WBEZ | Ramadan http://www.wbez.org/tags/ramadan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Series dives into connections between poverty and academic achievement http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-22/morning-shift-series-dives-connections-between-poverty-and <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cogdogblog.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 600px;" title="Flickr/cogdogblog" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211471238&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Summer solstice and weather that lies ahead</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Yesterday was the longest day of the year - the Summer Solstice - meaning summer officially kicked off 21 minutes before noon Chicago time. And what a perfect day as far as the weather was concerned - warm, sunny, humid with an occasional breeze. May was one of the wettest in a long time and so far in June we&#39;ve gotten a good amount of rain and fluctuating temperatures. So now that we are officially in the summer season, what can we expect over the next couple of months? Here to help us determine that is <a href="http://chicagoweathercenter.com/">WGN-TV</a> Chief meteorologist Tom Skilling.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Skilling">Tom Skilling</a> is WGN-TV&#39;s Chief meteorologist.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211471233&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Trying to shed a little light on Ramadan and what it&rsquo;s all about</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The holy month of Ramadan - considered the holiest month of the year in the Islam faith - started at sundown on Wednesday. While non-Muslims connect the tradition of fasting with the holiday, sometimes there can be misconceptions of why that practice exists, and what greater role it plays in understanding one&rsquo;s faith. Marwa Abdelghani is a fellow with the Muslim Public Affairs Council and she recently wrote an <a href="http://t.co/C2NDG2gpnZ">article</a> about the things she wishes everyone knew about Ramadan. Abdelghani breaks down the list.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://twitter.com/marwa_abdelg"><em>Marwa&nbsp;</em></a><em><a href="http://www.mpac.org/programs/young-leaders/meet-community-outreach-fellow-marwa-abdelghani.php">Abdelghani</a> is a fellow with the <a href="https://twitter.com/mpac_national">Muslim Public Affairs Council.</a></em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211471230&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Series dives into connections between poverty and academic achievement</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Poverty is deepening in Illinois schools. More than half of all public schoolchildren in the state are considered low-income. The number of low-income students in a school can have a tremendous impact on how that school scores on state standardized tests. That is very clear from <a href="http://reportcards.dailyherald.com/lowincome/">a new analysis</a> by WBEZ and Daily Herald. The paper is running <a href="http://reportcards.dailyherald.com/lowincome/">a four-day series</a> on Poverty and School Achievement. Melissa Silverberg is an education reporter at the paper. WBEZ&rsquo;s Linda Lutton collaborated on the series. She&rsquo;s been away this year on a Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting&mdash;looking at precisely this topic.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZeducation">Linda Lutton</a> is a </em>WBEZ<em> education reporter. <a href="https://twitter.com/m_silverberg">Melissa Silverberg</a> is a </em>Daily Herald<em> education reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211471226&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">The Who &amp; The What</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Religion, culture, love and sex come together in Victory Garden Theater&rsquo;s latest production <a href="http://victorygardens.org/our-season/the-who-and-the-what/">The Who &amp; The What.</a> Pakistani-American writer Zarina is not only struggling with writer&#39;s block but lost love and questions about what it means to be a female Muslim. She ventures into potentially dangerous territory when her father discovers that her novel questions who and what the Prophet Mohammed really is. Even her very modern younger sister can&rsquo;t comprehend the ideas in Zarina&rsquo;s novel, but a young white convert named Eli eventually comes to her support. Morning Shift talks with playwright Ayad Akhtar and Director Ron OJ Parson about the issues underlying &#39;The Who &amp; The What.&#39;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="http://www.ronojparson.com/">Ron OJ Parson</a> is the show&#39;s director.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/ayadakhtar">Ayad Akhtar</a> is a playwright.