World to the Wise
About This Show
Host David Durham invites you to engage your world through compelling stories from fascinating people on crossing cultural bridges. Intended for the culturally curious, this weekly podcast will stretch the borders of your thinking, broaden your cultural perspective, and provide new insight on important issues of our day. Throw in some additional tips on foreign language learning, David’s own musings on culture, both home and abroad, and occasional highlights of travel destinations, and you have a table set to cultivate cultural intelligence.
Musical contributions from Concerning Lions and Rob Higginbotham. Artwork by Hilary Griffith and Michael Durham. Tech support by Isaac Darnall.
Most Recent Episode
The New Kurdistan: One Family’s Role
2 days ago
What would make a successful Iraqi geologist and his physicist wife pull up roots from the city they’ve grown up in, learn a new language, and become humanitarians and educators in a foreign culture — within their own country?
Today we’re speaking with Youssif Matti, an Aramaic Iraqi, who has been living and working in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq for over 25 years. He has seen the region transform into a relatively peaceful and prosperous corner of the Middle East, and the part he has played in that transformation is significant. I hope you enjoy listening to his story.
We apologize for the technical issues toward the end of the interview. Yousif was saying he believes Muslim imams, or clerics, need to do a better job of explaining to the world the difference between their orthodox beliefs and the tenets of radical Islam.
That’s just one of the many challenges Yousif and his family and team members navigate on a regular basis as they serve the Kurdish people.
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