Throughline: Afghanistan: The Center of the World

Throughline (NPR)

History is, and has always been, a wildly contested space. This is a fact that Throughline places at the very center of its intellectual universe, alongside an equally crucial idea: that there’s always a deeper context to the stories being told. In Throughline’s magisterial three-part miniseries on Afghanistan, this commitment to the long view is applied with piercing clarity to a country that Americans often treat as a threat, afterthought, or purely as tragedy, depending on the situation. By centering the country in its own story and pulling back the frame to consider Afghanistan’s sheer civilization scale—a feat achieved in the standout first part, “Afghanistan: The Center of the World”—the team restores a necessary sense of scale to what was lost in the region across the decades and centuries while offering a necessary contrast to the frame of so many news narratives around the chaotic withdrawal of the American military last summer. For its historical and moral clarity, Throughline: Afghanistan is awarded a Peabody.


Network/Station/Platform:  NPR; major podcast platforms. Creators & Hosts:  Rund Abdelfatah, Ramtin Arablouei. Series Editor & Showrunner:  Julie Caine. Executive Producers:  Yolanda Sangweni, Anya Grundmann. Lead Reporters/Producers:  Rund Abdelfatah, Ramtin Arablouei, Laine Kaplan-Levenson, Lawrence Wu. Reporting and Production Assistance:  Victor Yvellez, Adriana Tapia, Miranda Mazariegos, Anya Steinberg, Greg Valdespino. Fact checking: Kevin Volkl. Writers:  Rund Abdelfatah, Ramtin Arablouei, Julie Caine, Laine Kaplan-Levenson, Lawrence Wu. Senior Supervising Producer & Broadcast Editor: Tamar Charney. Design and Technical Staff:  Alex Drewenskus, Gilly Moon, Isabel Seliger, Hokyoung Kim. Sound/Music:  Rund Abdelfatah, Ramtin Arablouei, and Drop Electric.