</em></p></p> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-22/morning-shift-series-dives-connections-between-poverty-and Morning Shift: Local churches react to Charleston shooting http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-19/morning-shift-local-churches-react-charleston-shooting-112218 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Hunky%20Punk.jpg" style="height: 654px; width: 500px;" title="Flickr/Hunky Punk" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211081035&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Local church reacts to Charleston shooting</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Two days after a 21-year-old white man allegedly shot to death nine people at an historic African American church in Charleston South Carolina. The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/charleston-city-gathers-mourn-try-understand-mass-shooting-112220">shooting in Charleston</a> isn&rsquo;t a tragedy isolated to one Church. Congregations here in Chicago are grappling with the blow to the community and how they can help the healing process.Bishop John Bryant, Presiding Prelate of the 4th Episcopal District who is based in Chicago, traveled to Charleston Thursday to offer prayer and support. He joins us to discuss his visit.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="http://www.ame4th.org/BishopJohnRBryantBio.html">Bishop John Bryant</a>&nbsp;is the&nbsp;</em><em>Presiding Prelate and Senior Bishop of the 4th District African Methodist Episcopal Church.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211081031&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">What woman should be on the $10 bill?</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Well, you can say goodbye to Alexander Hamilton. The<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/06/18/415394666/redesigned-10-bill-to-feature-female-face-treasury-announces"> U.S. Treasury announced</a> this week that a woman&rsquo;s portrait will be on the $10 bill starting in 2020. That year, of course, is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew gets to make the decision on who the honoree will be, and he&rsquo;ll announce his choice by the end of the year. In the meantime, he&rsquo;s taking suggestions. The only rule: That the women on the note is no longer alive. So, who would you choose? Here to help field calls and walk us through the history of women on currency is Harlan J. Berk, professional numismatist and owner of Harlan J. Berk Limited, a dealer of coins, currency, and antiquities based here in Chicago&rsquo;s financial district.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Team_HJB">Harlan J. Berk</a> is a professional numismatist and&nbsp;</em><em>owner of <a href="https://www.harlanjberk.com/">Harlan J. Berk Limited</a> in Chicago.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211081030&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Tour explores Chicago&#39;s sexual history</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Between Cubs games, river boat tours, and securing a spot for an afternoon at the Beach, there&#39;s never a dull moment when it&#39;s summer time in Chicago. Even the insides of museums remain packed with tourists. But if you happen to be walking along Michigan Ave. and Monroe this Saturday and overhear someone explaining Henry McCormick&#39;s sexual past or the first issue of Playboy, that person is probably<em> Crain&#39;s Chicago</em> Business Housing reporter Dennis Rodkin. And, he&#39;s likely taking a group of history enthusiasts on his <a href="http://www.sexualhistoryofchicago.com/">Sexual History of Chicago Tour</a>. It&#39;s a two-hour long walking tour that weaves around Chicago&#39;s historic loop, exploring the nooks and crannies of 150 years of Chicago&#39;s identity through a lens of sexuality. He joins us to talk about the tour and why, even though it sounds explicit, it&rsquo;s really no reason to go running for a bar of soap.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/dennis_rodkin">Dennis Rodkin</a> is&nbsp;</em>Crain&#39;s Chicago Business&#39;<em> Housing reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211081026&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Festival celebrates the music of India</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Traditional South Indian Carnatic Music and Hindustani sounds intersect with flamenco, jazz and rock when the Indian band Arka team up with Grammy winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram. Vinayakram plays an instrument called the Ghatam, a clay pot. He&rsquo;s a master at the instrument and has played with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart as well as guitarist John Mclaughlin in that musician&rsquo;s 1970&rsquo;s band, Shakti. Akra and Vinayakram play a show Saturday at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago and Sunday at Martyr&rsquo;s as part of the <a href="http://eyeonindia.com/city/chicago/">Eye on India arts fest.</a> But first, they join us.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/together/id586966507">Vikku Vinayakram</a>,&nbsp;his son Selvaganesh and his grandson Swami Nathan play a set. And the band <a href="http://www.arkaband.com/">Arka</a> performs.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-19/morning-shift-local-churches-react-charleston-shooting-112218 The media, Latin America and the Snowden affair and Gwo ka music http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/media-latin-america-and-snowden-affair-and-gwo-ka-music-108082 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP468723498488.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The EU issues a new directive on funding projects connected to Jewish settlements. We take a look at how U.S. media cover certain countries in Latin America, like Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Renata Sago introduces us to Gwo ka music.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101474756&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-media-latin-american-and-the-snowden-affair-an.