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inbetweenish

Have you ever found yourself questioning your sense of identity or place in the world? In this space, we will explore questions of belonging, and navigate the space of living in-between countries, cultures, ethnicities, and faiths. Through open conversations with people from all walks-of-life, we will share personal stories about growing up in numerous places, coupling between different faiths, speaking multiple languages, and integrating into diverse cultures. Join me, your host, Beatriz Nour, as I navigate the delicate dynamics of in-betweenish.

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🌳 notions of home — with Baharak
Have you ever asked yourself what ‘home’ means to you? And did you ever stop to wonder how the words we use matter? From a young age, Baharak Bashmani, has had to navigate many worlds, each time moving for different reasons: from fleeing her 'home' country, to being resettled by the UNHCR, and later moving by choice. Every move comes with its own trials and tribulations, but ultimately her determination carries her through. As she makes her way through 7 countries, she reflects on her experiences and asks: What is 'home'? And where are my roots? Tune in for an honest conversation as Baharak reveals her notions of 'home', the nuances between fitting in and belonging, and as she reflects on her roots and nomadic lifestyle.Episode MentionsRooted in B — Baharak’s blog where she writes about her experience as a nomad, and reflects on home, identity, and belongingArticle Baharak wrote for the UNHCR on #WhatHomeMeans ”She feeds me, listens to my journeys and makes me feel right at home.”Zan, Zendegi, Azadi (Woman, Life, Freedom)Rooted in B Article written by Baharak about the current situation in IranUNHCR — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees The UN Refugee Agency that resettled Baharak and her family to Finland. If you want to learn more about what is being done for refugees and how to help, find out more on their websiteThe Body Keeps the Score — Dr. Bessel van der KolkThe go-to book for deconstructing trauma, understanding what it means, and it's affects on both children and adults. Told from a psychologist's perspective.- More about: Baharak Bashmani (aka B) Instagram |  Blog-Curious about the in-betweenish podChat with Beatriz on Instagram Behind the Scenes on TikTokAnything else? Contact Us HereThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
59:04 11/15/2022
đŸŒ¶ïž SideTalk1: faith, rituals, and grieving with Aakshi
Have you ever stopped to wonder what rituals you practice from your inherited faith?Are they religious rituals? Or are they cultural rituals?Episode 9, Season 1 with Aakshi SinghađŸŒ¶ïž the diversity that brings us together — with AakshiMore about: Aakshi SinghaInstagram |  Twitter-In these 'SideTalk' episodes of the in-betweenish pod, I’ll be selecting side conversations extracted from recording sessions with our guests. Each SideTalk will tackle a specific subject. -Curious about the in-betweenish podChat with Beatriz on Instagram Behind the Scenes on TikTokAnything else? Contact Us HereThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
11:24 10/18/2022
đŸŒ¶ïžÂ the diversity that brings us together — with Aakshi
What is the strongest tie you have to your home country? How does your schooling inform your own identity?On this episode, I chat with Aakshi Sinha about her upbringing, growing up all over India, and then going away for college at Minerva University. Aakshi bravely shares stories from her boarding school days, from complicated hierarchal relationships, to coping mechanisms through music and community building. Together we explore subjects of mental health, seeking therapy, discovering one’s sexual identity and the importance of representation. One topic we keep circling back to is Partition and Independence, and Aakshi asks a very important question: how much of history is actually felt in the present?Episode MentionsOn Children by Khalil GibranThe Prophet by Khalil Gibran1947 Partition Archive — a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to archiving the people's history of PartitionGaysi — safe zone and platform exploring the intersection between being Desi and queer - More about: Aakshi SinghaInstagram  |  Twitter-Curious about the in-betweenish pod Chat with Beatriz on Instagram  Behind the Scenes on TikTokAnything else? Contact Us Here The in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
65:17 10/12/2022
💭 reflections on: Third Culture Kids and Cross-Cultural Kids explained
In this minisode we’re going back to the origin story of in-betweenish, explaining why and how it came to be. It all started with a few simple questions about a decade ago:Where is home? What is a home?This lead me on a journey to discover the term Third Culture Kid (TCK). Researchers John and Ruth Useem, an American sociologist and anthropologist couple, first coined the term Third Culture Kids when they were living abroad in India with their family. According to Dr. Ruth Useem, being a Third Culture Kid explained “Children who accompany their parents into another culture [usually for a parent’s career choice.]” Sometimes the term Adult Third Culture Kid, ATCK, is used to describe adults who had a TCK upbringing.Simple formula used to understand Third Culture Kids: A [parents’ culture] + B [host country/countries culture(s)] = C [your own third culture]Years later, when doing research for the inception of the in-betweenish pod, I came across the more inclusive term Cross-Cultural Kids (CCK). This new model was researched and developed by Ruth E. Van Reken and encompasses more diverse experiences of people who exist across different cultures for any reason. In her research, Van Reken outlines 7 Cross-Cultural Kid categories and they are:Bi-racial/ bi-cultural childrenChildren of ImmigrantsChildren of RefugeesChildren of Minorities (Privileged or Marginalized)International AdoptionsTraditional Third Culture Kids  (Foreign Service Kids, Corporate Brats, Missionary Kids, Military Brats)Domestic Third Culture Kids If you recognize yourself in this CCK upbringing and you want to share your story, reach out to me directly. I’d love to hear from you! You can reach me through our website or send me  a message through our Instagram.