When we think about podcasts, they’re pretty much on-demand radio. They are a great way to listen to stories from different people around the world or learn new things on the go, especially if you don’t like reading or don’t have the time for it. Podcasts first started in late 2004 and have grown widely and globally ever since. However, they only recently started emerging in Bahrain. Today we feature one of them, let’s find out more about Mo and Noura who recently started Unboxed Podcast.
Can you tell us a little about what made you start Unboxed?
We are huge fans of podcasts in general, and we struggled to find locally curated, relatable content. So we decided to experiment with doing it ourselves. We have no shortage of exceptional people in the region with fascinating stories to tell, and helping make those stories more accessible to others excites us.
What are some of the stories that stood out to you?
We’ve hosted about 13 guests so far, and it’s honestly difficult to choose between them because they each bring something unique to the table. We strongly believe that there’s a lesson to learn from anyone you interact with, if you’re willing to do so. We feel very fortunate to be in a position where we get to have long-form casual conversations with unique individuals such as world-class athletes, adventurers, musicians, entrepreneurs, investors and the like.
What was it like launching your podcast on different platforms?
To be quite frank, launching a podcast really doesn’t take much. Anyone with a computer and access to the internet basically has all they need to make one. Nowadays there are specialized services that make doing so very straightforward. If you’d like any advice on how to do so feel free to reach out to us. We’d be more than happy to help guide you in the right direction.
What was the reason behind having the podcast be bilingual?
The format is inspired by a Japanese/English podcast that I love called Bilingual News. Language is one of the key gateways to understanding a culture, and Bilingual News really helped me improve my Japanese comprehension while also teaching me more about their culture. Incidentally, it also helps many Japanese people improve their English. As the world becomes more and more connected, we’d like to do what we can to make our culture more open and welcoming to the rest of the world.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own podcast?
It’s really easy to start a podcast. If it’s an idea you’re playing around with, why not try it out? If gaining traction is part of the goal behind it, bear in mind that part can be difficult and time-consuming. It helps to release content regularly. Not all your listeners will like everything you release, but if you’re putting out enough variety, there’s bound to be certain things that will get through to certain people. Aside from that, just have fun with it. It’s a beautiful medium that can be utilized in so many different ways. The podcast space is growing very quickly, and we’d love to see more regional podcasts come up. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you get started.
For more information on unboxed, be sure to check out their instagram!