From the banning of mahraganat music in Egypt to a family suing Libya’s renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in American courts to an investigation into the corrupt trade of diplomatic passports, here are five podcast episodes to listen to while under lockdown.

Young men observe from a rooftop as smoke from flares fills the sky during a local wedding in Salam City, a suburb on the outskirts of Cairo in March 2015 [File: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP Photo]

Egypt’s low-tech, high-energy mahraganat music blasted out of the shantytowns to top the global charts on Soundcloud and rack up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. But one slip-up at a massive concert in Cairo threw the entire genre’s future into question.


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