Episode 25: An Enormous, Deep-Rooted, Foolish Faith in the Benevolence of Fate—Chios, Where Yousef Took His Family in a Rubber Boat

Whether travel stories spring from joy or sorrow, result in change or status quo, we navigate by their composition ... Yousef and his wife made the difficult choice to leave Syria with their children four years after their factory and home were burned to charcoal.  They went by rubber boat from Turkey to the island of Chios in Greece.  We asked him to tell us the story ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Thanks as always to the musician Dana Boulé.

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There are people whom we do not fully know, and yet they live in a warm place within us.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates