Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Juan Cole, author of "The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East," says the world needs to give the revolutionaries more time, and that the young protesters who led the Arab Spring will eventually remake their home countries.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Three years ago this month, protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square reached a fever pitch—and the voice of the people was heard. But in the months and years since, Egypt’s future remains in limbo. At the end of January, news that interim military leader General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi planned to run for the presidency left much of the world wondering if true democracy will ever have a place in Egypt. It's a question Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the director and producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square,” have grappled with.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
As the U.S. struggles to find a way forward in Egypt, the country’s conflict has become a proxy war for competing ideologies in the Middle East. Robin Wright, distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and the U.S. Institute of Peace, says the growing political divide in Egypt reflects a broader trend throughout the Middle East.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Within the last 24 hours in Egypt, a police convoy was targeted by militants in the Northern Sinai desert and at least two dozen police were killed. Charles Sennott is the vice president and editor-at-large of the Global Post. He joins The Takeaway to discuss what has transpired in the region since the Arab Spring that has enabled such violence to take root.
Monday, March 18, 2013
As the Arab Spring echoed throughout the Near East and North Africa, rappers led the way in Egypt, Tunisia, and even in Mali. Two of the leading musicians, Deeb, from Egypt and Amkoullel, from Mali, join us in the studio for a discussion about the importance of their music to their respective countries — and to perform a few songs.
Monday, March 18, 2013
In this episode: A new documentary called “Reincarnated” aims to explain how the rapper Snoop Dogg became the rapper Snoop Lion. Writer Jaime Lowe tells us the transformation was about more than just a name change.
Plus: Since the Arab Spring movement began last year, autocratic governments throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East have been taken down by protestors, activists – and rappers. We speak with two hip hop artists from Egypt and Mali -- MC Deeb and Amkoullel - who were instrumental in their countries’ recent uprisings.
Also: Hip hop writer Tamara Palmer fills us in on a popular internet meme called time-stretching -- which turns 3 minute pop songs into 30 minute ambient soundscapes.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
In This Episode: Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful brought in more than $150 million during its opening weekend. We hear more about the enduring story of the Wizard of Oz -- and the many songs and adaptations it has inspired.
And: Jimi Hendrix is #2 on the Billboard charts this week. We hear how the late guitarist is still releasing hit records.
And: A live performance from Swedish indie pop band Shout Out Louds.
Plus: More from the SXSW music festival, where our producer Mike Katzif is working hard (and possibly getting sunburned) hunting down the best new bands.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Shadia Mansour, Palestinian singer and MC, also known as "the first lady of Arabic hip hop," Amkoullel, a rapper from Mali, and Deeb, an Egyptian hip-hop artist, talk about their work in the Middle East and North Africa, and the political messages of their music as Egyptian, Malian, and Palestinian artists.
Andy Carvin talks tweeting revolutions and remembers assassinated Libyan citizen journalist Mohammed Nabbous
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of On the Media, sat down recently with NPR's Andy Carvin to talk about his pioneering work using Twitter to report revolutions around the world.
One of Gladstone's first questions of Carvin: asking him to nail down how he professionally labels himself.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The unrest that erupted into the Arab spring two years ago unleashed a broad political movement of very different groups who united to throw off dictatorial regimes in North Africa and the Middle East. They succeeded in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen, and uprisings continue in Syria and to a lesser extent in Bahrain and elsewhere.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
There are many ways to tell the story of what has happened in Egypt since the start of the revolution two years ago. Journalist Christopher Lydon chose the art created by Egypt’s leading novelists, architects, poets, musicians, and painters.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
According to the Egyptian Army chief, Egypt is on the verge of collapse. It's a dire and possibly self-serving assessment, but there's no question that unrest in working class industrial cities such as Port Said is growing. Issandr El Amrani, the Cairo-based author of the Arabist blog, explains.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
NPR's Andy Carvin, author of Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution, talks with Brian Lehrer about the role of Twitter in reporting and his experience using social media to follow developments during the Arab Spring.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
BBC Correspondent Hugh Sykes recently completed another exhaustive trip across North Africa and the Middle East to try and assess, and better understand, what has changed in the region since the Arab Spring uprisings began, two years ago.