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108: Farewell to Elia Haber
Jan 16 • 84 min
We’re joined by co-host Elia Haber for Episode 108, and we reflect on her invaluable three-month contribution to The Beirut Banyan. Elia recorded 37 episodes for her Voices from the Square series. She’s leaving Beirut to return to Montreal and finish her…
107: Voices from the Square, Part 37
Jan 14 • 5 min
Voices from the Square, Part 37 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia reflects on a courtroom proceeding during the revolt, the pursuit of civil justice while state institutions are strained,…
106: Mental Health Awareness & De-construct with Zeina Mhaidly
Jan 13 • 31 min
We’re joined by Zeina Mhaidly for Episode 106 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss mental health issues and storytelling’s abilities to positively shed light on mental illness. Zeina is the founder of De-construct, an initiative providing individuals a…
105: Reflecting on Reactions to Qassem Soleimani’s Assassination
Jan 12 • 24 min
I share my personal thoughts on recent reactions to Qassem Soleimani’s killing. If you’re enjoying these episodes, help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page:…
104: Revolutionary Accomplishments & Constraints with Nasser Yassin
Jan 11 • 63 min
We’re joined by Nasser Yassin for Episode 104 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the successes and limitations of Lebanon’s ongoing revolt, as well as the dynamics at play between protestors remaining on the street and the political class still in…
103: Voices from the Square, Part 36
Jan 10 • 26 min
Voices from the Square, Part 36 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks with Claude Jabr, 40-year old software industry professional. Claude elaborates on the structural issues that curtail a…
102: Revolution & Counter-Revolution with Joseph Bahout
Jan 8 • 53 min
We’re joined by Joseph Bahout for Episode 102 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss shifting dynamics between revolutionary and counter-revolutionary tendencies in Lebanon and the region. Joseph is a professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po and a…
101: Voices from the Square, Part 35
Jan 6 • 16 min
Voices from the Square, Part 35 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks with Myrna Boulos Jaquin, 54-year old professional trainer living in France. Myrna returned to Lebanon to participate…
100: Al Bourj
Dec 26, 2019 • 1 min
To watch Episode 100 of The Beirut Banyan, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/OIG_cCk2CEI A special episode marking six years since my father’s assassination, and a century of history in Martyrs Square. In pain and prosperity, through…
99: Voices from the Square, Part 34
Dec 20, 2019 • 16 min
Voices from the Square, Part 34 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia’s final episode for the year. She follows up with Ramzi Shemaa from Part 11, reflecting on the nomination of a new prime…
98: Independent Media & Raseef22 with Kareem Sakka
Dec 19, 2019 • 56 min
We’re joined by Kareem Sakka for Episode 98 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the role of independent media from the Arab Spring to the ongoing October 17 revolt. Kareem shares his thoughts on independent media’s capabilities when it comes to…
97: Tripoli Entrepreneurs Club with Najwa Sahmarani
Dec 18, 2019 • 45 min
We’re joined by Najwa Sahmarani for Episode 97 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss entrepreneurship in Tripoli, startup initiatives, youth engagement and the city’s dedication to the uprising now in its third month. Najwa Sahmarani is the co-founder and…
96: Voices from the Square, Part 33
Dec 17, 2019 • 41 min
Voices from the Square, Part 33 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia follows up on Part 6 by speaking with Selim Mawad, recapping the revolt now in its 62nd day. Selim reflects on his earlier…
95: Voices from the Square, Part 32
Dec 16, 2019 • 8 min
Voices from the Square, Part 32 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Aurore Ghmeid - 29-year old online consignment store owner. Aurore shares her thoughts on small business ownership…
94: Photography & Photojournalism with George Azar
Dec 14, 2019 • 33 min
