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Originally a group of like-minded friends playing each other their favorite tunes, to hosting some of the worlds biggest DJs, Beirut In the Mix has become a Lebanese institution. BITM has built a solid reputation on its ability to stay one step ahead of the game; from modest 2006 beginnings in random venues scattered around Beirut partially ravaged landscape, the events soon picked up a healthy following and, due to popular demand, the successful monthly parties eventually spurned their own ...
 
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I discuss the recurring suspension of the Beirut port blast investigation, Judge Tarek Bitar's continued pursuit and the reasons I think the threats against him are more performative in nature than meant to remove him, in an attempt to discredit the entire process as was done to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/Fve_5…
 
0:00 Intro0:25 What is Kulluna Irada?10:55 'Email your ambassador'17:10 The same page26:12 Port blast investigation35:45 Opposition parties46:06 Reflective50:48 SplinteringWe're with Diana Menhem for Episode 279 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/BUId-YOV0iMWe discuss civic engagement, political reform and the wider role of Kullun…
 
0:00 Intro0:58 Karantina19:01 1934 Beirut Port Blast25:47 Tramway42:52 Train48:12 Alternative Modes57:26 Pressing MatterWe're with Mohamad El Chemaa for Episode 278 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/Ai_sxzYy9NkWe discuss Karantina's construction and evolution, the 1934 port blast and the country's once-renowned public transport s…
 
0:00 Intro2:23 Scar15:48 Change31:17 Reconciliation39:47 Militia48:00 Sovereignty56:23 Elections1:11:50 On Your TermsWe're with Samy Gemayel for Episode 277 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/3aJdZ4eht-0We discuss the shared pain of losing family members to political assassinations, and inheriting legacies from loved ones.Our conv…
 
0:00 Intro0:25 America28:50 Stability & Crisis Management47:56 Two Narratives1:01:49 Sovereignty & Neutrality1:23:38 October 17We're with Nadim Shehadi for Episode 276 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/502pNWB33_EWe discuss America's influence in Lebanon over the past two centuries, and the soft power interchange among people and…
 
0:00 Intro1:05 Tankers & Talks7:58 Coming from Syria14:01 Hof Line23:37 Expectations from Elections35:33 Burden44:36 Engaging Iran49:14 Lebanese Forces' DisarmamentWe're with Laury Haytayan for Episode 275 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/nAK5qU9hHjAWe discuss the energy crisis impacting Lebanon, along with the Iranian oil tanke…
 
0:00 Intro4:23 Political Curiosity18:42 The Same Story28:29 Broader Alliance35:43 National Elections51:38 Hezbollah1:00:09 Not Leaving1:08:51 Clarity1:14:37 Lebanese Forces & OppositionWe're with Rawad Taha for Episode 274 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/ekKbRFkfIIsWe discuss Rawad's political activism, how the readings of Sami…
 
0:00 Intro2:29 Preconditions8:57 Sovereignty28:25 Militia34:21 Neutrality50:00 Baabda Declaration1:02:11 Federalism1:25:24 Intellectual JourneyWe're with Hicham Bou Nassif for Episode 273 of The Beirut Banyan.We discuss lost sovereignty, the necessity for a foreign policy of neutrality including examples from the late 1950s and 60s, and the wider d…
 
0:00 Intro4:39 The Last Few Weeks11:55 Crossroads15:08 Dysfunction29:10 Determination33:24 Iran's Needs42:38 False Equivalencies1:01:26 Warzone1:08:14 Salvageable System?1:22:55 DepartureWe're with Tala Ramadan for Episode 272 of The Beirut Banyan.We discuss the immense challenges over the past few weeks and rampant dysfunction making daily life en…
 
0:00 Intro2:40 Storyteller10:59 School Years18:06 Instagram27:57 Liberating32:52 Modern Beirut42:12 Focus of Beirut49:07 Diaspora1:02:54 'Lebanese'1:10:20 Nahda1:18:46 National Narrative1:44:20 Phoenicia1:57:35 Collateral1:59:55 Saydet el BzezWe're with Charles al-Hayek for Episode 270 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/4Io4GQGssd…
 
