Produced by WDET, Detroit's NPR Station

Hummus Heartland


Told by  

Zak Rosen

Photographed by  

Marvin Shaouni

An audio-visual exhibition about food, family and our region’s shared humanity.

Hummus Heartland is a collection of stories about Detroit’s ubiquitous Middle Eastern food culture. Radio producer Zak Rosen and photographer Marvin Shaouni join forces to tell intimate stories united by the iconic, delicious food staple – hummus.

Thousands of metro Detroiters trace their descent to the Middle East. Prepare to experience sounds, images, reflections, and recipes that unite our diverse region.

Previously displayed at Bank Suey in Hamtramck, Michigan, and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in West Bloomfield during its annual film festival in 2017.

Select a story to begin your listening session.

Meet the Artists

Zak Rosen


Zak Rosen is a Detroit-based story maker. His radio features have been heard on NPR, CBC, BBC, PRI, APM, Deutsche Welle and Radio Helsinki. He was a staff producer on NPR/PRX’s State of the Re:Union. Prior to that, he was a founding producer of WDET’s Detroit Today. He currently produces the Twisted Storytellers podcast on WDET 101.9 FM. Visit website.

Marvin Shaouni


Marvin Shaouni is a Detroit-based editorial and commercial photographer. His work explores the ways in which people connect with and relate to one another – especially when food, cultural traditions or the spaces they inhabit are involved. Whether he’s photographing throughout China to contribute images to a book on tea culture, The Art and Craft of Tea, in the Republic of Georgia to document the countries 8,000 year winemaking tradition, or creating portraits of high profile CEO’s, makers and inspiring figures who are reshaping our surroundings, Shaouni produces impactful images. His approach to visual storytelling is unmatched and his images are regularly featured in national and international publications. Look for him in Monocle, Time, Inc., Surface and Wine Enthusiast magazines. Visit website.


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