We’re joined by George Azar for Episode 94 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss photography, photojournalism and Lebanon’s recent history shared through imagery and collective memory. George Azar is the Photojournalist-In-Residence at the American…
93: Marie-Jose Daoud - Labneh & Facts
Dec 12, 2019 • 62 min
We’re joined by Marie-Jose Daoud for Episode 93 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss traditional reporting, alternative media, reliable sources and the role of women during the ongoing revolt. Marie-Jose Daoud is a co-founder of Labneh & Facts, blending…
92: Voices from the Square, Part 31
Dec 11, 2019 • 9 min
Voices from the Square, Part 31 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Gilles Samaha - 41-year old architect. Gilles shares his perspectives on the protest so far, and placing the current…
91: Voices from the Square, Part 30
Dec 9, 2019 • 11 min
Voices from the Square, Part 30 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Faysal Sfeir - 32-year old economics teacher. Faysal shares his thoughts on political campaigning and bringing about…
90: The Legacy of Charles Corm with David Corm, Joseph Kiwan & Elias El Hage
Dec 8, 2019 • 66 min
We’re joined by David Corm, Joseph Kiwan and Elias El Hage for Episode 90 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the legacy of Charles Corm and the Charles Corm Foundation’s architectural heritage. David Corm - son of Charles Corm - reflects on his…
89: Malek Mrowa - Journalism, Political Discourse & Citizenship
Dec 7, 2019 • 67 min
We’re joined by Malek Mrowa for Episode 89 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the role of journalism in modern Lebanon’s history and the renewal of political discourse through citizenship and citizen journalism during the ongoing revolt. Malek joined…
88 - Voices from the Square, Part 29
Dec 6, 2019 • 13 min
Voices from the Square, Part 29 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Joumana Konsol - 26-year old volunteer at Embrace, and Michel Khairallah - 28-year old bartender and musician.…
87: Tripoli Initiatives with Jimmy Karam & Obeida Takriti
Dec 5, 2019 • 50 min
We’re in Tripoli for Episode 87 of The Beirut Banyan, and we’re joined by Jimmy Karam and Obeida Takriti. Jimmy and Obeida discuss their initiatives in Tripoli and share their personal reflections on the October 17 revolution entering its seventh week.…
86: Voices from the Square, Part 28
Dec 4, 2019 • 12 min
Voices from the Square, Part 28 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Hashem Adnan, 35-year old theater director, writer and performer. Hashem shares his perspectives on citizen access…
85: Lara Ariss & Lebanon’s Culinary Flavors
Dec 3, 2019 • 23 min
We’re joined by Lara Ariss for Episode 85 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss Levantine flavors and Lebanese cuisine at home and abroad. Lara shares her hopes and reservations with the uprising underway, and her personal expression of Lebanese identity…
84: Voices from the Square, Part 27
Dec 2, 2019 • 12 min
Voices from the Square, Part 27 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Soumar Sariedeen, an events planner working in Lebanon and the Gulf. Soumar helped create the ‘Thawra Untha’ statue…
83: Recording the Revolt - Support this Podcast
Nov 30, 2019 • 4 min
Day 45 of the uprising. If you’re enjoying these episodes, help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan And subscribe to our…
82: Giselle Khoury - A New Social Contract for Lebanon
Nov 29, 2019 • 41 min
We’re joined by Giselle Khoury for Episode 82 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the October 17 Revolution and calls for a new social contract. Giselle Khoury shares her thoughts on covering the current demonstration, and the role of women front and…
81: Nassim Nicholas Taleb & Local Solutions for Lebanon
Nov 28, 2019 • 63 min
We’re joined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb for Episode 81 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the October 17 Revolution and Lebanon’s modern history within the context of complex systems and local structures. Nassim is a professor at NYU’s Tandon School of…
80: Voices from the Square, 26
Nov 27, 2019 • 9 min
