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14 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Turkey's image abroad - from the Ottoman sword to Sofagate
In the wake of international headlines on Sofagate between Turkey and the European Union, Turkish Coffee hosts discuss the image of Turkey and Turks, taking their cues from history, literature and the current political affairs.In this podcast, Aygen Aytaç and Nazlan Ertan discuss the Turkish image, starting from an 11th-century letter from Byzantine Emperor Alexius Commenus to today^s Sofagate, from references to Turks in Shakespeare to the soft power of the Turkish TV series.References: Tamburlaine, Christopher MarloweAstraea Redux, John DrydenMacbeth, William ShakespeareLes Miserables, Victor HugoPrince, Niccolò MachiavelliMozart and the Wolf Gang, Antony BurgessTurkish Embassy Letters, Lady Mary Wortley MontaguAziyadeh, Pierre LotiDoğuştan Kadıncıl (Born Feminine), Refik Halit Karay
16 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
How uncles create havoc in Turkey
Nazlan and Aygen take up the role of 'enişte' (brother-in-law or uncle-by-marriage) in Turkish socio-culture. They look at the famous brothers-in-law, as well as prejudices, proverbs and cheeky references to foreign eniştes. References: Enişte Risalesi, Tanıl Bora and Mustafa ÇiftçiThanks to @fukozrecords for the music.
20 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
How Turks and others started eating out
As restaurants around Turkey and the world tentatively open their doors, albeit with distancing and hygiene rules, Aygen Aytaç and Nazlan Ertan look at the past, present and future of eating out. Which empire was the first one to discover the delights of eating out - Roman or Chinese? In the Ottoman Empire, what did you do if you wanted a taste of the Sultan’s food? If you are in Turkey, where would you go to clinch a political or financial deal? And to tie to the last Turkish Coffee podcast, which came first – coffeehouses or taverns?References:The Restaurant: 2,000 years of dining out, William SitwellDining Out: A Global History of Restaurants, Katie Rawson and Elliott ShoreIktidarların Sofrası (The Rulers' Table) Artun Ünsal
21 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Have a cup of Turkish Coffee
Accompanied by their cups of Turkish coffee, Aygen and Nazlan discuss the history and heritage of the UNESCO-inscribed Turkish coffee, known alternatively as the "Mohammedan drink" or the "Devil's Cup." The two journos discuss how coffee became common in the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century and moved on to Europe through smugglers, janissaries, ambassadors, and, surprisingly, a butler from Izmir.References:George Steiner, The Idea of EuropeStewart Lee Allen, Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to CoffeeJonathan Morris, Coffee - A Global HistoryNina Luttinger, The Coffee BookLonely Planet's Globa Coffee TourCatherine Tucker, Coffee CultureThanks to @Fukozrecords for the jingle
13 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Little to celebrate on Women's Day
On the eve of March 8 International Women's Day, Aygen Aytaç and Nazlan Ertan discuss sexism and gender-based discrimination in politics, language and laws as well as how women fight back.From anti-abortion laws in Poland to Turkish ruling party's deputies questioning the honor of women who said they were strip-searched, the two journos look at the grim picture of women's plight around the world.Special thanks to @Fukozrecords for the jingle
16 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Utopia, Dystopia or Reality?
Inspired by Turkey's unveiling of the 10-year Space Programme, Aygen Aytac and Nazlan Ertan dwell on dystopia and utopia, with examples from news, literature and global trends. The two journos keep the listeners guessing on what is fact and what is fiction: searching natural resources in space; live-in marriage counsellors to ensure that a family has three kids ASAP; attempts to privatize judiciary; Turkish poets moving to Australia collectively to create a 'Green Country' or women finding their rights taken away overnight.References:George Orwell, "1984"Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World"Suzanne Collins, "Hunger Games"Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid's Tale"Amin Maalouf, "First Century After Beatrice,"Sophie MacIntosh, "Blue Pill"Tevfik Fikret, "Yeşil Yurt" (Green Country, poem)Ziya Gökalp, "Kızıl Elma" (Red Apple, book of poetry)Oya Baydar, "Çöplüğün Generali" (The General of Garbage)Oya Baydar, "Köpekli Çocuklar Gecesi" (The Night of Children with Dogs)Tahsin Yücel, "Gökdelen" (Skyscaper)Kerem Işık, "Islıklı Karnaval," (The Failed Carnaval)... and the films and series "Star Trek," "Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam" (The Man who Saved the World), Avatar, Black Mirror, Snowpiercer
16 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Justice for all?
Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's call for a new constitution, Aygen Aytaç and Nazlan Ertan discuss the search for justice since the times of Justitia, the Roman Goddess of Justice, and Kutadgu Bilig, 11th-century book to guide Turkish rulers. Discussing a wide range of issues from UN's 2021 focus on digital inequality to Turkey's long-standing judicial problems, the two journalists draw inspirations from theorists, mythology, literature and day-time TV.Special thanks to Geline Fuko Studio (@fukozrecords on Instagram) for original musicEach week during Turkish Coffee, Nazlan and Aygen discuss socio-economic issues in Turkey, as well as lifestyles, cultural peculiarities, arts and literature.-John Rawls, A Theory of Justice-Yaşar Kemal, Mehmet My Hawk-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables-Ben Elton, Blind Faith
16 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Love alla Turca: Letters, flowers and chatrooms
As we approach Turkey's first Valentine's Day under lockdown, Aygen and Nazlan discuss whether people will still want to celebrate the day and how they will do it. The Interior Ministry has said that it would exceptionally allow flower deliveries over the weekend, providing a bit of hope for the pandemic-hit florists. Building up to the big day, newspapers give recipes for restaurant-class dinners at home and chatrooms in the popular new app Clubhouse invite singles to meet up. But for Nazlan and Aygen, nothing beats the love letters of the famous and the infamous, from Nazım Hikmet to Herman Hesse.Special thanks to Geline Fuko Studio (@Fukozrecords) for the music.References: Nazım Hikmet: Piraye’ye MektuplarOrhan Veli Kanık: Yalnız Seni ArıyorumAbidin Dino: Sensiz Herşey RenksizVirginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West: Love Letters Nizami: Layla and MajnunHermann Hesse: SiddhartaHermann Hesse: Wandering Notes and Sketches Alexander Pope: Love Letters of Great Man by Ursula DoyleNedim: Amor Vincit Omnia by Kemal Sılay Dorothy Parker: The Collected Dorothy Parker
16 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
How did Turkey's lentils and olives turn posh?
