Afghan Traditions

February 23, 2014

Not every story about Afghanistan involves guns and soldiers.  We see the country through art, poetry and games - from the ancient sport of Buzkashi to Afghanistan's famous hand-woven carpets. Also, Charles Yu on living safely in a science fictional universe.

  1. "Buzkashi Boys" - Sam French

    The film “Buzkashi Boys” is a coming of age story set in Afghanistan’s national sport, Buzkashi. It's a game of horse polo played with a dead goat instead of a ball. Plus, a coda from novelist Khaled Hosseini.

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  2. Afghan Carpets - Anna Badkhen

    Anna Badkhen spent a year in the remote Afghan village of Oqa. She got to know the master weavers, who make some of the world's most beautiful carpets.

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  3. Landay Poetry - Eliza Griswold

    Eliza Griswold went to the Pashtun region of Afghanistan to gather landay poems - a tradition of secret poems spoken by Pashtun women.

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: Khaled Hosseini's "Mountains"

    Afghan-born writer Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," reads from his latest novel, "And the Mountains Echoed."

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  5. BookMark: Hanan Al-Shaykh

    Hanan Al-Shaykh bookmarks "Season of Migration to the North" by Tayeb Salih.

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  6. On Our Minds: Science Fictional Universe

    Charles Yu on quantum parenting, time travel and other science fictional paradoxes. Yu is the author of the acclaimed novel "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe."

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