September 19, 2022: Malaka Gharib


Malaka Gharib is Nashville-based graphic novelist and editor for NPR. She discusses her new book, It Won’t Always Be Like This, a memoir about her experience visiting her father and his family in Egypt and Qatar over multiple summers throughout her childhood. We also talk about her first graphic novel, I Was Their American Dream, about her experiences growing up as a Filipino-Egyptian-American in Southern California, and Malaka shares a playlist of Arab indie rock, punk and nostalgic ’90s hits, all of which figure into her moving and warmly engaging storytelling. 
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  • 7:14pm Cliché by Meen on 3arouset Bkeseen (Banadoura)
  • 7:21pm Story of My Life by Social Distortion on Social Distortion (Epic)
  • 7:23pm Roman by Mashrou’ Leila on The Beirut School (Shoop!Shoop!)
  • 7:43pm Gone Daddy Gone by Violent Femmes on Violent Femmes (Craft Recordings)
  • 7:45pm Ayonha by حميد الشاعرى on Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World (Habibi Funk 007) (Habibi Funk Records)
  • 7:49pm Fairytale In the Supermarket by The Raincoats on The Raincoats (We ThRee)
  • 7:52pm Habibi Taal by Alsarah & The Nubatones on Silt (Wonderwheel Recordings)
  • 8:17pm Lady (Hear Me Tonight) by Modjo on Modjo (Remastered) (Modjo Music)
  • 8:19pm Nixon Baba by Maryam Saleh & Zeid Hamdan on Halawella (Maryam Saleh)
  • 8:29pm Adult Books by X on Wild Gift (Fat Possum)
  • 8:34pm Tamly Maak by Amr Diab on Tamally Maak (Mazzika Group)
  • 8:39pm Bull In the Heather by Sonic Youth on Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (Geffen)
  • 8:42pm Mahlaki by Luay Hijazeen on Mahlaki – Single (Rush Records)
  • 8:47pm Ahwak by Abdel Halim Hafez on Rawaeaa Abd El Halim 5 (Sout El Phan)
  • 8:52pm Love In a Void (7″ Single Version) by Siouxsie & The Banshees on Join Hands (Remastered) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue))
  • 8:55pm Soutbouk by Jawhar on Winrah Marah (62Tv Records)
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