Voices from the Square, Part 26 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Imane Assaf - director of Art of Change and Ahla Fawda director, and Irene Abdallah - teacher and member of the NGO.…
79: Voices from the Square, Part 25
Nov 26, 2019 • 9 min
Voices from the Square, Part 25 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Fadi Pierre Singer - 39-year old artist and entrepreneur. Fadi shares his thoughts on the necessity of physical…
78: Dar Bistro & Books with Rima Abushakra & Dima Abulhusn
Nov 26, 2019 • 45 min
We’re joined by Rima Abushakra and Dima Abulhusn for Episode 78 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss Dar Bistro & Books - a cafe and bookstore in Hamra they opened in 2011 and continue to manage. Rima and Dima share their reflections on the uprising now…
77: Voices from the Square, Part 24
Nov 25, 2019 • 10 min
Voices from the Square, Part 24 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Amer Kreideh - 42-year old architects. Adnan talks about Lebanon’s independence celebration, how this year feels…
76: David Kenner - Regional Influence vs Local Demands
Nov 25, 2019 • 32 min
We’re joined by David Kenner for Episode 76 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss local economic demands vs the regional political status quo, and US policy vis-a-vis the current uprising. David is a former Middle East editor at Foreign Policy magazine and…
75: Voices from the Square, Part 23
Nov 24, 2019 • 11 min
Voices from the Square, Part 23 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Adnan Nehme - 32-year old senior accountant. Adnan talks about staying emotionally and physically healthy during the…
74: Voices from the Square, Part 22
Nov 23, 2019 • 11 min
Voices from the Square, Part 22 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Christy Kallas - 25-year old recent graduate in Fine Arts from Lebanese University. Christy discusses her makeshift…
73: Micheline Tobia - Alternative Media & Mashallah News
Nov 23, 2019 • 36 min
We’re joined by Micheline Tobia for Episode 73 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the role of alternative media outlets and citizen journalism during the current uprising. Micheline is a senior editor at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and…
72: Voices from the Square, Part 21
Nov 22, 2019 • 12 min
Voices from the Square, Part 21 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Mohamad Shibly - 40-year old chief accountant. Mohamad shares his thoughts on protestors’ ability in preventing…
71: Daniel Dennett & Reflections on Beirut
Nov 22, 2019 • 28 min
A special Independence Day episode. We’re joined by Professor Daniel Dennett for Episode 71 of The Beirut Banyan, and we go back to the early years of Lebanon’s independence from French rule and childhood memories from the mid-1940s of Bliss Street and…
70: Voices from the Square, Part 20
Nov 21, 2019 • 13 min
Voices from the Square, Part 20 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Chantal Bou Akl - 34-year old researcher projects coordinator, and Nay El Rai, 32-year old university instructor and…
69: Zahra Hankir & ‘Our Women on the Ground’
Nov 21, 2019 • 29 min
We’re joined by Zahra Hankir for Episode 69 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the lead up to the October Revolt, and the central role of women shaping Lebanon’s future. Zahra Hankir is a London-based Lebanese journalist who writes about the…
68: Voices from the Square, Part 19
Nov 20, 2019 • 14 min
Voices from the Square, Part 19 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Semaan Khawam - 45-year old painter and writer, and Roger Ghanem, 45-year old artist, producer and coach. Semaan and…
67: Zeid Hamdan & Music for the Moment
Nov 20, 2019 • 44 min
We’re joined by Zeid Hamdan for Episode 67 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss artistic expression during the revolution, hopes for the country and what this moment means to him personally and for Lebanese history. Zeid is a founding member of SoapKills.…
66: Voices from the Square, Part 18
Nov 19, 2019 • 15 min
Voices from the Square, Part 18 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Sabine Kassouf, 45-year old organic food and health expert. Sabine shares her reflections on previous protests and…
65: Regional Calls for Change with Joyce Karam
