April- podcast, Egyptian director Yusri Nasrallah; 1996 Tahrir archive special

March 26  Our latest interview - poet and novelist Sam Hazo; podcast.

February 10, Poet Etel Adnan interview, Tahrir archive podcast

Dec 21, 2013 podcast Detroit Unleaded Director Rola Nashef. Author Evelyn Shakir's 2007 interview (archive). 

1997 featured archive podcast: comment by Hussein Ibish, poet Lisa Muhammed and film reviewer Anissa Bouziane

Sept10 podcast "Fen Majnoon with Dean and Maysoon" 2005 archive

April 30, 2013 podcast "The First Muslim" author Lesley Hazelton; biography of Prophet Muhammad.

April 23 podcast Adameer: Ramallah Palestine Prisoners Agency (archive); humorist Amer Zahr

April 16 podcast. Fawzia Afzal Khan on parallel US-Muslim agendas-- diverging or supporting?

April 9 podcast. Poetry Month selections; The Campaign to Free Lynne Stewart

April 2 podcast Poet Samuel Hazo on his novel The Time Remaining

March 19, podcast novelist Willow Wilson; author Hanan Al-Shaykh (archive)

March 8, podcast Women's Day special: poet and author Mohja Kahf

Jan 8 podcast ALGERIA: past and presernt: 

Dec 18 podcast. Algeria's Rai music tradition (1997 archive with Anissa Bouziane); filmmakers Yasmina Adi and Ruba Nadda.

Nov 27  podcast Before the the UN vote on Palestine. Poets Suheir Hammad and Lisa Majaj.


Nov 20 podcast  Salma K Jayyusi on modern Arabic literature; NY Arab Comedy Festival  (2005 archive).


 Sept 18  podcast American Muslims: advances and setbacks, with author Stephan Salisbury, attorney Fahd Ahmed, DRUM-NY and Adem Caroll of ICNA. Sayyid M. Sayeed discusses Islamophobia 13 earlier (1991 archive).

 Aug 21 podcast "From Cordoba to Baghdad", Arab Music with virtuoso Simon Shaheen

Aug 14  podcast Naif Al-Mutawa creator of “The 99”and CEO of  Teshkeel Media speaks about his challenges, his vision, his plans for this international superhero young people's project. The City of Cairo with Kadry Al-Arabi (1994 archive); some Ramadan poetry.


Aug 7 podcast Mustafa Davis California-based filmmaker & photographer producer of “Deentight”.

 July 3 podcast. Attorney Omar Mohammedi  assesses Congressman King's hearings and Islamophobia; London-based S. Asia fusion vocalist 'Najma' ('94), and Farid Esack ('97 Tahrir archive)  

 June 26 podcast MT Medhi on airport profiling in 1997 (WBAI news archive); Three Veils director Rolla Selbak, and  review of gay/lesbian activists ('97 Tahrir archive) with host Dave Hall. 

June 5 podcast,  Muslim students talk about their experience after revelations of infiltration by US intellegence agencies  of their student assemblies. Also, a  Tahrir archive  profile: the early 20th C. Egyptian feminist Doria Shafiq

April 24 podcast Actor/film-director Newark-born Usman Sharif  

 March 27 podcast "Water in the Middle East"-a radio documentary from our archive, with updates.  

Sept 27 podcast. Mohammed Ghani Hikmat ,Iraqi sculptor (1929-2011); and BN Aziz' report on her 1993 visit to Gaza at the time of the Oslo Accord (archive) 


Swimming Up the Tigris

Barbara Nimri Aziz's latest book..
Swimming Up the Tigris
"It's so human. I loved the poems, the images, the anecdotes. They're heartbreaking. You want to hug these people. They will survive, and they will rebuild. We have to believe in that."
Etel Adnan: poet, essayist, artist.
"Barbara Nimri Aziz has written a must-read book which puts a human face on an Iraqi people dehumanized by simplistic, misleading and inaccurate media accounts before, during and after America's illegitimate invasion and occupation of their homeland."
Scott Ritter, chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq (1991-1998)
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Field Notes— poems and stories

On a rainy day in San Diego, by Lamea Abbas Amara, 1991
Night Sky, by Lisa Suhair Majaj, 1998
First Letter Since, 2003
It’s Difficult for Me, by Hamdi, age 9, 1991
Abu Ghraib: A Popular Story
Some Children, by Rami, age 10, 1991
Shako-Mako? A Popular Story
Two Camels at the Border: A Popular Story
The Heaviest of Battles, unknown Iraqi soldier 1991
A Short Letter, 2001
Arguments, by Lisa Suhair Majaj, 1998
Daddy is Going to the Front, by Abdul Karim Salam, 1991
Asking Iraq to Comply, by Zaid Shlah, 2006
I’ll Tie My Mother’s Shawl, by unknown soldier 2, 1991
I’m from Palestine, by Sanaa, age 10, 1991
The Boxer Dog: A Popular Story


Part I
Chapter 1 War Coming
Chapter 2 Just Imagine, International Women’s Day, 2003 Chapter 3 Adnan in America (Forget About Iraq) 
Chapter 4 Mehdi
Chapter 5 I "Love My Country"
Part II
Chapter 6 There Goes the Medical System
Chapter 7 One Iraq Child and Her Father
Chapter 8 Books Break Sanctions
Chapter 9 Just Business
Chapter 10 Who Gets What
Chapter 11 Trade or Aid?
Chapter 12 A Little Loot
Chapter 13 Skies Over Baghdad
Chapter 14 One Farmer's Message
Part III
Chapter 15 Him!
Chapter 16 Sabaar and the Boys at the Office
Chapter 17 The Pharmacy
Chapter 18 Facing the Children
Chapter 19 Empty Playgrounds
Chapter 20 "Ah, the Border"
Chapter 21 Gravesites: Environmental Ruin in Iraq
Chapter 22 Targets, Not Victims
Chapter 23 Where is Amaar?
Chapter 24 "You Are My Guest"
Chapter 25 Birds of a Feather

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