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What 9/11 Did to My Life

The attacks were a nightmare. For many Muslim families, what followed was worse.


Episode Notes

For Muslim Americans, the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks marks a full generation of routine Islamophobia. In the years that followed, the war on terror wounded the nation’s Muslim communities in ways that still feel fresh today.

Guest: Aymann Ismail, staff writer at Slate.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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