The Middle East is ripe for new ways of thinking and doing things. TMR is a Western perspective on the East, including conversations with open-minded thought leaders with innovative ideas. Writer and journalist Nadia Michel invites a diverse roster of friends and guests that include the most inspired CEOs, chefs, adventurers, entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, artists, and beyond.
U.S. Facing Challenges Over Israel-Palestine PolicyZaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and co-author of 'Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo' at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank in Washington, DC. She talks about shifting US policy, growing support for Palestine among the population and the ongoing evictions in Sheikh Jarrah.
VoIP and Tech Bans in the Middle EastDamian Radcliffe is a journalist and a Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He is also a regular contributor to major media outlets such as the BBC, Huffington Post and ZDNet. He talks about social media and VoIP bans in the Middle East, the development of proprietary apps, TikTok, and Israel's bombing of the media tower in Gaza.
Fact or fiction: the Dystopian Future of ‘Alephia 2053’Rabi' Sweidan is the creator and executive producer of award-winning animated film ‘Alephia 2053’. He talks about this dystopian vision of the future set in an fictitious Arab city and producing the film in Beirut.
A Nostalgic Reality Check with the Confused ArabSofiane Si Merabet is an Algerian-French creative known for his platform, The Confused Arab. He talks about false nostalgia, the future of Arab culture and how the Arab world should leverage its talent while letting go of destructive social phenomenons, including racism.
The Disruptors (Ep.3): Sofia Guellaty's Narrative Changing Mille WorldSofia Guellaty is the founder and editor-in-chief of MilleWorld.com, a platform that highlights the latest in fashion, culture, beauty and travel from the boundary-breaking Arab youth culture. She talks about the media's ongoing practice of hiring Western editors and her own platform's commitment to working with Arab writers and directors. She addresses mental health relative to regulating social media through disclaimers and discusses stereotypes and the rebranding of Arab culture for global consumption. This includes producing localised content for luxury brands, like a recent Ramadan series of short films with Gucci, inspired by 'musalsalat', Arab soap operas similar in style to Hispanic telenovelas.
The Disruptors (Ep. 2): Joe Arida's Creative Message in a Mad WorldJoe Arida is a Beirut-based multidisciplinary designer, art director and editorial stylist and the founder of fashion brand La Terre est Folle and a new furniture brand, Unintentional Functional Objects. A self-described humanitarian, he talks about sexual taboos and diversity in the Middle East, the shift in consumer behavior when it comes to fashion, the uselessness of stereotypes and the possibility of extraterrestrial-life.
The Disruptors (Ep.1): Nafsika Skourti's Boundary Breaking CoutureDesigner Nafsika Skourti is shattering stereotypes in the Middle East with her label. She talks about the challenges of operating out of Jordan and the true meaning of 'sustainable' fashion in a region that's still developing.
Dana Al Fardan is Bringing Rumi Back to the Middle EastDana Al Fardan is Qatar's first internationally renowned female singer-songwriter. She talks about her upcoming projects including a musical based on Rumi, the best selling poet in the US. She explains the importance of reclaiming the lessons of Rumi in our daily lives and how telling his story can help the Middle East reclaim and export its culture.
From Cash to Cashless: The Middle East's Turbo Paradigm ShiftDavid Parker is a specialist in International Investment Promotion. He has spent the last five years working with Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, helping the small Arab country work towards its Economic Vision 2030 goals. He explains how the region is shifting towards being a cashless society at warp speed. He talks about the benefits of digital data and identities but also its pitfalls, including when it comes to building long-term business partnerships.
China, Iran and How the Abraham Accords Will Transform the Middle EastAngus Blair is a CIB Professor of Practice at the Business School at the American University of Cairo and an expert in corporate governance and ESG investing. He explains how the Abraham Accords could help speed up the Middle East's development as it faces the threats of water shortages and climate change. He talks about why the Palestinian leadership needs to become more sophisticated and he expresses his ideas on why Lebanon's government won't move forward to save the country from collapse.