Podcast Interview: Naomi Shihab Nye on books, writing and journalism
By Ray Hanania
Naomi Shihab Nye (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This week on Talk of the Town Radio (Sept. 5, 2014) I interview author and writer Naomi Shihab Nye. The show is broadcast every Friday at 4 pm CST on WCEV 1450 AM and on YahalaVoice.com radio. Naomi discusses her writing and why it is important for American Arabs to tell their story, which is what she tries to do in her many books.
Naomi discusses two of her books, “Habibi,” the story of a Palestinian American girl who returns to Palestine with her Palestinian father, American mother and her brother. And her newest book, “The Turtle of Oman.”
Naomi also talks about her father, the late accomplished Palestinian American Journalist Aziz Shihab. Aziz Shihab worked at the Dallas Morning News and was a pioneer in American Arab Journalism in the 1970s and 1980s.
Naomi and her family lived in ferguson, Missouri, the location of a recent flash of racial conflict where a police officer shot and killed a young Black teenager, Michael Brown.
At 4:35 pm during the show we discuss with writer and journalist Ali Younes whether or not the Palestinian government should pursue war crimes charges committed by Israel’s military and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the International Criminal Court. We also discuss anti-Palestinian and racist American Jewish comedian, Joan Rivers.
Live in Chicago on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and live online at www.YahalaVoice.com … all shows are also podcast at the website The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com. The show is rebroadcast on Yahala Voice every Monday at 11 am CST.
RAY HANANIA — Op-Ed writer, author, radio host, podcaster
Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 at the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
Hanania is the US Special Correspondent for the Arab News Newspaper, covering Middle East and Arab American issues. He writes for the Southwest News newspaper group writing on mainstream American issues.