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Salima Hashmi with her father, the poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Podcast: Salima Hashmi: In the Worst of Times, the Alchemy of Art

"In the worst of times in Pakistan, there is always a joke, dark humor and irony," says the indomitable artist, educator and activist. more
Pakistani refugee childen depicted in Children of the Taliban. (sharmeenobaidfilms.com)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: 9/11 and 'Pakistan's Schizophrenia'

Ten years after the attacks, one country is still haunted by the events of that day. more
Zebunnisa Humayun Bangash (L) and Haniya Aslam (R), also known as Zeb and Haniya.

Podcast: The Healing Charm of Zeb and Haniya's 'Urdu Blues'

Pakistani folk pop-duo Zeb and Haniya can assimilate any style and make it their own. more
Nadeem ul Haque giving a talk at TedxLahore in July 2010.

Podcast: Nadeem ul Haque: 'The Country That Can Kill the World'

Nadeem ul Haque: What America should be sending Pakistan is C-SPAN, NPR, and USIA libraries… and instead it sends Raymond Davis and Blackwater. more
Chris Lydon (R) with Salman Rashid (L) in his walled garden on the south side of Lahore, summer 2011.

Podcast: Salman Rashid: A Pakistani Travelogue, with Tears

The distinguished travel writer Salman Rashid encounters painful memories in Punjab. more
Novelist Mohsin Hamid in Lahore, summer 2011.

Podcast: Mohsin Hamid on a 'Pakistan-like' Trend in America

The author of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' turns a jaundiced eye on the United States. more
Ali Dayan Hasan, at home in Lahore, summer 2011.

Podcast: Ali Dayan Hasan: 'The Rule of Law is Non-negotiable'

Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch persists in holding Pakistan's ISI to account. more
Historian Ayesha Jalal with Iqbal Hussain's painting of two ladies of the night in Lahore (cover art on a Penguin Classics edition of Manto's stories).

Podcast: Ayesha Jalal, Part II - What Would Manto Say?

Ayesha Jalal revisits the work of Manto (1912-1955), one of Pakistan's greatest writers, and finds it almost disturbingly relevant today. more
Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal in Lahore, Summer 2011.

Podcast: Ayesha Jalal on Pakistan's 'Revenge of the '40s, Then the '80s'

For historian Ayesha Jalal, Pakistan's present woes are inseparable from the trauma of its birth. more
Islamabad rapper Adil Omar.

Podcast: Adil Omar: 'Paki Rambo,' Dropping Beats in Islamabad

An Islamabad rapper sees himself as representing the lighter side of Pakistan. more