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Storytelling and conversations. From Beirut and beyond.Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform.And consider a donation through our Patreon page.
 
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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 living memory of a vastly different Beirut. Roderick shares his childhood growing up in the ...…
 
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 worst years of the civil war, and he was ultimately killed there. The family continued to run t ...…
 
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 arrested and forced out of the country for his criticism of the Assad regime. His recent book ti ...…
 
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 mistakes he perceives made by the current and previous administrations. His writings have appea ...…
 
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 advisor to late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Bassel was seated next to Rafik Hariri on 14 Febr ...…
 
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 ultimately led to Samir Kassir’s assassination on 2 June 2005.Currently living in Paris and lect ...…
 
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 Reform Initiative. He reflects on accomplishments made, the challenges surrounding his work and ...…
 
The breakdown of infrastructure, lack of domestic accountability and the desperate need for state sovereignty and regional neutrality.By Ronnie Chatah.
 
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 marriage law to the capabilities of internal investigations. The challenges and constrains of L ...…
 
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 his wife, Marie-Joe Nassif, are currently pushing for their marriage registration at the 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 case for the sectarian power-sharing order Lebanon inherited is a must-listen-to, as well as hi ...…
 
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, Amal worked at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a leading Washington, DC based think-tank with her ...…
 
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 civil war and is better known by its current name, Beit Beirut.Mona is more than an architect ...…
 
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 post-independence reluctance to retain rail throughout the country. The conversation also covers Beirut' ...…
 
In defense of Mashrou' Leila and artistic expression.By Ronnie Chatah.
 
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 from his adolescent years roaming the streets of Hamra to his recent decision to live abroad. ...…
 
An introduction to 'The Beirut Banyan' podcast. Storytelling and conversations, from Beirut and beyond. Music by Marc Codsi and graphic design by Sarah Tarhini.By Ronnie Chatah.
 
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