Joining the airwaves in 1990 Tahrir, 'liberation', highlights our aim as a free voice for Arab peoples in the USA and abroad. We broadcast in English every week over 99.5fm, a member of WBAI Radio Station with studios in New York City.
Anthropologist and journalist Barbara Nimri Aziz, Tahrir's founder, serves as its executive producer and co-host. Contact here: info@RadioTahrir.org. The research emphasis and interviewing skills of anthropology give Tahrir its special character as a people's voice; we emphasize first hand testimonies and solid analysis.
Through RadioTahrir.org (also RadioTahrir.com), Tahrir now reaches far beyond our NY-NJ 99.5fm listening area. Tahrir Live-streams on www.wbai.org and we podcast all weekly broadcasts on our webpage. Weekly programs are available for anyone to download free at any time. Barbara Nimri Aziz' twice monthly blogs (RadioTahrir.org/blog.php) are posted on our webpage. These cover media issues, international events, and public affairs.
Our work is a team effort and a media training opportunity for young leaders. Former interns who produce for us are Sarah Malaika, Saadia Aslam, Fatima Ahsraf, Reem Nasr, Tamara Issak, Imran Ahmed, Kareem Freeman, Anissa Bouziane and Ryme Kathhouda. Mahmoud Ibrahim co-hosted during the 1990s with contributions from Ibrahim Gonzalez. Aisha Adawiya and Hassen Abdellah are occasional co-hosts.
Internships in radio journalism: since 2003, we regularly run a 2-month training course in hands-on radio journalism. The most recent was in 2012, sponsored by community organizations.
WBAI is listener-sponsored non-commercial radio belonging to the non-profit Pacifica Foundation (www.Pacifica.org). Neither Tahrir nor WBAI accept advertisements. We depend on listener contributions, so three months/year we join on-air fundraising events to seek pledges from listeners.
From 2005 to 2007, Dean Obeidallah (www.deanofcomedy.com) and Maysoon Zayid hosted (www.maysoon.com) "Fen Meshnoon with Dean and Maysoon" on Tahrir once a month. Today they continue their careers in stand-up comedy, in comedy festivals and international tours.
In response to public demand and emerging educational needs, in 1996 Tahrir evolved to include new perspectives on Islam. We highlight the work and opinions of Muslim Americans and issues relating to Islam in the US. Listen to clips of these on our webpage and over our podcasts.
"There are those made invisible. The struggle is to overcome this and become visible"
poet Suheir Hammad
- a poem.. a song..
- "I Am From"
Lisa Mohammed reads "I Am From" Flash
- Qur'an Surat Al-Qadr
from 'Approaching The Qur'an' CD, male reciter
- Book review
- Rafia Zakaria's
The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan
reviewed by BN Aziz.
- Tahrir Team
- Read about Aydin Baltaci in the team page.