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They're history’s most famous and infamous people. You’ve heard of them, but now it’s time you hear from them.

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Rumi: The Journey
Without knowing it, you have probably heard of or read Rumi’s words before. Perhaps you were between pain and letting go or wanting and finding love. Wherever you are, the story and words of this great 13th-century Persian poet still expresses what we feel today. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there”. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
May 10, 2021
Huda Shaarawi: Groundbreaking Egyptian Feminist
In a single move, Huda Shaarawi cemented her legacy in Egypt's women's movement. She stepped down from a train in Cairo and before a crowd, pulled back her veil. For an upper-class woman in 1923, revealing her face was a daring and decisive act. But Huda wasn't afraid of pushing the social norms.  Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
May 03, 2021
Omar Sharif: The Egyptian Prince of Hollywood
Few are born with as much natural charm and talent as Omar Sharif. The Egyptian actor, with his gap-toothed grin, catapulted to international fame with leading roles in epic Hollywood films such as Dr Zhivago. But a gambling addiction and temper would leave its mark on his third act in life. Still, as dramatic as his opening scene in Lawrence of Arabia, listening to the story of Omar Sharif’s life is also worth the wait. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Apr 26, 2021
Umm Kulthum: Star of the East
How many entertainers can hold an audience’s attention for hours with a single song? Egypt’s Umm Kulthum could, but she was extraordinary - conservative, strategic and positively revered by the masses. This is the rags-to-riches story of the Star of the East. Umm Kulthum at the height of her fame was a magnet for Egypt’s upper class, preeminent poets, composers and politicians. But her rise to superstardom came with its stumbles. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Apr 19, 2021
Hindsight: Season 2 Trailer
In Season 2, Hindsight dives into the lives of famed writers and entertainers who did what others thought impossible. You've heard of them, now it's time to hear from them.    First episode drops April 19. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Apr 18, 2021
Mohamed Morsi: Egypt’s Dance with Democracy
Thousands arrested, injured, killed. The price for a revolution in Egypt was high, but when millions across the country protested for change well, anything was possible, right? Gone was Egypt’s strongman and in his place, an unlikely leader. Mohamed Morsi - the “spare tire” of a political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood - was in.  He was to be a president for all the people. But his meteoric rise and fall proved otherwise. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Nov 09, 2020
Dalida: Darkness in the Spotlight
Dalida broke the glass ceiling for women in the music industry. Her superstar status has even been compared to the likes of Madonna and Céline Dion, but for a woman loved by so many, Dalida never found her one enduring love. One tragedy after another would follow her throughout her life until her death at aged 54.  What a life she left behind.  Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Nov 02, 2020
Ashraf Marwan: Super Spy or Double Agent?
Both Egypt and Israel say they were happy with his work, but Ashraf Marwan died under mysterious circumstances. So, someone was unhappy. A spy for Israel and possibly a double agent working for Egypt. Whose interests did he have at heart? On the day he fell to his death from a balcony in the heart of London, Ashraf Marwan made several frantic phone calls. He had something to say, but he took his secrets to his grave. Well, some of them. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Oct 26, 2020
Saddam Hussein: Titan & Tyrant
Saddam Hussein was reviled and loved, and not necessarily in equal measure. His supporters say the Iraqi president was “just in his injustice”, but his victims would tell a very different story.  In 2003, his near quarter of a century rule came to an end when invading US forces found him hiding near his hometown of Tikrit. Saddam was tried on charges relating to mass murder and on the day of his hanging he remained defiant. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Oct 19, 2020
Zaha Hadid: Queen of the Curve
Eccentric, demanding and unapologetic, Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most innovative architects in modern times, even though her designs and her temperament weren’t for everyone. Decades after moving to the UK from Iraq, she would finally find her place in this male-dominated industry, but she wouldn’t have long to enjoy it. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Oct 12, 2020
Lawrence of Arabia: A liberator, spy or traitor?
TE Lawrence became one of the most famous figures to emerge from World War I. Not so much for his role as a British intelligence officer. Nor his role in the Arab Revolt. Instead, it was because of an international photo exhibit of a young British man in traditional Arab white robes, riding a camel across the deserts of the Arab world. Whether he rejected the limelight or found himself backing into it, Lawrence's role in the Great War would serve as his own inner conflict. Lawrence of Arabia. Liberator or a man with divided loyalties? Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Oct 05, 2020
Hindsight: The Trailer
Ever wonder what history’s most famous and infamous people would say if you asked them for their side of the story? Now you can. In a new docudrama podcast from Al Jazeera, actor Charles Dance plays our narrator, navigating the lives of some of the world’s most memorable figures. Support the show: https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/hindsight/
Sep 29, 2020