Previously unpublished introduction to my conversation with Jad Ghosn from his podcast, 'Reflection with Jad Ghosn'.For the full episode:https://youtu.be/2-UV_y30tPQWe discuss the July 2006 war, why I started my WalkBeirut tour and The Beirut Banyan podcast, and a general background to storytelling.A special thanks to Jad Ghosn for letting my publi…
 
0:00 Intro1:52 Erosion9:18 Safety Issues18:05 Incentives26:18 Biking Today33:50 CorruptionWe're with Elena Haddad and Zeina Hawa for Episode 269 of The Beirut Banyan.Video:https://youtu.be/x1EzebEJM20We discuss incentives needed to position the bicycle as a serious alternative to car usage as well as corruption impacting all things public sector.Ou…
 
0:00 Intro1:28 Part of the Story9:04 Intimidation14:52 Crux of the Issue22:04 Covering LebanonWe're with Matthew Kynaston for Episode 268 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/KBaDJHgPihwWe discuss his recent interrogation, wider consequences of intimidation and what it's like for a reporter to become part of the story covered.Our co…
 
0:00 Intro2:45 Accomplishments & Ageing10:40 A Way to Express18:57 Birth Pangs of Greater Lebanon27:34 Comparing Trends39:32 Tools Needed to Shield54:18 Sectarianism1:00:52 Federalism1:08:25 1975-82We're with Chloé Kattar for Episode 267 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/SW0_voCRSiMWe discuss emotions accompanying completion of a…
 
Chaker Khazaal is a reporter, speaker, and author. His work includes an acclaimed trilogy 'Confessions of a War Child, Lia, and Sahara', 'Tale of Tala' and 'OUCH!', penned following the Beirut port blast.Follow Chaker on social media: IG: chakerkhazaal; FB: @ChakerKhazaalPage; Twitter: @ChakerKhazaalFrom long-form analysis to in-depth essays and bo…
 
This week's article is "Tension & Turf", accessible via the following link:https://nowlebanon.com/tension-and-turf/Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal:https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirutOr donating through our Patreon page:https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyanSubscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform.Follow us on Fa…
 
The Written Word by Tala Ramadan, Ep.2'Borderline Love in Beirut' with Majd ZaherMajd Zaher is a Lebanese author who nurtured a profound interest in reading and writing his entire life. Majd has written many short stories and participated in numerous competitions.His book 'Borderline Love in Beirut' is a collection of love stories often concealed u…
 
0:00 Intro4:56 What happened?11:11 'Tfeh 3leik'19:29 A Way Out24:09 ActionWe're with Yasmine Masri for Episode 265 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/aF6T-JNDKrUWe discuss yesterday's verbal and physical attack between Yasmine and Gebran Bassil's security team, the fallout following national media coverage and wider reflections on…
 
Happy to announce that I'll be contributing a weekly opinion column for NowLebanon. New pieces will be narrated here on the podcast.This week's article is "The Anarchist & The Dinosaur", accessible via the following link:https://nowlebanon.com/the-anarchist-and-the-dinosaur/Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal:https://www.paypa…
 
The Written Word by Tala RamadanEpisode 1 - Tala discusses predictive text technology, its impact on journalism and how wider issues surrounding AI affect Lebanon.The article referenced in this piece, 'The Next Work by John Seabrook' is accessible via the following link:https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/14/can-a-machine-learn-to-write-for-…
 
0:00 Intro6:34 Dialogue15:35 Public Space22:04 Reaching Conclusion32:45 Hezbollah42:45 Built-in Prejudice54:21 Starting Somewhere1:07:48 Protest Demands1:15:37 Beyond the Bars1:27:30 Cultural CenterWe're with Ali Baroudy for Episode 263 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/aJWvRUQrU_UWe discuss the importance of dialogue, better met…
 
0:00 Intro3:14 Fait Accompli?10:09 Why is this happening?17:30 Explanation Problems22:09 Missing from the Story26:32 Port Blast32:35 NarrownessWe're with Olga Kavran for Episode 262 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/hpo11X6FtjUWe discuss the cost of impunity, budgetary constraints and the potential shutting down of the Special Tr…
 
