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Arab American Café

A podcast by Arab Americans about America and Arabs everywhere, bringing you a unique perspective, both in English & Arabic but mostly in "Arablish." Café patrons will discuss current affairs, politics, culture, and healthcare. Your hosts are two doctors, Hassan and Mouhanad, and sometimes other friends who are just hanging out. Please make sure to share and subscribe! For all episodes you can visit ArabAmericanCafe.com Contact us at podcasts@arabamericancafe.com or follow us on twitter @cafepodcasts

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The US Midterm Election Explained
The upcoming election has been lately a major topic of conversation at the Arab American Café. In this episode will explain the process and review some of the forcasts, the issues and the key races.We invite you to listen and enjoy, and please support us by sharing this podcast. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
48:38 11/3/22
NGOs & Non-Profit Orgs: a conversation with Dr Kamel Mohanna. Part 2. In Arabic.
Humanitarian work has evolved over the years from initially serving religious and political agendas, to non-profit non-governmental and civil society organizations, to large international institutions.The proliferation of many organizations raises many questions prime among them: why? who can we trust? who is legitimate? And how and what works? Helping us understand all of this is Dr Kamel Mohanna, a physician and a humanitarian who’s been a beacon in the field. Dr Mohanna is the General Coordinator of the Arab NGOs, and the Founding President of Amel Association International. Amel is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the Middle East, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and serving countless needy individuals in Lebanon and abroad. We invite you to listen and enjoy. And please support us by sharing this podcast. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
20:52 7/27/22
Arab Americans: Differences and Similarities. In Arabic.
Arabs in America come in different flavors. There are those attached to their roots who live their lives as if still in the old country, and those who have melted and became fully assimilated in the American society. And many others are scattered across the spectrum, from segregated to totally accultured and integrated. This is not unique to our Arab-American community, migrant communities often evolve and develop many similar characteristics over the years, especially here in the US. In this episode we share our “non-scientific” observations as we discuss what we have witnessed from our vintage point as the Arab American Café patrons.. 😉We invite you to listen and enjoy. And please support us by sharing this podcast. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
32:51 7/20/22
NGOs & Non-Profit Orgs: a conversation with Dr Kamel Mohanna. Part 1. In Arabic.
Humanitarian work has evolved over the years from initially serving religious and political agendas, to non-profit non-governmental and civil society organizations, to large international institutions.The proliferation of many organizations raises many questions prime among them: why? who can we trust? who is legitimate? And how and what works? Helping us understand all of this is Dr Kamel Mohanna, a physician and a humanitarian who’s been a beacon in the field. Dr Mohanna is the General Coordinator of the Arab NGOs, and the Founding President of Amel Association International. Amel is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the Middle East, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and serving countless needy individuals in Lebanon and abroad. We invite you to listen and enjoy. And please support us by sharing this podcast. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
19:11 7/13/22
Medical Travel &Tourism, conversation with an expert.
In our inter-connect world, those who seek medical care travel the distance and pay the steep price when they can. Medical Travel is a growing trend, many questions however come to mind and answers can sometime be difficult. In this episode we host Dr Usamah Mossallam, a practicing physician and the Vice-President & Medical Director of Henry Ford International. In his role, Dr Mossallam has been instrumental in building medical capacity in various countries, he is directly involved with Henry Ford Health affiliated hospitals overseas and is tightly familiar with the desirability of “American Medicine” when it comes to the international patients. This conversation was mostly in English, we invite you to listen and enjoy. And please support us by sharing this podcast. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
31:08 7/6/22
How much water should I drink? In Arabic
So, it is summertime, and you need to stay well hydrated! The questions are: how much does your body need to function? And how much water should you consume? Two separate but inter-related issues which will be addressed by a doctor who’s asked to give an answer to those questions “all the time”!We invite you to listen to the nephrologist, enjoy in the shade, and please support us by sharing this podcast. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
17:47 6/29/22
On Break
We are taking a small break, we are working on new episodes and will be back soon. We are so appreciative of your support. Please subscribe and rate this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
01:03 5/25/22
The Lebanese Elections, as discussed at the Café. In Arabic
Those who follow Lebanese politics find it fascinating, sometimes to the point of absurdity. The Lebanese general election was the topic of this conversation at the Café between Hassan and Robert. Our disclaimer: no one at the Café is a political pundit, we simply have an interest in politics, and most of us have been living in the US for several decades.. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
33:59 5/19/22
Abortion, الإجهاض In Arablish
Abortion is prohibited by most religions, hotly debated in many circles, and an issue of contentious political divide. In this podcast we talk to an Arab American OB/GYN: Dr. Leila Hajjar-Nolan to learn from her the medical indications of abortion, how and when abortion can and should be performed, and what potential complications are associated with this procedure. In the wake of the recent news about the possible overturn of Roe vs Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States, this topic resurfaced with an intensity that merits a medical opinion.We invite you to listen and share this episode. For more podcasts visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts .