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-media-latin-american-and-the-snowden-affair-an" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The media, Latin American and the Snowden affair and Gwo ka music" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/media-latin-america-and-snowden-affair-and-gwo-ka-music-108082 A healthy, well-hydrated Ramadan! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/healthy-well-hydrated-ramadan-101308 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/120731%20yvonne%20maffei.jpg" style="height: 494px; width: 620px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="Yvonne Maffei, publisher of 'My Halal Kitchen.' (Image courtesy of the writer)" /></p><p style="text-align: left; ">I first met Yvonne Maffei when she came for an interview with <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-cure-cultural-indigestion-100853">Weekender</a>. </em>Normally those interviews are short &mdash;&nbsp;a quick ten minutes or so exploring the personalities behind the local events we spotlight each week.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">I&#39;d already checked out Maffei&#39;s blog,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myhalalkitchen.com/"><em>My Halal Kitchen</em></a>, and was totally captivated. There are delicious-sounding recipes, great tips for keeping a green kitchen, and so much more &mdash; the woman&#39;s a font of nutritional information! But while researching Maffei I learned something else: Maffei grew up in a Puerto Rican and Italian household, and only converted to Islam in 2001, just prior to the events of 9-11.</p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F54736554&show_artwork=true"></iframe><p style="text-align: left; ">What timing! For an American to convert to Islam at a moment when Muslims in America came under such intense scrutiny is a bold move. Of course&nbsp;Maffei couldn&#39;t have known what was coming, and in any event her decision was very measured. She told me her interest was lit by a trip to Morocco, after which she spent years exploring the tenets of the faith and why she wanted to leave the Catholicism of her childhood for the Islamic rituals that have shaped her adulthood.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dates_600.jpg" style="height: 201px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Dates and Cream Iftar (photo courtesy of Yvonne Maffei)" />We ended up talking for half an hour, about how her own family and friends, as well as her nascent Muslim community, reacted to her decision. To some extent she became a spokesperson for her local mosque in Ohio, someone who could &nbsp;help dispel some of the myths and misperceptions around Islam. But her decision also created rifts and cost her friendships.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">I think you&#39;ll hear Maffei&#39;s passion and intelligence, and whatever your religious persuasion you&#39;ll no doubt relate to her motives: to find a deep and meaningful connection to the world, one Maffei thought she was lacking.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">However if food is your oracle, then look no further than the<a href="http://www.myhalalkitchen.com/2010/08/dates-cream-iftar/"> recipe</a> Maffei provides for dates stuffed with almonds and topped with creme fraiche, lemon zest and chopped pistachios. Maffei likes to break the daily fast with this treat, especially if guests are dropping by. And she recommends you accompany them with a cool glass of watermelon or guava juice.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">That&#39;s one of her tips for enjoying Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. She also has things to say about staying healthy during the fast, and why frozen halal foods &mdash; available at locations from Walmart to Whole Foods &mdash; are both handy helper and badge of pride for many Muslims.</p></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/healthy-well-hydrated-ramadan-101308 Weekender: A cure for cultural indigestion! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-cure-cultural-indigestion-100853 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3671503283_6c8d6ff6b9_z.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 600px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="Taste of Chicago (flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>I&rsquo;ve been taking a photography class for a while now, and this week, at our final session, a discussion about how to shoot photos in a crowd turned to talk of <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html/">Taste of Chicago.</a></p><p>In outraged tones a couple of people declared, &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve ruined the Taste!&rdquo; &ldquo;They&rdquo; of course is the city and ruined meant a bunch of things: <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-28/news/chi-taste-of-chicago-shortened-to-5-days-20111228_1_taste-cultural-affairs-marc-malnati">a shorter fest and no firework</a>s, fewer food vendors but more expensive food tickets, and having to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-0713-jennifer-hudson-review-20120713,0,4260874.story">pay for seats at the music acts.</a></p><p>All of this even before they found about there&rsquo;d be no barbeque turkey legs, at which one point one of them threw up her hands and said, &ldquo;But that&rsquo;s what the Taste is all about &nbsp;&ndash; food on sticks!