Diary of a Balkan Kid

Diary of a Balkan Kid

In an effort to highlight the connections between us all, Emir shares his experiences, opinions and conversations with others.

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March 27, 2021 49 min

Sina is a 24 year old athlete, entrepreneur and co-founder of the Norwegian Smart Wear brand VOTwear. He is the youngest of six brothers born to a Russian father and Cameroonian mother. In this episode we discuss the struggles of being a young entrepreneur, the Baha'i faith, life in Norway and his cultural background. 

You can find Sina and his brand on Instagram @sina_ettehad @votwear . 

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Emir conquers fears and imposter syndrome when he is interviewed on television for the first time, smelly, unprepared and hung-over. Enjoy :)   

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December 12, 2020 22 min

In the age of information, we are more connected to the world and less connected to ourselves. In this episode of the Diary of a Balkan Kid Podcast, I share what I believe to be the benefits of spending some intentional time alone with yourself and free from distraction. 

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December 5, 2020 21 min

In this episode, I tell the story of how an elderly creative writing professor forced me to see the true color of life. 

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October 31, 2020 11 min

There are two types of travelers. Those that are running from something and those that are running towards something. In this episode, I discuss what I am running towards and what I am trying to find.

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October 24, 2020 28 min

I recently bought a one way ticket to Montenegro with no idea of when I will return to America. After 11 days here I have never felt more at peace. This episode describes the journey so far and what it's like to be an outsider in a place where you've never felt more at home.

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September 25, 2020 29 min

Emir tells the story of his recent backpacking trip in New Hampshire, reveals his plans for Montenegro and explains the benefits of answering Mother Nature's call.


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September 5, 2020 49 min

Johnnie is an entrepreneur and co-owner of BeHuman clothing brand. Together we talk about his journey starting the company and the beauty behind his message. 

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August 22, 2020 76 min

Alex Terranova is a performance coach, author, podcast host and most importantly, he is a Dream Mason. On this episode, we discuss many of the themes found in Alex's book Fictional Authenticity: Release Your Past, Start Living Your Real Life.

To find out more about Alex you can visit his website, www.TheDreamMason.com

If you want to watch the podcast, head over to my YouTube channel, DiaryofaBalkanKid

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August 15, 2020 47 min

Sergio Halaby is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, podcast host and a "war baby," born and raised in Lebanon. Together, we discuss the country's history, political corruption, identity politics and life after the explosion.

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July 31, 2020 33 min

Emir wants you to know how exposed you are. No one is safe from the all seeing eye of Big Brother. Is a future without privacy really what we want?

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July 25, 2020 21 min

Emir explains the benefits of moving away from home and the joy of returning.

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July 6, 2020 61 min

In his first ever recorded interview, Emir speaks with Afghanistan war veteran Kyle Kilgallin, a military police officer at Bagram prison, better known as, "Afghanistan's Guantanamo." Together, they discuss Kyle's life before, during and after his service and the countless challenges our veterans face when returning home.

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June 13, 2020 19 min

Emir reflects on this current moment in history. We are witnessing the power of the people and their ability to make age old skyscrapers fall before them.

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May 30, 2020 18 min

Emir discusses the murder of George Floyd.

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May 23, 2020 26 min

Emir expresses his frustration with the lack of truth and the spread of misinformation in today's environment.

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May 16, 2020 27 min

Emir discusses the balancing act of being first generation. Specifically, how to gain a sense of belonging, how to handle impossible expectations and how to create your own identity.

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May 2, 2020 22 min

Emir begs the question, "Are you a fox or a hedgehog?" 

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April 25, 2020 14 min

Emir states his case against the extreme polarity and cancel culture plaguing our nation.

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April 18, 2020 37 min

Emir wrestles with the concept of masculinity.

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