30:08 5/11/22
Going Bald! why, who’s at risk, and what can be done about it? Re-broadcast, In Arabic.
Yes, you will experience hair loss, if not already now, wait few more years!While this isn’t particularly an “Arab-American” issue, it is certainly a “universal” one. In this episode, we will approach the topic from a scientific medical perspective, identifying causes and reviewing available treatment options.  فقدان الشعر، يحدث للعديد من الناس وله مسبباته وتبعاته. نتحدث اليوم عن هذه الموضوع بالتفصيل ونغطي الخيارات‏ العلاجية المتوفرةPlease support our work by subscribing and sharing this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
28:43 5/4/22
Kidney Disease, what you need to know made simple. Part 2. In Arabic.
 Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been recognized as a leading public health problem worldwide. The global estimated prevalence of CKD is 13.4%, and in the US more than 1 in 7, that is 15% of US adults, are estimated to have CKD. Moreover, as many as 9 in 10 adults with CKD do not know they have the disease. When people develop chronic kidney disease, their kidneys become damaged and over time may not clean the blood as well as healthy kidneys. If kidneys do not work well, toxic waste and extra fluid accumulate in the body and may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and early death.In this 2-parts podcast, we will go over kidney disease and touch on dialysis and kidney transplantation.For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
20:52 4/27/22
Kidney Disease, what you need to know made simple. Part 1. In Arabic.
 Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been recognized as a leading public health problem worldwide. The global estimated prevalence of CKD is 13.4%, and in the US more than 1 in 7, that is 15% of US adults, are estimated to have CKD. Moreover, as many as 9 in 10 adults with CKD do not know they have the disease. When people develop chronic kidney disease, their kidneys become damaged and over time may not clean the blood as well as healthy kidneys. If kidneys do not work well, toxic waste and extra fluid accumulate in the body and may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and early death.In this 2-parts podcast, we will go over kidney disease and touch on dialysis and kidney transplantation.For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
23:33 4/20/22
Foods Without Frontiers. In Arabic.
Certain foods are universal, most however have been locally prepared and adopted reflecting a key component of the culture and society in which they are consumed. Today’s conversation is about those food items and meals which have evolved and are widely available across communities and borders. We talk about zaatar croissant, pineapple pizza and chocolate hummus among many other things. We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
24:44 4/13/22
Dating & Relationship While Arab, there is an app for that! In Arablish
Today’s episode is about dating and relationships. Boys and girls, men and women, young and old, met, dated, and had relationships. They met though, and that's usually when it all starts! In this podcast Hassan and co-host Mira talk with Leila Muhaizen about this topic. Leila is the founder and CEO of Baklava, the only Arab dating app out there. Leila studied Media & Communication in her native Lebanon before moving to the US where she combined her experience in social entrepreneurship and project management, to build a social app focused on dating and friendships for Arabs from all walks of life. It's a fun and informative conversation that we hope you’ll enjoy. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
30:41 4/6/22
The Russia-Ukraine conflict, observations and analysis from Moscow. In Arabic.
With music and melody from the Arab American band Mazaj playing “A better war” in the background, Hassan talks with Mohamad Hasan,  a Journalist and Foreign Correspondent based in Moscow. In this conversation, you’ll hear a political analysis addressing many questions about the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.Can Russia still accomplish the declared (and undeclared) objectives? Did Putin miscalculate? why it went that way? And how will the future look for Russia on the international scene?Imposing sanctions can be done quickly, removing them in never immediate, what’s the impact inside Russia? and how long can the sanctions be sustained?We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
30:40 3/30/22
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine. A short bio. In Arabic.