✏  TCK and CCK Resources: Learn More HereMo — Netflix series developed by Mohammed Amer and Ramy Youssef The life of a Palestinian family as they navigate the convoluted US immigration systemCross Cultural Kids Research developed by Ruth E. Van RekenThird Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds Book by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between Book by Christopher O'Shaughnessy Letters Never Sent: A Global Nomad’s Journey from Hurt to Healing Book by Ruth E. Van Reken The Danger of a Single Story Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TED** If you decide to purchase the books through the links above, the show may receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  TikTok  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz Nour Music is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
22:09 09/06/2022
💭 reflections on: identity crisis
Identity Crisis is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit nowadays. In this minisode, I attempt to understand, from a psychological perspective, what an identity crisis really is. In doing so, we also explore what identity is comprised of: experiences, relationships, beliefs, values and memories. Information shared in this minisode is based on the work and theories of Erik Erikson and James Marcia.PS. Read along this article if you want to understand how identity develops! Erik Erikson’s 8 Stages of Psychosocial Development____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz Nour Music is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
10:08 06/23/2022
🍋 we never really discussed it — with Nora
Have you ever tried to fit in so badly you changed your appearance? Were you aware of the subconscious reasons that may have lead to this decision?Nora S. is a close friend and in this episode we dive deep into her roots and unveil a story of layered identity crisis. At a young age, Nora was adopted, then she spent her life growing up in various places, as a Third Culture Kid. On this episode you hear her navigate the delicate dynamics of being from a certain place, but always standing out: from negative stereotypes perpetrated against Asian women, to strangers questioning her belonging, tune in for a vulnerable, honest, and courageous conversation on this week’s episode of the in-betweenish pod.Content Warning: There is mention of depression in this episode, so please listen with caution. If you would like to avoid this section altogether please skip from minutes 44:30 to 45:15.Episode MentionsWhat’s Wrong with Asking “Where are you from?” by Rakshitha Arni Ravishankar in the Harvard Business Review* this is not the exact article mentioned in the episodeThe God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy "And once again, only the Small Things were said. The Big Things lurked unsaid inside."____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
59:03 06/07/2022
💭  reflections on: old friends
Old friends are often times a gateway to our past selves. Who we were as teenagers is not gone but only built upon. Today, I encourage you to reach out to an old friend from your teenage years, even if you’re no longer very close. They still know a past version of yourself that may be buried under layers of adulthood.PS. If you do reach out to an old friend and want to share your story with me, I’d love to hear from you. đŸŽ™ïž And you can actually send me a voice message through our website! Looking forward to connecting with more of you soon.____________________Curious about the in-betweenish pod, find us here:Website  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is hosted and produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
04:16 03/17/2022
đŸŽč a man is synonymous with describing a soldier — with Axel [Part II]
What are the known unknowns in your life? How about the unknown unknowns? It’s a scary thought isn’t it? All the things we have internalized and deeply ingrained in us from childhood, from our families, from society, from culture. And we often go through life completely unaware of what is inherently our own and what was inherited, passed down through generations. In this episode Axel KacoutiĂ© reflects on his relationship to his inherited faith and where he stands today. We also dive into their gender identity, from queerness to masculinity and what it means to be a man.Episode Mentions:Axel’s work: A Sound PoemVodun: is an ancient religion practiced by some 30 million people in the West African nations of Benin, Togo and Ghana. With its countless deities, animal sacrifice and spirit possession, voodoo -- as it's known to the rest of the world -- is one of the most misunderstood religions on the globe.Podcast on men and the patriarchy: Men — Scene on Radio (Season 3) (you can also find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever else you listen)____________________More about: Axel KacoutiĂ©Website  |  Instagram  |  Twitter____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  Contact The in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz Nour Music is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
38:47 02/25/2022
đŸŽč it is not with bones and skin, it’s all with feeling — with Axel [Part I]
