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New America Now: Grading Obama, Save the Deli, In the Kitchen

New America Now, Audio, Posted: Dec 18, 2009


New America Now:

    Odette Keeley talks to:

    Ethnic media journalists are tracking grants for their communities from the $787 billion stimulus package through a fellowship organized by New America Media. Cristina Pastor, Managing Editor for Philippine News, is focusing on a special allocation of the stimulus money: Pension funds for Filipino World War II veterans. Almost $200,000,000 will go to these veterans who have waited more than sixty years for their pensions.
    and; In Arizona, undocumented immigrants are alarmed about a new law requiring state employees to be whistle blowers. Last month, HB 2008 was passed. This law requires state employees to report to immigration authorities undocumented residents who are applying for federal and state benefits. But as freelance journalist Valeria Fernandez explains, local authorities aren't clear which benefits and services fall under this new law.


    Sandip Roy talks to:

    As the first year of Obama's presidency draws to a close, how is his performance as Commander in Chief viewed by the Arab media? Jamal Dajani, Senior Director of Middle Eastern Programming at Link TV, gives a report card on President Obama's first year in office.


    Mary Ambrose talks to:

    In a world of rapidly expanding choices for ethnic food, the Jewish deli is fast becoming a rarity. David Sax discusses why delis are essential to Jewish culture. He is the author of Save The Deli.


    Sandip Roy talks to:

    As the body of a dead Ukrainian porter is discovered in the basement of London's Imperial Hotel, the life of Head Chef Gabriel Lightfoot is about to change. Monica Ali, author of In the Kitchen, spent a year in the kitchen of big hotels to research her latest novel.


    New America Now is now available as a podcast through KALW and National Public Radio, so you can listen to the show on your MP3 player. Click here to subscribe.

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