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Posted Aug. 25, 2010 for week ending Sept. 3, 2010


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Media Amplifies Voices of Hate in Ground Zero Mosque Debate  

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Interview with Peter Hart, director of activism, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, conducted by Scott Harris

mosque Controversy over the location of a proposed Islamic community center two blocks from ground zero in New York City, erupted into a late summer firestorm with possible political consequences in this November's midterm congressional election. Plans for the building include a culinary school, an auditorium, a swimming pool, a basketball court, and space for prayer. The Park51 project, as it's known, is being led by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a Suffi Muslim, who was selected as an emissary to the Middle East on behalf of the Bush administration in 2007 -- and continues to participate in State Department trips abroad to foster better understanding of religion in U.S. society. Story continues

Muslim Mother of 9/11 Victim Asserts Islamic Center a Matter of Religious Freedom  

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Interview with Talat Hamdani, mother of 9/11 victim and member of 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, conducted by Scott Harris


During the sometimes ugly debate about the proposed location of an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, family members of 9/11 victims have often been quoted as expressing opposition to the project. Many have said that the location at an abandoned Burlington Coat Factory building opens up old wounds, is too close to hallowed ground or just plain hurtful. Story continues

Horticulturist: Disappearance of Honey Bees, a Warning Sign of Ecological Collapse   

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Interview with Laura Kelley, organic horticulturist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Laura Kelley grew up in a family that lived off the land on Cape Cod. Employing the knowledge gleaned in her early years, Kelley has worked for the past 18 years as a beekeeper, organic landscaper and designer, a nutritionist and naturalist. She owns Littlefield Landscapes in North Eastham, Mass., where the she helps others support an organic lifestyle. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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