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World Cafe Nashville: Ahmed And Hasan Alzuabi

Music City is home to a growing community of immigrants and refugees from the Middle East, including this Syrian father-and-son duo.
Almost a month ago, President Trump's immigration ban pushed words with long histories back into the foreground of the public conversation; one was "refugee." Since then, much analysis and inflated rhetoric has attached itself to that word, but not that many Americans have had (or have taken) the chance to interact directly with those to whom it applies. Music has long provided one way for outsiders to connect with refugees' hopes and fears. A recent encounter in Nashville reminded me of the revelations it bears.

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