Today we have a story about our beliefs. About the things we’re brought up to know to be true about ourselves. Beliefs so strong and powerful that they shape the identity, culture, and attitudes of an entire nation. And it’s also about how, not in one particular moment, but in the moments over time, when we begin to question those very stories… 

That uncomfortable space when we’re faced with another truth that contradicts our own… and, ultimately, the histories we were taught over the course of our entire lives. 

*Certain names and details of places have been kept out of this episode at the request of the characters.

The writings of Mardiros Balemian

Photography by Jacqueline Sofia

The Genocide Word



Houshamadyan: A Project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life (Scroll about 2/3 of the way down for images of the area in and around Zara)
“‘Sherlock Holmes’ of Armenian Genocide Uncovers Lost Evidence” (Tim Arango | New York Times | Apr. 22, 2017)
Taner Akçam, Ph.D.
Bedross Der Matossian, Ph.D.
Ümit Kurt, Ph.D.
The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response  (Peter Balakian | Harper Collins | 2013)  Beginning in 1894, a series of massacres took place against the Armenians that lasted until 1896. They were carried out under the leadership of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. They came to be known as the Hamidian Massacres.  
The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization and Identity (David Romano | Cambridge University Press | 2006)
A History of Ottoman Architecture (John Freely | WIT Press | 2011)
4K for Cancer
The word “Genocide.”


Episode Credits

Produced by Jacqueline Sofia, with editorial support by Razan Alzayani, Hebah Fisher, Alex Atack, Percia Verlin, Lilly Crown, and Yahya Abou-Ghazala. Sound design by Ramzi Bashour, and original music by Raffi Wartanian and Ersin.