Mar 18, 2017 • 1HR 11M

What’s So Funny About Palestine?

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Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Ralph welcomes Palestinian/American comedian Amer Zahr to talk about finding humor in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  And author, Steve Early, tells us how the town of Richmond, California became one of the most progressive communities in the country.

Amer Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, academic, and adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  He draws on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian immigrant parents, performing and lecturing on topics like politics, society, Islam, growing up Arab, and more.  He is also the author of the well-read blog “The Civil Arab” as well as his first book, Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile, a collection of his writings relating to being Palestinian.  He has performed throughout North America and the Middle East.

Steve Early is an author and a journalist who has also been an organizer, lawyer, union representative, and labor activist for the past forty-five years.  He has written extensively on topics surrounding labor, including his collections of essays Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress. His latest is entitled Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of An American City.