Every Sunday night in living rooms throughout the Middle East, tens of millions of viewers are tuning in to a fearless all-female talk show whose four hosts discuss controversial subjects, shatter stereotypes and provoke debate. Originally inspired by ABC's hit The View, Kalam Nawaem (Sweet Talk) is taped in studios all over the Middle East and broadcast each week from Dubai. Five years after its premiere, the show is one of the hightest rated programs on MBC, the first privately owned Arab satellite television channels.
Pictured from left: Hosts Muna AbuSulayman, Farah Beseiso, Fawzia Salama, and Rania Barghout, on the set of Kalam Nawaem ("Women's Talk"), the Middle Eastern version of ABCs womens talk show, The View.
Photo: Kalam Nawaem
The show is hosted by four women of different ages, nationalities and points of view who have become household names and role models across the Muslim world. Muna AbuSulayman, the very first Saudi woman to appear on Arab satellite television; Farah Bseiso, a Palestinian actress; Fawzia Salama, an Egyptian newspaper columnist; and Rania Barghout, a liberal Lebanese, meet in the production studio to discuss - and disagree on - a wide range of news, entertainment and social issues with invited guests. In Dishing Democracy, Wide Angle's cameras capture censorship discussions in editorial meetings, tension and camaraderie in the dressing room, and viewer reaction on the Arab street.
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Detailed schedule information:
Dishing Democracy premieres Tuesday, July 31 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).