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Sociologist Explores Growing Up Muslim In America

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You can start an argument in America talking about Muslims living here.  But facts are facts: some Americans are Muslim, plain and simple. 

And anyone growing up Muslim in America has some tricky balancing acts to maneuver. 

Sociologist John O'Brien explains in his book Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys.  Through the book, we get to meet young people facing competing cultural demands.  The author joins us with highlights. 

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.
April Ehrlich is a reporter at Jefferson Public Radio, focusing on in-depth investigative journalism and data reporting. She advocates for journalists across Oregon as the president of the Greater Oregon Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.