By The Yemen Peace Project
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Welcome to Mafraj Radio, the official podcast of the Yemen Peace Project. This podcast covers contemporary political, social, and cultural affairs in Yemen and the Yemeni diaspora from a range of sources and perspectives. Our aim with this podcast is to make Yemen accessible to casual listeners who don’t necessarily have a background in Yemen or Middle East studies, while still providing a level of depth and context you can’t get from mainstream media coverage of Yemen. In Yemeni Arabic, the word mafraj refers to a characteristic feature of highland Yemeni architecture, which is renowned for its unique beauty. A mafraj is a room, preferably with windows on all sides, on the very top of multi-story house. The mafraj is where Yemenis gather in the afternoons and evenings with family and friends to discuss the events of the day and the gossip of the nation. Like a good mafraj, this podcast aims to be a site for discussion, debate, and edification, and a vantage point from which we look at events in Yemen from different angles.
||CleanSenate briefing on the situation in Yemen||On Thursday, March 30, the YPP and the Arab Center for the Promotion of Human Rights hosted an event at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, to discuss the war in Yemen and the role of the United States in the conflict. Events like this||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #29: America at war||Welcome to the long-awaited fourth season of Mafraj Radio, the official podcast of the Yemen Peace Project. I’m Will Picard. On this episode we’ll discuss America’s role in Yemen’s civil war, and the Trump administration’s efforts to block cit||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #28: Wartime Journal bonus episode||We’ve asked contributors in Yemen to record audio journal entries for us, conveying their own personal experience of Yemen’s ongoing war. Our first two installment featured recordings by an anonymous civil servant living in San’a. That same contri||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #27: Introducing the Wartime Journal||This episode includes the first two installments in a new recurring feature we're calling the Wartime Journal. We’ve asked contributors in different parts of Yemen to record audio journal entries for us, conveying their own personal experience of Yeme||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #26: A-WA celebrates Yemenite heritage through music||On this episode of Mafraj Radio, we meet Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim, three Israeli sisters from a Yemeni Jewish family, who perform Yemenite folk music with a modern twist. Their band, A-WA, released their first video online last year, and have found||7/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #25: UNOCHA update; Can coffee save Yemen?||On this episode, YPP's Hannah Porter speaks with UNOCHA's Jamie McGoldrick about the coordinated response to Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe, and we learn about how Yemeni coffee could play a role in the country’s economic recovery.||3/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #24: Crowdfunding and peace-talking||On this episode we learn about the UNDP's innovative new model for development in Yemen from project specialist Farah Abdessamad, and speak with journalist Nawal Al-Maghafi about last month's peace talks in Switzerland.||1/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #23: Liberated Aden, Ta‘iz under siege||On this episode we speak with Sahar Nuraddin, a local humanitarian aid worker in Aden, about how life in the southern port city has changed since Coalition and Resistance forces drove pro-Houthi forces out. We also take a look at the horrific situation||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #22: A conflict retrospective||On this episode we revisit some of the most important interviews we've broadcast since the beginning of Yemen's internationalized armed conflict in March of this year.||10/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #21: al-Hudaydah||On this episode we speak with Dr. Muneer Ahmed, a resident of the Red Sea coastal city of al-Hudaydah, about the local impact of Yemen's ongoing war.||8/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #20: San‘a in ruins, bickering in Geneva||On this episode we talk with British-Yemeni activist and journalist Rawan Shaif al-Aghbari about the current situation in San‘a. We also hear about this month's preliminary, UN-backed peace talks in Geneva, from journalists Nawal al-Maghafi and Adam||6/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #19: Alex Potter reports from San‘a||On this short episode we speak with American photojournalist Alex K. Potter, one of the few western journalists reporting from inside Yemen. Alex has been taking extraordinary photographs of life in Yemen for over three years. We featured her series Wai||6/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #18: Marib, Saudi politics, and Change Square in photos||On this episode we take a closer look at one of the many front lines in Yemen's civil war(s), the governorate of Marib, where local tribes are fighting to repulse pro-Houthi and pro-Saleh forces. We also talk about the politics behind Saudi Arabia's in||5/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #17: Yemen’s civil war goes international||On this episode we discuss Yemen's escalating civil war between forces aligned with the Houthi movement and former president 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh on one side, and Yemen's recently-ousted president 'Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi and other regional factions on th||4/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio #16: 20 Years of Houthi History in 48 Minutes||On the first episode of our third season, we explore the origins and expansion of the Houthi movement, also referred to as Ansar Allah, and we look at how the movement has adjusted to its new-found power, following the fall of Yemen’s government. Get||2/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 15: UK Strategy, and Reprieve on Multiple Kills||On this episode we speak with Sir Alan Duncan, the British government’s Special Envoy to Yemen, about UK foreign policy and his thoughts on Yemen’s precarious transition. We also talk to Jennifer Gibson, a staff attorney for the London-based NGO Rep||12/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 14: an accidental war correspondent, and two Yemeni-Americans making a difference||On this episode, we speak with journalist Laura Kasinof about her forthcoming memoir, and meet two Yemeni Americans who are working to make a difference in Yemen and beyond.