During the early years of Arab Spring, Mike White and Danny Stoker met while studying in Cairo. During their time in Cairo they frequently debated the politics and history of the region. When their studies ended both Mike and Danny returned to the US to pursue career and educational opportunities. Mike and Danny began Dardasha Weekly, a podcast on all things Middle East, as a means of keeping close to the region they love. Through their combined 10 years studying and working on the Middle East, Mike and Danny provide insight into the latest political events in the region as well as the history that has shaped them.
Danny holds an MA in Middle East Studies from The American University in Cairo and BS in Social Studies Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho. While in Cairo, he was awarded with the Riyochi Sasakawa Youth Leadership Fellowship and served as a researcher for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. After returning from Cairo in 2012, Danny interned at the Project on Middle East Democracy, the Middle East Institute, and the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He also previously worked as a program assistant with BYU's Star Talk Arabic program and taught Contemporary World Problems and US History at Othello High School. He currently researches issues pertaining to the Levant and Egypt for a government contracted company. Danny's primary interests include sectarianism, religious minorities, and the evolution of nationalism in the Levant.
Mike holds a BA in Middle East Studies and Arabic with a minor in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. While at BYU he completed an Arabic language intensive program in Amman, Jordan and later worked as Dilworth Parkinson's TA accompanying the Arabic program on their study abroad in Cairo in the summer of 2010. After graduating from BYU, Mike was awarded a full fellowship to the University of Texas' Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) for the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to Arabic, Mike also speaks Japanese at an advanced level. Mike is currently pursuing a graduate degree in linguistics while writing a book on Egyptian-Arabic grammar.