Middle East

The 20-year-old activist who died trying to help rebuild a city

Jul 21, 2015
Hatice Ezgi Sadet's Instagram.

Before she was killed by a suicide bomber, before her Instagram photos were shared and liked by thousands, Hatice Ezgi Sadet was a 20-year-old art history student from Turkey looking forward to going on an archeological excavation trip and using her newly obtained driver’s license.

Early one morning a couple of weeks ago, rheumatologist Anas Muhana got into his 2008 tan Mercedes jeep, turned on the ignition and drove from his home in Ramallah to his work at Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem.

It was the first time he had been allowed to do this in 15 years.

Muhana is Palestinian. His car has a green and white Palestinian license plate. And in 2000, at the start of the second intifada, Israel stopped allowing cars with Palestinian plates to cross checkpoints from the West Bank.

Christopher Catrambone, a wealthy businessman from Lake Charles, La., docks his boat these days in Malta, the Mediterranean island he now calls home. That boat, called the Phoenix, has been getting outfitted for a series of trips set to begin in May.

But Catrambone and his crew don't intend to use the Phoenix for luxury cruises. He and his Italian wife, Regina, invested about $8 million of their own money to buy the ship and hire a crew for an entirely different purpose: to save lives at sea.

Joel Migdal's book "Shifting Sands."

Steve Scher talks to University of Washington professor Joel Migdal about his new book "Shifting Sands: The United States and The Middle East."

A Biography Of The Prophet Muhammad

Feb 3, 2014
Lesley Hazelton's book "The First Muslim."

Steve Scher sits down with writer Leslie Hazelton to talk about her book, "The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad."

This interview originally aired on January 24, 2013.

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Marcie Sillman interviews Thanassis Cambanis about his reasons for optimism in the Middle East despite the crackdowns by repressive regimes following the Arab Spring.

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Steve Scher discusses the changing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Before He Was President: Senator Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is currently in his fifth year in the White House. Before he was president, then-Senator Barack Obama visited KUOW. Steve Scher talked with Obama about the war in Iraq, US-Russia relations and the Democratic Party.

The Daily Show's Senior Black Correspondent: Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore is The Daily Show’s Senior Black Correspondent. He’s the author of "I'd Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts," and he’s also written for “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Office” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Steve Scher talked with Larry Wilmore in 2009 about the election of President Obama, the line between satire and compassion and more.

The Story Behind The Shia-Sunni Split

You've likely heard of the Shia-Sunni split in the Middle East but what caused the split? British journalist Lesley Hazleton explores the stories behind the schism: from assassinations, to a favored wife, to bloody battlefields. Marcie Sillman talks with Lesley Hazleton about the roots of this centuries-old divide.

Greendays Gardening: Open Phones

Nov 20, 2012
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The weather just keeps getting wetter. Is your garden ready for winter? Willi Galloway and Debra Prinzing join us to answer your gardening questions.  Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.