Archive for June 2011

For many years Turkey has banned female students from wearing the headscarf - or hijab - in school.  To get around the ban, some Muslim girls and young women have left Turkey to attend high school and college in the U.S. and other countries where they are permitted to cover their heads in the classroom. Turkish television journalist Necla Demirci tells the story of two sisters, Sumeyye and Safiye Sideli, who came to New York as teenagers to complete their education.   In her conversation with Fi2W Executive Producer John Rudolph, Demirci also speaks with Mucahit Bilici, assistant professor of sociology at John Jay College, who studies Islam in America.

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Feet In Two Worlds journalists Aswini Anburajan and Valeria Fernandez describe how young proponents of the DREAM Act are publicly revealing their undocumented status and using social media for political organizing. FI2W's Executive Producer John Rudolph is the host.

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FI2W Executive Producer John Rudolph speaks with education reporting fellow, Ramaa Reddy Raghavan about budget pressures affecting mental health services for immigrant students at the Manhattan International High School.

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FI2W Executive Producer John Rudolph speaks to Catalina Jaramillo, a reporter with the Spanish-language daily El Diario, and the paper's editorial page editor, Maibe Ponet, about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to pull NY out of the controversial immigration enforcement program, Secure Communities. What does New York's decision mean for the Obama administration's immigration policies?

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