DOES HOPE AGE?
In this audio series, Manasa explores what happens to our hope as we grow old. The world today is experiencing grave issues – from war and violence (an old folly), to rising authoritarianism, threats to democracy, online misinformation, a crisis in journalism, and the looming storm that is climate change. With all these issues encroaching our minds and our lives, do we continue to retain our hope? Or is it all too much to take and are people slipping into hopelessness? As we age in these times, are the young today hoping and looking forward to life the same way previous generations did?
For this series, Manasa speaks to several people, across ages – people in various stages of their life, living different lives, wrestling with distinct (yet shared) issues. What are the issues that concern them? Are they hopeful things will improve? How has their hope evolved over the years? She puts forth these and many other questions in a quest to locate hope in times when it feels all too easy to fall into the pit of hopelessness.
EPISODE 3: HOPE IN LOVE, AND ANOTHER LOVE
Sabrina Provenzani is a journalist based in London. Currently, she works for the news non-profit The Citizens, writes for Il Fatto Quotidiano and also works with the Foreign Press Association. She has previously worked in radio and Television too. Listen in as we talk about her early life in Italy, finding her way to journalism, finding love and discovering hope in a new kind of love.
"I have been a pessimist for a long time! And I became an optimist in my forties."
The mysterious kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro in Italy in 1978. Sabrina was around seven at the time and traces her first journalistic curiosities to that incident.
Almost 50 and rocking life
'The joyous mess of having kids.' Sabrina's words not mine.
EPISODE 2: THE YOUNG BATTLING SOCIAL MEDIA VERSE
Zamaan Qureshi is a policy advisor and social media coordinator for the Real Facebook Oversight Board and a researcher for The Citizens where he focuses on Cambridge Analytica. Zamaan is also a privacy advocate, has written for TIME and Byline Times, and has been featured in Newsweek, Forbes, and Cybercrime Magazine for his work exposing Facebook’s data collection on its users. He is currently pursuing a BA in International Studies and Political Science at American University.
A Portrait of Zamaan
Zamaan on the day of his high school graduation
Zamaan's appearance on MSNBC in October 2021
Zamaan with Rep Sean Casten, who won the 2018 US Midterm elections
EPISODE 1: FINDING HOPE AMIDST CONFLICT
In this episode, I speak to Hasheemah Afaneh, a Palestinian-American writer and public health professional. We talk about her childhood, what it was like growing up in a conflict-ridden place, her thoughts on justice, and importantly, how all of this, especially her experience of conflict, affects her hopes for the future.
Hasheemah holds a master's in Public Health and contributes to publications like the Fair Observer, Huffington Post and Shado Magazine, among others. In her writing, she often deals with topics such as social justice and identity.
You can access some of her writings here: https://norestrictionsonwords.wordpress.com/
View of Palestine, on her walk through Ramallah, Palestine
Hasheemah's grandmother, sitting outside her home built in 1970s, al-Bireh, Palestine.
Sunset in Palestine
Manasa Narayanan: Editorial Assistant
Based in London, Manasa is a freelance journalist and writer, trying to navigate the mighty and confusing world of journalism (or what is left of it). At present, she mainly works with The Citizens (a news non-profit), along with writing for various other outlets. She largely deals with topics related to politics, protests, media and technology. To access her writings, click here. And to catch her needless newsy tweets, click here.