Dinner with Refugees at Havenstraat

On Monday evenings Harlemmermeerstation brims suddenly with music, laughter, and dancing, and then just as quickly the party evaporates into thin air at 9 p.m. I live around the corner, and always wondered who was having these parties. Yesterday evening it was my turn...

Rough Translation

I'm always on the lookout for other podcasts that cover similar territory to the Hiraeth podcast--those that share stories about transcending borders, sharing cultures, and looking at familiar things from new points of view. So when I heard about NPR's new podcast,...

Hasan Minhaj is a Third Culture Kid

"I exist in a hyphen." Comedian Hasan Minhaj from The Daily Show famously roasted Donald Trump at this year's White House Correspondence Dinner.  In this episode of Fresh Air, Hasan talks about his experience as third culture kid, identifying as an Indian-American...

Exit West – Permeable Borders

Last month Steve Inskeep at Fresh Air talked with Mohsin Hamid about his new novel, Exit West. Set in an unnamed country that bears more than a passing resemblance to the author's native Pakistan, Exit West lives and breathes hiraeth, whether its characters are...

City of Asylum for Exiled Writers

Latino USA shares a story of exiled writers finding asylum in Pittsburgh, USA thanks to the organisation City of Asylum. "In many places in the world, being a fiction writer can be a pretty dangerous job. Writing about certain topics can get you jailed, harassed or...

One Way Ticket: The Art of Jacob Lawrence

"...I pick up my life And take it away On a one-way ticket— Gone up North, Gone out West, Gone!" -Langston Hughes from "One Way Ticket" 1962   Jacob Lawrence was a self proclaimed "child of The Great Migration".  The Great Migration was the movement of over six...

Let Me In- A Short Film by Alicia Keys

Let me in is a short film directed by Jonathan Olinger.  It was premiered by Alicia Keys in conjunction with her We Are Here movement on World Refugee Day .  The film turns the tables on the on our perceptions of refugees. “I was stunned when I learned that there are...


  • Hiraeth Ep. 24- Calmness Amidst Chaos 20/11/2017
    Francesca Aikman is an artist from the North West of England who lives and works in Amsterdam. She arrived directly after finishing a degree in Fine Art at university in Preston to take up a residency at OT303, and, without her really realizing or planning it, Amsterdam became home.  Recently, she has been making small, […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 23- A Moving Legacy 02/10/2017
    In this episode, Sarah talks to Lucille Abendanon who has three nationalities and has lived in six different countries. Lucille shares not only her own story of movement, but also the incredible stories of her Dutch Oma and Opa who survived life in Japanese concentration camps. Lucille is a writer and values the power of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep 22- Crimea Calling 18/09/2017
    In 2010, Masha and her brother inherited her grandparents’ home in Crimea, the place of her birth. Last Spring, she traveled there and felt a tug to return and explore her roots. She has long felt the pull between lands and questioned her sense of identity- having lived in the US since the age of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 21 - Embrace The Journey 04/09/2017
    I met Cynthia on instagram- While she runs the very serious business of recruitment and coaching for expats through her company Xpath Global Careers, she also happens to run a hilarious instagram account called @expatmemes which pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of international life...  Many times, I found myself commenting (or at least thinking) […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 20- Summer Wrap Up 21/07/2017
    In this episode, we talk about art, politics and plans for the future.  This episode is a series of audio clips from team meetings and conversations recorded over the past six months.  It is a reflection on the year so far- as we wrap up for Summer vacation.  We will resume in the Fall, and […]

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