Nov 19, 2019 • 30 min
We’re joined by Joyce Karam for Episode 65 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss regional protests erupting in Iraq and Iran, and how their demands relate to Lebanese calls for upending the status quo and an end to rampant corruption. Joyce is the…
64: Voices from the Square, Part 17
Nov 18, 2019 • 8 min
Voices from the Square, Part 17 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia speaks to Zeinab Dirani, 22-year old project’s officer who shares how political discussions with her immediate family members…
63: Celebrating Tripoli with Mira Minkara
Nov 18, 2019 • 34 min
We’re joined by Mira Minkara for Episode 63 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the protests, celebrations and hopes of the residents of Tripoli. Mira also reflects on local initiatives, youth empowerment and women playing a central role in the…
62: Voices from the Square, Part 16-2
Nov 17, 2019 • 16 min
Voices from the Square, Part 16-2 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from downtown Beirut. The second installment of Part 16, Elia continues her conversation in Martyrs Square with Lama Tabbara, 34-year old entrepreneur…
61: Ishac Diwan & The Economic Rescue Plan for Lebanon
Nov 17, 2019 • 25 min
We’re joined by Ishac Diwan for Episode 61 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the The Economic Rescue Plan for Lebanon released a week ago. The meeting that led to the document’s publication was organized by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, the…
60: Voices from the Square, Part 16-1
Nov 16, 2019 • 14 min
Voices from the Square, Part 16-1 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from downtown Beirut. Elia is joined by several voices in Martyrs Square, reflecting on Alaa Abou Fakher’s death in Khalde and the next steps needed…
59: Oussama Himani & Lebanon’s Financial Quagmire
Nov 16, 2019 • 31 min
We’re joined by Oussama Himani for Episode 59 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the Economic Rescue Plan released by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. Oussama Himani is an economist and CIO at Parkview. He shares his thoughts on the…
58: Jad El Khoury & Urban Art
Nov 15, 2019 • 43 min
We’re joined by Jad El Khoury for Episode 58 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss art and urban intervention, and attempts at post-civil war healing through various types of expression. Jad is best known for his Burj El Hawa installation and his…
57: Voices from the Square, Part 15
Nov 15, 2019 • 8 min
Voices from the Square, Part 15 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia discusses medical efforts in downtown Beirut with Bilal Baadarani, a 25-year old registered nurse volunteering as a first aid…
56: Voices from the Square, Part 14
Nov 14, 2019 • 15 min
Voices from the Square, Part 14 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia tackles the difficult aftermath of the President’s recent speech and a protester’s death in Khalde, and the emotions…
55: Walid Fakherddine & Haki Thawra
Nov 14, 2019 • 41 min
We’re joined by Walid Fakherddine for Episode 55 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss Haki Thawra at Samir Kassir Garden and the momentum behind leaderless demonstrations entering their fifth week. Walid is a media analyst and scholar. He reflects on…
54: Joey Ayoub - New Media & Citizen Journalism
Nov 13, 2019 • 28 min
We’re joined by Joey Ayoub for Episode 54 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the role of new media and citizen journalism, as well as the images of unity that have defined the demonstrations over the past four weeks. Joey shares his reflections of…
53: Voices from the Square, Part 13
Nov 13, 2019 • 15 min
Voices from the Square, Part 13 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from Martyrs Square. Elia interviews Maria Akl - 31-year old architect protesting into the fourth week of the uprising. Maria shares her reflections on…
52: Jean Kassir & Megaphone News
Nov 13, 2019 • 38 min
We’re joined by Jean Kassir for Episode 52 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss political activism, calls for social change and the role of citizen journalism. Jean Kassir is the managing editor and co-founder of Megaphone News. If you’re enjoying these…
