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Rough Translation

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

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

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

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

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- 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...

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  • Hiraeth Ep. 40 - Exploring The Streets Of Cairo 04/06/2020
    Erica Eastley has lived an adventurous life in several different countries in Central Asia, the Middle East and beyond. We’ve never met in person; in fact, I think I first came across Erica when I stumbled on her fascinating blog, The Golden Road to Samarqand, where she was explaining how she cut the bindings off […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 39- A Way Of Reordering Your World 20/05/2020
    Rowena Dring is British, and spent time in Berlin and France before settling here in Amsterdam. She is an artist who challenges traditional boundaries by incorporating the traditional ‘women’s work’ of sewing and needlework with large-scale painting. She first started this type of art after her father died, and observes that ‘when you feel like […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 38 - 24 - Hour Curfew In Saudi Arabia 13/05/2020
    ‘Emily’ is an American, but grew up moving around a lot, and spent her teenage years living in Mexico. Now with four kids of her own, she has made the move to Saudi Arabia to give them a taste of international life. We have changed her name so she can speak freely about her adventures […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 37 - The Swedish Approach (To Pandemics And Life) 06/05/2020
    Lisa Ferland is an American living in Sweden. She has a background in public health, and is also an author and consultant. In the podcast she talks about her life in the Swedish countryside, why she chose to take Swedish citizenship, and what being both Swedish and American means to her. Lisa recently began working […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 36 - The Dutch Art Of Doing Nothing 29/04/2020
    Olga Mecking’s book, Niksen just happened to come out the very week coronavirus lockdown started in the Netherlands, where she lives. Niksen is about “The Dutch Art of Doing Nothing”, which ends up being amazingly apropos in a time when we are all wondering what to do with ourselves while staying safe at home. In […]