What role does the media play in shaping our perceptions of Islam and how is it shaping religious discourse? That's the question on our minds in March's edition of Living Questions, our series in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. We’re producing this series in partnership with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies. Maryland Morning will be partnering with ICJS at a public panel at the Park School on April 15th that takes up the same topic, Being Muslim in America: Why Media Matters. Today's guests are Rabia Chaudry and Wajahat Ali, who will be serving on the April 15th panel.
Rabia Chaudry is an attorney and a National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and also the advocate whose phone call to This American Life producer Sarah Koenig sparked the podcast series Serial. Wajahat Ali is a playwright, and the co-host and digital producer of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream. Both Chaudry and Ali join host Tom Hall by phone.