51: Voices from the Square, Part 12 with Pierre Madani
Nov 12, 2019 • 24 min
Voices from the Square, Part 12 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from the streets of downtown Beirut. Elia interviews Pierre Madani - 47-year old financial anaylst. Pierre shares his views on the Central Bank’s…
50: Samir Khalaf & Reclaiming Martyrs Square
Nov 12, 2019 • 49 min
We’re joined by Professor Samir Khalaf for Episode 50 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss Martyrs Square and the role of the ‘Bourj’ in modern Beirut’s story. Professor Khalaf offers his perspective on the central problems with post-civil war urban…
49: Voices from the Square, Part 11
Nov 11, 2019 • 11 min
Voices from the Square, Part 11 with Elia Haber for The Beirut Banyan, bringing conversations directly from the streets of downtown Beirut. Elia interviews Joy Bassil - 22-year old international management student at NDU; and Ramzi Shamaa - 55-year old…
48: Jessica Semaan & Poetry in a Time of Protests
Nov 11, 2019 • 26 min
We’re joined by Jessica Semaan for Episode 48 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the role of poetry and prose during the uprising, and ways of collective healing through art and expression. Jessica Semaan is a published poet who wrote ‘Child of the…
47: Nadim Houry & Demands for Social Change
Nov 10, 2019 • 32 min
We’re joined by Nadim Houry for Episode 47 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss calls for unity, protestors ability to reclaim public space, and demands for social change taking hold throughout Lebanon. Nadim Houry is the executive director of Arab Reform…
46: Voices from the Square, Part 10
Nov 10, 2019 • 9 min
Elia Haber captures the uprising directly from the streets of downtown Beirut in Voices from the Square, Part 10. Elia interviews Fares Attieh - 29-year old financial analyst; Georges Gemayel - 28-year old banker; and Charelle Abdallah - 23-year old…
45: Nadim Shehadi & The View from New York
Nov 9, 2019 • 35 min
We’re joined by Nadim Shehadi for Episode 45 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the country’s power-sharing structure and its durability throughout modern Lebanese history. He offers his view from New York and the diaspora’s ongoing role in Lebanon’s…
44: Voices from the Square, Part 9
Nov 9, 2019 • 10 min
In Voices from the Square - Part 9, Elia Haber captures the October Uprising directly from Martyrs Square with Mohammad Bzeih, a 22-year old graduate economics student at LAU. Mohammad shares his perspectives from the post-1989 political and economic…
43: Faysal Itani & The View from Washington
Nov 8, 2019 • 32 min
We’re joined by Faysal Itani for Episode 43 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss long-standing structural problems facing Lebanon. The conversation includes difficulties in persisting with the confessional power-sharing mechanism Lebanon inherited in…
42: Voices from the Square, Part 8
Nov 8, 2019 • 18 min
In Voices from the Square - Part 8, Elia Haber captures the October Uprising with Milia Ayache, lecturer in English at AUB and actor. Demands for political restructuring and economic reforms are addressed directly from Martyrs Square. If you’re enjoying…
41: Houssam El Eid & Urbanista
Nov 8, 2019 • 38 min
We’re joined by Houssam El Eid - managing partner of Urbanista - for Episode 41 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the youth’s role in the current uprising. Social media and technology have reshaped the way protestors interact with and share news,…
40: Voices from the Square, Part 7
Nov 7, 2019 • 21 min
In Voices from the Square - Part 7, Elia Haber captures the October Uprising with new guests Jovanie Feghaly - a 19-year old cinema studies student at Lebanese University; Youssef Lahoud - a 27-year old process engineer and pure chemistry student; and…
39: Emile Hokayem - Regional & Domestic Political Concerns Facing Lebanon
Nov 7, 2019 • 29 min
We’re joined by Emile Hokayem for Episode 39 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss external and internal concerns facing Lebanon today, and how regional and domestic politics play a key role in resolving Lebanon’s structural problems. Emile Hokayem is a…
38: Voices from the Square, Part 6
