Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy
From: Andrea Wenzel
Originally broadcast as part of the documentary series Global Perspective, in conjunction with the Australian Broadcast Corporation, BBC World Service, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Radio Television Hong Kong, Radio Netherlands, Radio New Zealand, SAFM South Africa, and WAMU. WAMU broadcast April 28, 2011. Other networks broadcast different dates spring/summer/or anticipated fall 2011.
Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant sits on a picturesque small town main street. There’s a city hall, library, clock tower, and some antique shops. From the outside, Schera’s looks like a classic America bar—in the window you can see neon signs advertising beer and some historical photos on the wall.
F: Hey guys how you doing?
But when you walk through the door your eyes are drawn somewhere else.
F:.…so we have a little Algerian slash Emir area where there are both the flags of US and Algeria hanging next to each other.
This is Frederique Boudouani—a co-owner of the restaurant.
F: …and then the picture of the emir with a little bio just to give people a sense of who he was and what his deeds were.
Emir Abd al-Qader’s most famous deeds were leading an armed resistance to French colonial rule. He was a 19th Century jihadist. But after he...
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Timing and Cues
Ic: music… Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant…
Oc:…thanks for coming. Have a nice evening.
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Intro and OutroINTRO:
...We travel to the US state of Iowa—to a town of 15 hundred people-- surrounded by corn and soybean farms.
It's a town that's felt the impact of September 11th in a unique way. That's because the town's name is Elkader, Iowa. It was named after the Algerian independence fighter Emir Abd al Qader in 1834.
Since then the name's drawn people to explore the town’s Algerian connection-- including an openly gay couple that decided to start an Algerian American restaurant after September 11th.
WAMU Producer Andrea Wenzel takes us to meet two unlikely restaurateurs.
Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy was produced and presented by Andrea Wenzel for WAMU American University Radio.
|Alger Alger Dub||Bill Laswell and Jean Touitou||Boniche Dub.||Roir Records||1999||00:00|