&rdquo;</p><p>Clearly the &quot;they&rdquo; who are &ldquo;ruining&rdquo; the event are, to some, further signs of the new Chicago &ndash; more upwardly mobile definitely, less old-school Chicago possibly. Talk to newer city dwellers and many view the Taste with horror &ndash; one colleague who moved here recently was told to steer clear to &ldquo;avoid being stabbed.&rdquo; But if you grew up with the Taste, chances are you view it like an oddball relative &ndash; sometimes annoying but still family.</p><p>If familiar, frumpy Taste has been undergoing an upgrade, what&rsquo;s the big deal? For such an established Chicago event, change has been the mantra of the Taste &ndash; from <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/here-we-go-again-taste-chicago">the size of the portions to the rules about which food vendors actually qualify as local</a>, to who actually runs the thing (it&rsquo;s gone from the city to the Park District and back again in the past two years).</p><p>And as long as its crowd-pleasing run has been (since 1980, with <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/February-2011/Taste-of-Chicago-Forever-free-clear-and-musical/">a one-year hiatus in the early &#39;80s</a> due to political infighting), the Taste in recent years has been equally divisive: plagued by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/07/was-the-taste-of-chicago-violence-accurately-reported/4512">violent altercation</a> and <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-22/health/ct-x-0622-festival-food-inspection-20110622_1_booths-food-safety-food-temperatures">anxiety about food poisoning</a> (<a href="http://consumerist.com/2007/07/over-500-people-ill-after-taste-of-chicago.html">though apparently that really only happened once</a>, at least on a grand scale). Add in declining revenues at Taste, plus general belt tightening at the city, and is it any wonder something&rsquo;s got to give?</p><p>But I think all the talk about stuff going away isn&#39;t just about new economic realities or tougher policing. It&#39;s also a reaction to a cultural sea change, a shift in mindset about what kind of city Chicago should be. What, these days, is our city&#39;s character? And how well-behaved should its citizens be? Are we &quot;Taste&quot; &ndash; or are we in good taste?</p><p>My fellow shutterbugs talked about the event&rsquo;s unruly nature as a positive feature &ndash; not the outright stabbings, but the Fest&rsquo;s tendency to spill over official boundaries and regulations. If the upscale foodies take over the Taste, <a href="http://theluxurylife.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/taste-of-chicago/">as they seem to be doing</a>, how long before Grant Park&#39;s a sea of orderly white tableclothes rather than a mess of grease-stained cardboard containers?</p><p>In that sense changes at the Taste are a bellwether of a little more order and (to some) a little less fun and personality to be found on our city streets and at our community celebrations. Gay Pride tightened up its act this year and the St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade in Bridgeport went away and then came back with a radical makeover. Celebrations of Cinco de Mayo or Puerto Rican Independence have also been curtailed over the years. When I moved to Chicago 12 years ago, traffic in and west of Humboldt Park came virtually to a standstill on those holidays &ndash; as an impromptu bumper-to-bumper parade of flag-waving motorists took over. Not so much these days.</p><p>So far the City seems to be making an effort to keep the Taste an event that can accomodate both old and new Chicago, both giant cheesecakes and celebrity chefs (a line deftly navigated by <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/07/10/get_your_free_samples_of_asian_carp.php">Asian carp sliders?)</a> But you tell me &ndash;&nbsp; are the changes to Taste of Chicago a timely re-do? Or is the Fest ruined beyond recognition?</p><p>Weigh in below &ndash; and while you&#39;re there, check out the rest of <em>Weekender&rsquo;s</em> picks!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ramadan.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CFRJuly2012.html">1. Ramadan Food Rituals</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 10 a.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The culinary and spiritual elements of the annual Islamic fast.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">900 N. North Branch Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/flying_lotus_456_002.jpg" style="height: 147px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://flying-lotus.com/">2. Flying Lotus</a></strong></span></p><p>Saturday 4:15 p.m.</p><p>The slap-happy, experimental beat meister is back!</p><p><a href="http://pitchfork.com/festivals/chicago/2012/">Pitchfork Music Festival</a>, Union Park</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/BlackSix.jpg" style="width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDU9bv7jJhQ"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. The Black Six</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 7 &amp; 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">NFL football players transformed into big, bad bikers!