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Borderline

One Lane Bridge (Isabelle Roughol)

17 episodes

Nov 19, 2020

"Shame stops you from trying" (Borderlives: Marcela Kunova ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง) 

"The hostility that you feel, one of the purposes is to make you feel ashamed and to hinder you, to make sure you don't act, or you don't aspire, or you don't fight back."ย 

Marcela Kunova has been an immigrant in four countries in the last 20 years. She's had time to deconstruct xenophobia. In a deeply personal conversation, we discussed how shame can be internalized and weaponized against immigrants, how it limits us, but also how we can rise in spite of it. We chatted about mental health, vulnerability, belonging, language barriers and how the tide is turning against immigrants. Perhaps the most intimate episode yet.ย 

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Oct 27, 2020

Covid-19: Do travel bans even work? 

If we all can't travel or see loved ones across borders, please tell me at least itโ€™s working.ย 

In May, I found myself in tears when the British government decided to impose quarantines on anyone returning from France in order to combat covid-19. That was the last straw. How dare they close *my* border? Did it even serve a purpose? When in doubt, go to the library. I turned to science to find out if I had been right to cry or if indeed, the government was doing the right thing. What I found out is... it's complicated.ย 

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Creditsย Music by Dyalla. Additional music by Chris Zabriskie.Sounds by PiR2, straget, thorvandahl and InspectorJ on freesound.org, under Creative Commons license

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