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Audio: 2050 Blogcast - July 2008

Noah Chandler • Jul 17, 2008

(Image gratefully borrowed from tomsaint’s photos on flicker.com/creativecommons)

This month I bring you some audio that I captured during a summer trip the Middle East. What you will hear is an interview that I did with a person I met along my travels. Her name is Nadine and she was born in Lebanon and her parents are Syrian. The catch is that her family moved to the U.S. when Nadine was young and so what you get is a beautiful example of how complex the shaping of one’s identity can be. I’ve spent many years living in the South and hate the stereotypes that people draw when they hear such regional accents. But I admit it, I did a double take when I saw and heard Nadine speaking. I couldn’t ignore my own preconceptions of what she “should” sound like. Anyway, I give my heart felt thanks to Nadine for sitting down with me “under the mic” and doing this interview. And I hope you enjoy and get something from this very interesting, and complex, American. She brings up some great questions both directly and indirectly that are worth some discussion here. So, after listening take a bit of time to post a comment, thought, or?

[note: I did the interview on a small cruise ship on the Nile. We were docked but there is still a small amount of motor rumble and some street noise that comes through. Just an FYI for you audiophiles.]

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