Podcast: Talk of the Town Radio with host Ray Hanania on YahalaVoice.com Friday 3:30 PM CST Chicago time, on www.YahalaVoice.com (and second half broadcast on 1450 AM Radio (4-4:30 PM CST)
At the top of the show, we speak with guest Salman Aftab, an influential Muslim American activist in Chicago politics describes why he supports Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Aftab and Hanania discuss the different challenges faced by Muslim Americans and Arab Americans and why two Muslim Arab Americans were tapped by Mayor Emanuel not as Arabs but as Muslims. Hanania argues Emanuel needs to recognize the rights of Muslims. Aftab discusses why Emanuel deserves to be re-elected over challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
After the half hour break, we interview Sonia Khalil in the studio. Sonia is a young candidate running for alderman in the 3rd Ward in Palos Hills. Sonia discusses the issues she is hearing from voters as she campaigns in the ward which has more than 900 voters representing nearly half of the city’s voter constituency.
Her father, Samir Khalil, president of the Arab American Democratic Club, discusses why he supports Jesus Garcia over Rahm Emanuel, and why he is proud that his daughter is seeking election as a public servant in Palos Hills where they live.
At the top of the show, host Ray Hanania offers best wishes to mainstream Christians as they celebrate Good Friday and also Easter this weekend (April 5, 2015) and to Orthodox Christians who celebrate Palm Sunday this week and Easter one week after mainstream Easter on April 12. And, Hanania offers best wishes to the American Jewish community in celebration of Passover which is tonight Friday April 3, 2015.
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.