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Muslims in America. From politics to the workplace, are Muslims here carving out their own identity? Plus, John Edwards says he'll make another presidential run next year, and film critic Ken Turan on Clint Eastwood's remarkable pair of films about the battle for Iwo Jima.  Sara Terry guest hosts.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Karen Radziner
Vanessa Romo

Reporter's Notebook Eastwood Films Offer Two Perspecives on Iwo Jima 10 MIN, 5 SEC

Clint Eastwood's film, Flags of Our Fathers, dramatizes the battle for the island of Iwo Jima in World War II.  American soldiers throw grenades and shoot flames into the openings of tunnels dug into Mount Suribachi, where Japanese soldiers have dug in.  Now Eastwood has released a second film, Letters from Iwo Jima, and it's told from the point of view of those Japanese soldiers.

Guests:
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Making News John Edwards Declares Presidential Run 5 MIN, 51 SEC

In New Orleans this morning, John Edwards announced he'll be making a bid for the White House next year. The former senator, who also ran for the Oval Office in 2004, is building his campaign on what he calls "the great moral issue of our time," that of fighting poverty at home.

Guests:
Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, US News & World Report

Main Topic The Hajj and Muslims in America 32 MIN, 32 SEC

The Muslim religious tradition of Hajj has begun, drawing Muslims from around the world to religious sites in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. While here in the US, the nation's first Muslim Congressman will be sworn into office next week. How do American Muslims practice their religion in a culture that is often at odds with their beliefs? Do immigrant Muslims and American converts differ in their religious beliefs? Is a distinct American-Muslim identity emerging?

Guests:
Samer Hathout, Board Member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council
Paul Barrett, BusinessWeek (@AuthorPMBarrett)
Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
Muqtedar Khan, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

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