A new weekly mini-series for The Beirut Banyan.The Written Word by Tala RamadanAvailable across audio podcast platforms and YouTube. Simply search for The Beirut Banyan.From long-form analysis to in-depth essays and books covering wide terrain, Tala Ramadan shares her appreciation for the written word.Each episode will jump into a select work, refl…
 
0:00 Intro2:35 Covering the Story9:27 Investigative Process19:01 The Public Source31:34 Avoiding the Usual?38:52 The Gap47:13 Impossible to Reform53:17 Getting Worse?We're with Kareem Chehayeb for Episode 261 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/8Vx3HBjADk4We discuss the current media landscape, investigative journalism and the role…
 
0:00 Intro1:48 Optimism12:25 Hope in the Future18:26 Foundation24:52 Sectarianism33:29 Missed Opportunity38:35 Economics43:48 Sovereignty1:00:08 An Independent Voice1:06:52 Kulluna IradaWe're with Albert Kostanian for Episode 260 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/wMzOpwbCP0AWe discuss nuanced optimism when it comes to the future …
 
0:00 Intro2:47 Storytelling6:14 Difficulty of the Moment10:27 Change26:49 Repetition43:20 Academia50:55 A Path ForwardWe're with Mona Fawaz for Episode 259 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/hjUradkdq_UWe discuss how we met on my WalkBeirut tour in 2009, a shared passion for storytelling and Mona's illustrious career in urban plan…
 
0:00 Intro2:17 Online Markers7:38 Online Caution15:41 Larger Problem22:49 Part of the Story30:03 Information37:07 MisinformationWe're with Aya Iskandarani for Episode 258 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/xoCRIGTgvNYWe discuss the nine month marker following the Beirut port blast, and the challenge of 'marking' without justice. O…
 
0:00 Intro2:16 Pursuits Abroad7:23 Common Identity13:46 Social Pact22:34 Higher Interest of the States40:02 Institutionalized Country51:52 October 171:02:21 Groups & IndividualsWe're with Ramzi Abou Ismail for Episode 257 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/QC4vgX8Jby4We discuss political psychology within the Lebanese context and …
 
0:00 Intro3:24 Collapse9:21 Coverage25:04 Halfway to Hell31:48 Long-FormWe're with Abby Sewell for Episode 256 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/lo7ECcK0bBUWe discuss three of her recent L'Orient Today pieces covering collective memory and Haret Hreik, renewable energy and the power sector, and the black market surrounding fuel s…
 
0:00 Intro2:23 Inspiration9:49 Poetic Justice & Resistance17:22 All we can expect?22:17 Political Power32:17 A tribute to Beirut?37:02 NawayaClick to watch:https://youtu.be/kvTYg3n9Q40We're with Zeina Saab for Episode 255 of The Beirut Banyan.We discuss her book project: 'We Were There: A Book About the Beirut Explosion' and reflect on the pursuit …
 
0:00 Intro2:12 1999-20008:37 Post-War Sovereignty18:03 Certainty27:19 The Wider Story40:10 Memories of My FatherWe're with Amb. Frederic C. Hof for Episode 254 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/Yt93xZ3KML0We discuss his recent Newlines Magazine piece: 'Assad: The Shebaa Farms Are Syrian, Whatever Hezbollah Claims' and revisit pre…
 
0:00 Intro1:22 Echo Chamber5:13 Socialization11:59 Podcast Popularity19:22 Privacy26:40 Long-Form41:21 ExpertsWe're with Tala Ramadan for Episode 253 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/SEGiDXxWgP4We discuss Clubhouse's appeal in Lebanon and the Middle East, advantages at discussing with opposing sides over Twitter's more familiar …
 
0:00 Intro1:28 Background5:06 First Step7:41 Individual Level12:21 Failed State19:44 Paralysis30:46 Pre-Civil War39:09 Opposition Leverage50:43 PersonalWe're with Majd Harb for Episode 252 of The Beirut Banyan.We put corruption in context and discuss the first steps necessary in addressing state failure. We also examine Lebanon's legal text as it s…
 
0:00 Intro1:24 Background12:39 201120:18 Civil to Political30:20 Hezbollah42:32 The Last Time We Spoke53:32 The Question01:01:55 Roles ReversedWe're with Gilbert Doumit for Episode 251 of The Beirut Banyan.We reflect on crossing paths on the streets of Beirut, from distributing aid kits during the July 2006 War until a chance encounter last week in…
 