Nov 6, 2019 • 20 min
Voices from the Square, Part 6 with co-host Elia Haber, bringing conversations and reflections directly from Martyrs Square. Elia captures the October Uprising with her eight and ninth guests, Nayla Geagea - a 35-year old lawyer and legal researcher, and…
37: Michael Young & ‘The Ghosts of Martyrs Square’
Nov 6, 2019 • 81 min
We’re joined by Michael Young for Episode 37 of The Beirut Banyan. The first section of our conversation focuses on the political and economic factors that led to the October Uprising and the possibilities ahead for change and reform. The second section -…
36: Voices from the Square, Part 5
Nov 5, 2019 • 12 min
Voices from the Square, Part 5 with co-host Elia Haber, bringing conversations and reflections directly from Martyrs Square. Elia captures the October Uprising with her seventh guest, Lana Halabi - a 31-year old children’s storyteller and co-founder of…
35: Mark Daou - Political Activism & The October Uprising
Nov 5, 2019 • 29 min
We’re joined by Mark Daou for Episode 35 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the youth factor, communication strategy and political activism during the October Uprising. Mark is a lecturer at AUB and LAU, focusing on media and public relations. His…
34: Voices from the Square, Part 4
Nov 4, 2019 • 15 min
Voices from the Square, Part 4 with co-host Elia Haber, bringing conversations and reflections directly from Martyrs Square. Elia captures the October Uprising with her fifth and sixth guests, Joelle Assaf - a 24-year old working in advocacy / reform in…
33: Fadlo Khuri & The American University of Beirut
Nov 4, 2019 • 73 min
We’re joined by Fadlo Khuri for Episode 33 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss all that is The American University of Beirut. Fadlo Khuri is the current president of AUB, and reflects on 153 years of the institution’s role in contributing to the higher…
32: Voices from the Square, Part 3
Nov 3, 2019 • 17 min
Voices from the Square, Part 3 with co-host Elia Haber, bringing conversations and reflections directly from Martyrs Square. Elia captures the October Uprising with her third and fourth guests, Rania Mroue - a 48-year old mother, actress and drama coach,…
31: Voices from the Square, Part 2
Nov 2, 2019 • 10 min
A new branch of The Beirut Banyan. Our second episode with co-host Elia Haber, bringing conversations and reflections directly from Martyrs Square. Expectations and hopes are shared from everyday voices. Elia captures the October Uprising with her second…
30: Zeina Saab & Munir Nabti - A Shared Commitment to Lebanon
Nov 2, 2019 • 55 min
We’re joined by Zeina Saab and Munir Nabti for Episode 30 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss recent grassroots activity in Beirut, NGO contributions throughout Lebanon and what the October Uprising means to them. Zeina is the founder of The Nawaya…
29: Voices from the Square, Part 1
Nov 1, 2019 • 11 min
A new branch of The Beirut Banyan. Our first episode with co-host Elia Haber, bringing conversations and reflections directly from Martyrs Square. Expectations and hopes are shared from everyday voices. Elia captures the October Uprising with her first…
28: Tom Young & Lebanon’s Collective Memory
Nov 1, 2019 • 59 min
We’re joined by Tom Young for Episode 28 of The Beirut Banyan, and we get an artist’s portrayal of a country he loves and considers home. Tom is a trained architect and talented painter, and applies his appreciation for urban heritage to his paintbrush,…
27: Firas Maksad and the View from Washington
Oct 31, 2019 • 32 min
We’re joined by Firas Maksad for Episode 27 of The Beirut Banyan, and we get a sober view from Washington on where the uprising in Beirut may take us. Firas is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs,…
26: Tarek Mitri - Tripoli, Political Reform & Religious Dialogue
Oct 31, 2019 • 70 min
We’re joined by Tarek Mitri for Episode 26 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss his childhood in Tripoli, his political evolution as a student both in Tripoli and AUB, and his career that took him from religious dialogue and understanding through academia…
25: My Words Alone
Oct 30, 2019 • 5 min
My attempt at reflecting on the past 24 hours in words, shared in this episode.
