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Hidden Places in NYC, Religious Divides in the Middle East

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Canoeing on the Bronx River Canoeing on the Bronx River gives a rare glimpse of part of New York that few people--residents or tourists--get to see. (T. M. Rives/Courtesy of the author)

Everybody knows about the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building and other favorite tourist sites. On today’s show, we’ll find out about the many secret, hidden gems to explore in NYC. Then, Joe Assadourian discusses his one-man, off-Broadway comedy, “The Bullpen,” about his experiences in prison. Cherien Dabis describes writing, directing and starring in the new film “May in Summer,” which is set in Amman, Jordan. Plus: This week’s Please Explain is all about the various religious communities in the Middle East that we only hear about in times of crisis--like the Alawites and the Yazidis.

Skip the Bus Tours and Go Canoeing on the Bronx River Instead

Get off the beaten path to discover New York’s hidden gems and best kept secrets--fossils embedded in buildings, ancient trees, and an island once declared a sovereign state. 

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Starting Life as a Playwright After 12 Years in Prison

Joe Assadourian talks about his new one-man, off-Broadway comedy “The Bullpen,” based on his experiences behind bars.

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Family Turmoil in the Film "May in Summer"

Cherien Dabis tells us about writing, directing, and starring in the film, about religion, marriage, and family drama, set in Amman, Jordan.

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Alawites to Yazidis: A Guide to Religious Communities in the Middle East

This week's Please Explain is about religious communities in the Middle East—Shia, Sunni, Alawite, Yazidi, and more—and their political conflicts and power struggles.

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