#31: Lena, First Kiss

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In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear about Lena Ghannam's experiences with her first loves, being third culture, and visiting Palestine for the first time. This episode features a story told live at Palestinians, Live! in Washington D.C. in October of 2017 as part of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

The music in this episode is by Basel Zayed and the Ayn Trio. The tracks featured are part of a beautiful new album released in September of 2018. To find out more about the music you can visit Basel Zayed's website or our website

For more information visit: www.palestinianspodcast.com.

Special episode: Faisal, The Palestine Museum U.S.

In the special live episode of Palestinians Podcast we are in conversation with Faisal Saleh the founder of the Palestine Museum U.S. in Woodbridge, CT. Our host, Nadia Abuelezam, visits Faisal at the museum and learns about his life as a Palestinian living in Palestine and in the United States. We also learn about his motivation for starting the museum and the community he has built around it. 

For more information about the Palestine Museum visit: https://www.facebook.com/PalestineMuseum.US/
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#30: Andrew, Brooklyn, Bros, and Brosefina

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In this episode we hear from Andrew Kadi. Andrew told a story about his experience at the Tel Aviv airport live on stage at Palestinians, Live! in October of 2017 at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. While his experience was traumatic, Andrew manages to tell the story with plenty of humor. In this episode, Andrew also reflects on his homeland, his mother, and his activism work in the United States. 

Music in this episode is by DAM. We thank them for generously allowing us to use two of their songs (Mama, I'm in Love with a Jew and Freedom for My Sisters). 

Transcription and audio editing was performed by our summer intern Rashad Saleh. 

#29: Samar, Her Spokesperson

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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, we will be releasing two episodes this month. The second of these two features Samar Najia. In this episode we hear about Samar's relationship with her mother and the influence her mother has on her life. Samar also discusses the importance of community for Palestinian identity in the diaspora. 

The music in this episode is by Huda Asfour from her upcoming album Kouni. You can find out more about her music and the album on our website.

Please consider giving us a rating and writing a written review on iTunes. We hope that you help us spread the word on social media about the podcast. Visit our website for information on how you can get involved. Thank you for listening! 

*Please note: We apologize for the audio quality during the live story. Issues at the venue prevented a high quality recording.*

#28: Nijmeh, Palestine Lives in Me

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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, we will be releasing two episodes this month. The first of these two features Dr. Nijmeh Hodaly. In this episode we hear about the struggles associated with growing up as a young teenager in occupied Palestine and also about the struggles associated with raising Palestinian children in the diaspora. Nijmeh also discusses the importance of her faith and her family. 

The music in this episode is by Huda Asfour from her upcoming album Kouni. You can find out more about her music and the album on our website.

Please consider giving us a rating and writing a written review on iTunes. We hope that you help us spread the word on social media about the podcast. Visit our website for information on how you can get involved. Thank you for listening! 

#27: Tariq, Basketball in Gaza

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In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear Tariq Luthun's reflections on his experience as a Palestinian-American, his parents' immigrant experiences in the United States, and the power of spoken word poetry. You'll get a chance to hear two of Tariq's poems and also hear about his experiences as a child visiting the Gaza Strip. 

We dedicate this episode to all those marching for their Right of Return in Gaza and throughout Palestine. The music featured in this episode is by the Typo Band (Khata'a Mattbaie), a band from Gaza city. Check out their music!

To find out more about Tariq's poetry and work, visit our website and blog. If you enjoy listening, spread the word by writing a written review on iTunes and telling your friends. Happy listening!

#26: Yasmeen, Not Your Habibti

In this episode of Palestinians Podcast, we hear from Baby Fist founder and Not Your Habibti activist Yasmeen Mjalli. In this first ever live episode of Palestinians Podcast, host Nadia Abuelezam discusses issues related to sexual harassment and female empowerment in Palestine and the rest of the Arab world. Taped inside Nadia Abuelezam's home, this episode is an intimate look at how a Palestinian American who moved to Palestine is making a difference. 

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#25: Ahmad, Building and Dreaming

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Ahmad Abuznaid's story of growing up in both the United States and Palestine helps us understand how he has become the nationally recognized activist he is today. As a co-founder of the Dream Defenders, Ahmad's advocacy in the United States reminds us that as Palestinians we are called to be in unity with other liberation and social justice movements around the world. We hope this special Black History Month episode of Palestinians Podcast inspires you to contribute your voice to social movements in the United States and Palestine. 

Music in this episode is by Project Chaos. You can read more about Ahmad, the Dream Defenders, and Project Chaos on our website. Thank you for your continued support! Happy listening!

#24: Salma, The Memory Song

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In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear a live story told in October 2016 at Palestinians, Live Boston. Activist Salma Abu Ayyash tells us about her experiences at Standing Rock in Sioux Country. She describes her solidarity with indigenous movements and the reasons why all Palestinians should feel called to protect indigenous lands. Salma's live story references many photos that can be found on our blog. The memory song is performed by Mark Tilsen. 

#23: Nadia, Not on the Map

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Palestinians around the world are reeling at the announcement by the President of the United States that Jerusalem will be recognized as the capital of Israel. In this episode of Palestinians Podcast, our host and creator, Nadia Abuelezam, discusses her feelings about the announcement and tells a personal story about her awakening as a Palestinian. She also talks about the role of the diaspora in these difficult political times. While this episode is slightly different and more political than our standard episodes, for Palestinians, the personal is political. We hope it inspires you to think of your role in taking back the Palestinian narrative. 

Music in this episode is by Mohammad Bashar and Ahmad Al-Zamili (Real Time Media Production). Sound editing and engineering was performed by Sarouna Salfiti-Mushaha. Illustration by Issa Wehab.