Ep.255 (Video): 'We Were There' with Zeina Saab

Ep.255 (Video): 'We Were There' with Zeina Sa...

Ep.257 (Video): Political Psychology & Lebanon with Ramzi Abou Ismail

0:00 Intro 2:16 Pursuits Abroad 7:23 Common Identity 13:46 Social Pact 22:34 Higher Interest of the States 40:02 Institutionalized Country 51:52 October 17 1:02:21 Groups & Individuals We're with Ramzi Abou Ismail for Episode 257 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://yout https://yout ...   Show more

Ep.256 (Video): 'Halfway There' with Abby Sewell

0:00 Intro 3:24 Collapse 9:21 Coverage 25:04 Halfway to Hell 31:48 Long-Form We're with Abby Sewell for Episode 256 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/lo7ECcK0bBU https://youtu.be/lo7ECcK0bBU We discuss three of her recent L'Orient Today pieces covering collective memory and Haret Hreik, ...   Show more

Ep.254 (Video): Falling into Place with Amb. Frederic C. Hof

0:00 Intro 2:12 1999-2000 8:37 Post-War Sovereignty 18:03 Certainty 27:19 The Wider Story 40:10 Memories of My Father We're with Amb. Frederic C. Hof for Episode 254 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/Yt93xZ3KML0 https://youtu.be/Yt93xZ3KML0 We discuss his recent Newlines Magazine piece: ...   Show more

Ep.253 (Video): Clubhouse Conversation with Tala Ramadan

0:00 Intro 1:22 Echo Chamber 5:13 Socialization 11:59 Podcast Popularity 19:22 Privacy 26:40 Long-Form 41:21 Experts We're with Tala Ramadan for Episode 253 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/SEGiDXxWgP4 https://youtu.be/SEGiDXxWgP4 We discuss Clubhouse's appeal in Lebanon and the Middle ...   Show more

Ep.252 (Video): Corruption in Context with Majd Harb

0:00 Intro 1:28 Background 5:06 First Step 7:41 Individual Level 12:21 Failed State 19:44 Paralysis 30:46 Pre-Civil War 39:09 Opposition Leverage 50:43 Personal We're with Majd Harb for Episode 252 of The Beirut Banyan. We put corruption in context and discuss the first steps nec ...   Show more

Ep.251 (Video): Crossing Paths with Gilbert Doumit

0:00 Intro 1:24 Background 12:39 2011 20:18 Civil to Political 30:20 Hezbollah 42:32 The Last Time We Spoke 53:32 The Question 01:01:55 Roles Reversed We're with Gilbert Doumit for Episode 251 of The Beirut Banyan. We reflect on crossing paths on the streets of Beirut, from distr ...   Show more

Ep.250 (Video): March 14 Revisited with Sara Assaf

0:00 Intro 2:00 False Comparison 11:36 Buildup 17:45 Sectarian Story 26:05 National Unity 32:10 Familiar 39:10 Reconsider 44:54 Principle 53:15 Repeated Decision 59:32 October 17 We're with Sara Assaf for Episode 250 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/8my2ZQoj https://youtu.be/8my2ZQoj ...   Show more

Ep.249 (Video): Zero Fear with Monika Borgmann

0:00 Intro 1:25 Disbelief 4:08 Rage 6:28 Shared Passion 9:55 A Part of Ourselves 13:03 Heal Wounds 20:44 1989 26:23 Impunity 31:30 Justice 34:52 Too late? 41:08 Ghobeiri 48:44 Storytellers 55:34 A Way Out We're with Monika Borgmann for Episode 249 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss ...   Show more

A Clubhouse Conversation with Mike Azar

Mike Azar interviews me on Clubhouse about storytelling, my WalkBeirut tour and podcasting. We debate fundamental obstacles facing stability and long-term reform in Lebanon.  