Aygen and Nazlan discuss food history, waste, trends and the future of food in the face of the steep hike in food prices, unemployment in the food sector due to Covid-19 and the rich local cuisine. How has the rise in food prices changed Turkish people’s eating? What is the impact of the pandemic in our food yearnings? How have poor boy's meals of the past become the posh dishes of today? And can anyone – from Turks to Africans to Middle Eastern people – agree on the origins of their favorite dish?
14 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
An Ode to Travel from Madrid to Mardin
Aygen Aytaç and Nazlan Ertan discuss the joys of travel, dodgy places and good food.References:''Invitation to the Voyage” by Charles Baudelaire“The Desert and the Sown” by Gertrude Bell“The Great Railway Bazaar” by Paul Theroux“Bodrum Every Night” by Selim İlerı“The Mythology Dictionary” by Azra Erhat“Seyahatname” by Evliya Çelebi“Iliad” by Homer''Eat Pray Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert
15 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Delights of Reading: Why pen is mightier than the sword?
Aygen and Nazlan, two bookworms, dive into the world of books and discuss what they read, why they read and how a book changes each time it is read. References:The New Life by Orhan Pamuk, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams,The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe, The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wide,Master and Marguerite by Mikhail Bolgakov, Oblomov by Ivan Aleksandrovich,1984 by George Orwell, 1985 by György Dalos, The World of Yesterday by Stephan Zweig,Midnight at the Pera Palace by Charles King, The Revolt of Aphrodite by Lawrence Durrell,Walden by Henry David Thoreau, All works of Şule Gürbüz, All works of Refik Halit Karay,All works of Martin Amis, All works of Dorothy Parker, Brainpickings by Maria Popova, Complete Works of Bernard Shaw, Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, How Proust can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
14 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
New Year Party Time!
As most of the world ends 2020 under lockdown, Aygen and Nazlan dive into New Year Parties, past-present, real-imagined, hilarious or awful!References: Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol Master and Margarita, Mikhail BulgakovGreat Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia WoolfAtonement, Ian McewanFor songs used in this episode:♫ Track: [Electro Swing] Dimaa - The Roaring Twenties [No Copyright Music]♫ Watch: https://youtu.be/-SeBzpWM_asSong: Nekzlo - Happy New Year (Vlog No Copyright Music)Music promoted by Vlog No Copyright Music.
12 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
2020 in Review: Words, People, Events (so far!)
Aygen and Nazlan discuss the year 2020, which to them sounded like a dystopian movie, from Covid19 to natural disasters; political unrest to wars.References: Politico Class of 2021Word of the Year Oxford, Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.comSarah Cooper lip sync of Donald Trump (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkKYVp9SE1g)The Empty Glass by Louise Glück
20 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
For Love of the Crown
After a sleepless night watching the last season of The Crown, Aygen and Nazlan discuss - and mostly disagree- on just what makes this Netflix series interesting to watch.References: The Crown, Netflix SeriesEthos, Netflix SeriesThe Queen (film directed by Stephen Frears)A Man for All Seasons (film by Fred Zinneman)
13 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Alone or with company? Who has it hardest in Lockdown?
Nazlan and Aygen, who have again had their Coffee Talk long-distance, wonder out loud just when loneliness and lockdowns become too much.Far Away From A Lost Home by Arthur Vyncke | https://soundcloud.com/arthurvostMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedhttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
16 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Lessons in Hindsight: Dear 17 year old me!
In the first podcast of the year, Aygen and Nazlan wonder out loud on what they would tell their 17-year-old selves to prepare them for love, life - and politics.Music used in this podcast:"Escape by Sappheiros" is under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 3.0)Music promoted by BreakingCopyright: https://bit.ly/b-escapeandExplosive Finale by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.comMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
15 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
New Year Resolutions: Love 'em, Leave 'em
Refusing to succumb to half-hearted resolutions, Aygen Aytaç and Nazlan Ertan come up with their own, with a bit of help from writers, satirists and ghosts of the past.References: The Conquest of Happiness, Bertrand Russel Schopenhauer as Educator, Friedrich Wilhelm NietzscheDevil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
12 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
Women Say No to Harassment: Clearly They Had Enough
Aygen Aytaç and Nazlan Ertan discuss the recent disclosures of sexual harassment by women in Turkey's literary and publishing sector and whether they would have an impact on the future.
11 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Staying Home but Not Alone
Nazlan and Aygen take up another particularity of the Turkish Culture, "the housegirls" - young women who stay the parental house, neither study nor work and wait for their Big Fat Turkish Wedding.
11 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Family ties: How aunts yield power in Turkey
Aygen and Nazlan discuss “yenge” - aunts by marriage- and their complex role in the family and outside.References: Yengeler Cumhuriyeti ed. Tanil Bora and Mustafa Çiftçi (in Turkish)Sıdıka by Atilla Atalay (in Turkish)Forbidden Love by Halit Ziya UşaklıgilPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenHow to be a Good Wife (film directed by Martin Prevost)
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