0:00 Intro2:00 False Comparison11:36 Buildup17:45 Sectarian Story26:05 National Unity32:10 Familiar39:10 Reconsider44:54 Principle53:15 Repeated Decision59:32 October 17We're with Sara Assaf for Episode 250 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/8my2ZQojRJgWe reflect on sixteen years since the March 14 2005 protests that paved the way…
 
0:00 Intro1:25 Disbelief4:08 Rage6:28 Shared Passion9:55 A Part of Ourselves13:03 Heal Wounds20:44 198926:23 Impunity31:30 Justice34:52 Too late?41:08 Ghobeiri48:44 Storytellers55:34 A Way OutWe're with Monika Borgmann for Episode 249 of The Beirut Banyan.We discuss UMAM Documentation & Research's contribution to collective memory and the wider pow…
 
0:00 Intro3:04 Are the big answers outside?16:04 Multiple Assassinations21:23 Sovereignty30:12 Long-Term Investment40:01 What can be done?55:21 Media1:07:53 My FatherWe're with Mouafac Harb for Episode 248 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/qlObTi8-s5YWe discuss his recent The Daily Star piece "Victory Lap for Tehran in Lebanon" a…
 
0:00 Intro3:35 Getting the Vaccine9:50 mRNA24:42 Basic Differences29:18 Corruption38:11 Misinformation Campaign44:45 Numbers Today49:12 Bizarre Policies55:39 PrecautionsWe're with Zakia Dimassi for Episode 247 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/SiOF9q6KvfAWe discuss the experience of getting vaccinated for COVID-19, basic differen…
 
0:00 Intro4:52 Fed Up10:03 Historic Story15:18 Classroom to Street21:57 Fondness to Disgruntled'ness'30:31 Struggling38:52 Focus on Truth47:49 False Narrative59:30 Worst Version of Falsehood1:08:55 Knowing the Truth1:18:00 The Need to End WarWe're with Hani Hassan Episode 246 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/1IAiOMJKyVsWe discus…
 
0:00 Intro2:48 Void16:21 Driving the Story20:48 Last Name25:28 Shielding Emotions35:32 Trying not to Think40:28 The Crime Itself44:29 Pointing the Finger57:13 Make PeaceWe're with Ghena Hariri Episode 245 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/5Z_je2kTzi0We discuss the feeling of void that comes with untimely and unjust loss, and shar…
 
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/GWBx1cezxDMHelp support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal:https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirutOr donating through our Patreon page:https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyanSubscribe to our podcast from you…
 
0:00 Intro3:40 Six Month Marker7:14 Paralysis11:04 Curtailed Progress17:28 Chernobyl Moment27:56 Core Issue40:12 Assassination52:02 Will of the PeopleWe're with Bachar El Halabi Episode 243 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/R06-xHrrj9wWe discuss the six month marker following the Beirut port blasts, the limbo / paralysis state we…
 
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/9aYQPYv2hcYI also read a section of my father's 'Open Letter to Rouhani', released two days following his assassination (see link below):https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1000142405270230448380457928672362083572…
 
0:00 Intro0:34 Dalal Mawad10:36 Joey Ayoub25:50 Carmen Geha38:36 Samer MakaremClick to watch:https://youtu.be/KJLAvaeGNMQWe'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 the Beirut blasts, and the assassination of Lokman Slim.Help support The Beir…
 
0:00 Intro1:50 Misinformation5:11 Win this Battle8:10 Messaging13:29 PoliciesClick to watch:https://youtu.be/FXLQn4ws274We'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 misinformation against vaccines.Dr. Hanina Abi Nader is a general practitioner.…
 
0:00 Intro3:32 Foreign Policy19:33 Neutrality28:16 Fouad Chehab39:20 Army & Presidency44:46 France54:37 United States1:05:24 Current Protest Movement1:21:43 Political ViolenceWe're with Jeffrey Karam for Episode 239 of The Beirut Banyan.Click to watch:https://youtu.be/jRFHlmn8ZmgWe discuss 'The Middle East in 1958', that year's impact on Lebanon an…
 
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