This is a story of a road trip. After a particularly traumatic Valentine's Day, Fadi Boukaram was surfing google maps and noticed that there was a town called Lebanon... in Oregon. Being Lebanese himself, he wondered, how many Lebanons exist in the US? The answer: 47. Thus began his journey to visit them all and find an America he'd never expected, and the homeland he'd been searching for all along.
This episode was made in collaboration with Kerning Cultures, a podcast that tells stories from the Middle East and North Africa. The original "Lebanon USA" story was reported by Alex Atack with editorial support from Bella Ibrahim, Dana Ballout, Zeina Dowidar, and Hebah Fisher. Original sound design by Alex Atack.
Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this episode, we inaccurately described a grain elevator. We have updated the audio to reflect the correction.
The new update of the story was produced and reported by Shima Oliaee.
We had original music by Thomas Koner and Jad Atoui.
Be sure to check out Kerning Cultures at their website kerningcultures.com
, instagram @kerningculture
, or twitter @kerningcultures
. You can read more about Fadi’s trips and see his photographs at lebanonusa.com
or on his Instagram at @lebanonusa
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