Ep.248 (Video): Compromised Sovereignty with Mouafac Harb

0:00 Intro 3:04 Are the big answers outside? 16:04 Multiple Assassinations 21:23 Sovereignty 30:12 Long-Term Investment 40:01 What can be done? 55:21 Media 1:07:53 My Father We're with Mouafac Harb for Episode 248 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/qlObTi8-s5Y https://youtu.be/qlObTi8-s5Y ...   Show more

Ep.247 (Video): Doctor's Orders with Zakia Dimassi

0:00 Intro 3:35 Getting the Vaccine 9:50 mRNA 24:42 Basic Differences 29:18 Corruption 38:11 Misinformation Campaign 44:45 Numbers Today 49:12 Bizarre Policies 55:39 Precautions We're with Zakia Dimassi for Episode 247 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/SiOF9q https://youtu.be/SiOF9q ...   Show more

Ep.246 (Video): Lost in the Narrative with Hani Hassan

0:00 Intro 4:52 Fed Up 10:03 Historic Story 15:18 Classroom to Street 21:57 Fondness to Disgruntled'ness' 30:31 Struggling 38:52 Focus on Truth 47:49 False Narrative 59:30 Worst Version of Falsehood 1:08:55 Knowing the Truth 1:18:00 The Need to End War We're with Hani Hassan Epis ...   Show more

Ep.245 (Video): The Void with Ghena Hariri

0:00 Intro 2:48 Void 16:21 Driving the Story 20:48 Last Name 25:28 Shielding Emotions 35:32 Trying not to Think 40:28 The Crime Itself 44:29 Pointing the Finger 57:13 Make Peace We're with Ghena Hariri Episode 245 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/5Z_je2kTzi0 https://youtu.be/5Z_je2kTzi0 ...   Show more

Ep.244 (Video): Scar Tissue

I share my thoughts on attending Lokman Slim's funeral, meeting his family and the scar tissue we live with. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/GWBx1cezxDM https://youtu.be/GWBx1cezxDM Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon pa ...   Show more

Ep.243 (Video): System Failure with Bachar El Halabi

0:00 Intro 3:40 Six Month Marker 7:14 Paralysis 11:04 Curtailed Progress 17:28 Chernobyl Moment 27:56 Core Issue 40:12 Assassination 52:02 Will of the People We're with Bachar El Halabi Episode 243 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/R06-xHrrj9w https://youtu.be/R06-xHrrj9w We discuss the ...   Show more

Ep.242 (Video): Paralysis

I share my thoughts on the assassination of Lokman Slim, state paralysis and the only way forward for Lebanon. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/9aYQPYv2hcY https://youtu.be/9aYQPYv2hcY I also read a section of my father's 'Open Letter to Rouhani', released two days following his assassination (see link below ...   Show more

Ep.241 (Video): Marker & Murder

0:00 Intro 0:34 Dalal Mawad 10:36 Joey Ayoub 25:50 Carmen Geha 38:36 Samer Makarem Click to watch: https://youtu.be/KJLAvaeGNMQ https://youtu.be/KJLAvaeGNMQ We're joined by Dalal Mawad, Joey Ayoub, Carmen Geha and Samer Makarem for Episode 241 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss the sixth month marker following ...   Show more

Ep.240 (Video): Battling Misinformation with Dr. Hanina Abi Nader

0:00 Intro 1:50 Misinformation 5:11 Win this Battle 8:10 Messaging 13:29 Policies Click to watch: https://youtu.be/FXLQn4ws274 https://youtu.be/FXLQn4ws274 We're with Dr. Hanina Abi Nader Episode 240 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss COVID-19, the need to continue to take precautions and battling widespread m ...   Show more

Ep.239 (Video): 1958, Then & Now with Jeffrey Karam

0:00 Intro 3:32 Foreign Policy 19:33 Neutrality 28:16 Fouad Chehab 39:20 Army & Presidency 44:46 France 54:37 United States 1:05:24 Current Protest Movement 1:21:43 Political Violence We're with Jeffrey Karam for Episode 239 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/ https://youtu.be/ ...   Show more

Ep.238 (Video): A Peaceful Farewell

I record a followup to Ep.237: Affo and reflect on tranquility through painless departure, and my relationship and friendship with my grandmother. In memory of Afaf Dabboucy Mikati. 21 December 1932 - 14 January 2021 Click to watch: https://youtu.be/rtyNxexahd4 https://youtu.be/rtyNxexahd4  