In order to learn who is Zelensky and how he ended up becoming the President of Ukraine, you’ll need to know a bit about former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych,  billionaire and former President Petro Poroshenko, billionaire and oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, TV personality Vasiliy Goloborodko, and a TV show called Servant of the People.In this episode we go over all of this and give you the short biography (it is really short!) of the current Ukrainian President. We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
20:52 3/23/22
The Aleppo cuisine. In Arabic.
The Aleppo cuisine deserves its own podcast. The culinary art of this ancient city evolved over centuries as culture after culture settled-in and flowed through. In this conversation, listen to Mouhanad passionately talking about the fine food his beloved city of Aleppo is famous for. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
29:09 3/16/22
Finding a good doctor. In Arabic.
Ever wondered how to find a good doctor? In general, a google search in not the best way to do so. The formula is the 3 As rule: you want a doctor who is Available, Able, and Affable. In this episode we will talk about what really matters when selecting a doctor. We invite you to listen and enjoy.Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
28:55 3/9/22
A car ride in the streets of Dearborn. In Arabic مشوار.
The City of Dearborn in Michigan has long been the place with the highest number of Arab American residents. They arrived at the turn of the last century, worked, prospered and raised their families. Dearborn has a different flair where one can feel the tangible impact of the Arab American community. A city who’s officials are Arab Americans, with businesses and store signs in Arabic, and street after street where people know each other’s names and stories. We drove around and recorded our conversation, we invite you to listen and we hope you’d enjoy...Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
51:29 3/2/22
Vladimir Putin, a short bio in Arabic. Rebroadcast.
The military build-up and potential war between Russia and Ukraine has refocused our attention on Russia’s strong man, Valdimir Valdimirovich Putin.In this episode, you will hear about Putin’s early life and career, and his ascent to the highest office in Russia. One day this will make a pretty interesting movie to watch, but for now let’s start with this podcast. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
24:26 2/23/22
For traditional Arabic music lovers: All you need to know about Qudoūd Ḥalabīya. In Arabic.
According to Wikipedia, the Qudoūd Ḥalabīya, literally means “musical measures of Aleppo” and are based on old religious melodies collected mainly by Aleppine musicians. Their themes are most often love, longing and spirituality. The lyrics vary according to the type of event, be it for religious or entertainment purposes. Singers use deep vocals to reach a peak while holding a long note or repeating a phrase, sending their audiences into what is referred to as tarab, or exultation. Qudoud is a vital part of Aleppan culture and is viewed as a source of resilience, particularly during war. The UNEESCO inscribed Qudoud in 2021 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Listen to Mouhanad in the podcast talking about this interesting topic, especially for those of us who are in love with traditional Arabic music. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
29:41 2/16/22
Will there be war? The Russia-Ukraine crisis. In Arabic.
The military build-up and potential for a war between Russia and Ukraine, and by default the west, was the topic of discussion with Mohamad Hasan. Mr. Hasan is a veteran journalist who has worked in many Arabic TV stations as a correspondent based in Moscow. We will hear the narrative from Russia’s perspective. Will there be war? There is an answer, we invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
33:45 2/9/22
COVID misinformation debunked. In Arabic. كوفيد 19‎‎ إشاعات
In total, the World Health Organization has collected data from more than 5,900 studies surrounding Covid-19 from all over the world. But despite the data, pandemic falsehoods are still circulating. In this episode, we will go over few of the questions sent to us, debunk some of the myths and counter with scientific facts about the disease and vaccines.‏الإشاعات والأخبار الخاطئة حول فيروس كورونا تواصل الانتشار وخاصة عبر وسائل الاتصال ‏الاجتماعي مما يؤدي إلى عدم الجدية في التعاطي مع الجائحة‏في هذه الحلقة نتناول بالتفصيل بعضًا من ‏هذه الإشاعات ‏ونحاول الإجابة على عدد من الأسئلة التي وردتنا وبأسلوب علمي We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit our website ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts 
31:55 2/2/22
From Dearborn, Arab-America's Capital; a conversation with Amer Zahr.
