Tulsa among stops on PBS’s “Great Muslim American Road Trip” | Television


PBS will take viewers on a cross-country journey on Route 66 when “The Great Muslim American Road Trip” airs in July.

The three-part documentary series follows a young Muslim American couple (rapper Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins) as they explore the Mother Road and its surrounding Muslim communities on a 2,500-mile journey from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The title of the second episode is “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Tulsa to Albuquerque, New Mexico (wt)”. In Tulsa, Mona and Sebastian meet jazz musician Leon Rollerson.

A press release for the series said: “Although they are practicing Muslims – Mona is Syrian-American and Sebastian converted after meeting Mona – the couple, like most Americans, do not know their roots. roots of Islam in America. This road trip is an opportunity for them not only to experience the breathtaking vistas and iconic roadside attractions that have made Route 66 famous, but also to learn more about the history of their faith and what it means to be a Muslim in America today.

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Mona and Sebastian meet with authors, entrepreneurs, students and others, including Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Maryam Ali, in Chicago; Bosnian immigrants and restaurateurs Sulejman and Emmina Grbic in St. Louis; Rollerson in Tulsa; and award-winning actor and writer Amir Abdullah in Pasadena.

“Who knew that one of the first non-Natives to set foot in North America was a Moroccan explorer or that a Syrian camel driver helped pace the very road that kicked millions of American tourists on route 66?” said producer and director Alex Kronemer. “It was an incredible and always surprising experience to join hip-hop sensation Mona Hayder and her husband, Sebastian Robins, as they explored both their Muslim roots and Route 66. People will never see Muslim Americans again. in the same way.”

“The Great Muslim American Road Trip” is scheduled to air July 5 on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app. For more information, visit pbs.org.

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