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Tackling Islamophobia: A Connecticut Man’s Story Of Transformation

Jul 31, 2017

Hate drives people to do unspeakable things but how often do these stories end in forgiveness and friendship?

This hour, Ted Hakey Jr. and Zahir Mannan join us. The two men met after Hakey shot his rifle into Mannan’s place of worship — the Ahmaddiya Baitul Amman Mosque in Meriden in 2015.

Hakey pled guilty to a hate crime and served six months in prison. We hear about why these two men are now friends and their message to others.

And later, we get reaction to President Trump’s decision to ban transgender service members from the military. An active duty transgender soldier from New England gives us her take. What do you think about the President’s decision, announced in a series of Tweets?

And still no budget at the state Capitol. WNPR’s Harriet Jones explains how Connecticut’s wealthy hedge funds view the fiscal crisis in Hartford.

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.