24: Uprising 2019 with Nayla Tueni
Oct 29, 2019 • 52 min
We’re joined by Nayla Tueni for Episode 24 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the important role of social media during ongoing demonstrations across Lebanon, and how traditional outlets like Annahar continue to contribute and pursue in-depth analysis.…
23: Uprising 2019 with Chibli Mallat
Oct 28, 2019 • 46 min
We’re joined by Chibli Mallat for Episode 23 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss prospects for a new Lebanese constitution. Chibli suggests what he thinks constitutional reform should look like, in light of renewed calls to remove confessional quotas and…
22: Uprising 2019 with Farrah Berrou
Oct 27, 2019 • 60 min
We’re joined by Farrah Berrou for Episode 22 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss our shared passion for storytelling. Farrah is a member of A Better Beirut podcast team, and also recently started her own podcast about Lebanese wine, B for Bacchus. Farrah…
21: Uprising 2019 with Ishac Diwan
Oct 26, 2019 • 27 min
We’re joined by Ishac Diwan for Episode 21 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss crony capitalism and its effect on Lebanon’s economy following the civil war. We also reflect on the past ten days of protests and the potential for needed economic and…
20: Uprising 2019 with Marie-Joe Abi Nassif
Oct 25, 2019 • 21 min
We’re joined by Marie-Joe Abi Nassif for Episode 20 of The Beirut Banyan. Our conversation was previously recorded about the debate surrounding civil marriage in Lebanon, and meant to follow Episode 14 with Roderick Sursock (and as a companion to Episode…
19: Uprising 2019 with my mom, Nina Mikati Chatah
Oct 24, 2019 • 53 min
We’re joined by my mom, Nina Mikati Chatah, for Episode 19 of The Beirut Banyan. We hear her hope for continued momentum and hesitations with the length of time it may take for state leaders to resign. We also hear her firm belief that this uprising is…
18: Uprising 2019 with Mazen El-Hassan
Oct 23, 2019 • 33 min
We’re joined by Mazen El-Hassan for Episode 18 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss the commitment, sacrifice and legacy of his father, Wissam El-Hassan, and we reflect on both of our fathers’ contributions to reforming the state and why seeing people in…
17: Uprising 2019 with Makram Rabah
Oct 22, 2019 • 60 min
We’re joined by Makram Rabah for Episode 17 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the government’s attempts to pass through its reform package, the ongoing demonstrations in Beirut and throughout Lebanon, and whether this type of uprising can actually…
16: Uprising 2019 with my neighbor
Oct 21, 2019 • 44 min
We’re joined by neighbor and friend, Sarah Borgi, for Episode 16 of The Beirut Banyan, and we carry on from yesterday’s conversation. Sarah and I share thoughts on recent developments with Hariri’s reform package announced earlier today, what this protest…
15: Uprising 2019 with family and friends
Oct 20, 2019 • 121 min
We’re joined by family and friends for an improvised episode of The Beirut Banyan. This episode takes place at a cafe in downtown Beirut, and is recorded over two sessions: the first in the early afternoon as the protests were growing; the second in the…
14: Roderick Sursock & Family Inheritance
Oct 16, 2019 • 54 min
We’re joined by Roderick Sursock for Episode 14 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the Sursock family’s legacy and story, particularly when it comes to Beirut’s rapidly changing urban landscape. Roderick and his mother, Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane, are…
13: Philippe Massoud & Ingredients for Hospitality
Oct 10, 2019 • 80 min
We’re joined by Philippe Massoud for Episode 13 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss Lebanon’s hospitality industry and what inspired him to open ilili Restaurant in New York. Philippe’s father, George Massoud, ran the Coral Beach Hotel throughout the…
12: Sam Dagher & Journalism
Sep 30, 2019 • 66 min
