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McDonalds on 96th Street, NYC

November 21, 2015
Not to be outdone by the Eastsiders’ “92nd Street Y”, Manhattan’s Westside has its own popular cultural center:-- McDonalds at 96th Street. (No website.) A sunny autumn day in New York City, perfect for a stroll along Upper Broadway. Before noon restaurant staffs are arranging lunch tables on the wide sunlit sidewalk. It’s a school holiday too; so 5 and 6-year-olds dressed in brand-name casuals skip beside parents, mingling with infants strapped in strollers overseen by their Filipino or Nepalese nannies. All signs of our stratified but celebrated multi-cultured New York.


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Voices of Iraq

Abbas Jijan
Iraqi Poet Jijan presented this poem "Obama" in a 2009 program on Al-Arabiya TV. (in Arabic). See our July 20 podcast for the translation.
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Walid Khalidi
Palestinian historian Professor Khalidi addresses the United Nations on the history of Jerusalem; Nov 2009.Part 1. See our Dec. 29, 2009 podcast for the full lecture. sound Sample 5:00

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Cassandra Wilson, vocalist; April 7, 2015 Harlem's Cotton Club, NYC

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a poem.. a song..
poem "Claims", by Lisa S. Majaj
from the chapbook "These Words" by Lisa S. Majaj

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poem Qur'an Surat Al-Shams
from 'Approaching The Qur'an', CD.

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Fields of Blood: Religion and The History of Violence
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