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Love Anyway

25 EpisodesProduced by Preemptive LoveWebsite

Our world runs on fear. The loudest voices tell you to be afraid of anyone who’s different. But there’s another way. And it starts with each of us. Love Anyway is an immersive storytelling podcast pushing beyond the simple narrative of “us vs them.” Join us as we explore how ordinary people in place… read more

25 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Coming Soon: Love Anyway

April 3rd, 2019


This season, Love Anyway will push beyond a simple story. It’d be easy to paint a one-dimensional picture of people and places in the Middle East. But that’s not why we’re here.

We’re here to share where we find hope. …

Sneak Peek: Season One

April 10th, 2019


Jeremy Courtney, co-founder of Preemptive Love, and host Erin Wilson look ahead to episode one and share the vision behind the first season of Love Anyway.

What can you expect when listening? Creating peace between …

The Longest Night

April 17th, 2019


What happens when ISIS attacks your team’s aid delivery truck in the middle of the Iraq desert? And what do you do when, that same night, another aid vehicle bringing basic necessities to desperate people, gets shot at …

The Enemy

April 24th, 2019


It’s easy to say love anyway. It’s a lot more challenging to live it.

We might not all come face-to-face with a literal enemy who wants to kill us, but we all have chances to risk something on behalf of another, by …

The Mosque Visit

May 1st, 2019


How do we move past fear? Travel with producer Kayla Craig and her pastor husband Jonny as they visit a mosque in the middle of Iowa. Saadia Qureshi, Frontline Coordinator with Preemptive Love, shares her experience as …

The Border Wall

May 8th, 2019


When we’re afraid, we build walls around ourselves. We yearn for protection. To feel safe. We hem ourselves in. And keep others away.

But what happens when our felt safety comes at a cost? What happens when our fear of …

The Millennials of Iraq

May 15th, 2019


Most of us have a very Western idea of what it means to be a millennial. But we’re all more than stereotypes.

We categorize each other into neat and …

The Way Home

May 22nd, 2019


What makes home feel like home? As our work has shown us, restoring homes ruined by war is a first step to bringing whole communities back to life.

Bonus: Border Response

June 11th, 2019


They fled some of the world’s worst violence. Their future is uncertain. How can you stand in the gap for asylum seekers at the border?

This special …

Bonus: Season 1 Recap

June 19th, 2019


We're inviting you to a behind-the-scenes look at the people and stories behind the Love Anyway podcast. Host Erin Wilson joins Ben Irwin, director of communications, for a casual conversation recapping season one with …

Sneak Peek: Season Two

July 11th, 2019


In the trailer for season two of the Love Anyway podcast, host Erin Wilson and Preemptive Love founder Jeremy Courtney share why it’s important to enter into hard conversations with all kinds of people—including kids.

Raising Peacemakers

July 17th, 2019


Can kids be peacemakers? Preemptive Love founders Jeremy and Jessica Courtney share how living in Iraq has influenced how they raise their children. …

Love Beyond Borders

July 24th, 2019


Immigration is a complicated topic, even for adults. Some of us are afraid to say the wrong thing. Others of us fear those who are different. How do …

Family Values

July 31st, 2019


How much should kids be involved in shaping our communities? Should we shield children from news about violence and war? In this episode, we attend a …

Talking to Kids About Race

August 14th, 2019


Babies begin to notice race at six months old. Children are paying attention. And as we’ve learned this season, what they hear the adults in their …

Mirrors and Windows

August 21st, 2019


What are mirrors and windows? And why are they important in our lives and the lives of our families? In our season two finale, we talk with Saira Siddiqui of Confessions of a Muslim Mom, along with Shawn Smucker, author …

Bonus: How 9/11 Changed Us

September 11th, 2019


September 11, 2001 changed everything.

And each year as this day arrives, we pause to remember. We remember when we heard the news, where we were, how we felt. We remember the fear that rose in our throats, the fear the …

Unrest in Iraq (And What We Can Do About It)

October 7th, 2019


Iraq is facing its biggest emergency since the rise of ISIS. Protests have erupted in Baghdad and other parts of the country, as young people, fed up …

US Withdraws from Syria (And it Could Lead to War)

October 8th, 2019


It’s been a difficult week across the Middle East, from protests in Iraq to the recent news that the US administration is withdrawing its presence …

Crisis in NE Syria (And the Ceasefire That Wasn't)

October 24th, 2019


Preemptive Love is on the ground in Northeastern Syria. This is the biggest crisis we’ve seen at one time...and it’s getting worse. In this breaking …

JUST IN: On the Ground in Syria (A Firsthand Look)

November 8th, 2019


This breaking episode features firsthand accounts of what's happening on the ground in Syria. After our team heard updates from Erin Wilson and Jen Meyerson about what they saw displaced people facing weeks after the US …

INSIDE LOOK: Refugees Face Violence at US-Mexico Border

November 21st, 2019


We're in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, responding to the refugee crisis on the US-Mexico border. Earlier this year, we began showing up just across the border in El Paso, Texas, listening, learning, and lending a hand where we …

BREAKING: Assassinations in Iraq

January 4th, 2020


On Friday, a US drone strike killed two top Iranian and Iraqi military commanders in Baghdad, dramatically escalating tensions across the region. Preemptive Love's Iraq-based staff members Erin Wilson and Ihsan Ibraheem …

Iraq Crisis: When All You've Known is War

January 9th, 2020


This breaking episode of Love Anyway is a bit different than other time-sensitive episodes we’ve shared. While we want to give you the latest, clearest information on what’s happening between Iran, Iraq, and the US, we …

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