We’re joined by Sam Dagher for Episode 12 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss his career in journalism and what brought him to the world of storytelling. Sam was the only non-Syrian journalist reporting from Damascus between 2012-2014, and was later…
11: Tony Badran & US Policy Towards Lebanon
Sep 24, 2019 • 64 min
We’re joined by Tony Badran for Episode 11 of The Beirut Banyan. Tony is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and has written extensively on US foreign policy towards Lebanon. Tony’s take on US policy is a blunt assessment of…
10: Yasma Fleihan & Bassel Fleihan’s Legacy
Sep 18, 2019 • 50 min
We’re joined by Yasma Fleihan for the tenth episode of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the legacy of her late husband, Bassel Fleihan. Bassel was a Member of Parliament and served as Lebanon’s Minister of Economy from 2000 - 2003. He also was a senior…
9: Ziad Majed & Samir Kassir’s Legacy
Sep 11, 2019 • 86 min
We’re joined by Ziad Majed for Episode 9 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss the legacy of Samir Kassir. Ziad was a close friend and political ally of Samir, and he shares with us the journey that took them to the forefront of Lebanese politics, and…
8: Nadim Houry & Human Rights
Sep 4, 2019 • 84 min
We’re joined by Nadim Houry for Episode 8 of The Beirut Banyan, and we discuss all aspects of human rights following the end of the civil war. Nadim was the director of Human Rights Watch / Lebanon for over a decade before moving to Paris to run Arab…
COMMENTARY: Collapse of Jisr El Hadeed, Mar Mikhael
Aug 30, 2019 • 5 min
The breakdown of infrastructure, lack of domestic accountability and the desperate need for state sovereignty and regional neutrality.
7: Raya El Hassan & Ministry of Interior
Aug 28, 2019 • 54 min
Minister of Interior Raya El Hassan joins us for Episode 7 of The Beirut Banyan, and we cover a wide range of issues under her portfolio. From traffic safety to a women’s inability to independently pass her nationality; from the applicability of civil…
6: Abdallah Salam & Civil Marriage
Aug 21, 2019 • 80 min
We’re joined by Abdallah Salam for Episode 6, and we get into all the technicalities surrounding the civil marriage debate in Lebanon. Abdallah is an international lawyer based in New York, and recently held his civil marriage ceremony in Beirut. Him and…
5: Nadim Shehadi & Historical Context
Aug 14, 2019 • 105 min
We’re joined by Nadim Shehadi, executive director of Lebanese American University’s New York campus. Nadim offers a historic perspective on sectarianism and secularism, and comes to conclusions rather unique among academics focusing on the region. His…
4: Amal Mudallali & Diplomacy
Aug 9, 2019 • 49 min
We’re in Beirut for Episode 4 of The Beirut Banyan, and we’re joined by Lebanon’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Amal Mudallali. Amal’s career bridges journalism and politics with research, analysis and diplomacy. Prior to her current post at the UN,…
3: Mona El Hallak & Urban Planning
Aug 6, 2019 • 72 min
We’re in Ras Beirut for the third episode of The Beirut Banyan, and we’re joined by Mona El Hallak. Mona is best known for helping save and restore the ‘Barakat Building’ on the city’s former Green Line. Today the building serves as a museum of Beirut’s…
2: Elias Maalouf & Rail Transport
Jul 30, 2019 • 72 min
We’re joined by Elias Maalouf, founder of Train/Train NGO. We get into the origins of the rail network of Lebanon and how Lebanese excelled at rail in the late 19th century. The discussion covers Ottoman politics, French Mandate pursuits, and…
COMMENTARY: Mashrou’ Leila & Censorship
Jul 30, 2019 • 2 min
In defense of Mashrou’ Leila and artistic expression.
1: Ziad Doueiri & Film
Jul 26, 2019 • 77 min
Our first episode. We meet with film director Ziad Doueiri at his editing studio in Paris, and we discuss all aspects of his filmmaking. From his initial career on the set with Quentin Tarantino to his most recent Oscar-nominated film ‘The Insult’, and…
Introduction to The Beirut Banyan
Jul 25, 2019 • 7 min
An introduction to ‘The Beirut Banyan’ podcast. Storytelling and conversations, from Beirut and beyond. Music by Marc Codsi and graphic design by Sarah Tarhini.