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The Brian Lehrer Show

Malcolm Gladwell; Jewish Practice in 2013; Interracial Friendships

Friday, November 29, 2013

We’re replaying some of your favorite segments on this Black Friday. We’ll start with a recent conversation about the nature of Jewish identity and practice with Jane Eisner of The Forward. Plus: Amir Ahmad Nasr talks about how the Internet opened his mind about his own faith; Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker discusses his new book, David and Goliath, and the way uneven challenges shape our society; and Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby talk about the state of interracial friendships in 2013, including their own.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Happy Cities?; Shahan Mufti on His Family and the History of Islam; Fun Home; Photography and the War in Vietnam

Monday, November 04, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll explore whether densely populated cities are be better—or worse—for happiness, and what urban design has done to improve communities around the world. Shahan Mufti can trace his family’s roots back to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammed, and he describes the relationship between Islamic law and religion. Director Sam Gold, composer Jeanine Tesori, and lyricist Lisa Kron talk about their new musical, Fun Home, adapted from a bestselling graphic novel. Pete Hamill and Santiago Lyon and Hal Buell of the Associated Press discuss the role of photojournalism in reporting the war in Vietnam.

WNYC News

In Politics, Muslims Say It's Finally Their Moment

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After spending years in the political wilderness, being cast as outsiders -- even un-American -- Muslim New Yorkers are in an unfamiliar position: they're set to have power.

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The Takeaway

First Generation Muslim-Americans Navigate Challenges of Faith and Country

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This generation of Muslim-Americans are some of the first to grow up entirely in the United States. For those making the choice to depart from their parents’ faith, the decision can be traumatic—in some cases it can even tear apart families. Kamran, a first generation Afghan-American; Tasneem, a first generation South Asian-American; and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a first generation Iranian-American discuss the ways they're navigating their religion, culture, and nationality.

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The Takeaway

Using Theater to Bridge the Muslim Divide

Friday, September 20, 2013

The new play "Noor" takes center stage in the plight to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The playwright, Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and and chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and director Manjula Kumar, a project director at the Smithsonian Institution, hope this stage work will provide a new look into the nuanced Muslim community.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weekend Bonus: Five Pillars Week

Friday, July 19, 2013

This was Five Pillars week on The Brian Lehrer Show -- five interfaith conversations based around the Five Pillars of Islam: Shahadah (faith), Salat (prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). This podcast compiles all five of the conversations into one file. Thanks for listening! Tune in to the Brian Lehrer Show every day at 10am on WNYC.

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WNYC News

King: I'm Considering a Run for President

Friday, July 19, 2013

Long Island Congressman Peter King says he's seriously considering a run for president in 2016.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Five Pillars Week: Pilgrimage Open Phones

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on The Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're hosting an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (faith), Salat (prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Today: we open the phones to discuss faith and pilgrimage as part of your religious practice. Call 212-433-9692 or post a comment here

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Five Pillars Week: Charity Open Phones

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on The Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're hosting an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (faith), Salat (prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Today: we open the phones to discuss charity, giving, and service as part of your religious practice. Call 212-433-9692 or post a comment here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reza Aslan Talks to Brian Lehrer About Faith

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This segment originally aired live on July 16, 2013. That original audio is posted here, although an edited version was included as part of a best-of Brian Lehrer Show episode on December 27. 

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on The Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're hosting an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (faith), Salat (prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Today: we'll talk to our guest and take calls on Shahadah (faith) in relation to Islam and all the major monotheistic religions. Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Random House, 2013), talks about his book on the "historical" Jesus. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Heat 101; Reza Aslan; An Hour With Gail Collins

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What you need to know to stay healthy and hydrated during the heat wave. Plus: Steven Dennis of Roll Call talks about what’s going on with food stamps, and the potential for limits on filibusters in Congress; Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside joins us to talk about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and the next installment of this week's series on the Five Pillars of Islam; and New York Times columnist Gail Collins spends an hour on the show. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Zimmerman Verdict; History of Spam; Five Pillars of Islam

Monday, July 15, 2013

The George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict continues to reverberate, from the court in Sanford, FL to the streets of NYC. We discuss the decision and what comes next. Bob Cusack of The Hill and Patricia Williams of The Nation help guide the conversation. And, Five Pillars of Islam week on the show; the future of publishing and e-books; and the history of Internet spam.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Five Pillars Week: What Does Prayer Mean to You?

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on the Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're convening an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (Faith), Salat (Prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (Charity), and Hajj (Pilgrimage). Today: we open the phones to discuss prayer. How do you pray and what does prayer mean to your religion? Call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Egypt, Islamism, and Democracy

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

In another bloody day in Egypt, over 50 pro-Morsi Islamist protesters were killed by military forces. Meanwhile, the interim leader laid out a political transition plan. Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and author of Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?, discusses the recent events in Egypt, and how the Islamist world is reacting.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Power of the Internet

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This conversation first aired live on June 25, 2013. An edited version played as part of a best-of Brian Lehrer Show on November 29, 2013, on WNYC. 

Amir Ahmad Nasr, blogger and author of My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind - and Doubt Freed My Soul (St. Martin's Press, 2013), explains how the wide world of the internet helped him see outside the religious fundamentalist bubble in which he was raised.

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The Takeaway

National Security and the Muslim World

Thursday, May 23, 2013

As President Obama addresses national security issues, Hussein Rashid of Hofstra University shares his thoughts on how targeted surveillance, drone strikes and other tactics affect our relations with the Muslim world, and with Muslims here at home. 

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The Takeaway

Rep. Keith Ellison on Islamophobia and Home-Grown Terrorism

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In the wake of a Minnesota case in which nine Somali immigrants left the U.S. to fight with Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia, and the Boston bombing, Americans are re-thinking our understanding of home-grown terrorism. While Congressman Keith Ellison, Democrat from Minnesota’s fifth district, is certainly concerned about these recent cases, as the first Muslim representative elected to Congress, he also cautions against undue surveillance of Muslim communities.

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WNYC News

Examining Peter King's Calls for Muslim Surveillance

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In the wake of the Boston bombings, Rep. Peter King has called for increased surveillance of the Muslim American community. He argued that monitoring of certain communities is nothing new.

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The Takeaway

Why are Latinos Flocking to Islam?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

You may be surprised to learn that in 2011, 12 percent of all converts to Islam in the United States were Latino. That's double the rate of a decade ago.

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The Takeaway

Paris Opens Europe's First Gay-Friendly Mosque

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Despite a long tradition of condemning homosexuality in Islam, Europe's first gay-friendly mosque opened last week in Paris. Similar efforts have also begun in the United States. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the founder of the mosque.

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