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One Year After the Fall of Kabul – with Fazelminallah Qazizai

One Year After the Fall of Kabul – with Fazelminallah Qazizai

One year after the fall of Kabul, this special anniversary episode of The Lede looks back on the momentous events of Aug. 15, 2021, and explores how Afghanistan has fared in their aftermath. Featuring Fazelminallah Qazizai, Nazila Jamshidi and Chris Sands, alongside hosts Rasha Elass and Faisal Al Yafai.

When Reality Is a Lie — with Lea Ypi

When Reality Is a Lie — with Lea Ypi

What if you discovered that everything you knew about the world was wrong? As a teenager in Albania, that’s exactly what happened to political philosopher Lea Ypi when the communist regime collapsed in the ‘90s. On The Lede, she joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how to see the gap between ideology and reality, where people look for certainty in uncertain times and what it actually means to be free.

Love, Lust and Literature — with Selma Dabbagh

Love, Lust and Literature — with Selma Dabbagh

“There seemed to be something so modern and pithy and frank about their voices.” Writer and editor Selma Dabbagh joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to talk about sex, love and intimacy in the writing of Arab women, from the pre-Islamic era to the modern day.

The Rise of the House of Osman — with Marc David Baer

The Rise of the House of Osman — with Marc David Baer

For this third installment in our series on the fall of the Ottomans, historian Marc David Baer joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to look back at the 600 years of history that preceded their ultimate collapse.

License to Laugh – with Maz Jobrani

License to Laugh – with Maz Jobrani

Comedian Maz Jobrani joins New Lines’ Anthony Elghossain to talk about doing funny accents, playing a terrorist on TV and why he doesn’t worry about cancel culture.

A Poet’s Take on Language, the Sea and Abortion — with Zeina Hashem Beck

A Poet’s Take on Language, the Sea and Abortion — with Zeina Hashem Beck

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck joins New Lines’ Rasha Elass to talk about what inspires her bilingual verses and how they intertwine over themes of language, country and womanhood.

Turning Russian Oligarchs into London Aristocrats — with Oliver Bullough

Turning Russian Oligarchs into London Aristocrats — with Oliver Bullough

Oliver Bullough, an investigative journalist covering corruption and financial crime and author of “Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals,” joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how British banking made London a sanctuary for Russian oligarchs, Ukrainian billionaires and other kleptocrats from across the world.