yemeni American, is the first Arab certified Q-grader, the coffee equivalent of a sommelier for wine. This certification is a very involved process, comprising 22 tests intensely quizzing the applicant on flavours tasted and in what…

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Podcast: Trump’s Travel Ban and its Effects

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Podcast: Trump’s Travel Ban and its Effects

Podcast: Trump’s Travel Ban and its Effects In the whirlwind of the past week and a half, a look back at Trump’s travel ban. By: Kerning Cultures Note: The episode above and the article below are supplementary and different. We, the People On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning immigration…

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Reviving the Culture of Hamra Street in Lebanon

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Reviving the Culture of Hamra Street in Lebanon

Reclaiming the culture of Lebanon with culture and art: reviving Hamra Street with graffiti.  By: Kerning Cultures Yazan Halwani is a street artist, still in his early 20s. Over the past year, I’ve met with Yazan a few times, following his work closely and always, with great admiration. When I finally got to sit down with him…

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Behind the scenes: Middle East poetry

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Behind the scenes: Middle East poetry

The behind-the-scenes when 3 musicians and a poet in the Middle East come together for the first time. By: Kerning Cultures This episode we take you behind the scenes to capture raw human talent: the intimate brainstorming, trials, and experimentation of 3 musicians and a poet in the Middle East preparing for a spoken word…

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Egypt’s Brain Drain

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Egypt’s Brain Drain

What do we owe the places that raised us? Exploring brain drain from Egypt. By: Kerning Cultures   Note: the episode above supplements the article below; they’re both different! Mention “brain drain” to any Middle Easterner and they’ll nod sadly: yes, we have this problem in our country, too. Tracing the history of emigration in…

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Middle Eastern Americans Supporting Trump

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Middle Eastern Americans Supporting Trump

A US election special: meet the Americans of Middle Eastern descent supporting Trump By Kerning Cultures    Author’s note: The views expressed herein do not reflect Kerning Cultures’ and company’s personal views. As always, we remain agnostic. And, the above episode is different from the article below. “Donald J Trump is calling for a total and…

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A Love Story to Defeat the Odds

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A Love Story to Defeat the Odds

A Love Story to Defeat the Odds. A modern love story By Kerning Cultures Love in 56KB. He was in Beirut during the Lebanon-Israel war; she was in a small village outside of Rotterdam. They met on MSN Messenger. Episode Credits Produced by Alex Atack, Razan Alzayani, and Hebah Fisher, with sound design by Ramzi…

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Border(less): refugees face challenges

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Border(less): refugees face challenges

Border(less): refugees face challenges. Today we follow a Kurdish family as they flee their home and navigate Europe’s elusive borders.  By Kerning Cultures How do you lose a family member in Europe’s elusive borders? And as a refugee how do you navigate the world of smugglers when crossing the English Channel? At a time when…

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Reconciliation, a Tale of Two Seas

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Reconciliation, a Tale of Two Seas

It’s 2011, and Bahrain is a divided society. Can they reconcile?

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