We have touched on an important topic relative to current U.S./Afghanistan relations, which is the preservation of Afghanistan's cultural heritage, with seriousness but also with heart and humor.
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) November 11, 2021
“Monuments Woman,” a new conversation podcast series that sheds light on the preservation of Afghanistan's cultural heritage at https://themonumentswoman.com, announced today that it ranks as one of the top 5% most popular shows out of over 2,719,905 podcasts globally by Listen Score.
“We have touched on an important topic relative to current U.S./Afghanistan relations, which is the preservation of Afghanistan's cultural heritage, with seriousness but also with heart and humor,” states Christian D. Bruun, producer of the podcast. “We are so thankful to all of our listeners and the new popularity of the podcast.” Now that the Taliban have taken over the country, the fate of Afghanistan's cultural and archaeological wealth is more important than ever.
Starting with the first episode on July 6, 2021, “Monuments Woman” shares one American woman's journey to preserve the archaeological and cultural heritage of a war-torn country and has skyrocketed in popularity with only 18 weekly episodes.
George Gavrilis (host) and Laura Tedesco (Monuments Woman)
George Gavrilis, oral historian and United Nations consultant on Afghanistan and Central Asia, hosts the podcast. Joining him is U.S. Department of State cultural heritage and preservation specialist Laura Tedesco as she takes us on her 11-year journey to help save Afghanistan's cultural monuments and treasures from looters, earthquakes, and the Taliban.
In 2010, the State Department dispatched Tedesco to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, at the height of the U.S. military and diplomatic surge. There, the Taliban had destroyed the sixth century Buddhas of Bamiyan and countless historical and cultural artifacts. The tone of “Monuments Woman” is personal, and the stories reveal an intimate portrait of Tedesco, from when she first arrived in Kabul to the present day.
Often outfitted in military gear and accompanied by a security detail, her unlikely mission was to help restore Afghanistan's cultural heritage and threatened national identity.
What does it mean to be an archaeologist in the 21st century and preserve the past for the sake of an uncertain future? “We talk about archaeological sites in Mes Aynak, Balkh, Ghazni, and Herat, but the podcast is not a history lesson as much as it is a modern human drama,” states Gavrilis.
To listen and learn more about this top-ranked podcast, visit https://themonumentswoman.com.
About “Monuments Woman”
Ranked in the top 5% of global podcasts by Listen Score, “Monuments Woman” is an unscripted weekly series produced by Christian D. Bruun, Teresa Lai, and May Eleven Projects. Available via Apple, Spotify, and other major podcast channels, it is hosted by George Gavrilis. The podcast reveals the life and story of cultural heritage specialist Laura Tedesco and her journey to restore and preserve Afghanistan's invaluable archaeological sites, artifacts, monuments, and museums destroyed by decades of civil war, extremism, and neglect. Recorded by Audivita Studios and edited by Shaun Hettinger and Greg Williams. The theme song is “This Love” by Ariana Delawari, featuring Salar Nader. For more information, visit https://themonumentswoman.com.
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