On Friday, March 31 at 12 noon, TPR will broadcast a special program featuring amazing stories of immigration sent in by smartphone, some of them from right here in Texas. It's "The Response: America's Story," hosted by veteran journalist Shaimaa Khalil.
Examples of what you'll hear:
Krystof Zmudzinski is living the American Dream. He sends his kids to private school and works for a major computer firm. But in the 1980s, he was living under Communism in Poland. He tells us how a radio broadcast of Ronald Reagan prompted a remarkable journey – and he tells us why he cherishes one particular freedom in the US.
Haider Al Nuami lives in San Antonio – a world away from the Baghdad he left in 2005. He explains how his work as a translator for the US led to accusations of spying and a new life.
Sanel Babic builds space rockets and lives in Colorado. His life in the Balkans changed in the 1990s on the day he realised half of his schoolmates were absent. The conflict in Bosnia was starting, and he was about to learn the meaning of the word “refugee.”
Sylvia Corwin’s parents were immigrants. They endured the London Blitz and a Russian concentration camp – she considers how these remarkable people managed to cope with life better than their children.
Meanwhile, Beatrice Berrioz questions what she calls “reverse discrimination” – prejudice against those who have immigrated legally.
These are just a few of the stories from the hour-long program "The Response: America’s Story," Friday, March 31 at noon on Texas Public Radio. You can hear a shortened version of the program online here.