How Did We Get Here

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"All the ways that you don't fit in? That's who you are." Author, speaker, teacher Tamim Ansary shares how road trips, national crisis, community dreams, and story created this American.

Tamim Ansary was born in Afghanistan and moved to America when he was 16. If he gave 23andMe a chance to weigh in (which he won’t) it would say his grandparents were Slavic, Finnish, Arab and Mongolian. His books include West of Kabul, East of New York, which was San Francisco’s “One City One Book” selection for 2008, and Destiny Disrupted, A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, which won the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction. His memoir Road Trips tells the story of arriving in America in the sixties and dropping out of a society he wasn’t part of in the first place. In fall 2019, Public Affairs will publish Tamim’s world history The Invention of Yesterday, which explores how humans got to be so interconnected over the course of the last 50,000 years, and why we’re still fighting. Tamim joins us from San Francisco.

Honorable Mention:
* The documentary MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Learn more about Tamim here.

What is How Did We Get Here?

HOW DID WE GET HERE are stories from all corners of the planet, flipping ideas of how we move through this life and what's really going on here.

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