“Ear to the Ground: Podcasting the Pandemic in the Middle East & North Africa with Abir Kopty and Lama Rabah”
Abir Kopty (Almostajad Podcast)
Lama Rabah (Almostajad Podcast)
Recorded on June 29, 2021

Join journalists Abir Kopty and Lama Rabah for a conversation about the Almostajad podcast, an independent and critical alternative to state-owned and traditional media in the Middle East and North Africa. The podcast was produced by Sowt podcasting and a team of independent media companies in the region. In its first season, Almostajad focused on listening to people’s stories through the COVID-19 crisis. Rabah and Kopty explore how the pandemic exacerbated systemic issues of power, control, racism, mental health, economic inequality, and vulnerable communities in the Middle East and North Africa. The 2021 Summer Institute for Educators is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and it is presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.