Who are you to yourself, when no one is around?Axel KacoutiĂ© is not afraid to explore uncomfortable territory. We tread, not so lightly, on topics around their cultural identity, from Ivorian roots to British citizenship. We also explore questions around Axel’s racial identity, and how the Berlin Conference from 1884, where Africa was neatly divided amongst European colonizers, still affects people today.Axel questions and makes sense of identity through expression, through art, and through writing. A few works mentioned in the episode were:A Mother TongueHow to RememberA Sound Poem Episode Mentions:Ethnicities — BĂ©tĂ© people; Anyi (Akan) peopleFufu or Foutou — a mashed blend of plantains, cassava or yams. It is a staple dish for Akan people of Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and other parts of West Africa.Djembe or Jembe drums — rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa the name of the djembe comes from the saying "Anke djĂ©, anke bĂ©" which translates to "everyone gather together in peace" and defines the drum's purposeZaouli Dance — a traditional dance of the Guro people of central Ivory CoastChansonnier — an insightful singer, poet, songwriter that helps the community heal from old woundsThe Body Keeps the Score — Dr. Bessel van der Kolk____________________More about: Axel KacoutiĂ©Website  |  Instagram  |  Twitter ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
50:00 02/02/2022
âœŒđŸœÂ  the checklist we grew up with — with Nora G. [Part II]
Growing up did you feel like you had to adhere to a certain checklist; be it your parent's, society's, or your religion's checklist?This is part II of a two-part episode with my high school friend Nora Gharib. She is a full-time architect, interior designer, and content creator who just moved from the East Coast to the West Coast! This week we tackle religion as Nora grew up in an interfaith household and with a very diverse family around her. We chat about celebrating religious and cultural traditions, the checklist for marriage, questioning your elders, and wonder why we have arbitrary rules. Part I of this two part episode is all about culture, languages, code switching, and hiding behind certain identities. ____________________More about: Nora GharibInstagram  |  TikTok  |  Youtube  |  Simply Gharib Blog ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
37:35 01/11/2022
âœŒđŸœÂ no but where are you really from? — with Nora G. [Part I]
Do you hate being asked “no, but where are you really from?” This is the first of a two-part episode with my high school friend Nora Gharib. Nora is a full-time architect, interior designer, and content creator! This week we chat about how her parents met in NYC, despite coming from two entirely different countries; we also chat about language confusion, culture, and hiding behind certain identities. Of all the intercultural people I have met, Nora and her family are the first I meet that have an extended family that also understand what it means to be cross-cultural within the same cultures!  Next week on part II of the episode, we tackle religion as Nora also grew up in an interfaith family.____________________More about: Nora GharibInstagram  |  TikTok  |  Youtube  |  Simply Gharib Blog  ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
46:06 12/24/2021
🍄 being an "other" in a white majority — with Khairat
Have you ever felt "othered"?On this episode, I speak with my old friend Mohamed Khairat, a lawyer, journalist and founder of Egyptian Streets. We discuss his upbringing growing up between Australia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and the Netherlands. As we navigate his experiences in the different countries, we touch upon discrimination, being white-passing, and the desire to fit in. He also goes back to the origin story of Egyptian Streets and explains how it came to be. Tune in for an insightful conversation about growing up as a Third Culture Kid.Episode Mentions Egyptian Streets: "What makes you insecure about your name?" video Egyptian Streets: Egyptian synagogues postEgyptian Cinema: Khairat's very first article Hasan w Morcos w Cohen: Egyptian movie on Youtube____________________More about: Mohamed KhairatTwitter  |  Instagram   ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
47:36 12/16/2021
🍃 but you're fun even though you're foreign — with Hedvig
Do you remember the first time you were called a foreigner? On this episode I speak with Hedvig Sandbu, a language and learning coach, as she reflects on her upbringing between two countries, her sense of belonging compared to others around her, and her passion for languages. We speak about growing up in a bubble, attending international schools, and people's perception of us that may be different than our own. She shares how throughout the pandemic, her idea of belonging changed and she reveals just how ingrained the practice of being in nature is to her Norwegian roots. Episode Mentions Belgium Rapper: Stromae's song BĂątard "monsieur n'est mĂȘme pas raciste, vu que monsieur n'a pas de racines"Norwegian Philospher: Arne NĂŠss and his philosophy "Ecosophy T"____________________More about: Hedvig SandbuAbundate Language Coaching  |  Abundate Podcast ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
55:29 12/08/2021
🐘 identity crisis: who am I? — about your host
A little different than the rest, this episode is where I introduce myself and reveal a little bit about me by answering three questions: Who am I? Why am I here? And why is it important to talk about identity? I dive into some of the different elements that make up my own ish, from cultural, to lingual, to religious, and reveal the worlds I grew up in-between. Confusion is a common thread running throughout my life, and I know other Cross-Cultural Kids can relate to that. Episode Mentions  Pão de Queijo Recipe —  Brazilian comfort food! a labor of love 💙History of Pão de QueijoCarioca e Feliz Spotify Playlist — Brazilian Indie-ish Artists ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  ContactThe in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry
30:46 12/03/2021
🐣 trailer: where do i belong? where is home?
If you’re curious, confused, or up for candid conversation, grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and tune in as we dive deep into topics around home and belonging. Every week, Beatriz Nour invites you into a conversation about navigating different worlds. We will share personal stories about growing up in numerous countries, amongst different faiths, speaking multiple languages, and integrating into new and diverse cultures. ____________________Curious about the in-betweenish podWebsite  |  Instagram  |  Contact The in-betweenish podcast is produced by Beatriz NourMusic is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry  
01:50 11/10/2021