Welcome to a frank and funny conversation with Dean Obeidallah, an award-winning American comedian. He is bridging the cultural and religious divides between Muslims and non-Muslims with comedy routines based on his own Islamic upbringing in the U.S. There are far too many reminders that Muslims in America still face discrimination and fear from fellow Americans who may not understand their faith. But Dean is trying to break down those barriers. He is countering that Islamaphobia with humor – touring the country and producing a documentary video.
Egyptian-American Mohamed Elshinnawi is a senior reporter at VOA. He covered the Middle East peace process from Camp David in 1978 through the 1993 Oslo Agreements to Syrian-Israeli talks in 2000. He interviewed Arab heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers and as well as ranking U.S. officials, including members of Congress. He hosted "Dialogue with the West," a live TV show which, broadcast via satellite from Washington, reached 35 million Arabs. He is fluent in Arabic and English.