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Travel Worn Satchel
32 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Conversations in a time of Covid - Jordan
Conversations in a time of Covid, Episode 7: X*** Final Episode in this Series ***X is an eloquent cultural educator, storyteller and tour guide born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian parents. We discuss the influence having exiled Palestinian parents has had on his own political awareness and activism. X recalls the nascent Arab Spring in 2010 and how it is having a positive, progressive and measured effect in Jordan ten years later.I learn about Wasta: obtaining both basic services and benefits from personal contacts. While it is pernicious, Wasta is a way of life.Citizens use Wasta to jump the queue to schools, universities, jobs and speed up government paperwork.In a light-hearted moment X tells me about a former health minister who thought he was George Clooney.This is the final episode of this series. I will be back soon so (continue to) subscribe to Travel Worn Satchel podcastsMusic: Fesliyan Studios music https://www.fesliyanstudios.com
24 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Conversations in a Time of Covid - Episode 6
Iraq.Thura, a young diplomat, and I discuss the misconceptions about women in Iraq and how, in fact, women have always had a pivotal role in Iraqi society.We talk about how the people are now more positive in the aftermath of recent conflict in Iraq, due in no small part to the people and their culture.Music: Fesliyan Studios music https://www.fesliyanstudios.com
27 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Conversations in a time of Covid - Episode 5
Conversations in a time of Covid, Episode 5: Ketaki Ketaki is a young market research analyst working in Hyderabad. As the city emptied during the pandemic she returned to her parents’ home. Ketaki tells me about the Diwali festival and how the attitude to the caste system is changing among young professional people. We discuss politics and how the adoption of new technology is starting to impact Indian society. Music: Fesliyan Studios music https://www.fesliyanstudios.com
14 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
Converstaions in a time of Covid - Episode 4
Conversations in a time of Covid, Episode 4: SajadSajad, a young Afghan MBA student at Kabul University tells me about daily life in Kabul. We discuss the impact of Covid on the population and his family. Despite regular suicide bombs he remains optimistic about the future. A future, he sees, being driven by young people like the group of 16 year old girls from Herat who build ventilators from old car parts. Note: the interview as recorded over a mobile telephone so at times the sound quality dips. Music: Fesliyan Studios music https://www.fesliyanstudios.com
22 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Conversations in a time of Covid - Episode 3
Conversations in a time of Covid, Episode 3: HafsaHafsa is a South African lawyer living in the outskirts of Pretoria. We discuss what defines a township and what living in one is like. Hafsa tells me about informal settlements, crime, corruption and fat cats in South Africa. And how the community rallied round the local population during Covid.Hafsa also tells me how beautiful South Africa is and her hopes for the future. Note: the interview as recorded over a patchy internet connection so at times the sound quality dips. Music: Fesliyan Studios music https://www.fesliyanstudios.com Thanks to Ban Noori for introducing us.
23 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Conversations in a time of Coivd - Episode 2
Conversations in a time of Covid, Episode 2: MustafaI hear how life is very tough for Egyptians at the moment through a conversation with Mustafa, a teacher from a small town outside Cairo. Music: Fesliyan Studios music https://www.fesliyanstudios.com Thanks to Woodstock (Woody) Taylor from Absolute Pitch for introducing us.
25 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Conversations in a time of Covid - Episode 1
Conversations in a time of Covid, Episode 1: ManuelaI talk tango and finding love with Manuela, a Portuguese psychologist living in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Music: Fesliyan Studios music https://www.fesliyanstudios.comThanks to Dustin Main (photographer, traveller, humanitarian – check him out) for introducing us.
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