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Right now Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest period on the Islamic calendar. What is Ramadan and what is the history behind it? What compels Muslims everywhere to devote themselves to an entire month of fasting and prayer?

Soumaya Khalifa, one of Georgia's most influential Muslim leaders, joins us to answer those questions and more. Khalifa is the Executive Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. 


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Here’s something you add to your burn book. "Mean Girls" is now a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. The musical is up for 12 awards. (That’s so fetch!) The play features an all-star cast of mainstays and breakouts, including Grey Henson, who is nominated for the Tony for best featured actor in a musical. Henson grew up in Macon and plays Damian in the show. The actor talked with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about life on Broadway and what it’s like working with Tina Fey.

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Muslims all over the world celebrate Ramadan this month. The holy month began two weeks ago. Muslims fast during this time to commemorate the Islamic prophet Muhammad's first revelation about the Quran.

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President Trump on Wednesday morning shared with his millions of Twitter followers incendiary videos from a far-right British anti-Muslim party, drawing criticism from Britain's prime minister and Islamic groups.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills has spent his career taking a close look at the Roman Catholic Church. But for all that thinking about religion, he had never read the Qur’an until recently. What he learned about Islam is the subject of his new book, “What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters,” and this episode of “Two Way Street.” 

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Muslims are a mystery to many Americans. And to some, they are targets. In recent weeks, several Atlanta-area mosques have received death threats. Leaders of all faiths across the state hope to give people a better understanding of Islam. Over the weekend, GPB’s Olivia Reingold visited an Atlanta mosque that opened its doors for the second annual “Visit a Mosque Day.”

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Flowers and notes of support adorned the fence of the Islamic Center of Savannah Monday after the mosque received a threatening letter.

The anonymous note called Muslims "vile and filthy" and said President-elect Donald Trump is "going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews."

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As we draw closer to Election Day, let's check in with one voter who got the chance to put a question to the candidates during the town-hall-style presidential debate.

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Preparations are underway for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, and Atlanta is home to one of the best track and field teams in the world. The Georgia Track Club will send a number of athletes to this year’s games. We speak with three time Gold medalist Angelo Taylor about what it takes to train for the Olympics. We also talk with Hazel Clark, Executive Director of the Georgia Track Club, about some of the financial struggles athletes face on the road to the Olympics. 

 

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Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi has seen Muslims targeted based on biases and stereotypes in an effort to detect radicalization in the general population. He is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Augusta and spearheading an outreach to educate the public and increase dialogue about Islam.