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://docfilms.uchicago.edu/dev/">Doc Films</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Max Palevsky Cinema</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml">University of Chicago</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Ida Noyes Hall</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/folk.jpg" style="height: 209px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://woodstockfolkmusic.com/folkfestival/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. 27th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.</p><p>Folk legend Tom Paxton and more in the town <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7NHCy13ZLk"><em>Groundhog Day</em></a> made famous!</p><p>Woodstock Square</p><p>Woodstock, Ill.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ericandrep4k.jpg" style="height: 205px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/shows/adult-swim-pitchfork-official-after-party-featuring-eric-andre-show"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Adult Swim Pitchfork After Party: The Eric Andre Show Live</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A manic take on the late-night talk format &ndash; as if it could get crazier?!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/">Bottom Lounge</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1375 W. Lake Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fermi.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.137films.org/The-Atom-Smashers.aspx/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>6. The Atom Smashers</strong></span></a></p><p>Monday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Fermilab&#39;s race to find the elusive Higgs Boson particle &ndash; we know the ending now!</p><p><a href="http://higgsboson.eventbrite.com/">Landmark Century Cinema</a></p><p>2828 N. Clark Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em>Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</p><div>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</div></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-cure-cultural-indigestion-100853 Reflections of Ramadan from childhood http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-29/reflections-ramadan-childhood-91189 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-29/arsalaniftikhar.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the past month, Muslims around the world have been fasting in observance of Ramadan, abstaining from food and water during daylight hours. International rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar and his friend, Rabiah Ahmed, board member of an online platform for American Muslims called My Faith My Voice, recall childhood memories of how their families observed the fast.</p><p><strong>IFTIKHAR:</strong> I remember my mom was like a short-order cook. She would take orders from all the kids. I would order an omelet, my sister would order pancakes, and my brother would always order spaghetti or something really weird. We'd have like a full four-course meal at 4 a.m. growing up in Chicago.</p><p>I remember my grandfather — when he used to have his pre-dawn meal in Pakistan, he was building a hospital for women and a school for girls in the rural parts of the desert there. In 126-degree weather, he would just have one date and a glass of water to last him the entire day. He was 84 years old at the time. It really, really makes me appreciate everything we have here in the United States and how much harder it is for a lot of people to fast during the month of Ramadan all around the world.</p><p>What was it like for you growing up in Detroit during the month of Ramadan?</p><p><strong>AHMED: </strong>It was a lot like what you're describing in your home, where your mom would wake up, and my mom would wake up and make us a huge feast. But an hour before that, what I remember is ... when we had our grandparents with us during the month of Ramadan, I remember him [grandfather] waking up an hour earlier and reciting the Quran very softly. He had memorized the Quran by heart. He would pace back and forth down the hallway right outside my room, just reciting very softly. It was a very beautiful thing to wake up to. It was one of my most memorable moments with my grandparents.</p><p><strong>IFTIKHAR:</strong> What's interesting is we had the predawn meal, and then of course we had the time when we break your fast at sunset. And everybody always asked, "Aren't you starving? Aren't you thirsty?" Realistically, for those who fasted all day, you know that your stomach literally shrinks to the size of a baseball, and you could basically have a chicken drumstick and fill yourself. But psychologically, you're not [full]. You want to order like three pizzas, you want to have two calzones, and you want to eat all this food. At the end of it, you're like, "Oh my god, what did I do?!"</p><p>But it's always interesting because of the fact that Ramadan teaches us to appreciate the psychological impact of that. So to appreciate a glass of water or a chicken wing — that we would normally scarf down without even thinking about — is something that I think is one of the major lessons of Ramadan.</p><p><strong>AHMED:</strong> For me, it's also a time to isolate yourself in your room at nighttime in the dark and have a conversation with God. There's a huge spiritual element of Ramadan that is very profound for me and many, many Muslims. It's about reflecting, controlling your ego, your temper. And It's just about breaking away from those things and having a conversation with your creator.