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5 Episodes You Must See From the Talk Show Changing the Tide in the Middle East

MAKER and Iraqi humanitarian Zainab Salbi is breaking ground with her talk show "The Nida'a Show," translated as "The Calling" — and no topic is off limits.

The hour-long show aired on TLC Arabia holds frank and honest discussions on a range of topics from child brides and transgender issues, to inspiring stories like the journey of a woman from Saudi Arabia who climbed Mount Everest.

The show's first season launched in October 2015 and is now available in four million households in 22 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

"We need to create a safe space for this," Salbi said in an interview about the show. She founded the not-for-profit Women for Women International in 1993 which has helped nearly 429,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict.

Salbi is now working as a media personality to slowly break cultural barriers to make a difference in her society.

"I don't approach as an activist. My agenda is to push softly," she said.

Here are five episodes you need to see:

1. A filmmaker shares what it was like being a child bride and how she is now helping girls rebuild their lives.

Khadija Al-Salami escaped her child marriage to pursue an education. She shot the award-winning feature film, “I am Nojoom, aged 10 and divorced” in Yemen. The film tells the story of Yemen’s most famous child divorcee and also relates to Al-Salami’s own child marriage.

2. Salbi talks to one of the most well-known, yet mysterious social media personalities in Saudi Arabia: Amy Roko.

Roko wears the traditional Niqab and has garnered nearly 500,000 fans on social media on Vine and Instagram with her bold commentary on daily life.

3. MAKER Oprah Winfrey is just one amazing international guest Salbi features on her show.

During the episode, Oprah discusses her childhood, her dedication to girls’ education and the things that affected her most throughout her interviews of more than 30,000 women and men at The Oprah Winfrey Show.

4. Acclaimed scholar Dr. Brené shares her thoughts on issues from shame to vulnerability faced by women in the Arab world.

Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. Her discussions on vulnerability have gotten over 19 million views on TED TALK and led to her two #1 New York Times Bestsellers.

5. Salbi travels to Iraq to speak with women once imprisoned by ISIS who now refuse to be “prisoners of silence.”

The story of women who were former ISIS sex slaves is one not often heard on Arab television. The show uncovers the perilous journeys of two women who finally managed to escape.

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