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It’s Electric! – Podcast Episode 18

One of our favorite topics about Iraq is all the ELECTRICITY! Also, the lack of it. It’s one of those things that we in the U.S. definitely take for granted and see as our right. Not so in Iraq! Power outages are common and wiring is… creative. =)

(Also, there is conversation about the electric […]

October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on It’s Electric! – Podcast Episode 18

Is it Safe? – Security, Guards, and Checkpoints in Iraq: Podcast Episode 14

Is it Secret? Is it Safe?
Hannah and Colleen finally dive into the question you have all really been wondering about. Is it safe? What they really wanted to do was give you the statistics about how much more likely you are to be killed by car accidents, falling pianos, or even your own clothing… […]

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Is it Safe? – Security, Guards, and Checkpoints in Iraq: Podcast Episode 14

Keep Your Shirt On (and Tucked!): Podcast Episode 13

Keep Your Shirt On: Clothes in Kurdistan
Hannah and Colleen address one of the most commonly asked questions about living in Iraq: “Do you have to cover your head?” And they give a rough overview of women’s clothing in the Middle East with a focus on what they saw and wore in Northern Iraq. Then […]

August 14th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Keep Your Shirt On (and Tucked!): Podcast Episode 13

An Overview of the Kurdish Language – Podcast Episode 12

Kurdish Language Adventures
Hannah and Colleen bring along the amazing and talented Steve, who has been learning and speaking Kurdish for many many years. He shares with us about the history of Kurdish, the various dialects/languages that are part of Kurdish, and some of his own experiences speaking the language.

Join us in Nashville or […]

July 31st, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on An Overview of the Kurdish Language – Podcast Episode 12

Wasta: an Untranslatable Term – Podcast Episode 11

We all know that some words are not easy to translate into other languages. People collect these words and make lists of them (see here and here). But most of the time these words are used quite rarely, like Gokotta — to wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside […]

July 10th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Wasta: an Untranslatable Term – Podcast Episode 11

Year One of Teaching in Iraq – Podcast Episode 9

What do origami frogs, fire, and the Odyssey have in common? Did you guess teaching in Iraq?

Hannah and Colleen remember the adventures of each of their first years teaching in Iraq. Thanks to Julia for suggesting this topic. It had us wandering down the road of memories and how both of us had unusually […]

June 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Year One of Teaching in Iraq – Podcast Episode 9

A Brief Introduction to Islamic Holidays – Podcast Episode 8

Islamic Holidays in Northern Iraq
This is part 3 of our episodes focusing on holidays! We tackled American holidays (we’re good at those!), Newroz (you just get swept up in in!), and now we’re attempting to explain the Islamic holidays.

Disclaimer: We are not Muslim and while we did some research online, we certainly didn’t try […]

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A Brief Introduction to Islamic Holidays – Podcast Episode 8

Weather or Not? – Podcast Episode 7

Weather or Not? – Podcast Episode 7
When you think about weather in Iraq you probably imagine a hot desert and sand dunes. Is that accurate?

Hannah and Colleen take you through their favorite and least favorite seasons of the year (yes, there are seasons!) as well as the political implications of the weather.
Want to join […]

May 1st, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Weather or Not? – Podcast Episode 7

How Bazaar! – Podcast Episode 6

How Bazaar!
Hannah and Colleen have guest star and fellow SGI alumnus, Katrina, on to talk about one her favorite things, the bazaar. A place of wonder and mystery, goat heads and amazing bargains, there’s no one better to navigate the maze than Katrina. We only wish we could somehow transmit the smells for a […]

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on How Bazaar! – Podcast Episode 6

Friends Here and Friends There! We have Friends Everywhere! – Podcast Episode 4

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 4!
UPDATE: Our podcast is now on iTunes, Stitcher, and many other podcast hosts! 

We bring on a guest, our friend and co-conspirator, to talk about friendships and relationships while living in Iraq. This applies not only to friendships with other people in Iraq, but also how we […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Friends Here and Friends There! We have Friends Everywhere! – Podcast Episode 4