It’s 1985, Back to The Future is about to become a blockbuster hit. The movie’s villains? The Libyans. It’s 1986 and the U.S. conducts an airstrike on “The Libyans” in a failed attempt to kill then-dictator Muammar Gaddafi. An unconfirmed number of civilians are killed, instead identified as “collateral damage”. Among them, five family members of award-winning journalist Noor Tagouri. Almost 40 years later, Noor Tagouri investigates how misrepresentation in media affects our culture and society. Using Her great uncle’s archival footage of the coverage of the 1986 bombing as an entry point, Noor follows this thread outside Her own story and com...
Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter • May 16, 2022
"There’s a cool loop going on—how Black people practice Islam in America has shaped Black communities and the founders of hip hop. I listened three times—partially for the music, partially because each storyteller had insight about race and religion that I’d never considered before."