Ep.237 (Video): Affo

I’m joined by grandmother, Afaf Dabboucy Mikati, for Episode 237 of The Beirut Banyan. For the video edition along with English and Arabic subtitles please click on the following link then CC button: https://youtu.be/K53Ag1A94ZU https://youtu.be/K53Ag1A94ZU I love you, tayta. Rest in peace. Afaf Dabboucy Mik ...   Show more

Ep.236: We Should Not Mourn Justice

I share a piece I recently wrote for L'Orient-Le Jour / L'Orient Today on the principles that matter most. Click below to read the articles in French or English: L'Orient-Le Jour: https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1246487/ne-faisons-pas-le-deuil-de-la-justice.html https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1246487/ne-faisons-pas-le-deuil-de-la-justice.html L'Orient To ...   Show more

Ep.235 (Video): Daraj Media with Diana Moukalled

0:00 Intro 3:03 Suspension, Censorship & Principles 9:03 Traditional Media's Evolution 16:10 Determined 23:22 Sensitive Issues 30:37 Calculated Move? 34:29 Cost-Effective 45:00 No Click-Bait 48:54 Built-In Pressure 57:29 Intimidation 1:02:52 Ultimate Burden We're with Diana Mouka ...   Show more

Ep.234 (Video): Nabad (Pulse)

For Dad. Your heart beats through mine, that day and today. And that, they’ll never take away. Mohamad Chatah 7 March 1951 - 27 December 2013 Music by Marc Codsi. Arabic subtitles by Sara Hamzeh. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/JlNzNMRRxwQ https://youtu.be/JlNzNMRRxwQ  

Thank you

A short thank you to everyone who watched and listened to the podcast this year. You kept me together. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/FofmSvL-9EQ https://youtu.be/FofmSvL-9EQ One final episode (wrapping up 2020) is set for release on Saturday, 26 December at 5pm Beirut time. A special episode marking a dif ...   Show more

Ep.233 (Video): Minteshreen with Samer Makarem

0:00 Intro 1:43 End of 2020 5:13 Permanent Change 9:46 Ideals vs Individuals 11:59 Narrative 17:56 March 14 26:53 Violence 32:15 Support vs Silence 43:51 'Possiblist' 1:01:59 Inclusivity & Principles 1:10:51 Bubble We're with Samer Makarem for Episode 233 of The Beirut Banyan. Cl ...   Show more

Ep.232 (Video): Polarization with Heiko Wimmen

0:00 Intro 4:10 Main Stumbling Block 11:17 Long Term 18:25 Unstable State 26:26 Primary to Breakdown 36:31 Lebanese Position 45:05 Macron Approach 52:26 Immediate Strategy 58:41 State Monopoly 1:06:12 Unicorn We're with Heiko Wimmen for Episode 232 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to ...   Show more

Ep.231 (Video): 'Let's Play' Initiative with Nada Borgi & Sandra Richani

0:00 Intro 2:54 Purpose 8:00 Gap 15:30 Initial Three Schools 18:01 Big Toys 23:20 Ground Painting 30:58 Shading Canopies 35:32 Urgency We're with Nada Borgi and Sandra Richani for Episode 231 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/_bqb-BLDj9k https://youtu.be/_bqb-BLDj9k We discuss their 'Let ...   Show more

Ep.230 (Video): 'Wine and War' with Michael Karam

0:00 Intro 3:12 The Moment 13:28 Entrepreneurial Spirit 16:20 Importance of Lebanon 19:50 Serge Hochar 25:19 Yves Mourad 28:17 Father Joseph Fahed 30:02 Neila Bitar 32:12 Sandro Saadé 35:07 Ramzi Ghosn 37:37 Elizabeth Gilbert 44:41 Identity We're with Michael Karam for Episode 23 ...   Show more

Ep.229 (Video): 'Unfinished Revolution' with Rima Majed

0:00 Intro 2:00 Paralyzed 7:28 Stacked Against You 14:44 Fluid 20:04 The Region 25:26 Monetary 32:06 'Revolutionary' 35:44 Neoliberalism 43:43 Organization 51:11 Youth We're with Rima Majed for Episode 229 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/JRPZRHl6BWg https://youtu.be/JRPZRHl6BWg We disc ...   Show more

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