Connections: Muslim Culture in America Today

From IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation), Connections looks at contemporary Muslim culture in America through the lens of our dynamic host, Mariam Sobh, a Muslim journalist and stand-up comedian. Included are fresh and surprising stories for this magazine-style program, from fashion to food to hip hop and opera as we look at the myriad ways contemporary Muslim culture has mixed and melded with American culture.

The program, while often funny and entertaining provides a critical look at how American Muslims have been represented in the culture, and how narratives are changing as young Muslims take control of their own stories.

Special Guests Include:

  • Rhiannon Giddens, musician and member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, discusses her deeply held convictions around racism, discrimination, and the history of slavery including an exclusive first listen of new music from her opera, Omar, based on the life of Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim-African man.
  • The Reminders, a hip hop/roots band and Rahim Alhaj, an oud musician share their messages of social justice and peace through their music and their reflections on how music can be illuminating.

Funding was provided by the Building Bridges Program, the national grantmaking program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


One hour

Show Clock

  • 00:00 - 01:00 Billboard
  • 01:00 - 06:00 Newscast
  • 06:00 - 06:30 Break
  • 06:30 - 19:00 Part A
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Break
  • 20:00 - 39:00 Part B
  • 39:00 - 40:00 Break
  • 40:00 - 59:00 Part C
  • 59:00 Program Ends

ContentDepot File Transfer

Preview audio available: March 4, 2022
Promo spot available: March 11, 2022
Program rundown available: March 16, 2022
Date content will be uploaded: March 16, 2022


Broadcast Window

March 18, 2022 - June 30, 2022

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program at no charge before July 1, 2022. Multiple broadcasts are allowed. Program must be carried in its entirety; no excerpting is permitted. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

Mariam Sobh headshot

Mariam Sobh

Mariam is an award winning journalist and performing artist based in Chicago. Her journalism career spans multiple news outlets from print to broadcast. Mariam is a graduate of The Second City Training Center’s Conservatory, Music Conservatory and Improv Program. She regularly performs for events across the United States, and now with Zoom all over the world. Mariam currently hosts the daily statewide talk show “All IN” based out of WFYI in Indianapolis. She also hosts two podcasts, “The Crisis Cast” for Ear Sight Studios and “Changing Places” for JAR Audio.

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