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Episode 162 [in English]: Jillian York on Unraveling ‘A Gay Girl In Damascus’

Photo by:  VampKitty/Nadine Barišić

This week’s episode features Jillian York who, like Liz Henry (featured last week) played a vital role in 2011 in unveiling the hoax surrounding the blog ‘A Gay Girl In Damascus’ — the fictional character Amina Arraf had become a beloved figure by many around the world at the time.  To many, Amina represented a key shift in conversation surrounding the LGBT community; finally, there was an Arab lesbian voice reaching folks internationally.

In this episode, we discuss the psychological damage that can can be caused by catfishing, particularly when marginalized identities are co-opted.  Jillian also talks about the professional and personal contexts through which she was connected to the story.

It was great getting to connect with Jillian; check out her book Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism. 

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Episode 135 [in English]: Mint + Laurel

We talked to Kinda Hibrawi, one of the founders of Mint + Laurel, a lifestyle brand focused on products from or inspired by the Middle East.  Kinda, who is Syrian-American and from Aleppo, started Mint + Laurel along with Mai Barazi and Rama Chakaki.  Mint + Laurel focuses on transparency and sustainability, collaborating with independent artisans, small artisan groups, non-profits and local social enterprises internationally.  We talked to Kinda about the story behind Mint + Laurel, the social impact this new organization has already had, the meaning behind the products, and more.
To see the amazing textiles, soaps, and more, visit

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