In this podcast, we host Mr. Amer Zahr, an Arab American activist, community organizer, stand-up comedian, writer, lawyer, and university professor. Hassan and Nabil tackle with Amer issues related to identity, activism, and politics. He will share with us his impressions and encounters in an entertaining conversation which, we promise, will inform you and keep you engaged. We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
56:45 1/26/22
Growing up Arab-American: perspectives from college student leaders
The great Edward Said wrote: “I have never known what is Arabic or English, or which one was really mine beyond any doubt. What I do know, however, is that the two have always been together in my life, one resonating in the other, sometimes ironically, sometimes nostalgically, most often each correcting, and commenting on, the other. Each can seem like my absolutely first language, but neither is”. Arab American youth are a complex and diverse population, often misunderstood, misclassified and misrepresented. These youth face a challenging socio-political climate, psychological and emotional stressors, some of which can affect their ability to embrace their Arab identity. Today’s podcast is a conversation between 3 accomplished college students: Layal Bou Harfouch from John Hopkins University and Omar Fehmi from the University of Michigan, both National Co-Presidents of NAAMA NextGen, and Bushra Habbas-Nimr, President of Empowered Arab Sisterhood at the University of Michigan. We will hear their perspective and learn about their hopes and aspirations for their generation of Arab Americans.We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can also send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts
41:45 1/19/22
The events of January 6, a year later. In Arabic
American has experienced something unprecedented on January 6, 2021. That’s when Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol causing death and destruction. Hassan revisits what happened then, and what followed, and describes the political landscape and potential future repercussions.We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit our website ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts 
23:25 1/12/22
Omicron, COVID updates & predictions for 2022. أوميكرون In Arabic.
In this conversation Drs Hassan, Mouhanad & Nabil put their thoughts together to answer some questions about COVID: how far and how fast the new wave will go? And how will it continue to impact our daily lives? What new scientific developments to look forward to? And what to expect from policymakers in this uphill battle?في حوار اليوم سوف نحاول الإجابة على خمسة أسئلة:  - اوميكرون، ‏سرعة الانتشار، مدته، والتأثير المتوقع بشكل عام- ‏الانجازات العلمية قيد البحث لمكافحة الوباء بما فيها الجرعة المعززة والعلاجات القادمة- ‏التغييرات المتوقعة في حياتنا اليومية والتوصيات الصحية- ‏الأولويات المرجوة لدى الادارة وصانعي القرار فيما يتعلق بمكافحة الوباء- عام ٢٠٢٢، احسن ‏أم أسوأ من العام المنصرم؟  We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit our website ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts 
31:23 1/5/22
The chemistry of addiction. In Arabic. بين اللذة والألم
We are addicted…We like our Dopamine, and we seek more of it. But this comes with a price. In this episode we learn about this topic and try to draw some conclusions about those habits we are essentially conflicted with!  لا يهم ما إذا كان الدواء الذي تختاره هو شرب الخمر أو  الهيروين ، أو التسوق في أمازون ، أو ربما مجرد القراءة . كل منهم له نفس التأثير على عقلك. كلها تؤدي إلى إفراز الدوبامين الذي يجعلك تشعر بالرضا ، وكلما كنت تتوق إلى هذا الشعور الجيد  كلما استهلكت أكثر في سعيك وراء المزيد منه  … إذن نحن مدمنون  We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. For more episodes visit our website ArabAmericanCafe.com. You can send your email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @CafePodcasts 
26:40 12/29/21
International Affairs. In Arabic
The talk of the Café this time was about international politics. The conversation with our international affairs correspondent based in Moscow, Mohamad Hassan, covered the US/European row with Russia over Ukraine, the recent Biden-Putin summit, the refugees in Belarus, and some insight about Arabic news media.We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. You can send us an email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @AACafepodcasts. 
29:06 12/22/21
A conversation about Philanthropy with Mrs. Maha Freij
Philanthropy is a gift of time, talent, or treasure. While most philanthropy takes place every day by ordinary people, what often gets the attention are mega-donations by “elite” to elite causes. Moreover, the tax incentives and agendas associated with “charitable giving” raises several ethical questions. That said, the act of selfless giving ought to be encouraged and applauded. The Arab culture is rich of those examples, from helping relative and acquaintances, to contributing to local charities and places of faith and worship, to donating to causes impacting the society at large. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a national community foundation focused on uniting and strengthening the collective power of Arab American giving. This institution may prove to be a paradigm shift in the way Arab Americans can practice philanthropy. Today’s conversation with Mrs. Maha Freij, the Founder and Director of CAAP will cover all these points and more.We invite you to listen and enjoy. Please support our work by subscribing and rating this podcast. You can send us an email to podcasts@ArabAmericanCafe.com, or connect with us on twitter @AACafepodcasts. 
31:54 12/15/21

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