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EPISODE 15 PREVIEW – FREEDOM

This month together with my guest co-host Cliff W. Gilmore, I have the honor and pleasure to host journalist, New York Times bestselling author and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger to discuss his work on his latest book: FREEDOM. Inspired by a year on the road with three close friends— a conflict photographer and two Afghan…

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EPISODE 14 – NO FRIENDS BUT THE MOUNTAINS: WRITINGS FROM MANUS PRISON

In this episode of The Ask award-winning author, activist and journalist Behrouz Boochani discusses his work on his debut novel NO FRIENDS BUT THE MOUNTAINS: WRITINGS FROM MANUS PRISON. About the book: In 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia. This book…

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The 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on The Ask

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 On The Ask: Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Karzai, Homayra Ludin Etemadi New York Times Istanbul Bureau Chief Carlotta Gall Soldier & Author Elliot Ackerman Director of MOBY GROUP Channels in Afghanistan Massood Sanjer The Reluctant Propagandisthttps://longreads.com/2019/08/27/the-reluctant-propagandist/ In Afghanistan, a radio call-in show…

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Episode 11 – The Interpreters

In this episode of The Ask, we meet Hamid, Sajid, Tamim, and Abouzar, former Afghan interpreters for foreign forces. Since the start, Afghan interpreters have been at the forefront of this war. The first interpreter, Hamid Karzai, would go on to become the first president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Thousands would follow him down the dangerous path…

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Episode 7 – The Editor

In our first episode for 2021 I would like to explore the idea of hope. In 2015, a sense of despair swept throughout Afghanistan. The Obama administration’s surge to suppress and route the Taliban had ended long ago – and as the United States continued the long drawdown from the country, the Taliban were resurgent.…

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The Ask – Year 1 in Review

As we approach the end of 2020 I want to a moment and look back on the first months of The Ask Podcast. This podcast launched in Episode 1 with a roundtable discussion with Professor Thongchai Winichakul, Professor Clare Veal, and journalist Teirra Kamolvattanavith to look at the history and consequences of the Thammasat University…

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Episode 6 – Totally Under Control

In this episode of The Ask filmmakers Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, and Suzanne Hillinger discuss their work on Totally Under Control. About the film: TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL – Official Trailer Learn more here: https://neonrated.com/films/totally-under-control Our Episode Guests: Filmmaker Alex Gibney Filmmaker Alex Gibney won the Oscar in 2008 for Taxi to the Dark Side, an…

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Episode 5 – Strange Cities Are Familiar With Saeed Taji Farouky

In this episode of The Ask filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky discusses his work on Strange Cities Are Not Familiar and the South London Gallery Film School You can watch the film for free here: Learn more about the South London Gallery Film School here: https://www.southlondongallery.org/education/recreative/ Our Episode Guest: Filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky Saeed Taji Farouky…

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Blood on the Wall Preview

Here on The Ask we are very excited to interview Oscar nominated filmmaker Nick Quested about his latest feature documentary: BLOOD ON THE WALL for National Geographic Channel. Look out for our next podcast soon and be sure to check out the documentary here: https://films.nationalgeographic.com/blood-on-the-wall

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Podcast 4 Preview!

This September The Ask could not be more honored to interview NYT journalist and bureau chief Carlotta Gall (@carlottagall) about her book The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014. Look out for our next podcast soon and be sure to check out the book here:

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