Podcast explores lived experiences of Arab Americans in today’s society

Host Reda Taleb talks about her podcast, her upcoming children’s book and why it’s important to highlight underrepresented voices.

Reda Taleb (left) with CultureShift's Tia Graham in the WDET studios in October 2022.

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A new podcast is shining light on stories that often get left in the dark.

Reda Taleb is a de-carceration and healing justice advocate, a poet and an author. She also hosts the podcast “Tahrir wa al Hurriyah: Reimagining the Struggle for Collective Liberation.”

The podcast explores the lived experiences of Arab Americans in today’s society, covering topics like Islamophobia, mass incarceration and extremist policies that have impacted the community. Episodes are available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

“Tahrir wa al Hurriyah” comes from the Futuro Media Group Community Podcast Lab, which works with WDET to provide local advocates from various backgrounds with a platform to speak about the issues marginalized communities face.

She joined CultureShift to talk about her podcast, her upcoming children’s book and why it’s important to highlight underrepresented voices.

“We have an opportunity to speak from a more complex, nuanced perspective. And in us sharing our individual stories — and indeed, the stories of our community — we can better lock arms with those of us who have been at the forefront.” — Reda Taleb, host of “Tahrir wa al Hurriyah”

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Authors

  • Tia Graham

    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.

  • Sophia Jozwiak

    Sophia Jozwiak is the Digital Content and Communities Assistant for 101.9 WDET.