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A poll conducted in the aftermath of the Charlottesville rallies found that while few Americans will outwardly express support for white nationalism or racially-charged ideas, more than 30 percent say they think the country needs to “protect and preserve its White European heritage.”

A local filmmaker is hoping to spark engaging conversations about multiculturalism and how homogenizing groups can lead to violence. Mara Ahmed has been outspoken about borders and nationalism, and about Islamophobia in America. We discuss her work, and her reactions to the Trump administration’s policies on immigration and more. 

If we seem more polarized than ever, leaders at Ganondagan wonder if it’s because we rarely sit down with people who are different from us. That’s why Ganondagan is hosting an event called “Breaking Bread, Building Bridges.” It will bring together individuals from various gender, religious, and ethnic communities.

We talk to the participants about what they hope to accomplish during the event. Our guests:

  • Gabrielle Hermosa, public speaker and trans woman
  • Mubarak Bashir, director of faith outreach for the Rochester chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
  • Lauren Jimerson, Seneca (Heron Clan), art therapist, and fine artist
  • Meg Joseph, executive director of Friends of Ganondagan

At least 41 people are dead and at least 239 are injured after authorities say three suicide bombers carried out an attack on Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul on Tuesday. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Turkish Prime Minister says he suspects the Islamic State is behind it. 

The attack has occurred during Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims. We talk about the impact of the attack on the Muslim community. Our guests:

One day after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we examine how the attack on the Orlando nightclub has impacted the gay and Islamic communities.

The shooting left 49 victims dead and more than 53 wounded. Investigators say the lone shooter was Omar Mateen, and they are treating the case as a terrorist investigation. 

We talk about how the Islamic community is reacting to the shooting, and we look at efforts made by both communities to ensure they are not pitted against each other. What is the path forward? We also talk about the debate on gun policy. Our guests:

One day after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we examine how the attack on the Orlando nightclub has impacted the gay and Islamic communities.

The shooting left 49 victims dead and more than 53 wounded. Investigators say the lone shooter was Omar Mateen, and they are treating the case as a terrorist investigation.

We talk to members of the local gay community about how they are healing. Our guests:

550 local high school students gathered this week for the largest-ever interfaith day at Nazareth College's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies. We discuss what the students learned, and what they shared about their own experiences regarding religious tolerance. Our guests:

  • Reverend Gordon V. Webster, co-chair of the Hickey Center's Global Citizenship Conference 
  • Nora Bradbury-Haehl, co-chair of the Hickey Center's Global Citizenship Conference
  • Awal Deu, junior at Bishop Kearney High School
  • Jake Evans, sophomore at Victor High School

How much do you know about Islam? Most Americans don't know much about why Sunni and Shia have had conflicts over the centuries.

This hour, we open with a conversation about the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Who are they? What do they believe, and why? We also learn more about the interfaith vigil the local Ahmadiyya Muslim community is organizing on Saturday, December 19. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 1609 East Main Street in Rochester.

We also discuss the nature of religious worship more broadly. You might have seen that a college professor was placed on administrative leave after she posted on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. What do scholars say? What do our holy books say? Our guests:

Just three weeks after the attacks in Paris, a husband and wife killed 14 people and wounded at least 17 at a holiday party for staff at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. Authorities have learned the woman pledged her allegiance to ISIS.

In Rochester, the local interfaith and Islamic communities had previously scheduled a peace rally for December 4, but decided to postpone it after the shooting. Organizers say the wounds are too fresh, it is too sensitive of a time, and they are concerned about safety. 

Our panelists share their thoughts on Islamophobia, ISIS, and how the local Islamic community is reacting to the shooting.

First hour: Confronting Islamophobia after the San Bernardino shooting

Second hour: Reshaping Rochester Awards

We have an open-ended conversation on what the local Islamic community is experiencing and feeling since the terror attacks in Paris.

Our panelists share their thoughts on prejudice, refugees, ISIS, and how they view their religion. Our guests:

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