West of Middle East
By Neda Nobari Foundation
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In Season 1 of West of Middle East, we hear from people from the Middle East diaspora who are changemakers in a variety of unique ways: fighting for indigenous rights in the Amazon, advocating for LGBTQ refugee support, or making movies about Afghan rock stars and the diaspora experience. Each episode of West of Middle East provides a window into who these Middle East diaspora changemakers are, and how they’re creating a positive impact in the West. We explore what it means to be a part of a diaspora with pervasive stereotypes, and how being a part of that same diaspora propels a desire for social justice.
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 1: Persis Karim||Placeholder text here.||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Subhi Nahas||A Syrian refugee in San Francisco works to educate communities in the Middle East about LGBTQ rights issues, while teaching people here in the West about what it means to be a Middle Eastern refugee.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Alia Shawkat||Iraqi-American actress Alia Shawkat became famous for her roles as Maeby Fünke in the award-winning T.V. show Arrested Development. Now she’s using her platform in Hollywood to show millennials a different side of women and Arabs on television.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Maz Jobrani||We go to West Hollywood to see how comedy can be a tool to educate people and dispel ugly myths about the Middle East diaspora.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Sulyman Qardash||The singer of Afghanistan’s first rock band, now an immigrant in Oakland, California, talks about how music can bring communities together.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Atossa Soltani||An Iranian immigrant loses her heart in the Amazon Rainforest when she realizes community goes beyond diaspora, community is global.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Yalda Modabber||An Iranian immigrant is creating a new generation of mindful change-makers inside of a Farsi-language preschool in Berkeley, California.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Neda Nobari||An Iranian immigrant who became a millionaire in the U.S. is using her resources to support arts, education and podcasts like this one, that help create understanding about the Middle East diaspora.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Content: Keely Badger||Keely Badger, Executive Director of Neda Nobari Foundation, talks about the inspiration behind producing a podcast like West of Middle East, today.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A testament to the power of storytelling
West of Middle East is a wonderful celebration of Middle Eastern changemakers living in the West. Season I features 8 episodes that spotlight the significance of the human experience through the lens of diaspora, giving a platform to extraordinary people living in the United States who have faced a number of barriers and stereotypes simply because of their country of origin. Each episodes brings to light their struggles as well as their unwavering resilience to contribute to the fabric of American culture and be leading influencers across their respective professional sectors. Through this, their stories inspire hope, inspiration and strength, not only for the communities they represent but for the mainstream public as a whole. This is an up-and-coming podcast series not to be missed, produced by Neda Nobari Foundation! FIVE STARS ALL AROUND. Looking forward to Season II.
West of Middle East
What a beautifully produced show and so timely. The stories help make the invisible visible and shift narratives. Essential for the times we live in. Thank you!
If you are looking for realistic stories about real people of middle-east then you are at the right place! Great podcast with great stories and new insights