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50: Cross-Religious Dating

Stories is passing the 10,000 download mark this week. Can you believe it? 10, 000 stories have been downloaded and listened to - and we aren't even a year old yet! So thanks, thank you, shukran, super huge thanks- seriously- thanks for listening. And now- this week's story is another secret. Sevan is a Jordanian Christian and he tells of his first and only love- and the complications of even high school love because of religion here in the Middle East. click here to listen…See More
Jul 20, 2010
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49: Upcycling

Sometimes you walk by someone and you can just tell that they have an interesting story. That is what happened with Hana. I walked by her little spot in Souk Jara (one of the outdoor markets in Amman) and I saw this lamp. I knew two things: 1) I had to have that lamp and 2) Hana had to tell the story behind it. Click here to listen. http://tinyurl.com/sooc49See More
Jul 12, 2010
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48: World Cup

There really is no way to explain World Cup in Beirut. The city is alive with football. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is watching, everyone is celebrating. You celebrate if your team wins, you celebrate if another team loses, you celebrate every goal, every missed goal, everything. This week's podcast comes from people all over the city- explaining how they celebrate the world cup here in Beirut. Click here to listen http://tinyurl.com/sooc48See More
Jul 5, 2010
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47: At home- until I had to leave

It is not every day that you plan on meeting a random Jordanian/Palestinian man at a cafe in Amman. I found him on the internet while looking for people with stories. We sent a few emails, got each other's phone numbers and set up a meeting. When I set off to meet Ali, I knew that I was going to have a great time and learn a lot. Although we started talking about social media and activism, that was only part of the story. Click here to listen to the story.…See More
Jun 28, 2010
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46: For me, it is worth it

I was walking in Jara Market In Amman, Jordan. I was with a friend andwe were enjoying walking around the outdoor market and looking at thewide range of products for sale: coins, antiques, t-shirts that say"Jesus is a Palestinian," paintings, books, etc. And then my eyecaught a glimpse of a table of olive oil soap. Having become a hugefan of olive oil soap since moving to Beirut, I thought I would stop byand see what she had for sale. And boy was I surprised! Not only are…See More
Jun 21, 2010
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45: family at first sight

I first met Kai because of his dog. He helped with find the right bus and then got on right behind me with his little white husky in his arms. We chatted on the bus and I told him about Stories. So, we agreed to meet again for an interview. Since then, we have become friends and have talked about everything from how he feels as a "gay sunni" to what movie we are going to see next. In this story he shared with me about his family, his grandmother and how he finally felt at home when he first met…See More
Jun 14, 2010
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some good news from the Middle East

All of us on the Stories team tell people that there can be "peace through understanding" and I thought in light of this week's events, maybe we should here a story of good news. So, we hear again from Arek- this time telling us how he helped with food festivals in the 8 different regions of Lebanon and learned not just about food, but about his own culture and people as well. And what started as a celebration of food ended as a celebration of diversity.…See More
Jun 7, 2010
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story from the Armenian Genocide

When I first met Arek, we were at a Armenian church celebrating Easter. He took us over to a memorial on the church grounds commemorating those who died in the Armenian genocide. Then he said, "But I don't expect you to care. I care about it because I am Armenian....you are American- you have other things to care about." I couldn't believe that he was telling me that it was ok if I wasn't moved by over half a million people that died in his community. As you can tell, Arek is an interesting…See More
May 31, 2010
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42: ooof, I really love him

This week's story is one of the best love stories that I have ever heard. Someone will for sure make a movie about it :) It is love, war, politics, family issues and so much more.Click here to listen to Sarar tell the story of the love of her life. http://tinyurl.com/sooc42See More
May 24, 2010
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this week's story

This is one of the many untold stories here in Lebanon. Although Lebanon is very liberal for a Middle Eastern country, it is still far from open and free when compared to the West. For example, Beirut is kind on the gay and lesbian community compared to some other countries in the region- after all, in Egypt you can be imprisoned for being gay. But even in Beirut, most of the gay "community" keeps their sexuality a secret from their family. They keep their story hidden - in some way or another.…See More
May 17, 2010
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39: let the cover-up begin!

