Immersive Podcasts for the Curious Listener

Founded in 2015, Kerning Cultures Network is the first venture-funded podcast company in the Middle East. We also happen to be female-led. Featuring a line up of award-winning immersive Arabic and English podcasts for curious listeners.

At Kerning Cultures, we tell the kinds of stories in which we can actually see ourselves. Because we love stories – really good stories, and there are so many from our region just waiting to be told.

We've Been Featured On...

“A new generation of young and forward-thinking producers are providing an alternative view on the Arab world.”

“One may think of it as the Gimlet Media of the Middle East.”

“This is a ‘This American Life’ for the Middle East. It’s that good.”

Contact Us

Interested in working with us, advertising your brand on podcasts, or pitching us a story? Read on below, and send us a note at info@kerningcultures.com.

If you’re interested in volunteering or interning with us, fill out this form, and we’ll get back to you.

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Pitch Us a Story

Can I pitch a story as a listener with no formal experience?

Yes! If you’re pitching us as a listener, just write out the story idea in a few paragraphs.

Can I pitch a story as a producer, and work with you?

If you want to produce the story with us, we pay freelancers on a sliding scale, dependent on the scope of work. We’re happy to work with non-professional audio producers – the most important thing is that you demonstrate a passion, knowledge, and interest in the story you’re pitching. We can help with the audio side of things.

Stories should take place in the Middle East (loosely defined geography), or its diaspora elsewhere in the world. Our episodes are typically sound-rich, character-driven stories about history, science, culture, or current events.

Stories should answer some kind of question by the end. There should be some kind of conflict, a plot. A good pitch will be surprising, and will be about something you’re fascinated by.

No, really, take a moment and ask yourself: is this something you’re obsessing over? Is it something you turn to friends at dinner and go, “Do you want to hear something crazy?”

In our interview tape, we look to hear vulnerability or enthusiasm or passion or excitement from our interviewees, depending on the story. We’re not interested in topics, themes, or abstract ideas. Those are actually the hardest to work backwards from and find an interesting story. Rather, we’re looking for actual persons, an event, a specific story. We also tend to stay away from news or heavily political stories.

What should I include in my story pitch?

Email your pitch to info@kerningcultures.com. If you’re a listener, just a few simple paragraphs will do! If you’re a producer interested in working with us, send us the following:

  • Your name and contact info
  • Your story idea in one sentence
  • Location of proposed story
  • What is remarkable about this story? Why should anyone care?
  • Characters with brief bios, and what they each bring to the story
  • Who you have access to interview
  • Supplementary links (articles, other interviews, etc)
  • Previous radio/journalism experience (with links)
  • What audio equipment you have
  • The story beats (i.e, story arc)
  • Potential roadblocks and gaps in the story that you can foresee

Our Team

Hebah Fisher
Co-founder + CEO

Heba Afify
Managing Arabic Editor

Alex Atack
Managing English Producer

Mohamad Khreizat
Audio Lead

Bella Ibrahim
Marketing Director

Shahd Bani Odeh
Senior Arabic Editor

Dana Ballout
Editor + Producer

Nadeen Shaker
Editor + Producer

Alma Intabli
Editor + Producer

Rand Khdair
Editor + Producer

Zeina Dowidar
Producer

Tamara Jaburi
Researcher

Gregoris Kalai
Business Associate

Paul Alouf
Associate Sound Designer

Soumaya Bouabdellah
Community Manager

Dina Salem
Associate Producer

Nima Salha
Associate Producer

Our Advisors

Razan Alzayani
Co-founder

Kerri Hoffman
PRX CEO