Public Radio International, May 2019.
From her front door, Fatima Salkan has a sweeping view of the fruit trees, historic ruins and tidy stone compounds that run along this stretch of the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey. She tries her best not to look off in the distance, to the right. The town on the horizon, still under construction, is where she will move when the valley is flooded by a downstream hydropower dam.

Public Radio International, July 2019.

The idea is simple -- start a WhatsApp group, practice your kibbeh, and sell fresh, ready-made meals from your kitchen. Assume you'll be introducing Istanbul to what a real, homemade Syrian lunch tastes like.

But actually, your customers are Syrian too -- and Iraqi, or Algerian, Yemeni. They're far from home, and looking for food like their mother used to make. And that's something you can't put a price tag on.

“I believe you can reach the heart of a person through food,” Samar told me.


National Public Radio, June 2019.

In Turkey, pressure to control the free press comes in the form of jail time and court proceedings that stretch on and on.