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  • Arab American comics are performing before sold-out crowds at the 2005 New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. The festival, which runs Nov. 13th — 17th, showcases the talents of Arab-American actors, comics, playwrights and filmmakers. We play some of the stand-up performances from the festival and speak with the co-founder Dean Obeidallah as well as Hend Ayoub, a Palestinian actress who stars in the new film "Private"....
    Nov 16, 2005 | Story
  • Muslim protests continue to rage around the world against newspapers depicting the Prophet Muhammed. We host a debate with Irshad Manji, author of "The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith" and As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 07, 2006 | Story
  • February is African-American History Month. To honor it, we bring you a conversation with the renowned author, poet and activist Alice Walker. She is perhaps best known for her book "The Color Purple" for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, becoming the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer for fiction. The novel was adapted into an Oscar-nominated feature length film and has been recently made into a Broadway...
    Feb 13, 2006 | Story
  • "My Name is Rachel Corrie"–a play based on the words of the American peace activist crushed to death three years ago by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza–is causing controversy after the New York City theater that was scheduled to run it postponed production. We host a discussion with Katharine Viner, the editor of the play in London and James Nicola and Lynn Moffat, the two top directors of the New York Theatre Workshop....
    Mar 22, 2006 | Story
  • We speak with Rachel Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy, who have traveled to New York to attend a public reading of Rachel’s writings and emails at the Riverside Church on what was supposed to have been the opening night of the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie." [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 22, 2006 | Story
  • An art exhibit at Brandeis University featuring 17 paintings by Palestinian youths was removed by university officials last week, after several complaints from students. We speak with the Israeli Jewish student who organized the exhibit and the director of Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. [includes rush transcript]
    May 10, 2006 | Story
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    Today we spend the hour with the legendary folk singer, banjo player, storyteller and activist Pete Seeger. For over 60 years Pete Seeger has been an American icon.

    In the 1940s, he performed in the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie as well as the Weavers. In the 1950s, he opposed Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt and was almost jailed for refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He helped...

    Jul 03, 2006 | Story
  • Charliehadendn
    We speak with legendary bass player and composer, Charlie Haden, one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. During the middle of the Vietnam War, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra that mixed songs from the Spanish Civil War, anti-war songs and a tribute to Che Guevera. He recently re-formed the group to respond to the Bush administration and the invasion of Iraq. He titled the new album "Not In Our...
    Sep 01, 2006 | Story
  • Seegermuddy
    Today we spend the hour with the legendary folk singer, banjo player, storyteller and activist Pete Seeger. For over 60 years Pete Seeger has been an American icon. In the 1940s, he performed in the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie as well as the Weavers. In the 1950s, he opposed Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt and was almost jailed for refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He helped...
    Sep 04, 2006 | Story
  • On Thursday, the group World Can’t Wait is calling for protests in over 170 cities and towns across the country to demonstrate against President Bush and his administration. This week the group held emergency gatherings in response to Congress passing the new Military Commissions Act. Actor Mark Ruffalo took part in an event in New York. He stopped by our studio to talk about his decision to speak out. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 04, 2006 | Story