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(Courtesy of Elkader Chamber of Commerce)
The small town of Elkader, Iowa is named after a Muslim Algerian revolutionary.

Nov. 23, 2011

We'll travel to Elkader, Iowa, a town that's grappled with an identity crisis since September 11, 2001. The reason? Elkader is the only town in the entire United States that's named after an Arab Muslim. After 9/11, some locals sought to change the city's name and forgo this association. We'll meet an openly gay couple who went the opposite route, opening an Algerian-American restaurant on Elkader's Main Street.  Also, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we devote this week's Global Notes to some wild music from Turkey.