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.
We head to Iowa, to a town of 1,500 surrounded by corn and soybean farms.Though it's more than one thousand miles from New York City, this town was uniquely impacted by the attacks of September 11, 2011.
The hour-long special Voices from Afghanistan marks a decade of U.S. military involvement in the country. Hosted by investigative journalist Anand Gopal, the program offers snapshots of life in the war-torn nation and looks forward to new possibilities ahead.
Today, we’re looking at how 9/11 transformed Muslim-Americans around the country and in Chicago.In a previous segment, we talked to a lawyer who defended the Global Relief Foundation, a local Islamic charity shuttered by the federal government shortly after the attacks.
In the ten years since Sept. 11, many Muslim Americans feel they’ve had to deal with rising discrimination. Those who remember 9/11 at least understand how this started. But there’s a new generation of Muslim Americans who don’t. They were too young in 2001, or they weren’t yet born.
This week I’ve been talking to Dan Terkell about growing up in Lakeview during the ‘50s and ‘60s with politically engaged parents—one of was blacklisted during the Red Scare. This caused the family some economic strain, sure.