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Out of Many, One

10/14/2018
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Americans want to move on from the polarized and rancorous political debate about immigration, full of misplaced fear and disinformation, to solutions based on what the Founding Fathers wanted: the results of our "Living Room Conversations" held throughout the country in 2018. Listen to the findings from those sessions. And Ali meets the leader of the Anti-Defamation League, which has just re-released President Kennedy's book, "A Nation of Immigrants." Jonathan Greenblatt talks about...

Duration:00:24:28

Sidewalks and Social Justice in San Antonio, Texas

10/10/2018
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This time, Ali meets the Texas Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, who represents District 3 in San Antonio, where she was born and raised. She tells Ali about her family roots all the way back to The Alamo; the importance of social justice in her politics, the influence of "radical nuns", and how fixing the sidewalks is at the core of her mission.

Duration:00:24:38

When Storm Lake Met the Mekong Delta - the Rebirth of an Iowa Town

10/3/2018
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This week, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Art Cullen talks to Ali in his home town, Storm Lake, IA, which has welcomed immigrants for generations from Vietnam to Guatemala. Storm Lake's population and economy continue to grow, bucking the trend of other Iowa cities and serving as a model for integration and diversity.

Duration:00:31:21

Diane Guerrero and the Forgotten Children of Immigrants

9/26/2018
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This week, actor Diane Guerrero, from "Orange is the New Black" and "Jane the Virgin", talks with Ali about her latest book, and the story of her immigrant parents' deportation when she was just 14. Diane has already experienced the pain and the challenges facing separated children, and draws parallels with the migrant children who've been separated at the southern border by the Trump Administration. Her book highlights the long-term mental damage the experience inflicted on her, and now on...

Duration:00:24:27

Turning Away from Fear

9/19/2018
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This week, Ali chats with Sarah Quezada, immigration rights advocate and author of "Love Undocumented - Risking Trust in a Fearful World". And Ali examines the long-term folly of America turning it's back on the world refugee crisis.

Duration:00:24:05

Striving for a More Perfect Union

9/12/2018
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Only in America could a small boy from South Korea, who fled the war in Vietnam, grow up to be elected to a position that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington once held. Ali chats with Mark Keam, who represents Virginia's 35th District in the House of Delegates, about bringing his immigrant experience to modern-day American democracy.

Duration:00:34:25

Learning from the California Experience

9/5/2018
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This week, Ali meets leading sociologist Dr. Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California. His latest book is "State of Resistance - What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future". He tells Ali that the future of American success can be found in the way California has transformed it's politics, work, environment and immigration policies since the turbulent 1980's.

Duration:00:32:28

"We're From Everywhere, We're All God's Children"

8/29/2018
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This week, Ali mourns the passing of Senator John McCain, a strong advocate of "American Exceptionalism." And he chats with another Vietnam veteran - Former Idaho Chief Justice Jim Jones, who is championing the rights of American immigrants and migrants.

Duration:00:26:24

Walking the Talk - Fostering an Immigrant Child

8/22/2018
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This week, Ali meets author Gena Thomas, who with her husband fostered a 4-year-old undocumented girl from Honduras. Gena talks about putting Christianity into action - starting with tortillas, and ending with "Shalom".

Duration:00:29:55

America's Changing Identity

8/15/2018
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This week, Ali talks with Ronald Brownstein, Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships and a veteran political journalist. They talk baseball, America's changing demographics, and the prospects for the upcoming elections amid the controversy surrounding the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Duration:00:34:23

Exploring American Identity

8/8/2018
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This week Ali chats with three authors whose work captures the contemporary conversation surrounding immigration and American identity. Michelle Warren Dr. Sandro Galea Jorge Ramos

Duration:00:37:12

How Diverse Communities Can Choose Their Destiny

8/1/2018
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This week, New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca tells Ali Noorani how he got elected - by listening to the needs of the diverse communities he now serves, and empowering them to become active citizens in the democratic process. Plus, an update on the separated migrant children still without their parents.

Duration:00:27:08

"They're Children First, and Immigrants Second"

7/25/2018
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Ali talks with Wendy Young, President and CEO of Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) about the thousands of refugee children separated from their parents at the southern border. And later, how the World Cup recharged the immigration debate in Europe.

Duration:00:30:48

An Iowa Town: As Immigration Increases - Crime Rates Fall

7/17/2018
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Mark Prosser, the Chief of Police in Storm Lake, IA talks about how the crime rate there has fallen as the town's immigrant population grows. He tells Ali about his policing strategy, how the town has embraced new residents, and how President Trump's policies may make people fearful of reporting crimes for fear of deportation.

Duration:00:28:02

Redefining What it Means to be American

7/11/2018
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This week, Ali talks with author Laura Wides-Muñoz, about her book, "The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What it Means to be American." And, as hundreds of migrant children remain separated from their parents, the number of deportations of naturalized citizens is increasing.

Duration:00:26:46

On Independence Day - Honoring America's Immigrants

7/3/2018
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This week's Independence Day show features 16-year-old Fez Zafar, who brought Des Moines High School students together for a series of Iftar dinners; Hector Barajas, a deported U.S. Army veteran who's back in California after 14 years in exile; and Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Duration:00:18:59

A Young Military Family Keeps the Dream Alive

6/27/2018
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This week, Ali talks with DACA recipient Esmeralda Tovar-Contreras. She's the mother of a 19-month-old baby and her fiance is in the U.S. Army. As thousands of Dreamers are threatened with deportation by the Trump administration's decision to rescind DACA, Esmeralda hasn't moved back in to the shadows. Instead, she debated the issue in heated exchanges on late-night TV with a group of voters who oppose DACA. Plus, we deconstruct the ruling behind President Trump's ban on travel from 7...

Duration:00:26:52

Refugee Turned American Leader

6/20/2018
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Kathy Tran arrived as a refugee from Vietnam in 1980 as a child. Now she's a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. On World Refugee Day, Ali chats with Kathy about her desperate flight from war, her run for high office, and how she's living proof of the reality of the American Dream.

Duration:00:27:44

How to Rid America of MS-13

6/17/2018
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In this special edition, the incredible story of the FBI informant who helped to break up an MS-13 gang in Boston, MA. Ali talks to journalist Michele McPhee who tells the story in next week's edition of Newsweek. They discuss how the cooperation of Boston's immigrant community with law enforcement plays a vital role in fighting crime, despite the renewed threats of deportation under the Trump Administration's policies.

Duration:00:24:16

For Immigrant Families, the Calm over Storm Lake

6/13/2018
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Ali visits the storied town of Storm Lake, Iowa, which proudly has one of the most diverse populations in rural America, and chats with the new Mayor, Mike Porsch. And later, the crackdown on asylum-seekers at the southern border, and the ongoing divisions in Congress over DACA.

Duration:00:26:13