his hard-to-define indie podcast is a thing of spectacular ambition and ravenous curiosity, presenting deeply-reported episodes that seek to understand what it means to be American. Host and producer Najib Aminy is a journalist by trade, and it shows. Pounding the pavement from mosques to wrestling rings, he is equipped with the tools of a reporter: a nose for a story, an easy rapport with people, an instinct for when to speak and when to be quiet. Interviews and actuality are cut with archival audio and Aminy's reserved narration, and though episodes are long, they aren't formless. They unfold deliberately and one must absorb them patiently (a healthy prescription for restless podcast reviewers). We were reminded in several respects - among them, an earnest desire to represent the world as it is, and a certain modesty - of both Home of the Braveand Jim Brunberg's Roam Schooled. Hear 19 available episodes, and new instalments monthly.
Gateway episodes: Ep 19 - Technology People (8 Sep 2017) / Ep 14 - The Trump Minority (29 Oct 2016) / Ep 12 - Keeping the Faith [Part 1] (20 Sep 2016)