Voices In America
The Road From Damascus
Jay was was one of the Middle East’s most popular television and film stars; think the Russell Crowe of the region. He was rich, famous, and popular. Then he criticized the Assad regime. Forced to flee Syria with almost nothing but a Hollywood dream, he and his wife Fadia are starting over in America.
The Blessing of Hospitality
Meet Catherine Wager, Deacon at Episcopal Diasis in Los Angeles. She opens her heart and her home to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Although Catherine has had guests in her home for up to 3 years at a time, she and her husband Bruce see the deed as nothing special. If you as Catherine why do this, she states "we do this because we can".
Patriotic Protest or Enemies of America
Long before there was 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernik, San Francisco was home to another protestor, Harry Bridges; Australian immigrant, American citizen, union leader, protestor. The U.S. government’s efforts to throw Bridges out of the country is the story of loyal American dissent and the the price the protestor pays for exercising “free” speech.
Too often, the fact that there are millions of refugees in the world becomes a deadening statistic. In this episode, the story of one refugee offers an insight into the horrors these refugees escape, and the challenges the face if they’re fortunate enough to come to America.