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Jerusalem Calling from Kerning Cultures

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The Palestine Broadcasting Service started airing in 1936, from a brand new transmitter tower in Ramallah. It was a British station in three languages, aimed at promoting the message of the mandate government throughout the region. But over the following decades, as Palestine saw political upheavals, bloody conflicts and power shifts, the radio station found itself in the middle of it all, and became a unique capsule of the events that lead up to the Nakba. This story originally aired on Kerning Cultures, a podcast telling stories from across the Middle East and North Africa and the spaces in between.

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  • Ajaj Nuweyhid, Lead of the Arab Service for the PBS
  • Bayan Nuweyhid, Ajaj’s daughter who recorded his memories
  • Andrea Stanton, Professor at the University of Denver in Colorado


Kerning Cultures Staff:

  • Producers: Shahd Bani-Odeh, Alex Atack, Darah Ghanem,
  • Editorial Support: Dana Ballout, Nadeen Shaker, Tamara Rasamny, Zeina Dowidar and Dina Salem.
  • Fact-Checking: Zeina Dowidar, Dina Salem.
  • Sound Design: Alex Atack
  • Mixing: Mohamed Khreizat.
  • Kerning Cultures is a Kerning Cultures Network production

Making Contact Staff:

  • Host: Salima Hamirani
  • Interim Executive Director: Jessica Partnow
  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani

Music Credit:

  •  Soundstripe, Artilist, Epidemic Sound

Author: Radio Project

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