Yasmin Aliya Khan
Welcome to the Global Thread Podcast
Exploring where we came from to see where we're headed.
My name is Yasmin Aliya Khan and I’m the host of the Global Thread podcast. I’m excited to be here, and I’m even more excited that you are, too.
In this podcast, we’re going to look at some headlines and stories from around the world that often don’t get the screen time they deserve. These are complex stories that have deep roots in history that go well beyond the 30-second spot you hear about on the nightly news or the meme you came across on social media. We’re going to dive into the people behind the names you hear mentioned; which group is fighting against which group and what each side is fighting for; the jargon that seemingly intentionally goes over so many heads; as well as the future implications of the conflict.
Who is this podcast for? It’s for you, I hope! It’s for anyone that wants to know more about this world that we’re all living in together. This is no more our planet than it is anyone else’s, and those experiences on the other side of the globe offer keen insights into the humanity that binds us all. In 2021, I don’t think I need to explain that any further!
As you listen, remember that there is always so much more to learn and explore about any and all of these topics. Take these episodes as your starting point from which you go forth into the world of better understanding and context. In other words, I’m just threading your needle…
I’ll leave you with a quick personal note. I had some pretty incredible history and geography teachers growing up, from elementary school into college. The best ones were the ones that made history come to life - the people were complex and real; the issues and struggles were visceral, and oftentimes, reflective of our own issues and struggles today. They reminded me that humanity is ultimately human, whether it’s the 1300s in Italy or the 2020s in the United States. The study of history can and should be so much more than memorizing dates and studying incestuous family trees. After all, the fictional Game of Thrones was based on the very real War of the Roses, (although I still cannot account for Seasons 7 or 8 of Game of Thrones… I’m still mad about it).
With that, I just want to say THANK YOU for being here! I’m honored and humbled to be your podcast host, and I look forward to getting to know you all better.