||10/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio episode 13: President Hadi vs. Ansar Allah||On this episode we look at the Huthi movement, which is waging a campaign of expansion in northern Yemen, and calling for the fall of the government in San'a.||9/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 12: Tracking Leopards and Drones in Yemen||On this episode we speak with American freelance journalist Gaar Adams about protecting Yemen's environment and wildlife, and to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's Jack Searle about reporting on drone strikes and casualties.||8/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 11: A new voice for air strike victims||On this episode we learn about the National Organization for Drone Victims, a new network seeking to give voice to the suffering of Yemenis affected by air strikes. We also learn about a program helping Yemeni-American youth in New York express themselv||5/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 10: Remembering al-Karamah, Panel Discussion||On this special episode, we mark the third anniversary of the day known asÂ Jumâ€˜at al-Karamah, or the Friday of Dignity, on which regime forces massacred unarmed protesters in Sanâ€˜a’s Change Square. The massacre, which is powerfully docu||3/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 9: Yemen's humanitarian crisis, human rights issues, and al-Mahrah's experiment in democracy||On this episode we discuss Yemen’s dire humanitarian crisis with UNOCHA’s Trond Jensen. We also get a rundown of key human rights issues from Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher for Human Rights Watch, and learn about an exciting experiment in local demo||2/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 8: Revisiting al-Hirak, and meeting the future of Yemeni music||On this episode we talk with journalist Iona Craig about the complex reality of the Southern Movement, and we meet Ahmed Alshaiba, a young Yemeni â€˜oud player who wants to change the future of Yemeni music.||11/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 7: Inside Guantanamo, and Remembering Ibrahim||On this episode, we speak to attorney David Remes, who represents a number of Yemenis imprisoned at the US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, about his clients and the larger political context surrounding Guantanamo. We also remember Ibrah||9/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 6: US Intelligence, Addressing the Water Crisis, and Celebrating Ramadan||On this episode, we get an inside look at the US intelligence system with journalist and former intelligence analyst Joshua Foust, we discuss Yemen’s water crisis with UNDP advisor Walid ‘Ali, and we learn about Ramadan traditions from the creator o||8/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 5: NDC update & living in the dark||On this episode, we get an update on the progress of the National Dialogue Conference from NDC youth delegate Baraa Shiban and analyst Fernando Carvajal, and we talk with journalist Iona Craig about Yemen’s electricity crisis. Our interview with Baraa||6/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 4: The Foreign Press Corps||This episode features highlights from a conversation with journalists Jeb Boone (Global Post, CSM), Tom Finn (The Yemen Times, The Guardian), and Laura Kasinof (The New York Times), about their experiences in Yemen–which include covering the 2011 upri||5/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Farea al-Muslimi||Episode 3 featured an excerpt from an interview we recorded last month with writer and activist Farea al-Muslimi. Because the interview contained much more valuable material than we could fit into a single segment, we decided to post the full intervie||4/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 3||In this episode we take our first look at the efforts of the international community in Yemen, a subject we’ll come back to in several future episodes. The first segment features an interview with the UK’s ambassador to Yemen, Mr. Nicholas Hopton,||4/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio Episode 2||In the second episode of Mafraj Radio, we take a look back at the Youth Revolution of 2011 with Ibrahim Mothana, and go inside the long-awaited National Dialogue Conference with a member of the Youth delegation, Baraa Shiban. We also get an update on||4/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMafraj Radio episode #1||Welcome to the home of the new YPP podcast, Mafraj Radio! Our podcast will cover contemporary political, social, and cultural affairs in Yemen and the Yemeni diaspora from a range of sources and perspectives. On this episode, the history of the Houthi m||2/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
The best source for concise, insightful details and analysis about the Yemen conflict.
Finally, there is an authoritative and succinct account of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. This is definitely worth a listen!
Great job. Throughly detailed, smart and very well informed. As a Yemeni-American I greatly appreciate the comprehensive coverage offered here. It was nice to here Adam Baron..