</p><p><strong>IFTIKHAR:</strong> And to be honest, one of the things that my wife and I both liked about Ramadan the most was actually coming to your house for <em>iftar</em> dinner (a celebratory meal to break the fast each day), and having some of that good basil chicken that you made. She makes great Thai food — she can't really make much else. It was really good.</p><p><strong>AHMED:</strong> Thank you, I think.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1314636434?&amp;gn=Reflections+Of+Ramadan+From+Childhood&amp;ev=event2&amp;ch=1016&amp;h1=Around+the+Nation,Religion,World&amp;c3=D%3Dgn&amp;v3=D%3Dgn&amp;c4=140032974&amp;c7=1016&amp;v7=D%3Dc7&amp;c18=1016&amp;v18=D%3Dc18&amp;c19=20110829&amp;v19=D%3Dc19&amp;c20=1&amp;v20=D%3Dc20&amp;c21=46&amp;v21=D%3Dc2&amp;c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"></div></p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-29/reflections-ramadan-childhood-91189 A Ramadan story of two faiths bound in friendship http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-21/ramadan-story-two-faiths-bound-friendship-90848 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-21/memphis-muslims_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's Ramadan, the month-long holiday when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk as a way to cleanse the soul and reflect on their relationship with God. The faithful usually flock to their local mosques for prayer during the holiday, but last year, the Muslims of Cordova, Tenn., just outside Memphis, didn't have a place to go.</p><p>That's when Pastor Steve Stone put an unusual sign outside his church.</p><p>"It said, 'Welcome to the neighborhood, Memphis Islamic Center,'" he laughs. "It's been seen all over the world, now."</p><p>Stone invited the Muslim community to celebrate their holiday inside his church while their own cultural center was under construction nearby. It was the beginning of an unusual alliance that's still strong a year later.</p><p>"Obviously we were taken aback, but in a very positive way," says Danish Saddiqui, a board member of the Memphis Islamic Center. "Muslims, we tend to think of ourselves as good neighbors," he tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan, "but Steve beat us to the punch and put up that sign — and all we had to do was knock on the door and introduce ourselves."</p><p>The Muslim community was building a new mosque, but it was a delicate time. Proposed Islamic centers were kicking up controversy from New York to Murfreesboro — another Tennessee town just 200 miles away from Cordova.</p><p>"We were looking at some close-by halls and rental spaces and none of them were available," Saddiqui says. They asked Stone if they could borrow a small space inside his Heartsong Church. "He said, 'No. You're going to pray in our main worship space.'"</p><p>"We were so honored to be asked, because we knew that if they ever had any thought that we would say no, they would not have asked us," Stone says.</p><p>Not everyone was as thrilled as Stone however. He received criticism from colleagues — and even members of his own church — who felt that he was blending Christianity and Islam. Ultimately, 20 members left his church, out of a congregation of 550.</p><p>"We had tried to work with them and think their way through it," Stone says, "but at the end of the day, if they really believed what they said they believed, we're kind of glad they left, because we didn't want them going out into the community and saying, 'We have these hateful feelings and we go to Heartsong Church.'"</p><p>Although the Memphis Islamic Center is now complete, the Muslim community keeps a strong relationship with Stone and Heartsong's members. Once a month, they get together to help the homeless in their neighborhood, and there are also plans to build a new park that would sit on both congregations' property.</p><p>"We have different faith traditions," Saddiqui says. "But at the same time, we know that we can get along, we know that we can work together. And we have respect for one another, because we are people of faith."</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 14:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-21/ramadan-story-two-faiths-bound-friendship-90848 Chicago area Muslims push for a 'green' Ramadan http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-area-muslims-push-green-ramadan-89968 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/AP03110604059.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-area Muslims say they've got an&nbsp;additional focus during the holy month of Ramadan - the&nbsp;environment.</p><p>Officials with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater&nbsp;Chicago launched several green initiatives Monday, the first day of&nbsp;the Islamic month marked by fasting and prayer.</p><p>The efforts follow a resolution adopted by Illinois legislators&nbsp;a few weeks ago designating Ramadan as a "Green Month."&nbsp;</p><p>Council spokeswoman Alexandra Maragha says Muslims already spend&nbsp;a lot of time reflecting during Ramadan and it seems like a natural&nbsp;extension to focus on the environment.</p><p>The council represents dozens of Muslim organizations, which are&nbsp;being asked to focus more on recycling and looking at solar energy.&nbsp;</p><p>Representatives from the council say they've also been working&nbsp;the Field Museum on an environmental study.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-area-muslims-push-green-ramadan-89968