I met Rami at a local gym where he teaches kick-boxing. He is a quietguy and I was interested in chatting about how he got interested inmartial arts. But when he started telling me his story, I realized thathis commitment to his family was way more important to him.......andthat is when I heard this unbelievable story about his adventures inlying. click here to listen to his story - http://bit.ly/blSi9Fthanks for listening! See More
May 3, 2010
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38: so, I am going to die

they say your life flashes before your eyes just before you die....according to Tatiana, this isn't true. As she talked about her near death experience, I couldn't believe that she was just talking about it like that.... listen for yourself: Click here to listen. See More
Apr 26, 2010
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Kibot?

I was so excited when I left the house to interview Ghassan. I had been a fan of his "adventures of Kibot " blog and knew that he was a creative, funny guy. So, when I left the house and made my way to Cafe Younes, I knew I was in for a great conversation. And I wasn't disappointed. Click here to listen. http://bit.ly/37sooc
Apr 19, 2010
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Anger Management

I have this story that I tell people to jog their memories about their own stories....but the story I tell them is about how I threw my brother down the stairs. Isn't that awful? (don't worry- he is fine, miraculously wasn't injured in anyway) I tell this story because every time I tell it the people listening think of an experience from their own lives. This is Stephan's response to my story - he shares an experience from his own life where he just "lost it." It isa story telling us how not to…See More
Apr 12, 2010
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first love- this week's story

I went to have lunch with a friend at her office and I met Louis. I could tell from the interaction with his friends that he was a funguy. I asked if I could interview him and he said, "I don't have anystories about war." "I am glad that your life isn't made up of storiesabout war- neither is mine," I responded. And then he launched intotelling about his life....beginning with his first love.…See More
Apr 5, 2010
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You don't have the patience- this week's story

I met Dayna (name changed for her protection) and immediately on hearing about my job, she started sharing her story. It was one of the most touching, heart wrenching and shocking stories I have ever heard. Because of extenuating circumstances, I can’t share the whole story with you now. But she did tell me an interesting story from the Q’ran that she tells herself over and over. A story that gives her hope that everything will work out in the end.…See More
Mar 29, 2010

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Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Jordan, Lebanon, UAE (Middle East)
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Lebanon
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Stories Of Our City
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://storiesOfOurCity.com
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Culture, Information and Communication Technology, Media
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Communication

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50: Cross-Religious Dating

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 5:12am 0 Comments

Stories is passing the 10,000 download mark this week. Can you believe it? 10, 000 stories have been downloaded and listened to - and we aren't even a year old yet!

So thanks, thank you, shukran, super huge thanks- seriously- thanks for listening.



And now- this week's story is another secret. Sevan is a Jordanian Christian and he tells of his first and only love- and the complications of even high school love because of religion here in the Middle East.



click here to… Continue

49: Upcycling

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 5:05am 0 Comments

Sometimes you walk by someone and you can just tell that they have an interesting story. That is what happened with Hana. I walked by her little spot in Souk Jara (one of the outdoor markets in Amman) and I saw this lamp. I knew two things: 1) I had to have that lamp and 2) Hana had to tell the story behind it.
Click here to listen. http://tinyurl.com/sooc49

48: World Cup

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 4:22am 0 Comments

There really is no way to explain World Cup in Beirut. The city is alive with football. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is watching, everyone is celebrating. You celebrate if your team wins, you celebrate if another team loses, you celebrate every goal, every missed goal, everything.

This week's podcast comes from people all over the city- explaining how they celebrate the world cup here in Beirut.

Click here to listen… Continue

47: At home- until I had to leave

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 12:51am 0 Comments

It is not every day that you plan on meeting a random Jordanian/Palestinian man at a cafe in Amman. I found him on the internet while looking for people with stories. We sent a few emails, got each other's phone numbers and set up a meeting. When I set off to meet Ali, I knew that I was going to have a great time and learn a lot. Although we started talking about social media and activism, that was only part of the story.

Click here to listen to the story.… Continue

46: For me, it is worth it

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:51am 0 Comments

I was walking in Jara Market In Amman, Jordan. I was with a friend and

we were enjoying walking around the outdoor market and looking at the

wide range of products for sale: coins, antiques, t-shirts that say

"Jesus is a Palestinian," paintings, books, etc. And then my eye

caught a glimpse of a table of olive oil soap. Having become a huge

fan of olive oil soap since moving to Beirut, I thought I would stop by

and see what she had for sale. And boy was I surprised!… Continue

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