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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Tenth Parallel: Where Christianity and Islam Collide

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Award-winning investigative journalist Eliza Griswold talks about the tenth parallel—the line of latitude 700 miles north of the equator—the geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. In The Tenth Parallel Griswold looks at Nigeria, the Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines—places where religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and where local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas.

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The Takeaway

Anti-Extremist Pop Song Goes Viral in Pakistan

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A satirical music video by the pop rock band Beygairat Brigade which openly mocks the military, nationalist politicians, and religious conservatism in Pakistan has become an internet sensation with more than 400,000 views in a few short weeks. “Aalu Anday,” which means “Potatoes and Eggs,” encourages open thought and a repeal of the country's anti-blasphemy laws. 

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The Takeaway

French Satirical Magazine Attacked

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was firebomed early Wednesday, apparently in retaliation for publishing an issue "guest edited" by the Prophet Muhammad. The magazine, known for its irreverence and skewering of all cultural institutions, had published a special edition earlier in the day to "honor" the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisian elections under the name "Charia Hebdo," a reference to Sharia Law. Hugh Schofield, correspondent for the BBC, reports on the latest.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Steve Inskeep on Life and Death in Karachi

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition, discusses how migration of the past few decades has transformed Karachi, Pakistan, the largest city whose stability is a vital security concern of the United States. Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi looks at the perils and possibilities of rapidly growing metropolises all around the world.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Park51 and Sharif El-Gamal

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sharif El-Gamal, the developer of the Park51 project, talks about the passionate national debate that was sparked last year when the Islamic Community Center and mosque was proposed. Yesterday, Park51 opened its doors.

Frontline tells the story of Sharif El-Gamal and the story of the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. “The Man Behind the Mosque” airs Tuesday, September 27, at 9 pm on PBS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tahmima Anam's Novel The Good Muslim

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam discusses second novel, The Good Muslim. It tells the story about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh, seen through the intimate lens of a family, set at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise.

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The Takeaway

How the World Sees America, 10 Years After 9/11

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Over the last decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, America's standing in the world has volleyed sympathetic, after the attacks, to war mongering villain to perhaps something in between since the election of Barack Obama. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Ros Atkins, host of the BBC's World Have Your Say — which reaches 45 million people around the globe — has been talking to people all over the world to gauge foreign opinion of the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Study Finds Muslim-Americans Are More Satisfied With the U.S.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Coming up, we talk to two Muslim Americans about a recent poll that says Muslim Americans are happier with this country than the rest of the population.

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Features

Something Sweet for Eid ul-Fitr

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Muslims begin celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, on Tuesday. Traditionally, that means eating something sweet as soon as you wake up to acknowledge that the month of fasting is over. To commemorate this festive three-day holiday, here's a slideshow of sweet foods to eat during Eid.

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The Takeaway

Robin Wright on 'Rock the Casbah'

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Historically speaking, when we think of revolutions we think of youth. And in the case of the Arab spring, this is certainly true — one half of the Islamic world is people under thirty, and they are at the forefront of sweeping change. How are their values and religious beliefs similar to (and different from) their elders? And what do they want the future to look like?

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The Takeaway

Ramadan Rules: An Exception for Revolutions?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Last night, during the holy month of Ramadan, Libyan rebel forces flooded into the capital of Tripoli, battling with Col. Moammar Gadhafi loyalists and capturing two of Gadhafi's sons. Civilians were celebrating in the streets over what may be the end of Gadhafi's 42 years in power of Libya. Fighting during the holy month is considered particularly offensive. Are there exceptions for revolutions such as this one?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Tenth Parallel

Monday, August 15, 2011

Award-winning investigative journalist Eliza Griswold talks about the tenth parallel—the line of latitude 700 miles north of the equator—the geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. In The Tenth Parallel Griswold looks at Nigeria, the Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines—places where religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and where local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas.

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The Takeaway

Ramadan Continues, Amid Violence in Syria and Egypt

Friday, August 05, 2011

Today is the fifth day of Ramadan — the holiest month on the Islamic calendar during which, typically, life in the Middle East slows down. Businesses close early, and families and communities gather every night to break their fast. But this year has been strikingly different. The Syrian government has used the holy month to intensify its violent crackdown on protesters, with tanks entering the town Hama every day since the weekend. Meanwhile in Egypt, hundreds of armed troops stormed Cairo’s Tahrir Square earlier in the week, beating protesters with electric batons.

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The Takeaway

'The 99': Superheroes and Comics in the Islamic World

Monday, August 01, 2011

When times are tough, Americans often turn to comic books. The so-called Golden Age of Comics in the U.S. began with the Great Depression, when out-of-work Americans were desperate for superheroes and role models. Our appetite for Superman and the Green Lantern only grew as Hitler marched across Europe. And Americans aren’t the only ones who need superheroes in difficult times. Our guest for this segment is the author of "The 99," a comic book series published in Kuwait and translated into nine languages. "The 99" follows Islam-inspired superheroes as they fight evil dictators and extremists.

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The Takeaway

Islamist Protesters Rally in Egypt's Tahrir Square

Friday, July 29, 2011

Islamist protesters packed Egypt's Tahrir Square this morning, calling for the implementation of Shariah law. Dominated largely by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most organized political contingent, the Islamists have remained quiet throughout most of the revolution since former-president Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February. Their goals differ greatly from those of the secular groups who have been leading demonstrations in Tahrir Square since early July.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oslo Attacks

Monday, July 25, 2011

Heidi Beirich, director of research at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and New York Times reporter, Scott Shane, walk us through items from the Oslo suspect's manifesto - specifically the references to American bloggers and writers who have warned about the threat from Islam for years now.

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The Takeaway

Norway Attacks Spotlight Europe’s Extremists

Monday, July 25, 2011

As Europe struggles with issues of integration and assimilation, Norway’s attacks have exposed the danger of the continent's right-wing extremists. The suspect’s tirades against multiculturalism and Islam come at a time when governments across the continent work to ease immigration and cultural differences. The country must now face the prospect of more violence.

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Talk to Me

The Word as Sword: Reza Aslan at Poet's House

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

As the Middle East continues to feel the tremors of revolution from all across the landscape, Dr. Reza Aslan’s book “Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East” offers a timely look at the role of literature in modern Islam.

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On Being

Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq — Pleasure More Than Hope [remix]

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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On Being

[Unedited] Nidal Al-Azraq with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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